Around the Neighborhood

Around the Diocese

FISH Volunteers Needed: FISH of Franklin provides transportation to medical appointments for Franklin residents who have no other means of transportation. FISH volunteers devote one day a month to telephone and/or provide transportation for our FISH clients.

To learn more call 508-528-2121.

Bethany House: The Bethany House Hope Chest, located at 1134 Main St., Millis is looking for donations of good used or new items. The Hope Chest offers an eclectic ensemble of treasures. All proceeds help to support Bethany House Ministries, a non-profit charitable organization.

If you can help, contact either Sr. Kathleen or Ruth at 508-376-9923.

Catholic Retreat for Men: Sat, Dec 15, 10:00am-5:00pm at Betania II, Medway. Reservations required. Online reservations at Call 508-533-5377 for more information.

Cheer for Champions Donation Drive: Cheer for Champions is a community service project aimed at supporting and encouraging kids who are going through an extended recovery and/or inpatient stay at Mass General Hospital for Children. We hope to create gift baskets for these kids to cheer them up and on during recovery. Cheer for Champions will be running a donation drive for items Nov 15-Jan 15. Donation bin locations can be found at both the main and side entrances of St. Mary’s Church, the main office at Franklin High School, and the Franklin YMCA (starting December 10th).

If you have questions, please email or call 774-571-4382. Thank you for your support!

Christmas Festival of Lights: at Fatima Shrine, 101 Summer Street in Holliston, begins Dec 2 and runs through Dec 27. This Annual Festival of Lights transforms the Fatima Shrine into a wonderland of lights and music. Many have made it a family tradition.

Community VNA Hospice & Palliative Care provides bereavement support. These support programs include regular meetings for adults and periodic programs for children. The bereavement care coordinator also assists individuals with finding ongoing psychological support. All programs and services are provided to the public free of charge.

For more hospice and palliative care resources, please visit the agency website at

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, St. Anthony Shrine: Spiritual Retreats and Monthly Meetings. Call 800-919-9332 or 617-542-8057, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110 or visit or email

Fearless Discernment Forum: For Young Adults  (18-35, male/ female, single/married/in a relationship, "discerning", consecrated) 12:30-5:00pm) at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Holliston, MA. The purpose of this forum is to provide an opportunity for young people to deepen their understanding of what it really means to fearlessly discern God's will.

For more information and to register, visit (Use "LOCAL-PARISH-2018" for $5 off, scholarships available as needed, all students are free).

The Greater Franklin Distinguished Young Women Program: is going to have a fun first rehearsal on Fri, Dec 14 at 6:30pm at the Franklin YMCA. Please come to our first rehearsal with your sneakers and be ready to discuss a theme for this year.

For more information on our program please contact Amy Azza at 508-517-4310 or visit our website

Did you know… there is a confidential support group for anyone experiencing domestic violence. For support and group info call 617-653-4226 or the 24-hour hotline at 888-314-3683.

Horace Mann Educational Associates (HMEA) seeks Shared Living Providers to open their homes and care for individuals with developmental disabilities. Generous tax-free stipend included. Contact Christine Tobin AFC/Shared Living Recruiter at or 508-298-1178 for additional information.

La Salette Festival of Lights: 947 Park St., Attleboro: Now through Jan 6, 2019, Illuminations Daily: 5:00 - 9:00pm.

Transformed in Love Marriage Prep: Transformed in Love for engaged couples is the Archdiocesan program for marriage preparation. For upcoming 2018 dates, locations, and registration information, or contact Liz Cotrupi at

15th Annual Gary Mirliss Memorial Blood Drive, Sat, Jan 5, 8:00am-3:00pm, King Philip Middle School, 18 King St, Norfolk, held in partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Boston, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This year we are trying to collect 200 units of blood, an achievement that can only be reached with your assistance. All are welcome to attend, individuals may show up or make appointments in advance by going to and using the Sponsor Code MIRLISS.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Find peace in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next Weekend is Jan 18-20, 2019 in South Kingstown, RI and Mar 8-9, in Duxbury, MA.

For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or