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December 3, 2020
A Letter from Bishop Tobin Regarding COVID-19 Vaccines
To the Faithful of the Diocese of Providence:
Numerous reports indicate that at least two COVID-19 vaccines will soon be available. This development in fighting this terrible disease is indeed very good news and should be for us a source of hope and gratitude.
The development of these vaccines will also raise, and indeed already has raised, some questions about the moral permissibility of receiving these vaccines if they have been developed in any way that involves the use of cell lines from aborted babies. It is a complex and sensitive matter. Nonetheless, a careful evaluation of this situation from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (the USCCB), includes the following:
“Neither the Pfizer nor the Moderna vaccine involved the use of cell lines that originated in fetal tissue taken from the body of an aborted baby at any level of design, development, or production. They are not completely free from any connection to abortion, however, as both Pfizer and Moderna made use of a tainted cell line for one of the confirmatory lab tests of their products. There is thus a connection, but it is relatively remote.”
In short the USCCB evaluation, backed-up by previous instructions from the Holy See, affirms that “at the level of the recipient, it is morally permissible to accept vaccination when there are no alternatives and there is a serious risk to health.”
When the vaccines become available, individuals should be encouraged to receive the vaccine to promote their own health and safety and that of others. This is consistent with the Catholic commitment on promoting the common good. Nonetheless, if individuals have serious moral objections to, or health concerns about, receiving the vaccines, those concerns should be respected and the individuals should not be forced to be vaccinated if so doing is contrary to their conscience.
I hope that this information will be helpful for you. In receiving the news of the vaccines we realize that the fight against this terrible pandemic is not over. We need to continue our vigilance, and to pray for all who have suffered from the dire consequences of the virus. May God remove this terrible plague from our midst and grant healing, comfort and peace to all.
With my best wishes, prayers and blessings, I remain,
Thomas J. Tobin
Bishop of Providence
I hope that you are doing well-that you have been staying healthy, happy, and holy throughout these challenging days of epidemic. I am most joyful to announce that the public celebration of Mass will be reinstated this weekend, May 30 and 31, which, providentially enough, is the Feast of Pentecost (when the Church celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Blessed Mother and the Apostles). So, as you receive this letter and increasingly feel safe and secure in public over time, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you all back.
Given the nature of the circumstances, however, the Diocese of Providence has consulted with officials from the Thomistic Institute (an authority on understanding doctrine and the Code of Canon Law), the State of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Department of Health in order to come up with policies which, insofar as reasonably possible, ensure the health and safety of those who wish to resume the practice of public worship. St. Eugene Church will comply with any and all laws, regulations, guidelines, and recommendations of the aforementioned authorities as well as the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, the delegates of the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, and any additional corresponding offices of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence which may affect forms of public worship. The enclosed is a list of the protocols set forth by the Diocese of Providence as they will apply to the public celebration of Mass and other forms of public worship. Please read and review them thoroughly prior to attending any Catholic form of worship in public and be as diligent as possible about observing them. These have been established for the sake of the common good. We must each heed Christ’s command to “love our neighbor as ourselves” as we transition back to normalcy and thus do our part not only to protect ourselves but others as well.
Thank you for your understanding, your patience, and your diligence with this transition. As always, please know that I am here to assist you and serve you in whatever way(s) that I can. Also, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Respectfully yours in Christ,
Reverend Stephen J. Dandeneau
Guidelines for Participation in Mass/Public Worship
- Bishop Tobin has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until further notice.
- Under no circumstances may anyone who manifests symptoms of any illness attend the public celebration of Mass.
- Those who are elderly, have underlying health conditions, or are otherwise vulnerable to the risk of infection are asked to refrain from attending Mass.
- Attendance at the public celebration of Mass is limited to 25% of the total fire department stated capacity for occupancy of the church. At St. Eugene Church, this is 105 people, but please keep in mind that we do have to ensure 6 feet social distancing and there are a limited number of pews.
- Attendance at the public celebration of Mass will be on a “first come, first serve” Pews will not be reserved in advance for anyone.
- Parishioners are asked to use the front entrance only. The side entrance will not be available for arrival or departure.
- Parishioners are asked to line up outside at the designated/marked locations before entering.
- Parishioners are asked to wear a face mask upon their arrival, throughout the entire celebration of Mass, and for their departure. This includes while waiting in line to receive Holy Communion. The only time a face mask may be removed is for the actual reception/consumption of Holy Communion. Masks are to be placed back on one’s face immediately following the reception of Holy Communion.
- Young children, those who have difficulty breathing, and those who have difficulty removing a face mask on their own are not required to wear one.
- Parishioners are asked to utilize hand sanitizer and have their temperature checked as they enter. Hand sanitizer is available at the entrance of the Church and in each individual pew, but parishioners are also welcome to bring and use their own. Ushers/volunteers will assist.
- Ushers/volunteers will seat attending parishioners in the appropriate pews as they arrive.
- The offertory procession and weekly budget collection during the offertory will not take place. A receptacle has been provided for those parishioners who wish to contribute to the budget either before or after Mass.
- The hymnals have been removed, the choir is on hold until further notice, and parishioners are asked to refrain from singing.
- All those who ordinarily assist with the pragmatic dimensions of the celebration of Mass are on hold until further notice; namely, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (Eucharistic Ministers), Readers (Lectors), and Altar Servers.
- Parishioners are asked to note that they are not required to receive Holy Communion if they attend Mass. It is legitimate to remain in the pew and make an act of spiritual communion.
- A special table has been set up in the sanctuary to facilitate the safe distribution of Holy Communion. This table has a corporal, an ablution cup, and hand sanitizer. The first two are to ensure the proper treatment of the Blessed Sacrament. The last is precautionary and is to be used if contact between the priest and communicant is made during the distribution of Holy Communion.
