Special Event Listings 04.19.18


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.

Life in the Spirit Seminar to begin at St. Patrick Church
PROVIDENCE — Introduction for the Life in the Spirit Seminar at St. Patrick Church in Providence to take place on Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m. in room 103. The seminar will run for 7 weeks with Father James Ruggieri and John Almonte.

A Journey of Faith
WEST WARWICK — St. Mary Church will celebrate its 175th Anniversary in 2019. In recognition of this historic event, a special 9-day pilgrimage to Italy is planned. The pilgrimage will leave on Monday, December 3, 2018, returning Tuesday, December 11, 2018. It includes: Vatican City, Rome, Florence, Assisi and Venice as well as an audience with Pope Francis. Mass and the rosary will be prayed daily, with visits to many shrines and holy places. The complete itinerary and cost will be discussed at a meeting on Thursday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Father Gibson Church Hall, 68 Church St., West Warwick. The pilgrimage is being organized by the Captain Cruise & Crew Travel Agency, East Providence and will take place under the spiritual guidance of Father Doug Spina, pastor of St. Mary Church. For more information, call Father Doug at the rectory at (401) 821-5555.

Transgender discussion to be held at St. Pius V
PROVIDENCE — Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians and native of Westerly, will speak at St. Pius V on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. Last year, the State of Rhode Island made it illegal for a licensed medical professional to counsel a child away from the desire to change his/her gender identity, yet it remains legal to inject that same child with hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones. Currently, Rhode Island public schools are deciding how to implement statewide transgender policies that would open up bathrooms, locker rooms, and sports teams to anyone who claims to be the opposite gender from their biological sex. Dr. Cretella has been on the front lines of the fight against the transgender agenda for 25 years. She has seen firsthand the severe mental and physical abuse that children have endured at the hands of medical professionals who are willing to “transition” a child from boy to girl or girl to boy, a feat that is biologically impossible. This talk will be held in the St. Pius V church hall immediately following Adoration.

‘Revival Day’ is coming!
PROVIDENCE — The acclaimed Mixed Magic Exult Choir will present their spring concert, “Revival Day!” at McVinney Auditorium, Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. “Revival Day!” is a concert celebrating Gospel in ‘The Old Time Way’ with songs from Clara Ward, Thomas Dorsey, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith and more. The concert will feature a variety of songs that cover the full spectrum of gospel and spiritual music that inspires “Revival Day!” The show will also feature several special guest gospel singers and some very enchanting dramatic surprises. This family-friendly event welcomes all ages. Tickets available at

St. Catherine of Siena Parish to celebrate 100th anniversary
WARWICK — St. Catherine of Siena Parish is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. The celebration begins with Mass on May 6, at the church at 11 a.m. followed by a dinner at Chelo’s Restaurant, 2225 Post Road, (City Centre) in Warwick. The cost of the dinner is $30 per person with three dinner choices. Please RSVP for dinner by April 22 by emailing

Hope and Cope Group meetings scheduled
PORTSMOUTH — The next meeting of the Hope & Cope Group is April 22, at 5 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road. Hope & Cope is a faith-based support group intended for those struggling with or supporting a family member or a friend struggling with alcohol or drug addictions or mental distress. Hope & Cope is open to everyone interested in this ministry. Meetings are held in the Chapel Meeting Room (under the small Chapel) from 5 – 6 p.m. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information, please email Deacon John Silvia ( The upcoming scheduled Hope & Cope group meeting dates are: April 22; May 20; June 17; July 22; August 19; September 23; October 21; November 18; and Dec. 16, 2018.

Brunch to be held at Father Lawless Hall
WARWICK — On Sunday, April 22, a brunch will be held at 10 a.m. in the Father Lawless Hall, 70 Transit St. (behind St. Benedict Church). The Two of Hearts will be singing a medley of show tunes performed by Carol Lyon and Audrey Kaiser. Tickets are $30 which includes buffet brunch by Sophia’s Tuscan Grille, dessert and coffee. In addition, raffle tickets will be sold for chances on wonderful baskets and gift certificates. For ticket information, call Mary Lee Newman 401-467-3416 or Elaine Hazard 401-467-1522.

Woodlawn Catholic Regional School to hold Open House
PAWTUCKET — Woodlawn Catholic Regional School, 61 Hope St., will hold an Open House on Thursday, April 26 from noon – 6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 29 from noon to 2 p.m. Register your child for the 2018-2019 school year by May 1, 2018 and receive a free ticket for a chance to win a 50 inch Hi-Def TV at a drawing to be held during our Fall Festival in October.

Manhattan At The Bay Celebrates 35 Years!
EAST PROVIDENCE — St. Mary Academy - Bay View’s annual fundraiser Manhattan at the Bay to celebrate 35 years. From April 26 - 28, the Bay View Players will present an original cabaret-style production, “Bay View Live! Cabaret 35,” as the centerpiece of our annual fundraising weekend. “Bay View Live! Cabaret 35” brings the brilliance of the Broadway stage to Bay View. In addition to spectacular cabaret-style performances, other Manhattan at the Bay events include the Friday “Little Italy” Family Dinner, the Saturday 35th Anniversary Celebration, and the Luck O’ the Irish raffle. All are welcome to attend. For information about tickets, showtimes, special events and angel sponsorships, visit

St. Bartholomew to host parish Dinner Dance
WARWICK — St. Bartholomew Church will hold its annual Parish Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza. Music will be provided by “Ambrosiani.” A Silent Auction will also be held that evening for those who wish to participate and bid on the many great items. Tickets for the evening are $45.00 per person. For more information, please call the rectory at 944-4466.

