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May, 2020

Dear Parishioners:


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.

Tickets for this year's annual 20 Week Club are now on sale.  Tickets are $60 each and include 20 weekly drawings for $40 each and 3 Grand Prize Drawing of $1,500, $300 and $200.  Ticket price also includes the Grand Prize Dinner/Drawing on October 16th at the Village Haven Restaurant.

We are looking for our forgotten parishioners. Those who are unable to come to church due to illness, age, and/or lack of transportation. Is there someone you haven’t seen in church in a while? Someone who lives alone and has no family. If you know of anyone who would enjoy having communion brought to them, please let us know. These parishioners once were a vital part of St. Eugene Parish, let us not forget them in their time of need. Who knows… this small gesture may be the only contact they have with the outside world.