The education and formation of our parishioners is a major priority for our parish. At a child’s baptism, his or her parents and godparents promise to raise the child in the faith of the Church Church. Parents are the Primary Educators of their children in faith. It is their responsibility to teach their children about our Lord and His Gospel. It is their role to form the child’s heart and mind by their example of Christian living. It is their role to teach children their prayers and bring them to Church each week. The parish’s Religious Education Program exists to assist parents in their role as the primary educators of their children. We are here to assist you in educating and forming your children to become disciples of Jesus Christ and active members of the Catholic Church. 


Grades 1 – 7 meet on Wednesday Evenings at the St. Joseph school building on North Main Street. CLasses begin promptly at 6:15pm and conclude at 7:35pm.Schedule of classes and other information given upon registration.

Grades 8-9 (Confirmation) meet monthly on Sunday evenings from 5-7pm at the St. Michael School building (in the Parish Hall) on Essex St. Schedule of classes and other information given upon registration.

Home School Classes are also available for those unable to attend class on Wednesday Evenings. Home Schooling option is arranged on a case by case basis with the Director of Religious Education. Home Schooling is not available for the Confirmation program or for grade 2, as those are Sacramental preparation years.

MASS ATTENDANCE: In addition to participating in class, each child is required to attend Mass each Sunday (or Saturday evening). A child can attend Mass at either St. Michael’s or St. Joseph’s, and must sign in each week. Sign in books are located at the main entrance of each Church. If a child attends Mass at another Church, they are asked to bring back a bulletin from that parish, signed and dated by the parish priest.



At least two years of formation and active participation (Class and Mass) is required to receive First Communion. Students preparing for Confirmation are required to complete Grade 7 either in the Faith Formation Program or in the Catholic School system prior to enrolling in the two-year Confirmation Program. To assume adequate understanding of the sacraments both students and parents need to be involved simultaneously. List of events for parents is provided at registration.



Good attendance is essential to your child’s growth and progress in the learning of our Catholic Faith. Therefore, only 3 absences are permitted. Children missing more than 3 unexcused classes will be asked to repeat the grade. Please call us when your child is sick or unable to attend. The Religious Education office phone number is (508) 567-3638.


Students are with us for a minimal amount of time each year, therefore we can’t afford to waste time behavior issues. Parents will be called in when help with this matter becomes necessary. Cell phones are not to be used at any time during class as they provide a great distraction. Phones will be taken by teacher and picked up by parents at the end of class.


Classes begin promptly at 6:15PM on Wednesdays and the doors of the school are not open until that time. Because there are a large number of children being dismissed at one time, we ask that you come in the building to pick up your child. Please be careful in the parking!


Bibles and textbooks are used throughout the Faith Formation Program. Students who damage them in any way must purchase another copy.


Questions regarding the program should be presented and addressed to Father Jay or Mrs. Lisa Ouellette, Director of Religious Education – grades 1-7. or Mrs. Ana Mello, Director of Confirmation Program


Because of the high cost of mailing, notices throughout the year will be sent home by students and placed in our church bulletin.


Registration cost is $20.00 for the first child, and $15.00 for each additional child. Please know this covers only a small portion of the projected cost of our Religious Education Program. However, if any family is unable to pay, please notify Father Jay or Mrs. Ouellette.


All students are to be picked up at the parking lot entrance only, this is necessary to insure the safety of your child. Cancellations of classes: Parents will be notified via a phone call if the need arises for a cancellation. Please insure that we have an updated phone number on file. This system will also be used to inform you of any scheduling changes, meeting reminders, etc.




Confirmation Program
– All students in the Confirmation program at St. Michael’s and St. Joseph’s church meet for classes on Sundays, per the schedule below.
– Weekly attendance at Mass is mandatory and students must sign in weekly.
– Sunday, January 24 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session III – The Jesus Question
– Sunday, February 7 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session IV – Prayer
– Sunday, March 20 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session V – The Bible
– Sunday, April 10 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session VI – Relationships
– Sunday, December 13 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session IV – Confirmation
– Tuesday, January 12 – 7:00PM-8:00PM – Parent and Sponsor Meeting
– Saturday, January 16 – 9:00AM-12:00PM – Service Project; First Communion Retreat
– Sunday, January 31 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session V – Made for Mission
– Sunday, February 28 – 5:00PM-7:00PM Session VI – Holiness is Possible
For more information, contact Mrs. Ana Mello at

For more information on Adult Confirmation, please speak with Fr. Jay or Fr. David, or by contacting the parish office at 508.672.6713.

