GRATEFUL FOR GOD'S PROVIDENCE
On January 11, 2018, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin announces the start of the “Grateful for God’s Providence” capital campaign that will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Providence, to be celebrated in 2022. The campaign is scheduled to run for two years with a minimum goal of $50 million to support the church’s mission in Rhode Island and maintain the viability of diocesan and parish funds. Of the campaign’s $50 million goal, $20 million will remain in local parishes to meet needs determined by parish leadership.
In addition to the funds reserved for parishes, the fund will dedicate $8 million for seminarian education, $8 million to support retired priests, $5 million to Catholic school tuition assistance, $5 million to Catholic Charities and Social Services and $4 million to the preservation and maintenance of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. In particular, funds reserved for the cathedral will support the replacement of the deteriorating slate roof, an original component of the 128-year-old structure that serves as the home of the Catholic faith in Rhode Island. Each parish was assigned a goal based on their weekly collection income. The goal for Assumption/Saint Anthony’s was as follows: Assumption of the B.V.M. Church ($140,668) and Saint Anthony’s Mission Church ($80,459). Assumption/Saint Anthony’s is scheduled to conduct their drive in the fall of 2018.
In the November 22, 2018 edition of Rhode Island Catholic the results of the second phase of the diocese’s “Grateful for God’s Providence” capital campaign are announced. Both Assumption and Saint Anthony’s did exceptionally well, easily surpassing the goals set for them. The goal for Assumption Church was set at $140,668. As of this date the parish reports an impressive $239,709 in cash donations and pledges. That is approximately 170% of the goal! What is even more impressive is that Assumption parish has the highest participation rate in the diocese with 61% of parishioners making a donation. At Saint Anthony Mission Church the goal was $80,459. To date the good people of Saint Anthony’s have pledged at total of $95,335 or 118% of goal. In commenting on these results pastor Father Gildardo Suarez remarked: “I want to say thank you to all my people from Assumption and Saint Anthony for the love and generosity they showed for Christ and his church at this campaign.” Plans are underway to repair portions of the exterior walls, roof and parking lot at Assumption while at Saint Anthony’s the parish’s portion of the proceeds will be used to make badly needed repairs to the walls of the church.
ASSUMPTION FOOD PANTRY
Winter is coming and as such the demand for food is on the rise. Several parishes from around the diocese collect food for the pantry but individuals can help as well. We are in need of the following items: Canned Meats/Tuna, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Canned Potatoes and Instant Mashed Potatoes, Canned Soup, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Canned Spaghetti and Ravioli, Hot Chocolate, Pork & Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Spaghetti Sauce, Hot and Cold Breakfast Cereals, Canned Milk, Sugar, Pancake Mix, Cake Mix and Frosting, Saltines/Crackers, Personal Hygiene Products. Donations can be dropped off at the rectory anytime during regular business hours (Monday thru Thursday 9:30 A.M. –2:00 P.M). Meanwhile, cash donations are always accepted and greatly appreciated. Please mail your check to: Assumption Food Pantry, 791 Potters Avenue, Providence, RI 02907. Thanks for your continued support of the Assumption Parish Food Ministry!