Faith Formation Convocation to be held on March 18 at Bryant University
SMITHFIELD — The 2023 Faith Formation Convocation will be held in-person at Bryant University on March 18. This special event is an opportunity to grow in personal and missionary discipleship and to encourage one another for the mission of evangelization. The keynote speaker will be Steve Ray, a national Catholic presenter, Bible teacher, pilgrimage leader, documentary producer and convert to the Catholic faith. His talk will be entitled, “Is the Mass Really a Sacrifice?” Ray will offer dynamic testimony in his presentation on the biblical truth of the Real Presence of the Eucharist and its true nature as a sacrifice. Visit www.faithformationconvocation.com to view schedule and purchase tickets.
‘40 Cans for Lent’
BRISTOL — Knights of Columbus Bristol Council #379 is holding a “40 Cans for Lent” program for families, from now through April 9. All donations can be placed in the large chest in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 141 State St., entry way.
Lenten offerings for those with disabilities
PROVIDENCE — St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., will hold Stations of the Cross every Tuesday during Lent for people with disabilities and their families at 5 p.m., followed by Holy Mass. Contact Irma I. Rodriguez at 401-278-4578 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Eucharistic Adoration planned at Our Lady of Fatima Church
CUMBERLAND — Our Lady of Fatima Church offers Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every Friday. The schedule is as follows: 2-5 p.m. — Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament; 5 p.m. — Holy Hour; 6 p.m. — Mass; 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. — Adoration and Benediction.
40 Days for Life 2023 Lenten Campaign
PROVIDENCE — This Lenten season, the Diocese of Providence’s Office of Life and Family Ministry invites the community to peacefully pray to end abortion, to convert hearts and minds and to speak for the voiceless, with 40 Days for Life daily now through Sunday, April 2. Sign up to pray at www.40daysforlife.com/providence. Sign up with a friend or your parish pro-life committee. If you have questions or would like to learn more about the campaign that calls for prayer, fasting and community outreach, please contact Lisa Cooley, coordinator, Office of Life and Family Ministry, 401-278-2518, email@example.com.
Fish ‘n Chips every Friday during Lent
NASONVILLE — St. Theresa’s Church and Shrine, 35 Dion Drive, will hold its annual fish fry on Fridays in Lent beginning February 24, 4 – 7 p.m. Once again, the shrine will be offering dine-in as well as take away service. The menu includes small and large portions of fried fish with fresh, hand-cut fries, house made tartar sauce and a choice of beverage, with the Shrine’s own grapenut pudding available for dessert. For telephone orders call 401-568-3057.
Knights to host Lenten baked fish dinners
PORTSMOUTH — The Knights of Columbus Council 3618 will offer baked fish dinners for Lent during the month of March at the St. Barnabas Social Hall on March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, starting at 5 p.m. Children under the age of 6 eat for free. The menu includes New England clam chowder, baked Atlantic cod, coleslaw, rice or mashed potatoes, roll with butter, dessert, water, soda, coffee or tea. Take out will be available. Ticket Sales are in advance only up to 2 p.m., on the Thursday before each dinner and can be purchased at St. Barnabas and St. Anthony’s Office, and after all Masses. In addition, the Portsmouth Senior Center will sell tickets for this event as well.
Lenten Fridays at St. Pius V
PROVIDENCE — Prepare for Divine Mercy Sunday by joining the parish community of St. Pius V Church, 240 Eaton St., on Fridays during Lent. The schedule is as follows: Confession from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Rosary at 11:35 a.m.; Mass at noon; Stations of the Cross following Mass; Lunch (Bring your own) at 1:15 p.m. in the church hall, along with a presentation; Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m., in the church. A religious sister from Saint Faustina’s order will offer a presentation on Friday, March 3. For more information, call 401-751-4871 or visit www.spvchurch.org.
Five First Devotions
PROVIDENCE — Please join the St. Augustine Council of the Knights of Columbus, Men of St. Joseph, and Relevant Radio for the Five First Devotions on Saturday, March 4, at St. Augustine Church, 639 Mt. Pleasant Ave., beginning with the Sacrament of Reconciliation from 3:45 – 5 p.m.; the Rosary in music and song at 4 p.m.; private meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary at 4:30 p.m., and Mass at 5 p.m.
Jim Bertrand to speak at St. Mark Church
JAMESTOWN — St. Mark Church will host a lecture by Jim Bertrand, an expert on the Shroud of Turin, on March 5, at 2 p.m. Bertrand has appeared on EWTN and has given more than 260 talks across the country to more than 26,000 people. Admission is free. A free-will donation may be given at the door.
The Visitation of the Image of Our Lady of Fatima scheduled
PROVIDENCE — The Image of Our Lady of Fatima will be visiting the diocese at various parishes throughout Rhode Island from March 10 - March 20. The world-famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima has been traveling since 1947, bringing the message of Fatima to a world in need. The purpose of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue tours is to bring the graces of Fatima and Our Lady’s message of hope, peace and salvation to those many millions of people who may never have an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to Fatima itself. The schedule and locations will be available beginning March 1 by contacting the diocesan Office of Life and Family Ministry at 401-278-2518, LCooley@dioceseofprovidence.org, and by visiting www.dioceseofprovidence.org/OLF.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church to host dance
WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 500 Metacom Ave., will host a dance on March 11 in the church hall. “The Goat Roper Band” will provide entertainment from 5:30-9:30 p.m. There will be a minimal admission fee at the door. Pastry, coffee and tea are included in the admission fee. The kitchen will be open selling food and soft drinks, or you may bring your own food and beverages. There will be a silent auction and a raffle. If you can, please bring a pastry to share. For more information, call 401-263-3594 or 401-245-4469.
