Information from the Diocese of Providence
during the COVID-19 Crisis
February 19, 2021
The Imitation of Christ: Staying Safe While Travelling, Spiritually
From Bishop Tobin
If on occasion, you find yourself flying somewhere (presumably on a plane) you are no doubt very familiar with the safety instructions that are dutifully announced at the beginning of the flight. As you settle into your seat for the journey, the flight attendants begin by demonstrating how to fasten and release your seatbelt. They also talk about...

Church capacity limits increased to 40 percent
PROVIDENCE — Due to improving public health conditions in Rhode Island, with a decrease in reported positive COVID-19 infections — and after a request from the Diocese of Providence — churches in the Ocean State have been allowed to fill to 40 percent of their capacity, up from 25 percent, with a maximum of 125 people, as of Feb. 12.

Faith Formation Convocation to be held virtually this year
Friday to Sunday, March 19-21
PROVIDENCE — Last March, as the Diocese of Providence was on the threshold of hosting its 53rd annual Faith Formation Convocation, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic caused life as we knew it to ground suddenly to a halt.

Father Giudice remembered for Providence-Haiti Outreach
PROVIDENCE — Father Francis Giudice, Pastor Emeritus of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, is being remembered for his longtime advocacy for providing a solid educational, spiritual foundation for orphaned and poor children in Haiti. He died Feb. 5 at the age of 92.
“He did so much for so many people,” said Sue Whipple, director of Providence-Haiti Outreach, which was founded as a non-profit organization in 1997 by Father Giudice and her late father, Pat Pezzelli, a co-founding member of the board.

An Omitted Word Makes a Difference
Rhode Island Catholic Editorial
Whether we realize it or not one word can have a big effect. On February 4, 2021, the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship decreed that in the English translation of the conclusion of collects (opening prayers) in the Roman Missal, “one” is to be omitted before “God.” For example, at the end of the prayer the celebrant will now say: “Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.” This change took effect on Ash Wednesday this year.

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Pope: Grow in humility this Lent
Renewing faith, hope and love: Pope Francis’ message for Lent 2021
Pope Francis focuses on the three theological virtues in his Lenten message for 2021, inviting the faithful to “renew our faith, draw from the living waters of hope, and receive with open hearts the love of God.”

Grounding his reflection on the Paschal Mystery, the Pope says, “This Lenten journey… is even now illumined by the light of the resurrection, which inspires the thoughts, attitudes and decisions of the followers of Jesus.”

For Lent, ask if one’s life is centered on God or oneself, pope says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lent is a time to reconsider the path one is taking in life and to finally answer God’s invitation to return to him with one’s whole heart, Pope Francis said.

“Lent is not just about the little sacrifices we make, but about discerning where our hearts are directed,” he said, “toward God or toward myself?”

The pope’s remarks came in his homily at Mass Feb. 17 for Ash Wednesday, which included the blessing and distribution ashes, marking the beginning of Lent for Latin-rite Catholics.

How to Live Lent This Year
From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops
Ash Wednesday Peaceful Prayer Vigil
40 Days for Life Lenten Campaign
From the Office of Life & Family
February 17th was Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. It was also the start of the largest 40 Days for Life Lenten campaign to-date! An unprecedented number of cities world-wide signed up in support of this annual campaign for Life.

Praying for Help & Healing
On Ash Wednesday, Pro-Life men and women in the Diocese of Providence walked in a peaceful and prayerful procession to Planned Parenthood, where they stood together in an outdoor prayer vigil to pray for all Life - - for the lives of the many babies lost, the lives of the women and men who choose abortion and regret their decision, and for all lives touched by abortion. Participants do not judge, but rather pray that help and healing will come to those who need.

Find Support
The Diocese of Providence Office of Life & Family offers hands-on ministries to help women who choose life for their babies and need assistance in taking care of them. Also offered are ministries that help women and others heal from their abortion experience. Contact Lisa Cooley, coordinator, Office of Life & Family, 401.278.2518,

Join 40 Days for Life
Join us in supporting those in need, in praying for Life - - sign up now at You may help save a life this Lenten season!

Knights of Columbus, Michael Benson and Paul Gebhart, lead the peaceful 40 Days for Life procession from the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul
to Planned Parenthood, Providence.
Fr. Brian M. Sistare, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church, Pawtucket,
leads the 35 participants in the rosary.
Helping Your Local Community
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl 2021
Did you know that 25% of your CRS Rice Bowl stays in your local community to support hunger and poverty alleviation efforts? Through CRS Rice Bowl, we’re able to help our neighbors on the other side of the world—and on the other side of the street!

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Retiros en Español
From the Office of Hispanic Ministry
Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations

Click here for the 2021 Guidelines and Regulations for Lent.
Great photos from our Catholic Schools

Mercymount Country Day School, Cumberland - PreSchool-8
Sliding into February Vacation! Grade 2 took to the hills on campus for some sledding fun before the start of school vacation week!
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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."

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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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