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The following reflection from St. Gregory of Nyssa (fourth century): Today, the darkness begins to grow shorter and the light to lengthen, as the hours of light become fewer. Nor is it … 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
One of the Church’s traditions, which is rarely heard outside of novitiate and seminary halls, is the reading of the “Roman Martyrology.” It is a book detailing the lives and death of early Christians. For all its tediousness, it is an awesome tale of real people who believed Jesus Christ was born and is fully God and yet, truly one of us in all ways except sin. In this book, the birth of Jesus is beautifully proclaimed. more
NEWPORT – The spirit of Christmas was present at Cluny School this week when Kindergarten student, Michael Tavares, celebrated his 6th birthday. He enjoyed a fun-filled birthday party but made a special request to his family and friends – instead of giving him presents for his birthday, would they bring a gift that could be donated to Cluny School’s collection for Toys for Tots? More than 20 new toys were collected in response to Michael’s birthday wish. more
Without a doubt the centerpiece of the Christmas Season is the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph huddled together in the Bethlehem stable – always a beautiful and comforting scene for us. Is it any wonder that year after year we pause before the familiar manger displayed in our homes, churches – and sometimes public places – to gaze upon the Holy Family, say a little prayer and embrace a welcome moment of peace. more
PROVIDENCE — Diocesan participants who attended the tenth National Black Catholic Congress said they returned home with renewed faith and optimism. The congress, held every five years, took place July 12-15 in Buffalo, N.Y. The theme was “Christ is With Us:?Celebrating the Gifts of the Sacraments.” About 2,500 people from the United States, West Africa and the Caribbean attended the convention. more
St. Bartholomew pilgrimage PROVIDENCE — The Respect Life Committee of St. Batholomew Parish, 297 Laurel Hill Ave., will sponsor a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, … more
Special Apostolate Reverend Paul A. Charland, from Catholic Chaplain, Mt. St. Rita Health Centre, Cumberland, to Catholic Chaplain, St. Francis House, Woonsocket, with temporary … more
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