In light of the impending snowstorm with dangerous conditions that is expected to arrive over the weekend, Catholics of the Diocese of Providence are reminded to use prudence and extreme caution in deciding whether or not they are able to attend Sunday Mass. While the obligation to attend Holy Mass is always to be taken seriously, Catholics are not expected to attend Mass if the weather conditions are dangerous and extremely difficult. Personal safety should be a priority. If local conditions are dangerous, Catholics may legitimately choose to stay home, remain safe and spend more time in personal prayer and reflection in keeping with the spirit of the Lord’s Day.
Pastors and parishioners are strongly urged to observe carefully any directives issued by state or local officials during the storm.
Finally, Catholics are reminded that this coming Wednesday, February 18 is Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of the holy Season of Lent. It is our hope and prayer that the difficult weather will subside so that all can participate in this special time of grace.