Ten years later, efforts were initiated to reestablish the Mission of St. Anthony. The Reverend Father Antonio Gomes da Silva Neves, pastor of St. John the Baptist, appealed to Bishop Matthew Harkins of the Diocese of Providence (Rhode Island) to establish a Portuguese mission in Fall River. For the next three years, the mission was under the direction of the pastors of St. John the Baptist. Father Manuel C. Terra and other priests would come to the mission on the weekends and reside at the homes of local Catholics.
An Official Parish
As the mission continued to grow, the burden on St. John the Baptist Church became greater. With the encouragement of Father Neves, the mission officially became a parish on June 26, 1892, with the Reverend Father Cândido d'Ávila Martins as its first pastor. Upon the suggestion of Father Neves, the parish received the name Senhor Santo Christo dos Milagres.
Santo Christo Mission Statement
The parish family of Santo Christo is a bilingual and bicultural community of faith. Through the power of the Holy Spirit and under the protection of the Mother of God, we celebrate our life in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Our Mission in this new Millennium is to commit ourselves to evangelize with a renewed missionary zeal. We bear witness to Jesus Christ through our common bond of the Holy Eucharist in order to form a people of God living as one society, more just and unified.
We dedicate ourselves to bringing the Good News of life and hope as we journey to the reality of God's Kingdom.
- Parish Pastoral Council