Father Michael Champagne to lead Lenten Mission
NARRAGANSETT — St. Thomas More Parish will host a Parish Mission on March 12, 13 and 14 with Father Michael Champagne, of the Jesus Christ Crucified Community in St. Martinsville, La., titled, “Jesus Crucified and Eucharistic Revival.” All three evenings will begin at 6 p.m., at St. Veronica Chapel, 1035 Boston Neck Road, Narragansett. All are welcome to join in-person or via Livestream from stthomasmoreri.org. Choose Watch Live/St. Thomas More Events.
Knights plan Irish breakfast
NORTH KINGSTOWN —The Knights of Columbus will host a full traditional Irish breakfast at the council hall, 1265 Tower Hill Road, on Sunday, March 12, from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. The menu will include scrambled eggs, Irish bangers, home fries, rashers, baked beans, corned beef hash, grilled tomatoes, Irish bread, orange juice, coffee and tea. Children under the age of 6 eat for free.
Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater to be performed at St. Joseph’s Church
CUMBERLAND — On Sunday, March 12, from 2 - 2:45 p.m., in a tribute to the Lenten Season, Jeanine Belcastro Went, soprano, will perform with Esther Zabinski, alto, and Daniel Zabinski, pianist in this rare concert performance at St. Joseph’s Church, 1303 Mendon Road. As is tradition, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater will be sung in Latin. English translations will be provided. All music lovers are urged to attend. Admission is free.
St. Philip Life Teen to host Holy Hour, speaker
GREENVILLE — On March 13, St. Philip Life Teen and Edge will hold a special Holy Hour for youth in grades 6-12 and their parents, at St. Philip Church, 622 Putnam Pike. The evening will include 7 p.m. adoration and talk on the crucifixion by Father David Mary Engo, followed by an 8 p.m. reception.
Three-Night Lenten Mission
GREENVILLE — St. Philip Church, 622 Putnam Pike will host a Three-Night Lenten Mission, presented by Father David Mary Engo. The schedule is as follow: March 14 — 7-8:30 p.m. - adoration and talk on “God the Father and Divine Adoption;” March 15 — 7-8:30 p.m. - adoration and talk on “Mary, Our Mother;” March 16 — 7-8:30 p.m. -Mass with extended homily on “Forgiveness.”
Grow in your faith by attending an ALPHA course at St. Francis of Assisi
WAKEFIELD — St. Francis of Assisi parish will host an ALPHA course, a series of eleven meetings where you and friends can enjoy a meal, which is followed by a short video and small group discussions of the basics of Christian faith. All are welcome on Wednesday, March 15 at 6:15 p.m., downstairs in St. Francis Church for the first session of faith, food and friendship. For more information visit www.stfranciswakefield.com/faith-formation/alpha/.Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and fundraiser
SEEKONK — The Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence will hold its 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at The Old Grist Mill Tavern, 390 Fall River Avenue in Seekonk, Mass., on Thursday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This annual event supports the Little Sisters’ mission of serving the elderly poor and will include a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner along with a “Pot of Gold” drawing and homemade scones for sale. Dine-in or carry-out. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.littlesistersofthepoorpawtucket.org or by calling 401-723-4314.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island
CRANSTON — The Irish Ceilidhe Club of Rhode Island will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 starting with noon Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 237 Garden Hills Drive. Following Mass, the festivities will begin at the Ceilidhe Club, at 50 America St., Cranston with the flag raising ceremony of the Irish and American flag. Music and Irish step dancing will be featured. Raffle tickets will be available for a chance to win a trip to Ireland. For tickets or more information, contact Info@riirishclub.org.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat scheduled
PROVIDENCE — A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will take place April 21-23. The retreat offers healing for anyone who has been touched by an abortion. This weekend retreat provides participants an opportunity to process their pain and sorrow, to form spiritual connection with their child(ren), to experience the compassion and forgiveness of Jesus and to begin a journey toward healing. Retreats are offered in English and en español. All services provided by a team of trained individuals, a Catholic therapist, and trained clergy. Contact 401-278-2518 for more information and/or to register. All inquiries are strictly confidential.
High School Scholarship applications and St. Francis Xavier homecoming
WARWICK — The St. Francis Xavier Academy Alumnae Association is accepting high school scholarship applications from now until July 31, 2023. Forms are available on the organization’s Facebook pages and by mail at SXA, P.O. BOX 20452, Cranston, R.I., 02920 and from board members. This year’s homecoming, October 22, 2023 at The Crowne Plaza, will honor the class of 1973.
Bring a NET Ministries Retreat to your parish
WAKEFIELD — NET Ministries, a national evangelization organization that ministers to teens through powerful retreats, will be coming to the Diocese of Providence in the fall of 2023, sometime during the months of October - December. Any Catholic school or parish interested in scheduling a retreat during this time period can contact Diane Castro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Multi-parish retreats are encouraged as well. For more information on NET retreats, visit www.netusa.org/retreats.