Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese 04.20.17


Friends' Fund Dinner Auction to benefit SVDP RI

NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Friends of Saint Vincent de Paul, Rhode Island, are hosting a Dinner Auction to benefit the organization that in 2016 provided $2.3 million worth of food and nearly $1 million in direct aid to Rhode Island families in need for electricity, food, clothing and more. Also during the event, two members of the Society and Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be honored with the Fredric Ozanam Lifetime Achievement Award for their donation and service to the poor. Proceeds from Friends’ Fund Benefit will help SVDP's 34 parish-based conferences which continue to serve Rhode Islanders by helping to meet basic human needs, such as housing and heat. The event will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 1 p.m. at Quidnessett Country Club, 950 N. Quidnessett Road. Tickets are $60. For tickets or information, call 490-0822 ext. 133, or visit

Diocese to celebrate Nationwide Day of Prayer

PROVIDENCE — On the Nationwide Day of Prayer, Saturday, April 29, pro-lifers will hold simultaneous peaceful vigils at Planned Parenthood centers across the United States. In Rhode Island, please gather at Planned Parenthood, 111 Point St., from 10 - 11:30 a.m. For more information, contact Carol Owens, director of Life and Family Ministry at 401-421-7833 ext. 218 or email Carol at, or Barth Bracy, executive director of RI Right to Life, at 401-521-1860 or email

St. Pius V Young Adults to host a talk by Kathryn Jean Lopez entitled 'Love and Faith in the Time of Trump'

PROVIDENCE – On Thursday, May 18, from 8 – 9 p.m., St. Pius V Young Adults will host a talk by Kathryn Jean Lopez entitled "Love and Faith in the Time of Trump," in the church hall. Kathryn Jean Lopez is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and editor-at-large of National Review. Besides National Review and NRO, her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Women's Quarterly, The National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, American Outlook, New York Press, and The Human Life Review, among other publications. All are welcome.

Parish Dinner Dance, Silent Auction scheduled at Crowne Plaza

WARWICK — St. Bartholomew Church will commemorate its annual Parish Dinner Dance on Saturday, April 29, 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 items. For tickets or for more information, please call the rectory at 944-4466.

Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support Group offered

NORTH PROVIDENCE — The Our Lady of Sorrows Bereavement Support Group, offered by the Office of Life and Family, will be held at the St. Anthony Church Parish Center, Pope St., Thursday evenings, May 4 through June 22, 7 - 8:30 p.m. This eight-week support group provides a peaceful environment for people to learn about grief and to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings, all with the spiritual comfort of our Catholic faith. This group will be facilitated by the St. Pius V Bereavement Ministry and is most appropriate for adults at least three months beyond their loss. This program is free, but preregistration is required. For information and registration, please call Pat Owen, 274-3854.

Inspirational speaker Allison Gingras to discuss Mary as a model of faith

GREENVILLE — On Saturday, April 22, St. Philip’s Parish, 622 Putnam Pike, will host inspirational speaker Allison Gingras, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Gingras, a Catholic author and radio host, will talk about Mary as an amazing example of the gift of grace at work in a woman’s life. Experience how grace can help align decisions in marriage, motherhood and career with God’s plans. To reserve your seat online visit, contact Ellen at or call 401-465-0905.

St. John Vianney Church to offer spiritual retreat for grieving parents

CUMBERLAND — On Saturday, April 29, St. John Vianney Church, 3609 Diamond Hill Road, will offer a one-day spiritual retreat for grieving parents from 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 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. This retreat is offered in cooperation with the Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents, a unique, ongoing Catholic program serving the spiritual needs of grieving parents. For more information, contact Denise Carlucci, Mother of Nicholas, at (401) 333-6060 or or visit Pre-registration is requested.

Daughters of Isabella to host spring fundraiser

WARWICK — The St. Benedict Circle #423, Daughters of Isabella will hold their annual spring fundraiser on Sunday, April 23, at 2 p.m. in the St. Benedict Church Hall on Transit Street. Robert Black, a well-known local entertainer will perform music from The Rat Pack and other favorites. A buffet luncheon will be served. Door prizes, many gift baskets and gift certificates will be raffled off. Raffle tickets may be purchased that day. Please call Regent Peggy Porter at 339-3143 or co-chair Elena Counts at 737-5054.

