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Around 01.14.16


Mass for Recovery
PORTSMOUTH — All are welcome to the next Mass for Recovery on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 5 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church. This quarterly Mass is part of the St. Matthias Ministry within the Diocese of Providence that focuses on assisting in prayer and encouragement to all who are recovering from addictions of any kind, as well as those suffering from any mental or emotional distress or anxiety. It is also for those who are friends and family of those in recovery, as they too benefit from coming together in prayer and praise of God who brings healing to all. For more information about this Mass, ways in which you may offer assistance, or with questions about what the St. Matthias Ministry is doing around the Diocese, please contact Deacon John Silvia,

Mary Mother of Priests Apostolate to offer prayer, fellowship
PROVIDENCE — Please join The Mary Mother of Priests Apostolate (MMOP), a prayer apostolate, on Saturday, Jan. 16, at Our Lady of Providence Seminary in Providence for Mass at 9 a.m. followed by prayer and fellowship. MMOP sponsors the Adopt-a-Priest project with the Serra Club. MMOP will meet again February 13 and April 9.

Called By Name to offer preparation for Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
WARWICK — Taste and See, an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life, the 19th Annotation Retreat, will be offered each Thursday evening in April, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Catherine’s Church, 3252 Post Road. For more information, contact: or call Deborah Notarianni 401-742-7637 or Rita Pratt 401-323-6719

2016 Winter Silent Directed Retreat
PUTNAM, Conn. — Called By Name Ministry will offer a silent retreat the weekend of February 26-28, at Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center, Putnam, Conn. Register by February 15, by calling Deb Notarianni at 377-8031 or Rita Pratt at 323-6719, or

Baby shower for the unborn
JOHNSTON — A baby shower for the unborn, sponsored by Magnificat, a Catholic woman’s ministry, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the St. Robert Bellarmine church hall. The program includes rosary, guest speaker, refreshments and raffle. Please bring a new unwrapped baby item of clothing or diapers. A canned good for the food pantry would also be appreciated. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend. All proceeds to benefit Mother of Life Center in Providence.

St. Brendan Parish to host Mardi Gras Party
RIVERSIDE — St. Brendan Parish, 60 Turner Ave, will host a Mardi Gras party on Friday, February 5. This adult event (21+) will include a catered dinner, DJ, cash bar and more. Tickets can be purchased by calling 433-2600 or by emailing

Theology on Tap
WARWICK — Theology on Tap, a theology discussion for young adults, single or married, in their 20’s and 30’s, will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at Agaves Mexican Grill, 444 Quaker Lane. Come join them for fellowship at 6 p.m. and a presentation and Q&A at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Father Joseph Upton, Catholic Chaplain, University of Rhode Island. There is no fee for this event. A free-will donation will be collected. Participants are welcome to purchase food and beverages. Must be 21 to order alcoholic beverages. This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Providence Young Adult Ministry. For more information, visit

Ladies Guild to host Mardi Gras Cavati and Polenta Buffet
PROVIDENCE — The Ladies Guild of Saint Bartholomew Parish will host a Mardi Gras Cavati and Polenta Buffet on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. The event will take place in the church hall, 311 Laurel Hill Ave. No tickets will be sold at the door. For information, call the rectory office at 944-4466.

St. Patrick Church to host breakfast
PROVIDENCE — There will be a breakfast at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., on Saturday, Jan. 16, from 8 - 11 a.m., and until noon for pickup orders. Ticket proceeds to benefit the Holy Spirit Festival to be held on May 14. Reservations may be made by calling 545-6456 or 421-7979. Tickets may be purchased at the doors. Handicap entrance is at the rear of the large parking lot.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Joseph Church
PAWTUCKET — Holy Family Parish at St. Joseph Church, 195 Walcott St., will celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity beginning Monday, Jan. 18-25. Prayer services for Monday through Friday will be celebrated in the chapel following the 8 a.m. daily Mass. Prayers will be available to say at home on Saturday and Sunday. The closing celebration will be in the chapel on Monday, Jan. 25. Begun in 1908, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated each year in cities and towns across the country and around the world. The theme for the 2016 observance is Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord (cf. 1 Peter 2:9). The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches.