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.

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

Domestic Violence Support Group 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.

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).

Franklin Veterans Council hosts a Veterans Coffee Social on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 10am in the Franklin Senior Center Cafe. Coffee and pastries provided. All veterans are invited. Contact the Veterans Service Office with any questions: 508-613-1315.

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.

Intentional Discipleship: Called - Sat, Mar 2 Fontbonne Academy, Milton, MA. Keynote speakers include Dr. Scott Powell, Director of the Aquinas Institute for Catholic Thought in Boulder, CO and founder of Camp Wotjyla; Dr. Hosffman Ospino, Assoc. Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry; and Catholic speaker and teacher, Gina Bauer. Keynotes and breakout sessions will be in English and Spanish. Mass will be celebrated at 4:00pm with Bishop Robert Reed.

For more information, contact

La Salette Film Festival 2019 Life Is Beautiful will be shown on Mar 8 at 7:15pm in the Welcome Center. Free admission

Pilgrimage to St. Joseph Oratorio, Montreal, Canada, March 18-20. Fr. Dennis Timothy O’Mara, Spiritual Leader. What a beautiful way to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph!

Contact Betania Spiritual Retreat and Conference Center for information or to register: 508-533-5377.

Respect Life Education: Theology of the Body Retreat Weekend, Apr 5-7, Betania II Retreat Center, Medway, MA. Sr. Helena Burns, fsp will unpack the beauty of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, which teaches what it means to be fully human—male and female—-leading to an awareness of human dignity, identity and purpose.

Preregistration required:

St. Edward/St. Jude Collaborative Second Annual Retreat at the Newport Harbor and Marina Hotel Mar 9-10. Theme: Is God Enough?

Contact Mary Sheedy or 508-320-6918.

St. Joseph Elementary (Preschool – Gr 5) and Monsignor Haddad Middle School (Gr 6- 8) in Needham are accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year.

To learn more, visit our website, , or call 781-444-4459. Individual and group SJES tours available upon request. 

Thomas Merton: Spiritual Pilgrim Sat, Mar 2 in the La Salette Shrine Retreat Center. Registration begins at 8:30am. Program from 9:15am-4:00pm. Lunch included. Presented by Sr. Marilyn Sunderman, RSM, PhD.

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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Find peace in your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next Weekends are Mar 8-9, in Duxbury, MA  and Apr 13-14 in Brewster, MA.

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

4th Annual Palliative Care Colloquium Sat, Apr 6 8:00am-12:30pm Pastoral Center, Braintree, MA. Moral Distress on Both Sides of the Bedrail: Always Wanting to Do “The Right Thing” with Joseph D. Stern, MD, Mary K. Buss, MD, MPH, and Fran Hauck, M. Ed, LCSW

2019 Discipleship Week Jun 26-30 at Assumption College. Dig deep into your Catholic faith with other teens. Registration opens Mar 1. Track1: Open to all high schoolers. Track2: For those who have completed Track1

For more information, visit