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Special Event Listings 09.22.22

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Novena for Life
EAST PROVIDENCE — A Novena for Life is running from now to November 12, at 8 a.m., at Sacred Heart Church, 118 Taunton Ave., followed by a Rosary outside Planned Parenthood, 175 Broad St., Providence. For more information, contact David Mitchell at mr.david.mitchell@gmail.com.
Dinner at Italian ‘Knight’
COVENTRY — Msgr. Peter E. Blessing Council #5273 Coventry is holding an Italian ‘Knight’ to benefit Knights of Columbus charities, on Friday, Sept. 23, doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m., in the Our Lady of Czenstochowa gym, 445 Washington St. The menu will include pasta, meatballs, sausage, salad, bread, assorted desserts, coffee, soda and water. Walk-ins welcome. For more information, contact Neil Fidler at 401-632-7922; coventryknights@verizon.net.
Jericho Walk
PROVIDENCE — A Jericho Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting at 10 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Church, 244 Smith St. Join others in walking around the Statehouse three times to pray for the state and state legislature. Additional information can be found at www.dioceseofprovidence.org/life.
Wine Tasting event to benefit parish repairs
NORTH PROVIDENCE — Mary Mother of Mankind Church will host a wine tasting event to benefit the church parking lot restoration fund, on Saturday, Sept. 24, 5 p.m. The event will include heavy hors d’oeuvres and a variety of specially selected wines. For tickets, call the parish at 401-231-3542.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat ‘Hope and Healing’ Support Group
PROVIDENCE — The Office of Life and Family Ministry of the Diocese of Providence is offering a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat ‘Hope and Healing’ Support Group at St. Pius V Church, 240 Eaton St., Providence on the following Saturdays: September 24 and October 22 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This support group is specifically designed for women who have gone through a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat. For more information and/or to sign up, please contact Lisa Cooley at 401-278-2518 or email lcooley@dioceseofprovidence.org. All inquiries confidential.
St. Andrew House Lecture Series
PROVIDENCE — As part of the St. Andrew House Lecture Series, Boyd Taylor Coolman of Boston College will speak on “The Emperor Constantine, the Nicene Creed & the Doctrine of Creation,” on Sunday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. All are welcome. For more information contact Coolman at coolman@bc.edu.
Afternoon of Music
WARREN — On Sunday, Sept. 25, St. Thomas the Apostle Church will host its final outdoor afternoon of music. Gary James Farias will be performing from 1 – 4 p.m. The kitchen will be open. You may also bring your own food if you choose to. There will be a raffle and split the pot tickets available for purchase. Bring a lounge chair or use one of ours. Starting October 22, the music will move indoors with the Goat Roper Band performing at 5:30 p.m.
St. Pius V Lepanto Lecture
PROVIDENCE — Father Anthony VanBerkum, O.P., will present an introduction to ecclesiastical tribunals at St. Pius V’s September Lepanto Lecture, on Monday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., in Caffé Lepanto.
40 Days for Life
PROVIDENCE — The Providence Campaign for 40 Days for Life will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and run through November 6. More information can be found at dioceseofprovidence.org/life and those interested should register at 40daysforlife.com/en/providence.
Meat Raffle planned
WOONSOCKET — A Meat Raffle will be held in Holy Trinity Parish center, 1409 Park Ave., on Friday, Sept. 30, 6:15 p.m. Free admission, complimentary light supper, beverage and dessert, penny social, raffles and more. The parish center is handicap accessible. For more information call Estelle at 401-644-4308.
Human Life Guild Day
PROVIDENCE — Human Life Guild Day begins Oct. 1 at 9 a.m., with Holy Mass in the Cathedral celebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin and Father Stephen J. Dandeneau, pastor of St. Eugene Church, Chepachet, homilist. Mass will be followed by brunch and nationally known Catholic speakers in the lower cathedral. RSVP by Friday, Sept. 23. Ticket includes brunch and speakers. More information, cost and registration can be found at dioceseofprovidence.org/life.
