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Winter crippled Rhode Island last Thursday with an unexpected blast that stranded people and left them wondering, “Who’s in charge?” more
PAWTUCKET – Amanda DeCesare says she was thrilled to learn that her original artwork has been selected from among hundreds of student offerings to bear the personal Christmas message of Bishop Thomas J. Tobin this year. more
CUMBERLAND — A elderly man recently said that without the assistance provided by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin’s “Keep the Heat On” campaign, he would have been forced to continue sleeping in the cold. more
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 or 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
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