Catechist Resources

We Believe – This is the series we are currently using for the program. Resources for class preparation and planning, as well as bi-lingual take-home sheets for the students and parents. Suggested reading for catechists and much more can be found on this website:

Catholic Catechist – for teaching resources

Resources For Catholic Educators – –

Catechists Journey –

Faith Formation Update –

Diocese of Fall River –

Diocese of Fall River Office of Faith Formation –

St. Michael Parish Website –

St. Michael School Website –

Holy Ghost

Livro das Oraçãos ao Espirito Santo em Portugues da Igreja de São Miguel, Fall River, MA


During the Easter season of fifty days our parish has the devotion of the Holy Ghost Crown. The history of the Crown goes back to the 13th century when Queen Elizabeth sponsored a meal for all the poor people of her area on the Feast of Pentecost. She took off her crown and crowned the poor to show that they had royalty because they had the Holy Spirit within them. It is said that she gave her crown to the Church.

The custom began of crowning people on the Feast of Pentecost. The crown developed into the Crown that we have today. The top of the crown has a dove which is the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The scepter that has a dove as well represents the scepter that Queen Elizabeth used. A meal is usually held after the crowning with the Holy Ghost Crown which is called “Sopas do Espirito Santo”.

This devotion has spread to the Azorean Islands where it is still very strong. The people of these Islands brought this devotion with them wherever they settled.

The present devotion consists of seven households that have the crown for one week. Each week is called a “Dominga”. People are invited to visit the house where the Crown is for prayer and getting together. It is the custom that the pastor goes to the house on one of these nights.

At the end of the week the people come to the church for their crowning. The Crown is brought to the church with a flag called the “Holy Ghost Flag”. The flag is red and has the image of the dove on it. The Crown and Flag are placed in a place of honor in the church. At the end of the Mass, The people approach the altar with the designated person that will be crowned. A hymn is sung when the priest puts the crown on the head of the person. Other people hold the crown as the priest incenses the crown and has the people kiss the scepter.

In our parish the custom of assigning the one of the seven gifts to each household is also practiced. A small banner with the gift of the Holy Spirit is shown in the house and at the church. The pastor includes an explanation of the gift in his homily at the crowning and at his visit to the house.


Durante a estação da páscoa de 50 dias, a nossa paroquia tem a devoção do Coroação do Espirito Santo. A historia da coroação vem desde o seculo 13, quando naquele tempo a Rainha Isabel patrocinou uma refeicão a todos as pessoas pobres da sua area, na festa do Pentecostes. Ela tirava a sua coroa e coroava com ela os pobres para lhes fazer ver, que tambem eles pertençia à realeza, porque possuiam o Espirito Santo. Consta que ela deu a sua coroa à Igreja. Começou então o costume de coroa à Igreja Começou então o costume de coroar pessoas na Festa do Pentecostes. A coroação que nós practicamos actualmente. No cimo da coroa está uma pomba que é o simbolo do Espirito Santo. O ceptro, que tambem tem uma pomba no cimo, representa o ceptro que a rainha usava. A refeição tem lugar, por tradição depois da coroação do Divino Espirito Santo, que o povo conhece por “Sopas do Espirito Santo.”

Esta devoção espalhou-se pelas ilhas dos Açores, onde ainda hoje, de mantem muito activa. Os imigrantes daquelas ilhas trouxeram consigo esta devoção para todo a parte para onde povoaram.

A devoção presente consiste de sete lares que tem a coroa durante uma semana. Cada semana e chamada uma “Dominga.” As pessoas são convidadas a visitar a casa onde a Coroa está para oração e fraternizção. É costume o paroco visitor o lar numa destas noites.

No fim-de-semana as pessoas vem à igreja para a coroação. A coroa é trazida para a igreja, com uma bandeira chamada a “Bandeira do Espirito Santo.” A Bandeira é vermelha e tem a imagem duma pomba sobre ela. A Coroa e a Bandeira são colocadas num lugar de honra na Igreja. No fim da Missa, o povo aproxima-se do altar, com a pessoa designada para ser coroada. Carita-se um hino proprio, no momento que o Sacerdote coloca a coroa sobre a cabeça da pessoa. Outra pessoa segura a coroa, enquanto o sacerdote incerisa a coroa e dá o ceptro a beijar às pessoas.

