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Special Event Listings 03.08.18

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St. Brigid’s Church to host Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent

JOHNSTON — St. Brigid’s Church, 1231 Plainfield St., will offer Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent at 3 p.m. Their annual Living Stations of the Cross will be presented by the Junior High School students and Confirmation Candidates on Good Friday at 3 p.m. All are invited.

Lenten Taize Prayer Service scheduled

CRANSTON — Holy Apostles Church, 800 Pippin Orchard Road, will offer a Lenten Taize Prayer Service on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. The service includes readings from scripture, communal and silent prayer and songs composed by the Taize brothers. Come experience the gift of Jesus’ peace and love.

Fish and Chips available at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus throughout Lent

HARRISVILLE — St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, 35 Dion Drive, will sell fish and chips every Friday during Lent except Good Friday, March 30. Meals will be available March 9, 16 and 23 from noon until 7 p.m. Grapenut pudding and baked fish are also available. For takeout order, please call 568-3057. For other event information, please call 568-8280.

Lenten Fish Dinner at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

BRISTOL — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 141 State St., will host a Lenten Fish Dinner on Friday, March 9 from 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the parish center. This year’s menu includes fried or baked fish, French fries and coleslaw and all for only $10. Dinner is served take-out or dine-in (cold drinks and limited seating available). The proceeds to cover the expenses associated with this year’s parish festival to be held on the town common July 12 to 15. For more information, call the rectory at 253-9449 or visit olmcbristol.org.

St. Mary’s Church to host corned beef and cabbage dinner

WEST WARWICK — A traditional Irish Dinner (chicken optional) will be served in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 70 Church St., on Saturday, March 10, beginning with hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, rolls/Irish bread, beverages and desserts. Entertainment by “The Three Amigos.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information call the rectory at (401) 821-5555 or Maureen at (401) 828-5188.

Indoor flea market, Polish food offered at St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish

WOONSOCKET — St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish will host an indoor flea market on Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 11 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the church hall, 174 Harris Ave. The event will feature name brand clothing for children, ladies and men, books, household items, bedding, towels, toys and more. Polish food and pastry will also be available to eat in or take out. For more information, call Mary at 769-2766 or Isabelle at 762-1476.

Catholic Underground at St. Patrick Church

PROVIDENCE — Catholic Underground event will take place on March 10 at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., beginning with Holy Hour with Vespers at 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Revive Ministry, followed by a musical performance by Above the Sound and art exhibit by Marie Desilets.

‘The Presentation of the Way of the Cross’

PROVIDENCE — Pretty Amazing Grace Productions is proud to present a Father Matthew Powell, O.P., Production, ‘The Way of the Cross,’ a dramatic performance with music, presented throughout the Diocese of Providence this Lenten season. All are invited to walk with Christ and spend a short time in personal reflection and prayer. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes and admission is free. All are invited to these special Lenten performances: Sunday, March 11, 6:15 p.m., Mary, Mother of Mankind, North Providence; Friday, March 16, 1:30 p.m., St. Pius V, Providence; Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m., St. George’s, Cranston; Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., at SS. John and Paul, Coventry. The complete schedule of performances can be found online at www.PrettyAmazingGraceProductions.com.

Knights to host traditional Irish Breakfast

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a full traditional Irish Breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, March 11, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Scrambled eggs, Irish bangers, toast, home fries, rashers, baked beans, corned beef hash, grilled tomatoes, Irish soda bread, orange juice, coffee and tea will be served. The cost is $12.00, children 6 and under are free.

Newly ordained to lead Lenten Mission at St. Margaret Parish

RUMFORD — St. Margaret Parish, 1098 Pawtucket Ave., will host a Lenten series entitled, “People of the Passion,” March 11-13 at 7 p.m. The series will be preached by three newly ordained diocesan priests. Father Joseph Brice, assistant pastor at St. Augustine, Providence, begins the series on Sunday with a reflection on St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles. Father Stephen Battey, assistant pastor at Our Lady of Mt. Camel, Bristol, will preach Monday on Mary, Mother of the Lord. Father Brian Morris, assistant pastor at St. Luke, Barrington, will preach Tuesday on St. John, the Beloved. All are welcome.

