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On God, the Moral Law, and Losing Your Mind

Francis J. Beckwith Friday, December 9, 2016

This school year, I am on the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder, serving as the 2016-2017 Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought & Policy. One of the classes I am teaching, “Philosophy and Religion,“ covers a number of contested issues in the philosophical assessment of religious belief, including the question of whether morality requires God.

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Per Suonare et Laetare!

3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 20

The Rhode Island College Early Music Ensemble offers works by Bach, Stradella, Cima, Vivaldi, Campra, Marini and others....Admission Free!!!

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Is God Calling You?

Identifying signs of a vocation to the priesthood and fostering it.

I am Fr Julien Esse, vocation director of the Society of African Missions (SMA). I am from Togo a little French country in West Africa. My missionary order is an international Society spreading the Gospel throughout Africa and among people of African origin wherever they are. I kindly ask any young person in Holy Name of Jesus Church to keep the door open for the Lord who might be calling for his work. Jesus might have something for you to learn, something for you to do, something for you to see, someone for you to minister to. He needs us parents to help him reach out to young people who might be discerning for religious life or diocesan priesthood.

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Be Prophetic. Be Faithful. Pray.

Most Holy Trinity Monastery

On May 17, 2016 Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship gave the address to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. This annual event, which brings together many dignitaries, heard the Cardinal urging American Catholics to resist “ideological colonialism” which our country, along with the European Union and most of the post-Christian West now seeks to impose upon the people of Africa and the rest of the Third World.

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Holy Name Summer ad 2016

Celtic Cultures

An Evening of Irish and Scottish Music

Saturday the 13th of August at 6:30 PM

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Father's Day Remembrance 2016

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Mother's Day Remembrance 2016

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Cardinal Sarah: ‘How to Put God Back at the Center of the Liturgy’

Translation of an interview by Christine Broesamle 05/30/2016 with The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, published by the French magazine Famille Chretienne.

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On the Passion

Pope St. Leo the Great

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Cardinal Sarah: Fidelity to God and Family Is Africa’s Most Precious Treasure

by Joan Frawley Desmond

The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments discussed his World Meeting of Families keynote address, as well as crucial issues on the agenda for the upcoming synod at the Vatican.

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Announcements Feb 2016

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Liberal racism bares its fangs

by George Weigel Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Shortly after the Synod concluded, the Web site of the German bishops' conference posted an article by one Björn Odendahl, proposing that the great success of the New Evangelism in Africa is "because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith."

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St. Maximilian Kolbe Relic 2016 Pilgrimage

In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of Conventual Franciscan Friar, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Our Lady of the Angels Province has scheduled a pilgrimage of a relic throughout our province U.S. and Canadian territory. The reliquary pictured here is one of four that was created in 1971 (11 years prior to his canonization – thus marked as B. Max. Kolbe as he was then only elevated to blessed) to hold a portion of his beard that in 1938 was shaved after Friar Maximilian received permission from his Minister Provincial. It contains many symbols from the life of St. Maximilian: the base is in the shape of his birthplace of Poland, covered in the “thorns” of occupation by the Third Reich. Out of those thorns, however, burst forth a lily of purity and a tulip of martyrdom – symbols of love triumphing over hate. The strands of our saint’s beard are hosed in a class case entwined with our Franciscan knotted cord representing his vocation to our Order and our vows of chastity, poverty and obedience.

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Liberal racism bares its fangs

by George Weigel Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Shortly after the Synod concluded, the Web site of the German bishops' conference posted an article by one Björn Odendahl, proposing that the great success of the New Evangelism in Africa is "because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith."

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Of African Family Values and the Synod

by Francis Njuguna 10/06/2015

An Interview With Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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New Year's Schedule at Holy Name

Christmas Schedule at Holy Name

Year of Mercy Year of Repentence

“God’s offer of mercy and healing love stand, and are offered to everyone. But these magnificent gifts must be accessed through repentance. That is to say, we must come to understand the seriousness of our condition, turn to God, call upon his mercy, and begin to receive the glorious medicine he offers: the medicine of his Word, of the Sacraments, of prayer, and walking in fellowship with the Church, which he established as his ongoing presence and voice in the world (cf Acts 2:42).

