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One of the unique gospel stories is that of the tax collector called Zacchaeus, a short guy who became intrigued by Jesus. When Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming to Jericho, he climbed a tree to … more
PROVIDENCE — As much as Father Lukasz J. Willenberg misses being part of a regular parish family back home in the Diocese of Providence, where he served as assistant pastor at St. Luke Church … more
PROVIDENCE — With 11 other youths from around the United States, 16-year-old Olivia Marcoux of Rhode Island recently found herself with a grand view of Saint Peter’s Basilica, surrounded … more
PROVIDENCE — It might not seem noteworthy at first to suggest that Providence College has been producing a lot of Friars lately — the school has been graduating them by the classful ever … more
PROVIDENCE — On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Office of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Providence organized its annual Rhode Island Catholic Women’s Conference. The theme for the event was … more
One of the endearing qualities of Catholics is that we have great reverence and affection for our loved ones who have died. This is true throughout the year but especially in November, the month … more
The Book of Sirach chronicles various types of friends. The inspired author notes, “There are friends when it suits them; but they will not be around in time of trouble … [but] faithful … more
A striking image confronts every priest who exits the sacristy of St. Peter’s Basilica before celebrating Mass. Roncalli’s “Altar of the Lie” depicts an authoritative St. … more
The 45 books in the Old Testament and the 27 books in the New Testament include works of poetry, history, letters, narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, even novels, and of course the Gospels. The … more
Mass for Veterans Day CRANSTON — Mass for Veterans Day will be celebrated on Friday, Nov. 11, at 12:05 p.m., at Saint Paul Church, One Saint Paul Place. The Mass, celebrated by Father Thomas … more
PROVIDENCE — It’s late afternoon on Thursday. The golden rays of the setting sunshine through the stained glass windows of the chapel at Our Lady of Providence seminary, a brick, … more
VATICAN CITY —The COVID-19 pandemic has weakened many parishes, but that community “in the midst of homes, in the midst of people,” is still an essential place for nourishing and … more
LINCOLN — On Sunday, Oct. 30, the St. Basil the Great Church in Lincoln welcomed His Grace, Bishop François Beyrouti, for his first pastoral visit as the newly-enthroned Eparch of … more
PROVIDENCE — St. Sebastian Parish welcomed its new pastor, Father Edward Sousa on Sunday, Oct. 16. Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans celebrated Holy Mass at the church and officially installed … more
Bingo Night BRISTOL — Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, 127 State St., will host a Bingo Night fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Msgr. Lolio Parish Center. The event is 18+ and offers all … more
Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” … more
Throughout Rhode Island and the nation, many lined the streets and sidewalks to peacefully and prayerfully stand up for all human life at the annual Life Chain event, including here at St. Philip … more
No, the Maccabees did not run a funeral home on Pine Street in Pawtucket. That family was the McAloons. The Biblical name Maccabee, loosely translated “hammer” denoting ferocity in … more
The very fact that we have an All Souls’ Day on the liturgical calendar of the Church reminds us of the importance of praying for the dead. It also serves to remind us that Purgatory is real … more
At Mass a couple of Sundays ago, we heard the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector. The Pharisee is rightly criticized by commentators and homilists for his pride, which was clearly … more
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