Talk on the Paschal Mystery to be held at St. Brendan’s Church

RIVERSIDE — As Easter approaches, come learn the meaning of this greatest feast: The Paschal Mystery (Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection). A talk on this subject will be held at St. Brendan’s Church on Monday, March 12, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The event will be hosted in the school basement. All are welcome. For information, contact Philip at philipatstbrendan@gmail.com.

Catholic Mom’s Group Meeting scheduled

PROVIDENCE — Catholic Mom’s Group will meet on Tuesday, March 13, at 6 p.m. in the church hall, basement, of Holy Ghost Church. The group is intended to provide support, friendship and the affirmation of our role as Catholic Mothers. Attendance is free, but those interested in joining the group meeting must register in advance to attend. Children must also be registered online in advance. Registration can be done online at catholicmomrimar18.eventbrite.com.

Cuarteto Latinoamericano String Quartet to perform at McVinney

PROVIDENCE — Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, Cuarteto Latinoamericano is a world-renowned, multi-Latin Grammy winning string quartet from Latin America. The quartet will perform in Rhode Island for one night only, Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.

Free Luncheon Seminar about How To Plan For Long Term Care

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Villa at Saint Antoine, 400 Mendon Road, in collaboration with Independent Benefit Solutions, LLC will host a free luncheon seminar on Wednesday, March 14 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sign up by calling 401-767-2574 and learn about what options you or a loved one have to prepare for long term care. Several topics will be included. Seating is limited. Lunch is provided.

Little Sisters to host St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

SEEKONK — The Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence of Pawtucket will host their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner at The Old Grist Mill Tavern on Thursday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner is a wonderful tradition and a manifestation of the kindness and generosity of friends and benefactors, including Greg Esmay, proprietor of The Old Grist Mill Tavern who for 10 years has hosted this gathering donating the proceeds to the home. Proceeds from this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will help to repair the parking lots at Jeanne Jugan Residence. The cost of the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner is $17 for adults and $7.50 for children under the age of 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.littlesistersofthepoorpawtucket.org. The event will feature Irish Scones for sale. Raffle prizes and “Pot of Gold” drawing tickets will also be available. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at the Jeanne Jugan Residence and the winners will be notified by telephone. For additional information, contact the Jeanne Jugan Residence Development Office at (401) 305-4001.

45th Annual Easter Ham Roll

WARREN — St. Mary of the Bay Church, 645 Main St., to host a Easter Ham Roll on Sunday, March 18, from noon – 4 p.m. Fun for all ages, including Ham Raffles, cash Raffle, Lottery pull-tabs, children’s game, Door Prizes and Hall Special Raffle. Kitchen will be open all afternoon, serving hot food such as French Meat Pies and soft drinks. Larger location, fully Handicap accessible.

What’s So Bad About Contraception?

PROVIDENCE — Dr. Janet Smith will be at St. Pius V on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. to give her world famous talk on the evils of contraception. Dr. Smith is the foremost defender of the Church’s teaching on contraception and has been battling the “Culture of Death” for more than four decades with a specific emphasis on defending “Humanae Vitae” and the Church’s teaching on sexuality and bioethics. She is an author, speaker, professor, media correspondent and defender of the Faith. The talk will be held in the St. Pius V church hall immediately following Adoration. This event is free, open to everyone, and sponsored by the Portsmouth Institute and the Mother of Life Center. Contact Tyler Rowley with any questions: t3rowley@gmail.com, 401-290-7201.

Clam Cakes and Chowder dinner at St. Mary Church

WEST WARWICK — St. Mary Church, 68 Church St., will hold a Lenten repast of Clam Cakes and Chowder on Friday, March 16, in Father Gibson Church Hall, from 5 - to 7 p.m. The dinner includes dessert and beverage. Tickets are $11 for adults and children under 10 years of age $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the rectory at 401-821-5555. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event.

Allison Gingras to speak at Women’s Breakfast

PROVIDENCE — Magnificat, an International Women’s Ministry, will hold its next breakfast on Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. – noon, at the Providence Marriot, Orms Street. Allison Gingras, a renowned Roman Catholic blogger, author, retreat leader, inspirational speaker and Catholic radio host will speak. In 2009, she founded, “Reconciled to You Ministries” (www.reconciletoyou.com). All are invited to this dynamic spirit-filled morning of prayer, praise, and personal witness. Please bring along a friend. Cost is $25. For more information and reservations, contact Linda at 401-864-7731.

