On the Feast of Saint Nicholas, Dec. 6 the Masse family at Paul Masse Chevrolet in East Providence presented Bishop Thomas J. Tobin with a large donation to benefit vital ministries of the Diocese of Providence. The family donated $250,000 to the Catholic Charity Appeal, which through its many ministries, provides social, educational and spiritual support to thousands of Rhode Islanders each year. A gift of $50,000 was given to the Diocesan Assistance Fund which provides charitable support for a number of causes. And a gift of $50,000 to the “Keep the Heat On” program which helps families and individuals keep their homes warm throughout the winter.
Psalm 8 is a beautiful and soaring tribute to the dignity of man. Even in reflecting upon the grandeur of the universe, the psalmist is awe-struck by the importance of man in God’s plan of creation. “You have made him little less than a god; with glory and honor you crowned him,” he writes.
“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
PROVIDENCE — Louise Dussault — widely known as “Duce” — has spent the last 34 years serving the Diocese of Providence as the Director of Catholic Youth Ministry. In these past three decades, she has dedicated herself to responding to the needs of young people and helping to create a space so that their unique gifts could be shared with the larger community. But it is her own unique gifts that have made a lasting impact on those she has encountered in her many years in the diocese.
When Bishop Tobin kicked off the beginning of this year’s “Keep the Heat On” challenge, which he initiated almost 18 years ago upon coming to Providence, he encouraged the students of St. Cecilia School in Pawtucket to recall the blistering winters Rhode Islanders often experience. With the fuel and inflation crises, this year marks an especially crucial time to remember those in need.
This is a patronal feast day in 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.
Many years ago, I attended a Peter, Paul and Mary concert in Pittsburgh. You know Peter, Paul and Mary – the famous folk group that sang Puff the Magic Dragon, If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind, and lots of other anthems to peace and justice. But at this concert, a few rows in front of me, were several young guys who apparently had a little too much to drink or smoke. They were carrying-on – loud, disrespectful and disruptive.....