The Chapel of St. Therese of Lisieux

An inclusive Catholic faith community

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Often in life, simple words can say it all.  This is certainly the case with the beautifully articulated words found on the website of the Chapel of St. Therese of Lisieux. “Since 2000, we have wholeheartedly welcomed all Rhode Islanders as well as people from our surrounding states and anywhere else to join us in sacrament, song, service, worship, and prayer at the Chapel of St. Therese of Lisieux. Come and be a part of this thriving and hope-filled congregation.​” No invitation could be more all-encompassing.

But sometimes, it isn’t words that change people’s hearts, or behaviors, or opinions. It is the feelings they get when they follow where those words take them ~ in this case, right to the embracing arms of this inclusive Catholic faith community in West Warwick.

The feeling of acceptance.  The feeling of forgiveness.  The feeling of unity.  The feeling of grace, and mercy.  The feeling of hope.

Also, the feeling of love which is at the core of all Christianity.  Love of God; love for one another – no matter what path in life we have undertaken. This “call to love” is one that resonates within the sacred halls of the Chapel of St. Therese of Lisieux.  It is seen in the church’s philosophy of inclusion and acceptance.  It has always been a part of the teachings and actions of this close-knit community.

The Chapel of St. Therese of Lisieux is a Catholic Community that functions outside the jurisdiction of Rome.  The church is a haven for those whose abiding faith in the teachings of Jesus Christ have not always been in alignment with the expectations of the church of their childhoods, leaving them feeling estranged, conflicted, and often unwanted. 

Congregants who attend services at “Saint T’s” (as it is affectionately known) will see some things; they see families of all shapes & sizes, they see women in the clergy, they see divorcees participating in all the rituals and blessings their married and single friends enjoy, they hear contemporary music, they see those who extend kindness and love to them. What they won’t see is discrimination, exclusion, judgment, and intolerance.

Father Chuck Vohs, the congregation’s priest, would say to those who feel left on the fringes of their faith ~ come, you are a child of God and you are welcome here. Come to be replenished, edified, supported, and uplifted.

The Chapel of St. Therese of Lisieux stands as a beacon of hope in West Warwick.  All are welcome here.

For more details, check the church website at www.go1500.org.

Please come to “Saint T’s”, located at 1500 Main Street in West Warwick. Mass is every Sunday at 10:30, either in person or via Zoom.  Sunday rosaries begin at 9:45am. Feel free to call 401-680-9076 or email stocc1500@gmail.com for more information.

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