Special Event Listings 12.06.18


On the Calendar at McVinney Auditorium

PROVIDENCE — Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.: Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour; Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3 p.m.: Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra Concert, featuring a world premier piece; Friday, March 15, 2019 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.: St. Pius V School Drama Club Presents "The Wizard of Oz;" Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.: The Rhode Island Civic Chorale & Orchestra in Concert featuring the 11th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition Winners; Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.: The Italian Saxophone Quartet; Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.: The Horszowski Trio with Masumi Rostad; Sunday, May 19, 2019 at 3 p.m.: Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra Concert. For more information or to purchase tickets to any of these events, visit or the call McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

Women of Grace study program

EAST PROVIDENCE — St. Martha Church in East Providence is considering hosting the Women of Grace study program, “Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life” after the holidays. Discover the gift of authentic femininity, holiness of life and God’s awesome purpose and mission for women today. If you would like to see this program offered at St. Martha’s Church, please contact Roberta Morency at 401-245-6623 or email her For general information on the study visit

Holy Angels Parish to host Italian Cookie Tray Sale

BARRINGTON — Holy Angels Parish will host an Italian Cookie Tray Sale, which is open to all. Cookie tray orders will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 9 by calling Barbara at 245-4707. Each tray is filled with a delicious assortment of homemade, Italian cookies. The orders will be available for pick-up in the Parish Presentation Room on Saturday and Sunday, December 22 and 23, between 9 a.m. and noon.

Amos House volunteer tax preparers needed

PROVIDENCE — Amos House is a leading social services agency in South Providence founded by Sister Eileen Murphy in 1976. It prepares free tax returns for income-qualified individuals and families from the beginning of February through mid-April. Please consider donating five hours of your time each week to serve as a tax preparer or greeter. Participants receive IRS training and certification. If you believe you’d enjoy using your skills to help the less fortunate in this way and would like more information, please call Mike Speidel at 617-645-1584.

Catholic Youth Ministry plans next Glorify

PROVIDENCE — The next Glorify will be held on a new night at a Providence location on Thursday, Dec. 6, at St. Thomas Church, 65 Fruit Hill Ave., from 7 – 9 p.m. Glorify includes live praise and worship music, a video and presentation with Josh Santos, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction and an opportunity for Reconciliation. The evening concludes with a social. For more information, please contact 401-278-4626 or

Solemn Mass by Candlelight

TIVERTON — All are invited to honor Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception on December 8 at 6 a.m., at Holy Ghost Church, 316 Judson St. The celebration will include Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form. Booklets with prayers in Latin/English and tapers will be provided. Coffee and refreshments will be served in the church hall following Mass. For more information, visit

Regina Coeli Society to hold cookie sale

CRANSTON — The Regina Coeli Society of St. Mary Church, 1525 Cranston St. will hold a homemade cookie sale after all Masses on the weekend of December 8 and 9.

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, Dec. 9 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

Knights of Columbus Breakfast

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Knights of Columbus will hold a breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, Dec. 9, from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. The menu includes, eggs, sausage, French toast, home fries, baked beans, breakfast pastries, Christmas streusel, orange juice, coffee and tea. Children 6 and under attend free.

A Musical Journey through Advent and Christmas

LINCOLN — On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m., the parish community of Saint Jude, 301 Front St., will celebrate Advent and Christmas. The Saint Jude Christmas Choir, Bell Choir and Children’s Choir, along with organist Michael Garrepy, flutist Mary Ellen Kregler, and directed by Pierre Masse, with lector Stephen Machowski, will unfold the story of Advent and Christmas through Scripture and festive music. The event is free and open to all. A free will offering will be taken.

Saint Paul School to host ‘Jingle and Mingle’

CRANSTON — All are invited to attend a festive evening to benefit St. Paul School of Cranston on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 – 9 p.m., at The Imperial Room at One Rhodes Place. For tickets and reservation information, please contact Erika Monahan at 401-338-4988 or Please RSVP by December 7.

St. Brendan Parish to present Christmas Concert

RIVERSIDE — All are invited to attend the annual Christmas Concert with the parish choir, brass quartet, timpani, violin and cello, at St. Brendan Parish, 60 Turner Ave., on Friday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. This is a free event with a light reception to follow. For more information, visit

St. Kevin Church to present Christmas concert

WARWICK — St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, will present a Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. The concert will feature the combined voices of the choirs of St. Kevin, St. Rita and St. Timothy churches, guest soloists and even a visit from Santa. Special guests will be the Woodbury Union Church hand bell choir with bells recovered from their devastating fire on November 21st. Admission is free.

