Welcome to the parish website for St. Eugene’s Church. “The Church of Saint Eugene is a community of believers seeking to grow in the faith of Jesus Christ through His Eucharist and by the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Church of Saint Eugene welcomes all God’s people through liturgy, sacraments, outreach to our neighbors in need, and by following the example of Jesus Christ. Through works and actions we strive to meet the spiritual, physical and temporal needs of all generations, especially our young. By encouraging one another, we grow in faith and we demonstrate our life in the Holy Trinity by sharing the Good News of Jesus and by being an active voice in our society. With God’s help, we remain a community united in Faith, Hope and Charity.” Please visit these pages to learn more about our vibrant faith community!
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The Catholic Charity Appeal funds over 30 programs & ministries each year to serve thousands of people in RI. Catholic social services provides immediate support like food, heating and rent assistance, diapers, formula, clothing and more. The Appeal also funds Emmanuel House homeless shelter, St. Martin dePorres Senior Center, Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, evangelization programs, St. Gabriel’s Call for expectant mothers, Life & Family Ministry, and many other vital outreach programs. Please help us by pledging your support to the 2021 Catholic Charity Appeal. You can return a pledge card in the mail, or visit givecentral.org/2021CCA THANK YOU!!!
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
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.
1st Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and
1st Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary are held every month. Please see the schedule below for dates and time.
1ST Friday 1st Saturday
7:30 am 8:30 am
May 7th May 1st June 4th June 5th
July 2nd July 3rd Aug 6th Aug 7th
Sept 3rd Sept 4th Oct 1st Oct 2nd
Nov 5th Nov 6th Dec 3rd Dec 4th
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
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.
Car Wash St Eugene Council K of C will hold a car wash in the church parking lot on Saturday June 26th from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Rain date is July 3rd.
Mother of Hope Camp (formerly Mater Spei), located at 1589 Putnam Pike, Chepachet, RI is a Diocese of Providence catholic camp for children ages 5-12. This program runs from the last week of June through the 2nd week of August. Please visit www.motherofhopecamp.com for further information.
20 Week Club
It’s not too late to join. Drawings begin on June 6th. This year there will be 20 weekly drawings for $40 and grand prize drawings for $1500, $500, $100, $100 and a CVS Gift Card for $100. There will be no dinner as in the past due to the pandemic. Blank forms are available at the entrance to the church. You can also download the form from our website or by contacting the rectory. The 20 Week Club is an important fundraiser for our parish. Your continued support is great appreciated. (click here to download a sign-up form)
St. Vincent dePaul-Meets 2nd Wednesday of the month Sept thru June at 6pm in the church hall. We will be meeting at the Lawrence Family Home. Wednesday June 9th at 6:00pm – OUTSIDE. Please call 568-2700 for directions. Bring your own lawn chair and wear your mask. Old and New Friends are welcomed! Come see what St. Vincent DePaul is about and what we do. SVDP or has any questions, please contact Patricia Lawrence, SDVP President at < email@example.com>
Youth Group EVENTS Are On Hold
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.
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
Youth Group EVENTS Are On Hold
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