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Additional Announcements - November 15

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The Triumph: A Parish Mision

Fr. David W. Gunter, MIC is a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception located at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. He was ordained in 2009 for the Archdiocese of Boston. Prior to entering the priesthood he studied at Northeastern University receiving a B.A. in Economics and Geology in 1981 and an MBA from Babson College in 1984. He entered the Marian Fathers in July, 2014, and completed his novitiate in August 2015 when he professed fist vows. Over the last few years Fr. David has been researching Marian apparitions, Marian teachings by saints and popes, and has compiled an exciting program based on a book he has written called “The Triumph.”

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Sermon on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God

Archimandrite Tikhon

No Catholic Christian is Without Theotokos’ Protection In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit! Today the Holy Church marks the day of the Protection of the All-Holy Theotokos. This is essentially a Russian celebration, but happens in a very few parishes of other Churches. Most of you know that this feast arose in Greece, in Constantinople. In the Blachernae temple, St. Andrew the Fool-for-Christ, a well-known ascetic in Constantinople at that time, beheld the Mother of God during the Divine Services standing above all the faithful, holding her mantle of Protection above them, her archiepiscopal omophorion, invisibly protecting each worshipper, each one who was in the church, striving whole-heartedly toward God. Only two people saw this spiritual vision: Andrew the Fool-for-Christ and his disciple. The rest continued praying as before. They stood reverently, paying attention to the words of the prayers. But what a difference there is between those two, who saw the Holy Theotokos, and us who stand with faith in church while faith raises our souls up to God?

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Out of Africa Comes a Cry for Help Against the Culture of Death

Emboldened by Pope Francis, African Bishops Denounce the “Ideological Colonization” of their continent by the West - Steven Mosher - 2015 Sep 30

Arriving in the Philippines last January, Pope Francis warned his millions of listeners to resist “ideological colonization.” This destructive assault on families, the Pope continued, included efforts to “redefine the very institution of marriage, by relativism, by the culture of the ephemeral, by a lack of openness to life.” Africans, above all, know what he is talking about. After all, their continent has been the playground of Western imperialists for the past two centuries. Their bodies were enslaved, and their countries were colonized. Now the target is their very minds.

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The Rosary: In Lepanto as Today, God is Concerned with the presence of Truth in the World He Created

Fr. Richard G. Cipolla

Last Wednesday was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It is a feast beloved by so many Catholics, for the Rosary is one of the most popular, in the best sense of that word, prayers among Catholics.

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Apostacy - How Suppression of Truth about God led to Depravity and Suppression of Truth about Marriage and Family

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Here in Italy the summer has reached its height: the sun beats down on the city and on the countryside by day, and by night the elderly sit outside and watch the people passing by.

To the eyes of the Faith, by contrast, the whole of mankind is plunged in the most profound darkness, for both the Church and the World are in the throes of the gravest and most profound crisis in the history of their existence. The crisis is one of Apostasy, not so much in the formal sense of the explicit rejection of the Catholic Faith, but rather in the general sense of the falling away from God.

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My Dear Parishioners

The reason for this note is to share with you a review of the final totals from the Increased Giving Campaign. There are many ways in which we can look upon these results.

First of all this is a wonderful sign of our vitality as a parish. It is very true of our beloved Holy Name that “United we stand – Divided we fall!” The response shows us to be united in our desire to maintain what has been handed on to us and continue to encourage growth in the parish.

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No such thing Islam

“Wake up! The cancer is at your door. They will destroy you. We, the Christians of the Middle East are the only group that has seen the face of evil: Islam”.

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Fighting for Life in Africa, August 12, 2015

London, England (Catholic Online) - I remember when I was about 10 years old being overwhelmed with a sense of deep shame when I first heard my grandmother's stories about some traditional practices during her childhood in the 1920's and before the missionaries came to our part of Africa.

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Announcements, August 8, 2015

Persecution of Christians Continues, “Come and See” Day --- Sunday, August 16, from 1-3pm., Thoughts from Pope Leo XIII, Fr. Anthony Left Behind Him a Blessing, Planned Giving with Holy Name Parish

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HNJ 2020

My dear Parishioners,
We are often reminded that Pentecost is a time of rebirth, not simply a joyful feast but a moment of rededication of our lives as Christians strengthened and renewed by the Spirit. The Feast of the Assumption of the Mother of God on the 15th of August shows us the hope to which our lives tend.

As it is for the individual Catholic, so it is true for his or her parish. And through a happy coincidence of events Holy Name Parish is at the threshold of a new era even as we celebrate this season after Pentecost. With the sale of the school building, the parish is debt-free for the first time in decades. There are many regrets, but for the future of the parish we must look forward. So I ask you to take a moment and ponder the future of our Parish with me… think, perhaps, about what you would like to see happening here over the next five years.

