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Special Event Listings 06.14.18


Children and teens invited to 2018 Summer Bible Camp
COVENTRY — Children and teens are invited to join the parishes of Our Lady of Czenstochowa and Saint Vincent de Paul for this year’s Summer Bible Camp, from July 16 – 22, 9 a.m. – noon daily, at the school building at Our Lady of Czenstochowa, 445 Washington St. The theme this year is “Jesus Is My Superhero.” All children are welcome to join us for an exciting week of games, crafts, and snacks. Attendees do not need to be a parishioner of either parish. This year students will have fun while learning about Jesus and the Sacraments. To sign up or for any questions please call 821-8719 or 821-7991. The fee is $10 per child.

Blessed Charles de Foucuald: A New Way to Imitate Jesus
PROVIDENCE — On Thursday June 14, St. Pius V. Young Adults will host Bob Short to speak about Blessed Charles de Foucauld and his spiritual insight of imitating the hidden life of Jesus with the Holy Family in Nazareth. Short is a founding member of a Jesus Caritas fraternity in Providence. Come learn about this inspiring mystic and modern desert father, at St. Pius V Church, 55 Elmhurst Ave. Eucharistic Adoration with available confessions begins at 7 p.m. The talk will commence at 8 p.m. Stay for fellowship afterward. Contact with questions about this event.

St. Agnes Church to host outdoor yard sale
PROVIDENCE — St. Agnes Church, 351 Branch Ave., will hold a yard sale on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., rain or shine. Books, record albums, furniture, household items, clothing, toys and games will be for sale. Food will also be available for purchase in the kitchen. All are welcome.

Women’s Breakfast
PROVIDENCE — Magnificat, an international women’s ministry, will hold its next breakfast, Saturday, June 16, from 8 a.m. – noon, at the Providence Marriot, Orms Street in Providence. The guest speaker will be Brother Leo Mary, FTI. His call to the “Consecrated Life” has lead him to various leadership positions in the church, especially President of Missionaries of the Immaculate Mediatrix, the largest Franciscan Cenacle in the USA and ST Paul’s Street Evangelization International. Also present will be Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrim Statue. Judy Studer will share highlights of the 100th Anniversary Journey of 2017. All are invited to this dynamic spirit-filled morning of prayer, praise, and personal witness. Please bring along a friend. The cost is $25. For further information and reservation contact Linda at (401) 864-7731.

Hope and Cope support group to meet
PORTSMOUTH — The St. Matthias Ministry Hope and Cope Support Group to meet Sunday, June 17 from 5 - 6 p.m. in the chapel meeting room, under the chapel, at St. Barnabas Church, 1697 E Main Road. If you someone who is supporting a loved one or friend in need of recovery or currently in recovery yourself, then this group is for you. This program is free. No registration required. A wonderful focus on Catholic Spirituality to support recovery. For more information, send an email to Deacon John Silvia at

Young Adults: BBQ and Bocce Cookout
PROVIDENCE — St. Pius V Young Adults will host a fun and relaxing cookout in the yard across from St. Pius V school on Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. In addition to food and drink, there will be bocce and cornhole. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided. Please bring a side dish, dessert or drink. Adoration and Confession is from 6 - 7 p.m.; cookout to follow. Email with any questions. All are welcome.

Strawberry Festival scheduled
NORTH SCITUATE — St. Joseph’s Church, 144 Danielson Pike, will host a Strawberry Festival on Friday, June 22, 5 - 7 p.m., featuring a ham and barbequed chicken dinner. Dessert will be strawberry shortcake. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Children under 5 are free. To reserve tickets, call Donna at 647-2255.

Our Lady of Czenstochowa to host Polish Festival
COVENTRY — Our Lady of Czenstochowa will host a Polish Festival on Friday, June 22, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, June 23, 5-10 p.m.; and Sunday, June 24, noon - 4 p.m., on school grounds, 222 MacArthur Blvd. & Rte. 117. The festival will include games, crafts, raffles, Cow Chip Bingo and more. Polish and American food will be served including, Golombki, Pierogi, Kapusta Soup, Kielbasa sandwiches, chowder and clam cakes, hot dogs, Torpedoes, French fries, Caçoila, doughboys, sausage and peppers, Strawberry Shortcake and other desserts. Frozen Golombki and Pierogi will also be available for sale. Dance to the music of Dennis Polisky and The Maestro’s Men on Friday, 6 - 10 p.m. and Sunday, noon - 4 p.m., and the Eddie Forman Orchestra on Saturday from 6 - 10 p.m. Free admission and parking. For more information, call 821-7991.

Holy Spirit Feast to take place at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
WARREN — St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 500 Metacom Ave., will celebrate its annual Holy Spirit Feast on Saturday, June 23, from 6 p.m. - midnight and Sunday, June 24 from 1-10 p.m. Both days will feature Portuguese dancers from Rancho Folclórico. Saturday will have music by Pro-Mix at 7:30 p.m. Sunday’s show will be at 6 p.m. by José Manuel. Throughout the feast there will be a great selection of Portuguese and American cuisine, auctions and games, all on the spacious church grounds. All are invited to come and enjoy.

