Our Response To COVID-19.
St. John Vianney Updates
THANKSGIVING DAY: The governor has called for a two-week pause to control the rapidly increasing covid infection rate. She has also strongly encouraged us to stay home for thanksgiving and focus on live-streaming our celebrations.
Our response to the Governor's direction during this two-week pause is a follows:
Our 9 AM Thanksgiving mass will be live-streamed only.
For the next two weekends, our mass program will be as follows:
In-person masses will be on Saturday at 5 PM and Sunday morning at 8:30 only, and there will not be any music or singing at these two masses since singing is a way that the virus can spread. Not having music will also cut down on our time spent together, minimizing the risk of viral transmission. In other words, these two in-person masses will be like a regular weekday morning mass.
The 10 AM Sunday mass will be live-streamed only, with music.
These changes are for the next two weeks. After this two week pause, the Governor will re-assess her guidelines, and we will also re-consider how we can effectively continue our important celebrations while ensuring the health and safety of all our parishioners.
SECOND COLLECTION: There will be a second collection this weekend, November 21/22 for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. A second collection basket will be available in the back of the church this weekend. Donations can be made on our website or by CLICKING HERE.
MASS BOOK: The 2021 Mass Book is now open for scheduling Masses for January 1st through June 30th. Masses may be scheduled by contacting the office at 401-333-6060
PRIEST RETIREMENT FUND: This fund is the primary means by which those Catholic Priests who have served for decades in the Diocese of Providence are cared for in their later years -- years that are spent in active ministry. Click here to learn how to donate.
RETURNING TO MASS: A summary of what to expect when returning to Mass is now available and will continue to be updated. Click the red tab at the top of the page or Click Here.
MASS RESERVATIONS: While reservations are no longer required, we may be mandated to adjust our capacity. You are welcome to attend any of our masses, please know that we are still limiting to 100 at each mass. Please call the office for the most up to date information.
LIVE STREAMING: We will be live streaming Sunday 10:00AM.
RESOURCES: We have a variety of options available for parishioners to stay connected with the parish.
DONATIONS : You can make your weekly donation by clicking on the donate tab.
HOMILY PODCAST: Our complete archive of homilies that date back to 2015 are available to you via our Homily Podcast Page.
LIVE STREAMING ADORATION: Click here to view our live stream from our Perpetual Adoration Chapel.
CANCELLED: Weekday masses and Communion services.
CLOSED: Perpetual Adoration Chapel. Reopening date TBD
RESOURCES: The Diocese of Providence has shared it's response to COVID-19 and has also compiled a list of informational resources. Click Here to Learn More
OTHER TELEVISED MASSES: The Diocese has compiled a list of televised masses through a variety of resources.
A Message to Parishioners
October 30, 2020
ARE YOU A SAINT?
Sounds like a silly question to ask?
Perhaps you're thinking, are you serious?
Well, truth be told none of us are there yet, but we are all called to sanctity or holiness. To be holy is not about living as though we are in a monastery and walking around with our hands folded, but rather, about the way we live our lives in relationship to God and one another.
Matthew Kelly, in his book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity, says that the biggest lie that most Christians believe is that holiness is not possible. We are all called to holiness and the path is outlined in the Gospels, particularly as stated in the Beatitudes of St. Matthew's Gospel where Jesus states the qualities of those who claim to be His followers:
• The humble ones
• The poor in spirit
• The meek
• The merciful
• The peacemakers
• The pure of heart
By our baptism we are all called to holiness. It is a life-long process. There is a saying “Every saint had a past and every sinner has a future.”
This Sunday, November 1, is All Saints Day, a solemnity of the Church. A solemnity is the highest level of the Feasts of the Church for the significance they hold for the faith. When a solemnity falls on a Sunday it replaces the ordinary Sunday Mass and readings unless it occurs during the Advent, Christmas, Lent, or Easter seasons, then it is deferred to a weekday, as nothing takes precedent on Sundays during these seasons.
On the Feast of All Saints "we remember all those who have gone before us in faith and who we trust now live forever in God's heavenly love. It is also a feast of recommitment for those of us who, inspired by their lives, are encouraged to imitate these saints. Though most of us will never be officially recognized by the Church as saints, our baptismal call to this goal is no less ours.
We pause on November 1st and November 2nd (Feast of All Souls) each year to remember those members of our broad faith community who have run the race, who have endured to the end and now share in the promises of heaven. We think of the well-known holy ones whose stories inspire us; we think also of the saints from our own lives, real people with faults and failings as well as plenty of love and laughter, people whose lives we recall with pain and joy. We trust that these beloved children of God do indeed see him in truth, for to them have been revealed the truths that we know only in part."
Sourcebook 2020 Liturgy Training Publications © 2019 Archdiocese of Chicago
Happy Feast Day