Saint Vincent DePaul Society hosting Pasta Supper

RIVERSIDE — The St. Brendan’s Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent DePaul will host a Pasta Supper fundraiser on Saturday, April 29, at St. Brendan’s Parish Hall, 60 Turner Ave. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. There will be a 50/50 Raffle, music and cash bar. Children under 5 are free. For tickets, please call 401-699-2230 or 401-575-8492.

St. Mary Academy - Bay View to host Manhattan at the Bay

RIVERSIDE— St. Mary Academy - Bay View is celebrating the 34th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, Manhattan at the Bay with an original musical revue titled “STAGE DOOR - Cabaret 34,” April 27 – 29. Special events will be featured before and after the show, from Friday’s Family Dinner to the Stage Door Canteen on Saturday. The event will also feature singing and dancing performances. Manhattan at the Bay is a feast for the senses. For tickets and more information, visit

St. Theresa Church and Shrine to celebrate Feast of Divine Mercy

HARRISVILLE — St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church and Shrine, 35 Dion Drive, is offering The Feast of Divine Mercy, Sunday, April 23, beginning at 11:30 a.m., with Holy Mass celebrated by Father Michael McMahon. Veneration of the Relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Sacrament of Reconciliation until 3 p.m., with Solemn Chanting of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Refreshments will be available in the church hall at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. All are welcome to attend. Please call 568-8280 for questions or directions.

Life in the Spirit Seminar

WARWICK — Saints Rose and Clement Parish will conduct a Life in the Spirit Seminar under the leadership and guidance of Deacon Noel Edsall and Diane Costantino, on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the St. Clement Church and hall. The seminar will be offered over the course of seven weeks. No registration is required and everyone is invited. Please contact Deacon Edsall at the parish office for more information.

St. Elizabeth Parish planning annual golf tournament

BRISTOL — St. Elizabeth Parish seeks to “Drive out Hunger” through its 6th annual golf tournament, which is sponsored by the parish’s Santo Cristo Committee and will be held on Sunday, May 7, at Swansea Country Club. Registration forms are available at the church and rectory, and also can be downloaded from the tournament website at: All proceeds will benefit the Friends of Saint Elizabeth Food Pantry and provide funds for the Santo Cristo Feast. For more information contact Tournament Director, Joseph J. Martins at

Society of Women of St. Mary’s Parish to host pasta dinner

CRANSTON — On Friday, May 5, at 6 p.m. at the Cranston Country Club, 69 Burlingame Road, the Society of Women of St. Mary’s Parish will host a fun-filled evening featuring a pasta dinner and a performance not to be missed by “Two of Hearts,” a show filled with music, song and comedy. For more information on how to purchase tickets, call Pat Ferreira at 821-6838 or Paula Marsh at 828-5273.

Program to enrich journey of the sacrament of marriage

WARWICK— The Diocese of Providence’s Office of Life and Family, is pleased to announce the “To Love and To Cherish” program for Catholic marriages. The program embraces the Catholic Church’s teachings on marriage and provides topics and discussions designed to enrich and strengthen the sacramental journey of marriage in a sharing group environment. It will be offered Wednesday evenings, May 17 through June 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at Saint Catherine Church, upper back entrance, 3252 Post Road. The program and all materials are free. Please note, this program is not for marriage counseling. For information and registration, please contact: Peter Magnotta at 421-7833, ext. 217.

St. Martha’s Church to celebrate Feast of Divine Mercy

EAST PROVIDENCE — St. Martha’s Church will celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy on Sunday, April 23. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 2 p.m. and the Divine Mercy Image will be blessed. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 2 - 3 p.m., the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung at 3 p.m. and the rosary will be recited at 4 p.m., followed by Benediction. Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m.

St. John Paul II Knights of Columbus to host Spring Breakfast

PAWTUCKET — St. John Paul II Knights of Columbus Council #12613 will be holding a Spring Breakfast on Sunday April 30 from 8 a.m. – noon, in St. Cecilia Church Hall, 1253 Newport Ave. The menu will include scrambled eggs, home fries, beans, bacon, sausage, ham, French dipped waffles, coffee, juice, milk and pastries. Tickets will be available for sale after all Masses on the weekend of April 22-23 or are available from any of the members of the Knights of Columbus. For additional information please call Al Nunes at 401-723-2307.

St. Alexander Church to host May Breakfast

WARREN — St. Alexander Church, 221 Main St., will host a May Breakfast on Sunday, May 7 from 10 a.m. - noon. The menu will include eggs, sausage, ham, homemade homefries, waffle station, breads and muffins, fruit, juice, coffee and other items. Tickets are available at the door.