Na nossa paroquia, é tambem uma pratica de atribuir um dos sete dons do Espirito Santo, a cada lar. Um estandarte mais pequeno, com o dom do Espirito Santo está esposto no lar e na Igreja. O pároco inclue, na sua homilia, uma explicação acerca do dom, no dia da coroação, e durante a sua visita ao lar.

Beginning at Easter we celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord for fifty days. We call it the Easter Season. After forty days of the Easter Season we celebrated the Ascension of the Lord. The last ten days become the proximate preparation for the Feast of Pentecost.

During the Easter Season the Paschal Candle has a place of honor near the lecturn.

After the Feast of Pentecost the Easter Candle returns to the Baptismal font.

In these fifty days we also celebrate the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost Crown will begin today to go to seven houses. The fifty days ends with the celebration of the Feast of Pentecost. On that Sunday everyone is invited to be crowned. On the following weekend we will celebrate the parish feast of the Holy Spirit (Mordomia).

Each home that has the Crown will be given a banner upon which is written one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. When the pastor’s visit is made to that home, the homily will be given on that particular gift. The hope is that we might appreciate these gifts that are given to us in the Sacrament of Confirmation.

When the household brings the Crown to Church for their crowning (Dominga), it is a special event. Order and reverence will add to the specialness of the Dominga.

There will be a table set near the lecturn to place the Crown (only the Church Crown). There will be one flag stand to place the Holy Ghost flag. There will be one vase to place one arrangement of flowers before the Crown. There will be a place to put the banner of the Dominga (first Dominga etc.) There will also be a place to put the small banner that presents one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Any other items that may be brought in the procession for the Dominga will have to remain in the pews with the people.

Simplicity teaches us about the significance of the Dominga. It also helps to prevent competition.

When the Dominga arrives at the entrance of the church, the priest will go down to greet them. He will bless everyone with holy water. The priest will then lead the people of the Dominga to the front of the church. The priest will take the Crown and place it on the table. The priest will take the Holy Ghost Flag and place it in the stand. The priest will take the flowers and place it in the vase. A table will be put in front of the first pew to put the two banners.

At the end of Mass the people of the Dominga will come to the altar for the crowning. The priest will get the crown from the table and invite one of the particpants to hold it. The choir will sing “Alva Pomba” while the person is being crowned. The person or persons will remain standing during the crowning. There will be no kneeler. At the end of the crowning the opening prayer of the Pentecost Sunday will be prayed. The priest will get the Flag and flowers and give them to the Dominga for .their procession out of the church. The choir will sing the rest of the hymn “Alva Pomba”
For the parish feast of the Mordomia, each Dominga is restricted to one crown, and the two banners of their Dominga and their banner of one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. A table will be placed in sanctuary to place these items. Everything else that brought will have to remain in the pews with each Dominga. On the Feast of the Mordomia a more elaborate altar will be set to receive the Church Crown and Flag.

This devotion of the Crown can bring about much spiritual good. We need to focus on the spiritual part of this devotion and try to keep the social part in its place.

Começamos na pasqua a celebrar a Ressurreição do Senhoro por um período de cinquenta dias a que chamamos o Tempo Pascal. Após 40 dias do Tempo Pascal celebramos a Ascenção do Senhor. Os últimos 10 dias são de preparação próxima para a Festa do Pentecostes. Durante o Tempo Pascal, o Círio Pascal tern um lugar de honra perto do ambão e só depois da Festa do Pentecostes regressa para perto da Fonte Baptismal.

Durante estses cinquenta dias nós também celebramos o Divino Espirito Santo. A Coroa do Divino Espirito Santo vai começar hoje a visitar sete famílias. O periodo de cinquenta dias termina com a Festa do Pentecostes. Nesse Domingo todos são convidados e podem vir ser coroados. No fim de semana a seguir, celebraremos a Festa do Espirito Santo na nossa Paróquia (Mordomia).

A cada lar que recebe a Coroa será dada uma insignia com um dos sete Dons do Espirito Santo. Quando o Pároco visitar aquela casa o tema da sua homilia será sobre aquele dom em particular. Esperamos que deste modo saibamos apreciar melhor esses dons que nos são oferecidos no Sacramento da Confirmação.

