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Special Event listings 06.28.18

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St. Thomas More Parish to host feast and festival

NARRAGANSETT — Join St. Thomas More Parish on Saturday, June 30, for the annual Parish Feast Festival from 4 - 9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park in Narragansett. There will be children’s games, delicious food, a giant slide and teddy bear ride along with baked goods, baskets, a raffle and giant bubbles, with entertainment by the popular Toe Jam Puppet Band and music by the Second to None band. The public is invited to join for great family fun. Free admission, rain or shine event. For more information, call the parish at 401-789-7682 or visit www.stthomasmoreri.org.

Mother of Life Center Annual Summer Gala

MAPLEVILLE — Mother of Life Center will host its second annual Summer Gala on Wednesday, July 18, at Crystal Lake Golf Club, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For tickets or for more information visit motheroflife.org or call 401-421-0820.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Immaculate Conception Parish

CRANSTON — Immaculate Conception Parish, 237 Garden Hills Drive, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Church on Sunday, June 24, with an Anniversary Mass at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be the main celebrant. Following Mass, a brunch reception will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the parish office 942-1854.

World-famous statue of the Virgin Mary to visit Putnam, Conn.

PUTNAM, Conn. — The World Apostolate of Fatima will bring its United Nations Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to St. Mary Church of the Visitation, 218 Providence St., Putnam, Conn., on Saturday, July 7, from 3-6 p.m. Sponsored by Putnam’s Cargill Council 64, Knights of Columbus, the program will start with a prayer service at 3 p.m. at the Putnam Deanery Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel, in the St. Mary’s Parish Center, behind the church. At 3:45 p.m., the statue will be processed into the church by Knights for the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. After Mass, the custodian of the statue, Judith Studer, will give a short talk about Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima, the history of the statue itself and about her trips around the world with the Fatima Apostolate. She will also discuss her own miraculous healing from cancer, through prayer and the intercession of Mary. This will be followed by the recitation of the rosary, before the statue will be processed out of the church by Knights at 6 p.m. On display with the statue in Putnam will be first class relics of Saints Francisco and Jacinta, two of the three children who were visited by Mary at Fatima over a century ago. Also on display will be a piece of the oak tree over which Our Lady appeared. For further information, please contact Brother Knight John Ryan, at (860) 928-7241.

Novena in honor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

BARRINGTON — Mass will be celebrated at the Carmelite Monastery, 25 Watson Ave., on Sunday, July 8 - July 16 at 7 p.m. The homilists, in pondering the theme, “Listening In Faith, Responding In Love,” will invite attendees to walk with Mary from the moment of her “yes” to be the Mother of Jesus to her role among the first followers of Christ and as a model of faith today. The celebrants will be Father Brian Morris, Father Douglas Grant, Father John Vidmar, OP, Father John Allard, OP, and Father Thomas Mary Gilbert, OCD. For more information, call 401- 245-3421, Ext. 1.

Daughters of Isabella to host open Pot Luck Supper

WARWICK — Daughters of Isabella will host an open Pot Luck Supper, on Monday, July 9, 6 p.m., in Lawless Hall at St. Benedict Church, 135 Beach Ave. Share your favorite dish and meet the many women working behind the scenes of an organization that is celebrating its 90th year in “unity, friendship and charity.” For more information, please contact Shirley A. Mello, Regent 821-8461 or email: ShirleyMello@msn.com.

Next Catholic Mom's Group Scheduled

PROVIDENCE — Catholic Mom's Group will meet on Tuesday, July 10, 6 p.m., in the Holy Ghost Church hall, 472 Atwells Ave. The group is intended to provide support, friendship and the affirmation of the role as Catholic Mothers. Pre-registration is no longer required, drop-ins are welcome. For more information, please visit: www.catholicmomri.com/events

Summer Bible Study at St. Veronica Chapel

NARRAGANSETT — Back by popular demand, the second summer Bible Study at St. Veronica Chapel, led by Maryann Knag, MAT, MAR, will return. It will take place Tuesdays, July 10 —August 28, from 8:30 - 10 a.m. in Msgr. Halloran Hall, 1035 Boston Neck Road. The theme is “Mary, Mother of God and Our Mother.” The schedule is as follows: July 10: Recap of Part I: “Types” of Mary in the Old Testament; Mary in the New Testament; Mary in an Early Christian Writing & Misunderstandings about Mary. July 17: Mary in History: What do the Church Fathers say about Mary; St. Jerome and following; in the Reformation Debates and onward. July 24: Mary and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. July 31: Appearances of Mary and her Messages. Aug. 7: The Many Names of Mary; Statues and Depictions. (Due to Vacation Bible School at St. Veronica Chapel, this week Bible will meet 8:45- 10:15 at St. Thomas More classrooms A & B.) August 14: Mary and the Mysteries of the Rosary. August 21: Mary and the Mystics; Private Revelations about Mary. August 28: Mary and You. All are invited. There is no fee and no registration necessary. Just come with a Bible. For more information, email mmknag@aol.com or call 201-213-4809.

Immaculate Conception Church feast and festival

WESTERLY — The 90th annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel will take place at the church at 111 High St. The feast begins with Triduum Masses on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 11, 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 14: Italian Street Festival, from noon until 9 p.m., featuring favorite food specialties such as fried eggplant, sausage grinders, pasta and meatballs, pizza, clams, baked goods and more. Live and recorded music, games for children, basket raffles and special item raffles. On Sunday, July 15, the 11 a.m. Mass will honor Our Lady of Mount Carmel, followed by a neighborhood procession, concluding with Benediction. For more information call 596-2130.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church to hold annual Feast celebration

BRISTOL — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church will hold its annual Feast celebration July 12-15 on the Bristol Town Common (across from the church). The Feast, in its 120th year, features wonderful Italian food (Thurs-Sun) and live music (Fri - Sun), children’s activities, raffles, games and more. Back by popular demand: Bingo! Plinko! Coin Toss! Raffles for Cash and Prizes! Children’s Special on Sunday (4-6 p.m.) with two-for-one priced children’s activities. Admission and parking are free. Rain or shine. Visit www.olmcbristol.org or call (401) 253-9449 for more information.

