Areas Supported by the Catholic Appeal
More than a dozen agencies and apostolates funded by the Catholic Appeal assist and minister to more than 100,000 individuals and families.
Catholic Social Services
Since 1924, Catholic Social Services (CSS) has been committed to improving the quality of life for those in need by providing comprehensive social and human services including basic and emergency needs, homelessness, immigration issues, housing and residential services, disabilities, adoption, mental health counseling, elder health services, neighborhood rehabilitation, foreclosure help, citizenship services, and much more. CSS works 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. Visit Catholic Social Service’s website.
Office for Persons with Disabilities
A service provided by Catholic Social Services, the Office for Persons with Disabilities offers case management services, mediation, and advocacy for people with disabilities who have issues with activities of their daily lives and their families, as well as people who work in the disability fields. Learn more about the good works the Office for Person with Disabilities performs for those in need throughout our Diocese. Visit the Office for Person’s with Disabilities’ website.
Pastoral Care for the Sick
The Office of Pastoral Ministry to the Sick ministers to the sick and dying in ALL of the hospitals in the Diocese through its network of full and part-time chaplains, all of whom provide much-needed support for these hospitals in the form of visits, distribution of Communion, and administration of the Sacrament of the Sick to thousands of individuals. Learn more and watch our video about Pastoral Care of the Sick.
Weekly Television Mass
The weekly Television Mass, brought to you by the Diocese of Fall River, provides spiritual comfort to thousands of individuals in homes, hospitals, and nursing facilities across our region. For many of our viewers, some of whom are sick, of advanced age or homebound, the opportunity to hear the Word of God and to join the prayers of the Mass is a source of consolation and support in their daily living. A Sunday morning fixture since 1963, the Television Mass offers a local Mass celebrated by a familiar area priest. Your support helps to continue this important ministry and the service it provides to Catholics throughout southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. Click here to support the weekly Television Mass.
Prison Ministry enables our priest and deacons to serve as chaplains to the Dartmouth and Barnstable Houses of Correction.
Faith formation and family life programs supported by gifts to the Catholic Appeal include a wide number of opportunities for Catholics of all ages to bear witness to their faith and develop confident voices to uphold their faith throughout their lives. Additionally, the Office of Family Ministry conducts marriage preparation programs for hundreds of couples each year, and campus ministers are available for all colleges in the Diocese. Learn more and watch our video about the work of Faith Formation in the Diocese of Fall River. Visit Faith Formation’s website.
Support for our Clergy
The Catholic Appeal supports Seminarian and Clergy Education and Development, offering critical support for seminarians as they begin their education and journey to the priesthood. Additionally, the Diaconate Program supports more than 60 deacons presently serving in parishes and in other ministries in the Diocese. The Appeal also benefits the retired priests of the Diocese of Fall River, many of whom continue to serve our parishes and people each and every year: celebrating Mass, assisting our pastors, visiting the sick, administering the sacraments, and educating and guiding the individuals and families of our community in their faith.
The Diocese seeks to assist our Latino community in bearing rich and meaningful witness to their faith through the efforts of the Hispanic Ministry, through Spanish Masses and resources, as well as coordination of services unique to the needs of our Hispanic populations.
Diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate Office
For nearly 30 years, the Diocesan Pro-Life Apostolate Office has offered annual programs and events for people of all ages to sustain a culture that respects life from conception to natural death. It also has a mission of educating the youth of the Diocese of Fall River about issues affecting us all from the womb through the end of life. The office offers individuals in our Diocese the chance to take part in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., a Pro-Life Mass with the Bishop, a Pro-Life essay contest for junior high school and high school students at all our Diocesan schools, and an annual Pro-Life Boot Camp. It also awards an individual with the honor of being named the Diocesan Pro-Life Person of the Year.
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