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                      FRANCIS FEAST DAY EVENTS


Mass will be celebrated on October 4th, The Feast Day of St. Francis at 8:00AM  at St. Francis of Assisi.


Italian Dinner will be on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at the American Legion Post 303 on 73 Ocean Grove Ave. in Swansea.  Time:  5:30PM    Tickets: $20 Adults & Children $5  Raffle, Music, Dancing…

Menu from Riccardi’s included:  Baked Lasagna, Salad, Broccoli Chicken with Ziti, Italian Meatballs, Italian Sausage, Pasta w Sauce, Finger Sandwiches, Rolls, Dessert, Coffee.

Tickets available through October 2nd after Masses at St. Francis or call/text  508-523-8143 for tickets.

Join us for the Feast of our Patron Saint, with an evening of Friendship, Food, and Fun!


We invite you to come and celebrate the Feast Day of St. Francis with us on Sunday, October 9th from 5PM to 5:30PM at St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Catholic Tradition respects animals as God’s creatures, worthy of our care. St. Francis wrote a Canticle of the Creatures, an ode to God’s living things: “All praise to you, Oh Lord, for all these brother and sister creatures.” Drive up and bring your favorite pet or animal, everything from dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish, ferrets, turtles, lizards, and giraffes, for a special St. Francis blessing.  


As part of our celebration to St. Francis of Assisi, please join us on October 11, 2022 at 7:00PM.  This is a FREE concert; however, tickets are required.  Tickets will be available at both churches starting Saturday, September 25th.



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

September 20-Police Education on How to Avoid/Scams-Parish Hall 6:30pm at St. Francis

September 21-Grades 5-7 Teachers Meeting-Parish Hall-6:00pm at St. Francis

September 22-Confirmation 1 & 2 Parent Meeting-Parish Hall 7:00pm at St. Francis

September 25-Commissioning of Faith Formation Grades1 thru and including Confirmation at 9:30am Mass at St. Dominic and 11:00am Mass at St. Francis

September 28-Youth Listening Session 6:30pm in Parish Hall.  All are welcome

September 29-Mt. Hope Catholic Community Book Group meeting at St. Francis Parish Hall at 7-8:30pm at St. Francis

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

October 8-Feast of St. Francis, Italian Dinner-American Legion Hall Post 303 at 5:30pm, tickets available through October 2nd (Adults $20 & Children $5) after all Masses at St. Francis or call/text 508-523-8143 for tickets.

October 9-Blessing of the Pets and Animals (Drive Up Blessing)  5:00-5:30 pm at St. Francis

October 11-Swansea Community Band Concert-7:00pm at St. Francis, this is a FREE concert; however, tickets are required.  Tickets available starting Saturday, September 17th.

October 13-St. Dominic-Knights of Columbus Installation of Officers

October 15-St. Dominic-America Needs Fatima

October 30-Confirmation 2 Parent Meeting-Retreat Info-at St. Francis Church 6:15pm.

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


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.


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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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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