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.
'Letters From Home' infuses the classic style of the USO with a witty, modern edge and features high-energy singing and tap dancing performances. 'Letters From Home' is funny and heartfelt, harmonic and uplifting. Having performed 900+ shows across the world (including singing at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy France and entertaining Battle of the Bulge veterans in Belgium,) McVinney Auditorium is THE official Rhode Island stop of the 50 States Tour!
Did you know? February 14, Valentine’s Day, is actually “St. Valentine’s Day." However, you probably did not know that there as many as three(!) saints named "Valentine" who are all commemorated on this day by the Church.
On February 6, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated large areas of central Turkey and northwest Syria. The death toll has surpassed 35,000 and continues to climb. The earthquake is the worst to strike Turkey this century. Later that day, the region experienced a second magnitude 7.7 quake. You can help - - Catholic Relief Services will support emergency relief efforts led by local partners in both Syria and Turkey with Caritas Turkey, Caritas Syria in Aleppo and Lattakia—where extensive damage has been reported—and other local partners. Already in Turkey, Caritas Anatolia, in coordination with authorities, is bringing displaced people to safe, open spaces and distributing hot meals and clothing. Click to donate. Donations may also be made by phone at 877-435-7277 from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, or by mailing check or money order to: Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 5200, Harlan, IA 51593-0700.
PROVIDENCE — In the words of the famous Mexican singer Ana Gabriel, “I have no money or anything, the only thing I have is love to give.” These words were spoken in his homily by the new coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Providence, Bishop Richard G. Henning, before more than 1,000 faithful, winning the hearts of the Hispanics present at his welcome Mass in Spanish.
I’m thinking of the gentleman who called my office to say that he drove past my house every day, and that he sometimes saw a coyote prowling around, and knew that I walked my little dog in the same area and wanted me and the puppy to be safe. And the lady who sent me a package filled with candy and other treats for my Easter basket after I had written about how much I treasure the Easter basket my mom gave me many years ago.
Black History Month is an annual celebration during February, of achievements by African Americans and is a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. It is an excellent time to learn about Black Catholic history.
This diocesan Convocation is for all adults in order to grow in knowledge and practice of their Catholic faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. It is for parents who are the first teachers of their children in the faith. It is for catechists, teachers, and youth ministers who hand on the faith to adults, children, and teens. And it is for anyone who wishes to learn skills for sharing the faith to others. The day includes a variety of enriching breakout sessions, exhibits, lunch, Confessions, and Adoration and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The day will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard Henning. Visit the website to purchase tickets, sign up for event updates, view the schedule of the day and more.
Occurring annually, the observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 12) are opportunities to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family...
PROVIDENCE — In a glorious Mass of Reception at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on Jan. 26, nine weeks after being appointed by Pope Francis to serve as coadjutor Bishop of Providence with the right of succession, Most Rev. Richard G. Henning, D.D., S.T.D., presented the papal bull, signed by the Holy Father, to Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, D.D., authenticating his appointment. Click for photos and more!
PROVIDENCE — Ordination to the Office of Bishop is, according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the “fullness of the sacrament of Holy Orders.” With this esteemed position come symbolic marks of the office that distinguishes bishop from priest. Many of these have been part of the Church’s rich tradition since the Middle Ages, and each has its own significance.