Thursday, May 9, 2013
"An event like a 5K is right up his alley, although he would probably joke that it should be on ice!" says Tom's dad, Joe Cavanagh.
Tom Cavanagh, who died two years ago at age 28, was the sort of hockey player and person who routinely reached out to the those less able to help them along. The scholarship fund at Our Lady of Mercy School in Tom's memory is a way he is able to keep reaching out, to help some lucky students as they pursue their academic goals. On Saturday, May 18, the Inaugural Thomas Cavanagh Scholarship Run will take place in and around downtown East Greenwich. As his father, Joe Cavanagh, said about his very athletic son – "An event like a 5K is right up his alley, although he would probably joke that it should be on ice!" Tom, the middle child of Joe and Carol's nine children, attended OLM School. He graduated from Toll Gate High School, Phillips …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Several said they were happy with the Argentine's habits of simple living and his devotion to the poor.
At age 76, he's older than they thought, but he's devoted to the poor, which they like. In a survey of a few East Greenwich Catholics Wednesday over the choice of Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new Pope – Francis I – reaction was generally positive. "We’re all very pleased," said Jeanne Photopoulos, a parishioner of Our Lady of Mercy Church who had arrived at the church Wednesday evening for a Lenten program. "I think he’s a very humble man, a prayerful man. He’s for the poor, for the common man. He’s an intelligent man. That balances him," she said. "The fact that he’s a man of the people, he lives in a small apartment, I think he’s going to be someone to reach out to the real mission of the church: compassion and to reach out …
Sunday, September 16, 2012
At 47 years old, Fr. Bernard Healey is a generation younger than his predecessor, Msgr. Lolio, who died suddenly in June.
For a Catholic priest, starting over in a new parish is usually a challenge. You are replacing someone who has been a big part of parish life and you may bring changes that are seen, initially anyway, as unwelcome. For Fr. Bernard Healey, new pastor of Our Lady of Mercy, the challenge has been all the greater because of the untimely and sudden death of his predecessor, Msgr. John Lolio. He seems up to that challenge. At age 47, Healey is a generation younger than Lolio and in the five weeks he’s been in East Greenwich, he’s already established a website for the church and loosened the restriction that boy and girl altar servers must be segregated. But Healey makes clear his respect for Lolio, whom he said was a friend as well as a …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The graduation Thursday evening was in memory of the Rev. Monsignor John W. Lolio, the longtime pastor who died unexpectedly in May.
The Our Lady of Mercy School graduating class of 2012 said goodbye to their school last night, some of them having been there since kindergarten. It was bittersweet, following the unexpected death last month of Monsignor Lolio, pastor of OLM parish from before these young people were even born. But it was happy occasion, too. Class president Natalie Pitocco spoke to her class and Principal Sr. Jeanne Barry, R.S.M., conferred awards and spoke to her longtime students. The Rev. David F. Gaffney was guest homilist. The graduates will be attending LaSalle Academy, The Prout School, Bishop Hendricken, East Greenwich High School, North Kingstown High School, Bayview, Tollgate High School, The Wheeler School, Exeter/West Greenwich High School, …
Friday, May 18, 2012
URI's new basketball coach attended Wednesday's EG Chamber Business After Hours at the EG Yacht Club.
Another URI Mens Basketball coach is coming to East Greenwich. Dan Hurley, who was named the new URI men’s basketball coach in March, said Wednesday night he and his family will settle here in EG. Hurley said they are renting a house off Shippeetown Road now and that their two sons will attend Our Lady of Mercy School in the fall. Former URI Basketball coach Jim Baron lives in East Greenwich. He was at the EG Chamber of Commerce's Business After Hours at the East Greenwich Yacht Club Wednesday night together with URI President David Dooley and other members of the URI athletic program. There was some definite Ram pride on display among Chamber members. Hurley said he's planning to do for URI what he did at Wagner College in Staten Island…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Calling hours will take place Thursday evening at Our Lady of Mercy Church.
The mood was subdued at the parish office at Our Lady of Mercy Church on Monday. There was an air of disbelief, following the previous day's news that the Rev. Monsignor John W. Lolio had died early Sunday after falling and hitting his head. “He said the Mass Saturday night. Everybody’s stunned and shocked,” said parish secretary Jean Chappell, who had worked with Msgr. Lolio for his entire 20-year tenure at OLM. “He was a gentle, caring, understanding person.” Fr. Charles Grondin, associate pastor at OLM for the past five years, echoed Chappell’s words. “He was caring, gentle and peaceful,” said Grondin. “He was good with everybody. Everyone felt comfortable with him, at ease.” At Our Lady of Mercy School, just across the street from the…
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The two-year tradition is a hit with the students and those children who receive the bears.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
At Our Lady Mercy School’s annual Santa’s Village celebration earlier this month, families were treated to music, crafts, stories and even Santa himself. The highlight of the day, however, was a two-year old tradition that helps teach the children an important lesson about giving, which included making their own teddy bear to be donated to charity. Prior to the event, families pre-registered and paid for the bears, which were created with the help of Chris and Mary Beth Kreager of Tower House B&B in Narragansett. The bears were then stuffed, named and given birth certificates, and usually given a big hug before being given up for “adoption." A total of 80 bears were created by OLM students that day. They were then donated to programs at…
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Sister Ann McKenna traveled to Peru as a translator with the Mercy Medical Team.
Most of us here in East Greenwich couldn't fathom living without flush toilets, access to medical care and three meals a day. During a trip to Peru this past summer, Sister Ann McKenna met many such people who in spite of that were able to appreciate the smallest things in life. One of McKenna's favorite parts of the trip included seeing the kids' faces light up when she gave them simple stickers. "I took a bunch of stickers down with me. The kids would come up to me so excited saying, 'Stickers! Stickers!' everytime they saw me," McKenna said. McKenna, a Spanish teacher at Our Lady of Mercy School in East Greenwich, traveled with the Mercy Medical Team to Peru as a translator at the end of the summer for about two weeks. The team …