2014-03-14 / Faith Community


Masses to Honor St. Patrick

Before the parade steps off on Saturday, March 15, a special Mass will be said at St. Joseph’s Church, at the corner of Mann Avenue and Broadway, at 9 a.m.

St. Mary’s will also hold a Mass in honor of St. Patrick on Sunday, March 16 at 11 a.m. The Very Rev. Francis A. O’Loughlin, pastor at Jesus Saviour Parish and Chaplain of the Ancient Order of Hibernians Dennis Collins Division I, will be the principal celebrant and homilist.

‘Stations and Soup’ at St. John’s

Saint John the Evangelist, at the corner of Washington and Willow Street on The Point, will hold a “Stations and Soup” service on Wednesdays during the Lenten season. Each evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Evening Prayer followed by a Low Mass with hymns at 6 p.m. and Stations of the Cross, a spiritual pilgrimage through meditating upon the Passion. Services will be followed by soup and a reading/ discussion in the Guild Hall. The evening will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament or Compline sung by the men of the choir. For information, call 401-848-2561.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

On Tuesday, March 18 St. Lucy’s Church will screen the movie “Becket” (1964). The epic film was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and stars Peter O’Toole as King Henry II and Richard Burton as St. Thomas of Becket. As the Chancellor of England, Becket was a trusted advisor to King Henry II and was soon appointed Archbishop of Canterbury by the king. Becket unfortunately found himself immersed in a power struggle between the English government and the Church in Rome. He was on the side of the church and was murdered by the king’s men in Canterbury Cathedral. The 150-minute movie will be shown in the parish center at 909 West Main Rd., Middletown, beginning at 6 p.m. All are welcome.

Jewish Film Series

The final movie in the Jewish Film Series, “Genghis Cohn” (1993), will screen at the Newport Public Library on Sunday, March 23 at 1:15 p.m. The event is hosted by Newport Havurah, with a discussion moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Martin of Roger Williams University.

Bishops’ Preaching Series

Saint John the Evangelist, at the corner of Washington and Willow Street on The Point, is hosting a Bishops’ Preaching Series Sundays during Lent focusing on the theme “Edification: Building up the Church in Love” with a series of guest preachers, all current or retired Episcopal bishops. The Bishops’ Preaching Series continues on March 16, with The Right Reverend D. Bruce MacPherson, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Louisiana, retired. For information, call 401-848-2561.

Lenten Mission at St. Lucy’s

St. Lucy’s will offer a Lenten mission program on “Forgiveness: God’s Endless Mercy at Work” Monday- Wednesday, March 24-26. The series will be led by Fr. Cyriac Mattathilanickal, director of La Salette Retreat Center in Attleboro, Mass. Morning and evening sessions will be offered, after the 9 a.m. Mass and at 7 p.m. The presentations will last for an hour with the celebration of the Eucharist on the evening of the last day of the mission. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Trinity Lenten Forum

Trinity Church is hosting a fiveweek speakers’ series on “The Interaction of Life and Faith” as part of its Lenten programming, with a cross-section of leaders from various arenas discussing how they integrate faith into their everyday lives. Retired DuPont executive Delbert Glover will speak on March 19, sharing his personal faith journey.

The evenings will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments, and the program will run from 7:30-8:30 p.m. All are welcome. Call 401-846-0660 for more information or to register.

Exploring Membership at Channing

Channing Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 135 Pelham St., invites all to seek a serious spiritual alternative for the modern world in a series hosted Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. The next topic will be “The Big Questions” on March 19 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall. The public is welcome. Register at 401-846-0643 or office@channingchurch.org.

Newport County Death Café

The first Newport County Death Café will be held Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Hamby Brick House, 30 Red Cross Ave., hosted by Rev. Lark d’Helen. The purpose of Death Café is to “increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives.” In a casual setting, enjoying refreshments, people are invited to share their insights, concerns, observations, and wisdom on the topic of death.

Death Café is not a grief or bereavement group but rather a place to gather to remind ourselves of the value of life by bringing death to the table. Newport County Death Café is sponsored by Community Connections of Memorial Funeral Homes. For more information or to reserve a chair at the table, call Mary at 401-846-0698.

C.S. Lewis Series

St. John the Evangelist will host “Through Lent with C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” each Friday evening through April 4. The intergenerational, multimedia family friendly program will be held in the Guild Hall at 61 Poplar St. and will begin with a meal at 6:30 p.m. All ages are welcome. For more information, call 401-848-2561.

Motown at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church will continue with its series on Motown Prophets on Sunday, March 30. Rev. Bill Taylor will explore how God is speaking through the baby-boomers’ music as the congregation listens to beloved songs with an ear for biblical messages. Services begin at 10 a.m. For more information, call 401-846-0966.

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