Dear Parishioners: I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Scott W. Fuller as our new Our Lady of Mercy School Principal. Mr. Fuller comes to our school after nearly thirty years in the Cumberland School District where he has been a mathematics teacher and administrator at Cumberland High School. He holds an advanced degree in school administration and has vast experience in all areas of education and administration. He and his wife are the parents of three adult children and reside in Barrington, RI.  Mr. Fuller not only has an excellent educational background including teaching at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, RI but is deeply committed to his Catholic faith. He is fully dedicated to the Church and Her mission of Catholic Education. He and his wife are active members of St. Luke’s Parish in Scott FullerBarrington, RI where he serves as a Lector. Mr. Fuller is also a member of the Bishop Hickey Council, Knights of Columbus.      I wish to thank the Search Committee for their hard work on this important undertaking as well as their exhaustive review of the many candidates for the position. Also I thank the parents and faculty who provided valuable input in the online survey. There were many qualified and excellent candidates for the position and I thank them for their applications.

SJ at Communion  We give thanks to God for the remarkable leadership of our school under Sister Jeanne Barry, RSM and pledge our prayers for her during her transition. She has been a blessing to our school and children for nearly twenty-years and without a doubt she will be missed. On a personal note, I will certainly miss her joyful and merciful presence in my own life and I wish her continued blessings for the future which I pray will be healthy, happy and holy. Mr. Fuller paid an informal visit to our school this past week and is excited about the future at OLM. A Mass and Welcome Reception for him sis scheduled for  Sunday, June 22nd. I am confident that you are as excited to meet Principal Fuller as he is to meet you and lead our school into the future. Keep him in your prayers as he prepares for his new position.

In this time of transition I also ask for your continued prayers for our entire school community. May Almighty God continue to bless our school and parish and may Our Lady of Mercy continue to lay her mantle of protection and guidance upon us all. It’s hard to believe but we are soon to celebrate our graduation of the OLM Eighth Grade. On Sunday June 8th we celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the OLM 8th Grade at 10:30AM and then on Wednesday, June 11th they graduate at the Graduation Ceremony. We congratulate them for this milestone in their young lives. We also thank the OLM School Administration, Faculty and Staff for guiding these young men and women to grow in faith and wisdom over these many years.

Next weekend tickets for Sister Jeanne’s Retirement Celebration on June 18th are being sold after all Masses. Also Doug Green and Mickey St. Jean will be at all weekend Masses for re-registration of our OLM Religious Education students for next year. Parents of children grades K through 6 will also be able to register for the Vacation Bible School in June. Fr. Connors survived his time at “Grill the Priests” last week. Nearly a hundred young adults gathered at Dave & Buster’s Bar and Grill in Providence to ask several of our young priests many questions about the Catholic Faith. Fr. Connors reports it was a very positive experience for all gathered there and the priests had some challenging questions. If you have a question about the Catholic Faith email it to Fr. Connors and he will put the answer in his weekly column in an upcoming bulletin.  Monday is Memorial Day, a day to offer our prayers and give thanks for the many men and women of the U.S. Military Services who have sacrificed their lives fighting for our nation. Why not honor their memory at on Memorial Day by coming to Mass at 8:30? Join us as we offer our prayers for the many who gave all for us. May they rest in peace. God Bless. God Bless America!