Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese 02.16.17


‘Men Hurt, Too’ at McVinney Auditorium for one night only

PROVIDENCE — “Men Hurt, Too” the latest play by local artistic director, Helen Baskerville-Dukes, will take the McVinney Auditorium stage, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. The play tackles how men cope with the pain and devastation of a relationship gone sour and how God can play a part in changing a man’s heart. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit

Young Adults: Theology on Tap to discuss the ‘Pursuit of Happiness’

PROVIDENCE — Young Adults, single or married, in their 20s and 30s are invited to Theology on Tap, on Thursday, March 2, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at The Malted Barley, 334 Westminster St. Come for fellowship at 6 p.m. followed by a presentation and Q&A at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Pursuit of Happiness,” presented by Father Christopher Murphy, assistant vocation director for the Diocese of Providence. There is no fee for this event. A free-will donation will be collected. Participants are welcome to purchase food and beverages and must be 21 to order alcoholic beverages. This event is sponsored by the Diocese of Providence Young Adult Ministry. For more information, visit

Parish to host presentation on Blessed Mother

WARWICK — As part of an ongoing series to celebrate the Diocesan Year of Mary Our Mother, Saints Rose and Clement Parish, 111 Long St., will host a presentation on “Mary’s Promise for the Five First Saturdays” on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the church. Rosary and Benediction will conclude the evening.

Ladies Guild to host a Mardi Gras Cavati and Polenta Buffet

PROVIDENCE — The Ladies Guild of Saint Bartholomew Parish will host a Mardi Gras Cavati and Polenta Buffet on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m., in the church hall, 311 Laurel Hill Ave. For more information or for tickets, call the rectory office at 944-4466. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Eucharistic Ministers needed at Rhode Island Hospital

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Hospital is looking for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist to administer Holy Communion to Catholic patients. Those interested may choose the day and time of your ministry. Training is held at the hospital. If you feel called to a ministry of compassion and comfort to our sick brothers and sisters, please call Caroline Vierra at 401- 444 -7644.

A Lenten Retreat Weekend: Walking with Christ in Silence

PUTNAM, Conn. — Called By Name Ministry for Spiritual Life will host a Lenten retreat weekend at Immaculate Conception Spiritual Renewal Center, on March 24-26. The retreat is entitled “Walking with Christ in Silence.” To register, contact, Deb Notarianni, 401-742-7637 or Rita Pratt, 401-323-6719, or send an email to

Find healing at an upcoming Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence will be offering two Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekends. The English retreat will be from March 17 to March 19 and the Spanish retreat will be from March 31 to April 2. Making the decision to attend a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend can sometimes be intimidating and fear of the unknown can make it harder to reach out for help with the emotional and spiritual conflict you may be feeling after abortion. Come, make that first step toward healing with a compassionate team of women, a counselor and a priest and experience the healing power of Jesus. For more information about this confidential retreat weekend, call 401-278-4508 for English and 401-742-1510 for Spanish.

SS. Rose and Clement Parish to Host Deanery Holy Hour

WARWICK — SS. Rose and Clement Parish, 111 Long St., will hold a Holy Hour for Life on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. The holy hour will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary, prayer for life, Litany of Loreto, Consecration prayer to the Immaculate and Benediction. All are welcome. Bring a friend. For more information, call Ray at 644-3699.

Monthly Grief Support Group meeting at The Villa at Saint Antoine

NORTH SMITHFIELD — Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island will offer an off-site monthly general grief support group meeting at the Villa at Saint Antoine, 400 Mendon Road, open to any person experiencing the profound effects of loss and grief. Meetings are happening on the second Wednesday of the month from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the following dates: March 8, April 12 and May 10. The Center for Hope & Healing support groups are facilitated as mutual support groups and participants do not have to have lost a loved one while in the care of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care Rhode Island. The support group is being offered at no cost and for more information or to register, please call the Center for Hope & Healing at 401-415-4300.

Pasta Supper to benefit Meghan's Mission

SMITHFIELD — Tickets for Saint Philip Parish Men’s Club pasta supper to raise funds for Meghan’s Mission are on sale now. All proceeds from this supper will benefit the ongoing medical expenses of 16-year-old Meghan Kiernan of Greenville. In May, Meghan was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and has already had four surgeries, undergone four cycles of chemotherapy and 11 treatments of radiation. The event will be held on Thursday, March 23, in the parish center of Saint Philip Church, 622 Putnam Pike, and will feature a pasta and meatball supper from 3-8 p.m. as well as a large multi-level raffle with prizes donated from businesses and families in the community. Tickets can be purchased after Mass at Saint Philip Church and the weekend of March 18 and 19 at Stop & Shop Supermarket, Putnam Pike; on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, March 5, daily from Smithfield YMCA, Cerrone’s Auto Body and Laura’s Diner. All members of Saint Philip Men’s Club are also selling the tickets, as well as the family of Meghan Kiernan. Organizers are actively looking for raffle prize donations. Contact Vinny Mattera at 949-3345 or Elizabeth Israni at 871-5410 to help.

Knights to host dinner at council hall

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a dinner at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on February 18 from, 5:30 – 7 p.m. The menu will feature loin of pork, apple sauce, oven roasted potatoes, peas forestiere, tossed salad, rolls and butter and coffee and tea will be served. Children 6 and under are free. Please call 295-0507 for reservations.

Learn about miracles of the faith

BARRINGTON — Since the time of Jesus God has continued to give faithful signs to enrich and deepen our faith such as Eucharistic Miracles, relics and their associated miracles, apparitions, unexplained miracles and even near death experiences. Come hear about all these wonderful manifestations of God in the conference room at St. Luke’s Parish on March 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Please contact Joe Lofgren at 401-633-5710 or to reserve your space.

St. Theresa Church to celebrate Mardi Gras with dinner

TIVERTON — St. Theresa Mardi Gras Dinner will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 at St. Theresa Parish Hall. Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will follow at 6 p.m. Children's menu available. Please call 401-624-8746 for more information or to RSVP.

Masses scheduled for the deaf, hard of hearing

PROVIDENCE — The Diocesan Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has announced the following Masses: First Sunday of every month at St. Charles Borromeo, Woonsocket, 9 a.m.; Every Sunday at St. Jean Baptiste, Warren, 9 a.m.; Second Sunday of every month at Christ the King, South Kingston, 11 a.m., (after Labor Day 11:35 a.m.); Third Sunday of every month at St. Michael’s, Providence, 9:30 a.m. in the lower hall. For more information, call Irma at 401-278-4578.

Marian Theatre Project to be featured at Jesus Saviour Church

NEWPORT— The Rosary Sodality will host the Marian Theatre Project on Sunday, March 5, following the 10 a.m. Mass, at Jesus Saviour Church, One Vernon Ave. Elizabeth Montigny will present “Walking With Our Mother,” a scripture based presentation on the Passion of Jesus, through the eyes of the Blessed Mother. This performance is about 20 minutes in length and appropriate for ages 13 and older. Refreshments following. All are invited.

Knights to host pasta dinner to benefit Woonsocket Police Department

WOONSOCKET — The Woonsocket Knights of Columbus Council 113 will host a Pasta Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 17 to benefit Woonsocket Police COPSWALK. The event will take place at the All Saints Parish hall, 323 Rathbun St., from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Children under 5 eat for free. The menu will include meatballs, pasta, salad, garlic bread and assorted desserts. The event will also feature a split-the-pot, and a wide range of raffle prizes. Tickets can be purchased at the door.