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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A Vibrant Catholic Community Since 1912


August 7, 2017

Saint of the Day

Saint Pius X’s Story

August 21

Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children.

The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at age 68. He was one of the 20th century’s greatest popes.

Ever mindful of his humble origin, Pope Pius stated, “I was born poor, I lived poor, I will die poor.” He was embarrassed by some of the pomp of the papal court. “Look how they have dressed me up,” he said in tears to an old friend. To another, “It is a penance to be forced to accept all these practices. They lead me around surrounded by soldiers like Jesus when he was seized in Gethsemani.”

Interested in politics, Pope Pius encouraged Italian Catholics to become more politically involved. One of his first papal acts was to end the supposed right of governments to interfere by veto in papal elections—a practice that reduced the freedom of the 1903 conclave which had elected him.

In 1905, when France renounced its agreement with the Holy See and threatened confiscation of Church property if governmental control of Church affairs were not granted, Pius X courageously rejected the demand.

While he did not author a famous social encyclical as his predecessor had done, he denounced the ill treatment of indigenous peoples on the plantations of Peru, sent a relief commission to Messina after an earthquake, and sheltered refugees at his own expense.

On the 11th anniversary of his election as pope, Europe was plunged into World War I. Pius had foreseen it, but it killed him. “This is the last affliction the Lord will visit on me. I would gladly give my life to save my poor children from this ghastly scourge.” He died a few weeks after the war began, and was canonized in 1954.


Reflection

His humble background was no obstacle in relating to a personal God and to people whom he loved genuinely. Pius X gained his strength, his gentleness and warmth for people from the source of all gifts, the Spirit of Jesus. In contrast, we often feel embarrassed by our backgrounds. Shame makes us prefer to remain aloof from people whom we perceive as superior. If we are in a superior position, on the other hand, we often ignore simpler people. Yet we, too, have to help “restore all things in Christ,” especially the wounded people of God.

April 1, 2017

Special Religious Development Ministry

Please consider becoming a member of the Special Religious Development Ministry. SPRED is a parish small faith community of catechists and persons with cogni-tive and developmental disabilities. The community fosters the inclusion of persons with different abilities and challenges into the life of our parish. The Diocesan SPRED office provides training that helps catechists to understand how to share their faith with people with cognitive and developmental disabilities. If you would like more information, please call 401-278-4578.

February 3, 2017

Stewardship

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 12th & 13th, 2017

Budgets $4,294.50 from 183 envelopes

Mail Ins: $264.00

Donations for the Poor: $205.00

Presentation Church Organ Dilemma

There is a clearly obvious problem with the loudness of this particular musical instrument which has existed for years. When the church was renovated in the early 2000’s, the organ was completely renovated and permanently set at a high volume which cannot be altered. A digital custom made control box was added at the time work was done on the instrument but which was mysteriously misplaced a couple of years ago. People have complained of the loudness of the organ to the point of it being a distraction. Attempts were made to correct the problem but to no avail. Investigation by expert technicians has concluded that the work on the instrument was of inferior quality to begin with and that the organ will continue to deteriorate and become more expensive to maintain in the future. Evidence of such poor workmanship on the organ has been documented by these experts. The cost of correcting the situation would be well beyond the value of the organ which was manufactured by the Wicks Company. But an alternative beyond just using the electronic keyboard is currently under consideration to permanently solve the problem. When it has been thoroughly researched, the proposal will be presented to the Finance Council for review. In the meantime patience is most appreciated.

January 29, 2017

Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration

The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is sponsoring the Annual Wedding Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, October 15th at 1 PM at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul in Providence. The celebration is for couples observing their 25th, 40th, 50th and over wedding anniversary. The celebration will include Mass, renewal of vows, a personalized certificate for each couple and a reception for couples and their families. Please call the Parish Office (353-3120) by September 4th to make reservations

January 26, 2017

Goodwill Industries Donation Container

This organization as the title implies offers hope to individuals of all ages in need of employment who are limited because of disabilities and other barriers. Through vocational evaluation, education and training, as well as eventual job placement Goodwill graduates capacity for independent living is greatly enhanced through improved quality of life and work. To support this effort a container for donations has been placed in back of Presentation Church. Along with unwanted clothing, linens and textiles are also welcome so old bedding and towels are gratefully accepted as well as small toys and games.

FORMED-Catholic Faith on Demand

The website FORMED has been referred to as the “Catholic Netflix”. FORMED is a wonderful website which has inspiring movies, videos, e-books from many compelling authors. You will also find videos on the Sunday readings as well as marriage and children’s materials. The website helps each person/family grow in their faith. Each parishioner is being given the opportunity to enjoy a free online one year subscription to FORMED using our parish specific code. It is a free gift to you and your family from the parish. TO REGISTER  Log onto formed.org with a web browser  Click on Register (lower right of page)  Enter our parish specific access code: X4M6NV  Enter your personal email address and create a password (you will need this to login later)  Confirm your email by responding to the test email they send you  Log in and enjoy the many materials now available to you