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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
Thank you for your support of this major parish fundraiser. See you next year!
Grand Prize Winners
$1500.00 Chris Kowal
$ 300.00 Brian Curtin
$ 200.00 David Boynes
$ 200.00 Charles Day
$ 200.00 Jacquelyn Miller
$ 200.00 Amalia LeBlanc
$ 200.00 George Crook
$ 200.00 Connie Richardson
Week 1 Donna Aubin
Week 2 Glen Lyford
Week 3 David Boynes
Week 4 Donna Aubin
Week 5 Anne Pimental
Week 6 Diane Guay
Week 7 Blanche Hamill
Week 8 Carol Laliberte
Week 9 Mary Beth Curtin
Week 10 Nicole Previte
Week 11 Kathy Rechter
Week 12 David Fecteau Sr
Week 13 Charles Gauvin
Week 14 Ann Lowell
Week 15 Rita Scotto
Week 16 Patti Fountain
Week 17 Sharon Couture
Week 18 Kevin Walsh
Week 19 Dennis Pimental
Week 20 Judy Murphy
Congratulations to the 15 youth of our
parish who received Confirmation this
past June & July, here at St. Eugene’s.
May God bless them with a strong faith in
God and the Catholic Church as they
journey in life.
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.
The K-5 CCD classes asked Father Dandeneau if they could interview him about Holy Orders on Priesthood Sunday. The students thanked Father Dandeneau for his service and presented him with handmade cards, cookies, and punch. The questions that the students asked and the answers Father Dandeneau gave have been reproduced below:
- Why did you become a priest?
I became a priest because I grew up believing in God, and I believe that God asked me to become a priest.
- When and how did you receive your call to become a priest?
My call to the priesthood was something that happened over time. I started to receive it when I was between five and seven years old. By the time I was fourteen or fifteen, my calling became clearer and I was able to understand it better. I fully understood that I was being called when I was sixteen or seventeen, but I pushed it aside and went to college. When I was in college, the call became even stronger. At first, I stayed away from God because I was afraid of giving my whole life to Him, but as my faith grew stronger, I finally accepted His call to the priesthood.
- What do you like about this lifestyle?
First, I like that I have been given a gift of closer friendship with Jesus and God the Father than I would have had if I had done something else. Since the purpose of the priesthood is helping people to know and love God, I need to remain closer to Him so that I can do what He needs me to do for other people. Second, because I have a different lifestyle and fewer commitments than an unmarried man, I have the freedom to love others in a different and more profound way. Since I'm not devoted to one particular person or family, I am able to offer love to everyone that I meet. When a priest gives up the chance to get married and have a family, he does so in order to enable him to love others in a unique way which is symbolic of the way that we will all live in heaven.
4) What advice would you give to a young person who is considering religious life?
Religious life is a wonderful calling from God. Don't be afraid if you are called to it, because it's from God and it's meant to help you love others more. Make sure that you stay as close to Jesus as possible by practicing the sacraments, praying often, and being the best person you can be. The better a person you are, the more prepared you will be for your calling when you grow up.
5) What is a typical day like for you?
My typical day involves taking care of the church and its needs. I say morning Mass at 7:30. After the end of Mass, I offer Eucharistic Adoration and leave the church open for prayer until 9:00. A group of people from the church regularly prays the Rosary at this time. I usually go to the office to do paperwork and deal with the church's bills either right after setting up for Eucharistic Adoration or after the end of the time for prayer, since the church needs to pay for electricity and repairs. I also prepare learning opportunities for adults, plan events for the youth group, and help coordinate five or six major fundraisers per year. The fundraisers are opportunites for the parish to get together, and I need to prepare for them with members of the parish. I spend time studying so that I can teach other people what Jesus taught. I also help groups like the St. Vincent de Paul society with charitable activities. Parish priests have several very serious responsibilities. Apart from all of the event coordination that I'm involved with, I help the parishioners of St. Eugene with their spiritual needs, including hearing confessions, providing spiritual guidance on request, working with people who are suffering, helping those who are poor and less fortunate, caring for those who are mourning the loss of a loved one, and responding to emergency requests for anointing of the sick. I also help prepare people to receive the sacraments by offering marriage prep and occasionally helping people with baptismal prep.
6) What are your hobbies and interests?
I have far too many hobbies! I like hiking, going to the movies, spending time with and visiting my friends, going to prayer meetings, learning about spirituality and mysticism, doing things with the youth group, and playing with my pet cat, Marty. I have a large family, so I have a lot of family functions. I spent a lot of time with my mother before she passed away.
7) Do you wish you could be married and have children?
Human beings have a natural desire for marriage and children, but when God asks you to do something, He gives you the power both to do it and be happy doing it. Besides, in a way, priests are actually married. We stand in Jesus' place, and Jesus is married to the Church. Likewise, nuns are married to Jesus. These marriages are spiritual rather than natural. Every parishioner is my spiritual child, which is why they call me Father.
8) What is one thing you dream of doing someday?
