St. Mary / St. James December Mass for healing of addictions canceled
CHARLESTOWN — The first-Sunday-of-the-month Mass for healing of addictions will not be offered in December. The next Mass will be offered at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Schoolhouse Rd., on Sunday, January 5, at 2 p.m. For more information, phone the rectory at 401-364-7214 or visit stmjparish.org.
Amos House Volunteer Opportunity
PROVIDENCE — Amos House, 460 Pine St., a fully handicap-accessible agency, prepares free tax returns for income-qualified individuals and families from the last week of January through mid-April. Please consider donating five hours of your time each week to serve as a tax preparer or greeter. Participants receive IRS training and certification. If you believe you’d enjoy using your skills to help the less fortunate in this way, and would like more information, please call Mike Speidel at 617-645-1584.
Office of Life and Family to offer the Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support program
JOHNSTON — The Office of Life and Family will offer the Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support program at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 1804 Atwood Ave., downstairs in lower church (not handicap accessible). The meetings will be held on Tuesday evenings 6:30 – 8 p.m., November 19, through January 21, 2020, except for the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s. This support group provides a peaceful place to share and learn about grief 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/information, contact: Peter A. Magnotta at 421-7833, ext. 217.
St. Joseph Church to show pro-life film ‘Unplanned’
PROVIDENCE — The showing of the hit movie “Unplanned: The Abby Johnson Story,” will take place on Thursday, Nov. 21, at St. Joseph Church, 92 Hope St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the movie beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be served. Come and learn about the area pro-life resources, and see “Unplanned.” Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or have a signed permission slip. For more information or questions please call the rectory at 401-421-9137.
Christ the King to host annual concert
KINGSTON — Christ the King Church will host its 31st annual concert, featuring Tom Kendzia and the Christ the King Youth Choir — conducted by Heather Skidds — with special guest David Haas, on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., at Christ the King Church, 180 Old North Road. Tickets are available after Mass or in the parish office during the week. A free will donation will be taken at the concert, with all proceeds to benefit parish outreach programs.
Thanksgiving Turkey Bingo
BARRINGTON — Holy Angels Parish will host the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Bingo, held downstairs in the fully-accessible church hall, on Friday, Nov. 22. Food and beverages will be sold beginning at 4:45 p.m. Bingo begins at 6 p.m. Players are asked to bring daubers and will be playing to win frozen turkeys or Shaw’s gift cards just in time for Thanksgiving. This event is for those 18 and older. For more information, please visit holyangelsevent.com.
Christmas Bazaar at St. John Paul II Parish
PAWTUCKET — Games, raffles, food, shopping, and more will be enjoyed in Saint Cecilia Church Hall, 750 Central Ave., on Friday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will be a silent auction, numerous vendors, books, crafts, tools, plants and much more. The big cash raffle features a $5,000 grand prize. For more information call 401-722-1220.
St. Teresa Church Bazaar
PAWTUCKET — St. Teresa Church, 358 Newport Ave., will host a bazaar on November 22, from 5 – 8 p.m., and November 23, from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. The event will include raffles, thanksgiving baskets, entertainment basket, kitchen open both days, penny social, baked goods, wine cork game, outside vendors, children’s room, split-the-pot. All are welcome.
Christmas open house at Gabriel’s Trumpet Catholic Book & Gift Store
COVENTRY — Gabriel’s Trumpet Catholic Book and Gift Store, 477 Washington St., will host an open house on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. A large assortment of religious greeting cards, ornaments, books and children’s items will be available in addition to beautiful nativity sets, gift and Advent items. Children are welcome to participate in making a holiday craft. Free gift wrapping and refreshments will be provided. For more information please contact Donna Perry at 401-556-5424.
Thanksgiving Family Bingo
PROVIDENCE — St. Adalbert’s Parish at 866 Atwells Ave., will host a Thanksgiving Family Bingo on Saturday, Nov. 23. It will start at 6 p.m. The kitchen will open at 5:15 p.m., games will begin at 6 p.m. The event will also feature cash and basket raffles and delicious Polish and American foods with takeout available. For more information, please visit www.stadalberts.us or call 351 – 9306.
St. Augustin Parish to host Christmas Bazaar
NEWPORT — St. Augustin Parish, 2 Eastnor Road, will host a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the parish hall.
Holiday Bazaar and Quilt Raffle
HOPE VALLEY — A holiday bazaar and quilt raffle to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph Church, 1105 Main St., and other local charities, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the church hall. The bazaar will feature the children’s choir, free pictures with Santa, breakfast, silent auction, free children’s crafts, white elephant table, homemade pastries and handmade crafts by parishioners, lunch and lots of fun. Quilt raffle tickets will be sold all day; drawing is at 2 p.m. For more information call 539-2236.
St. Ann Church Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction
PROVIDENCE — A Christmas bazaar and silent auction will be held at St. Ann Church, lower church hall, 2 Russo St., on Saturday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The auction will be held on noon on Sunday. The event will include baked goods, sweets, handcrafted gifts and decorations, knit and crochet items, personalized ornaments, stocking stuffers, raffles, food and more.
