Ancora helps local women choose life
PROVIDENCE — On the second and fourth Mondays of each month, the Ancora, Rhode Island Right to Life’s Mobile Ultrasound Clinic, will visit St. Gabriel’s Call, the diocesan pregnancy outreach ministry, at One Cathedral Square. Ancora is able to provide basic women’s health services and ultrasounds which will encourage more women to view a sonogram of their baby and choose life. At the same time, St. Gabriel’s Call will service the material needs of the women who participate in the program. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call Lisa at 421-7833 ext. 225.
New support group for divorced and separated Catholics
CAROLINA — The Office of Life and Family is offering a new support group for divorced and separated Catholics at St. Mary Church, rectory (downstairs, side entrance), 437 Carolina Back Road. The group is ongoing and will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. There are no costs to attend. This support group embraces our Catholic faith and God’s grace, and provides a peaceful place for sharing, healing and for topics/discussions related to separation/divorce. Preregistration is required. For registration and further information, please contact: Peter A. Magnotta at 421-7833, ext. 217.
Free Income Tax Preparation
PROVIDENCE — Amos House, at 460 Pine St., will prepare free income tax returns for those who earned $55,000 or less in 2017. Appointments at this fully handicap-accessible site, which is open on Wednesdays and Fridays and will run through April 13, may be made by calling 401-272-0220. Other free tax sites in the state may be found at https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep.
Men’s Movie Night at McVinney to feature ‘Courageous’
PROVIDENCE — Recapture the strength that comes with being true to your vocation as a husband, father, son, priest or single man of faith. Come and view “Courageous.” Men, confirmation age and older, are invited to this free Lenten movie night at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, Providence, on Thursday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Men of St. Joseph International and The Knights of Columbus. Register at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.
‘The Presentation of the Way of the Cross’
PROVIDENCE — Pretty Amazing Grace Productions is proud to present a Father Matthew Powell, O.P., Production, ‘The Way of the Cross,’ a dramatic performance with music, presented throughout the Diocese of Providence this Lenten season. All are invited to walk with Christ and spend a short time in personal reflection and prayer. The performance will last approximately 45 minutes and admission is free. All are invited to these special Lenten performances: Friday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m., at St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, Pawtucket; Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m., St. Mary’s, Cranston; Monday, March 5, 7 p.m., St. Rocco’s, Johnston; Sunday, March 11, 6:15 p.m., Mary, Mother of Mankind, North Providence; Friday, March 16, 1:30 p.m., St. Pius V, Providence; Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m., St. George’s, Cranston; Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m., at Saint John and Paul, Coventry. The complete schedule of performances can be found online at www.PrettyAmazingGraceProductions.com.
Fish and Chips available at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus throughout Lent
HARRISVILLE — St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, 35 Dion Drive, will sell fish and chips every Friday during Lent except Good Friday, March 30. Meals will be available February 23, March 2, 9, 16 and 23 from noon until 7 p.m. Grapenut pudding and baked fish are also available. For takeout order, please call 568-3057. For other event information, please call 568-8280.
Lenten Fish Dinner
BRISTOL — Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 141 State St., will host a Lenten Fish Dinner on Friday, Feb. 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the parish center. This year’s menu includes fried or baked fish, french fries and coleslaw. Tickets are $10. Dinner is served take-out or dine-in (cold drinks and limited seating available). The proceeds will cover the expenses associated with this year’s parish feast to be held on the town common July 12-15. All are welcome. For more information, call the rectory at 253-9449 or visit olmcbristol.org.
St. James Church Manville to host Lenten Fish Fry
MANVILLE — St. James Church, 33 Division St., will host a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, Feb. 23 in the Father Brindamour Church Hall from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Fish and chips will be served with bread, rolls, coleslaw, tartar sauce, dessert and beverages. The cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children 10 years old and younger. Tickets are available at the door. Take-out is also available. All proceeds will benefit the parish’s Social Ministry programs. For more information, call the parish office at 401-766-1558.
