Perhaps you saw the national news story about a group of Catholic school students who were “kicked-out” of the Smithsonian Museum for wearing hats that said “Rosary Pro-Life.” The students explained to the security guards that the hats were being used to identify their large group and to keep it together. They were expelled, nonetheless. We applaud the students for the calm and respectful way they responded to this confrontation and also for their commitment to life – they had just attended the March for Life.
On October 17, 2021, the Church began a two-year process called the Synod on Synodality. One goal of the synod is to listen to the voices of the people of God. It directs us “to hear the voices of other people in their local context… including people of other faith traditions.”
Taxpayer dollars should NOT pay for abortion. The majority of Americans agree with this - both Democrats and Republicans. For over 45 years, the Hyde amendment and similar laws have protected taxpayers from being forced to pay for elective abortion. The Hyde amendment has been signed into law every year since 1976, whether Congress and the White House were led by Republicans or Democrats. The Hyde Amendment has saved over 2.4 million babies and mothers in difficult circumstances from the tragedy of abortion. A strong majority of Americans, including women and men across a range of income levels and racial diversity, support the Hyde Amendment and laws that prevent government-funded abortion. We urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to ensure that the Hyde Amendment and all similar life-saving appropriations riders remain in place. Do not force Americans to subsidize the taking of innocent life. Oppose any bill, including any appropriations bill, that expands taxpayer funding of abortion. Add your name to the petition!
In our new Lenten Reels Series, "Your Lent Questions, Answered," Father Christopher Murphy, Director of the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence and Pre-Ordination Formation, answers your Lent Question: "Why Ashes?"
On Ash Wednesday, Feb 22, Catholics begin the forty-day season called Lent which precedes the celebration of Easter, Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Resources here for you as we journey these 40 days.
Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, will preside at the Noon Holy Mass on Ash Wednesday Feb. 22 in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence. Bishop Tobin will bless and distribute ashes to the faithful to mark the beginning of the Lenten season during the Mass. Can't make it to the Cathedral? Watch the live stream - https://provd.io/live
Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, is calling upon the patronage of St. Dymphna, a seventh-century martyr, to guide his task force that is hoping to combat a 21st-century epidemic: the mental health of the nation’s young people. The Diocesan Task Force on Youth Wellness is developing a menu of available services that parishes, clergy, schools, parents and youth can turn to for help.
WEST WARWICK — Twenty years ago, Rhode Island experienced one of its greatest tragedies. The Station nightclub in West Warwick burned down on Feb. 20, 2003, during a concert by rock band Great White, leaving 100 people dead and more than 200 injured. It is the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. For those who lived through it or lost a loved one, healing from the horrific scars, both physical and emotional, takes time. For some, no amount of time will be enough.
At the Chrism Mass almost four years ago, the Most Reverend Robert C. Evans concluded his homily to the priests of Providence with these sobering words: “Perhaps, when all is said and done, the most we can hope for is others to have said of us: he was a Catholic priest.” The bishop’s words inspire reflection on the supernatural identity of every priest.
MOULTRIE, Ga./PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Driving through Southwest Georgia, as Rhode Island Catholic did last summer, it takes a little effort to reach the small town of Moultrie, which is located about 20 miles west of I-75, a little more than an hour from the Alabama border. The town of about 14,000 is named after William Moultrie, a military captain and patriot in the American Revolutionary War.