Providence Roman Catholic Diocese says public masses will resume May 30
PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence issued guidelines on Wednesday to churches for the return to public worship on May 30.
The Diocese says this comes after several weeks of careful consideration with the Governor’s office and the Rhode Island Department of Health.
“The re-opening of our churches for public worship, even with the necessary restrictions, is a moment of grace for all of us,” said Bishop Thomas J. Tobin. “Our priority is to do all that we reasonably can to protect the health of our people, priests, and liturgical ministers while also providing the salvific grace of the Holy Mass and the sacraments which, for believers, is indeed an essential service, allowing us to share in the life of Christ and opening for us the doors of eternal life.”
Here are some of the guidelines the diocese has put in place for parishes to follow in order to resume in-person Mass on May 30:
- Bishop Tobin continues to dispense Catholics from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass and Holy Days until further notice.
- Vulnerable populations, the elderly, and those with underlying health conditions are asked to follow the most up to date health regulations and guidelines and remain home
- Parishioners will be expected to sanitize their hands immediately upon entering churches
- Masks must be worn at all times with the exception of receiving Holy Communion
- Singing will be limited
- Pews will be sectioned off to maintain six feet distance between parishioners
- Churches will be sanitized after every Mass
All public Masses and liturgical services in the Diocese of Providence were suspended by Bishop Tobin on March 17.