Our Response to Covid-19.
St. Teresa's Updates
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 :
Grade 1-8 religious education will be taught remotely this year. These classes will be held on Saturday/Sunday morning Or weekday at 6pm. Grades will not be taught at the same time at the convenience of the teacher.
Confirmation I & II will be taught in house on Sunday morning following 10:30am Mass at 11:15 until 12:30pm
Please register asap to as classes will start soon.
CANCELLED: Weekday masses
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
May & June 2021
I would like to start off by thanking all of you for your continued support during the days of this awful pandemic. Many people are unemployed or underemployed and are struggling to get by and pay their expenses. Churches are much like families and COVID-19 has hit many parishes and faith-based organizations particularly hard. We are no exception. While our parish has been getting by, we still have to confront the daunting task of paying our bills. We kept our head above water for several months, but now our bills are piling up higher than our income.
As a result of our several capital campaigns over the years, we have not had an annual collection in quite some time. As you all know, one of the things that I do not like to do is ask people for money. However, given these trying times, we will have a special annual collection this Spring. When you receive your May and June budget envelopes you will notice an annual envelope with three suggested amounts. Personally, I gave $250.00. I ask that you pray over it and give to the amount you feel comfortable.
With the help of all parish families, this special collection will help to get us on the right track. Once again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your faithful support, dedication, and prayers.
May God bless you, your families, and this wonderful parish.
Yours in Christ Jesus,
Fr. David G. Thurber, Jr. Pasto
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.