Diocese of Providence



A Blessed Christmas and New Year to you and yours!

A Christmas Message from Bishop Henning

“Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?” So exclaims a frustrated Charlie Brown. The powerful answer comes from Linus who drops his security blanket and recites the beautiful message of the angels to shepherds in the field (Luke 2:8-14). If you want to remember what Christmas is all about, listen to Linus! 

May those tidings of great joy fill your heart, may the Savior banish your fears and give you peace!

Merry Christmas,

Richard G. Henning

Bishop of Providence

For you, for the final week of Advent

Our new weekly Advent video series for you from the Diocese of Providence


For December 24, the fourth Sunday of Advent, Mr. Adam Habershaw, Seminarian, Fourth College, Seminary of Our Lady of Providence and parishioner at St. Paul Parish, Cranston, explains "The Nativity Story."

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For you, for Christmas


Find Holy Mass near you for Christmas and New Year

Celebration of Christmas at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence

Christmas and New Year's Masses interpreted in ASL for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing

Readings of Christmas

Can't join us in person at the Cathedral? Watch the live stream of the Holy Masses below on diocesan YouTube channel, youtube.com/DioceseofProvidenceRI

  • Sun., Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. “A Concert of Christmas Meditations" with the Gregorian Concert Choir & Festival Orchestra under the direction of Rev. Msgr. Anthony Mancini and Mr. Philip Faraone, Organist. 
  • Sun., Dec. 24 at 12 a.m. The Solemn Celebration of Midnight Mass with Most Rev. Richard G. Henning, Bishop of Providence.
  • Mon., Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. Christmas morning Mass with Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop Emeritus

Worldwide telecasts of the events presided over by Pope Francis for Christmas and New Year

More about the celebration of the Christmas

Photo: Christmas in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Providence by the Rhode Island Catholic

Photo: Nativity at Aldrich Mansion by the Rhode Island Catholic

Gospel Reading for Christmas Day - Luke 2:15-20


When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another,

"Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us."

So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.

All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.

And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.  

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