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A Trip to Nigeria

I had a great trip from Boston to Frankfurt. And a good flight to Lagos. To my surprise Edith, Fr. Jude’s In-law, was on the Boston flight and continued with me to Frankfurt and then to Lagos. It was almost as if God did not want me to be alone on my first trip to Africa.

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A Sermon for Passiontide St. Alphonsus

Jesus Christ is "the True Light, which Enlighteneth every Man that cometh into this World" - John 1:9. He Enlightens all; but He cannot Enlighten those who 'Voluntarily' Shut their Eyes to the Light; from them the Savior 'Hides' Himself. How can they, Walking-in Darkness, Escape the many Dangers of Perdition to which we are Exposed in this 'Life', which God has given us as the Road-to Happiness? I will Endeavor today to convince you of the Great Danger into which Tepidity brings the Soul, since it makes Jesus Christ 'Hide' His Divine Light from Her, and makes Him less-Liberal in Bestowing-upon Her the Graces and Helps, without which She shall find it very Difficult to-complete the Journey of this Life, without Falling into an Abyss - that is, into Mortal Sin.


Extra Announcements 22 March 2015


Selected Quotes of the Fathers on Great Lent 2015.docx

"As we are therefore beginning this sacred season, dedicated to the purification of the soul, let us be careful to fulfill the Apostolic command that we cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit (IICor. 7:11), so that restraining the conflict that exists between the one and the other substance, the soul, which in the Providence of God is meant to be the ruler of the body, may regain the dignity of its rightful authority, so that, giving offense to no man, we may not incur the contumely of evil mongers. With just contempt shall we be tormented by those who have no faith, and from our wickedness evil tongues will draw weapons to wound religion, if the way of life of those who fast be not in accord with what is needed in true self-denial. For the sum total of our fasting does not consist in merely abstaining from food. In vain do we deny our body food if we do not withhold our heart from iniquity, and restrain our lips that they speak no evil." - St. Leo the Great - 'Lent the Season of Purification.


The Distinction Between Faith and Hope


Letter to parishioners on the sale of the school


Pre-Lenten downloads


Advent Penance 2014


Advent Lessons and Carols, Christmas and New Year's Day Schedule

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Consider for a moment that everyone on earth has the same amount of time in every day. President or paper boy, housewife or executive, farmer or financier – they all have exactly 24 hours in each day, 168 hours in each week, 525,600 minutes in each year. Some people take that time and build relationships, dream dreams and make plans, cultivate their walk with God, develop new skills and live lives of adventure. Some people watch a lot of TV.What differentiates people isn’t the amount of time available to them, but the manner in which they exercise their gifts and talents within the available time. We can waste time; we can spend time; or we can invest our time wisely. That’s what stewardship is about: faithfully developing and using our gifts, talents and resources within the amount of time God has allotted to us.

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The origins of the Kasper errors

Roberto de MatteiIl Foglio October 1, 2014 [Translation: Contributor Francesca Romana]
The upcoming Synod of Bishops has been preceded by a rumpus in the media which attaches to it a historical significance greater than its ecclesiastical importance as merely a consultative assembly in the Church. Some are complaining about the theological war the Synod promises to be, but the history of all the Episcopal meetings in the Church (such is the etymological significance of the term “synod” and its synonym “council”) has been made up of theological conflicts and bitter debates on errors and divisions that have threatened the Christian community since its beginnings.

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Islamophobia-phobia and the Rotherham Rapes

by William KilpatrickSeptember 17, 2014
“Prelate rues rising Islamophobia in wake of Islamic State atrocities.”
The headline caught my eye. It seems that Auxiliary Bishop Denis Madden, who chairs the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, has expressed concern that “Islamophobia in America is on the rise” in the wake of atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq.

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A Tale of Two Churches

by Francis Cardinal George, O.M.ISeptember 15, 2014
Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about himself and humanity by breaking into the history of human sinfulness.

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The Footsteps of St. Paul Pilgrimage ~ April 21-30, 2015

Travel with Father Joseph and Rhode Island Catholic on a magnificent spiritual journey over land and sea in Greece and Turkey. Includes: Athens, Corinth, Ephesus, Santorini, Patmos, Thessaloniki, Crete, Philippi, Meteora, and more. For information and to make reservations, please contact Marianna at Unitours: 1-800-777-7432 or mpisano@unitours.com, or ask Father Joseph for a brochure.