- Parishioners are encouraged to receive Holy Communion on the hand; however, it is not permitted to receive Holy Communion in the hand wearing gloves. Those who wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue are asked to go as close to the end of the line as possible.
- Parishioners who are in line waiting to receive Holy Communion are asked to line up according to the markers on the floor in order to ensure 6 feet social distancing. If all of the spots are taken, please remain in your pew until such time as you can get in line in one of these spots.
- Parishioners are asked not to congregate socially either before or immediately following Mass. To facilitate this, they will be dismissed by pew.
The bathrooms will not be available.
Faith is living and dynamic: if not fed, it grows weak; if not practiced, it grows rusty; if not shared, it grows cold; if not lived, it dies.
Holy Days of Obligation 2021
Jan 1 Solemnity of Mary
May 13 Ascension Thursday
*Aug 15 Assumption of Mary
(Not Obligatory 2021)
*Nov 1 All Saints Day
(Not Obligatory 2021)
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Friday Night “Breadline” – Anyone wishing to donate money towards food purchased for the Friday Night Breadline, held at the Cathedral in Providence by volunteers of St. Eugene, may do so by sending their cash or check in an envelope in the collection basket at mass or drop it off at the rectory. Checks must be made payable to “St. Eugene Church”, please note either on the bottom of the check or by a note in the envelope “BREADLINE”. Thank you for your generosity to the poor. “There but through the grace of God go I.”
Mass Intention Book Open
The 2021 Mass intention book is now open to schedule Mass intentions or the Sanctuary Lamp. Our secretary is available to do this Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The Stipend for the Mass is payable at the time of scheduling or cannot be reserved. If you want particular dates, now is the time to do it. The stipend schedule established by the Bishop is as follows: • Weekday Mass $10.00 • Weekend Masses and Holyday Masses $25.00 • 14 Day Sanctuary Lamp $10.00
Our young people are enrolled with many devoted catechists volunteering their time and talent to help form future generations of believers. I want to express my profound appreciation to these parishioners for giving up their time and devoting their energy teaching the young. Our Lord warned adults not to prevent the children from coming to Him, for such as these does the Kingdom of God belong. Parents are, above all, the first and most important teachers of religion and we who teach and preach can only build on the foundation provided by parents.
In addition to bringing their children to religion classes, parents are encouraged to attend Sunday Mass with their children; for the faith to be experienced it must be enlivened spiritually with the grace of the Sacraments, especially the sharing of God’s Word and His Body and Blood, gifts given to us at each and every Mass. It is the house, that is, the life, built on the solid rock of faith rather than the shifting sands of ease and comfort that sustains in time of trial and difficulty; that trials and difficulties come is without question—that we can be sustained in the face of these depends on how well we have built, have practiced, have nurtured our faith, particularly with the living Body and Blood of Christ, the Eucharist, each and every Sunday. Faith is living and dynamic: if not fed, it grows weak; if not practiced, it grows rusty; if not shared, it grows cold; if not lived, it dies.
JOIN OUR PARISH
Welcome to St. Eugene Parish, a Roman Catholic community committed to the Gospels. Please call the parish rectory at (401) 568-5102 to register with the parish or to receive budgets. If you are moving out of the parish, please call us so we may update our records. If you have a question for the pastor, please call Father Stephen J. Dandeneau at the rectory or see him after any Mass.
Register by downloading a parish registration form. Completed registration forms can be returned by mail, brought to the parish office, or dropped in the collection basket at any weekend mass.
Masses on Youtube : St. Eugene, Chepachet, RI – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2NOvJwj-de84yJM0Kt_bpg
Fr. Stephen Dandeneau, Pastor
Jan 17 $ 2057.00 (Env. 42)
E-Giving $ 1242.76
**You may send your budgets to St. Eugene by mail (PO Box A, Chepachet, RI 02814) or drop them off in the black mail box next to the breezeway door (facing the parking lot). We appreciate your continued support during this time. God bless you for your generosity, stay safe and well.
The next book of the Torah/Pentateuch is the
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books of the Scriptures to understand because it is
composed of laws and regulations concerning life and
worship as God’s chosen people. (to read more click here)
Our prayer garden is open for anyone who is looking for a quiet spot to pray and meditate. Presently we have a small group who say the “Chaplet of Divine Mercy” every day at 3pm.
Please feel free to come and join them.
All Parish Activities cancelled until further notice
Regular Weekly and Monthly Meetings:
Every Tuesday- 6:30pm Legion of Mary W/Rosary in the church rectory
Every Wednesday- 8pm New Freedom In the church hall
Every Wednesday- 6:30-7:30pm Confessions in the church with exposition of the Eucharist.
Knights of Columbus- Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays @ 7:30pm in the church hall
4th Degree Knights of Columbus- Meets 3rd Tuesday of the month @7:30pm in the church hall
All activities are on hold until further notice
Students in Grades 8-12 are welcome to join. Come and enjoy some time with friends. (Students who have already made their Confirmation are invited back to join us!)
All classes are now held on Sundays
Gr K-5 — 8:45am – 9:50am
Gr 6-10 — 11:15am – 12:30pm
CCD registration forms have been mailed. Please call the rectory if you have not received your registration forms or if you are new to the parish.
FIRST COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION are two year programs. Please send in copies of Baptismal Certificates if student was not baptized at St. Eugene. Confirmation candidates should have a sponsor chosen prior to the start of classes.
Registration forms for Religious Education have been prepared and mailed. If you are new to the parish or have children who are now of an age to attend classes, please call rectory 568-5102 so that your family can be sent a registration form.
Registration Forms are available for download by clicking the Rel Ed menu option above then clicking Forms