Around the Diocese 03.16.17


St. Michael Church to sponsor St. Patrick’s Day Party

CRANSTON — St. Michael Church, Providence, will sponsor a St. Patrick’s Day Party at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet on March 17. Doors open at 1 p.m.; John Connors & the Irish Express will entertain from 2 – 5 p.m. The Dierdre Goulding School of Irish Dancers will perform from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.; followed by The Garda Band from 7 – 10 p.m. Children under 12 are admitted free. Proceeds will benefit St. Michael’s Social Ministries for the Poor. Tickets will be available at the door. For more information call 401-440-9747.

‘Autism Eats’ coming to East Providence

EAST PROVIDENCE — St. Brendan’s Church is collaborating with Autism Eats, an organization that helps promote and provide autism-friendly and non-judgmental environments for family dining, socializing and connecting with others who share similar joys and challenges. Dinners are served by reservation only and a set per-person price has been negotiated with the restaurant in advance. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, March 21 at Chelo’s Hometown Bar and Grille, 911 Warren Ave., in East Providence. More information is available by calling Mrs. Primmer in the parish Faith Formation office at 433-2680 or visiting the website. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance through the website.

R.I. Knights to host Day of Recollection for all Catholics

WARWICK — The Knights of Columbus councils throughout Rhode Island cordially invite all Catholics to participate in their annual Day of Recollection on Saturday, March 18, at 9 a.m., at St. Gregory the Great parish hall, located at 360 Cowesett Road. The day is hosted by State Chaplain Father Joseph Paquette and will be conducted by Deacon Paul Lambert from St. John Vianney Parish in Cumberland. There will be a Mass at 4 p.m. for those interested in attending following the retreat. Please call the R.I. State Council office at 434-0940 to reserve a spot for you or your group. There is no charge for admission, however non-perishable items to benefit the R.I. Food Bank will be collected. More information can be found at

St. Ann Church to sponsor St. Joseph Dinner

PROVIDENCE — St. Ann Church is sponsoring a St. Joseph Dinner on March 18 at 5:30 p.m. at the San Miguel School on Branch Ave. The menu will include salad, pasta, Spezzatino DiVitello, baked potato, coffee and homemade zeppole. For tickets, contact the rectory at 861-5111.

Evening Mass at St. Martha during Lent

EAST PROVIDENCE — During Lent, St. Martha’s Parish will offer an evening Mass at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. All are welcome to attend.

St. Vincent de Paul Parish to host Deanery Holy Hour

COVENTRY — The Deanery IV Holy Hour will be held at St. Vincent de Paul parish, 6 St. Vincent de Paul St., on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Litany and Benediction. All are welcome. Bring a friend. For more information, call Ray at 644-3699.

NET Ministries Retreat dates for Fall 2017 – Spring 2018

PROVIDENCE — NET (National Evangelization Teams) Ministries is an international Catholic youth ministry that is committed to challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church, leading approximately 1,000 retreats annually. Each year, young adult volunteers are sent out in teams across the United States to conduct middle school and high school retreats for Catholic teens. The 14 NET teams share their faith with 75,000 youth nationally on an annual basis. Drama, music, games, small group discussions and large group presentations are all used to present the Gospel in a dynamic way. Retreat dates for Fall 2017 through Spring 2018 in the Diocese of Providence are now available. Visit, contact, or call Diane Castro at 401-792-8684 to schedule a retreat for the youth in your parish or school communities. Multi-parish retreats can be scheduled as well.

PC professor to discuss ‘what every Christian should know about Islam’

WAKEFIELD — Dr. Sandra Keating will present a discussion entitled “What Every Christian Should Know About Islam” on Monday, March 20, 7 p.m., at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 114 High St., Dr. Keating, a professor at Providence College, received her Ph.D. at Catholic University of America and teaches and publishes in the area of comparative religion with an emphasis on Catholic-Muslim relations, particularly theological exchange in the early medieval period. Dr. Keating is a member of the USCCB Catholic-Muslim dialogue group and has served as a Consultor on the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims.

