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BISHOP DA CUNHA BECOMES EIGHTH BISHOP OF FALL RIVER

The Fall River Diocese welcomed the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. as its Eighth Bishop in a Mass of Installation on September 24, 2014 in St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River. Priests, permanent deacons, representatives of religious communities in the diocese, delegates from diocesan ministries and institutions, and representatives from each of the 84 parishes in the diocese joined with family and friends of Bishop da Cunha for this significant event in the life of the Fall River Diocesan Church.

Read Bishop da Cunha's Homily from the Mass of Installation

Learn About Our New Bishop

Bishop da Cunha's Coat of Arms


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WATCH THE MASS OF INSTALLATION OF BISHOP DA CUNHA



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AMERICA EDITOR, FR. MATT MALONE, S.J., TO SPEAK AT ST. MARY'S EDUCATION FUND FALL DINNER

Jesuit Father Matt Malone (at right), who in 2012 at the age of 40 became the youngest editor-in-chief of the national Catholic news weekly America, will be the featured speaker at the 20th annual St. Mary’s Education Fund Fall Dinner. The Fall Dinner will take place on Wednesday, October 22, at White’s of Westport. Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Mary’s Education Fund, which provides need-based scholarships to students attending Catholic elementary and middle schools throughout the Fall River Diocese.


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CELEBRATING A SIGNIFICANT WEDDING ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR?

The annual Wedding Anniversary Celebration in the Fall River Diocese is a special Mass of Thanksgiving for couples observing significant wedding anniversaries (including first year) during 2014. It will take place on Sunday, October 26, at 3 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Fall River. If you would like an invitation, please let your pastor know as soon as possible.


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STATEMENT OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS OF MASSACHUSETTS ON EXPANDED GAMBLING AND QUESTION 3

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SPECIAL COLLECTION IN PARISHES WILL ASSIST VICTIMS OF CRISIS IN MIDDLE EAST

In response to a request from U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, parishes in the Fall River Diocese will take up a special collection to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for suffering Christians and other innocent victims of the violence in the Middle East. The collection will be taken at September 20-21 Masses or another weekend convenient to the parish.


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FAITH FORMATION PROGRAMS BEGIN ANEW THIS MONTH

Bereavement Support Groups, Scripture Study and Adult Confirmation Prep classes are among the Faith Formation Office programs getting underway this month in different areas of the Diocese. Check out the Faith Formation website for details.


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BISHOP GEORGE W. COLEMAN
MASS OF THANKSGIVING




Watch the August 26th Mass of Thanksgiving from St. Mary's Cathedral, Fall River, in celebration of Bishop Coleman's fifty years of priesthood and eleven years as Diocesan Bishop.


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NEW DIOCESAN DIRECTORY IS AVAILABLE

The updated 2014-2015 Catholic Directory for the Fall River Diocese is now available. Published by Anchor Publishing Company, the full color spiral-bound Directory is an invaluable reference guide with updated telephone and address listings of all diocesan offices, ministries, cemeteries, and personnel.

Order your copy today!


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READY FOR
A NEW YEAR:
An Update on Diocesan Schools


As the end of summer draws near, Catholic schools in the Fall River Diocese are ready for the new academic year. This bulletin board at Holy Trinity School in Fall River welcomes students and reminds them of all they can accomplish. “I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead for the Catholic schools of the diocese,” says Superintendent of Schools for the Fall River Diocese Dr. Michael S. Griffin.


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WATCH THE TV MASS ONLINE

The Television Mass airing each Sunday at 11 a.m. on WLNE-TV, channel 6, is now available online! For 50 years, the Fall River Diocese has sponsored this Mass for those unable to attend a parish Mass because of age or infirmity.


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CONSIDERING A VOCATION? WANT TO SUPPORT ONE?

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