Information from the Diocese of Providence
during the COVID-19 Crisis
December 4, 2020
A Letter from Bishop Tobin to the Faithful Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines
To the Faithful of the Diocese of Providence:

Numerous reports indicate that at least two COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available. This development in fighting this terrible disease is indeed very good news and should be for us a source of hope and gratitude.

Use of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 vaccines is morally acceptable, say bishops
WASHINGTON (CNS) — While confusion has arisen in recent days in the media over “the moral permissibility” of using the COVID-19 vaccines just announced by Pfizer Inc. and Moderna, it is not “immoral to be vaccinated with them,” the chairmen of the U.S. bishops’ doctrine and pro-life committees said Nov. 23. Read more.
From Bishop Tobin: When Negative is Positive
"Pray for the faith that helps you to see that
when something negative comes your way,
it could actually be something positive.”

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people around the globe have been tested for the virus. There are different kinds of tests and the time spent waiting for results varies a great deal. But one emotion all the patients have had was the hope to receive the good news that, “the test results are negative.” In other words, they did not have the virus. Read more.
Novena for Our Lady of Guadalupe
This year's Mass cancelled due to COVID-19, you are invited to join the Novena, December 3-12.
Please refer to the informational flyer below. Visit for more.
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, December 8th 
"No sin would touch her, so that she would be afitting and worthy vessel of the Son of God. The Immaculate Conception does not refer to the virginal conception and the birth of Christ, but rather to Mary's being conceived without inheriting Original Sin." - United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, 142-143

This feast honors Mary, the Mother of God, and celebrates the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. The Immaculate Conception of Mary means that Mary was conceived "Immaculate" and without the stain of original sin. Adam and Eve's sin was inherited by all other human beings, but God spared the Mother of His Son.

This is a Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America and would normally be observed as a Holy Day of Obligation, but due to the pandemic, this not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2020. The Chancery Office Building located at One Cathedral Square, Providence, will be closed in observation of this day.

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Pope creates 13 new cardinals, including Washington archbishop
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — One by one 11 senior churchmen, including two U.S. citizens — Cardinals Wilton D. Gregory of Washington and Silvano M. Tomasi, a former Vatican diplomat — knelt before Pope Francis to receive their red hats, a cardinal’s ring and a scroll formally declaring their new status and assigning them a “titular” church in Rome. Read more.
Pope: Live for others
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." Available here in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Sharing Our Gifts
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The Rhode Island Catholic
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After having moved all publishing to the RI Catholic website as the pandemic began to unfold, the diocesan newspaper has returned to print biweekly!

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Live-streamed and pre-recorded Masses
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**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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Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence
Office of Communications
One Cathedral Square, Providence, RI
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