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EAST PROVIDENCE – Parishioners at St. Martha Church were treated to a new kind of dinner theater earlier this month when they attended a play staged by an ensemble of dedicated and faith-filled performers. Guests enjoyed the precious gifts of delicious food and joyous laughter during the performance, and left the parish hall filled with inspiration and awe in anticipation of the birth of Christ on Christmas Day. more
PROVIDENCE – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence’s Office of Vocations will begin the broadcast of a television advertisement on Wednesday, December 26 as part of the annual Vocations Awareness campaign. The television ad will be complimented by the recently redesigned Web site and other efforts that are intended to inspire Catholic men to learn more about a potential calling to the priesthood. The ad may be viewed at www.catholicpriest.com or www.youtube.com/ dioceseofprovidence. more
PROVIDENCE – Like Del’s lemonade and traffic jams on Route 1 define summertime here, Trinity Repertory Company’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” has become synonymous with its own season in Rhode Island. For many, Christmastime is not complete without a visit to the theater on Washington Street to see another remaining of the classic Charles Dickens tale. more
PROVIDENCE — Ice and cold weather could not stop hundreds from attending the annual “Sounds of the Season” concert presented by the Gregorian Concert Choir and Festival Orchestra on December 9 to help raise funds for The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin’s “Keep the Heat On” campaign. With the prospect of a cold winter and rising fuel costs, the program provides much needed assistance with utility payments to struggling individuals and families throughout Rhode Island. more
PROVIDENCE — Diocesan Chief Finance Officer Michael F. Sabatino and Controller J. Timothy Kocab agreed during an interview of the annual financial report of the Diocese of Providence that finances enjoyed moderate growth during the past fiscal year. They stated that while challenges still exist, diocesan finances remain healthy because of a good annual return rate on investments, the prudent use of resources, and the generosity of countless individuals who support diocesan charities and programs. more
“The Golden Compass” movie, which opened last weekend in theaters across the country, has created controversy among Catholic schools and organizations for what many deem an anti-Catholic message. Many dioceses, including the Diocese of Providence, have taken steps to educate parents and students at Catholic schools about the message behind the movie and books. Bill Donohue’s Catholic League has even called for a boycott of the movie. more
PROVIDENCE — To meet the demands of the growing Catholic Hispanic population in Rhode Island, for the second consecutive year, the Office of Vocations hosted a retreat day for Hispanic men who are interested in the priesthood. more
PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island's Supreme Court decided last week that the state Family Court did not have proper jurisdiction to grant a divorce to two women married in Massachusetts where same-sex unions were legalized in 2004. more
Andrew Messina Home Parish: St. Peter’s, Warwick Age: 52 Seminary: Blessed John XXIII, Weston, MA High School: Belleville HS, Belleville, NJ College: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, B.S. Electrical Engineering and Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, M.S. Computer Science Parents: Dominic (deceased) and Dorothy Messina Siblings: Charles Hobbies: Music more
NARRAGANSETT – At St. Thomas More Parish, where the congregation swells in the summer and recedes to just locals in the winter months, Advent is about preparation. more
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