Thus the little domestic Church, like the greater Church, needs to be constantly and intensely evangelized: hence its duty regarding permanent education in the faith…the family, like the Church, ought to be a place where the Gospel is transmitted and from which the Gospel radiates…the future of evangelization depends in great part on the Church of the home
— Familiaris Consortio, The Role of the Family in the Modern World, Pope St. John Paul II
Young Family Group at the beach Summer 2018.

Young Family Group at the beach Summer 2018.

Examples of Past Topics and Speakers

  • May 9, 2019 Radiating Love: Marriage Wisdom from St. John Paul II by Dr. Matthew Cuddeback, Professor of Philosophy at Providence College.

  • January 10, 2019 Pertinent Moral Issues in the World Today by Rev. Ryan Connors, Priest of the Diocese of Providence and Professor at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, MA.

  • December 12, 2018 Current Challenges Youth Face Today by Rev. Stephen Battey, Priest of the Diocese of Providence and Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bristol, RI.

  • January 11, 2018 A Christian Response to the Secular Void of Lewis CK’s Forever Empty by Rev. Nicanor Austriaco, O.P., Professor of Biology at Providence College.

  • December 1, 2016 Religious Freedom from a Catholic Perspective by Rev. Thomas More Garrett, O.P., Professor of Theology at Providence College.

Meeting Schedule

The Young Families Group of Our Lady of Mercy Parish, East Greenwich, is a group of families who gather once a month for prayer, discussion, and community. A topic is presented by a visiting speaker on issues pertinent to family life and living out the faith. It is a great chance to learn about the faith and meet other Catholic families.

  • We provide pizza and beverages, as well as babysitting for young children.

  • Whether your kids are little or out of the house, all families are welcome.

We meet every second Thursday of the month from October to May at 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the Our Lady of Mercy Gymnasium. Please see our parish bulletin for information on topics and speaker at olmparish.org. Please email parish@olmparish.org with any questions.

Rev. Nicanor Austriaco who presented on January 11, 2018 for Young Families.

Rev. Nicanor Austriaco who presented on January 11, 2018 for Young Families.

Rev. Ryan Connors who presented on January 10, 2019 for Young Families.

Rev. Ryan Connors who presented on January 10, 2019 for Young Families.