Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023, marks the beginning of the Advent season, which lasts until Christmas Eve! The first Sunday of Advent is when the liturgical year begins and is a time when we prepare and celebrate in anticipation of the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ. Before coming back to Catholicism, I had always understood that Christmas is when Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem. However, I didn’t know much more.
We begin our new weekly Advent video series for you from the Diocese of Providence. For the first Sunday of Advent, December 3, Deacon Lionel “Bud” Remillard, Assistant Director of the Office of Deacons for the Diocese of Providence, shares some thoughts on how we can begin to prepare for Christmas during Advent.
El 2 de diciembre empezaremos con la Novena a Nuestra Sra. de Guadalupe, donde el Sr. Obispo Richard Henning estará visitando distintas parroquias durante la Novena, las fechas están en el flyer adjunto. / On December 2, we will begin with the Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, where Bishop Richard G. Henning will be visiting nine different parishes in the Diocese of Providence during the Novena. Find all dates and locations below.
Saturday, December 2 beginning at 10:30 a.m. concluding with the 5 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence. The day features speakers Rev. Msgr. Anthony Mancini, Cathedral Rector, and Sister Elizabeth Castro, HMSP. Our theme will be: "The coming of Jesus at Christmas and the Mercy of God." Advance registration required. Click for more!
The year 2022 has been one for the ages in the Diocese of Providence. In January, the diocese began the second half of its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, celebration, with many large-scale events planned to engage the faithful. On February 16, 150 years to the date that Pope Pius IX signed the papal bull which officially created the Diocese of Providence on Feb. 16, 1872, a copy of that Vatican document was placed on display at the cathedral. It would turn out to be a historic year in other ways also, including the naming of a coadjutor bishop in December to serve alongside Bishop Thomas J. Tobin as he prepares to submit his intention to retire when he turns 75 on April 1, as prescribed under canon law. At the same time, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans, who submitted his letter of retirement in September, when he turned 75.
From the Smallest State to the Little Town of Bethlehem! RI Catholic Executive Editor Rick Snizek visited Bethlehem, West Bank, on December 10, while attending a Media Summit of invited Christian journalists and professionals from around the world. Click for photos!
Our Eucharistic Advent Mission will be offered by Father David Mary Engo, a Franciscan friar and national preacher. This one-night mission will be offered at different parishes in the diocese each night; the same presentation will be offered each night during a Holy Hour. Click for more.
Watch the live stream of the Celebration of Christmas beginning at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve from the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul - - 11 p.m. is "A Concert of Christmas Meditations" with the Gregorian Concert Choir and Festival Orchestra under the direction of Reverend Monsignor Anthony Mancini. At 12 a.m. is the Solemn Celebration of Midnight Mass with Most Reverend Robert C. Evans, Auxiliary Bishop of Providence. Click to watch!
Christmas is now upon us, a time when we joyfully celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It seems to me that the meaning of this season can be found in just one word — “Emmanuel” — which means “God is with us.”.....