St. Xavier Academy seeks classmates for 50th reunion

WARWICK — St. Xavier Academy is seeking classmates to celebrate their 50th year anniversary of the class of 1967 at the annual Homecoming and Reunion on Sunday, Oct. 22. Mass will begin at 11 a.m. at St. Timothy Church, Warwick. Luncheon will follow at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown. Graduates from classes ending in 2 and 7 will also be honored and all SXA graduates are invited. For information call Carol at 401-263-1823; visit,

Mass for Recovery scheduled

PORTSMOUTH — The next Mass for Recovery is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, at 5 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road. All are welcome. This quarterly Mass is part of the St. Matthias Ministry of the Diocese of Providence. It focuses on assisting with prayer and encouragement to all who are recovering from addictions of any kind, as well as those suffering from any mental or emotional distress or anxiety. It is also for those who are friends and family of those in recovery, as they too benefit from coming together in prayer and praise of our God who brings healing to all. For more information about this Mass, ways in which you may offer assistance, or with questions about what the St. Mathias Ministry is doing around the Diocese, please contact Deacon John at:

Knights to host Portuguese breakfast

NORTH KINGSTOWN — Knights of Columbus will hold a Portuguese breakfast at the Council Hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, April 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The menu will feature scrambled eggs, Massa (sweet bread), linguica, Portuguese style potatoes, baked beans, hot and cold cereal, juice, coffee and tea. Children six and under are free.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel to host Bingo

BRISTOL — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 141 State St., will host an evening of BINGO on Friday, April 21. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games begin at 6:30. The cost is $20 to play (adults only please), with cash prizes offered and light refreshments sold. All proceeds will cover the expenses associated with this year’s parish feast, to be held on the Bristol Town Common July 13 to 16. For more information, or to make reservations, please call the rectory at 253-9449.

Masses scheduled for the deaf, hard of hearing

PROVIDENCE — The Diocesan Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has announced the following Masses: First Sunday of every month at St. Charles Borromeo, Woonsocket, 9 a.m.; Every Sunday at St. Jean Baptiste, Warren, 9 a.m.; Second Sunday of every month at Christ the King, South Kingstown, 11 a.m., (after Labor Day 11:35 a.m.); The fourth Sunday of every month at St. Michael’s, Providence, 9:30 a.m., in the lower hall. For more information, call Irma at 401-278-4578.

Learn to build bridges, not walls

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Pax Christi-LaSalette and Pax Christi-RI, international Catholic organizations dedicated to promoting peace and justice by prayer, study and action, are presenting “Build Bridges Not Walls,” on Tuesday, April 25 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette Welcome Center, 947 Park St., Attleboro. Imam Abdul Rahman Ahmad of the Islamic Center in Sharon, Massachusetts will speak about Muslim culture and religion, challenging common misconceptions. Dr. Umer Akbar will speak about how AHOPE-RI assists with the resettlement of refugees in the greater Providence area, and how we can help welcome refugees from areas of conflict. The program will begin at 7 p.m., with light refreshments served.

Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions

PAWTUCKET — St. John Paul II Parish in St. Leo the Great Church, 699 Central Ave., will offer Divine Mercy Sunday devotions on Sunday, April 23. Beginning at 2 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Rosary, confessions from 2:10 – 3 p.m., silent adoration from 2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. and Benediction at 3:10 p.m. For more information, call 401-722-1220 or visit

Hope and Cope scheduled to meet

PORTSMOUTH — The next meeting of the Hope and Cope Group is Sunday, April 23, at 5 p.m., at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 East Main Road. Hope and Cope is a faith-based support group intended for those struggling with or supporting a family member or a friend struggling with alcohol or drug addictions or mental distress and is open to everyone interested in this ministry. The Hope and Cope Group is held in the Chapel Meeting Room (under the small Chapel) from 5 to 6 p.m. This program is free, and no registration is required. For more information, please email Deacon John Silvia at:

‘Come Dance with Me’ Big Band Dinner Dance

WESTERLY — Immaculate Conception Church will host a semi-formal night of dining and dancing on Saturday, April 22, at 6 p.m., at the Westerly Armory, 8 Dixon Street. Ticket price of $50 per person includes catered Italian cuisine and a 20-piece big band. Proceeds will benefit the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the Deborah Fallacaro Crisis Pregnancy Center of Westerly, and the Mustard Seed Missionary Trip to an orphanage in Nicaragua. To purchase tickets phone the rectory at 596-2130.

