Around the diocese 12.6.07

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Christmas concert

PROVIDENCE — St. Mary Church, 538 Broadway, will host a Christmas concert, December 15, 6:30 p.m., in the church. The concert will be performed by members of the Voice Studio of John Cottone, Cumberland, and will include music from the Middle Ages through the present era. A free-will offering will be collected. For more information, call 274-3434.

Holy Hour for Healing

PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V Church, 55 Elmhurst Ave., will hold an Advent Holy Hour for Healing, December 14, 7-8 p.m. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 353-5982.

Advent vespers

WARWICK — Sts. Rose and Clement Parish, 111 Long St., will hold an Advent vespers service in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 7 p.m., in St. Clement Church. The service will include special prayers and music in honor of the Virgin Mary, as well as benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered after the service. For more information, call 739-0212.

St. Bartholomew Christmas program

WOONSOCKET— The Music Ministry of St. Charles Borromeo Church, 190 North Main St., will present “The Story of Christmas ... A Concert and Carol Sing,” December 16, 2 p.m., in the church. Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item for Bryan’s Food Pantry. The church is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 766-0176.

Loreto Scripture study

EAST PROVIDENCE —?Our Lady of Loreto Church, 346 Waterman Ave., will hold a Scripture study, December 18, 7-8 p.m., in the parish meeting room located next door to the church. Timothy Reid, who holds a master’s degree in theology from Providence College, will present an overview of the Infancy Narratives. There is no fee to attend the session, but registration is necessary. Participants should bring a Bible. For more information or to register, call 434-3535.

Our Lady of Grace concert

JOHNSTON — Our Lady of Grace Church, 15 George Waterman Road, will sponsor a “Christmas Concert of Sacred Music,” December 16, 3 p.m., in the church. The concert will be presented by the Gregorian Concert Choir, under the direction of Father Anthony Mancini. Following the concert, a holiday buffet will be served in Fioretti Hall. The event will include a giant raffle. Tickets for the concert will be sold at the door. For more information, call 231-2220.

Concert to benefit Project Hope

LINCOLN — St. Jude Church, 301 Front St., will present an Advent and Christmas concert to benefit Project Hope, December 16, 2:30 p.m., in the church. The event will feature the parish Music Ministry, including the Adult, Children’s, Cherub, Laudate Bell and Jubilate Bell choirs. A free-will offering will be collected. For more information, call 725-8120.

Advent lessons and carols

MIDDLETOWN —?St. Lucy Church, 909 West Main Road, will present a musical program of Advent lessons and carols, presented by the Swanhurst Choral Group, December 9, 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served following the program. A free-will offering will benefit the church building fund. For more information, call 847-6153.

Chorale Christmas concerts

WARWICK — The West Bay Chorale will present a Christmas concert titled “Of a Rose is All My Song,” December 15, 7:30 p.m., at St. Benedict Church, 135 Beach St.; and December 16, 3 p.m., at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church, 864 Point Judith Road, Narragansett. The program will also feature performances by the choruses from the Community College of Rhode Island, and will include seasonal selections, including Rudder’s “Magnificat.” For more information, call 392-3458.

Sts. Rose and Clement concert

WARWICK — Sts. Rose and Clement Parish will hold its annual Christmas concert, December 7, 7:30 p.m., at St. Clement Church, 111 Long Street. The concert will feature the Bishop Hendricken High School Concert and Jazz bands, the school chorus, the National Guard Band and the parish choir. Following the concert, a reception will be held in the parish hall. Tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, call 739-0212.

Advent adult education program

WOONSOCKET — Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 1409 Park Ave., will present a talk, entitled “Islam and Catholicism: The Similarities, the Differences and the Challenges,” December 9, 3 p.m., in the church. The presentation will be offered by Dr. Sandra Keating, assistant professor of theology, Providence College. The free event is sponsored by the Northern Rhode Island Adult Faith Formation Committee. For more information, call 762-5117.

Christmas bazaar

NORTH SCITUATE – St. Joseph Church, 144 Danielson Pike, will host a “Christmas Bazaar” on December 7, 3-9 p.m.; December 8, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 764-0956.