Around the Diocese

Special Event Listings 10.04.18


On the Calendar at McVinney Auditorium

PROVIDENCE — Saturday, October 6, 6 p.m.: A Night of Serenade with David Pomeranz; Friday, October 26: The 177 Project; Sunday, October 28 at 3 p.m. Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra Concert; Saturday, November 10 at 2 p.m.: “Outcasts” Film Screening and Conversation; Saturday, November 24 at 6 p.m.: The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra in Concert; Thursday, November 29 from 7:30 – 9 p.m.: Walden Chamber Players in Concert; Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.: Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration; Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of these events, visit or the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

New book by Father Frank Salmani available for purchase

PROVIDENCE — Father Frank Salmani, pastor of St. Agnes Church in Providence, had his third book published. This book is entitled “GPS__God’s Plan for Salvation: Navigating Your Way Through the Fourth Day.” The book is based on fifty-one actual homilies that Father Salmani has given in his parish assignments. Father Salmani was the Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Cursillo Movement for over twenty years and has published two other books for the National Cursillo. The book can be purchased online at the National Cursillo website:

Pet Blessing at St. Agnes Church

PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will hold its annual Pet Blessing on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in the church parking lot. Bring your family and furry companions. There will be refreshments for pets and people.

St. Thomas the Apostle Parish to host food sale

WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Parish will have a food sale on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. under the tent in the church parking lot. Malassadas, pulled pork and chouriço and pepper sandwiches will be sold along with chicken fingers, hamburgers, hot dogs and French fries. If it rains the sale will take place in the parish hall. This sale replaces the previous sale at the pumpkin festival. For more information, call 245-4469 or 245-4488.

Catholic Women’s Conference scheduled

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island Catholic Women’s Conference will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin. The event will include dynamic and encouraging talks, vendors, swag bags, live music ministry, prayer, fellowship and evangelization. For more information, visit

St. Mary Parish, St. James Chapel, to celebrate Mass for healing

CHARLESTOWN—Mass for healing of all types of addictions will be offered at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, on Sunday, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. If you have an addiction, know someone who does, or have lost a loved one because of addiction, please come. The celebrant is Father Paul Desmarais, pastor of St. Mary Parish. This Mass will be offered the first Sunday of each month through June 2019. For more information, phone the rectory at 401-364-7214, or visit

Week of Prayer at St. Thomas the Apostle

WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Church will celebrate a week of prayer to honor Our Lady of Fatima at 7 p.m. from Sunday, Oct. 7 to Saturday, Oct. 13 in the parish hall. There will be a candlelight procession on October 13 after prayer.

Respect Life Month begins with Life Chain Sunday

PROVIDENCE — The first Sunday in October is traditionally the beginning of Respect Life Month. During October, faithful call to mind, through prayer and peaceful vigils, all the innocent lives that are lost each day because of abortion. Join or host a Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 7. Participation is encouraged between 2 – 3 p.m. in front of your parish or a visible area. Reserve one hour to pray to end abortion. For more information, contact Carol Owens at 421-7833 ext. 218 or email:

St. Joseph Church to host flea market

CUMBERLAND — Saint Joseph Church, 1303 Mendon Road, will hold an indoor flea market on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Refreshments will be available. Drop off items at the parish center on October 9. No shoes, televisions, gym equipment or computers; please only new clothes. Small electronic appliances are accepted. For more information, call Maureen at 658-4449.

Public Square Rosary to take place in Arctic

WEST WARWICK — All are invited to join in a Public Square Rosary on Saturday, Oct. 13 at noon, rain or shine, at the Majestic Gazebo in Arctic. This Public Square Rosary, sponsored by the America Needs Fatima organization in conjunction with the Legion of Mary of St. Anthony Parish, will be one of over 20,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States. For further information, please contact Kathy Sawey at 330-6257.

Second annual Fall Family Fun Festival

PAWTUCKET — Woodlawn Catholic Regional School will hold its second annual Fall Family Fun Festival at 396 Weeden St., on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Yard Sale begins at 8 a.m. Bring a friend and join for music, games, prizes, food and more.

St. Timothy’s and St. Rita’s to plan Public Square Rosary

WARWICK— All are invited to join St. Timothy’s and St. Rita’s to pray the Rosary on Saturday, Oct. 13 from noon – 1 p.m., on the front lawn of St Timothy Church, 1799 Warwick Ave. Bring a chair if needed. Additional information can be obtained from Helen at 323-1923 (St. Timothy’s) or Terri (St Rita’s) at 486-8593.