CopsWalk Pasta dinner scheduled
WOONSOCKET — A CopsWalk Pasta dinner will be held on February 24, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. at All Saints parish hall, 323 Rathbun St.
St. Benedict Parish planning annual indoor flea market
WARWICK — St. Benedict Parish will host its annual indoor flea market on Saturday, Feb. 24 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. at St. Benedict School, 70 Transit St. The event will feature something for everyone with thousands of items to browse. The kitchen will be open for breakfast and lunch and will feature the event’s famous Hot Wieners.
St. Thomas More Parish to host Lenten Mission
NARRAGANSETT — St. Thomas More Parish, 3 Rockland St., will host a Lenten Mission on February 25, 26 and 27 at 7 p.m., titled “What are you looking for?” with Msgr. John Halloran. The first spoken words of Jesus in John’s Gospel will form the foundation for this scriptural based three-night mission. For more information, call 789-7682.
Masses for Recovery scheduled
WEST WARWICK — The next Mass for Recovery will be offered on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, 68 Church St. These Masses, to which all are welcome, provide an opportunity for people to come together in faith to seek God’s loving kindness and grace with special prayer intentions dedicated for those in recovery. If you or loved ones struggle with alcohol, drugs, addictions, mental distress, or support folks who suffer from the effects of these issues, you are encouraged to attend. For more information about this Mass, or the work of the St. Mathias Ministry, please contact Deacon John, firstname.lastname@example.org. The West Bay upcoming schedule is as follows: All Masses below are on Sundays at 5 p.m. at St. Mary’s; February 25, 2018; May 27, 2018; August 26, 2018; November 11, 2018.
Catholic Internet personality, ‘Father Z’ to host Lenten Mission at Holy Ghost Church
TIVERTON — Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 316 Judson St., will hold a Lenten Mission from Sunday, Feb. 25 – Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., with Father John Zuhlsdorf. Raised a Lutheran in Minnesota and a convert to Catholicism, Father Zuhlsdorf was ordained by Pope St. John Paul II and is a Catholic internet personality known as “Father Z.” The mission will close with a Solemn Mass followed by a reception on Wednesday. For more information, visit HolyGhostCC.org or call 401-624-8131.
Lenten Mission to showcase the spirituality of St. Catherine of Siena
WARWICK — As part of the 100th Anniversary of St. Catherine of Siena Church, there will be a Lenten mission conducted by Father George Evans, focusing on the spirituality of St. Catherine of Siena. The mission will take place on Monday and Tuesday, February 26 and 27 at 7 p.m. in the church, 3252 Post Road. All are welcome. There is also a tour of the church on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. Coffee and sweets to follow.
Woonsocket area churches plan Lenten services
WOONSOCKET — Seven Christian churches in Woonsocket, Slatersville and Blackstone are scheduling five prayer services on the Wednesdays of Lent at 7 p.m. offering hymns, prayer, Scripture reading and sermon on the traditional Lenten themes of repentance and renewal. Local and guest preachers will lead the services: There will be a service at Our Saviour Polish National Church and Slatersville Congregational Church on February 28 with the 7 p.m., 500 Smithfield Road. All Saints Church, 323 Rathbun St., will continue the service at 7 p.m. on March 7. St. James Episcopal Church and St. Mark Lutheran Church will offer another joint service at 7 p.m. on March 14 at 24 Hamlet Avenue. Christ Community Church off Mendon Road at Church Street in Blackstone will conclude the series at 7 p.m. on March 21. Worshippers are invited to stay for fellowship after the services. Donations will be gladly accepted to benefit the local meal site New Beginnings on Rathbun Street, Woonsocket. All services are open to the public.
Pasta Dinner to benefit RI Special Olympics Torch Run
WOONSOCKET — All Saints Parish Confirmation students to host a Pasta Dinner to benefit RI Special Olympics Torch Run on March 3, from 4:30 – 7 p.m. in the church hall. Adults are $10; children under 7 are $5. Meal consists of spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, coffee, fruit punch and dessert. Tickets will be available after the Mass on February 25 and also available at the rectory.