Saint Joseph Church to present Christmas concert

NEWPORT — Saint Joseph Church choir, Denis Tetrault organist/conductor will present a concert featuring vocalists Emma Hookway, Stephanie Tierno, Jen Vaillancourt, Laura Williams and Lionel Boisvert offering a varied program including music for the Christmas season accompanied by organ, piano, brass and timpani. The concert will take place in the sanctuary and gallery of Saint Joseph’s Church, Mann Avenue and Broadway on Saturday, Dec. 15 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the doors of the church the evening of the concert. There is parking available in the church’s lot on Mann Ave. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling the parish office at 401-84-0065.

Christmas Concert at Saint Charles Borromeo

WOONSOCKET — Saint Charles Borromeo Parish presents a Christmas Concert featuring the adult choir, with special guests the Providence Youth Guitar Ensemble Sunday, Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., at the parish, 8 Daniels St. This event is free and open to the public.

Joyful Sounds of the Season at Saint Matthew Church

CRANSTON — The Saint Matthew Music Ministry, under the direction of Kyle P. Jameson, KHS, will present the fourth annual “Joyful Sounds of the Season” concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m. The concert will feature a 20-piece orchestra and choir performing the works of Rutter, Holst, Willcocks, Bach and arrangements of Christmas carols. Saint Matthew Church is located on the corner of Park and Elmwood Avenue and is handicap accessible. Admission is free of charge, a free will offering will be collected. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact 401-461-7172 or visit

An Advent-Christmas Choral Journey

WARWICK — Under the direction of Pierre Masse, the twenty-four member choir, Ecclesia Consort, five vocal soloists, and an orchestra of strings, harp, and Cody Mead on organ will perform the Christmas Oratorio of Camille Saint-Saens on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 6 p.m., at Our Lady of Providence Chapel, Aldrich Mansion Estate, followed by an elegant dessert reception in the decorated mansion. For tickets visit or call 401-339-2575.

Lessons and Carols planned at Holy Angels Church

BARRINGTON — The Parish Choir, under the direction of Nicholas Rocha, will present Lessons and Carols, an evening of word and song, at Holy Angels Church on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 5 p.m. The public is invited to this performance, which will offer an opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. In lieu of admission, non-perishable food donations for the less fortunate will be accepted at the doors of the church before the concert. Complimentary refreshments will follow in the Presentation Room adjoining the church.

Hope and Cope support group to meet

PORTSMOUTH — The St. Matthias Ministry Hope and Cope Support Group will meet on Sunday, Dec. 16 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

Advent concert scheduled at St. Kevin Church

WARWICK — St. Kevin Church, 333 Sandy Lane, will host a concert celebrating the Advent season performed by the West Bay Chorale, with the Coventry High School Select Choir and instrumentalists on Sunday Dec. 16, at 3 p.m. The music and readings, both sacred and secular, are meant to be inspirational and bring people together in hope, faith, love and peace. West Bay Chorale celebrates its 39th season in their new home at St. Kevin Church. Call the parish for more information or to purchase tickets, 737-2638.

Catholic Mom’s Group to meet, offering support and friendship

PROVIDENCE — The next Catholic Mom’s Group will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. in Holy Ghost Church, 472 Atwells Ave. The group will meet in the church hall located in the basement. The group is intended to provide support, friendship and the affirmation of our role as Catholic mothers. Pre-registration is no longer required, drop-ins are welcome. For more information, please visit

St. Mary Church to host Christmas Bazaar

WEST WARWICK — All are invited to St. Mary Church hall, 68 Church St., for the annual Christmas Bazaar and Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 3:30-6 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 23, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. There will be holiday and all occasion gift baskets, jewelry, Christmas crafts, ornaments, homemade pastries, cookies and sweets, as well as a variety of gift possibilities for last minute shoppers. For more information, call the rectory at 401-821-5555.

A Journey Through the Nativity at St. Rocco Church

JOHNSTON — St. Rocco Church, 927 Atwood Ave., will host A Journey Through the Nativity on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 3 p.m. The music ministry, under the direction of Christopher A. Caramello, will present a concert of Advent and Christmas music in the languages of English, Italian and Latin. The event will feature the parish choir and soloists accompanied by a brass and string ensemble. Admission is free and a reception will follow. For further information please call 401-692-5270 or email