Around the Diocese 09.29.16


St. Rita’s Women’s Club to host Autumn Bazaar

WARWICK — St. Rita’s Women’s Club will host an Autumn Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William Shields Post #43, 662 West Shore Road. The bazaar will feature lunch, custom crafts, penny social, raffles, baked goods and much more.

‘Night of Thanks’ to benefit Assumption Parish Food Ministry

PROVIDENCE — The Home Loan Foundation, founded by Home Loan Investment Bank, will host its 5th annual fundraiser to benefit the Assumption Parish Food Ministry on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. This partnership has resulted in nearly $200,000 donated to the Food Ministry on behalf of the Home Loan Foundation. This year’s event, “A Night of Thanks,” will feature music from John Scotti, a raffle, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres prepared by culinary arts students at the Genesis Center, an organization that provides education, job training and support services to people of diverse cultures so that they may achieve economic independence and participate fully in society. Guests are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to help fill the Food Ministry’s Thanksgiving baskets, which will be distributed to more than 1,000 families before the holiday. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and one drink, and may be purchased by visiting, or by calling 401-773-9932.

Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day

NEWPORT — The annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, will be held on Oct. 2 at noon at the gazebo in King Park, at the corner of Clinton Street and Wellington Avenue. All pets must be properly restrained and accompanied by at least one adult. No exotic animals, please. For more information, contact Pat Healey at 619-2459.

St. Xavier Academy to sponsor Homecoming

WARWICK — The Class of 1966, St. Xavier Academy, is seeking classmates to celebrate their 50th Year Anniversary at the annual Homecoming and Reunion on Sunday, Oct. 30. Mass will begin the day at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy’s Church, Warwick Avenue. A luncheon will follow at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. Classes ending in 1 and 6 will also be honored and all SXA graduates are invited. For information call Janet at 401-885-0404; visit,

40 Days for Life Fall Campaign begins

PROVIDENCE — The Office of Life and Family Ministry and R.I. Right to Life will be co-sponsoring the fall campaign beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Nov. 6. The office requests parishes to adopt a day, or for individuals to adopt an hour for a peaceful prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, 111 Point St., Providence or the Women’s Medical Clinic, 1725 Broad St., Cranston during this 40-day period. To learn more 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.

Life Chain Sunday to take place around the diocese

PROVIDENCE — The Office of Life and Family Ministry encourages prayer and worship during the month of October for all human life. On October 2 from 2 to 3 p.m. there will be Life Chains (a peaceful prayer vigil) in various areas of the diocese. Consider sharing one hour of your time to pray at one of the locations to end abortion. For more information, call Carol Owens at 421-7833 ext. 218.

Daughters of Isabella plan Living Rosary for Peace

WARWICK — The Daughters of Isabella St. Benedict Circle #423 will host a Living Rosary for Peace on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Benedict Parish, 135 Beach Ave. Sixty representatives are needed for each bead. All local parishes are invited to participate. A signup sheet is provided at the entrance of each parish for all volunteer participants who would like to represent a bead. Please sign up by Sunday, Oct. 2. For more information, call Shirley Mello at 821-8461 or Peggy Porter at 339-3143.

Islam focus of series at St. Gregory the Great

WARWICK — St. Gregory the Great Parish, 360 Cowesett Road, will host a three-part adult education series, ‘Understanding Islam,’ in the parish center on October 4, 11, and 18 from 7 – 8:15 p.m. The parish Social Action committee is hosting this series as a way to enlighten the parish and the community about one of the world’s most important religions. The sessions will be led by J. Edward Sirois. Sirois has had a long career teaching at LaSalle Academy and is an adjunct professor at several area universities. He is the producer of dozens of videos on a wide range of religious topics. All are welcome to attend this series. For more information, please contact Michael McNamara at 226-4917.

St. Theresa and St. Christopher parishes to host upcoming events

TIVERTON — St. Theresa and St. Christopher parishes will host the following events: On Friday, Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m. at St. Christopher Hall, 1554 Main Road, will be a lecture on the Blessed Mother presented by Lisa Mladinich who has appeared on various EWTN shows and writes for Catechist magazine. The annual Blessing of the Pets will be held at 1 p.m. at St. Theresa Church, 265 Stafford Road, on Sunday, Oct. 2. Please make sure all pets are properly restrained for the safety of all. All are welcome.

St. Brigid’s to sell tickets for their 20 Week Club

JOHNSTON — The Committee of the 20 Week Club of St. Brigid’s Church, 1231 Plainfield St., will begin selling tickets prior and after the Saturday 5 p.m. Mass, and Sundays at their 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses beginning on the weekend of October 1, ending November 6 when the first drawing will take place. There will be 30 weekly drawings and 8 grand prizes, along with a luncheon on April 30 for members in good standing at the Alpine Country Club. Total winnings are $3,320 and you do not have to be present to win. Guest tickets are also available. For tickets or information, call 942-0576 or 641-3048.

Rosary Rally and Silver Rose at St. Mark Church

CRANSTON — The first event is “America needs Fatima, Rosary Rally” will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15 at noon at St. Mark Church at the statue of Our Blessed Mother which is located in front of the Mother Cabrini Parish Center. Chairs will be provided. This is the 99th Anniversary of the miracle at Fatima. Join in celebrating the Holy Rosary to help guide the nation during these difficult times. The second event is the arrival of the Silver Rose which will arrive at the parish on Sunday, Oct. 16 at noon. For more information, call 401-942-1616.

St. Pius to offer Divine Mercy series

PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V Church will host a 4-part series on Divine Mercy on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning October 19 and concluding November 9. The series is based on the video “The Second Greatest Story Ever Told” by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, and will offer an opportunity for prayer and discussion as we bring the Jubilee of Mercy to a close.