Day of Recollection to be held at St. Sebastian Church
PROVIDENCE — St. Sebastian Church on 67 Cole Ave., will host “Called to be Transfigured in the Christ,” a day of recollection on Saturday, March 3, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and concluding before the 5 p.m. Mass. The day will begin with a penance service and will feature Eucharistic adoration, an opportunity for confession, the Way of the Cross, and two conferences by Father Ray Tetrault. Father Tetrault was honored with a Lumen Gentium award for evangelization in 2016 and is a revered teacher of prayer and contemplation and a gentle advocate for peace. Refreshments will be served at noon. There is no cost.
Enjoy the Narragansett Bay Symphony’s first concert of 2018
PROVIDENCE — Come and enjoy soaring overtures and beautiful arias, Verdi and Wagner overtures paired with Dvorak’s stunning “Song to the Moon” sung by the magnificent Ilana Goldstein, and arias from Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffmann” sung by the incomparable Toby Andrews. Narragansett Bay Symphony’s “Opera Afternoon” will be at McVinney Auditorium Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.
Brown-RISD Catholic Community and Thomistic Institute to host lecture by Dr. Karin Öberg
PROVIDENCE — The Brown-RISD Catholic Community in partnership with the Thomistic Institute are hosting a lecture by Dr. Karin Öberg, professor astrochemistry at Harvard University. Dr. Öberg will deliver a lecture entitled “Science and Theology of Habitable Worlds Around Other Stars” on Monday, March 5 at 5 p.m., in the Petteruti Lounge of the Robert Campus Center, 75 Waterman St. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit www.brownrisdcatholic.org or call 401-863-7438.
Lenten Taize Prayer Service scheduled
CRANSTON — Holy Apostles Church, 800 Pippin Orchard Road, will offer a Lenten Taize Prayer Service on Thursday, March 8, at 6:30 p.m. The service includes readings from scripture, communal and silent prayer and songs composed by the Taize brothers. Come experience the gift of Jesus’ peace and love.
St. Mary’s Church to host corned beef and cabbage dinner
WEST WARWICK — A traditional Irish Dinner (chicken optional) will be served in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 70 Church St., on Saturday, March 10, beginning with hors d’oeuvres at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Dinner includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, turnips, beets, rolls/Irish bread, beverages and desserts. Entertainment by “The Three Amigos.” Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children. Seating is limited. For tickets or more information call the rectory at (401) 821-5555 or Maureen at (401) 828-5188.
Talk on the Paschal Mystery to be held at St. Brendan’s Church
RIVERSIDE — As Easter approaches, come learn the meaning of this greatest feast: The Paschal Mystery (Christ’s suffering, death and resurrection). A talk on this subject will be held at St. Brendan’s Church on Monday, March 12, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. The event will be hosted in the school basement. All are welcome. For information, contact Philip at email@example.com.
Cuarteto Latinoamericano String Quartet to perform at McVinney
PROVIDENCE — Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, Cuarteto Latinoamericano is a world-renowned, multi-Latin Grammy winning string quartet from Latin America. The quartet will perform in Rhode Island for one night only, Wednesday, March 14, 7:30 p.m., at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.
Little Sisters to host St. Patrick’s Day Dinner
SEEKONK — The Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence of Pawtucket will host their annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner at The Old Grist Mill Tavern on Thursday, March 15 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner is a wonderful tradition and a manifestation of the kindness and generosity of friends and benefactors, including Greg Esmay, proprietor of The Old Grist Mill Tavern who for 10 years has hosted this gathering donating the proceeds to the home. Proceeds from this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner will help to repair the parking lots at Jeanne Jugan Residence. The cost of the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner is $17 for adults and $7.50 for children under the age of 12. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.littlesistersofthepoorpawtucket.org. The event will feature Irish Scones for sale. Raffle prizes and “Pot of Gold” drawing tickets will also be available. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 21 at the Jeanne Jugan Residence and the winners will be notified by telephone. For additional information, contact the Jeanne Jugan Residence Development Office at (401) 305-4001.
