PROVIDENCE — The 22-story climb to the top of the towers of the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul is at once daunting and enlightening. A skeletal stairwell, enclosed by black mesh fabric that provides some measure of dryness on rainy days, takes workers and visitors to places on the surrounding scaffolding where they can access the 132-year-old cathedral’s signature sandstone façade.
PROVIDENCE — The St. Martin de Porres Center served as the site of a recent Moderna Vaccine Clinic to provide first, second or booster doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to local residents and first responders.
“Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.” – Matthew 11:4-5
Father John G. Greaves, 90, Pastor Emeritus of the former St. Ann Parish, Cranston, died Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Visitation will be held at Saint Ann Church at Saint George Parish, 1493 Cranston Street, Cranston, on Tuesday, December 14, from 10 – 11am. A Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of Father’s soul at Saint Ann Church on Tuesday, December 14, at 11am. Burial will follow in Saint Ann Cemetery, Cranston.
PROVIDENCE — The Vatican document signed by Pope Pius IX which created the Diocese of Providence in 1872, was placed on display and blessed by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin Sunday at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the diocese.
This is a Patronal Feastday of the United States of America and is observed as a Holy Day of Obligation. The Chancery Office Building located at One Cathedral Square, Providence, will be closed in observation of this day.
Father Joseph D. Santos, 62, a priest of the Archdiocese of Braga (Portugal) and long-time Administrator of Holy Name Parish, Providence, died on Saturday, December 4, 2021. Calling hours will be on Friday, December 10, from 4-7pm in Holy Name Church, 99 Camp Street, Providence. A Solemn Latin Mass of Requiem according to the 1962 Missal will be offered for the repose of Father’s soul on Saturday, December 11, at 10am at Holy Name Church. Burial will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Bristol.
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin visited the diocesan Emmanuel House homeless shelter on Thanksgiving to lead a short prayer service where he offered a blessing before helping to serve a traditional turkey dinner to the guests.
“The Sounds of the Season” Concert today at 3 p.m. in the Cathedral - Concert will feature the music of Advent and Christmas with the Gregorian Concert Choir and Orchestra! Tickets available at the door.
Along with the prophets of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah, and with our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, one of the lead characters of the Advent Season is John the Baptist. In the liturgy of Advent John appears in the Gospels especially on the second and third Sundays.
PROVIDENCE — After having to cancel last year’s Rhode Island Catholic Women’s Conference event due to the burgeoning pandemic, Michelle Donovan, assistant director of the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, is pleased to be able to host a live in-person event once again. She said that during the pandemic she heard from so many people that they felt isolated.
PROVIDENCE — Laura Dos Santos has been named director of operations of the Diocese of Providence’s newly developed HealthCare Facilities Management Office. In this new role, Dos Santos and her team will provide support, leadership and guidance to diocesan nursing homes and skilled care facilities, ensuring that residents receive the best care while honoring their Catholic mission and values.