Information from the Diocese of Providence
during the COVID-19 Crisis
December 11, 2020
Where In The World Is The Kingdom Of God?
From Bishop Tobin
We know that one of the primary themes of Jesus’ preaching was the Kingdom of God.

“The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the gospel,” Jesus proclaimed at the very beginning of his ministry. (Mk 1:15) And from then on Jesus used many parables and analogies to describe the Kingdom of God.

EDITORIAL: An important question about the new vaccines
Two pharmaceutical companies, Pfizer and Moderna, seem well on their way to receiving federal approval for their respective COVID-19 vaccines. This is certainly welcome news. However, Catholics and other pro-lifers have rightly been concerned about whether or not aborted fetal cell lines were used in the production of these vaccines. Their concern is to avoid sinfully cooperating in a grave moral evil. Read more.
Seminarian Q&A Featuring Vincent “Jay” Zizza
Get to know a little more about the men you are praying for as they continue to prepare for the priesthood
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Missionary Sisters, Servants of the Word open their first American novitiate in local convent
Religious Sister in our Diocese

WEST GREENWICH — Tucked away in the shady forests of West Greenwich, the Virgo Magnificat Convent is the new home of an exciting addition to the diocese — although it will still take on …

PHOTO: DANIEL J. HOLMES
Collection for our Retired Religious
Weekend of December 12-13 
History of the Nativity Scene
More great photos from our Catholic Schools
St. Thomas Regional STEAM Academy, PreK-8, Providence
St. Rose of Lima School, PreK-8, Warwick
St. Rocco School, PreK-8, Johnston
St. Pius V School, PreK3-8, Providence
A Look Back at Summer 2020!
St. Patrick Church, Providence, Vacation Bible Camp
It was a beautiful summer week full of music, learning,
praying, sharing, laughter and fun for all!

The St. Patrick Bible Camp took place the week of July 13-17, 2020, with the blessing and guidance of Fr. James Ruggieri, pastor of St. Patrick and St. Michael the Archangel churches, Providence, and Msgr. Gerard O. Sabourin, retired director of the Apostolate with People with Disabilities. Every year camp is staffed by volunteers from parishes throughout the Diocese. This annual integrated camp experience includes both those with disabilities and typical children and adults.

Sainthood was the theme for 2020 and highlights included daily catechesis on our Catholic faith, Holy Mass, and the experience of community. Through the eyes of the saints campers discovered how everyone is called to be a saint.

Together campers reflected on the stories of creation, Noah, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Joseph and the coat of many colors, and St. Francis of Assisi. Participants learned what it means to forgive the people we love and to ask for forgiveness from those we have hurt. Campers also learned about the Blessed Mother and Jesus. On the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Msgr. Sabourin shared stories and concelebrated a beautiful Holy Mass with Father James.

All this was possible thanks to the generous support of the John Moran-Ventre Foundation, thank you!
Reality of death leads to greater appreciation of life, preacher says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — By forcing the world to see the reality of death, the COVID-19 pandemic also gives people an opportunity to reflect on what is truly important in life, the preacher of the papal household told Pope Francis and his aides.

Please support Rhode Island Catholic’s ministry this Christmas
FROM THE EXECUTIVE EDITOR'S DESK
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...

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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." Available here in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
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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
O Christmas Tree
**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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