Quando a familia traz a Coroa para a Igreja para Coroação (Dominga) trata-se de uma cerimónia muito especial e por isso tern de haver ordem e reverência, que contribuam para esse fim.

Colocaremos uma mesa perto do ambão onde será colocada apenas a Coroa da Igreja e uma base de sustentação onde será colocada a Bandeira do Epririto Santo. Haverá também um vaso onde se colocará um arranjo de flores perto da Coroa. Teremos lugares reservados para a Bandeira da Dominga e para a insígnia com um dos Dons do Espírito Santo. Quaisquer outros símbolos que venham em procissão e tomem parte na Dominga terão de ficar nos bancos com as respectivas pessoas.

A simplicidade ensina-nos algo ácerca do significado da Dominga evitando ao mesmo tempo certa competição. Quando a Dominga chega à entrada da Igreja o sacerdote vai lá recebê-la e aspergir todas as pessoas com água benta. A seguir, todas as pessoas que fazem parte da Dominga seguem atrás do sacerdote até aos primeiros bancos da Igreja, onde ele receberá a Coroa e colocá-la-á encima da mesa; depois ser-lhe-á entregue a Bandeira do Espírito Santo e o sacerdote também é que se encarregará de a colocar na base ou pegão apropriado.

Finalmente, o sacerdote receberá as flores para as colocar no vaso. À frente do primeiro banco será colocada uma outra mesa para as duas insígnias. No final da Missa, as pessoas da Dominga dirigir-se-ão para o altar para se dar início à Coroação. O sacerdote é que irá buscar a Coroa e convidará uma das pessoas a segurá-la.ts place. Durante a coroação o coro entoara o hino “Alva Pomba” e a pessoa, ou pessoas, permanecerão de pé, pois não haverá genuflexórios. No fim da Coroação será lida a antífona de entrada do Domingo de Pentecostes. A seguir, o sacerdote irá buscar as flores e a Bandeira para as devolver às pessoas,que se organizarão em procissão para sairem da Igreja, enquanto o coro irá cantando o resto do hino, “Alva Pomba”. Como já foi ditto, para a Festa da Mordomia da nossa Paróquia, cada Dominga só poderá trazer uma coroa e as duas insignias: a Bandeira da Mordomia e a outra com um dos Dons do Espírito Santo. Nesse Domingo haverá no Santuário uma mesa onde serão colocadas todas as insígnias. Tudo mais ficará nos bancos perto das pessoas. Também colocaremos uma outra mesa, cuja a decoração será mais elaborada, para receber a Coroa da Igreja e a Bandeira.

Esta devoção da Coroa traz consigo muitos bens espirituais. Precisamos de nos concentrar na parte espiritual da devoção e guardar a parte social para o seu devido lugar.


Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal Brochure in English-Secretariat of Youth Protection, USCCB

Charter for the Protection of Children & Young People in English

Diocesan Policies & Procedures for Abuse Prevention in English’10.pdf

A Rosary for Healing and Protection-Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection

Diocese of Fall River

Our children are the most precious gifts God has entrusted to our care. We acknowledge that all individuals shall be treated with respect, courtesy, dignity, patience, loyalty and integrity.

All Priests/Deacons/Religious/Employees/Volunteers of the church must strictly follow rules in the Diocese of Fall River Code of Conduct (see below) as a condition of providing services to the children and/or youth of our parish/school/Diocese.

All Priests/Deacons/Religious/Employees/Volunteers working with children and/or youth will have an investigative background check, and failure to follow any rule in the Code of Conduct will result in an inquiry from the Diocese.


Our Children are the most precious gifts God has entrusted to our care. As a priest/deacon/ religious/employee/volunteer of the church, I acknowledge that all individuals will be treated with respect, courtesy, dignity, patience, loyalty and integrity. I promise to strictly follow rules in this Code of Conduct as a condition of my providing services to the children and/or youth of our parish/school/diocese.

