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
Dear Parishioners, Staff and Parents,
As you know, these are challenging times for all of us. Simple tasks like grocery shopping and running errands are complicated with mask wearing and social distancing guidelines. COVID-19 has disrupted and modified every facet of our lives. Schools, in particular, have had to make major adjustments. Last year, we met the challenge as best as we could with virtual learning. We
all had hopes that by September things would be back to normal. Unfortunately, we are still dealing with this pandemic.
We had to face some additional hurdles as we approach a new school year. Dr. Allison Amodie has accepted a position as Vice Principal for Smithfield High School. I would like to thank Dr. Amodie for her years with us and all she did to upgrade our technology, enhance our curriculum and bring in new students. The school has
grown under her leadership and we owe her a debt of gratitude.
On Monday, August 31, we welcome Ms. Susan Mansfield as she begins her work as our new principal. I am deeply grateful that Susan has agreed to come on board with joy and enthusiasm, particularly in such short notice. Ms. Mansfield has been in education for 25 years, serving most recently as principal of Overbrook Academy in Smithfield. I am confident we are in good hands.
Transitions are never easy. These trying times add to the challenge. I ask your patience and seek your prayers. As uncertainty over a pandemic looms, communication is key to our success. Ms. Mansfield is committed to keep all of you informed and be available as we proceed in this coming school year. The success of any principal is dependent on the support of all. I ask you to join me in supporting Ms. Mansfield as she takes the helm this year. I am confident that we are in a good place and we will overcome the hurdles of COVID-19 to continue our mission of prayer, learning and service. Thank you all for your understanding and I look forward to the start of another year! God Bless.
Rev. David G. Thurber, Jr.
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.