2015-06-18 / Faith Community


The Portsmouth Institute’s 2015 Summer Conference

This year’s conference is entitled: “Like a Shepherd He Will Tend His Flock: Understanding the Francis Papacy” and will take place from June 19-21 at Portsmouth Abbey, 285 Cory’s Lane in Portsmouth. The conference will feature keynote speaker Cardinal Se├ín Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston. The conference presents contemporary scholarship on faith and culture, and provides opportunities for all attendees to experience the rich, prayerful life of a Benedictine monastery. For more information, a list of guest speakers or to register, call 401-643-1255 or e-mail cfisher@portsmouthabbey.org.

Trinity Church’s Public Tours

Through Nov. 1, the church’s public tour schedule will be Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m., and Sunday after the 10 a.m. liturgy at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. During Wednesday’s noon Eucharist, only silent self-guided tours will be available. However, from time to time, the church will be closed to tours. Private group tours can be scheduled year round by appointment. The tours are $5 per person, free for children under 12. For more information, e-mail TrinityTours100@gmail.com.

St. Mary’s Summer Concerts

St. Mary’s Catholic Church is offering free concerts each Sunday throughout the summer. The concerts will be held at 1 and 3 p.m. and last 30-45 minutes. All are welcome to enjoy the ministry of hospitality. St. Mary’s is at Spring Street and Memorial Boulevard. For more information, call 401-847-0475.


Portsmouth United Methodist Church offers worship Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m., with fellowship hour after Sunday worship. Nursery care is available Sunday mornings. The church is at 2732 East Main Road. For more information, call 401-683-4005.

St. Lucy’s Movie Night

St. Lucy’s Church will hold a free screening of the film “Man of Miracles,” starring John Ritter and Meredith Baxter, on Tuesday, June 23, in the parish center at 6 p.m. The movie is about a volunteer firefighter who realizes his family and small town are at a breaking point. His faith is tested when he enters a burning building to rescue a child and is saved by an unknown firefighter, who then disappears. St. Lucy’s is at 909 West Main Road, Middletown. For more information, call 401-847-6153.

St. Barnabas Festival

St. Barnabas Church’s annual three-day festival begins at 5 p.m. Friday, June 26, and continues through Sunday, June 28, with fun for the whole family from start to finish at 1697 East Main Road, Portsmouth. The multi-faceted festival boasts rides, games, music, dancing, raffles, food booths, a variety show, and children’s activities. There will be a “Split the Pot” fundraising raffle, and Sunday’s live auction is sure to heat up the crowd. For more information, call 401-683-1343.

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Group at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth will offer a light breakfast and fellowship on Saturday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. in the adult education room. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Paul Westrom at pwestrom@neit.edu for more information.

St. Mary’s Worship Schedule

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Road in Portsmouth, is on its summer schedule. The Saturday 5 p.m. service is a contemplative, spoken service in the church, and the Sunday 9 a.m. worship is in the chapel. Food and Fellowship is at 8 a.m. Sunday, with a Gardening Gathering for all ages at 10 a.m. For more information, call 401-846-9700.

Touro Tours

Touro Synagogue is open for tours Sunday – Friday, through the Loeb Visitors Center, 52 Spring St. The center is open from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and synagogue tours depart at 12, 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. Beginning June 28, the visitors center will be open Sunday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with synagogue tours running 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit tourosynagogue.org.

Friends of the Poor

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Conference of Jesus Saviour, will hold a membership ministry and informational gathering the weekend of June 27-28 in the basement of Jesus Saviour Catholic Church at 509 Broadway. The meeting will be held after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, June 27, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Sunday, June 28. Members of the Jesus Saviour Conference will be there to present information and answer questions pertaining to the work they do. Those interested in the mission of assisting the less fortunate in the community are welcome to attend. For more information, call 401-846-4095. Light refreshments will be served.

Calvary Collections

Calvary United Methodist Church, 200 Turner Road in Middletown, collects items year-round to help the underserved in the community. Ongoing needs are for single wrapped toothbrushes, Chapstick and canned goods. Donations of food may be dropped at the entrance to the sanctuary during worship. Personal items may be left by the church office. At this time of year, small bottles of sunscreen are also requested. For more information, call 401-847-6181.

Food Pantries Need Help

Food pantry donations are down but the need is at an all-time high. Consider making a donation of food or money to the MLK, Salvation Army, and EBCAP food pantries to assist neighbors in need. Call the MLK at 401-846-4828 x103; the Salvation Army at 401-846- 3234; or EBCAP at 401-848-6697 x212.

Night with the Gulls

The Newport Gulls will host St. Joseph's Night on Wednesday, June 24, to benefit the church’s youth programs. The championship Gulls will take on the North Adams SteepleCats at 6:35 p.m. at Cardines Field. General admission tickets are $4 and should be purchased at St. Joseph's Rectory, Broadway and Mann Avenue. Call 401-847-0065 for more information.

St. Peter’s Children’s Camp

The camp’s theme is “Everest - Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power.” Children will discover God's power and promises through music & media, Bible adventures, exploration stations, games, and mountaintop treats. The camp will run from July 13-17, is open to all children from 5-12 years old, and is free. Registration forms can be picked up Monday- Thursday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, Newport. Call 401-846- 9567 for more information or to register.

Volunteer Opportunity

Gentiva Hospice is looking for dedicated and compassionate volunteers to provide companionship and one to one interaction to terminally ill patients in the community. Call Gentiva Hospice 401-738- 1492 and ask for the Manager of Volunteer Services.

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