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Special Event Listings 12.05.19

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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.
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 Dec. 7 from 8 – 10 a.m., and will continue 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 raffle items and unique handcrafted basket raffles. Guests can stop by for a hot coffee or bite to eat while enjoying the Jamestown Holiday Stroll on Narragansett Avenue.
St. Paul the Apostle Church to host Christmas Bazaar
FOSTER — St. Paul the Apostle Church, 116A Danielson Pike, will host a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. - noon. The event will feature theme raffle baskets, handmade knit items, balsam wreaths, jewelry and penny social tables and a Snack Shack, and much more. A drawing will be held at the bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Holiday Concert at St. Agnes Church
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave,, will hold a holiday concert, “A Journey from Advent to Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. This evening of sacred music will feature the Rhode Island College Chamber Singers directed by Teresa Coffman and the St. Agnes Choir directed by Maria Bedrosian. Admission is free. A free will offering will be taken up to support the Parish Supply Closet, which benefits the needy in the area. A reception will follow in the church hall. All are welcome.
St. Joseph Church to hold 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, children’s entertainment, a flea market, Polish pastry and more.
Knights of Columbus to host breakfast
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a breakfast at the council hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Mass for healing offered at St. James Chapel
CHARLESTOWN — A Mass for healing will be offered at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m., by Father Paul Desmarais, pastor of St. Mary/St. James Parish. Those whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age may receive the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick within Mass. This Mass will be offered the second Sunday of each month through June 2020. For more information, call 401-364-7214 or visit stmjparish.org.
Breakfast with Santa
NORTH SCITUATE — A Breakfast with Santa will take place at St. Joseph’s Church, 144 Danielson Pike, on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Children 3 and under are free. Entrance includes breakfast, a photo, and a small gift for children 12 and under. All are welcome.
Knights of Columbus annual Charity Ball
NORTH KINGSTOWN —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 mdziok1067@aol.com.
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.
Annual Nativity Lighting at the Rhode Island Statehouse
PROVIDENCE — The annual Nativity Lighting in the Rhode Island Statehouse Rotunda will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3 – 4 p.m. The Nativity scene will be lit, celebrating the coming birth of Christ, followed by sung Christmas carols and Christmas cookies donated by Buono’s Bakery. The event is presented by the Joy to the World Nativity Committee and sponsored by The Thomas More Society and Media Sponsors Relevant Radio and Rhode Island Catholic. Father Michael A. Kelley, pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood Churches in Woonsocket, will offer a blessing over the Nativity scene and over all those in attendance.
St. Pius V School Christmas Concert
PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V School will hold a free Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 13 in the church, 55 Elmhurst Ave., from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The concert will feature traditional Christmas songs from across the world in celebration of the diversity within the school community.
Sacred Heart School to present Christmas concert
EAST PROVIDENCE — Sacred Heart School will present its annual Christmas Concert in the upper church, at 118 Taunton Ave., on Friday, Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. The program will include music from all the classes as well as by the SHS Chorus and Band. Admission is free.
Catholic Underground
PROVIDENCE — Catholic Underground will take place on December 14 at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., beginning with a Holy Hour at 7:30 p.m., followed by a performance by singer, songwriter and poet Brooxana Pierre at 9 p.m.
Knights to collect clothing and other items for R.I. Veteran’s Home
EAST PROVIDENCE — As part of Operation ROVAC, Knights of Columbus chapters 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 brady12qb@verizon.net or call 465-4557.
Final Christmas concert at St. Charles Borromeo
WOONSOCKET — St. Charles Borromeo Church will host its final Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 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 than 170 years of service. For more information, visit www.stcharlesborromeo.com.
Monsignor Clarke School to hold Christmas Festival
WAKEFIELD — Monsignor Clarke School, 5074 Tower Hill Road, will host a Christmas Festival on Sunday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event will include more than 77 local vendors to shop from, visits with Santa, kids crafts, “Make n Take” Workshops, food, raffles and more.
Bristol County Chorus to present annual Christmas concert
BRISTOL — The Bristol County Chorus will present its 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 bristolcountychorus@gmail.com.
Christmas Party for the Blind to be held
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, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 821-1991.
St. Margaret Church to feature annual Christmas Concert and Pageant
RUMFORD — Ron Procopio, director of music at St. Margaret Church, 1098 Pawtucket Ave., will lead the annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. All are invited to celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons with the senior choir, junior singers and parish musicians offering both sacred and contemporary music. A live, narrated Nativity Story will be re-enacted by the parish youth. A free will collection will support “Keep the Heat On,” the Diocese of Providence program for heating assistance. Admission is free and open to the public.
Week of Christmas Concerts at St. Kevin Church
WARWICK — A Week of Christmas Concerts at St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, is scheduled as follows: On Tuesday Dec. 10, at 7:30 p.m. enjoy the sounds of Christmas with the Ocean State Pops Orchestra to benefit the Hope Alzheimer’s Center. The concert will feature the 60-piece orchestra performing holiday favorites. Tickets are available at the door or online at OceanStatePops.org. On Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., the free parish concert will take place with the choirs of St. Kevin, St. Benedict, St. Rita and St. Timothy Churches, with special guests: the Bishop Hendricken Young Men’s Choir, Santa and a surprise guest or two. On Sunday, Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. the West Bay Chorale celebrates their 40th season with “Welcome Yule,” a salute to the Christmas season. There will be a reception following the concert, and to commemorate their 40 years as an organization, they have invited alumni to join in the final song. Call the parish for more information including ticket prices, (401) 737-2638.
Joyful Sounds of the Season at Saint Matthew Parish
CRANSTON — The Saint Matthew Music Ministry, under the direction of Kyle P. Jameson, KHS, will present the fifth annual “Joyful Sounds of the Season” concert on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at the church, located on the corner of Park and Elmwood Avenue. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The concert will feature a 20-piece orchestra along with a choir performing the works of Rutter, Holst, Willcocks, Handel and arrangements of favorite Christmas Carols. Saint Matthew Church is handicap accessible. A free will offering will be collected. For more information contact 401-461-7172 or visit stmatthewri.org.
Knights of Columbus to host blood drive
EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Knights of Columbus, Council 1528, in cooperation with the Rhode Island Blood Center, will host a blood drive on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Columbus Club Hall, 3200 Pawtucket Ave. Each donation can save three lives. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are encouraged. Visit the Rhode Island Blood Center website (www.ribc.org) or call (800) 283-8385 for more information. Light refreshments will be provided.