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COVENTRY — In his younger years, Michael Cooley, 52, experienced homelessness, physical and sexual abuse, alcohol and drug addiction, gang fights and more trauma. But none of it prevented him from becoming a loving husband and father, as well as a successful business development executive. more
Last week, the community of Saint Augustine School celebrated Spirit Week, which included Grandparents Day Mass and classroom visits; more
Relationships are a lot like rubber bands. An elastic can be stretched and pulled for brief periods, but once the stress is released, it returns to its original shape. Yet, if it is stretched indefinitely, left hanging and bearing some heavy weight, it eventually loses its elasticity. It becomes misshapen. Its vibrancy and purpose are lost. Something similar can be said of relationships long overburdened by issues and tensions. They eventually lose their shape. They are overstretched and cannot find their way back. A rubber band can also be pulled beyond its capacity. It can snap. Sadly, we know the same is true in relationships. An act of betrayal, a gross transgression of boundaries, or some other disloyalty can sever any friendship. Most relationships can bend and stretch with little setbacks and peccadillos (they can even be strengthened by them), but a grave breach of trust is almost always the end. more
PHILADELPHIA — When Pope Francis travelled to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, his many speeches included an appeal to youth to remain invested in the mission and outreach of the Church community. more
Assistant Pastor Reverend Felipe C. Polanco Santiago, a priest of the Diocese of Mao-Montecristi, to part time Assistant Pastor, St. Michael Parish, Providence; part time Catholic Chaplain, Rhode … more
WASHINGTON — As he walked in through the Southeast Gate of the White House last Tuesday, along with a couple of hundred of his peers to be honored by President Obama on National Teacher … more
On Sunday, Oct. 2, hundreds participated in the Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Cumberland to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church building. Father Fernando Cabral, … more
JOHNSTON — For teachers in Catholic elementary schools, the push for greater technology education has been felt strongly in the classroom, where new resources and increasing standards for digital … more
Servants of Christ for Life to organize Spring Rosary Novena PROVIDENCE — All are invited to join Servants of Christ for Life for their Spring Rosary Novena. A Mass will begin the day at Our … more
Another Rhode Island institution is about to close its doors forever. Benny’s, the local go-to store for everything from spark plugs to kitchenware will soon be consigned to that category of closed … more
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