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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
NORTH PROVIDENCE – Pro-lifers from all over the state filled the pews at St. Anthony Parish Saturday morning to kick off the Diocese’s 2nd Annual Human Life Guild Day. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin served as the main celebrant and homilist for the day’s opening Mass. more
WARWICK – Tucked behind Sts. Rose and Clement church in a large, grassy field is a fenced-in slice of gardening paradise. more
CUMBERLAND – Sr. Marie Therese Priham, 97, a Sister of Mercy, died Wednesday, October 10, at Mt. St. Rita Health Centre. more
In his column on celibacy in the September 27 issue, Fr. Joseph Lennon asks : Does today’s mutual exclusiveness of matrimony and holy orders cripple the Church’s ability to love? A letter to the editor argues that it does. I propose that there is a complimentarity between marriage and celibacy which enables the Church to love fully. more
LINCOLN – The parishioners of St. Basil the Great Parish know that their church is much more than a building. more
ATTLEBORO, MASS. – The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette has announced a day of fasting for the laity to show support for priests here and around the world. The Lay Day of Fast to Support Our Priests will be held on October 20 from dawn to 3 p.m. Closing services will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary for Priests, and a closing Benediction, when all priests will be offered into Our Blessed Lady’s care and protection. more
Truth in advertising has long been practiced by businesses trying to sell themselves and their wares to the public. The principle can also be applied to colleges and universities in their recruitment of prospective students, and should certainly be a practice of those institutions that identify themselves as Catholic. more
PROVIDENCE — Providence College is hosting a unique exhibit this month at the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies. Philately and Holiness: Dominican Saints and Themes from the Stamp Collection of Dominican Reverend James A. Driscoll is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry. more
Assignments Reverend Hugo Carmona, to part-time Hispanic Ministry and residence at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish, Providence, while continuing in part-time Hispanic Ministry at St. Joseph Parish, Newport, effective immediately. Reverend Robert E. Lacombe, from resident, St. Timothy Parish, Warwick, to resident, St. Martha Parish, East Providence, effective immediately. Very Reverend Norman W. Bourdon to Diocesan Dean, Deanery IV (Cumberland/Lincoln) effective immediately. Very Reverend Maurice L. Brindamour to Diocesan Dean, Deanery XII (Woonsocket) effective immediately. more
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