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Family Mass Schedule

 Family Mass is a welcoming environment for families with children of all ages to come together to celebrate the Eucharist and listen to The Word of the Lord. The Mass is presented in a way that all age groups may more easily understand it, thus making their experience of Mass more meaningful. Family Mass encourages participation from the children, thus providing a sense of belonging. This participation can include playing of special music, gathering near the altar for the homily, presenting the gifts and greeting people at the doors. Teenagers typically proclaim the readings; some younger children may want to help with hospitality and pass out bulletins. Some children are altar servers and others may assist with setup. We also journey with parents to proclaim our faith. These elements provide a warm environment for our parish families to worship together and grow in our Catholic faith. At the end of mass all Children are welcome to come forward for a blessing.


                                              Family Masses 2022-2023

Sundays 9:30am at St. Dominic (Grades 1-4) and 11am at St. Francis (Grades 5-7)

High School grades are welcome to assist the younger grades at all Family Masses.

December 18th- Preparing for Jesus - Building your Spiritual Manger in your heart

January 29th “Living the Beatitudes” - What is the Right Attitude?

February 26th Prepare the Way of The Lord/ Lent Theme

March 12th Love Your Neighbor/ Jesus visits the Samaritan Village

April 2nd- Palm Sunday Procession and Beginning of Holy Week

May- Crowning of Mary for Mother’s Day     


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

December 1-MHCC Book Group Meeting at St. Francis 7:00-8:30PM

December 2 & 3-First Friday & First Saturday at St. Francis at 8:00AM

December 4-Marian Medal Awards Ceremony at 3:00PM at St. Mary's Cathedral

December 4-Confirmation 2 (Gr. 9) Retreat Day 12:30-5:15PM at St. Francis Parish Hall followed by 5:30PM Mass in the church

December 5-Greeter Meeting at St. Francis at 6:00PM followed by a Family Life Ministry Meeting at 6:30PM

December 6-Christmas Concert by the Swansea Community Band at 7:00PM at St. Francis

December 8-Immaculate Conception-Holy Day of Obligation-Mass Schedule:  8:00AM at St. Francis and 4:00PM at St. Dominic

December 8-MHCC Book Group-NO MEETING

December 10-Breakfast with Santa at St. Dominic's Parish Hall 10:00AM to noon FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 1-4

December 15-MHCC Book Group Meeting at St. Francis 7:00-8:30PM

December 18-Family Mass at 9:30AM at St. Dominic and 11:00AM at St. Francis

December 18-Advent Confessions at St. Francis from 1:00-7:00PM

December 19-Advent Confessions at St. Dominic's from 9:00AM-1:00PM

December 19-Special Mass For Those Who are Grieving during the Holidays will be held at        St. Dominic's at 6:30PM

December 22-MHCC Book Group-NO MEETING

December 24-Christmas Eve Mass Schedule:  4:00PM at St. Francis and 6:00PM at St. Dominic

December 25-Christmas Day Mass Schedule:  NO 7:00AM Mass, 9:30AM at St. Dominic and 11:00AM at St. Francis

December 29-MHCC Book Group-NO MEETING

December 31-New Year's Eve Mass Schedule:  4:00PM at St. Francis and 6:00PM at St. Dominic

January 1, 2023-New Year's Day Mass Schedule:  NO 7:00AM Mass, 9:30AM at St. Dominic and 11:00AM at St. Francis



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




Mass Times

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




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Office Hours

Monday - Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Thursday & Friday

Office / Rectory / Mailing:
270 Ocean Grove Avenue
Swansea, MA 02777

St. Francis of Assisi Church

St. Francis of Assisi Rectory