Celebrate the feast of St. John the Baptist at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
HARRISVILLE — The celebration of the Feast of St. John the Baptist will take place at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus outdoor shrine, 35 Dion Drive, on Sunday, June 24. Mass will be celebrated in French at 1:30 p.m., followed by a meal with traditional French meat pies, salad and crepes. All are welcome. For more information or directions, please call 568-8280.

St. Thomas More Parish to host feast and festival
NARRAGANSETT — Join St. Thomas More Parish on Saturday, June 30, for the annual Parish Feast Festival from 4 - 9 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park in Narragansett. There will be children’s games, delicious food, a giant slide and teddy bear ride along with baked goods, baskets, a raffle and giant bubbles, with entertainment by the popular Toe Jam Puppet Band and music by the Second to None band. The public is invited to join for great family fun. Free admission, rain or shine event. For more information, call the parish at 401-789-7682 or visit

Mother of Life Center Annual Summer Gala
MAPLEVILLE — Mother of Life Center will host its second annual Summer Gala on Wednesday, July 18, at Crystal Lake Golf Club, beginning with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. For tickets or for more information visit or call 401-421-0820.

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of Immaculate Conception Parish
CRANSTON — Immaculate Conception Parish, 237 Garden Hills Drive, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the dedication of the Church on Sunday, June 24 ,with an Anniversary Mass at 10:30 a.m. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin will be the main celebrant. Following Mass, a brunch reception will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact the parish office 942-1854.

Celebrate Father John W. Hunt’s 50th Jubilee of Ordination
CUMBERLAND — Father John W. Hunt, former pastor of St. Joseph Church, Cumberland, will celebrate his 50th Jubilee of ordination with a concelebrated Mass on June 24, at noon, at St. Joseph Church, 1303 Mendon Road, followed by a reception to be held in the parish hall. Parishioners and friends of Father Hunt are cordially invited to this celebration of 50 years of dedicated service to the church and community. If you are planning on attending the reception, please call Harriet Champi at (401) 474-6780 or email her at by June 15, 2018.

Father Larry Richards is coming to McVinney Auditorium
PROVIDENCE — Father Larry Richards, a popular speaker and pastor from Erie, Pennyslvania, will visit McVinney Auditorium, Thursday, August 16, at 6 p.m. Father Larry is the founder of “The Reason for Our Hope Foundation” and has many media presentations as well as EWTN Radio “The Reason for Our Hope,” “Fathers Know Best,” and “Open Line.” At all his presentations, Father Larry promises two things: one, you will never be bored and two, your life will be changed forever. Come and experience this truth for yourself. Sponsored by Diocesan Office of Faith Formation and Relevant Radio. Tickets are available at or the McVinney Box Office 401-278-4588.

Tolton: From Slave to Priest coming to McVinney Auditorium
PROVIDENCE — “Tolton: From Slave to Priest” is a new live theater production based on the life of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African American Catholic priest. Experience Tolton: persevering in his deep desire to become a Catholic priest, overcoming slavery, hardships and persecution, including the rejection of every seminary in the United States. This live, one-man multimedia drama is currently on a national tour, and McVinney Auditorium is the only Rhode Island performance. Sunday, September 9, at 3 p.m. in McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way. Tickets are available at or the McVinney Box Office 401.278.4588. This family-friendly production is recommended for ages 10+. Sponsored by the diocesan Office of Black Catholic Ministry.

Audrey Assad in Concert: Instruments of Peace
PROVIDENCE — Just announced, ‘Instruments of Peace’ is a night of praise and worship with Audrey Assad, an American singer-songwriter and contemporary Christian music artist. This intimate evening will feature spiritually-nourishing songs from Audrey’s’ new album, ‘Evergreen,’ on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, sponsored by St. Patrick’s Academy, Providence. Tickets are available at

Martinu String Quartet in Concert
PROVIDENCE — The brilliant Martinu Quartet was founded in 1967 by four students at the Prague Conservatory, since then the group has become internationally acclaimed for their benchmark performances. Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, this performance will feature pieces by Mozart, Schulhoff, Weinberg and Dvorak. At McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Thursday Oct. 4 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

Walden Chamber Players in Concert
PROVIDENCE — The Boston-based Walden Chamber Players has garnered a reputation for being one of the most exciting and versatile chamber groups performing today. Presented by Rhode Island Chamber Music Concerts, this performance will feature nonets for strings and winds by Martinu, Spohr and Nielsen. At McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

Get your tickets early for Vienna Boys Choir Holiday Celebration
PROVIDENCE — The angelic-voiced musicians of the Vienna Boys Choir celebrate the magic of the holiday season with a delightful program of Austrian folk songs, classical masterpieces, Christmas hymns, and holiday carols live at McVinney Auditorium, 43 Dave Gavitt Way, on Monday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Interested in going to World Youth Day 2019?
PROVIDENCE — The diocesan pilgrimage to World Youth Day in Panama is January 21-28, 2019. For more information, see the flyer, brochure and registration form online at For more information please contact Michael Aoyama at

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.