Catholic Schools Week January 31- February 7

Fall River Diocese celebrates the distinctive spiritual, academic, and social mission of Catholic education.  Through different events, we emphasize the important value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our multidimensional and personal integration.

Catholic Education Center
423 Highland Avenue
Fall River, MA
(508) 678-2828

Bishop Connolly High School
www.bishopconnolly.com
373 Elsbree Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 676-1071

Espirito Santo Parochial School
www.espiritosantoschool.org
143 Everett Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 672-2229

Saint Stanislaus School
www.saintstansfestival.com
37 Rockland Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 674-6771

Holy Name School
850 Pearce St
FALL RIVER, MA 02720
Tel. 508-674-9131, FAX 508-679-0571
www.holynamefr-school.com

Holy Trinity School
64 Lamphor St
FALL RIVER, MA 02721
Tel. 508-673-6772, FAX 508-730-1864
www.holytrinityfallriver.com

St. Michael School
209 Essex St
FALL RIVER, MA 02720-2996
Tel. 508-678-0266, FAX 508-324-4433
www.smsfr.org

SS. Peter & Paul School
240 Dover St
FALL RIVER, MA 02721
Tel. 508-672-7258, FAX 508-674-6042
www.saintspeterandpaulschool.net

Seton Academy for Girls
1262 North High Street
Fall River, MA
(508) 672-4274

St. Vincent’s Residential/Special Education Treatment Center
2425 Highland Ave
FALL RIVER, MA 02720
Tel. 508-679-8511, FAX 508-672-2558
www.stvincentshome.org

photo of St. Anne's

Bishop’s message for Lent 2016

We all remember Lent as a time of prayer, penance, fasting, abstinence, a time to give up sweets, smoking, etc. Although all these things are good and noble, Lent is much more than that; it is a time when we are called to “Repent, and believe in the gospel”. A time for change, but change can only come about when we are open to hear the Word of God and live by it. In the first part of Lent, the Gospel texts for weekdays are taken from the Synoptics. The message running throughout is a call to a life of Gospel conversion. We can call this the “ETHICAL” section. The Gospel readings for the second half of Lent are taken from the Gospel of John, taking a presentation of the mystery of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, of whom John says that all who believe in Him will have eternal life. Christ is presented as the healer and life-giver, as the one who gives life through his confrontation with death and gathers into one the scattered children of God. can call this the CHRISTOLOGICAL” section.

How do these two sections of the lectionary fit together and what can they tell us about the spirit of Lent? The purpose of the first part of Lent is to bring us to compunction, contrition, and remorse. “Compunction” is etymologically related to the verb “to puncture” and suggests the deflation of our inflated egos, a challenge to any self-deceit about the equal? of our lives as disciples of Jesus. “..,return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; Rend your heafts, not your garments, and retum to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.” (Joel 2:12-13) By hitting us again and again with demands which we not only fail to obey, but which we come to recognize as being quite beyond us, the Gospel passages are meant to trouble us, to confront our illusions about ourselves. “Remember, you are dust…” From this perspective, the purpose of Lenten penance is not to confirm us in our sense of virtue but to bring home to us our radical need for conversion and for salvation. “Delay not your conversion to the LORD, put it not off from day to day.” (Sirach 5:8) As we celebrate this Lenten Season during the Holy Year of Mercy, let us keep in mind the merciful love of God, our Father, and let us turn to Him with faith and trust. Let us rejoice in the gift of Salvation which we fully experience at the end of the Lenten Season, when celebrate the Paschal Mystery of the Suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., D.D.

Bishop of Fall River

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