St. Joseph Church to host Rosary Rally

HOPE VALLEY — The fourth annual Public Square Rosary Rally will be held at St. Joseph Church, 1105 Main St., on October 15 at noon. The theme of the Rosary Rally is “Praying the Rosary for America.” All are welcome to join in praying for the spiritual renewal and needs of the country.

Saint Francis of Assisi Church to host upcoming events in celebration of patron

WAKEFIELD — Saint Francis of Assisi Church will celebrate their patron saint with a variety of activities. On October 14, the annual pasta dinner will be held at Father Greenan Hall. Tickets will be available after Masses and at the rectory. A basket raffle will take place along with the 50/50 Super Raffle. In anticipation of 1,000 tickets being sold, prizes of $10,000 will be awarded. Tickets can be purchased at the rectory and after all Masses. The 5K race for runners and walkers returns on Saturday morning, October 15, at 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners along various age groups. Applications are available at or at the rectory and church.

Sacred Heart Parish to Host Marian Holy Hour

WEST WARWICK — The Deanery IV Holy Hour for life will be held Tuesday evening, October 18, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 820 Providence Street. The Holy Hour will begin with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, homily, Litany of Loreto and Benediction. All are welcome. Bring a friend. For more information contact Ray at 401 644-3699.

St. Clare of Assisi Secular Franciscan Order Come and See Gathering

NORTH PROVIDENCE — St. Clare of Assisi Secular Franciscan Fraternity, Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, 399 Fruit Hill Ave., invites anyone who may be interested in learning more about the Secular Franciscan Order to come and see how secular Franciscans live joyfully in the world and celebrate God’s creation. The gathering will be held on Saturday, October 8 with an opportunity to attend Mass at 9 a.m. in Holy Family Chapel. Morning prayer, refreshments and an informal opportunity to speak with secular Franciscan members will follow downstairs in Lourdes Hall until noon. For more information e-mail Jeanne at or call 401-438-3870.

St. Joseph Church to host annual Applefest Dinner

PASCOAG — St. Joseph Church’s annual Applefest Dinner will be held on Saturday, October 15, 6:30 p.m., in the church hall, 183 Sayles Ave. The menu will include turkey and pork, salad, squash, potatoes, green beans, applesauce, and homemade apple crisp. Theme baskets will be back by popular demand as well as a Lottery Ticket Tree. Raffle ticket prizes include a $500 flight voucher, color TV, theatre package, Providence Bruins package, and two Trinity Rep tickets. Please call the rectory, 401-568-2411, for dinner and/or raffle tickets.

Open House at Saint Raphael Academy on October 2

PAWTUCKET — Saint Raphael Academy invites prospective students and their families to an Open House on Sunday, October 2, from noon to 3 p.m. Registration will be in Alumni Hall, located at 194 Walcott St. Families of students who are interested in entering as freshmen in the fall 2017 and current high school students who are interested in transferring will take a student-led tour of the campus, meet with faculty, and discover the variety of sports and extra-curricular activities the Academy offers. While at Open House, students may also register for the free Catholic High School Entrance Exam Prep Class that will be held at Saint Raphael Academy on November 19, 2016. Seating for this class is limited. For more information, go to, or call 401-723-8100 ext. 116.

Crafters needed for St. John the Evangelist Winter Bazaar

SLATERSVILLE — St. John the Evangelist Church is looking for crafters of homemade products for their 31st annual Winter Wonderland Bazaar and Craft Show on November 12 and 13. For more information or to download an application, visit and click on the Bazaar link, or call 762-0946.

Sacred Heart annual Golf Tournament

WARWICK — The Sacred Heart annual Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, Oct. 3, at the Valley Country Club. The stay will start with a putting contest at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. The shotgun start will be at 12:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m., which will consist of garden salad, prime rib or baked stuffed chicken, potato, vegetable, dessert and coffee. Golf awards will be distributed following dinner. Call the rectory at 821-4184 to sign up.

PC to host international conference on 'Age of European Expansion'

PROVIDENCE — As part of the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers as well as the 100th anniversary of Providence College, the College invites interested scholars to the international conference, “Bartolomé de Las Casas, O.P. History, Philosophy, and Theology in the Age of European Expansion,” which will be held at the campus from October 7-9. The conference invites presentations about the age of European expansion into the Atlantic World — Europe, Africa and America — as well as Asia. The conference takes the opportunity to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first conversion of Bartolomé de las Casas (2014) and hopes to elicit scholarly reflection on the themes of contact, conquest, coloni​zation, and conversion. The conference will consist of scholarly panels as well as special plenary sessions by leading scholars. Papers will be delivered in Spanish and English.

Classic Car Show to Benefit The Villa at Saint Antoine

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Villa of Saint Antoine to invite the public to its Second Classic Car Show on Saturday, October 1 from 4 to 6 p.m.. More than 40 cars will be displayed throughout the Villa grounds and courtyard, located on 400 Mendon Road in North Smithfield, giving visitors and residents the opportunity to view some great classic cars of all ages, new and old, domestic and imports. Admission is free, music is included, and refreshments will be provided at a cost. A 50/50 drawing will be held a 3:30 p.m. Cars will be judged and awards will be given to best of show. In case of rain, the event will take place next day on Sunday, October 2, at the same time. For more information, please call Kaleb Rodas at 401-688-8452

St. Benedict Circle#423, Daughters of Isabella to hold monthly meeting

WARWICK — The St. Benedict Circle #423, Daughters of Isabella will hold their monthly meeting on October 3 at 7 p.m. in the Father Lawless church hall at St. Benedict. In keeping with a Halloween theme, all are invited to dress in full costume. If interested in joining the group, call Regent Peggy Porter: 339-3143.