Amos House Volunteer Opportunity
PROVIDENCE — Amos House, 460 Pine St., a fully handicap-accessible agency, prepares free tax returns for income-qualified individuals and families from the last week of January 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.
St. Agnes Church Christmas Star Festival
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will hold its annual Christmas Star Festival in the church hall on Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 – 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 1 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The bazaar will feature penny socials, grab bags, bake table, pot of gold, pet table, jewelry, and raffles. Friday night will feature chowder and clam cakes with take-out available. Kitchen will be open on all three days. Please contact the rectory at 861-7265 for further information.
Coat Exchange at St. Francis of Assisi Church
WAKEFIELD — St. Francis of Assisi Church is giving away free coats and winter outerwear to anyone in need, on Friday, Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. – noon, downstairs at the parish, 128 High St. Please stop by if you need a coat. If you have a coat to give, please donate. The parish is also accepting donations of clean, new and used winter outerwear — especially children’s sizes, including sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves. Donations may be brought to the lower church the week of Nov. 24-29. This event is part of the state-wide Buy Nothing Day/Coat Exchange. For more information, call 783-4411.
Local Catholic author to sign debut book at Barnes & Noble
WARWICK — Local Catholic author and Rhode Island Catholic columnist William Patenaude will be signing his debut book at Barnes & Noble, 1350 Bald Hill Road, on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1 – 3 p.m. The novel, “A Printer’s Choice,” is a Catholic-themed sci-fi murder mystery examining faith, the future and the power of free will. Publisher’s Weekly calls “A Printer’s Choice” “a must-read” and Aleteia listed Patenaude’s novel as one of the Top 10 reads this summer. It makes the perfect gift for readers who may have strayed from the Catholic Church. Come meet Bill and get your personalized, signed copy of “A Printer’s Choice.”
Celebrating Deacon Lapierre’s 25th anniversary of diaconate ordination
MAPLEVILLE — On Saturday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. there will be a special Mass at Our Lady of Good Help, 1063 Victory Highway, for Deacon Richard Lapierre as he celebrates his 25th anniversary of Diaconate Ordination. A dinner will be hosted following the Mass at Bella’s Restaurant. For ticket information, please contact Cindy Manning at 401-568-8280.
Knights, police plan Toy Drive
WOONSOCKET — The Knights of Columbus Woonsocket Council in conjunction with the Woonsocket Police Department will host its annual Toy Drive on Saturday, Nov. 30 at All Saints Church, Rathbun Street, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.. Please bring a new unwrapped toy for children ages newborn to 13 years of age. Monetary donations are also welcomed. The Christmas toys will be distributed by the police dept. for needy children throughout the community. Santa will be available for photo at the toy drive. The kitchen will be open for lunch and there will be raffles with prizes.
Advent Service to be held in East Freetown
EAST FREETOWN, Mass. — St. John Neumann Parish, Rt. 18 – 157 Middleboro Road, will offer an Advent Taize Service on Sunday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m.
Daughters of Isabella Christmas Party
WARWICK —The St. Benedict Circle #423 Daughters of Isabella will host a Christmas Party on Monday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at the Greenwood Inn. Guests are welcome as well as prospective members. Bring a one pound gift-wrapped item for a Yankee Swap as well hats, mittens and scarves for the needy. To RSVP, call Lisa Fierlit 935-3631 or email Southpaw1319632aol.com.
Advent Parish Mission at SS. John and Paul Church
COVENTRY — SS. John and Paul Church, 341 South Main St., will host an Advent Parish Mission, Monday through Thursday, December 2—5, at 7 p.m. There will be Mass and a mission talk each evening. Father Joseph Medio and Father Sean Patrick Hurley of the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance will preach the mission, entitled “Be Holy, as I am Holy.” The talks will be based on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation On the Call to Holiness in the Modern World. Confessions will be heard each day of the Mission from 8 a.m. — 8 p.m. in the church. For more information, call 401-821-5764 or visit stsjohnpaulri.com/.
Monthly Bible Study at St. Agnes Church
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will hold its next monthly Bible Study on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. in the rectory. The group will examine the biblical roots of the Advent season. All are invited.
St. Anthony Church to present “Unplanned” film
NORTH PROVIDENCE — A celebration for life including the showing of the movie, “Unplanned: The Abby Johnson Story” will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 at St. Anthony’s Church Parish Center, 1413 Mineral Spring Ave. Admission is free. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the movie beginning at 6:30 p.m. Come and bring a friend to learn about the area’s pro-life resources, and see “Unplanned.” Teens under 17 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or have a signed permission slip. R.S.V.P. is appreciated, but not required to attend. This event is being sponsored by the Respect for Life Committee. For more information, please contact Monica at email@example.com or call 401-480-1571.