I dream of one day going to heaven.
9) Why can't girls be priests?
The Church doesn't feel that it has the right to do something that Jesus didn't, and there's no sign of any woman serving as a priest in the Bible. The Apostles were given priestly authority to preach and celebrate sacraments, and none of the Twelve were women. There was no evidence that any other woman was doing that, either.
10) What's the next church color?
The next major color will be violet, but there is one day before that when the priest can choose between three different colors. On November 2, All Souls Day, the color can be either white, violet, or black. Black is no longer in style, but I like it, so I'm going to try to wear black this year. Another interesting thing to note about church colors is that gold and white are treated as the same color, but gold is usually used for special occasions.
11) How can I tell when I'm receiving the guidance of the Holy Spirit?
Remember that God loves you. He doesn't want you to feel bad or to do things that are bad for you or for others. When you're close to God, you'll know that God is guiding you because you'll experience the Fruits of the Holy Spirit -- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. If you practice kindness, for instance, the Holy Spirit will give you the power to become even kinder. This is a sign that the Holy Spirit is with you. However, these qualities or characteriztics are not just feelings, but rather qualities or characteristics that describe your life as a whole.
12) Can you tell me more about Holy Orders?
Jesus created Holy Orders for several reasons. First, the Church needed a structure of authority so there would be people to make final decisions about how the Church functioned. Second, Jesus was going back to heaven and wanted to make sure that people would still preach the Gospel and spread the faith. Holy Orders is also necessary to provide people with access to the sacraments. The sacraments are powerful and important, and must be protected and treated with care. Because of this, only members of the Church hierarchy can preside over the sacraments. As boys will one day be men, they may be being called by God to the priesthood. Be open to it, because it's very important. Without priests, we wouldn't have the Eucharist, confession, or anointing of the sick. Even though nuns are not given a special sacrament the way priests are, we need them too, because they remind everyone what life in heaven will be like. While it's difficult to give up the natural desire for marriage and children, being a priest or a nun is a gift from God. Don't be afraid if you receive the call, even if it seems strange – everyone is weird, so being "normal" would actually make you the strange one! Besides, it's more strange to say no to a gift from God than to accept that gift. Receiving a call is not that uncommon – one in four people are called to either the priesthood or to religious life. Since you need to be an adult to follow this call, many people who become priests or religious go to college first. There are a number of different types of religious life, as well. Some religious pray all day, while others teach, act as nurses, do school administration work, become missionaries, or have various other jobs and assignments.
THANK YOU to all the members of our Saint Vincent de Paul Conference and parishioners of St. Eugene Church who helped in anyway with the success of our soup night. Our “Free Will” donations of $1,429.00 will help greatly heating and feeding the people in our community who are in need of assistance. (A special thank you to the Glocester Lions Club for their very generous donation!) Thank you! St. Eugene Conference SVDP
We are looking for items for our penny social table. Donations of gift certificates, new or VERY GENTLY used items may be brought to the rectory no later than Oct. 25th. Thank you for supporting this important (and fun) event.
Last week 6 youth & 7 adults braved the “Outback” of Pulaski Park. Aidan Babbitt, Hunter Cassidy, Ian Parker, Christian King, Joseph McKitchen and Isabella McMahon along with Fr. Dandeneau, Barbara Laberge, Sarah Kiff, Nicole Previte, Mr. Joseph McKitchen, Raymond McMahon and the church secretary all took part in our first trail hike. The weather was perfect and a great time was had by all. A delicious “feast” of marinated chicken, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, smore’s (and you can’t forget the hot dogs!) were enjoyed at the Pavilion by the hungry hikers in front of an inviting campfire. A special THANK YOU to Mr. Joseph McKitchen for his talented cooking skills at the grill, to Barbara, Nicole and the McKitchen family for their generous donations toward the meal, and to Maryann McKitchen & Sarah Kiff for their help in transporting the hikers from trails end to the campsite. And last but not least, a very special THANK YOU to Fr. Dandeneau for leading us on this adventure!
Saturdays 3:15pm – 3:45pm or Anytime by Appointment
Confirmation date for our candidates has been set for:
Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 6pm
@ Our Lady of Good Help Church Mapleville, RI
Masses on Youtube : St. Eugene, Chepachet, RI – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2NOvJwj-de84yJM0Kt_bpg
Fr. Stephen Dandeneau, Pastor
May 9 $ 2696.00 (Env. 66)
E-Giving $ 1620.50
**Please note that In Pew Collections have resumed. You may drop your budgets in the basket at mass as done in the past. Thank you for your support!
Our newly Confirmed students!
We welcome them as adults in our church and pray that they will always be faithful to Christ.
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. They will hold their annual Open House and Family Fun Day on May 16, 2021 from 11am to 3pm. 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
Fliers for this year’s 20 Week Club have been mailed out. 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 May 12th 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. Anyone who is interested in joining SVDP or has any questions, please contact Patricia Lawrence, SDVP President at firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
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
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