40 Days for Life Fall Campaign begins

PROVIDENCE — The Office of Life and Family Ministry and R.I. Right to Life will co-sponsor the Lenten campaign which will take place now through Palm Sunday, April 9. The office is asking parishes to adopt a day or for individuals to adopt an hour for prayer at Planned Parenthood, 111 Point St., Providence, or the Women’s Medical Clinic, located at 1725 Broad St., Cranston during this 40 -day period. For more information about the campaign that calls for prayer, fasting and community outreach and the diocesan pregnancy outreach and post-abortion ministries, contact Carol Owens, Office of Life and Family Ministry at 421-7833 x 218.

Find healing at an upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence will be offering two Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekends. The English retreat will take place from March 17 to March 19 and the Spanish retreat will be from March 31 to April 2. Making the decision to attend a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend can sometimes be intimidating and fear of the unknown can make it harder to reach out for help with the emotional and spiritual conflict you may be feeling after abortion. Come, make that first step toward healing with a compassionate team of women, a counselor and a priest and experience the healing power of Jesus. For more information about this confidential retreat weekend, call 401-278-4508 for English and 401-742-1510 for Spanish.

St. Mary Church to host corned beef and cabbage dinner

WEST WARWICK — A traditional Irish Dinner, baked stuffed chicken breast optional, will be served in St. Mary’s parish hall, 70 Church Street on Saturday, March 18, beginning with hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, rolls/Irish Bread, beverages and desserts. Entertainment will be provided by The Three Amigos. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information call the rectory at 401-821-5555 or Maureen at 401-828-5188.

St. Joseph’s to host annual Spring Dinner

PASCOAG — St. Joseph’s annual Spring Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, March 18, immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Mass in the church hall. The menu will include chicken Parmesan, ziti, salad, roasted potatoes, string beans, rolls, coffee and dessert. There will be nine cash prizes. Raffles will include theme baskets and various small appliances. Children four and younger are free. Tickets will be available after Masses or by calling the rectory at 568-2411, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

St. Theresa offering fish and chips every Friday during Lent

HARRISVILLE — St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, 35 Dion Drive, will offer fish and chips every Friday from noon until 7 p.m. during Lent except Good Friday. Grapenut pudding will also be available. Please call the rectory at 568-8280 with any questions regarding this event.

A Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day

EAST GREENWICH — Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., will celebrate the Feasts of St. Patrick and St. Joseph on Friday, March 17 at 12:05 p.m. with Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert C. Evans, with Father David Cavanagh as homilist. The Mass features readings and hymns in the Irish language. A light reception follows. On Monday, March 20, at the 12:05 p.m. Mass, Father Angelo Carusi, pastor of St. Rocco Church, will celebrate St. Joseph Day Mass in Italian. The Mass features readings and hymns in Italian. A reception follows. In celebration of St. Patrick and St. Joseph Day, Our Lady of Mercy Church will also host a dinner on Saturday, March 18, from 5 – 9 p.m., in the school cafeteria, 55 Fourth Ave. Corned beef sandwiches, pasta and meatballs will be served, as well as Irish and Italian desserts. The event will feature live music with “Uncle Al the Italian Accordionist” and Shawn “The Irish Rebel” Reilly, an Irish Step Dancing demonstration, as well as raffles and door prizes. Tickets are available at the parish office. All proceeds to benefit the OLM Saints and Scholars Fund. For more information, call 401-884-4968 or visit

Lenten activities, dinner featured at St. Brendan’s Church

RIVERSIDE — St. Brendan’s Parish, 60 Turner Ave., will offer Adoration, Rosary Holy Hour and Sacramental Reconciliation on Wednesdays during Lent at 6:30 p.m. All are also invited to attend Friday dinners during Lent, from 4 – 6:45 p.m. featuring chowder, clam cakes, grilled cheese, crab cake sandwiches and fish and chips. There will be complimentary coffee and desserts. Stations of the Cross will begin at 7 p.m.

