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Pregnancy is normally a time of joyful expectation of welcoming a new life into the world. But news of a new potential disability or life-threatening condition can be devastating. Many years ago, … more
In the well-known song, 12 gifts are given to one’s true love on each day of Christmas. By the 12th day, the receiver has accumulated a houseful of seemingly odd and useless gifts — after … more
Bishop Richard G. Henning installed Father Christoper Mahar as pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Providence, on Sunday, Nov. 26. In his homily, the bishop spoke of the enormity of the responsibilities … more
Polish Catholics have a 1000-year-old Christmas tradition that I would like to recommend to you. The “oplatek,” or Christmas wafer is a large, rectangular flat wafer made in the same … more
Little Flower Home seeks volunteers PROVIDENCE —“When I was a stranger you welcomed me…” Do you have the heart and the home to host a homeless pregnant woman in your home? If … more
JERUSALEM — Ben Amir was born in Los Angeles, California, of Israeli parents, who moved back with their family to Israel when he was 12. He had a good life working for a car importer in the … more
Do you have doubts, or do you simply have difficulties? People will sometimes say that they have doubts about certain teachings of the Catholic Faith. It might concern something strictly theological, … more
One standard of the Christmas season for both the secular and the believing worlds is an annual performance of George Frederick Handel’s oratorio, “The Messiah.” The Boston Symphony … more
Many people in today’s world decry the secularization of the Christmas season, and in many ways these concerns are legitimate. Nonetheless, no amount of consumerism or decline in religious … more
Q: Since Christmas is on Monday this year, can I go to a Christmas Vigil Mass on Sunday and have it fulfill my Sunday and Christmas obligations? A: As you note, in 2023 Christmas Eve falls on a … more
PROVIDENCE — In a colorful and culturally rich celebration, the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul hosted the diocesan Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12. The Mass, … more
PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence has opened a new women’s emergency homeless shelter on the second floor of its Emmanuel House shelter, located on the South Side. State of Rhode … more
WAKEFIELD — In a departure from tradition, Monsignor Clarke School substituted its annual bazaar with a unique and immersive experience: a Drive-Thru Living Nativity. This innovative event … more
Judge Frank Caprio is something of a Rhode Island institution with a storied career in public service and law. He is also a man of humor, integrity and compassion. Recently, I was sorry to hear his … more
Bingo night at Mary Mother of Mankind Church NORTH PROVIDENCE — Mary Mother of Mankind Church, 25 Fourth St., will host our second bingo night to benefit the religious education program on … more
PROVIDENCE — The Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul was filled with a sense of anticipation and joy on Dec. 3, from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. as participants of all ages gathered for an Advent Day … more
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Haitian Project’s Louverture Cleary School (LCS) outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, continues to provide a transformative Catholic education for the country’s … more
PROVIDENCE — In a resounding inaugural event on Dec. 1, the Young Adult Evangelization ministry successfully launched its much-anticipated First Fridays program. This monthly initiative, … more
I have a unique relationship with Mary. Like any mother and son, we’ve gone through ups and downs together. As a child, praying the rosary was often punishment for breaking the rules, usually … more
Advent-2023 is as short as Advent can be, so this annual column on Christmas gift books that will inspire, entertain, inform, or all of the above comes a bit earlier than usual; it also includes … more
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