St. Thomas the Apostle to host parish dance

WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Church 500 Metacom Ave., will host a dance on Saturday, April 22. Live music will be provided by the band Déjà vu, 3’S Country, from 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Bring your own food, snacks and drinks. Only coffee and pastry will be provided. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door. Any questions, please call 1-508-336-8019 or 401-245 -4469.

Annual dinner to benefit Soup Kitchen

WEST WARWICK — The West Bay District St. Vincent de Paul Society will be holding its Ninth Annual Pat Collins Dinner to raise money for the Soup Kitchen, which is held each Saturday at the West Warwick Senior Center. The event will take place on April 30 at the Senior Center. Meal choices are baked fish or pork loin at $22 a ticket. The dinner will take place at 1 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 821-0475.

Project FAITH to offer special one-day seminar on healthcare

PROVIDENCE — Do you have questions regards end-of-life care decisions, Advance Care Planning, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST), Physician Assisted Suicide or Euthanasia? As part of the 40th anniversary of Project FAITH, a one-day healthcare seminar will be offered on Saturday, April 29, at the Providence Marriott Downtown, One Orms Street, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. This seminar offers the unique opportunity of familiarizing faithful with the foundational Catholic principles in healthcare and how the church teachings have assisted the disabled, the sick and the dying. The Diocese of Providence Office of the Apostolate for People with Disabilities will join Catholic Financial Life, to present Project FAITH to enhance the spiritual growth for caregivers who work with people with disabilities. Catholic Financial Life sponsors Project FAITH to fulfill their commitment to help persons who are intellectually, developmentally or physically challenged, and their caregivers. Seating is limited. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please call Irma at 401-278-4578 or e-mail her for more information.

Servants of Christ for Life to organize Spring Rosary Novena

PROVIDENCE — All are invited to join Servants of Christ for Life for their Spring Rosary Novena. A Mass will begin the day at Our Lady of the Rosary at 8 a.m. Following Mass, many will gather in front of Planned Parenthood in Providence for nine consecutive Saturday mornings to pray three Mysteries of the Rosary from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The Novena runs April 22 - June 17. For more information please contact Tyler Rowley at 401-290-7201 or

Learn about different Cultures at the ‘We are One’ event at St. Patrick Church

PROVIDENCE — St. Patrick Church will present ‘We are One’ on Saturday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Patrick Academy gym, 244 Smith St. All are invited to celebrate the diversity and history of the parish and the state. This year Munir Mohammed will talk about and experiences from Ghana to Rhode Island and Fredza Leger will present her story of Haiti to St. Patrick Church. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Building is handicap accessible by elevator entrance in rear of parking lot. There will be a 50/50 drawing, as well as door prizes. No charge for event.

Holy Spirit to hold ‘Springtime Festival’

CENTRAL FALLS — Holy Spirit Parish will hold a ‘Springtime Festival’ on Friday, May 5, from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., and Saturday, May 6, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event will be held in the church hall at 1030 Dexter St., and the funds raised will be used to help pay for parish expenses. Various games of chance and many interesting booths have been organized to offer something for people of all ages and tastes. Families will have more then 25 activities to choose from and enjoy, including Loteria (Spanish-style Bingo), roll-ups, a Penny Social, a $2,500 Money Prize Raffle and a new horse race game. This year, there will be a raffle for an Amazon Echo. The event will feature many fun activities for children as well, including basketball, a duck pond and a fishing boat. Kitchen Corner offerings will include the annual Friday special clam cakes and chowder, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, empanadas and tacos on both nights. For more information, call 722-3717.

Saint Mary’s/Saint James Parish to host evening mission on work of angels

CHARLESTOWN — Saint Mary’s/Saint James Parish will host an evening mission on April 25 and 26, beginning at 6:30 p.m. each night in Saint James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Road. On Tuesday, Father Wolfgang Seitz, National Director of Opus Sanctorum Angelorum, of Carrollton, Ohio, will offer a presentation about the works of the Holy Angels and the role guardian angels play in our lives. On Wednesday, the evening will begin with an hour of silent adoration followed by Benediction as well as a continued discussion about the work of angels. For more information call Father Paul at 364-7214 or Doug Noble at 225-8818.

Novena Service to be held Tuesdays in May

JOHNSTON — St. Rocco Church will honor the month of the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a Novena Service each Tuesday evening during May. Commencing at 7 p.m. in the church at 927 Atwood Ave., the service will include Rosary and Novena prayers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. All are welcome to participate. For more information, call the rectory at 942-5203.