Religious items available at parish fundraiser

PROVIDENCE — The Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, 99 Camp St., will host a religious item sale on March 18, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and March 19, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., in the rectory, including CDs, books, statues, stationary, crucifixes, dozens of beautiful framed prints and many other items. Precious antique items will also be available. All are welcome.

Parish to celebrate weekly Traditional Latin Mass in Lent

WOONSOCKET — St. Joseph Church, 1200 Mendon Road, will celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass every Thursday in Lent at 9:30 a.m. For more information, call 766-0626.

Masses scheduled for the deaf, hard of hearing

PROVIDENCE — The Diocesan Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has announced the following Masses: First Sunday of every month at St. Charles Borromeo, Woonsocket, 9 a.m.; Every Sunday at St. Jean Baptiste, Warren, 9 a.m.; Second Sunday of every month at Christ the King, South Kingston, 11 a.m., (after Labor Day 11:35 a.m.); Third Sunday of every month at St. Michael’s, Providence, 9:30 a.m., in the lower hall. For more information, call Irma at 401-278-4578.

Learn about humility in an age of power

KINGSTON — On Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m., noted author and Scripture scholar Alice Camille will challenge perceptions about power and share the tools to develop a humble heart. The event will be held at the Christ the King Parish Hall, 180 Old North Road.

Public Square Rosary to host event in support of Traditional Marriage

CHEPACHET — All are invited to pray for the nation on March 18, at noon, at St. Eugene’s Church parking lot, at 1257 Putnam Pike. For more information, contact Allison or Natalie at 401-568-8504.

St. Agnes Church announces Lenten Mass schedule and Pasta Supper

PROVIDENCE — The Lenten schedule for St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., is as follows: Weekday Masses during Lent will be celebrated on Mondays and Fridays at noon. Stations of the Cross will be held on Tuesdays during Lent at 7 p.m. following the 6 p.m. St. Jude Novena.

Speaker to discuss afterlife and prayer at local parish

CHARLESTOWN — Father Paul Demarais of St. Mary’s Parish, Carolina, has arranged for Dr. Gloria Polo to speak at St. James Chapel, Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, on Friday, March 24 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. All are welcome. Dr. Polo, will share her remarkable story about experiencing God’s mercy. Her testimony will give her insights on sin, confession, Mass, the afterlife, the power of intercessory prayer, parenthood and immortality.

Knights and Legion of Mary host Public Square Rosary

RIVERSIDE — In honor of the “Year with Mary our Mother,” all are invited to take part in a Public Square Rosary with the Knights of Columbus and the Legion of Mary on Sunday, April 2, from 1 – 2 p.m. in front of the Knights of Columbus Hall at 3200 Pawtucket Ave. This public square rosary is a gathering of the faithful to pray the rosary in a public venue in solidarity for our country and in honor of the anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. In case of rain, accommodations will be available. For more information please contact Mike DeAngelis at 617-721-8874, Sue Kennedy at 401-481-4541 or join Friends of the Rosary group on Facebook.

Indoor flea market scheduled, to feature polish food and desserts

WOONSOCKET — St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, 174 Harris Ave., will host an indoor flea market on, Saturday March 25, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. There will be a good selection of clothing, household items, linens, toys, tapes, record and books. In addition, a Polish kitchen will be open with all Polish favorites to eat in or take out. Pastry and home baked goods will also be available.

Speaker to discuss how to make new prayer habits during Lent

PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V Young Adults will host author Leah Libresco on March 23 at 8 p.m., in St. Pius V Church hall. Libresco converted from atheism to Catholicism at 23 and had to learn how to have a relationship with God from scratch. She’ll talk about learning how to pray as a beginner and offer advice for how best to use Lent to start new habits of making time with God, especially trying prayers that have frustrated you before. Join for prayer during Eucharistic adoration or go to confession starting at 7 p.m.

