500 protest federal funding at Planned Parenthood clinic
R.I. priests already able to offer abortion absolution
Archbishop George H. Pearce dies at 94
Society of St. Vincent de Paul holds National Assembly in R.I. for first time
Around the Diocese 09.03.15

A Celebration of St. Francis and a Season of Creation

PROVIDENCE — On Thursday, Sept. 24 from 6 - 9 p.m., the Office of Life and Family Ministry will host “A Celebration of St. Francis and a Season of Creation,” in honor of St. Francis of Assisi The event will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, 244 Smith St. William Patenaude will be the keynote speaker reflecting on Laudato Si’. There will be presentations from organizations, including RI’s Urban Forestry Program, RISE, National Grid, SmartPower, RI Resource Recovery Corp., and others. The event is an opportunity to learn more about how to can help nature and how to create a network between these organizations which can be used as a resource. Among the topics that will be presented are: tree planting, energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling and waste disposal, parish gardens, local agriculture, farmer’s markets, composting and state grants/programs for solar energy at schools, parishes and homes. Attendees will have the opportunity to take the St. Francis Pledge. There will be fellowship and light refreshments. For more information and to register contact Carol Owens at 421-7833-218.

Back to School: Back to Work on …
Across Rhode Island thousands of children and adolescents head back to school this week. It is an occasion to once again commit to revitalizing our Catholic Schools across our Diocese. Since the 1885 Third Plenary Council of Baltimore in which the Bishops of the United States mandated that every Catholic parish build a Catholic school, children across our country have benefited from a Catholic education. The task before us is to find a way to make that education both affordable and robustly Catholic for them and their families. While acknowledging the tremendous contribution lay people have made to Catholic education, one cannot deny that the Catholic School system in our country was the creation of consecrated religious, mostly women, in the 19th and first half of the 20th century.
Labor Day: The Dignity of Work
Next week marks the annual celebration of Labor Day. While the nature of this holiday tends toward a secular celebration, the importance of Catholic teaching on the dignity of human labor should not be forgotten. As Pope St. John Paul II wrote in his encyclical on human labor Laborem Exercens: “Created in God’s image, we were given the mandate to transform the earth. By their work people share in God’s creating activity....Awareness that our work is a sharing in God’s work ought to permeate even the most ordinary daily activities.” There are practical consequences to this view of human labor. John Paul II spoke of the “priority of labor over capital [since] labor is the cause of production [and] capital, or the means of production, is its mere instrument.” Catholics seek an economy that puts priority on workers and their flourishing.
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