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Special Event Listings 04.12.18

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Life in the Spirit Seminar to begin at St. Patrick Church

PROVIDENCE — Sign up and Introduction for the Life in the Spirit Seminar at St. Patrick Church in Providence to take place on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in room 103. The seminar will run for 8 weeks with Father James Ruggieri and John Almonte. 

Pasta Night and basket raffle at St. Adalbert’s
PROVIDENCE — St. Adalbert’s Parish at 866 Atwells Ave., invites everyone to their Pasta Night on Saturday, April 14. Dinner will be served following the 4:30 p.m. Mass through 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per adult & $5 per child under 10, and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Gift basket raffles will be featured. For more information, please call (401) 351-9306.

Spring dance scheduled
WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Ave., will host a spring dance on April 14 from 5-9 p.m. in the church hall. Music will be provided by Deja Vu/4’s Country. A $7 cover charge will be collected at the door. The kitchen will be open selling limited sandwiches, soda and water or you may bring your own food and drinks. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 and a raffle. You may bring a pastry to share.

Catholic Underground

PROVIDENCE — Catholic Underground at St. Patrick Church will take place on Saturday April 14. Holy Hour begins in the church at 8 p.m. with Vespers followed by praise and worship of the Blessed Sacrament and confession. Afterwards a musical performance downstairs by Father Nicholas Fleming and art exhibit presented by Sharon Clossick.

Called and Gifted Workshop
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.

The Regina Coeli Society to host dinner and comedy show
CRANSTON — The Regina Coeli Society of St. Mary Church will host a dinner and comedy show on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Feast Society Hall on Phenix Avenue. The Italian dinner is being catered. A “divine” comedy of belly laughs, blessings, Blarney and Bingo will be presented by David Kane in the role of Father Patrick Aloysius Misgivings. This hilarious interactive comedy includes a collection, a raffle and an actual bingo game. Tickets are $35 per person. All parishioners and their guests are invited. For additional, information and tickets please call 944-7323.

Knights to host Portuguese Breakfast
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a Portuguese Breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, April 15, from 7:30 – 10:30 a.m. Eggs, Portuguese-style potatoes, Linguica, baked beans, traditional Portuguese sweetbread, grilled hash, orange juice, coffee and tea will be served. The cost is $10, children 6 and under are free.

St. Vincent de Paul Society fundraiser to benefit Soup Kitchen
WEST WARWICK — The West Bay St. Vincent de Paul Society will host the annual Pat Collins Fundraiser on April 15, at the West Warwick Senior Center at 1 p.m. Funds raised will support the Saturday Soup Kitchen run by the society. The dinner selections this year include turkey and all the fixings or baked fish. Tickets are $22. Please call 821-0475 to make reservations.

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.

Switching Sexes? The Transgender Agenda
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 www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.

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.

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 www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.

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 www.emfgp.org or contact Denise Carlucci, Mother of Nicholas, at 401-480-3330 or sjvdenise@gmail.com. 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 SPVchurch.org 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 NewEngland@IVCUSA.org.

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 philipatstbrendan@gmail.com.

Holy Rosary Sodality to host annual Card Party
BRISTOL — The Holy Rosary Sodality of St. Elizabeth’s 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.

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 CatholicPriest.com (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 www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.

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 www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.

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 www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.