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CCD Program 2014-2015

Registration for CCD (catechism) will occur at the weekend masses over the weekends of September 6 & 7, September 13 & 14 and September 20 & 21. Registration forms will be available at church or may be requested by emailing or Miss Aldrich, Director of Religious Education at HolynameofjesusDRE@gmail.edu.

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Notes of One Week in the Islamist Global War Against Everyone Else

Christians Beheaded in Nigeria; Massive executions in Syria and Iraq; in England, Massive Abuse and a Startling Publication

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Restoring Catholic Culture: Preparing the Soil

Raising kids can be dirty work. At least that’s the way we like to think of it. We have found great insight in Our Lord’s parable of the seeds (cf. Lk. 8:4-15). In the parable, Jesus compares four different types of soils: the pathway, the rocky ground, the weeds, and the good soil. God scatters His seed on each type of soil, but only the good soil allows the seed to bear fruit. As parents, we are all called to prepare the soil of our children’s hearts, so that they will receive God’s Word and bear abundant fruit. We must also make the effort to clear out the “weeds” of this world-materialism, inappropriate television shows, unmonitored Internet access, bad peer groups, etc. We are called to cultivate virtue and root out vice, so that our children’s souls will become fertile soil. This is a daunting task, and we can’t possibly succeed without the help of God and His grace.

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Islam: Territorial Advances on the Western African Front Nigerian Cardinal: Young Muslims are Joining Boko Haram

3,000 miles from Mosul (Iraq), and Raqqa (Syria) in the "Islamic State", and 1,800 miles from the new "Islamic Emirate of Benghazi" (itself just 400 miles from Athens or Sicily), Islamist armies are now conquering Nigerian cities in which Christians have lived together with Muslims since the time of the first missionaries.

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Christ is still being Crucified!!

For two thousand years, our dearest brethren saw it all from Mosul: Romanized Greeks, Hellenized Persians, Hellenized Romans from all origins later called "Byzantines", Armenians, Arabs from the desert with a religion of the sword, Egyptians, Crusaders, Mongols, Turks, French and British, "Independence"... Then the clumsiest Empire in history, an Empire unwanted by most voters, unwarranted by the Republic's own Constitution, led by bellicose hawks motivated by God knows what, justifying their actions on untruths, arrived, upsetting a balance that was not the best, but was best of all possible outcomes (at that moment). Two Vicars of Christ had cried their hearts out in vain warning of the grave danger of an intervention, of the, "extremisms that could stem from it."

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Opus Sanctorum Angelorum Three Day Mission

May 26-28, 2014
Holy Name of Jesus Parish
99 Camp Street Providence, RI 02906 Tel. (401) 272-4515
By Fr. Wolfgang Seitz and Fr. Matthew Hincks
of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross
Opus Sanctorum Angelorum or “Work of the Holy Angels” is a spiritual movement of the Church, faithful to and approved by the Magisterium. It is ordered to spreading the knowledge of the powerful help we have in the Holy Angels. The Work spreads the Consecration to the Guardian Angel and membership in the international Confraternity of the Holy Guardian Angels.

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Mother's Day Remembrance 2014

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Easter Flowers 2014

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Stations of the Cross 2014

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Writings from the Church Fathers.

The Cross is not only the mystery of salvation, but an example to follow.

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Songs of the Celtic Soul

Songs in the traditional Celtic Style, as well as of the Baroque and Classical eras?
Elizabeth Walsh, Soprano
Jacob T. Stott, Piano, Organ
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Bishop Rifan Photo Gallery

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Lessons and Carols 2013

A solemn celebration of Lessons and Carols for the Feast of the Epiphany will be held on the 5th of Jan. at 3:00 PM sung by the parish Schola Cantorum of St. Ambrose.

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Christmas Bake Sale

A wonderful assortment of Christmas treats will be available after all of the Masses on December 15th at the back of the Chapel or in the Narthex of the Church

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Christmas Basket Raffle

Tickets on sale after all Masses at $2.00 each and 3 for $5.00. Raffle will take place after the Christmas Bake Sale.

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2013 Advent Celebration of the Sacrament of Penance

6th of December at 7:00 PM in the Lady Chapel

"Because of human weakness... Christians ?turn aside from [their] early love' (see Rev 2:4) and even break off their friendship with God by sinning. The Lord, therefore, instituted a special sacrament of penance for the pardon of sins committed after baptism, and the Church has faithfully celebrated the sacrament throughout the centuries? (decree promulgating the Rite of Penance)

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God is With Us!

