There is a candle in every soul… some brightly burning, some dark and cold. There is a Spirit who brings fire, ignites a candle, and makes His home. Carry your candle, run to the darkness… seek out the hopeless, confused and torn. Hold out your candle for all to see it. Take your candle and go light your world.
Go Light Your World, by Kathy Troccoli
Epiphany is so often brushed to the side- even called Little Christmas by many- it remains an important day on the calendar not only for the many Orthodox Churches, the Byzantine and Easter-Rite Catholics, it’s a great day! We celebrate that Light of the world- our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ- driving out the darkness, doubt, and fear from this world by His grace, mercy, and love! As we have begun this New Year, may we reflect that light and warmth of Christ to all we meet!
On Tuesday at 6:30 pm, join us at Bishop Lawton Hall at St. Francis de Sales as we welcome Collette Tours (as seen on Wheel of Fortune- they’re based right down Rte. 95 in Rhode Island) and learn about the incredible trip to Italy we’re planning in October 2024! I’ve taken this trip before, and it’s a tremendous adventure!
On Sunday, Jan. 21 at 2 pm at St. Francis Church, we will have a Holy Hour to offer our prayers and intentions for the defense and protection of Human Life from the moment of conception to natural death. The Church’s crystal-clear stance is that every life is sacred and must be fought for and protected, and we will take up that fight.
We live in a society that cheapens and dismisses that truth in so many ways, and we must pray and act to change this mindset, to challenge our society to see the value God has been given to each human life. Join us for an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and let’s ask our Blessed Mother to intercede and remind our world what her Son taught the world.
On Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 am, our new Auxiliary Bishop, Most Rev. Cristiano Barbosa, will be ordained at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross– everyone’s welcome, as Vicar Forane for our area, it will be an honor for me to represent. He has already impressed so many with his humility, warmth, sense of humor and pastoral care. I look forward to what he will share with us, as our Regional Bishop.
Two very special evenings with a dynamic TV, film and stage actor and dedicated Catholic who will light up St. Mary’s Church with three presentations: Monday evening, March 21: Signs! The Gospel of John and Tuesday evening, March 22: The Sermon on the Mount and Hollywood vs. Faith!
Take everyone to this special evening with TV and film star Frank Runyeon, and be inspired, encouraged, and spellbound!
Admission is a free will offering. Mark these dates on your shiny new calendar and join us!
Looking up. Looking ahead.
Wednesday, February 14– Ash Wednesday Thursday, February 29 at 5:30 pm- First Reconciliation at St. Mary’s Thursday, March 7 at 5:30 pm- First Reconciliation at St. Francis de Sales Tuesday, March 19– Solemnity of St. Joseph Thurs & Fri, March 21-22- Lenten Mission at St. Mary’s Monday, March 25– The Annunciation of the Lord, Solemnity