Pastor’s Corner: The music says it all

May 21—On Friday night our annual HONORING OUR HEROES CONCERT brought record crowds to our church as we saluted and thanked our police and fire personnel, our military, and their dedicated families. How fitting in these troublesome times that we would bring the message of thanks and the promise of prayers for these heroes of our city, state, and nation. Our special guests included mayors who have been supportive of these public servants while in office: Warwick’s Mayor Frank Picozzi and Cranston’s Mayor Allan Fung. We named the evening Mayors Night to honor them as they have used their office to provide resources needed for these first responders to do their jobs and keep us safe.
   We also welcomed Lt. General Reginald and Mrs. Centracchio, our former Adjutant General and friend forever. Our sincere thanks to the combined color guards of the Warwick Police and Fire departments for the posting of the colors as we stood with pride to sing together the National Anthem to open this night of festive and patriotic music. Of course our choir, led by Bryan Barrette, and the choirs of St. Timothy and St. Rita churches, led by Marcia Beagan, were superb. A final note of gratitude to Chief Warrant Officer Todd Garrepy and the 88th Army, Band the Governor’s Own, that provided their usual stopping performance. As Memorial Day dawns we remember with pride and gratitude all those who serve and have served and those who have gone home to distant shores.  May God bless America, home of the free because of the brave. —Fr. Bob Marciano

Welcome Hendricken seniors and families

Our thanks to all for your understanding on Sunday, June 5 as we host the annual Senior Mass at 9:30 a.m. Our 10 a.m. Mass that day is canceled to allow the class and their proud families to gather here. It is a privilege to be part of their journey as they close their Hendricken career as they began it four years ago with a Mass as they soon become part of the 14,000 alumni family. The weekend Mass schedule will remain the same with Saturday vigil at 4 p.m., and Sunday Masses at 8 a.m. and noon. Many thanks for your kind cooperation.

And He passed into the heavens

This Thursday, we will close the Easter Season with the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven with Masses on Wednesday, May 25 at 6 p.m. and Thursday, May 26 at 7:30 and 10 a.m.  As He promised us, may the Risen and Ascended Lord always be with us.

2022 Catholic Charity Appeal: We made history!

2022 Parish Goal—$72,500
Total as of 05/08—$79,252
May 1—Once again your generosity has put us over the top to surpass our Catholic Charity goal of $72,500 with almost $79,000 given and/or pledged. This money goes directly to help those most in need as well as to assist with the care of the sick and dying in hospitals, helping with chaplains and pastoral care, and with students in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese. A large portion of these funds also go to the most in need with food pantries, homeless shelters, and places that assist struggling families. What a great Easter gift you have given with your generosity to tell the world that the Lord is truly risen—even so many centuries later as we help those who need us in His name. If you have not given a gift yet, there is still time and the envelopes are at the doors of the church for you to be part of this historic success. May God bless all of our donors to the 2022 Catholic Charity Appeal.  



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