Join Bishop Tobin in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence, on Saturday, May 1 at 10:30am for the Solemn Diocesan Celebration for the Year of Saint Joseph OR watch the livestream of this special celebration from home!
Beginning May 1st, pray with Pope Francis each day in May for end to Covid-19 pandemic. He'll start in St Peter's, then a different shrine will lead the prayer each day until the Pope closes the month of prayer in the Vatican gardens.
Rhode Island houses of worship, including Catholic parishes in the Diocese of Providence, will soon allow seating at 80 percent capacity. Some safety protocols will continue as a precaution throughout the pandemic.
ROVIDENCE — Following a year like no other in recent history, the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic was still hanging in the air like the incense smoke used to bless the sacramental oils at this year’s Chrism Mass.
“The very first thing I want to say to you this morning is welcome back. Welcome home,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said during Mass for the Solemnity of Pentecost at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Providence, on Sunday, May 31. His welcoming message was shared to those gathered as public Mass resumed in the Diocese of Providence. In early March, the bishop dispensed the faithful from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days of obligation due to the COVID-10 pandemic.
PROVIDENCE — Following several weeks of careful consultations between the Diocese of Providence and the Governor’s Office and the Rhode Island Department of Health, public worship will resume in Catholic Churches on May 30, the Vigil of the Solemnity of Pentecost, following a set of guidelines released Wednesday by the diocese.