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August Confirmation Faith Formation News

Parent Information for Confirmation

Confirmation is a 2 year program beginning in Grade 8 and receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grade 9.  All students, whether they attend Catholic or Public Schools need to attend this Sacramental Preparation, starting in Grade 8 and Completing the Sacramental Preparation in Grade 9.


Calendar of Events/Activities for St. Dominic’s & St. Francis of Assisi

 August 6-St. Dominic Children’s Movie at 6PM

August 7-Saint Dominic Church Parish Picnic!

August 9-St.Dominic’s-Swansea Community Band

August 14-St. Francis-Emmaus Monthly Gathering 4-8:30PM

August 22-25-St. Dominic's and St. Francis of Assisi - No Morning Masses

August 27– Case High School Field Hockey Team Car Wash Fundraiser—St. Dominic’s Parking Lot 9-3PM

August 28-St. Francis Evening Picnic & Movie Night

September 10-St. Francis Chow Mein Dinner & Bingo

October 1-Women’s Guild  Meat Pie Supper-St. Dominic

October 8-Feast of St. Francis, Italian Dinner

November 2– SVDP District Meeting and Mass at St. Dominic Church 6:30PM. 


Installation of Permanent Diaconate Candidates

Fifteen candidates currently studying for the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Fall River will be installed as Acolytes by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., at 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 21, in Holy Trinity Church in Fall River.  Our own David Gaspar is among the candidates to be installed.

The Ministry of Acolyte is the second of two ministries that candidates must receive and exercise as part of their preparation for ordination as a permanent deacon.

For a list of the Candidates, continue reading here:…/


Permanent Diaconate Aspirancy Phase 11th Diaconate Class

New Permanent Diaconate Class Formation to Begin

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, Bishop of Fall River, has authorized the formation of a new class of Permanent Deacons beginning in September 2022.

An online Information Night will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. In person sessions will be held on Monday, June 27, 2022, and Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Registration is required and may be completed on our website. All the sessions cover the same material. If you are Interested in learning more about the process for becoming a deacon in the Diocese of Fall River, please join us for one these Information Nights. You may register for one of these sessions by visiting our website –

Those interested in pursuing a vocation to the diaconate, scheduled to begin the Aspirancy phase in September 2022, are invited to submit a preliminary application and a letter of support from your pastor. The deadline for submitting these materials to the Office of the Permanent Diaconate is August 1, 2022. Additional details and the preliminary application are available on our website –

If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Frank Lucca or Rev Robert Oliveira, Co-Directors of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at email:                        [email protected] or contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at 508-990-0341.




Family Life Ministry                                                                                 January 12, 2022

Dear Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi,          

The Family Life Ministry is once again active and going forward to assist our Parish. The pandemic took its toll on every aspect of our lives, and we are ready to go forward and help our Church.

The Christmas Calendar Fundraiser was our first event, which was a huge success, $2400.00 was raised for St. Francis. Thank you, to all that participated.

The next event is the fabulous Corned beef and cabbage dinner on Saturday March 12th, this will be take out only in order to keep everyone safe. Tickets will be sold February 12th through March 6th.

Other events in the planning stage are a May Breakfast, a June Barbeque dinner, a Spring Shredder truck event, another calendar fund raiser. The Feast of St. Francis Dinner in October.

As you can see, we have wonderful events planned for our Parish, and events we haven’t thought of yet. We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas. Please think about joining the Family Life Ministry, we do meet in person once a month, if you would rather not attend in person you can become an email member, if you would rather just volunteer to help with the events that would be great also, any help would be greatly appreciated.

God Bless Us,

The Family Life Ministry


If you are not a 50 week club member, the annual Banquet is April 23rd, at White’s of Westport. There are guest tickets available, includes dinner, live band, and raffle, it is always a fun event, and great way to meet other Parishioners!


August 24, 2021


We are pleased to introduce Father Thomas Costa to the Mt. Hope Catholic Community.

Father Tom grew up in nearby Seekonk and later gradutated from University of Hartford.  After a career in business, he entered priestly formation and completed his Theological studies at Pope John the XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA.  He was ordained on July 9, 2005.  He served as Pastor of Annunciation of the Lord from 2012 to 2019 and has had assignments as Chaplain of Bishop Feehan High School as well as Our Lady of Lourdes School.  Along with experience in Family Ministry, he also brings with him experience ministering as a Hospital Chaplain at Cape Cod Hospital.  He arrives from the Taunton Catholic North collaborative, where he served as Co-Pastor of St. Jude The Apostle, St. Anthony's, and St. Mary's since 2019.

He looks forward to meeting parishioners and getting to know the life of our parishes more closely.  As he settles into his new role as Pastor, Father Costa would like you to know that he will be praying for all of us.  He asks that you in turn pray that the Holy Spirit guides his arrival so that this community  continues to grow in the faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ.

Our parish  community welcomes Fr. Tom, and we pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him and bless his time here with us.


Diocese of Fall River - Office of Safe Environment

Our Parish is committed to providing a safe place for all the faithful.  Therefore, we follow a strict policy of The Essential Three for all who minister, work or volunteer in our parish.  We ask for your cooperation and support.  The safety of our community depends on all of us doing our part.  Please visit the Diocesan Safe Environment page for more inforrmation: 


Diocese of Fall River - Protection of the Faithful

Diocesan Policy for the Protection of the Faithful July 2020

Diocesan Ministerial Review Board Policy July 2020





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St. Francis of Assisi Liturgical Celebrations
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sundays: 11 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.




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