Mass for healing of Addictions
CHARLESTOWN — The First Sunday of each month beginning October 2 there will be a Mass for healing of addictions at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck Schoolhouse Road, at 1 p.m. If you or someone you know is in need of prayer and healing — spiritual, emotional, or physical — please join us. For more information please call the rectory at 401-364-7214.
An evening of hope
CHARLESTOWN — St. James Addiction Recovery Ministry (ARM) offers hope and support to anyone whose life has been impacted by the disease of addiction. Please join Father Paul Desmarais and the ARM team at Saint James Chapel, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., on the first Tuesday of the month for sharing, prayer, fellowship and refreshments.
A Mass with prayers for healing
WESTERLY — On the Second Sunday of each month there will be a Mass with prayers for healing at St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., at 2 p.m. If you or someone you know is in need of prayer and healing — spiritual, emotional, or physical — please join us. For more information, please call the rectory at 401-596-2535 ext. 2. The next Mass will be October 9 with celebrant Father Michael Najim.
Masses Interpreted in ASL for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing
PROVIDENCE — The Diocesan Ministry for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing will offer Mass every Sunday at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., at 9:15 am. For more information, call Irma Rodriguez at 401-278-4578 or email at irodriguez@dioceseofprovidence.org.
Registrations are Open for SPRED Communities
PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence is searching for faith-filled, loving Catholics to share their faith and love with people with disabilities and their families. Take part in a contemplative experience, Symbolic Catechesis for people with disabilities of all ages, which includes preparation to receive the sacraments, weekly Mass, prayer and fellowship. For more information call Irma Rodríguez at 401-278-4578 or email at irodriguez@dioceseofprovidence.org.
Precious Blood Church to continue First Saturdays Devotion
WOONSOCKET — Precious Blood Church, 94 Carrington Ave., will continue to offer the First Saturdays devotion in unity with Pope Francis’ Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The dates of the devotion are as follows: Saturday, Oct. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 5. Mass will begin at 8 a.m. The celebrant will be Father Andrew Beauregard, F.P.O. Immediately following Mass, the Rosary with scriptural meditation will be prayed. For more information, call the parish at 401-767-2950. The church is wheelchair accessible.
Blessing of the Animals and Transitus
PROVIDENCE — St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. A Franciscan Blessing of the Animals will be held in the church parking lot. All are welcome to bring your companion animals for prayer and an individual blessing. Dogs must be leashed, cats in a carrier. On Sunday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m., the Transitus will be at St. Patrick Church. The Transitus is the completion of Francis’ earthly life and his passage through death into eternal life. A solemn celebration will take place, with Franciscan prayer, song, scripture and relic veneration. Refreshments will be served and you’re invited to learn about the Secular Franciscan Order of St. Clare of Assisi. On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi at the 5:30 p.m. Mass. For information regarding these events or information on the Secular Franciscan Order, contact Jeanne Davis, OFS, 401-489-1161.
The Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux
NASONVILLE — Our Lady of Good Help and St. Theresa’s Shrine, 35 Dion Drive, will celebrate the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux on Saturday Oct. 1. The day begins with Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Coffee an’ will be held in the church hall after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Following the 10 a.m. Mass, pilgrims will process to the statue of St. Therese and there venerate her relics. Parish luncheon will be served, and at 1:30 p.m., Prof. Paul Shields of Thomas Aquinas College will present a talk on “The theology of St. Therese explained through her autobiography, Story of a Soul.” The day ends with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. Call the parish office at 401-568-8280 for additional information.
Open House at Saint Raphael Academy
PAWTUCKET — Saint Raphael Academy invites prospective students and their families to an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 2, from noon - 3 p.m. Register online at www.saintrays.org. Check-in will be in Alumni Hall, located at 194 Walcott St. Families of students who are interested in entering as freshmen in the fall 2023 and current high school students who are interested in transferring will take a student-led tour of the campus, meet with faculty, and discover the variety of sports and extra-curricular activities. The Academy will also host virtual admissions events on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. For more information, visit saintrays.org/admissions, or call the Admissions office at 401-723-8100.
