Information from the Diocese of Providence
during the COVID-19 Crisis
January 15, 2021
-The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sermon on Loving Your Enemies
at the Washington National Cathedral, March 31, 1968
Pope condemns 'siege' of U.S. Congress
U.S. Bishops’ President Condemns Violent Protests and Prays for Safety as Chaos Threatens U.S. Capitol
WASHINGTON —Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement in response to today’s violence in the United States Capitol:

“I join people of good will in condemning the violence today at the United States Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans. I am praying for members of Congress and Capitol staff and for the police and all those working to restore order and public safety. ...

President Trump Shirked his Duty
Rhode Island Catholic Editorial
In the parable of the faithful steward, Jesus warns his disciples that “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more” (Lk 12:48). Especially for those in positions of authority, the message is clear: do not shirk your duty. President Trump evaded his constitutional and moral responsibility last week leading to sheer national embarrassment. 

Choose Your Weapon: A Mask Or The Rosary?
Driving around New England in days gone by it wasn’t at all unusual to see cars with Rosary beads dangling from the rear view mirror. In recent times, however, I’ve witnessed a new phenomenon – the Rosary’s been dethroned from its place of honor by a face mask hanging from the mirror. It’s understandable I guess – having the mask displayed in such an obvious place is a convenient reminder for drivers to use it every time they get out of the car to enter some public place.

State Police assists diocese in its mission to share joy of Christmas with families in need
Rhode Island State Police Detectives Adam Houston and Ian Andrade delivered Christmas presents for a family in need connected through Catholic Social Services of RI’s Christmas program.

Christmas Masses offer hope as parishioners look forward to returning to the pews
COVENTRY — Hope has traditionally been the theological virtue most closely associated with the Christmas season: throughout Advent we look forward in joyful expectation to the moment of the Incarnation, the entry of the divine into human history and the beginning of Christ’s mission of salvation. It is a virtue that is especially precious to Rhode Islanders (who proudly bear “Hope” as the state’s motto), and it is one which this past year has brutally tested the faithful as a people of God. An unprecedented global health crisis, difficult conversations about racial justice, the inability for many of the faithful to receive the sacraments in their accustomed fashion, and a bitterly divisive presidential election have required each of us to hope in God’s healing in a new and frequently demanding way.

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Engineering New-Record's "2020 Year in Construction" 
The roof project at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Providence, RI, was one of the 2020 ENR Photo Contest Winners!

The annual ENR Photo Gallery showcases a collection of the world’s greatest construction photography taken in the past year.

Exploring the moral and ethical impacts of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine
PROVIDENCE — As vaccinations for COVID-19 begin around the country, Catholics have been asking about and discussing the ethical and moral dimensions of vaccines that are developed in part with human cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.

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.
Supreme Court says abortion drugs must be obtained in person, not by mail
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court Jan. 12 reinstated a federal requirement that women who are seeking abortion-inducing drugs must do so in person, not by mail, as a federal judge had allowed last year due to the pandemic and the high court had let stand.

Catholic Health Association letter to Biden reveals extensive list of health care priorities
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic Health Association issued an extensive list of priorities it would like President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to pursue.

Those priorities include strengthening the Affordable Care Act, increasing access to affordable health care, making senior citizens a priority, removing barriers to health care access by immigrants, and increased focus on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

More great photos from our Catholic Schools
St. Luke School, PreK-8, Barrington

St. Mary Academy-Bay View, Girls 6-12, East Providence - Virtual Book Club

Greater Woonsocket Catholic Regional, PreK-8, Woonsocket

Bishop Hendricken High School, Boys 8-12, Warwick
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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