East Providence, RI – In light of the horrible tragedy at Sandy Hook School, in Newtown, CT, the 8th Grade students of the parochial Sacred Heart School devised a way to somehow help those affected. They made, and are still making, “friendships bracelets” with the Sandy Hook School colors to sell to relatives and friends over the Christmas vacation. As of now, they have collected $450.00 to send to the fund to help the families who have suffered so much. Everyone in Newtown and especially the families intimately affected continue to be in our daily prayers.
Please enjoy these photos from our community in Vatluru. The Aged people received much needed gifts and the church was decorated beautifully for the Christmas season. The liturgical celebrations were meaningful and well-attended.
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.
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.
On May 31st I wrapped up my visit to the USA confreres; an opportunity for strengthening our communion, assessing our mission projects, sharing our vision for the future and celebrating our common vocation as children of a Saint. I return to Manila with a grateful heart for all that is being done by the confreres in every community. We are also convinced of the need of mutual support in facing the demanding challenges of the ministry in this nation that offers many opportunities but is also in need of courageous and creative new evangelization. The General Assembly of the Servants of Charity in the US stressed the common concern and commitment for spreading the Charism among the youth in order to promote and facilitate local vocations. We are venturing into new forms of ministry like the pastoral care for the migrants in Chester, PA while facilitating programs and services for persons with disabilities. The Chelsea community recently welcomed Fr. Ronald Jesaia who comes to enrich our ministry in the Diocese of Lansing as servants of God’s love among the poor. On September 29, 2012 Fr. Peter di Tullio will celebrate his 25th anniversary as pastor of Sacred Heart Church, in East Providence, RI before turning over that ministry to Fr. Silvio. To all the confreres and their cooperators in the various mission projects my fraternal wishes and prayer.