Information from the Diocese of Providence
during the COVID-19 Crisis
December 18, 2020
Watch the live broadcast of Christmas Day Mass
From the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence 

The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of Providence, will celebrate Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence.

The Mass will be broadcast live on WPRI Channel 12 and will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Providence YouTube page.

Click below to watch the 10:00am Christmas Mass livestream
Due to the COVID pandemic restrictions, there will be no midnight Mass at the Cathedral this year.
Please note that admittance to the Christmas Masses at the Cathedral
is by ticket only, information just below.
Is God Near or Far?
From Bishop Tobin
But how can we rejoice in the Lord if he is far from us?
Pray to God that he may not be far.
If he is, that is your doing.
(St. Augustine)

These words of St. Augustine, from one of his sermons, are both intriguing and challenging. He presumes, first of all that Christians should be people who rejoice. His words echo the instruction of St. Paul in the Letter to the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! The Lord is near.” (4:4-5)

Pope: Advent, a symbol of life
Pope’s calendar for Christmas celebrations
The Vatican Press Office released details of Pope Francis‘ commitments for Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Vatican.

Diocesan archivist releases latest volume in history series
Father Robert W. Hayman’s book focuses on three momentous decades in state’s religious history

PROVIDENCE — It seems fair for Father Robert Hayman to describe the most recent edition of his “Catholicism in Rhode Island” book series as offering readers a “panoramic” history of our diocese from 1921 to 1948. Indeed, for any history to truly be considered Catholic, it must also be panoramic — able to evaluate the wide diversity of cultural, ethnic and historical perspectives that are incorporated within our universal Church.

Bishops: Getting COVID-19 vaccine is ‘act of charity,’ supports the common good
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The “gravity” of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “the lack of availability of alternative vaccines,” are “sufficiently serious” reasons to accept the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees said Dec. 14.

‘Giving Tuesday’ sees record donations in support of local Catholic schools
WARWICK — Tuesday, December 1, marked the eighth annual “Giving Tuesday” in the United States — a comparatively new holiday dedicated to fundraising for non-profits and charitable organizations throughout the country. This year, however, many donors focused in a spiritual way on this annual celebration of charity by participating in the “#iGiveCatholic” movement, a nationwide effort towards raising much-needed funds for Catholic charities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

More great photos from our Catholic Schools
Msgr. Matthew F. Clarke Catholic Reg. School, PreK-8, Wakefield
Mount Saint Charles Academy, 6-12, Woonsocket
Our Lady of Mercy Regional School, PreK-8, East Greenwich
Sacred Heart School, K-8, East Providence
When in need, don’t be ashamed to pray, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Praying to God in times of joy and sorrow is a natural, human thing to do because it connects men and women to their father in heaven, Pope Francis said.

Please support Rhode Island Catholic’s ministry this Christmas
It has a very challenging year on many fronts and we all look forward to a return to what will be a new normal in the months ahead.

Despite navigating the difficulties and potential dangers of reporting and producing a newspaper during a global pandemic, Rhode Island Catholic, and its sister Spanish language publication El Catolico, achieved its greatest success in the annual international Catholic Media Awards, garnering a total of 29 accolades for our work, one of the highest totals of any participating Catholic newspaper in the U.S., Canada and Mexico...

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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