A Eucharistic Miracle for our times

In 1996 in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Argentina, when the present Pope Francis was Auxiliary Bishop under Cardinal Quarracino, an amazing eucharistic miracle took place. He himself had it photographed and investigated and the results are astonishing.

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A Week of Prayer & Devotion

October 12 - 20, 2013
99 Camp Street, Providence, R.I. 02906-1799
All are welcome!

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Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13, at all Masses:
4:00 p.m. Vigil o 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
A consecrated woman of Regnum Christi will promote this beautiful Catholic tradition.
For those who would like to enthrone the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart in their home, office or college dorm, Enthronement Kits will be available for purchase after each Mass. Suggested donation: $10. Proceeds will benefit Mater Ecclesiae College. At 3:00 PM Rosary Procession in honor of our Lady of Fatima around the green followed by Benediction in the Lady Chapel

Series on the Liturgy
Monday through Thursday, October 14 - 17, 6:00 p.m.
Presented by Fr. Joseph D. Santos Jr.
Topics: A Brief History of the Liturgy, The Family of Liturgies of the Catholic Church, The Mass of the Catechumens, The Mass of the Faithful.
45-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q & A period. In the Lady Chapel.

Mass in the Rite of Braga
Friday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.
A brief talk on inculturation in the Liturgy according to Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Document on the Liturgy from Vatican II, as manifest in the history and peculiarities of the Rite of Braga.
Then, at 6:00 p.m., Low Mass in the Rite of Braga will be celebrated in the presence of His Excellency D. Teodoro de Faria, Bishop Emeritus of Funchal (Madeira).

Pontifical Mass in the Extraordinary Form
Saturday, October 19, 11:00 a.m.
Celebrant: His Excellency D. Teodoro de Faria
Sermon: Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Karl of Austria-Hungary, one of the few leaders who worked to promote peace before, during and after World War I. For his efforts, he was rewarded by the fascists with forced abdication and exile.

Conference on the Blessed Sacrament and Ceremony of the Silver Rose
Sunday the 20th of October at 3:00 PM
"How is Jesus Present in the Eucharist?"
Presented by Raymond de Souza, Director, Office of Evangelization, Diocese of Winona, MN.
The service concludes with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

For more information, please phone the parish rectory at (401) 272- 4515.

On Correcting Deviant Liturgical Customs

By Dr. Peter Kwasniewski IN MY LAST BLOG, I talked about the phenomenon, quite common today, of those who would delay or oppose the correction of liturgical abuses or imperfections because they feel that people's feelings will be hurt or that they will be confused by "more change." While I grant that too much change too fast would be a bad thing, and that all change should b ...

10th Anniversary of the founding of the Apostolic Administration of St. John Mary Vianney in Brazil

May God continue to bless their growth. (The video is in Portuguese)




Sacrament of Baptism
Please call the Rectory for scheduling and Pre-Baptismal Preparation.

Sacrament of Penance
Wednesday evenings 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Saturday afternoons 3:00 - 4:45 p.m. and the last Sunday of the month 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in the Lady Chapel, or by appointment.

Sacrament of The Sick
Please notify us of all parishioners in the hospital or needing annointing of the sick.

Sacrament of Marriage
Please contact the rectory at least six months in advance.

Holy Orders
Any man interested in the Priesthood or the Diaconate may speak to Fr. Santos or contact the seminary (401-831-8001 or check their Web site www.catholicpriest.com).

Adoration of the Blesssed Sacrament
Every Wednesday in the Lady Chapel; Exposition at 9:30 a.m. (after Mass), confessions from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Benediction and Reposition at 5:30 p.m.

First Friday Nocturnal Adoration begins with Mass and Exposition at 8:00 p.m. and concludes Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. with Benediction and Mass.

Holy Hour
All Sundays of Lent, Stations of the Cross with Benediction. All Sundays of May, Marian Devotions with Benediction. For other celebrations, please see the timetable inside the bulletin.

Intercessory Prayer Network
Mrs. Barbara Bacon 751-2574.


Saturday Vigil
4:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses
7:30 a.m. (Latin Extraordinary Form)
9:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. (Sung Latin Extraordinary Form)
12:30 p.m. (African Catholic Community)
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m.
8:00 a.m. (Latin Extraordinary Form)

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