40 Days for Life begins in the Diocese of Providence
PROVIDENCE — The Lenten 40 Days for Life Campaign began on February 17, Ash Wednesday, this year. 40 Days for Life is a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. Please consider signing up this year by visiting 40daysforlife/providence. Pick an hour for yourself or a day for your parish pro-life community. Not everyone can stand vigil at Planned Parenthood, but you can pray and fast and God will do the rest. When you do sign up please be sure and sign the statement of peace on the website as well. For more information, please call the Office of Life and Family at 278-2518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Income Tax Preparation (VITA)
PROVIDENCE — IRS-certified volunteers at Amos House, a fully handicap-accessible agency at 460 Pine St., are preparing free income tax returns for those earning $57,000 or less. There are two options: coming in for document drop-off and a safe-distance in-person interview, and fully electronic. For drop-off, appointments are required; they are available on Mondays and Wednesdays during the day and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, plus on selected Saturdays, by calling 401-272-0220. Completed returns available for pick-up within a week. Electronic filers do not have to come in. More information on filing this way with Amos House and its partner GetYourRefund is available at www.amoshouse.com/freetaxprep. Other free tax sites in RI and MA may be found by calling the number 211.
Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition at St. Pius V
PROVIDENCE — During the Lenten Season, St. Pius V Church will host the International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles designed by Blessed Carlo Acutis, who was beatified October 10, 2020. Before his death in 2006 at age 15, Carlo designed a presentation of over 130 Eucharistic miracles approved by the Church. Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 17, the church will be open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m., for viewing the exhibition. The last day to see this display is Palm Sunday, March 28. For more information including Mass schedules, Confession times, and hours of Adoration, visit SPVchurch.org or call the church office at 401-751-4871.
Knights to host food drive
EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence Knights of Columbus will host a food drive to benefit the food pantries at St. Martha Church and St. Francis Xavier Church in order to assist local families in putting food on the table this season. The food drive will be ongoing throughout Lent, February 17- March 31. There is a collection box set up in the Columbus Club hall, 3200 Pawtucket Ave., for ongoing donations to this effort. There will also be two collections at the churches. Weather permitting, the collection in St. Francis Xavier’s parking lot will be on Saturday, March 6, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and the collection in St. Martha’s parking lot will take place on Saturday, March 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
St. Theresa Shrine to offer fish ‘n’ chips dinners during Lent
NASONVILLE — St. Theresa Shrine 35 Dion Drive, will offer a fish and chips dinner on the Fridays of Lent beginning Friday, February 19. The dinner includes a large or small portion of delicious fried fish, coleslaw and rolls. The dinner will be available from 3 – 7 p.m. Dinners are for take-out only. Pick up will be in the church hall on a first-come, first-served basis. Social distancing will be maintained.
Stations of the Cross at St. Romuald Chapel
SOUTH KINGSTOWN — All are welcome to attend a unique experience of the Stations of the Cross as seen through the eyes of Mary, taking place every Wednesday beginning February 24 through March 31 at 12:30 p.m., at Saint Romuald Chapel, 61 Atlantic Ave., in Matunuck.
Chowder and Clam Cakes
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will open the kitchen in the church hall on all Fridays in Lent (except Good Friday) to provide chowder and clam cakes from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. There will be no dine-in, but you can order takeout and we also will have curbside delivery in our parking lot. You can call your order ahead of time each Friday by phoning 401-338-2567. When you arrive, you can come in and pick up your order or call that number again when you arrive, and someone will bring your order to your car.
St. Francis of Assisi Parish to host Lenten Mission
WAKEFIELD — St. Francis of Assisi Parish will hold its annual Lenten Mission Monday through Wednesday, March 8, 9 and 10. Father John Unsworth, pastor emeritus of St. Bernard’s in Wickford, will preach on the theme of “Journeying in Place During the Ongoing Pandemic.” If we cannot go on pilgrimage, we can make a virtual pilgrimage based on scripture. Father Unsworth will hear confessions from 6-6:45 p.m. each evening and celebrate Mass and preach at 7 p.m.