Friday, March 06, 2015

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COMBAT CHAPLAIN TO LEAD LENTEN MISSION FOR FALL RIVER DEANERY

Parishes of the Greater Fall River area are jointly sponsoring a Lenten Mission March 9-12, each night at different host parishes.

The mission will be given by Father Paul Halladay (in photo), a major in the U.S. Army Chaplain Corps and a priest of the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama. During his 11 years in the Army, he has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, West Point and various other installations.

The theme for the mission will be “Lenten Lessons from a Combat Chaplain” and will involve different meditations on the spiritual combat of Lent and the victory of Easter. Fr. Halladay will illustrate his lessons by focusing on various Catholic saints and heroes who have distinguished themselves in combat, like St. Joan of Arc, St. Martin of Tour, Fr. Vincent Capodanno and Fr. Emil Kapuan.


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2015 Lenten Calendar: Daily inspiration for your Lenten journey
From Pope Francis: Read the Holy Father's Message for Lent
Lenten Regulations: Days of Fast, Abstinence; Call for Prayer, Works of Piety, Charity


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CRS COLLECTION TO BE TAKEN UP IN PARISHES MARCH 14-15


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APeX MINISTRIES TO BE FEATURED AT HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH CONVENTION, MIDDLE SCHOOL RALLIES

APeX is two Catholic men who have made it their lives’ work since 1996 to criss-cross North America sharing the Truth and Joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have crafted a unique approach (they call it “Christian Vaudeville”) that engages audiences and creates rapport by telling “parables” through sketch comedy, juggling and street-performer style. High School Convention is March 22; Middle School Rallies March 23 and 24 in two locations. Register today.


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In October 2014, the Synod of Bishops met in Rome on the topic of The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization. The final report of this Synod, entitled Relatio Synodi, was issued in December. Pope Francis indicated that it would serve as the preparatory document or Lineamenta for the October 2015 XIV General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will address, The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.

The Lineamenta concludes with a series of questions proposed for reflection by all members of the Church in preparation for the upcoming Synod. A summary of these questions has been prepared at the direction of Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha for lay members of the Fall River Diocese to offer input. To participate in this consultation, please click this link: Survey for Laity

Responses will be forwarded to the Diocesan Faith Formation Office for compilation and submission to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. All responses are anonymous and must be submitted by March 13.

To read the Lineamenta, click here


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BISHOP DA CUNHA'S LENTEN MESSAGE

Dear friends,

The ashes we received this past Wednesday remind us of the 40-day journey upon which we have embarked toward the Paschal Mystery. All other ritual symbols we receive become invisible. When we leave church, no one knows we were marked with the symbol. On Ash Wednesday, we keep the mark visible on our foreheads for hours. Everyone knows where we have been, what we did, and who we are.

Click below to read the entire message.


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HOLY NAME PASTOR TO BE HONORED BY NATIONAL CATHOLIC EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

Father Jay Maddock, VF, who is pastor of Holy Name Parish, Fall River, and director of its school, will receive the 2015 Distinguished Pastor Award from the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) for his dedication and commitment to excellence. Father Maddock will be recognized during the annual NCEA Convention & Expo that will take place April 7-9 in Orlando, Fla.

In photo, Fr. Maddock talks with a Holy Name School student at its recent Science Fair.


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RICE BOWL MARKS 40 YEARS

CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten program for families and faith communities in the United States who want to put their faith into action. Through CRS Rice Bowl, participants are invited to hear stories about their brothers and sisters in need around the world, and devote their Lenten prayers, fasting and alms to change the lives of those who suffer in poverty. Participants journey through the 40 days of Lent with a collection of daily reflections and activities included in the CRS Rice Bowl calendar and on the mobile app.


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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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