St. Joseph Church Christmas Bazaar
CENTRAL FALLS — A Christmas Bazaar will be held at St. Joseph Church, 391 High St., on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the parish center. The event will feature Polish food, flea market, children’s entertainment, Polish pastry and more.
First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Luke Parish
BARRINGTON — The next First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Luke Parish will take place December 7 from 8 – 10 a.m., and continues every First Saturday thereafter. Refreshments will be served following the devotion.
St. Mark Church Christmas Bazaar
JAMESTOWN — On Saturday, Dec. 7, St. Mark Church will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. featuring beautiful greenery, handmade items, baked goods, and more for sale as well as chances to win great raffle items and unique handcrafted basket raffles. Stop by for a hot coffee or bite to eat while you enjoy the Jamestown Holiday Stroll on Narragansett Avenue.
St. Paul the Apostle Church Christmas Bazaar
FOSTER — St. Paul the Apostle Church, 116A Danielson Pike, will host a Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. - noon. The event will feature theme raffle baskets, handmade knit items, jewelry table, balsam wreaths, penny social table and Snack Shack, and much more. The drawing will be at the bazaar on Sunday, Dec. 8.
Holiday Concert at St. Agnes Church
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave,, will hold a holiday concert, “A Journey from Advent to Christmas,” on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. This evening of sacred music will feature the Rhode Island College Chamber Singers directed by Teresa Coffman and the St. Agnes Choir directed by Maria Bedrosian. Admission is free. A free-will offering will be taken up to support the Parish Supply Closet, which benefits the needy in the area. A reception will follow in the church hall. All are welcome.
Breakfast with Santa
NORTH SCITUATE—Breakfast with Santa will be taking place at St. Joseph’s Church, 144 Danielson Pike, on Sunday, Dec. 8 from 8:30 - 11:30 am. Children 3 and under are free. Entrance includes breakfast, photo, and a small gift for children 12 and under. All are welcome
Knights of Columbus annual Charity Ball
NORTH KINGSTOWN —The Rhode Island Knights of Columbus will host the 91st Annual Charity Ball on December 8 at the Quidnessett Country Club. Doors open at 2 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing. There will be carolers, silent auctions, raffles and gifts for purchase. For ticket information, contact Michael Dziok at 401-333-6422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Family Parish to host free Christmas concert
PAWTUCKET — Holy Family Parish, St. Joseph’s Church, 195 Walcott St., will host a free Christmas concert, featuring the Chorus of East Providence on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
St. Pius V School Christmas Concert
PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V School will hold a free Christmas Concert on Friday, Dec. 13 in the Church, 55 Elmhurst Ave., from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The concert will feature traditional Christmas songs from across the world in celebration of the diversity within the school community.
Knights to collect clothing and other items for R.I. Veteran’s Home
EAST PROVIDENCE — As part of Operation ROVAC, Knights of Columbus will be collecting new clothing, toiletries and other daily necessities for the 200 men and women residents at the R.I. Veteran’s Home on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the East Providence Council #1528, 3200 Pawtucket Ave. For more information, contact email@example.com or call 465-4557.
Final Christmas concert at St. Charles Borromeo
WOONSOCKET — St. Charles Borromeo Church will host the final Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. in the parish, 8 Daniels St. The concert will feature the adult choir, with special guests the Providence Youth Classical Guitar Ensemble. This event is free and open to the public. It is a special opportunity to see the inside of the oldest Catholic Church in Northern Rhode Island before it closes its doors after more than 170 years of service. For more information, visit www.stcharlesborromeo.com.
Bristol County Chorus to present Christmas concert
BRISTOL — The Bristol County Chorus will present their 39th annual Christmas concert accompanied by a professional orchestra on Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood St., at 3 p.m. The chorus and orchestra will be conducted by director of music, Nicholas Rocha. This year’s holiday offering, “The Night Before Christmas,” will feature a celebration of carols, including music by John Rutter; “Believe” from the popular movie adaptation of The Polar Express; and traditional favorites, such as the “Bristol Christmas Sing-Along,” and “O Holy Night.” Tickets are available locally at the George Hail Library in Warren, Paper Packaging and Panache in Bristol, and online at https.//bccholidayconcert2019.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christmas Party for the Blind
NORTH PROVIDENCE — The State Council Knights of Columbus will host a Christmas Party for the Blind of Rhode Island, at the Dillion Council, 1675 Douglas Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, call 821-1991.