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Question: Why do some parishes use red wine for the precious blood and others use white? Much like how the hosts used for holy communion will vary slightly in size or thickness depending on which … more
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew issued an historic joint statement on September 1st—the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation—which begins the five-week ecumenical … more
Well, dear readers, I hope you’ve had a very good summer with some personal time for relaxing, recreating and renewing. Hard to believe that it’s passed so quickly and that we’ve now re-entered … more
The Catholic Church preaches, teaches and practices total nonviolence. This statement is not true regarding the Catholic Church today. But it was an accurate and true description of the Catholic … more
On July 13, 1917, during the third apparition at Fatima, Our Lady warned that if mankind did not repent God was going to punish the world for its crimes by means of war, hunger, persecution of the … more
Think to a time when you were hungry. Remember how it felt, a bit uncomfortable, right? You may have even said, “I’m starving!” But you knew that in a short time the next meal would be there … more
In the very ancient Church Mass was often celebrated over the tombs of the martyrs. A wooden platform similar to a table was placed over the martyr’s remains to hold the paten and chalice required … more
The local mosque in nearby North Smithfield sponsored an open house for northern Rhode Island as a gesture of friendship toward the Islamic community’s neighbors in the Blackstone Valley. St. James … more
Though there are many different kinds of candles in a typical parish church, this question is most often directed to the practice of lighting votive candles. These candles, which are smaller than the … more
If someone’s house was on fire would you pour gasoline on it? Well the answer is obvious: Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is very similar to what the United States and many other more … more
He had large hands. His left one rested easily on the boy’s left shoulder. Both looked comfortable with the arrangement. They sat in the first pew at a daily Mass in a Church about 500 feet from … more
My years at Our Lady of Providence Seminary at Warwick Neck were privileged by having fine organists to offer majestic praise to God and to support the student choir. Father Ronald Brassard, recently … more
“Ask the Newly Ordained” features Fathers Brian Morris, Joseph Brice and Stephen Battey — who respond to questions about the faith from Rhode Island Catholic readers. It is often said that … more
On May 13, as Pope Francis canonized at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary in Fatima, Portugal two of the local shepherd children who first witnessed the appearance of the Blessed Mother at the … more
There was cheering two years ago this month when Pope Francis issued Laudato Si’, his long-awaited encyclical on the environment. But it was two years before that, at a weekly audience one fine … more
“Lemony fresh!” Those are the words I said to my two newly ordained brother priests, Father Stephen Battey and Father Joseph Brice, after I wiped the chrism off my hands with the maniturgium and … more
Masada is an ancient fortification located on top of an isolated rock plateau in the Biblical province of Judea, today’s southern Israel. The surrounding land is generally desert. Picture a TV … more
A few random thoughts before I take a little break for summer . . . ** It’s just two years since the publication of Laudato Si, the historic encyclical of Pope Francis that calls us to a renewed … more
Pope Francis has stated on more than one occasion that the Catholic Church should not be intent on proselytizing the five-and-a-half billion persons who have not yet heard the Gospel message in its … more
Q. What does being ordained to the Priesthood mean for you? Having had a few days to reflect on the great gift of the Sacrament of Holy Orders that I received on June 3, one response from the Rite … more
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