Situations in which an individual is alone with a minor should be avoided. However, if a one-to-one meeting with a minor needs to occur, it should be held in a public or visible area such as an office with an interior window or an office with the door open.
As professionals it is inappropriate to receive or to give expensive gifts to (or receive expensive gifts from) minors who receive services from us.
(* While it is difficult to define the term “expensive” for this purpose it is defined as a gift not to exceed $50.00.)
Minors are never be disciplined corporally or corrected with abusive or other inappropriate language.
It is understood that alcohol and tobacco products are regulated and defined by age limits as established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Employees, volunteers, priests, deacons, and religious are expected to enforce these regulations and never purchase alcohol and tobacco products for those who are underage.
Illegal drugs shall never be distributed to or purchased for minors in the care of a priest, religious, deacon, volunteer or employee in the Diocese of Fall River.
Prescription drugs shall never be distributed to a person whose name is not on the prescription.
No one will abuse alcohol when engaged in professional activities representing the Diocese of Fall River.
As professionals, we should always provide a safe environment, which ensures that sexual boundaries will not be violated.
Never touch a minor in a sexual or other inappropriate manner.
It is illegal to engage in any form of sexual behavior with a minor.
Professionals in supervisory capacity should be mindful of their responsibilities to the youth that they serve, and at no time shall their role be used to coerce an individual to engage in any sexual behavior.
Always report any suspected abuse to Catholic Social Services 508-674-4681 and other appropriate, designated staff.
I understand that as a priest/deacon/religious/volunteer/employee working with children and/or youth, an investigative background check will be made on me. I understand that failure to follow any rule in the Code of Conduct will result in an inquiry from the Diocese.

Diocese de Fall River

Código de Conduta em Portugues

As crianças são a oferta mais preciosa que Deus confiou a nosso cuidado. Como Padre/Diácono/Religioso(a)/Funcionario/Voluntário(a) da Igreja reconheço que todos os indivíduos devem ser tratados com respeito, cortesia, dignidade, paciência, lealdade e integridade.

Prometo seguir rigorosamente as regras deste Código de Conduta como condição dos meus serviços prestados às crianças e jovens da nosso igreja, escola e diocese.

Situações em que um indivíduo esteja a só com um menor não aparentado devem ser evitadas. No entanto, se um encontro a sós com um menor fôr necessário, o mesmo deve ser feito em local público ou área visível tal como um gabinete com janelas interiores ou de porta aberta.
No exercicio da actividade a que se refere o presente Código de Conduta é incorrecto ofercer ou receber prendas valiosas, a/ou de menores que beneficiem dos nossos serviços. (Sendo difícil determinar o valor, entende-se como valiosa se o seu valor exceder os $50.00.)
Os menores nunca serão punidos fisicamente, ou com linguagem ofensiva e incorrecta.
É entendido que produtos que contemham álcool, ou tabaco, que estão regulamentados e defenidos por limites de idade conforme estabelecido na Comunidade de Massachusetts, devem ser respeitados. Funcionários, voluntarios, padres, diácnos e religiosos devem zelar pelo cumprimento do regulamento e nunca comprar ou fornecer estes produtos a menores.
Drogas nunca deveram ser destrubuídas ou compradas a/para menores ao cuidado de um padre, religioso (a), diácno, voluntário, ou funcioário (a) da Diocese de Fall River.
Medicametos com receita médica nunca serão entregues a pessoas cuja a identificação não conste na receita.
Nenhum colaborador do presente Código de Conduta abusará produtos alcoólicas quando participem em actividades em representação da Diocese de Fall River.
Todos os colaboradores devem ofercer um ambiente seguro, e asegurar que actividades sexuais não serão permitidas. Este inclui, mas nao e limitado a limites sexuais, fisicos e emocionais e qualquer outra forma de contacto tais como telefone, email, MSN, network social e outras formas de contacto eletronico.
Nunca um menor poderá ser tocado de nameira sexual ou imprópria.
É ilegal o envolvimento de qualquer tipo de comportamento sexual com um menor.
Colaboradores com cargos de chefia devem ter em mente as suas responsabilidaes para com os jovens que servem, e em nemhuma altura a sua actuação será usada para os coagir em qualquer tipo de actividade de origem sexual.
Devem ser denunciados quaisquer comportamentos susceptiveis de abusos aos Serviços Sociais Católicos, (508)674-4681 a ou a outra entidade designada.

Compreendo na qualidade de Padre, Diácno, Religioso (a), Voluntário/ Fincionário(a) que, trabalhando com crianças, e/ou jovens, uma investigação criminal prévia, será feita a meu repeito. Compreendo também que, a falta de respeito por qualquer regra do Código de Conduta resultará num inquérito promovido pela Diocese.

