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Special Event Listings for 08.09.18


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

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.

St. Rocco Church to celebrate annual Feast and Festival

JOHNSTON — Saint Rocco Church, 927 Atwood Ave., will host their annual Feast and Festival, on the church grounds, August 16, 17, 18, from 6 – 10:30 p.m. and August 19, from 1:30 – 10 p.m. A Triduum to Saint Rocco will take place August 13-16 at 7 p.m. each night. The traditional religious procession with the statue of St. Rocco will take place following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday. The festival will include a variety of food including pasta and meatballs, doughboys, pastries, beer garden. The event will also feature nightly entertainment, raffles, beer garden for 21+, rides, games and live music. Fireworks will take place on Saturday night. For more information, call 401-942-5203.

Rhode Island Catholic Moms 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 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.

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. Thomas More Parish to host fireside Praise & Worship

NARRAGANSETT - All are welcome to join the St. Thomas More Parish community by the beach for an evening of fireside Praise & Worship featuring the Revive Ministry band on Thursday, August 16 at 7 p.m. at Gazebo park by the Towers. Bring blankets & chairs. For more information call 789-7682 or visit

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.

Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra to perform at St. Kevin Church

WARWICK — The Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra returns to St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, on Saturday August 18 at 7 p.m. Enjoy an evening with a tribute to the Beatles as the 55 piece Orchestra performs with, “Ticket to Ride,” a Beatles tribute band. If you appreciate the music and sound of the Beatles, you will truly enjoy this concert. “The Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra, or OSSPO, is one of RI’s greatest cultural gems, and St Kevin’s has quickly become one of our favorite venues” said Peter Doiron, Executive Director of OSSPO. “We are again proud to be partnering with St Kevin’s as they have proven to be a true reflection of the RI arts community with a sincere mission of partnering with, and supporting organizations like OSSPO to help spread the joy of our music to patrons throughout RI.” Tickets to see the Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra are $15 available at the door or online at In true spirit of OSSPO’s mission statement “to Educate, Entertain and Inspire,” children 12 and under are free. Free tickets are available only at the door with a limit of two per family.

Summer Dance scheduled at St. Thomas the Apostle

WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Ave. will host a summer dance on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 5 - 9 p.m., in the church hall. There will be a $7.00 charge at the door. Music will be provided by Deja Vu / 4’s Country. You may bring your own snacks, food and drinks. The kitchen will be open selling limited sandwiches, soda and water. There will be a raffle featuring many gift certificates to local restaurants and different prizes. There will be a silent auction including items such as a 1yr family membership to the Audubon Society, 2 tickets to the Newport Playhouse, $100.00 gift certificate to Cardi’s, a dirt bike and many more. Feel free to bring a pastry to share. A good night out for a family or a group of friends. For more information, call 401-245-6649.

Italian Food Festival to be held at Holy Angels Parish

BARRINGTON — Holy Angels Parish will celebrate its Italian Food Festival, an enjoyable, social happening to which the public is cordially invited, on Saturday, Aug. 18. The festivities, held in the air-conditioned, fully-accessible church hall at 341 Maple Ave., will begin at 5 p.m. Delicious menu options include baked pasta, meatballs, eggplant parmigiana, spinach calzones, fried mozzarella and more. Many great prizes, including $500 cash and an overnight accommodation for two at a Massachusetts Berkshires Bed & Breakfast, will be raffled. For more information, please visit

Annual Polish Prayerful Walk Pilgrimage to La Salette Shrine

CENTRAL FALLS — St. Joseph’s Church, 391 High St., to make a Polish pilgrimage on Sunday, Aug. 19 to La Salette Shrine. All Pilgrims are invited to participate in the Mass for the pilgrims at 8 a.m. in Polish. The pilgrimage will leave the grounds at approximately 9 a.m. The confessions at the Shrine will begin at 1:30 p.m. The solemn Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary will start at 3 p.m. Father Paweł Wątor will be the presider and homilist this year.

Hope and Cope support group to meet

PORTSMOUTH — The St. Matthias Ministry Hope and Cope Support Group to meet Sunday, August 19, 2018 from 5 - 6 p.m. in the chapel meeting room, under the chapel, at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 E Main Road. If you someone who is supporting a loved one or friend in need of recovery or currently in recovery yourself, then this group is for you. This program is free. No registration required. A wonderful focus on Catholic Spirituality to support recovery. For more information, send an email to Deacon John Silvia at

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

Catholic Mom Rhode Island Group to sponsor Backpack Donation Drive

PROVIDENCE — Catholic Mom Rhode Island Group will sponsor a Backpack Donation Drive for Asa Messer Elementary School in Providence. All are invited to help fill backpacks that have been graciously donated by Samsonite. Students are in need of: pencils, paper, crayons, notebooks, binders, highlighters, folders, markers, rulers, etc. Monetary donations are also welcome. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at Holy Ghost Church, 472 Atwells Avenue, Providence 02909. For church hours, please call: 401-421-3551. If mailing a monetary donation, please indicate that the donation is for the Backpack Donation Drive. It is asked that all donations are in by Sunday, August 19.

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 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.

Opportunity to take part in Catechetical Certificate Program

BRAINTREE, Massachusetts — If you would like to learn more about the Catholic faith, please consider attending the Catechetical Certificate Program from The Theological Institute of Saint John’s Seminary, located in Braintree, Massachusetts. The program runs one Saturday a month from September until May. Experts will teach the truths of the faith from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The cost is $450 if you wish to receive a certificate and $350 if you wish to audit. To register, please visit or call 617-779-3623.