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 on the Common, Nov 25 at 4:00pm: Holiday lights and displays on Franklin Common. Refreshments and goodies. Visit with Santa and Jingle the Elf.

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)

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.

Holiday Fair: Fri, Nov 30, 3:00-7:00pm; Sat, Dec 1, 9:00am-3:00pm, St. Martha Parish, 227 South Street, Plainville. We have basket raffles, 50/50 raffle, kids’ corner, craft, and bake sales, “new to you” table and delicious food to purchase.

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.

Pieta, a support group for bereaved parents who have suffered a loss of a child at any age, will be holding their 35th Annual Lighting Service on Sun, Nov 25 at 2:00pm at Blessed Sacrament Church 10 Diamond St., Walpole MA. Parents who have lost a child will come together in prayer, song and support as we light a candle in memory of each child. A reception will be held immediately following the service. Everyone is welcome.

For further information, please call Pauline Medeiros, 508-359-2953 or Janet McLaughlin, 508-272-5415.

Senior Luncheon - Sponsored by the Bellingham and Franklin Lions Clubs, will take place on Sat, Dec 1. This free Luncheon is for all senior citizens of Bellingham and Franklin. The Senior Luncheon will be held at the Bellingham Senior Center, 40 Blackstone Street in the Town of Bellingham. There will be two sittings, one at 11:00am and another at 1:00pm. Since space is limited, all senior citizens should call or sign up at the Bellingham or Franklin Senior Centers to reserve their place at the Senior Luncheon.

St. Joseph Parish, Medway: 41st Annual Christmas Marketplace and Bake Shoppe: Sat, Nov 17, 9:00am-3:00pm at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 145 Holliston St., Medway. There is plenty of parking on site. More than 50 quality crafters will be offering products. Refreshments, a huge bake sale and raffle tickets featuring grand prizes of Terrazza and Merry Maids gift certificates, Celtics tickets and $750 in cash are also a part of the fair, as well as many themed gift baskets and treasure raffles featuring items donated by the vendors present. All proceeds from the fair benefit St. Joseph Parish and its various ministries.

For more info please call 508-533-7771.

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 Dec 7-9, in Duxbury, MA and Jan 18-20, 2019 in South Kingstown, RI.

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