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


February 22, 2019

College Scholarship Grants

Attention high school seniors: a limited number of $1000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to members of this year’s graduating class. Eligibility will be determined by parish membership and service to the poor, through participation in related activities or other parish ministries such as assisting at Mass. Watch for the application procedure in a future parish bulletin.

Choir Practice

Is now scheduled every Sunday morning at 9am in the Church Hall of the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Anyone interested in attending is more than welcome.

December 6, 2018

Clothing Donations to the Poor

Many parishioners have been generous in the response to the need for winter coats. Please note that the clothing depot at Saint Edward Food & Wellness Center is currently filled, and donations cannot be accepted unless cleared by Lori Porcaro or Father Ed. Unsolicited bags of clothes randomly dropped off at the Food Center or Parish Office will be given to Goodwill Industries or discarded. Recently someone attempted to drop off clothing at Holy Family Home that contained used men’s underwear. No clothing donations can be accepted there as the needs of the residents are met through Saint Edward Food & wellness Center. Your cooperation is appreciated.

October 11, 2018

Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations

The following are the guidelines for fasting and abstinence: No meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent for those 14 and older. Also Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting. Those between the ages of 18-59 should eat less, meaning, take no solid food between meals and only one full meal that day. Serious health conditions excuse a person from these precepts. Parents are encouraged by the law of the church to ensure that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated nonetheless.

October 17, 2017

Irish Splendor with Father Mark

A trip to Ireland is being planned for our tri parish community by Father Mark and Collette Tours from October 23-30, 2019. Visit Dublin, Christ Church Cathedral, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Dingle Peninsula, Cliffs of Moher and many other beautiful areas of Ireland. We are attempting to hold an informational meeting, so if you are interested or would like more information, please call Karleen at the rectory at 353-3120.

April 1, 2017

Advocacy for the Unborn

Thanks to all who signed the petition circulated by Citizens For Life, Liberty &The Pursuit of Happiness against bills H5126 and H5127 which would legally allow third trimester abortions up to the point of birth. The RI Right to Life is in need of crucial support and additional resources against a very well organized and well-financed pro-abortion lobby. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Barth Bracey at RIRTL by phone (401) 521-1862 or by email at bebracy@rirtl.org if you can provide assistance with time, talent or treasure. The online petition link is http:www.rirtl.org/action/index.php?vvsrc-Oetitions/1564/ Respond

February 3, 2017

Stewardship

Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

March 16th & March 17th, 2019

Budgets $3,951.00 from 209 envelopes

Includes Mail in of $490.00

Poor Box: $346.00

2019 Mission Trip to Mississippi

Father Ed and Father Mark are extending a special invitation to high school students to be part of a Christian Leadership Experience at the Sacred Heart Southern Missions in Mississippi the week of July 22-26.  Those interested candidates will be required to commit to  1. Attend all leadership meetings to be held on Sunday nights during the five month preparation process. 2. Participate in all fundraising efforts. 3. Be interviewed. 4. Demonstrate emotional maturity. 5. Willing to provide $150.00 nonrefundable deposit once accepted. 6. Attend parents meeting. 7. Write a letter explaining why they would like to be considered. Letter can be mailed to Fr. Mark Sauriol, 103 Pine Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860. In addition, parents of the candidates will be required to participate in all of the above trip preparations. Also, this Leadership experience is not intended for students who are already overcommitted during the early months of the leadership training. Please find Sacred Heart Southern Mission on the web for information on the special work they do in Mississippi.

January 26, 2017

Winter Heating Assistance Grants

Through the generosity of a generous benefactor of our tri-parish community there are restricted funds available for parishioners experiencing financial difficulties heating their homes during this cold winter season. In order to be considered for a grant applicants need to be registered and attending members of one of the three parishes. If there are children in the household they should be attending religious education classes. Only confidential letters addressed to Father Ed at the rectory will be accepted and reviewed. Please provide contact information in the letter. Funds will be awarded on the basis of need and sent directly to National Grid or heating oil company. Do not call the rectory and leave messages. There already is a heavy volume of calls that come into the rectory daily from the three parishes and beyond.