Trumpet recital at St. James Church
MANVILLE — A trumpet recital will be given by Richard Cenedella at St. James Church, Division Street, on Sunday, January 16 at 2 p.m. The concert will feature works by Vivaldi, Clarke, Alan Hovhanness and Flor Peeters. The event is free and open to the public
Seasons of Hope Grief Support
WESTERLY — If you are searching for hope and peace after losing a loved one, St. Pius X Church invites you to participate in the Seasons of Hope six-week support group. This is a safe and nurturing place for you to join with others who share your faith in Christ to give voice to your unique journey of grief, and to find comfort and spiritual renewal. The group will meet on Saturdays, January 8 to February 12, from 8:30-10 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 44 Elm St. For more information or to register, please contact Linda Cunningham at 401-714-9824.
Free Income Tax Preparation (VITA)
PROVIDENCE — IRS-certified volunteers at Amos House, a fully handicap-accessible agency at 460 Pine Street in Providence, prepare free income tax returns for those earning $58,000 or less. Appointments are available on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 8 p.m., plus on selected Saturdays, by calling 401-272-0220. Masks are required. More information is available at www.amoshouse.com/freetaxprep. Other free tax sites in R.I. and Massachusetts may be found by calling the number 211.
Support group formed for divorced and separated Catholics
CHARLESTOWN — The Diocese of Providence is sponsoring an on-going support group for divorced and separated Catholics at St. James Chapel, 2079 Matunuck School House Road, in the parish center. The group will meet on the first and third Wednesday evening of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. This free support group embraces the Catholic faith and provides a peaceful place for sharing, healing and for topics related to separation/divorce. Preregistration is required. Contact: Peter Magnotta: 278-2517 or Father Paul Desmarais: 364-7214.
Nominate a group for the Diocese of Providence’s 150 Acts of Charity initiative
PROVIDENCE — Bishop Thomas J. Tobin has launched a diocesan initiative to recognize 150 unsung groups from among the diocesan family who will perform new or increased volunteer efforts in diocesan parishes, Catholic schools and organizations or in their wider communities during the Diocese of Providence’s celebration of its 150th anniversary. Those groups who are selected for the honor will receive a personalized plaque with the diocesan logo of the 150th anniversary celebration. The motto for the sesquicentennial: “The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy,” will also be inscribed on each plaque. Recognition forms are now available on the diocesan website at https://dioceseofprovidence.org/150-acts-of-charity for anyone wishing to recognize a group. Awards will be bestowed on groups throughout the 150th anniversary celebration, which concludes with a Mass at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul on June 26, 2022.
Save the date: Special Guest Speaker George Weigel
EAST GREENWICH — Author and columnist George Weigel will visit Rhode Island on Wednesday, March 23, 7 p.m., offering a talk at Our Lady of Mercy Church in East Greenwich, as part of the 150th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Providence. Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, is a Catholic theologian and one of America’s leading public intellectuals. He holds EPPC’s William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies. Mr. Weigel is perhaps best known for his widely translated and internationally acclaimed two-volume biography of Pope St. John Paul II: the New York Times bestseller, Witness to Hope (1999), and its sequel, The End and the Beginning (2010). In 2017, Weigel published a memoir of the experiences that led to his work as a papal biographer: Lessons in Hope — My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II. For up to date information about this event, please visit https://www.dioceseofprovidence.org/events/george-weigel.
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