Our Response to Covid-19.
St. Teresa's Updates
RESERVATIONS: Mass reservations are not required at this time, mass attendance will be on a first come, first served basis.
WHAT TO EXPECT RETURNING TO MASS: Details WHO should/should not return to Mass and HOW to do it. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.
HOMILY PODCAST: Our complete archive of homilies that date back to 2015 are available to you via our Homily Podcast Page.
OFFICE HOURS: Until further notice 10AM-2PM Monday – Thursday.
BUDGET ENVELOPES: We would ask parishioners to keep budgets up to date if you are able. Parishioners can drop them off at the Rectory mail slot or mail them.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION : Online/packet options Have been sent by email for home Faith sharing!
CANCELLED: Weekday masses
CANCELLED: In-person Religious Education classes
TELEVISED MASS: The Diocese has compiled a list of televised masses that are available through a wide variety of media services. Click Here to View Mass List.
RESOURCES: The Diocese of Providence has shared it's response to COVID-19 and has also compiled a list of informational resources. Click Here to Learn More
GOLF TOURNAMENT: Due to circumstances beyond our control have forced us to make a change in this years golf tournament. The new tournament date is Saturday, August
February 17, 2020 11:15AM
Greetings to all!
I pray we are all safe. I just want to update you with where things are at in the parish. We have reduced our office hours to Monday - Thursday from 10:00 - 2:00. As all Masses have been canceled, we are looking into possibly posting Sunday Mass online.
Also, as there are no public Masses, we have not been able to collect budget envelopes. As the crisis goes on, we are struggling to meet payroll, pay for health insurance for our dedicated employees and pay our bills. Envelopes can either be dropped off at the rectory mailshot or mailed to us directly.
Thank you for all of your support during these difficult days.
Directives from the Diocese of Providence in Response to the Coronavirus Crisis
March 12, 2020
(PROVIDENCE, RI) – For the health, safety and well-being of our faith community, the Diocese of Providence has announced the following directives in response to the Coronavirus Crisis:
• Masses throughout the Diocese of Providence will continue to be offered at this time. However, in light of the serious health crisis caused by the coronavirus, the Diocesan Bishop hereby dispenses Catholics in the Diocese of Providence from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass beginning immediately and continuing through Sunday, March 29, 2020. Members of the faithful who are sixty-years of age or older, particularly those with underlying health conditions, are especially encouraged to take advantage of this dispensation.
• During this health crisis, pastors are permitted to adjust their liturgical and devotional schedules according to local conditions, while continuing to meet the pastoral and spiritual needs of the faithful, particularly regarding the celebration of funerals and weddings. To the extent possible, churches should remain open during the day for personal prayer, small group gatherings, devotions, and visits to the Blessed Sacrament.
• Regarding the celebration of major liturgical celebrations already scheduled, e.g. the Sacrament of Confirmation, pastors should confer with the Diocesan Office of Divine Worship.
• When gathering for liturgies and devotions, pastors and parishioners are urged to follow carefully the recommendations which have already been promulgated by the Diocesan Office of Divine Worship.
• In keeping with directives issued by the State of Rhode Island, pastors and school administrators should carefully evaluate the advisability of holding any social events scheduled in the parish or school, such as dinners, senior citizen gatherings, youth events, sporting events, fundraisers and field trips, always with the health and welfare of the participants foremost in mind.
• In keeping with recommendations issued by health officials in the State of Rhode Island, it may be necessary for Bishop Thomas Tobin and Bishop Robert Evans to limit their public schedules.
• All members of the Diocese of Providence are urged to pray fervently for all those affected by this health crisis – those who have been infected by the virus, their families, caregivers and health providers. Through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Providence, and of St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, may Almighty God grant healing, peace, comfort and strength to all.