May 11, 2022
“Journeying Together in Faith and Love” –
81st Annual Catholic Appeal
The 2022 Catholic Appeal is underway and runs through June 30. Now in its 81st year, the Appeal sustains the numerous agencies, programs, and ministries of the Diocese of Fall River, providing food, shelter, emergency assistance, spiritual comfort, and educational opportunities. Our theme for 2022 considers how we are walking down a common road with all our brothers and sisters, bringing the tenets of Pope Francis’ worldwide synod together with the good works made possible through our collective support for the annual diocesan Appeal. Every year, support from parishioners and friends helps children, adults, and the elderly by bringing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to life. Please consider supporting our annual Catholic Appeal!


The Lumen Christi Cathedral Gala

Wednesday - June 8, 2022
White's of Westport
Westport, MA
Click below to watch a special video about our Cathedral.
The Foundation to Advance Catholic Education raises money for scholarships to assist with the costs of a Catholic education. We work very closely with every Catholic school in the Diocese of Fall River to help make a Catholic education a reality.
Join us for the 25th Annual
FACE Summer Gala on Cape Cod

Thursday - August 4, 2022
Wianno Club, Osterville

Breathtaking views, delicious dinner, auction and more while supporting Catholic education!

Join Team FACE for the
50th Annual Falmouth Road Race

Would you like to be part of TEAM FACE and the 50th Anniversary of the Falmouth Road Race for Numbers for Non Profits?

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Tax Efficient Ways to Support the Diocese of Fall River,
your Parish or School, or the Catholic Appeal!
Stock donations can be more beneficial than donating cash, due to the tax advantages that may be associated with transferring appreciated stocks to a charitable organization such as the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. Your stock donation can benefit your parish, school, the Catholic Appeal or another ministry in the Diocese of Fall River. 

If you are 70½ years old or older, you can take advantage of donations through your IRA to benefit the Catholic community in the Diocese of Fall River through the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, and receive tax benefits in return. Click here to learn more.
Anima Christi Legacy Society
The Catholic Foundation was pleased to partner with St. John the Evangelist Parish in Pocasset to host a special luncheon seminar May 10th on "End of Life Considerations in the Catholic Faith & Estate Planning." The discussion was led by Fr. Tom Frechette, Mim Sherman, CEO of the Catholic Foundation, and Attorney Jim Dillon. Topics included end of life planning within the Catholic faith, avenues available for leaving a legacy, and information about next steps in estate planning and the Anima Christi Legacy Society. Click here to learn more.
News from our Partners
Nourishing New Bedford
Thanks to support totaling $110,000 from foundations including the Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, the Robert F. Stoico/FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation, and the Yawkey Foundation, Catholic Social Services is expanding its efforts to address hunger and food insecurity in Greater New Bedford. To build upon the success of its stationary distribution model at the Solanus Casey Food Pantry, distributing approximately 43,000 pounds of food each month, CSS will be rolling out a new Mobile Delivery Food Service to the homebound, as well as increasing its capacity for food storage by installing a commercial freezer. The hours of operation at the Sr. Rose Soup Kitchen have also been expanded to serve meals on weekends and holidays. Advancing its work “with persons of all faiths and cultures in the Spirit of God’s universal love to advance human dignity and promote social justice, truth, and solidarity in our community” these enhancements will increase CSS’ ability to provide food to the poor, the working poor, and other vulnerable and underserved populations in New Bedford. CFSEMA is proud to have partnered with CSS to raise these funds that are critical to this expansion—in addition to funds raised through the annual Catholic Appeal which has been a longstanding partner in supporting CSS’s work. Thanks to all who contribute to CSS in making God’s love visible!
It's Official! 
The name of the new Catholic school in New Bedford is
The United States Bishops have called for a three-year revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, beginning on the weekend of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. Please plan to join Bishop da Cunha as he commences our diocese’s participation in the revival on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 4 pm at Bishop Connolly High School with Mass and a Eucharistic Procession.