Future

Handouts provided by the Parish Trustees, Finance Committee, and Business Manager regarding the status of our parish during the summer of 2019:

On Wednesday, September 25, the people of Saint Charles gathered together for a parish meeting with representatives from the Diocese of Providence.

The following week, Bishop Tobin received a formal request for suppression from the parish staff and leadership, with a proposed effective date of January 5, 2020.

On of November 18, 2019, Bishop Tobin issued a formal decree that St. Charles Borromeo in Woonsocket would be suppressed as of January 12, 2020.


It was then announced on December 18, 2019 that, at Fr. Upton's request, Bishop Tobin has rescinded the decree of relegation (closure) of the St. Charles church building. While the decree of suppression of St. Charles parish is still in effect, this decision will enable us to further study possible future uses of the church building. The Diocese of Providence has issued a press release on 12/18/2019.

Our final Mass was celebrated on Sunday, January 12, 2020 @ 9AM.

In February, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has appointed a special Task Force, including former members of St. Charles parish, to study and offer recommendations as to the future use of the St. Charles Borromeo Church building.

In April, 2020, it was announced that Bishop Tobin rescinded his decree of suppression and executed a new decree of extinctive union with neighboring All Saints Parish. Saint Charles Borromeo church building will be a secondary worship site of All Saints Parish. The parish boundaries of All Saints have been redrawn to include the former Saint Charles parish territory. Please see below Bishop Tobin’s new decree and an accompanying letter from Fr. Upton which were both mailed to all households of All Saints Parish and the former Saint Charles Parish.

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