2014-03-27 / Faith Community



Children and Homelessness

A meeting to discuss homeless children in the community will be held at St. Mary’s Church, Spring and William streets, on Sunday, March 30 at 3 p.m. The forum, sponsored by Newport County Citizens to End Homelessness, will feature panel presentations on the impact of homelessness on children in the community and across the state. Participating panelists include Stephanie Geller of Rhode Island Kids Count and Jennifer Barerra, director of Lucy’s Hearth. All are welcome to attend and donations of school supplies and toiletries are requested. Refreshments will be served.

Lenten Fish Dinner at St. Barnabas

St. Barnabas will host a Lenten fish dinner in the church hall, 1697 East Main Rd., Portsmouth on Friday, March 28 from 5-7 p.m. Adult tickets are $10, youth under 12 are $6, and children 5 and under are free. The dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 401-683-1343.

Musica Dolce Concert

Musica Dolce will present a concert of chamber music Sunday, March 30 in the Channing Church sanctuary at 2 p.m. The program will include the Piano Quintet, Opus 57 by Shostakovich, the Piano Quintet by Paul Rosenbloom, and the Piano Quintet in G minor, K478 by Mozart. Tickets will be available at the door. Admission is $20, with a student rate of $10. Children under 12 are free. For more information contact Ann Zartler at 401- 423-0407 or azartler@gmail.com.

Pope Francis Discussion

Pope Francis’ simple but profound approach to Catholic social thought has inspired new levels of interest in the church’s commitment to the poor. On Tuesday, April 1, join Natalie Johnson at 7 p.m. in the St. Lucy’s parish library for an informal discussion on the history of Catholic social thought and its relevance to Pope Francis’ mission and to the life of every Catholic. St. Lucy’s is at 909 West Main Rd., Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

Hospital Communion Volunteers

Volunteers interested in bringing Communion to the sick at Newport Hospital should contact Jesus Saviour Church at 401-847- 1267 during office hours (Monday- Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.) for an application. A training class will be offered in the near future.

St Mary’s Lenten Dinner

St. Mary’s Catholic Church will host its Fifth Annual Lenten Meal at the parish hall on Friday, April 4. Cocktails will be served at 5 p.m. and dinner runs 5:30-7:30 p.m. There will be special entertainment for children. All are welcome but reservations are required; contact 401-847-0475 or stmaryre@gmail.com to reserve. A free will offering to support outreach programming will be taken.

Presbyterian Church to Aid Syrian Children

The First Presbyterian Church invites the community to share in its Lenten offering, which will be used to establish a book room for Syrian children in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq. This camp, home to 50,000 Syrian refugees, has few schools and limited supplies. The book room will stock a wide variety of children´s literature in Arabic, Kurdish, and English. The offering will be collected on Palm Sunday, April 13, but anyone wishing to make a donation may deliver or mail a check to the church office, 6 Everett Street, Newport. Checks should be made out to “First Presbyterian Church” with “Lenten offering” on the memo line. For more information, contact Roland Chase at roland@rolandchase.com or 401-846-4553.

Piano Concert in Jamestown

St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 87 Narragansett Avenue, will host Cuban-born pianist Carlos Fagundo playing a program of French and Spanish music on Monday, March 31 at 3 p.m. The concert has been designed especially for students, although everyone is invited to attend. This is the fourth annual after-school piano concert sponsored by the Jamestown Education Foundation and the Jamestown Community Piano Association. For more information, call 401-423-0515.

Zen at Channing

Channing Memorial Church offers Zen meditation every Monday evening from 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall, 135 Pelham St. This practice teaches how to clear the mind, understand the true self, and live with clarity and compassion. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. Bring cushions and/ or a blanket. For more information, contact Jamie Caster at 401-619- 0791 or hosoi71@yahoo.com.

Good Friday Walk for Hunger

The second annual Aquidneck Island Good Friday Walk to End Hunger and Homelessness will be held on Friday, April 18 to raise awareness and funds to help alleviate the sufferings of the poor. All are welcome to walk or volunteer. The three-to-five mile routes will begin and end at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church at 5 Mann Ave. and travel through Newport neighborhoods, recognizing organizations that serve the neediest residents. Courtesy vehicles and rest stops are planned. Walkers/teams should register and collect pledge donations ahead of time to turn in the day of the walk. Registration and check-in will be in the St. Joseph’s church hall basement starting at 8 a.m. on Good Friday, and the walk will commence after a short invocation at 9 a.m. To get a pledge sheet, volunteer, or to make a donation, go to goodfridaywalkforhungerri.org or contact Tom Allan at 401-924- 1161 or tom-allan@cox.net.

Lenten Programming

Many area churches are offering special Lenten programming through mid-April. Saint John the Evangelist, Willow and Washington streets, Sunday, March 30, Bishops’ Preaching Series, Geralyn Wolf, Bishop of the Diocese of Rhode Island from 1996- 2012, 8 and 10 a.m., 401-848-2561. Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square, Wednesday, April 2, “The Interaction of Life and Faith” with Sr. Jane Gerety, president of Salve Regina University, refreshments at 7 p.m., presentation at 7:30 p.m., 401-846-0660. Emmanuel Church, 42 Dearborn St., Wednesday, April 2, “Embracing Spiritual Awakening,” 6:45 p.m., begins with light meal of soup and bread, 401-847-0675. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd. in Portsmouth, Wednesday, April 2, “Five Hymns that Changed the World,” soup and bread supper at 6 p.m., followed by a 6:45 p.m. program, smcportsmouth.org. Saint John the Evangelist, Willow and Washington streets, Wednesday, April 2, “Stations and Soup,” 5:30 p.m., 401-848-2561.

Houses of worship are invited to send information on Lent, Passover and Holy Week programming to news@newportthisweek.net for inclusion in the Faith announcements.

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