On the Calendar at McVinney Auditorium
PROVIDENCE — Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour; Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m.: Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra Concert, featuring a world premier piece; Friday, March 15 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.: St. Pius V School Drama Club Presents “The Wizard of Oz;” Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m.: The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra in Concert featuring the 11th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition Winners; Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.: The Italian Saxophone Quartet; Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m.: The Horszowski Trio with Masumi Rostad; Sunday, May 5 at 3 p.m.: ‘Miss R.I.’ & ‘Miss R.I.: Outstanding Teen’ Competitions; Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m.: Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra Concert; Saturday, June 8 at 7 p.m.: Athenas en Concierto - Todo es Tuyo Tour. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of these events, visit www.mcvinneyauditorium.com or call the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.
NET Ministries Retreat dates available
PROVIDENCE — NET Ministries is an international Catholic youth ministry that is committed to challenging young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the life of the Church. The organization’s acronym stands for National Evangelization Teams. Based in St. Paul, Minnesota, NET offers training in youth evangelization and leads approximately 1,000 retreats annually. Each year, young adult volunteers are sent out in teams across the United States to conduct middle school and high school retreats for Catholic teens. If you are interested in scheduling a retreat date for middle school or high school students in your parish or school for the 2019/2020 academic year within the Diocese of Providence (or Fall River) visit www.netusa.org/retreats, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Diane Castro at 401-792-8684 to schedule a retreat for the youth in your parish or school communities. Multi-parish retreats can be scheduled as well.
Free Income Tax Preparation
PROVIDENCE — Amos House, 460 Pine St., a fully handicap-accessible agency, prepares free income tax returns for those who earned $55,000 or less in 2018. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening appointments may be made through April 12th by calling 401-272-0220. Amos House will also host Saturday walk-in-only sessions from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on February 9, March 9 and April 13. Other free tax sites in R.I. and M.A. may be found by calling the number 211.
Theology on Tap: What is the Meaning of Life?
JOHNSTON — On Thursday, Feb. 7, from 6 – 8:30 p.m., young adults, single or married, in their 20s and 30s are invited to Theology on Tap, at Uncle Tony’s Pizza & Pasta, 46 Putnam Pike (Rt. 44). The topic will be “What is the Meaning of Life.” Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation and Q&A at 7 p.m. There is no fee for this event. A free-will donation will be collected. Participants are welcome to purchase food and drinks, but must be 21 to order alcoholic beverages. Theology on Tap is sponsored by the Diocese of Providence Young Adult Ministry. For more information, visit www.discovercatholicfaith.org.
Ryan Tremblay to perform at Catholic Underground
PROVIDENCE — Catholic Underground will be held at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning with Holy Hour with Vespers at 7:30 p.m. in the church. Musical Performance by Ryan Tremblay at 9 p.m., downstairs.
Join in offering prayers for priests, seminarians and vocations
PROVIDENCE — The Mary Mother of Priests Apostolate (MMOP), a women’s prayer apostolate offering prayers for priests, seminarians and vocations, will hold their next meeting on Saturday, Feb. 9, at Our Lady of Providence Seminary. Mass begins at 9 a.m. followed by adoration, prayer and fellowship. MMOP sponsors the Adopt-a-Priest project with the Serra Club. All women are welcome to join.
Mass for healing offered at St. James Chapel
CHARLESTOWN— A Mass for healing will be offered at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Schoolhouse Rd., on Sunday, Feb. 10 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 2019. For more information, call 401-364-7214 or visit stmjparish.org.
Knights of Columbus to hold a Valentines Breakfast
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a Valentines Breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Eggs, toast, home fries, bacon, waffles, beans, chocolate dipped strawberries, juice, coffee and tea will be served. Children 6 and under are free.
Be My Valentine Breakfast
WARREN — St. Alexander Church, 221 Main St., will host a “Be My Valentine Breakfast” on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – noon. The menu includes a waffle station, eggs, sausage, ham, homemade homefries, pastries and muffins, fruit, juice, and coffee. Tickets are available at the door or sold before or after Mass.
Monthly Bible Study at St. Agnes Church
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will hold their next monthly Bible Study on Monday, February 11 at 7 PM in the rectory. The topic will be “A Personality Profile of Jesus.” All are welcome to attend.
Documentary ‘The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs’ to be presented
PROVIDENCE — The anti-war documentary, “The Nuns, the Priests and the Bombs,” a documentary about daring Catholic anti-nuclear activists who risk long jail terms in their efforts to move the world away from the nuclear brink, will be presented at Friedman Auditorium, Metcalf Research Building, 190 Thayer St., on Monday, February 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The film follows the activists’ legal efforts to justify their actions under international law and highlights the power of their moral conviction. A panel discussion will follow featuring the film’s director, Helen Young, investigative journalist Alex Nunes, and activist Frida Berrigan.
Celebrate Black History Month with evening of Song, Prayer and Praise
PROVIDENCE — Celebrate Black History Month with an evening of Song, Prayer and Praise on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St. For further information, please contact Patty January at (401) 278-4552.
Tea party and hat contest
BRISTOL — The St. Elizabeth’s Holy Rosary Sodality will sponsor their annual Tea Party on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1-3 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in the “Tea Room” located in the Parish Auditorium, 577 Wood St. Tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door. For reservations, call Pauline at 253-7488. Many kinds of hot tea will be available for your choice, along with mini-sandwiches and tasteful sweets. There will be a hat contest. (Wearing hats is optional.) Prizes will be awarded for hats that are: Most Original; Most Beautiful and Most Likely to be seen at the Kentucky Derby.
Praise and Worship with Glorify
CUMBERLAND — Glorify will be held Sunday, Feb. 17, at St. Aidan Church, 1460 Diamond Hill Road. Each Glorify includes praise and worship music with Revive Ministry, a presentation, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, and an opportunity for reconciliation. The evening concludes with a social. For more information, visit glorifyprovidence.org or catholicyouthri.org.
Hope and Cope support group to meet
PORTSMOUTH — The St. Matthias Ministry Hope and Cope Support Group will meet on Sunday, Feb. 17 from 5 - 6 p.m. in the chapel meeting room, under the chapel, at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 E Main Road. If you know 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 is required. A wonderful focus on Catholic Spirituality to support recovery. For more information, send an email to Deacon John Silvia at email@example.com.
Knights of Columbus to hold Blood Drive
PROVIDENCE — In conjunction with the RI Blood Center, the St. Thomas the Apostle Knights of Columbus Council 11684 will be holding a Blood Drive on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Thomas church hall at 65 Fruit Hill Ave. Refreshments will be provided. Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments are not necessary.
St. Mary Church to host quarterly Mass for those in recovery
WEST WARWICK — On Sunday, Feb. 24, all are invited to attend a Mass for Those in Recovery in St. Mary Church, 68 Church St., at 5 p.m. This Mass includes the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Anyone whose health is seriously threatened by sickness or old age may receive the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support program
COVENTRY — The Diocese of Providence, Office of Life and Family, will offer a special Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support program for the loss of a spouse at Saints John and Paul Church (rectory building, lower level), 341 South Main St., on Thursday evenings 6:30 - 8 p.m., now until March 28, 2019. This support group provides a peaceful environment for people to heal and to share their thoughts and feelings about their loss with the spiritual comfort of our Catholic faith. There will also be a variety of discussion topics about grief. The group is most appropriate for adults at least three months beyond their loss. There is no cost to attend. For registration and information, contact: Peter A Magnotta, LICSW at 421-7833, ext. 217.