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From Bishop Tobin: Remembering the Faithful Departed

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The prayerful remembrance of the deceased on All Souls Day, and throughout the month of November, is a beautiful part of our Catholic tradition, and a source of great consolation for all of us. Of course the death of a loved one is a time of sadness and personal loss. Death is wrapped in mystery […]

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11.01.14: Solemnity of All Saints

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“After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands…. [One of the elders] said to me, ‘These are the ones who have survived […]

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11.03.14: All Souls Day Masses at our Catholic Cemeteries

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The Diocese of Providence Office of Catholic Cemeteries announces the schedule of All Souls Day Masses to be held at the following Diocesan Cemeteries on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm Noon. Everyone welcome.     “Happy are those who died in the Lord; let them rest from their labors, for their good deeds […]

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Save the Date – 05.20.15: Lumen Gentium Awards

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The Lumen Gentium Awards honor and recognize individuals, groups, and organizations for their service to the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Providence. These Annual Catholic Service Awards will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2014, beginning at 6:00pm at Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI.  All proceeds will go towards scholarships for Catholic School […]

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From Bishop Tobin – Question: is Jorge Elorza an Atheist?

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Is Jorge Elorza, currently a candidate for Mayor of the City of Providence, an atheist or not? The question emerged early in the mayoral campaign and has reappeared in recent newspaper coverage. The issue comes about as a result of an article he wrote a few years back for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. […]

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From Bishop Tobin: Random Thoughts About the Synod on the Family

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– It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and children awaiting God’s grace. — In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, […]

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Tues., 10.21.14: The White Mass

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The Rhode Island Catholic Medical Society invites all physicians, health care professionals and workers, their families and patients to join us as the Most Reverend Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence, celebrates the annual White* Mass, asking the Lord’s blessings upon those called to share His work of healing. WHEN: Tuesday, October […]

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Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more clearly grounded in traditional Catholic teaching. Yet the assembly failed to reach consensus on especially controversial questions of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and the […]

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From Bishop Tobin: Mother Teresa on Abortion

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As we continue the observance of Respect Life Month, we should reflect upon and pray over the moving reflections that Blessed Mother Teresa offered about the truly destructive evil of abortion. For example, the following . . . “America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed […]

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From Bishop Tobin: The Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

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In a time when there are so many looming and depressing crises in the world, and when many Catholics are confused and anxious over the direction of the Church, and when, perhaps, you are dealing with serious problems and challenges in your own personal life, the prayer of St. Teresa of Avila, whose feast we […]

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