McVinney welcomes PBS star in concert
PROVIDENCE — Sixteen year-old international music sensation, singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, actor, philanthropist and PBS star, Ethan Bortnick, will be in concert at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, for just one night, Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., with his newest PBS special, “Generations of Music!” featuring special guest Assia Ahhatt, classically-trained violinist and Eastern European star. Tickets are available at

Strengthen Parish and Diocesan Outreach to Parishioners with Disabilities
PROVIDENCE — Explore with leaders from the National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) ways in which you can help assure that parishioners with disabilities experience belonging in your parish, participating fully in the sacramental life and sharing their own gifts as missionary disciples. In an effort to fulfill their commitment to help persons with intellectual, developmental or physical challenges, the deaf, the hard of hearing or blind; and the people who serve them, Catholic Financial Life will sponsor the 41st annual Project FAITH Seminar at Providence College. The seminar will take place on Saturday, April 28 in Ruane Great Room, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This seminar offers the unique opportunity to listen to experts on the topic and share with participants from other dioceses. All are invited to take part in this one day seminar. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information, or to register call Irma I. Rodríguez, Director of Apostolate for People with Disabilities, at 401-278-4578 or e-mail

One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents
CUMBERLAND — The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents at St. John Vianney Church is offering a One-Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents on Saturday, April 28, from 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. This ministry is a unique, ongoing Catholic program serving the spiritual needs of grieving parents. The retreat is open to anyone whose child of any age has died by any cause, no matter how long ago. All are welcome, regardless of situation or religion. To register, visit or contact Denise Carlucci, Mother of Nicholas, at 401-480-3330 or Pre-registration by April 21 is requested.

St. Pius V is celebrating its centennial
PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V Church is celebrating its centennial. Former parishioners and alumni of the school are invited, but the event is open to anyone. Saturday, April 28, the parish will host a “Dinner Dance” at the Venus de Milo in Swansea, Massachusetts. A cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. followed by music and dancing with the popular band, Blurred Vision. Tickets are $50 each (adults only). If you would like to join us please visit and click on the Centennial tab to purchase tickets. It will be a great opportunity to connect with current and former parishioners, school alumni, and guests from around the diocese.

Madonna Della Strada award ceremony scheduled
BOSTON, Mass. — The Ignatian Volunteer Corps will hold its annual Madonna Della Strada Award ceremony on Sunday, April 29 at Boston College High School, 150 Morrissey Blvd., beginning with Mass at 4 p.m., and reception, dinner and presentation of awards from 5 - 7 p.m. This year Mary Reilly, RSM and Deborah Thompson (posthumous) founders of Dorcas Place in Providence will be honored. For additional information, please contact Bina Hansen 401-932-1569 or

Walk through the Mass
RIVERSIDE — Come to a deeper understanding of the Holy Mass with this talk, which will be held on Monday, April 30, in St. Brendan’s parish hall from 6:30-8 p.m. It will explore the various elements of the liturgy, emphasizing how they can shape our spiritual life and draw us closer to God. For more information, contact Philip at

Holy Rosary Sodality to host annual Card Party
BRISTOL — The Holy Rosary Sodality of St. Elizabeth Church, 577 Wood St., will hold their 46th Annual Card Party on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the parish auditorium. This is a fun night and everyone is invited. Chourico salad and chicken salad sandwiches will be served with chips, homemade desserts, coffee, tea and/or soda. All this for $10 a ticket including many chances to win beautiful door prizes. Players are reminded to bring playing cards, or games. Grand Raffle and Special Raffle tickets and candy will be on sale, all with a chance to win more prizes. For reserved tables/tickets, call Linda at 868-7483. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Annual May Breakfast sponsored by Holy Name Society at St. Anthony Church
NORTH PROVIDENCE — The Holy Name Society at St. Anthony Church will hold its annual May Breakfast on Saturday, May 5 from 8-11 a.m. in the St. Anthony Church Parish Center, 1413 Mineral Spring Ave. The breakfast will feature scrambled eggs, home fries, sliced ham, bacon, baked beans, breakfast pastries, orange juice, coffee and tea. Tickets are $8.00 per person, two for $15.00, and children 7 years old and under will eat for free. Tickets will be sold at the door or by contacting Alfred De Cubellis at (401) 692-6602 or John Baxter at (401) 258-6602.

Discernment Retreat for Middle School Boys
PROVIDENCE — The Office of Vocations is hosting a discernment retreat on Saturday, May 12, at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity for boys to celebrate their faith and reflect on God’s plan for their life. The day will include Mass, recreation, food and an opportunity to meet diocesan seminarians and learn more about the seminary. Registration is available online at (Events>Middle School Retreat), or feel free to contact Father Christopher Murphy at (401) 331-1316.

Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra in Concert
PROVIDENCE — Come to McVinney to enjoy an afternoon of beautiful music from the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra, featuring Shostakovich: Violin Concerto no. 1 (Katherine Winterstein, violin) and Schumann: Symphony no. 2 on Sunday, June 10 beginning at 1 p.m., 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at

St. Mary Star of the Sea is looking for crafters
NARRAGANSETT — St. Mary Star of the Sea Church will hold its annual bazaar this year during the summer on Saturday, July 21. This popular event, usually held in November, draws more than 500 people. The massive additional South County summer population, along with the many visitors, will certainly increase our attendance substantially in July. We are looking for some additional crafters to join us and add to the diversity of the bazaar. If you are interested in being a part of the day, please call our office at 401-783-4449.

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

Get your tickets early for Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration
PROVIDENCE — The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful program of Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, Christmas hymns, and holiday carols live at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at