St. Jean Cemetery and St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery cleanup

WARREN — St. Jean Cemetery and St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery will conduct its Christmas Cemeteries Cleanup on Saturday, March 17. If you have any artificial flowers, pots, solar lights, etc., that you wish to save, please remove them from the cemetery before Saturday, March 17. Any loose Christmas items left in the cemetery after this date will be removed and discarded.

Matt Fradd to lead free presentation on ‘God’s Plan for Love in a Digital Age’

SMITHFIELD — Matt Fradd will lead a free presentation on ‘God’s Plan for Love in a Digital Age’ on Saturday, March 17. The event, held at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, will begin with Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin followed by Fradd’s presentation at 10 a.m. Free tickets available online at www.discovercatholicfaith.org/events/matt-fradd. All are invited to attend Mass. Bearers of free tickets are able to attend the presentation only. For more information on the rest of the 51st Annual Faith Formation Convocation and full admission tickets please visit www.discovercatholicfaith.org/convocation.

Acies ceremony to be held at Our Lady of Mercy Parish

EAST GREENWICH — The Cranston Curia of the Legion of Mary will hold its annual Acies ceremony at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 65 Third St., on Sunday March 18, at 1 p.m. The Acies is the ceremony in which Legionaries renew their fealty to Our Mother Mary, Queen of the Legion. The ceremony begins with Recitation of the Holy Rosary, followed by an Individual and a Collective Act of Consecration to Our Lady, and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Refreshments will follow in the School Gymnasium. All are welcome. For more information, please contact Mr. Edward Gallagher at 401-573-3630.

St. Paul Church to host Lenten Mission

FOSTER — St. Paul Church will host the annual Lenten Mission, led by Deacon Richard Lapierre, March 19-21, 7 p.m. The Theme is “Coming Home.” In addition, Deacon Lapierre will be preaching at the weekend Masses on Saturday, March 17 at the 5 p.m. Mass and Sunday, March 18 at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses.

Lenten Mission to be held at St. Mark Church

CRANSTON — Please join St. Mark Parish and St. Mary Parish for a Lenten Mission on Monday, March 19, Tuesday, March 20 and Wednesday, March 21, each night beginning at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mark Church, 9 Garden Court. Father Gregory Stowe will be preaching the mission. The topic will be “The Three Disciplines of Lent.” Mass will also be celebrated during the mission. Confessions will be heard before the mission on Monday and Tuesday only, from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. In attendance will be Father Anthony Verdelotti, Father William Ledoux, Father Francis O’Hara and Father James Collins.

Tenebrae to be held at St. Agnes Church

PROVIDENCE — Tenebrae, a service of light and darkness will take place on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:45 p.m., at St. Agnes Church. All are welcome. For more information 401-861-7265 or email stagnesprov@verizon.net.

Lenten Parish Mission at St. Mary of the Bay

WARREN — St. Mary of the Bay, 645 Main St., will host a Lenten Mission entitled “Who Is Jesus?” on March 19-21 beginning at 7 p.m. The topics include: Monday, Discovering Jesus; Tuesday, Love and Fear and Sacrament of Reconciliation; and Wednesday, The Transforming Power of Suffering and Celebration of Holy Eucharist. Claire Lamoureux, Ph.D., a Pastoral Psychologist and Spiritual Director will lead each mission. Lamoureux is the author of “Reflective Living: A Spiritual Approach to Everyday Life” and “Picking up the Pieces: Life After Cancer.”

Rosary for Life at the Rhode Island State House

PROVIDENCE — Please join Servants of Christ for Life on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. for the annual “Rosary for Life” at the Rhode Island State House. Hear from local pro-life advocates and then join priests from around the Diocese of Providence who will pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary for an end to abortion. For more information, contact Tyler Rowley, at 401-290-7201, t3rowley@gmail.com.

Little Sisters collecting hams for Easter and to support mission

PAWTUCKET — The Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence, 964 Main St., will host the annual Easter Ham Drop on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A donation of a fresh, frozen, or spiral ham will help the sisters prepare the Easter Sunday meal and fill the refrigerators with future meals for the residents. For more information please call 401-723-4314.