Adult Faith Formation


Rose Mary Saraiva is the Director of Religious Education, a Lector and Parish Pastoral Counsel member, here at St. Michael Parish, Fall River, MA. She also works at the Diocesan Faith Formation Office in Bereavement Ministry and also as an Events Coordinator. One of the most enriching events she coordinates are diocesan English Bible Study Groups called “Scripture Alive”. Keep reading to find out more about these spiritually enlightening sessions.

She is also a married, mother of 3 children and grandmother to 2 grandchildren. Her oldest daughter, Rachel, died on September 9, 2006 at the age of 23. Here here to view Rachel’s obituary and send/view condolences; sponsored by Manuel Rogers Funeral Home, Fall River, MA, where Rachel’s wake took place.

The picture you see below is of a painting of Rachel created by Artist Anthony Ferao. The picture you see below the painting is the original picture of Rachel that was used to replicate the beautiful timeless painting seen below.

My Photo

Rachel and Cousin, Catie, August 2006

Rose Mary has taken the time to document her Bereavement journey by writing a blog entitled: Living with Grief: Sharing my journey through grief, in the hopes of helping others. Rose Mary’s blog is a testament to her ongoing healing journey through grief. Below is a short excerpt from Rose Mary’s blog…

“My life is a constant whirl of motion, taking me in new directions, allowing me to grow, to become renewed each and every day. We are asked to continually invest in ourselves, and occasionally to ‘reinvest’ in who we are becoming. Grief is difficult, but when we allow ourselves the space, when we go through it, rather than circumvent it, we allow ourselves to be ‘reborn.’ And though we may come out kicking and screaming, we do come out, we do make it, we are fine, and we are given new chances to make life all the more worthwhile, for not only ourselves, but for those around us as well. So that each and every day, is a ‘birth day,’ a new beginning, and a chance to cash in on our investment.”

You may read her full blog: “Living with Grief: Sharing my journey through grief, in the hopes of helping others” by clicking the link below. The link below that is the Living with Grief Facebook page that you are welcome to visit:

Living with Grief Facebook Page

“I read something the other day about messages that come from the spirit. And yes, I do believe that they reach out to us. The message was, ‘please do not stop loving me, I am still with you always.’

I know I will love Rachel until the day of my own death, and that she will always be a very important part of my life. Others may forget, but my husband, my daughter, and my son will not. And my grandson will know all about his Auntie Rachel, because we will share her story with him. Cherish them in life, and love them always, even in death…”

Excerpt taken from Rose Mary’s blog posted October 22, 2010. Please click the link above to read the full post.

Ever since the death of her daughter; Rachel, Rose Mary has had a relentless passion to help grieving families that have experienced loss, just as she has. While still maintaining her current work schedule, Rose Mary went back to school at BCC, and completed her certification in Thanatology (The Study of Death and Dying) in December 2011 at Bristol Community College, Fall River, MA. With this certificate she is now able to act as a grief facilitator, helping ease others through their bereavement and grief journey. Because of Rose Mary’s hard work; St. Michael now has a Bereavement Ministry, you can learn more about the ministry when you scroll down to the Bereavement Ministry Section. Rose Mary is able to comfort others who are grieving and somehow lighten their load, when possible, because of her experience with experiencing a significant loss; she understands the pain and can relate very deeply and profoundly to families experiencing grief.

“The Friday before Rachel’s death she had called to ask me to get her high school transcripts, I was to fax them to her the following Monday. She was registered and just needed a copy of her transcript, I remember how happy and excited she had been that day.

As this thought bounced around in my head, the tears began streaming down my face. And then it hit me, I knew exactly what I needed to do. ‘Rachel,’ I said out loud in the shower, ‘you are going to cross that stage, you are walking in with me.’

We were given alumni pins and one of my fellow graduates suggested I use it to pin Rachel’s photo to my gown; at first I wasn’t sure, then I looked at him and said thanks, what a great idea; and so not only was she with me, now everyone could she her crossing that stage as well. It was perfect. She would be captured in my photo as I crossed the stage.

When it was finally our programs turn to make our way across the stage, I felt as if I had wings. That feeling that you are exactly where you need to be, where you are meant to be, and that every obstacle has helped form the ‘you’ you are

Rachel began the dream and I simply fulfilled it for her. We both graduated that day, and her and I walked hand in hand across that stage. A mother living out the dream of her daughter, through the very same spirit that had given her the wings as a child to take flight…”

This was excerpt of Rose Mary’s own words in quotation marks taken from her blog posted June 05, 2012 about her graduation day. Please look closely at the picture of Rachel pinned to Rose Mary’s Graduation Gown. Please click the link above to read the rest of what happened on this very moving day.