Pet Blessing
CUMBERLAND — A Pet blessing will be held on Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., at St. Joan of Arc Parish, 3357 Mendon Road, in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. There will be a 15-minute ceremony on the side of the church near the statue of Mary. Pets from all parishes are welcome. For more information, email stevennolan@cox.net or call 401-528-9681.
Mass for the Loss of a Child
GREENVILLE —The Respect Life Ministry at Saint Philip Church will host a Mass with prayers for healing for pregnancy and infant loss. Parents, grandparents, siblings and family who grieve the loss of children from the causes of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion and early infant death are all welcome. The Mass will be celebrated by Father Phillip Dufour on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., at Saint Philip Parish, 622 Putnam Pike. For more information contact Ashley Codding at 401-533-3455.
Giant Flea Market
CUMBERLAND — St. Joseph Parish will hold a Giant Flea Market in the parish hall, 1303 Mendon Road, on Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at St. Joseph Parish Hall, 1303 Mendon Road. The snack bar will be open.
Rose Sale
STATEWIDE — On October 15 and 16, roses will be sold after weekend Masses across the state to benefit the Mother of Life Pregnancy Center. To find out more, and help at your parish, contact Richard Lafond at richard@motheroflife.org or call 401-421-0820 during normal business hours.

Public Square Rosary Rally
WEST WARWICK — All are welcome to the join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, Oct. 15, at noon (rain or shine) at the Majestic Gazebo, Main and Washington Streets. Sponsored by the America Needs Fatima organization, in conjunction with the Legion of Mary at St. Anthony Church, West Warwick, this Public Square Rosary will be one of more than 20,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States. The event will follow the state’s COVID guidelines for the safety of participants. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask. For more information, contact Donna Valliere at 401-241-2394.
Wedding Anniversary Celebration
PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence will hold its annual Wedding Anniversary Celebration for those celebrating 25, 40, 50 years of marriage or more, on Sunday, Oct. 16, 1 p.m., in the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul. The celebration will include Mass, renewal of wedding vows, a personalized certificate and a reception for participants and guests. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be the main celebrant and homilist. Please contact your parish to have the registration form mailed or emailed by September 23 to: Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment, One Cathedral Square, Providence, RI 02903.
Annual Walk for Life
WESTERLY — St. Pius X Church, 45 Elm St., will host its annual Walk for Life, “Witness to the powerful sanctity of human life,” on Sunday, Oct. 16, beginning at noon. Gather at St. Pius X Church with a one-mile walk to include a brief prayer service at the Tomb of the Unborn at St. Sebastian’s Cemetery. For those unable to walk and/or would prefer to pray in silence there will be Eucharistic Adoration at noon ending with Benediction. A collation will be held outside (weather permitting). Children are most welcome to walk and pray. For more information, please email SPX Respect Life: spxreslife@gmail.com or call the rectory at 401-596-2535 ext. 2.
Annual Harvest Festival
TIVERTON — Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 316 Judson St., will hold its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 23, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. The festival includes a “Treats and Sweets” table, themed gift baskets, handmade items, raffles, books and CDs and a kitchen serving a variety of foods. For more information, visit www.holyghostcc.org.
St. Francis Xavier Academy Homecoming
WARWICK — St. Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association will hold a homecoming on October 23, with 11 a.m. Mass at St. Timothy Church, followed immediately by lunch at the Crowne Plaza. Scholarships are announced during lunch. Alumnae may sponsor students for scholarships to Catholic High Schools. For more information contact Margaret Mathias 401-232-9006.
World Youth Day 2023
PROVIDENCE — The Diocese of Providence is organizing a pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Lisbon from July 26 – August 7, 2023, led by Deacon Timothy Flanigan, M.D., and Father Joseph Brice. The pilgrimage will include two days in the Azores and two days at Fatima, joining Pope Francis for the celebration and sharing the faith. For more information, contact smulholland@stpatsri.org.

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