Tenebrae to be observed at St. Mary

WEST WARWICK — All are cordially invited to St. Mary Church, 68 Church Street, to observe Tenebrae on Spy Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in Father Gibson Church Hall. This Holy Week dramatic and prayerful portrayal recalls the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot and the following events leading to Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent entombment. Because there are periods of darkness and loud thunderous sounds, this may not be appropriate for young children. Following Tenebrae, a simple reception will be held. For more information, please call the rectory at 401-821-5555.

St. Thomas More to lead Stations in the Streets

NARRAGANSETT — St. Thomas More Parish will host their annual Stations in the Streets on Good Friday, March 30 at noon. The procession will begin inside the church at 53 Rockland St., with an opening prayer from Father Marcel Taillon and will continue through the streets of Narragansett via Ocean Road along the sea wall and under the Narragansett Towers. As they carry the cross of Jesus, confirmation students will pray the 13 stations before re-entering the church for the 14th station. All are welcome to join for this rain or shine event.

Dr. Scott Hahn to speak at McVinney Auditorium

PROVIDENCE — Dr. Scott Hahn will be at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 9 a.m. for a morning discussing the importance of our Catholic faith, on topics including “The First Society: The Miracle of Mercy in Marriage” and “The Fourth Cup: The Miracle of Mercy in the Eucharist.” Register at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com. Sponsored by the St. Paul Center and hosted by the Diocese of Providence’s Office of Faith Formation and McVinney Auditorium.

St. Eugene planning Italian Night celebration

CHEPACHET — On April 7 at 5:15 p.m., St. Eugene Parish will offer an Italian Night celebration in the church hall, located at 1247 Putnam Pike. The buffet style meal will feature salad, pasta, meatballs, sausage and peppers, eggplant and chicken Parmesan, Italian dessert and ice cream, with beverages including soda, wine and coffee. Tickets are $15 per person ($8 for children 10 and under) and will be available at all Masses or by calling the rectory at 568-5102. Early ticket purchases are recommended as tickets will not be sold at the door.

Learn about service, spiritual enrichment opportunities at Ignatian Volunteer Corps event

PROVIDENCE — The Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) will hold a Friend-Raiser on Sunday, April 8, from 3 - 5 p.m., at the Genesis Center, 620 Potters Ave. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn more about IVC’s inner city service and spiritual enrichment opportunities for retired persons. For more information about this annual event, please contact Bina Hansen at 401-932-1569.

Columbiettes planning fashion show

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Columbiettes Chapter # 3623 will host their annual Spring Fashion Show and Ladies Luncheon on Sunday, April 8, at 1 p.m. at the East Providence Knights of Columbus Council Hall located at 3200 Pawtucket Avenue. Fashions will be provided by Dress Barn, and the event will feature a luncheon, fashion show, door prizes and more. Limited seating is available, with a ticket donation price of $10 per person. For questions or information contact Event Chairperson Jean Oliver 401-497-0515.

Free First Sunday program offers respite for caregivers, special activities for loved ones

NEWPORT — First Sunday is a respite program designed to support caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other progressive memory disorders. First Sunday will take place on the following dates: April 8 and May 6. This program allows caregivers to spend an afternoon to themselves, away from the rigors of caregiving, while their loved one enjoys an afternoon of structured activities at St. Clare – Newport Adult Day Health Program, 309 Spring St. The program will be staffed by St. Clare – Newport employees who are skilled in providing care to those with memory impairments. Activities may include: gardening, crafts, cooking or baking, Wii Sports, art, tai chi, yoga and many more. First Sunday is offered at no cost with funding from the National Family Caregiver Support Program. Participants do not need to be enrolled at St. Clare – Newport. Pre –registration is required at least one week in advance. Space is limited to 25 people. Call 401-849-3204 ext. 735 or ext. 719 for more information.

Called and Gifted Workshop is coming to St. Pius V

PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V Church is hosting the Called and Gifted Discernment Workshop on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. This workshop, developed by Catholic author and speaker Sherry Weddell (Forming Intentional Disciples), helps participants discern their charisms — spiritual gifts given at Baptism and Confirmation — for the good of families, those we work with, the community and the church. This is the first time this nationally known workshop is taking place in the Diocese of Providence. A fee of $40 includes a light breakfast, lunch and participant workbook. For more information, or to register online, visit the St Pius V website at spvchurch.org or email calledandgifted@spvchurch.org.

McVinney welcomes PBS star Ethan Bortnick 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 www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.