St. Joan of Arc to host Blessing of the Pets
CUMBERLAND — St. Joan of Arc Parish, 3357 Mendon Road, will host a 15-minute ceremony to bless pets on Sunday, Nov. 24, 1 p.m. Father Lacombe will impart the blessing and families from all parishes are invited. It may be chilly so hot cider will be served. The ceremony will be held at the Blessed Mary statue located on the side of the church. Call Steve at 401-528-9681 with any questions.
St. Thomas Church plans Christmas Bazaar
PROVIDENCE — St. Thomas Church, will hold a Christmas Bazaar in the church hall, 65 Fruit Hill Ave., on November 23, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. The event will feature specialty booths, handmade crafts, jewelry, gift baskets, penny social, children’s raffle, pastry booth, baked goods, games for kids, refreshments and more. Pictures with Santa will take place 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. (bring your own camera/cell phone.) Door prizes throughout the day. Kitchen Café open all day. Main Raffles at 6 p.m. Mastercard and VISA accepted. For more information, call 401-272-7118.
Christmas Bazaar Christ the King Church
WEST WARWICK — Christ the King Church, 124 Legris Ave., will host a Christmas bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 24, from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event will include many booths, baked goods, breakfast and lunch, visit and take photos with Santa, crafts, jewelry, pick-a-straw, raffles, lottery tree and more.
Woonsocket area Ecumenical Thanksgiving observance
WOONSOCKET — The annual Woonsocket area Ecumenical Thanksgiving observance will be held on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m., at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 190 North Main St. Free will offerings at this service will benefit the Harvest Community Church Men’s Shelter on North Main Street, Woonsocket. The public is invited. A reception will be held in the lower church after the ceremony.
Mass for Recovery St. Kevin
WARWICK — The next Mass for Recovery will be offered on Sunday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m., at St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane. 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, upcoming Masses, or the work of the St. Mathias Ministry, please contact Deacon John, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blood Drive to be held at Immaculate Conception Church, with chance to win Patriots tickets
CRANSTON — Immaculate Conception Church and St. Mark Church will host a Blood Drive on Monday, Nov. 25, from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m., in St. Joseph Hall, next to Immaculate Conception Church, at 237 Garden Hills Drive. Refreshments and coffee will be available. Walk-ins always welcome; if you prefer visit www.ribc.org/drives to make an appointment (sponsor code 0205). Don’t forget to bring your driver’s license or another form of identification. All presenting donors will be entered into a drawing to win New England Patriots Tickets.
St. Agnes Church Christmas Star Festival
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will hold its annual Christmas Star Festival in the church hall on Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The bazaar will feature penny socials, grab bags, bake table, pot of gold, pet table, jewelry, and raffles. Friday night will feature chowder and clam cakes with take-out available. Kitchen will be open on all three days. Please contact the rectory at 861-7265 for further information.
Coat Exchange at St. Francis of Assisi Church
WAKEFIELD — St. Francis of Assisi Church is giving away free coats and winter outerwear to anyone in need, on Friday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – noon, downstairs at the parish, 128 High St. Please stop by if you need a coat. If you have a coat to give, please donate. The parish is also accepting donations of clean, new and used winter outerwear — especially children’s sizes, including sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves. Donations may be brought to the lower church the week of Nov. 24-29. This event is part of the state-wide Buy Nothing Day/Coat Exchange. For more information, call 783-4411.
Celebrating Deacon Lapierre’s 25th anniversary of diaconate ordination
MAPLEVILLE — On Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. there will be a special Mass at Our Lady of Good Help, 1063 Victory Highway, for Deacon Richard Lapierre as he celebrates his 25th anniversary of Diaconate Ordination. A dinner will be hosted following the Mass at Bella’s Restaurant. For ticket information, please contact Cindy Manning at 401-568-8280.
Advent Service to be held in East Freetown
EAST FREETOWN, Mass. — St. John Neumann Parish, Rt. 18 – 157 Middleboro Road, will offer an Advent Taize Service on Sunday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Advent Parish Mission at SS. John and Paul Church
COVENTRY — SS. John and Paul Church, 341 South Main St., will host an Advent Parish Mission, Monday through Thursday, December 2—5, at 7 p.m. There will be Mass and a mission talk each evening. Father Joseph Medio and Father Sean Patrick Hurley of the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance will preach the mission, entitled “Be Holy, as I am Holy.” The talks will be based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation On the Call to Holiness in the Modern World. Confessions will be heard each day of the Mission from 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. in the church. For more information, call 401-821-5764 or visit stsjohnpaulri.com/.
St. Anthony Church to present “Unplanned” film
NORTH PROVIDENCE — A celebration for life including the showing of the movie, “Unplanned: The Abby Johnson Story” will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 at St. Anthony’s Church Parish Center, 1413 Mineral Spring Ave. Admission is free. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the movie beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come and bring a friend to learn about the area’s pro-life resources, and see “Unplanned.” Teens under 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or have a signed permission slip. R.S.V.P. is appreciated, but not required to attend. This event is being sponsored by the Respect for Life Committee. For more information, please contact Monica at email@example.com or call 401-480-1571.
