PROVIDENCE — While 2020 has so far been a history-making year in the diocese, as it joins the world in responding to the devastating global novel coronavirus pandemic, officials are looking ahead to next year when it will mark a joyful milestone in its history, as the diocese prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial.
Catholic churches across the country have been open for up to four months since shelter-in-place orders were lifted. With approximately 17,000 parishes in America typically holding three or more weekend Masses — and a greater number of daily Masses — for the last 14 or more weeks — over one million public Masses have been celebrated following guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus: in sum, follow the three W’s — watch your distance, wear your mask, and wash your hands.
PROVIDENCE — While the diocesan Catholic Schools Office and a team of principals and educators have been preparing for several months for the return to in-person school this fall, Superintendent Dan Ferris anxiously awaited Gov. Gina Raimondo’s final word on the status of that return for the state’s public schools, which she delivered in a press conference Monday.