First Holy Communion

E. Providence – The second grade students of Sacred Heart School had the culmination of their year-long preparation for Holy Communion on Sunday, May 7th. It is a parish tradition for the children to experience the miracle of transubstantiation on the altar up close to Fr. Silvio. This year there was a special priest present to concelebrate the Mass, Fr. Jeremy Rodrigues, uncle of one of the first communicants. At the same celebration the children in their First Communion attire crowned the Blessed Mother statue following the tradition of the Catholic Church.

Celebrating St. Guanella

IMG_7824E. Providence – In honor of St. Louis Guanella’s Centennial Birth into Heaven, Sacred Heart Parish offered Mass on October 24th with  Bishop Tobin as the main celebrant. It was also a great occasion to honor Sr. Nancy McLennon, DSMP, on her 50th Jubilee of Consecrated Life.
To help the students of Sacred Heart School understand “giving bread and the Lord” in a real and practical way, Mass was offered for the Feast of St. Guanella and each student gave 50 cents, the cost of an item in the snack machine and later helped pack lunch bags that will be distributed at a local food pantry. They each participated with joy and learned that you are never to young to offer gifts to the needy.

Celebrating a Saint

E. Providence – The students at Sacred Heart School celebrated the feast of St. Guanella by celebrating Mass and creating projects in his honor. Fr. Silvio DeNard distributed medals to all participants.

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Priest to Celebrate 25 Years of Service to Parish

EAST PROVIDENCE – Fr. Peter Di Tullio, SdC, will celebrate his 25th anniversary as a Pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in East Providence, RI. The celebration will take place on September 29, 2012 beginning with a Mass of Thanksgiving at 5:00 pm, followed by a dinner in the church hall. All parishioners would like to thank Father Peter for the immense work he has done for the parish, both souls and buildings. We cannot thank him enough for his constant presence, especially among the sick and the needy. The parochial school is still open because of his belief that a Catholic education is fundamental for the future of Catholic families and children. The name of Saint Louis Guanella, carried by Father in words and deeds, is a blessing for the parish.

On October 1, 2012, Father Silvio De Nard, SdC, will become the new Pastor, while Father Peter will assist him. We welcome the new Pastor with all our heart, grateful to the Servants of Charity for having given us the gift of two of their members. May the Lord bless them both.

The installation of Father Silvio will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas Tobin at the end of October 2012.

From Fr. Luigi:

On this Centennial Anniversary year of Don Guanella’s missionary trip to the USA, we warmly congratulate Fr. Peter De Tuilio, who will celebrate his SILVER JUBILEE as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in East Providence, Rhode Island on September 29th. We join the people of God, the confreres, the sisters and lay cooperators in thanking the Lord for the abundant blessings poured upon this dynamic and hardworking confrere who is now turning over the responsibility of the Parish to Fr. Silvio De Nard. To both of them, our sincere appreciation and warm wishes for the further growth of the Gospel in the community entrusted to their pastoral care. Our special thanks go also to our Guanellian Sisters who are sharing the precious ministry of Catholic Education in the Local Parochial School.

Parish Celebrates its patron Feast

Eucharistic peocession in Rhode Island

Eucharistic peocession in Rhode IslandEast Providence– Sacred Heart Parish celebrated its patron feast in a grand fashion. They put on  a three day festival, a procession of the Blessed Sacrament around the parish blocks, a special Mass for the anointing of the sick; days of fun for children; booths and Portuguese food. Many young parents and their children enjoyed the safe environment and the many games. The beautiful weather proved to be favorable for attendance at Sunday Masses and the procession. May the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the major Patron of our Guanellian Family, bless and protect the parish and all the parishioners especially those who, like Jesus on the cross, are nailed on the cross of their daily suffering.