Grief and Loss:
Together Finding Ways to Making Sense of it all

Beginning May 01, 2012, St. Michael Parish started a Bereavement Support Group, facilitated by St. Michael’s own, Rose Mary Saraiva to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. This is a support group to help people cope with the loss of a loved one. Losing someone we love truly hurts, leaving us with so many unanswered questions and a multitude of conflicting emotions. At first, we may turn to family and friends to share our grief; but as time goes on, we may find it difficult to reach out to them. It becomes difficult for them to understand our feelings.

The basis of the group is to allow individuals to share their experiences, feelings, emotions with others who are on the very same journey. In the sharing, often we discover new ways of coping, and begin to discover new strength and hope.

The Bereavement Support group celebrated its one year anniversary May 2013. Please click link to read the June 07, 2013 article published in The Anchor entitled: Bereavement Ministry Helping those Dealing with Grief

The group initially met at St. Michael Rectory, but because the group has now grown, gatherings are now held at St. Joseph’s Rectory, Fall River, MA. There is no fee to participate. Please park in St. Joseph’s Parish parking lot located in back of the church and Rectory.

If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please call (508) 642-0583 or E-mail:

Please click below to view and download the informational flyer. Below that is the link to the Bereavement Support Group Facebook Page that you are most welcome to visit.

Bereavement Support Group 2014 Schedule

Bereavement Support Group Facebook Page

Scripture Alive: Scripture Alive in Fall River, MA is conducted by Sister Frances Thomas on Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM at the St. Joseph Rectory, Fall River, MA. The fee is $20.00 to cover cost of text and resource material. Please register by calling Rose Mary Saraiva at (508) 678-2828. For more information please visit

While still maintaining her current work schedule and still being involved in all her volunteer activities St. Michael’s Own, Rose Mary Saraiva is also now a Monthly Contributor to The Anchor as of September 2012. The Anchor is the official Catholic Weekly Newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River. Bishop James L. Connolly launched the diocesan newspaper April 11, 1957. We at St. Michael Parish would like to personally congratulate Rose Mary for this, one of many, accomplishments. Her Column is called “In the Palm of His Hands” and her first article is entitled “Walking with Faith” written for the September 07, 2012 issue of The Anchor. Click the picture above with the logo of Rose Mary’s Column and it will send you directly to her column and all the articles she has written for her column “In the Palm of His Hands”. If you would like to read the full The Anchor Newspaper of the very first issue that Rose Mary published September 07, 2012 please click link entitled: Walking with Faith. If you would like to read the most current article every month of Rose Mary’s Column “In the Palm of His Hands” please click

Anchor Subscription & Renewal time is now upon us and all parishioners are encouraged to subscribe to The Anchor, the weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Fall River. This is a great means to grow in faith and stay informed of issues of relevant to the faith that secular newspapers can neglect or distort. St. Michael’s Own, Rose Mary Saraiva has been a monthly contributor to The Anchor since September 2012. Subscribe to The Anchor and read her column “In the Palm of His Hands”. Subscriptions remain at $20.00/year. New Anchor Subscription envelopes will soon be available in the main entrance of the Church. Please take one, fill out your contact information, enclose $20.00 cash or a check made out to the parish, and put it in the collection basket. Those who currently subscribe to The Anchor should be receiving their re-subscription envelopes in the mail soon. Please enclose $20.00 cash or a check payable to the parish and drop it in the collection basket. Since The Anchor is now on the web, you can now also pay by credit card by renewing or subscribing to The Anchor online at: If you chose to renew or subscribe online, please indicate that you are a member of St. Michael Parish, Fall River, MA.

New Diocesan Directories-The 2012-2013 Fall River Diocesan Directory which is also created by The Anchor Publishing Company is also now available for sale. The directory features photos and information from all parishes, schools and offices throughout our diocese, photo directories of priests and permanent deacons, comparative data on parishes, pastoral planning projections, where records of closed parishes can be found, a phone list of diocesan personnel, user-friendly ads from Catholic supply stores and more. Directories are $18.00 each and can be ordered online at or by sending a check made out to: The Anchor Publishing Company to Diocesan Directory, P.O. Box 7, Fall River, MA or call (508) 675-7151 for more information.