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).

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.

Milford Regional Medical Center Blood Drives  Jan 25 from 9:00am-2:30pm and Jan 31 from 1:30-7:00pm.

Please contact them at 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or to make an appointment.

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. MHMS Open House Jan 27, 12:00- 2:00pm.

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

The Tri-County Children’s Center, 147 Pond Street, will hold its annual Open House Registration on Thu, Feb 7,
from 12:15-1:45pm and Fri, Feb 8, from 9:00-10:30am. Parents and children may tour the preschool classroom and engage in STEAM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) led by our Early Education students.

Registration forms will be available, or they can be accessed on our website at Parents interested in enrolling their children should bring the child’s birth certificate along with a $25.00 non-refundable registration fee.

34th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast with Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap. Mon, Jan 21, St. Katharine Drexel Parish Hall, Dorchester, 9:00am-12:00pm. Guest speaker Mr. Byron Barnett, WHDH TV7 News Reporter. Music by Boston Black Catholic Choir. Tickets $15.00.

Contact Lorraine Valentine 617-445-4810.

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