This week, the Governor approved the opening of public worship for churches beginning on the weekend of May 30-31st. It’s an important step forward and a sign of hope for us all. That being said, things are going to be a little different for the foreseeable future.
One of the most difficult aspects of returning to Mass will involve the seating capacity for our church. Before the crisis, the Saturday Vigil and 11AM Sunday Mass had full attendance. The Sunday 8:30AM Mass was usually 2/3to 3/4 full. The state is allowing us 25% of fire capacity with appropriate social distancing. To coordinate Mass attendance, we will be starting a “SignUp Genius” online. I ask parishioners to begin by signing up to attend Mass every 2 to 3 weeks for the few months.
A good portion of our parishioners are included in the “at risk” population due to either age or preexisting conditions. I encourage those at risk to consider attending weekday Mass beginning June 1st to lessen your chances of exposure to others. Pick a day any day during the week and make that your day to come to Mass to receive the sacraments.
Finally, Father Bucci has returned to Sacred Heart Church and has assumed administration of his parish. As previously planned, we will be returning to our normal Saturday Vigil Mass schedule of 5PM thru Labor Day. Confessions will be by appointment only as our confessional room lacks proper safety.
Returning to Public Celebrations of Holy Mass in Your Parish
What should we expect when we return our parishes in light of health and safety concerns over Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
Bishop Tobin’s Address to the Diocese of Providence
Bishop Tobin speaks to all the faithful of the Diocese as we prepare to resume public liturgical celebrations in our churches.
Parish Office Hours
Monday – Thursday from 8:30-1PM
PLEASE NOTE: All requests for Mass intentions, sacramental record requests, and other parish inquiries should be made at Saint Joseph Rectory during office hours. The Sacred Heart Rectory will be temporarily closed during this time.
Fr. Stowe may be contacted at Saint Joseph Rectory outside office hours by phone. (401-821-4072).
For the faithful at home during Coronavirus: