Special Event Listings 07.26.18


Faith-Based Prevention Tool Kit available for Newport County

TIVERTON —Newport County Prevention Coalition along with local parishes invite communities to attend a gathering of local faith and prevention leaders to receive copies of the newly designed Faith-Based Prevention Tool Kit for Newport County. The next gathering will be held Friday, July 27, 8:30 – 10 a.m., at Holy Trinity Church, Tiverton, and is hosted by Father John Higginbotham. Breakfast refreshments will be provided. Faith Leaders are welcome to attend either of the two meetings based on convenience. The toolkit which has been in the works for several months, is the result of collaboration between local faith and prevention leaders and is meant to be a valuable resource for faith leaders across the county, providing practical information on substance abuse prevention in their communities as well as lists of local treatment and recovery resources. Please RSVP to Rebecca Elwell at

Masses for Recovery scheduled

PORTSMOUTH — The next Mass for Recovery will be offered on Sunday, July 29, 5 p.m., St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road. These Masses, to which all are welcome, provide an opportunity for people to come together in faith to seek God’s loving kindness and grace with special prayer intentions dedicated for those in recovery. If you or loved ones struggle with alcohol, drugs, addictions, mental distress, or support folks who suffer from the effects of these issues, you are encouraged to attend. For more information about this Mass, or the work of the St. Mathias Ministry, please contact Deacon John, Upcoming Masses at St. Barnabas Church are: July 29 and October 28. Upcoming Masses at St. Mary’s Church, 70 Church St., West Warwick (with opportunity for the Anointing of the Sick) are: August 26 and November 11.

Office of Life and Family offering bereavement support group at St. Lucy Church

MIDDLETOWN — The Office of Life and Family is offering an on-going bereavement support group at St. Lucy Church, Parish Center, 909 West Main Road. It will begin on August 9 and meet again on August 23, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., and then continue on the second and fourth Thursday of each following month, 7- 8:30 p.m. This group provides a peaceful place to share your thoughts, experiences and feelings about your loss and a place to journey through grief together with the spiritual comfort of the Catholic faith. It is most appropriate for adults at least three months beyond their loss. There is no cost to attend. For registration or more information, contact Peter A Magnotta at 421-7833, ext. 217.

St. Bartholomew Church to celebrate annual feast, festival

PROVIDENCE — St. Bartholomew Church will hold their annual feast and festival on August 10, 11, and 12 from 5 – 10 p.m. on church grounds, 297 Laurel Hill Ave. The feast will feature a variety of Italian, American and Spanish foods as well as nightly musical entertainment with Gemini Band playing on Saturday from 6 – 10 p.m. Rockwell Amusements will provide amusement rides and games. Prayer service in preparation of our feast will be held on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. Tri-lingual Mass in honor of St. Bartholomew to be held on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m. with solemn religious procession following. Admission and parking are free. For more information call 401-944-4466 or visit

Rhode Island Catholic Mom’s Group to host Preschool Story Hour

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Catholic Mom’s Group will host Preschool Story Hour at Holy Ghost Church, 472 Atwells Ave. The Preschool Story Hour will take place on August 2 and August 16 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., in the church hall located in the basement. The program is geared towards 3 to 4 year olds, but all ages are welcome to attend with a parent and/or guardian. There will be arts and crafts and other theme related activities. For more information, please call the church office at (401) 421-3551.

All you can eat chowder and clam cakes fundraiser

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Villa at Saint Antoine will host its second annual “All You Can Eat Chowder & Clam Cakes fundraiser on Friday, Aug. 3 from 3:30 - 7 p.m. in its courtyard, 400 Mendon Road in North Smithfield. Chef Cindy’s famous red, clear and white chowders will be featured as well as her delicious clam cakes. Take out will also will be available. $10 for advanced tickets or $12 at the door. There will also be beer, wine, soda, bottled water, ice cream, fresh baked brownies and cookies available for purchase. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 401-767-2574. Rain date is Saturday, August 4, same time. Proceeds to benefit the residents of the Villa at Saint Antoine, a not-for-profit health care ministry of the Diocese of Providence.

Parish Yard Sale scheduled

MAPLEVILLE — Our Lady of Good Help, 1063 Victory Highway, will host a Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a 50/50 split the pot and a Penny Social. Items include housewares, clothing, sports equipment, small household appliances and more.

Peter Kreeft to speak at St. Pius V Church

PROVIDENCE — In celebration of the 100th Anniversary Year of St. Pius V Parish, 240 Eaton St., Peter Kreeft will speak at the church on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 7 p.m. His topic will be “Unconscious Atheism: the Dangers of Living a Nominal Catholic Life.” Suggested offering of $20.00.Pre-registration is requested by calling 401-351-9784 or 401-489-6757.

Knights of Columbus council plans trip to Foxwoods

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — On Sunday, August 12, St. Thomas the Apostle Knights Council 11684 will host a trip to Foxwoods Casino. The cost is only $25 which includes a free buffet, or $10 off a restaurant of your choice and $15 free tokens. Contact Bob Evangelista at 374-3090 for reservations.

Celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at Holy Angels Church

BARRINGTON — Holy Angels Church, 341 Maple Ave., to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother on Wednesday, Aug. 15 in Our Lady’s Peace Garden at the parish beginning with a procession, led by the Knights of Columbus, at 7 p.m., followed by The Holy Rosary and a concert of Marian hymns. Refreshments to follow in the Presentation Room. If inclement weather, celebration will be in the church. For more information, call 245-7743.

Father Larry Richards is coming to McVinney Auditorium

PROVIDENCE — Father Larry Richards, a popular speaker and pastor from Erie, Pennyslvania, will visit McVinney Auditorium, Thursday, August 16, at 6 p.m. Father Larry is the founder of “The Reason for Our Hope Foundation” and has many media presentations as well as EWTN Radio “The Reason for Our Hope,” “Fathers Know Best,” and “Open Line.” At all his presentations, Father Larry promises two things: one, you will never be bored and two, your life will be changed forever. Come and experience this truth for yourself. Sponsored by Diocesan Office of Faith Formation and Relevant Radio. Tickets are available at or the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

St. Eugene Church to host Yard Sale

CHEPACHET — St. Eugene Church will host the annual Yard Sale on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the parish parking lot on Rt. 44 There will also be 12 themed raffle baskets and refreshments including hamburgers, hot dogs, baked goods, coffee, soda and more. The rain date is August 25. For more information, call the parish rectory at 568-5102.

Little Sisters of the Poor to host PawSox Family Fun Day at McCoy Stadium

PAWTUCKET — The Little Sisters of the Poor will host their annual PawSox Family Fun Day at McCoy Stadium on Sunday, August 19. The 13th annual outing begins at 11:30 a.m. with a pre-game summertime BBQ. Fans can cheer for a Little Sister who will throw a ceremonial pitch and later enjoy the angelic voice of Sister Elizabeth singing God Bless America. After the game everyone may join the Little Sisters on the field to run the bases. For more information or to purchase tickets call 401-305-4001 or visit

St. Mary Church to observe Marian Holy Hour

WEST WARWICK — In keeping with the 175th Anniversary of the church, St. Mary’s, 68 Church St., will celebrate a special Holy Hour in honor of Our Blessed Mother on Wednesday, Aug. 22, the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, beginning at 7 p.m. in the church. The Holy Hour will include: Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, readings from Sacred Scripture, homily, the Litany of Loreto, concluding with Solemn Benediction. All are invited to attend this special evening of prayer and reflection. Bring family and friends. For more information, please call the rectory at (401) 821-5555.

Da’ T.R.U.T.H.: the Nostalgia Tour

PROVIDENCE — Saturday, August 25, Christian rapper Da’ T.R.U.T.H. will be in concert at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. is an urban missionary who is decorated with honors and accolades in music, an educated teacher of the Word and a continually evolving entity with an enthralling desire to impact a generation with the truth and he is bringing his Nostalgia Tour to McVinney. Tickets are available at or the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

Tolton: From Slave to Priest

PROVIDENCE — “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” is a new live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest. Experience Tolton: persevering in his deep desire to become a Catholic priest, overcoming slavery, hardships and persecution, including the rejection of every seminary in the United States. This live, one-man multimedia drama is currently on a national tour, and McVinney Auditorium is the only Rhode Island performance. Sunday, September 9, at 3 p.m. in McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at or the McVinney Box Office 401.278.4588. This family-friendly production is recommended for ages 10+. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry.

Bishop Shelton J. Fabre to speak on racism

PROVIDENCE — The Most Rev. Shelton J. Fabre, Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux and Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad-Hoc Committee Against Racism, chair of the USCCB Subcommittee on African American Affairs, and member of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, will speak at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Monday, September 17 at 7 p.m. He will discuss and report on the U.S. Catholic Bishop’s work against racism in the United States. For more information, email, visit or call the McVinney Box Office 401.278.4588. Sponsored by the Sponsored by the Diocese of Providence.

Shrine to host Italian Cultural Festival honoring Padre Pio

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, 947 Park Street, Attleboro, will host an Italian Cultural Festival honoring Padre Pio, on Saturday, Sept. 22, from noon – 7 p.m. The festival will feature tours, food, music, speakers and the day will end with a Rosary procession and Solemn Mass in honor of Padre Pio. To register for a ticket, make a donation, volunteer, become a sponsor and for more information, please visit Sponsorships and donations to support Tufts Medical Center Floating Hospital for Children.

Audrey Assad in Concert: Instruments of Peace

PROVIDENCE — Just announced, ‘Instruments of Peace’ is a night of praise and worship with Audrey Assad, an American singer-songwriter and contemporary Christian music artist. This intimate evening will feature spiritually-nourishing songs from Audrey’s’ new album, ‘Evergreen,’ on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, sponsored by St. Patrick’s Academy, Providence. Tickets are available at

Narragansett Bay Chorus presents American A Cappella, featuring “The Interstate Rivals”

PROVIDENCE — “The Interstate Rivals,” the 1987 Barbershop Harmony Society International Quartet Champions, are the special guests at the American A Cappella annual concert on Saturday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. in McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at or the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

Martinu String Quartet in Concert

PROVIDENCE — The brilliant Martinu Quartet was founded in 1967 by four students at the Prague Conservatory, since then the group has become internationally acclaimed for their benchmark performances. Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, this performance will feature pieces by Mozart, Schulhoff, Weinberg and Dvorak. At McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Thursday Oct. 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

Walden Chamber Players in Concert

PROVIDENCE — The Boston-based Walden Chamber Players has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, this performance will feature nonets for strings and winds by Martinu, Spohr and Nielsen. At McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

Interested in going to World Youth Day 2019?

PROVIDENCE — The diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama is January 21-28, 2019. For more information, see the flyer, brochure and registration form online at For more information please contact Michael Aoyama at

New support group for divorced and separated Catholics

CAROLINA — The Office of Life and Family is offering a new support group for divorced and separated Catholics at St. Mary Church, rectory (downstairs, side entrance), 437 Carolina Back Road. The group is ongoing and will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. There are no costs to attend. This support group embraces our Catholic faith and God’s grace, and provides a peaceful place for sharing, healing and for topics/discussions related to separation/divorce. Preregistration is required. For registration and further information, please contact Peter A. Magnotta at 421-7833, ext. 217.

Parish communities help offer meals, clothing to neighboring communities

WARWICK —Saints Rose and Clement’s Mother Teresa group has been providing free delicious meals, including desserts, and an assortment of free, gently-worn clothing in an assortment of sizes, to neighboring communities. The locations have been made possible through the kindness of the First Congregational Church of Warwick, at 715 Oakland Beach Ave., and Saints John and James, at 20 Washington St., in West Warwick. Their parish halls are alive with food and fellowship at the 5 p.m. meals held on the second Tuesday and the fourth Friday of the month. Mother Teresa Outreach Ministry is on Facebook.