Advent Meditation Harp Concert
JAMESTOWN — An Advent Meditation Harp Concert featuring Grace Cloutier and Katherine O’Neill will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Mark Church, 60 Narragansett Ave. Following the performances guests are invited to the lower level of the church to meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served and CDs will be available for purchase. Free admission. Donations accepted. For more information, call 401-423-1421.
Saint John the Baptist to host Christmas Bazaar
PAWTUCKET — Saint John the Baptist Church, 69 Quincy Ave., will hold a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature a money raffle, gift baskets, raffles, baked goods and food for purchase. New and used items will also be sold.
St. Joseph Church Christmas Bazaar
CENTRAL FALLS — A Christmas Bazaar will be held at St. Joseph Church, 391 High St., on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the parish center. The event will feature Polish food, flea market, children’s entertainment, Polish pastry and more.
St. John Paul II Parish to show pro-life film ‘Unplanned’
PAWTUCKET — A celebration for life including the showing of the hit movie, “Unplanned: The Abby Johnson Story” will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in St. John Paul Parish / St. Cecilia Church, 1253 Newport Ave. Doors will open following the 4:30 p.m. Mass and the movie starts at 7 p.m. Admission is free and includes light refreshments. Bring a friend to learn about the area pro-life resources, and see “Unplanned.” Children under 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or have a signed permission slip. For more information or questions, call 401-474-2285. This event is sponsored by St. John Paul II Pro Life Committee and St. John Paul II Knights of Columbus Council #12613.
First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Luke Parish
BARRINGTON — The next First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Luke Parish will take place December 7 from 8 – 10 a.m., and continues every First Saturday thereafter. Refreshments will be served following the devotion.
St. Mark Church Christmas Bazaar
JAMESTOWN — On Saturday, Dec. 7, St. Mark Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. featuring beautiful greenery, handmade items, baked goods, and more for sale as well as chances to win great raffle items and unique handcrafted basket raffles. Stop by for a hot coffee or bite to eat while you enjoy the Jamestown Holiday Stroll on Narragansett Avenue.
Christmas Bingo at Sacred Heart Church
EAST PROVIDENCE — There will be a Christmas Bingo on Saturday, Dec. 7 in the Sacred Heart Church Hall, 118 Taunton Ave. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and games will begin at 6:30 p.m. There will be 21 games of Bingo. Participants will play 20 regular games for a chance to win $50 gift cards from area businesses. There will be a Grand Prize Game for a chance to win a 50 inch flat screen TV. There will also be a penny social with lots of prizes which will be drawn between games and at half-time break. Under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Surviving the Holidays GriefShare Seminar
WESTERLY — A GriefShare Seminar will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m., at St. Pius X Church, 44 Elm St., for those mourning the loss of a loved one. The GriefShare seminar can help through the difficult emotions you may be experiencing this time of year. At this meeting participants will watch a video, be part of a supportive discussion group and receive a survival guide with daily encouragement and helpful exercises for the days ahead. For more information or to register, contact the St. Pius X rectory at 401-596-2535.
Knights of Columbus annual Charity Ball
The Rhode Island Knights of Columbus will host the 91st Annual Charity Ball on December 8 at the Quidnessett Country Club. Doors open at 2 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. There will be carolers, silent auctions, raffles and gifts for purchase. For ticket information, contact Michael Dziok at 401-333-6422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Family Parish to host free Christmas concert
PAWTUCKET — Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, 195 Walcott St., will host a free Christmas concert, featuring the Chorus of East Providence on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
Knights to collect clothing and other items for R.I. Veteran’s Home
EAST PROVIDENCE — As part of Operation ROVAC, Knights of Columbus will be collecting new clothing, toiletries and other daily necessities for the 200 men and women residents at the R.I. Veteran’s Home on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the East Providence Council #1528, 3200 Pawtucket Ave. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 465-4557.
Final Christmas concert at St. Charles Borromeo
WOONSOCKET — St. Charles Borromeo Church will host the final Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. in the parish, 8 Daniels St. The concert will feature the adult choir, with special guests the Providence Youth Classical Guitar Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public. It is a special opportunity to see the inside of the oldest Catholic Church in Northern Rhode Island before it closes its doors after more 170 years of service. For more information, visit www.stcharlesborromeo.com.
Bristol County Chorus to present Christmas concert
BRISTOL — The Bristol County Chorus will present their 39th annual Christmas concert accompanied by a professional orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood St., at 3 p.m. The chorus and orchestra will be conducted by director of music, Nicholas Rocha. This year’s holiday offering, “The Night Before Christmas,” will feature a celebration of carols, including music by John Rutter; “Believe” from the popular movie adaptation of The Polar Express; and traditional favorites, such as the “Bristol Christmas Sing-Along,” and “O Holy Night.” Tickets are available locally at the George Hail Library in Warren, Paper Packaging and Panache in Bristol, and online at https.//bccholidayconcert2019.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Party for the Blind
NORTH PROVIDENCE — The State Council Knights of Columbus will host a Christmas Party for the Blind of Rhode Island, at the Dillion Council, 1675 Douglas Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 821-1991.