Clam Cakes and Chowder dinner at St. Mary Church
WEST WARWICK — St. Mary Church, 68 Church St., will hold a Lenten repast of Clam Cakes and Chowder on Friday, March 16, in Father Gibson Church Hall, from 5 - to 7 p.m. The dinner includes dessert and beverage. Tickets are $11 for adults and children under 10 years of age $5. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the rectory at 401-821-5555. Tickets will be sold at the door the day of the event.
Allison Gingras to speak at Women’s Breakfast
PROVIDENCE — Magnificat, an International Women’s Ministry, will hold its next breakfast on Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. – noon, at the Providence Marriot, Orms Street. Allison Gingras, a renowned Roman Catholic blogger, author, retreat leader, inspirational speaker and Catholic radio host will speak. In 2009, she founded, “Reconciled to You Ministries” (www.reconciletoyou.com). All are invited to this dynamic spirit-filled morning of prayer, praise, and personal witness. Please bring along a friend. Cost is $25. For more information and reservations, contact Linda at 401-864-7731.
St. Jean Cemetery and St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery cleanup
WARREN — St. Jean Cemetery and St. Mary of the Bay Cemetery will conduct its Christmas Cemeteries Cleanup on Saturday, March 17. If you have any artificial flowers, pots, solar lights, etc., that you wish to save, please remove them from the cemetery before Saturday, March 17. Any loose Christmas items left in the cemetery after this date will be removed and discarded.
Tenebrae to be observed at St. Mary
WEST WARWICK — All are cordially invited to St. Mary Church, 68 Church Street, to observe Tenebrae on Spy Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m., in Father Gibson Church Hall. This Holy Week dramatic and prayerful portrayal recalls the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot and the following events leading to the Christ’s crucifixion and subsequent entombment. Because there are periods of darkness and loud thunderous sounds, this may not be appropriate for young children. Following Tenebrae, a simple reception will be held. For more information, please call the rectory at 401-821-5555.
Dr. Scott Hahn to speak at McVinney Auditorium
PROVIDENCE — Dr. Scott Hahn will be at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Saturday, April 7 beginning at 9 a.m. for a morning discussing the importance of our Catholic faith, on topics including “The First Society: The Miracle of Mercy in Marriage” and “The Fourth Cup: The Miracle of Mercy in the Eucharist.” Register at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com. Sponsored by the St. Paul Center and hosted by the Diocese of Providence’s Office of Faith Formation and McVinney Auditorium.
McVinney welcomes PBS star Ethan Bortnick in concert
PROVIDENCE — Sixteen year-old international music sensation, singer, songwriter, pianist, composer, actor, philanthropist and PBS star, Ethan Bortnick, will be in concert at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, for just one night, Saturday, April 28 at 7 p.m., with his newest PBS special, “Generations of Music!” featuring special guest Assia Ahhatt, classically-trained violinist and Eastern European star. Tickets are available at www.mcvinneyauditorium.com.
St. Brigid’s Church to host special raffle
JOHNSTON - St. Brigid’s Church, 1231 Plainfield St., 20 Week Committee is sponsoring a special raffle that will be drawn at their luncheon on April 22 at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston. First prize: $500 gift certificate to Target; second prize: Framed New England Patriots picture valued at $200; third prize: $150 gift card to Spirito’s Restaurant in Providence; fourth prize: $100 Gift Card to Stop and Shop; fifth prize: $100 Gift Card to Stop & Shop. Tickets will be on sale in the foyer of the church beginning the weekend of February 24 and 25. For information, call Rich at 401-641-3048 or Louisa at 401-942-0576.
St. Xavier Academy Reunion
NORTH KINGSTOWN — The Class of 1968 will hold its 50th Reunion Luncheon on October 21 at Quidnessett Country Club. Luncheon is preceded by an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Timothy Church, Warwick, when their deceased alumnae will be remembered. The Alumnae Association will honor the 50th year class of 1968 and all classes ending in 8 and 3. All alumnae are invited. Reservations will be available in the association’s annual September newsletter which will be mailed to all alumnae and available at stxavieralumnae.org or call Margaret at 232-9006.