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Compared to the busyness and excitement of December, January is a rather quiet month. The holidays are behind us and we’ve settled in to survive the onslaught of winter, whether it turns out to be a lion or a lamb. more
MANCHESTER, NH —?Presentation of Mary Sister Germaine Fagnant, 103, of the Sisters of the presentation, died December 16 at the St. Joseph Residence. more
Annual Mass for Life slated for January 19 PROVIDENCE – The Respect Life office of the Diocese of Providence is sponsoring the annual Mass for Life on Saturday, January 19, 2008 at St. … more
FALL RIVER – Adoption By Choice, a program of Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc. will hold an information session for individuals and families interested in domestic newborn or international adoption. This session will be held on Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Catholic Social Services, 1600 Bay Street, Fall River, Mass. more
Reverend Chinnaiah Yerrnini, from Administrator pro tem, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, West Warwick, to Pastor, St. Mary Parish, West Warwick, with temporary residence at SS. John & James rectory, West Warwick, effective January 21, 2008. more
When the founder of human embryonic stem cell research says a new advance spells “the beginning of the end” for his field, we should pay attention. That happened last month, when Dr. James Thomson of Wisconsin and Dr. Shinya Yamanaka of Japan discovered how to “reprogram” ordinary adult cells to act like embryonic stem cells. Dr. Thomson said these induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) “meet the defining criteria we originally proposed for human ES cells, with the significant exception that the iPS cells are not derived from embryos.” more
It’s January, and that means that the Rhode Island General Assembly has once again commenced with “the people’s work” in another legislative session, which this year began on New Year’s Day. Of great concern are the severe budget deficits and limited funding for programs that affect those who live on the fringe of our society. It is the powerless and voiceless poor who will be directly affected most by the budget cuts and trims that undoubtedly will be brought forward for consideration. The issue of same-sex marriage will once again be pushed by a small but vocal minority as they seek legal recognition. more
An advertisement featured recently on local radio begs support for a Roman Catholic missionary congregation that has earned justifiable renown over the last century. This religious congregation of priests and sisters had brought the Gospel message, amid much suffering and persecution, to what today is often called the Third World. They have a noble record. more
To the Editor: It is with great disappointment that I read Fr. Joseph Creedon's letter to the editor in the December 20th issue of the Rhode Island Catholic. As a teacher in a … more
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