Information from the Diocese of Providence
during the COVID-19 Crisis
January 22, 2021
National Grid Foundation Gift Will Warm Local Homes This Winter
(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has announced that the National Grid Foundation has made another major gift donation for its ‘Keep the Heat On’ heating assistance program. The donation of $250,000 is the eighth major gift that the heating assistance program has accepted from the Foundation and the largest to date, more than double last year’s donation of $100,000.

WWJT - What Would Jesus Tweet?
At the end of a recent media interview that focused on my use of Twitter – which has sometimes been controversial I guess – the reporter asked me, “If Jesus were still on earth, do you think he would tweet?

It’s an interesting question, one I’ve been thinking about since the interview. And while it’s difficult to answer hypothetical questions, it’s sort of fun to think about what Jesus would tweet. 
Pope Francis Encourages us to Follow St. Joseph
In his recent Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, Pope Francis stresses the importance of devotion to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church. The pandemic prompted the Holy Father to reflect that “Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble

Diocesan nursing facilities begin to vaccinate residents and staff
NEWPORT — Residents and staff at the diocesan St. Clare Newport and Saint Antoine senior living and skilled nursing facilities have begun to receive vaccinations to help protect them from COVID-19.

St. Clare-Newport held its first Vaccination Clinic on January 8 for skilled nursing facility residents and staff.

Vatican: Without alternatives, current COVID-19 vaccines are morally acceptable
VATICAN CITY— The Vatican’s doctrinal office said that when alternative vaccines are not available, it is morally acceptable to receive COVID-19 vaccines developed or tested using cell lines originating from aborted fetuses.
However, “the licit use of such vaccines does not and should not in any way imply that there is a moral endorsement of the use of cell lines proceeding from aborted fetuses,” said the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Visitation of the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Diocese of Providence
From the Office of Life & Family

Due to the COVID pandemic restrictions we ask that you please RSVP, for contact information, click/download the schedule above.

Mask wearing, social distancing, and seating in compliance with COVID-19 Protocols.
St. Gabriel’s Call assistant inspires new parents to immerse children in the faith through baptism
From the Office of Life & Family
PROVIDENCE — The women and families who approach the diocese’s St. Gabriel’s Call outreach in the midst of crisis pregnancies have important physical needs.

Diapers, blankets, baby clothes, cribs and bottles, to name a few.

Even more important are their spiritual needs.

“I believe I have a responsibility for their moral well-being in the Catholic faith,” said Marissa Kelly, the program’s assistant in the Diocese of Providence’s Office of Life and Family Ministry.

US March for Life 2021 to be held in virtual format
Archbishop Joseph Naumann, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, invites the participation of all at the 2021 March for Life event, modified to be held virtually on 29 January, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
VATICAN NEWS - Every year, thousands of people turn out for the March for Life rally in peaceful protest against the legality and practice of abortion, and in defense of the right to life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death.

The rally is usually held in January, on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, which legalized abortion in the United States.

This year, however, the organizers of the annual March for Life announced that the event would now take place virtually, due to the ongoing Covid-19 health emergency and heightened security concerns in the nation’s capital.

Pope: Praise God in dark times
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More great photos from our Catholic Schools
St. Mary School, PreK-8, Cranston
PreK “I have a dream” headbands

St. Luke School, PreK-8, Barrington
Afternoon Camp

St. Joseph School, PreK-8, West Warwick
Gr. 2 Map Skills

Msgr. Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Reg. School, PreK-8, Wakefield
Gr. 4 Long Division
BANFF Centre Mountain Film Festival
First ever *Virtual* World Tour!
This year, bring the adventure home! 
For the first time ever, travel to breathtaking destinations, embark on daring expeditions, and celebrate some of the most remarkable outdoor achievements, all from the comforts of your living room. So, fluff up your couch cushions, grab a snack of choice, and make sure you have good internet connection!

The COVID-19 pandemic has created extraordinary circumstances around the world and many of our live World Tour screenings have been postponed or canceled. While we can’t replicate the experience of seeing the Banff films on the big screen of your local theatre, surrounded by friends and your community, these curated programs of amazing outdoor films will inspire you to live life to the fullest... however that looks these days!

Please visit or call 802-222-0122 for more information about the online programs and how you can support your local screening.

*Scroll down the BANFF webpage to see all film festival viewing options*
Unable to attend Holy Mass?
Learn how to Make a Spiritual Communion
March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, Rev. Jeremy J. Rodrigues, S.T.L., Administrative Secretary to the Bishop & Director of the Office for Divine Worship, Diocese of Providence, recorded videos for the faithful explaining "How to Make a Spiritual Communion."

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The Rhode Island Catholic
After having moved all publishing to the RI Catholic website as the pandemic began to unfold, the diocesan newspaper has returned to print!

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Live-streamed and pre-recorded Masses
**Please consult parish websites, bulletins, and social media often for the most up-to-date Mass times as we slowly move to resume public worship. Be reminded that some parishes may continue with live-streaming liturgies, Mass times may change, and each parish will have guidelines in place for parishioners.**

Regular Masses
During the COVID-19 Crisis, regular Masses continue to be posted on the diocesan website page dedicated to parish live-streamed/pre-recorded Masses. Find it here.

Special Devotions & Public Worship
As in the past, please consult your parish's bulletin, website, and social media pages for the specifics relative to special devotions, the Rosary, and more. Find parish contact and website information here.
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