Holy Angels Parish to host Barbecue Chicken Dinner

BARRINGTON — Holy Angels Parish welcomes the public to a Barbecue Chicken Dinner on Thursday, July 12 downstairs in the air-conditioned, fully-accessible church hall, 341 Maple Ave. Seating will begin at 6 p.m. Pre-ordered take-out, ready for pick-up at 5 p.m., is available. The $15.00 meal consists of half a grilled chicken, tossed salad, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, dinner roll, watermelon, dessert and coffee. A one-quarter chicken dinner, offered for children 12 and younger, costs $8.00. Advance tickets for the dinner, where great prizes will be raffled, are necessary. For more information, please visit www.holyangelsevent.com or call Barbara at 245-4707.

New Bedford’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church to hold Polish Festival

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Usually held in June, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Polish Fest will be held Saturday, July 14, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday, July 15, with a “Polka Mass” at 11 a.m. and the Festival 12 – 5 p.m. Live music on Saturday by Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push, and on Sunday by Eddie Forman Orchestra. Our Polish Kitchen features Pierogi, Golombki, Keilbasa and Kapusta, plus American foods and more. Assorted booths and games mean fun for the whole family. Bring a chair! 235 North Front Street. On Rte. 195E take exit 16 (Washburn Street), right on Belleville Ave., left at the light, right on Howard St. (after Antonio’s Restaurant) to free parking.

Children and teens invited to 2018 Summer Bible Camp

COVENTRY — Children and teens are invited to join the parishes of Our Lady of Czenstochowa and Saint Vincent de Paul for this year’s Summer Bible Camp, from July 16 – 22, 9 a.m. – noon daily, at the school building at Our Lady of Czenstochowa, 445 Washington St. The theme this year is “Jesus Is My Superhero.” All children are welcome to join us for an exciting week of games, crafts, and snacks. Attendees do not need to be a parishioner of either parish. This year students will have fun while learning about Jesus and the Sacraments. To sign up or for any questions please call 821-8719 or 821-7991. The fee is $10 per child.

St. Kevin Parish to host Marian Holy Hour and Mass

WARWICK — St. Kevin Parish, 333 Sandy Lane, will host the Deanery Holy Hour for Life on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Monday, July 16, at 6 p.m. The evening will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, reflections, silent adoration, Litany of Loreto and Benediction. At 7 p.m. there will be a Mass in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. All are welcome. Bring a friend.

Msgr. Sabourin Vacation Bible Camp for People with Disabilities

PROVIDENCE — The Office of the Apostolate for People with Disabilities and St. Patrick Church, will offer the first Msgr. Sabourin Vacation Bible Camp for People with Disabilities. Camp will take place at St. Patrick Church on Smith Street from 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., from July 23- 27. Children and teenagers ages 6-17 years-old are welcome to attend. The cost per person $30.00. Limited space. Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Registration form at dioceseofprovidence.org/apostolate-for-people-with-disabilities. Bilingual and Wheelchair Accessible. Registration Deadline: All registration forms are due July 13 with payment. Camp is also seeking faith filled and enthusiastic adult volunteers. Hosted by the Office of the Apostolate for People with Disabilities and St. Patrick Church.

Father Larry Richards is coming to McVinney Auditorium

PROVIDENCE — Father Larry Richards, a popular speaker and pastor from Erie, Pennyslvania, will visit McVinney Auditorium, Thursday, August 16, at 6 p.m. Father Larry is the founder of “The Reason for Our Hope Foundation” and has many media presentations as well as EWTN Radio “The Reason for Our Hope,” “Fathers Know Best,” and “Open Line.” At all his presentations, Father Larry promises two things: one, you will never be bored and two, your life will be changed forever. Come and experience this truth for yourself. Sponsored by Diocesan Office of Faith Formation and Relevant Radio. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com or the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

Tolton: From Slave to Priest coming to McVinney Auditorium

PROVIDENCE — “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” is a new live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest. Experience Tolton: persevering in his deep desire to become a Catholic priest, overcoming slavery, hardships and persecution, including the rejection of every seminary in the United States. This live, one-man multimedia drama is currently on a national tour, and McVinney Auditorium is the only Rhode Island performance. Sunday, September 9, at 3 p.m. in McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com or the McVinney Box Office 401.278.4588. This family-friendly production is recommended for ages 10+. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry.

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.

Martinu String Quartet in Concert

PROVIDENCE — The brilliant Martinu Quartet was founded in 1967 by four students at the Prague Conservatory, since then the group has become internationally acclaimed for their benchmark performances. Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, this performance will feature pieces by Mozart, Schulhoff, Weinberg and Dvorak. At McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Thursday Oct. 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.

Walden Chamber Players in Concert

PROVIDENCE — The Boston-based Walden Chamber Players has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, this performance will feature nonets for strings and winds by Martinu, Spohr and Nielsen. At McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. 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.

Interested in going to World Youth Day 2019?

PROVIDENCE — The diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama is January 21-28, 2019. For more information, see the flyer, brochure and registration form online at www.discovercatholicfaith.org/world-youth-day-2019. For more information please contact Michael Aoyama at mjpaoyama@dioceseofprovidence.org.

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.