"Welcome to The Church of St. Augustine, Providence, RI. "

A Roman Catholic Parish serving Mount Pleasant & North Providence since 1929

The Pastor’s Corner

Posted on Apr 18, 2019

Dear Parishioners-

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!

On this joyous occasion, we celebrate with exuberance as we want to shout from the rooftops:

    Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!

Our world is full of contrasts: joy and sorrow; wealth and want; life and death. We know what joy is because we have experienced sorrow. We appreciate abundance because we are familiar with need. We  value life because loss and death are often our companions on the journey. To be an Easter people is to live the joy of the Resurrection. The Lord has conquered death so that we need never fear death again! Death, while inevitable, does not scare us; sin, while so prevalent in our world, does not have the last word. Love, grace, mercy and life- this is the Good News of the Resurrection.

With Father Brice, Sister Dorothy and our entire parish and school staff, I take this opportunity to wish you and your families a happy and blessed Easter  season. To those former parishioners who are back and those young people away at school who have  returned home for Easter, we are glad to have you with us again! To friends and family members of our parishioners who are worshipping with us today, we extend a heartfelt welcome to each of you. To our own parishioners who are joining us but who perhaps, do not come to Mass regularly, we want you to know how glad we are  that you are with us today. We are stronger by your prayerful presence. Please  consider being with us on a more regular basis.

With Easter Sunday, we begin fifty days of rejoicing. During this time, the newly baptized continue to learn about the new life they have embraced. In the process, all of us are called to reflect on the meaning of baptism and what the power of the Resurrection has accomplished in our lives. Our lives are now fully raised to a new life of grace, giving God all the glory!

St. Irenaeus wrote, “The Glory of God is man fully alive.” Grateful for all God has done for us, we embrace life filled with joy.

Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!

A Happy and Holy Easter to all!

                                                                                                                      Father Forcier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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