St. Xavier Academy Homecoming

WARWICK — The Class of 1967 of St. Xavier Academy is seeking classmates to celebrate their 50th Year Anniversary at the annual Homecoming and Reunion on Sunday, Oct. 22., 11 a.m. Mass will begin the day at St. Timothy’s Church, Warwick. Luncheon follows at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. Graduates from classes ending in 2 and 7 will also be honored and all SXA graduates are invited. For information, call Carol at 401-263-1823; visit, or email

Learn more about your faith, vocation at Quo Vadis Days

PROVIDENCE — Catholic young men ages 13-18 are invited to attend Quo Vadis Days camp to spend time with other young men from around the diocese to cultivate friendship, strengthen your faith and discover God’s purpose for their life. Quo Vadis Days is led by priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Providence and is supported by the Office of Vocations. The camp will be held from Sunday, July 30 to Wednesday, August 2 at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence. For more information and registration for the retreat please visit For more information, call Father Chris Murphy at (401) 331-1316.


Lenten Parish Mission to preach on ‘Mary, the Model of Discipleship’

RUMFORD — Father Jeremy Rodrigues, S.T.L., Director of the Office of Worship, will preach the 2017 Lenten Mission at St. Margaret Parish, 1098 Pawtucket Ave. Celebrating the Marian Year in the Diocese of Providence, Father Rodrigues will preach on “Mary, the Model of Discipleship.” The mission will be on March 19, 20 and 21 at 7 p.m. Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament will conclude the mission on Tuesday evening. All are welcome.

Lenten Mission at Our Lady of Mercy Church: ‘Helps for the Journey’

EAST GREENWICH — Father Christopher K. O’Connor, vice-rector of St. John’s Seminary in Boston, will lead a Lenten Mission at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 Third St., from March 25-29, 7 p.m., entitled, “Helps for the Journey.” Father O’Connor will preach all the weekend Masses on March 25 and 26, on topics of “Authentic Discipleship,” “The Eucharist: The Bread of Life” and “Mary, Our Mother.” On Wednesday night Exposition and Benediction of the Eucharist will take place during the Mission Talk. The sacrament of confession will be celebrated on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the talks from 6 - 6:45 p.m. For more information, call 401-884-4968 or visit

St. Elizabeth Parish to present Parish Lenten Mission

BRISTOL — St. Elizabeth Parish will present a Parish Lenten Mission March 27-29, 7 p.m., presented by: Dr. Dianne Traflet, J.D., S.T.D., associate dean for Graduate Studies and administration and assistant professor of pastoral theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, at Seton Hall University. The mission is entitled “Surveying the conditions with a vigilant eye: How Mary helps us see and respond to our suffering neighbor.”

Mercy in the City: Doing God’s work at Ungodly Hours

PROVIDENCE — St. Sebastian Church, 67 Cole Ave., will host a Lenten Mission on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow. America’s Executive Editor Kerry Weber will discuss her efforts to participate fully in city life and in the life of the Church while still maintaining her sanity. Drawing upon her book “Mercy in the City,” she will offer her thoughts on how she tries to balance breadlines and deadlines, and describes how she finds a moment’s rest in the city that never sleeps. To make your reservation, call 751-0196 or email no later than March 20.

Lenten mission to feature internationally known liturgical composer

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 47 South Sixth St., New Bedford, Mass., will host a Lenten Mission on Saturday, March 25, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m., featuring guest speaker Grayson Warren Brown. Brown is an internationally known liturgical composer, author and recording artist, who began his liturgical ministry in the late 1960s in a small inner-city parish in New York City where he learned early how significant an authentic, spirited experience of worship can be to people in need of hope. For more information call, Sister Marianna Sylvester, RSM, at 508-982-1462, or email