CNA Staff, Apr 21, 2020 / 02:01 am
Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence reflected Sunday on the potential outcome of the coronavirus pandemic, encouraging Catholics to develop plans for evangelization.
"When our churches re-open for public worship, how will the faithful respond? … Will they have grown accustomed to watching the Mass on TV or online, and find that it's not necessary to attend in person, or will they have missed the sense of community, their parish family, and realize that 'virtual participation' can never replace the grace of being personally present?" he asked in his April 19 pastoral message "The State of the Church in the Diocese of Providence in the Age of Coronavirus".
"I'm convinced that as a Church community – in the diocese, in our parishes, schools and organizations – this post-crisis moment invites us to redouble our commitment to evangelization."
Bishop Tobin decried the negative impacts of the virus, especially the absence of regularly available sacraments.