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My Dear Friends: Congratulations on your recent engagement! Your intention to enter the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony is a source of joy for you, your family and friends and the entire Church … more
PROVIDENCE —A few years ago, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) created the “National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage.” The initiative, approved in November of 2004, is a … more
PROVIDENCE — Boy meets girl, they fall in love. He pops the question, she says “yes.” Now it's time to start working on the wedding preparation checklist: notify the parish priest, pick … more
PROVIDENCE – Many pastors and chaplains of Catholic colleges have discovered the importance of adding a part-time wedding consultant to their staff to help couples planning to marry with the … more
HOLYOKE, MASS. — St. Joseph Sister Ann Therese McCaffrey, formerly known as Sister Lawrence Joseph, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died October 15 at Mont Marie … more
Knights' dinner NORTH KINGSTOWN - The Knights of Columbus, St. Francis Council No. 2011, will host a "St. Patrick Dinner-Dance," March 18, cocktails, 6:30 p.m.; dinner, 7 p.m., at the council … more
PROVIDENCE — Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and the St. Thomas More Society have announced plans for the Annual Red Mass, September 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. Providence College president and Warwick native Dominican Father Brian J. Shanley will serve as the homilist. more
A recent headline in a Catholic website caught my attention: “Trust evaporating – Poll finds clergy trustworthiness slips precipitously.” The poll surveyed attitudes about the clergy in Canada. According to the survey, 61 percent of Canadians trust church representatives, far below the 97 percent who trust firefighters and the 94 percent who trust nurses. The good news in this poll, if there is any, is that clergy still rank above the pollsters themselves (59 percent), journalists (48 percent) and politicians (just 15 percent). Small comfort it seems. more
World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. more
My Dear Friends in Christ, Celebrated this year on October 21, World Mission Sunday gives us the opportunity to reach out in faith to more than two-thirds of the world’s people who have yet to hear the “Good News” of Jesus Christ, their Savior, or to experience through the word and witness of missionaries His abiding love. The responsibility to be missionary, to share our faith and to be active participants in the Church’s mission to all peoples, came to us at Baptism. Therefore, on World Mission Sunday we can show this responsibility within the context of the Eucharist by offering prayers and support, through the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, for the mission of making Jesus known “to the ends of the earth.” more
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