Pastor's Corner

Pastor's Corner

Wishing you “Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaiobh” – Happy Saint Patrick’s Day.

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 3/12/19

Oh, if only Gene Clancy were here to read this headline! The blessings of the Christian patron of Ireland on all members of Holy Redeemer Parish. There are few saints as famous as the patron saint of Ireland. While St. Patrick is well-known, we don’t know too much about ... Read More »

Lenten Ember Days

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 3/03/19

Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week are the Lenten Ember Days. Ember Days are three days of fasting and prayer traditionally set aside to mark the turn of each seasons. After Vatican II their celebration was made optional. In the wake of last summer’s flare up in the ... Read More »

Reflections on Pope’s Sex Abuse Conference

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 2/27/19

Pope Francis’ historic worldwide conference on the Church Sex Abuse Scandal came to a close last Sunday. As is the case with all such events mixed reviews were offered on Monday. Some abuse victim advocates panned the conference’s outcome. They were critical because the conference didn’t promulgate concrete new ... Read More »

Evangelizing Without Being Obnoxious

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 2/03/19

The Season of Lent is just around the corner. Ash Wednesday the beginning of the season is March 6. This week a letter outlining our plans for Lent will be mailed to parish households. Watch for it in your mail. The Lenten Season is a great time for evangelization ... Read More »

Celebrating World Marriage Day This Weekend

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 2/03/19

In all three of today’s reading from the Liturgy of the Word we hear about how a vocation is a gift of God. It is different from a job. A vocation is a special calling from God that takes all of our energy. Isaiah, Paul and the apostles Simon ... Read More »

Candles, A Martyr, and Committing Your Life to God,

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/27/19

It has been forty days since Christmas and so on Saturday the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. According to Luke’s gospel this is the day that Mary and Joseph brought the infant Jesus into the Temple for the first time. They came ... Read More »

Parish Summer Fun-raiser

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/23/19

Tentative plans are underway for a parish summer fun-raiser to be held on Sunday, August 25, 2019. That is the Sunday closest to the anniversary of the first dedication of Holy Redeemer Church back in 1916. The Woman’s Club and Knights of Columbus are onboard. We plan to have ... Read More »

A Credibility Gap

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/14/19

A recent Gallup Poll announced that the credibility of Catholic clergy has taken a nosedive in the last year. The poll announced that the percentage of Catholics who rate the honest and ethical standards of clergy as “very high” or “high” has dropped by 18 percentage points over the ... Read More »

Bishop da Cunha’s Announce Clergy Record Review

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/07/19

In 2004, the Diocese of Fall River released a list of thirty-two priests and one seminarian who had sexual abuse charges made against them in the previous fifty years. The diocese also reported at that time the total number of abuse allegations was 216. has a database listing ... Read More »

Letter from the Bishop - 1/3/2019

Posted by Fr. John Sullivan on 1/05/19

January 3, 2019Dear Friends in Christ,As we begin this New Year, I write to inform you of recent, important steps taken in the Fall River Diocese in our ongoing efforts to foster healing in the wake of the clergy sexual abuse crisis and to provide greater transparency in our ... Read More »


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