SS. John and James to host yard sale

WEST WARWICK — SS. John and James, 17 St. John St., will host yard sale on October 13 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drop off dates are October 11 from 2:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. and October 12 from 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the cafeteria. (Pease, No clothes, record albums or electronic equipment. For more information call, 821- 7661.

St. Francis de Sales Parish to host Yard Sale

NORTH KINGSTOWN — St. Francis de Sales Parish, 381 School St., will hold an annual indoor yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., rain or shine. Items include jewelry, housewares, toys, games, electronics, CD’s, furniture, books and baked goods. The kitchen will be open for refreshments.

Autumn Pilgrimage

PROVIDENCE — Magnificat, Our Lady of Divine Providence, will lead a Mystery Pilgrimage on Saturday, Oct. 13, to allow men and women to explore their faith and view God’s splendor on a bus journey that will depart at 9 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. Participants will enjoy artistic creations and encounter inspiring teachings and prayer along the way. A full lunch, snacks and a raffle is included. For tickets, call Linda at (401) 864-7731.

Prout School to hold Open House

WAKEFIELD — The Prout School, a Catholic, coeducational, college-preparatory high school will hold an Open House for prospective students on Sunday, Oct. 14 from 1 - 4 p.m. and November 5 from 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, please call Admissions Director Sharon DeLuca at 789-9262, Ext 514 or visit

Knights to host breakfast

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10.00, children 6 and under are free.

AARP Smart Driver Course to be offered at The Villa

NORTH SMITHFIELD — The Villa at Saint Antoine, 400 Mendon Road, will host an AARP Smart Driver Course on Tuesday, Oct. 16 from 9:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please register by calling 767-2574. Cost: $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The course, offered by AARP and presented by Helmut Reinhardt, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for people older than 55 years old. By taking the course, you could be eligible for a multi-year discount on your auto insurance.

What does the #MeToo Movement have to do with Humanae Vitae?

NEWTON, Massachusetts — Join author Dr. Peter Kreeft, The Dating Project’s Dr. Kerry Cronin, author and theologian Dr. Angela Franks and Catholic Medical Center of NH OB/Gyn Dr. Sarah Bascle on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 6:15 – 9 p.m. at Mt. Alvernia High School, Newton, Massachusetts, as “The Sexual Revolution, 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae” is screened and discussed. To register, visit or visit

Knights to host Chowder, Clam Cake dinner

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a Clam Cake and Chowder Dinner at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on October 20, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Red and white chowder and clam cakes will be served. The cost is $13 and all you can eat. Cash Bar and raffles. Please call 295-0507 for reservations and leave a name and number of people or contact a Knight.

One day only Barn Sale at St. John Neumann Parish

EAST FREETOWN, Massachusetts — St. John Neumann Parish, 157 Middleboro Road, East Freetown, Massachusetts, invites all to their “One Day Only Barn Sale” being held in their parish barn, on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Rain or shine. The Barn Sale has a large variety of items available to choose from.

St. Mary planning Autumn Angel Bazaar

WEST WARWICK — St. Mary Church, 68 Church St., will host its Autumn Angel Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The bazaar will feature raffles, themed baskets, a penny social table, roll-up tables, lottery tree raffle, handmade crafts, baked goods, garden decorations, jewelry, a Christmas corner and stocking stuffers. The kitchen will serve breakfast and lunch.

Families encouraged to participate in St. Pius X annual Walk for Life

WESTERLY — St. Pius X Church will hold its annual Walk for Life on Sunday, Oct. 21. The three-mile walk will begin around noon at St. Pius Church and walkers will process through the town of Westerly, then to the Tomb of the Unborn at St. Sebastian’s Cemetery for a brief prayer service. The walk will end with a light reception at St. Pius Church. Sponsorship forms are available for walkers and all proceeds from the walk will benefit their local pro-life community ministries. The committee is encouraging more families and school children to participate. For further information or sponsorship forms for the walk, please contact St. Pius X Rectory Office (401) 596-2535,

Evening of Eucharistic Adoration

PROVIDENCE — The 177 Project will bring an evening of Eucharistic Adoration and music to every diocese in the United States on Friday, Oct. 26 and in Rhode Island they will visit, Bishop McVinney Auditorium in Providence. The evening will include confession, rosary, adoration and a small concert. For more information, please email Steven Diel at The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure your ticket, visit

Harvest Bazaar at St. Elizabeth’s Church

BRISTOL — The Holy Rosary Sodality of St. Elizabeth Church, 577 Wood St., will hold their 46th annual Harvest Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 27 in the Parish Auditorium (building adjourned to church) from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event will include specialty booths, handmade items, raffles, bingo, Portuguese and American foods, free face painting from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds from our bazaar will go directly to St. Elizabeth Church.