Special Event Listings for 03.16.23


‘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., entryway.
Holy Trinity Parish prayer group hosts Adoration each Friday
WOONSOCKET — Eucharistic Adoration will be offered on Friday, March 17 beginning with the Rosary at 6:45 p.m. Adoration and benediction follow at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Parish (former Queen of Martyrs Church) 1409 Park Ave. This will be a bilingual event, so, all songs, prayers will be in English and Spanish. The church is handicapped accessible and has plenty of parking. This prayer group meets every Friday at Holy Trinity, 1409 Park Ave. All are welcome.

Lenten Mission at St. Patrick Church
PROVIDENCE — Father Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC, will offer the Lenten Mission at St. Patrick Church, 244 Smith St., from March 19 – 21, 7 p.m. in the church. The theme is, “I Know In Whom I Have Placed My Trust. I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Jn 14: 6).” The schedule is as follows: Sunday, March 19, “I am The Way – Human and Divine Mercy,” with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; Monday, March 20, “I am The Truth – Rediscovering Divine Revelation,” with Mass; Tuesday, March 21, “I am the Life – Living the Fullness of Christian Life,” with Mass. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available each night.
Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, support group scheduled
PROVIDENCE — A Rachel’s Vineyard support group will meet March 25 from 10 a.m. – noon, at St. Pius V. Church, 240 Eaton St., Providence, downstairs at the café. A Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat will also 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.
Image of Our Lady of Fatima visiting parishes throughout R.I.
PROVIDENCE — The image of Our Lady of Fatima is visiting various parishes throughout Rhode Island through 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 by contacting the diocesan Office of Life and Family Ministry at 401-278-2518,, and by visiting the diocesan website at

Lenten Mission: ‘Confession, Do Not Be Afraid: The Heart of our Merciful Father”’
BARRINGTON — On Tuesday, March 28 at 6 p.m., St. Luke’s Church will host a Lenten Mission on the topic of Confession, given by Father Mark Gadoury titled: “Confession, Do Not Be Afraid: The Heart of our Merciful Father.” Father Gadoury will answer some of these questions you may have, and ease some of your fears, helping you to better understand the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to love it, because it’s where the Heart of our Heavenly Father is revealed to us. Following the talk, the sacrament of confession will be offered.

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 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,

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 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.
Eucharistic Revival Lenten Mission by Bishop Henning
RHODE ISLAND — A Eucharistic Revival Lenten Mission will be presented by Bishop Richard G. Henning. The schedule is: Monday, March 20, at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 1200 Mendon Road, Woonsocket; Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Parish, 381 School St., North Kingstown; Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 141 State St., Bristol; Tuesday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 244 Smith St., Providence, in Spanish. For more information, contact Rev. Phillip J. Dufour, Coordinator, Eucharistic Revival, 401-949-1500, or visit

A discussion on the Theology of the body
PORTSMOUTH — St. Barnabas Respect Life Ministry will host a discussion on St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, led by Dr. Peter J. Colosi and Deacon Timothy P. Flanigan, on March 22, 6:30 p.m., in St. Barnabas Church Hall, 1697 East Main Road. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be available. A donation of any size of diapers will be gratefully accepted to benefit St. Gabriel’s Call Ministry of the Diocese of Providence. RSVP to Caroline at

Saint Joseph to hold All Day Confessions for 20th Year
WOONSOCKET — All-Day Confessions will be held at Saint Joseph Church, 1200 Mendon Road, on Saturday, March 25, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The day provides local Catholics the opportunity to go to confession on a day specifically designed to alleviate any uneasiness they may have about confessing. The all day confessions event is designed to address the fears that many people have about returning to this sacrament after years away. Volunteers will be available to answer questions, written instructions will be provided, and up to four priests will be available at all times. More than a dozen local priests in total take part in the day. Each confessional is equipped for both screen and face-to-face options. Signs will be posted to clearly indicate where to wait, and music will be playing to ensure that voices will not be heard by others. Call the church at 401-766-0626 for more information.
Flea market and Polish kitchen
WOONSOCKET — St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish, 174 Harris Ave., will host a flea market and Polish kitchen on Saturday March 25, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The event will feature clothing for the whole family, housewares, crystal bowls, wine glasses, linens, bedspreads, books, puzzles, toys, and more. The Polish kitchen will be open with all of your favorites. Eat in or take out. Polish and American food including pastries will be available.
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. For more information, call 401-751-4871 or visit

Lenten Mission: Eucharistic Revival
WAKEFIELD — St. Francis of Assisi, 114 High St., will present a Lenten Mission led by the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth. The schedule is as follows: Monday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, talk, Benediction and Reposition; Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 p.m.: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, talk, Benediction & Reposition; Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.: Closing talk and Mass.
Search Retreat weekend for high school youth
CRANSTON — The Rejoice In Hope Youth Center in Cranston will sponsor a Search Retreat weekend on March 24-26. Any high school youth (grade 9 +) is welcome to attend. Please contact the Rejoice in Hope Youth Center at 401-942-6571 or visit for any additional information or to register.
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, 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.
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 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.
Ignatian Volunteer Corps needs you
PROVIDENCE — Your most important work may be after you retire. IVC is an opportunity for adult men and women “50 and better” to offer their skills, wisdom, and life experience in service to those in need. In return for a commitment of 1 or 2 days a week with a local service opportunity, the IVC program provides monthly spiritual guidance for personal reflection, prayerful conversations with fellow IVC members, and occasional retreats. IVC serves schools and a variety of non-profits throughout the New England area. For a virtual information session with Fr. James Martin, SJ on March 21, more information on IVC, or to contact go to or email Dave Hinchen,