Pope Francis has designated Tuesday, September 1 as World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. We suggest using the prayer below, which the Pope included in his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care of Our Common Home.
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one. O God of the poor, help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth. Teach us to discover the worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light. We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love and peace.
~ Pope Francis
Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year and although various groups and businesses are formally observing the holiday on the Friday or the Monday, we thought that attendance at a Saturday evening Mass would still be minimal. Therefore, there will be NO Vigil Mass on Saturday, July 4. Instead, Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, July 5 at 8:00 am and 9:30 am.
Saturday, April 11 our Saturday vigil Mass time returns to 5 pm until November.
We invite you to join us as we commemorate Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection.
Palm Sunday – Masses will be celebrated at 5 pm on Saturday and at 9:30 am on Sunday.
Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated at 7 pm, followed by Adoration until 9:30 pm.
Good Friday – Stations of the Cross will take place at 3 pm, and the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion will be at 7 pm.
Easter Vigil – Mass will be celebrated at 7 pm. A collation will follow.
Easter Sunday – Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am.
During this Lenten season the Church invites us to renew our hearts and lives through prayer, study, fasting and works of charity in the hope of experiencing the redemptive power of Jesus. Our activities and programs are designed to assist us in entering into the spirit of this sacred season.
Lenten Devotions will take place on Monday evenings at 7 pm.
- Monday, March 2 — Reconciliation Service
- Monday, March 9 — Stations of the Cross
- Monday, March 16 — Stations of the Cross
- Monday, March 23 — Tenebrae Service
Our Lenten Bible Study session, to be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm, continues our “Where’s That in the Bible?” series with a discussion of Biblical justification for feeding the poor, especially children.
As part of our Lenten almsgiving, our Social Outreach Ministry is again asking for donations of household items and toiletries for the Rhode Island Family Shelter, the only temporary emergency family shelter in Kent County. Items are due by Palm Sunday, March 29.
Our Youth Ministry is sponsoring a Walk-a-Thon on Saturday, March 28 at 11:30 am. Proceeds will benefit our parish food closet. The event is open to youth of all ages.
Our next Family Bingo Night will be Saturday, January 17 at 5 pm. Admission is $5 per person. Food will be available for sale. Prizes include gift cards to Betty’s Candies, Gregg’s, Cilantro Mexican Grill, Governor Francis Inn, IHOP, movie passes and more. Join us for an evening of fun for all ages! Bring a friend!