One of my nephews gave up treats for Lent. He stuck to it, even as his brothers enjoyed sweets. A couple of weeks ago, as churches were closing and Easter Masses were cancelled, he turned to his mother with a distraught look on his face. “Mom, if there’s no Easter, does Lent never end?” You can imagine his relief when my sister told him that even if they can’t go to church, Easter still takes place.
Today, we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. His Passion and Death on Good Friday were not the last word in the story of Christ’s life. Through His suffering on the Cross, Jesus Christ conquered death forever. The weight of Original Sin no longer has the final word over creation. While we still experience suffering, sickness, and sadness, today’s feast reminds us that the brokenness of this world is not the end. By the blood of Christ on the Cross, grace and mercy have the power to transform our hearts and our lives. Through the power of the Resurrection, the Gates of Heaven have been opened. God always has the final word. And it is message of hope. That’s the power of Easter.
Our entire world is enduring terrible suffering. Added to those who are ill, so many areburdened with anxiety and fear. On this Easter Sunday, may we look upon the Cross with faith. For today’s Feast is more important than ever. God is always with us, even in these uneasy and difficult times. Never forget, every Good Friday is followed by Easter Sunday. Lent always has an end. Our Lord and our Lady walk each step of this path with us. As isolated as we may be, we are never alone.
I wish you and your families a blessed, graceful, and peaceful Easter Sunday. Please know of my prayers for you, especially this day at the holy altar in Saint Joe’s.
I don’t know if I’d ever tell her, but my little sister is right. Even if we can’t go to church, Easter still takes place. Happy Easter. Jesus Christ is Risen, Alleluia, Alleluia!!
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:
TELEVISED MASSES & LIVE-STREAMED MASSES ON THE WEB/INTERNET
St. Joseph School promotes a positive, structured, safe and nurturing environment in which the whole child may develop. We provide a quality education program with emphasis on the cultivation of Catholic Christian values and virtues helping our students to become the person God intends.
St. Joseph Church has many wonderful opportunities for it’s parishioners to get involved.
The Music Ministry includes an Adult Choir and a Childrern’s Choir. The Director is Amanda Santo and the Organist is Claudette Archambault.
Money Collectors are needed at all Masses. A couple of members of the community are needed at each weekend Mass to take charge of making sure there are enough people to collect, especially when there are two collections, and to make sure the bags are sealed. Please see Father Stowe on the weekend.
Religious Education Teachers
Religious Education Teachers are needed. Parents of children in the program are encouraged to participate as teachers and helpers, but all are welcome!
St. Joseph the Carpenter
St. Joseph the Carpenter is an informal group of parents and
parishioners who volunteer to help with odd jobs around the school. The last
odd job completed was the painting of curbs with yellow paint.
There is no formal sign-up for volunteers; just an open invitation to anyone willing to share their time and talent..