2015-09-17 / Faith Community


BMX Great Kevin Robinson (K-Rob). BMX Great Kevin Robinson (K-Rob). Knights of Columbus Comedy Night

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Knights of Columbus will hold a comedy night at 7 Valley Road, Middletown. Featured will be Ace Acetto, Rockin Joe Hebert and Dr. Jay Sutay. The evening will also feature George Zecher and Steel Appeal steel drum band, which plays a wide variety of music. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The evening costs $25 per person. Proceeds help support the Knights’ work in the community.

Classical Piano Concert

Classical pianist Alexandre Moutouzkine, the opening artist for the Jamestown Community Piano Association season, will perform at St. Matthew’s Church at 87 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown on Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. He has performed in Rome, Madrid, and London. For more information, call 401-423-0515.

New England Festival of Hope

Come together for a time of new or renewed faith, encouragement, community and fellowship. Hear encouraging words from inspirational speakers, and enjoy food and live music. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Fun children’s activities make this an event for the whole family. Inspirational speakers include: Trot Nixon, former Red Sox right fielder; Kevin Robinson, four-time X-Games gold medalist; and Kathryn Nixon, children’s book author. The festival will be held at Easton’s Beach on Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. For more information, visit nefestivalofhope.com.

Interfaith Prayer Vigil

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, there will be an interfaith prayer vigil from 5 - 7 p.m. on the Rhode Island Statehouse lawn. People will gather to pray and ask world leaders to consider the impact that unlimited material progress has on the earth. Pope Francis will address Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, on the need for an environmental conscience. For more information, contact Sister Mary Pentergast at marypen211@verizon.net or Christine Cassels at 617-599-2296.

Lecture on Pope Francis’s Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’

In May 2015, Pope Francis released his second encyclical, "Laudato si': On care for our common home," which examined the environmental degradation of our planet and issued a call for global political action. In this lecture sponsored by the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, a panel of Salve Regina faculty from various departments will participate in a moderated discussion that will be opened to audience participation. Topics will include the content, reception and potential impact of "Laudato si'." Salve Regina University, O’Hare Academic Center, Ochre Point Avenue, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Register at https://laudatosi.eventbrite.com or by phone at 401-341-2927.

Discussion Group for Women

St. Mary’s Church will offer a discussion group for women who endeavor to lead a more authentic life, who try to find the time to enjoy the things that really matter, and live a more fulfilled life. For more information, email Catherine Alexander at mobilemedicaltraining@gmail.com or attend the first meeting on Friday, Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. in the Parish Center library at 12 William St.

‘Power Through Paris’ Workshop

On Saturday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m., the public is invited to a 350.org “Power Through Paris” workshop, co-hosted by Channing Memorial Church’s Green Congregation and Emmanuel Church’s Environment Committee, at Channing Church, 135 Pelham Street. The goal of the workshop is to build momentum for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris. There will be a potluck supper beforehand, held outside (weather permitting). Participants are asked to please shop locally (for their potluck contribution) and dress globally (something French to celebrate the City of Light). Those interested may sign up for the event by emailing green@channingchurch.org.

Narragansett Bay Chorus Performs

On Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. the Narragansett Bay Chorus will perform at St. Columba’s. The chorus is the performing unit of the Providence Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the largest male singing organization in the world. Based in the Greater Providence area since 1949, the chorus continues its goal of bringing a cappella music in the barbershop style to audiences of all ages. Admission for the performance is $20. St. Columba’s Chapel parish hall is located at 55 Vaucluse Ave. in Middletown. For more information, call 401-437-6043 or visit singnbc.com.

Book Group at Emmanuel Church

The group meets the third Tuesday of every month in the Guild Room to discuss great works of literature. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 6 p.m. and “The Princess Bride,” by William Goldman, will be discussed. All are welcome to attend, whether having read the book or not. Newcomers are welcome. Emmanuel Church is located at 42 Dearborn St. For additional information, contact the church office at 401-847- 0675.

Emmanuel Church’s ‘First Sunday at 5’ Program

On the first Sunday evening of each month at 5 p.m. there will be a liturgical and music event at Emmanuel Church at 42 Dearborn St. Sunday, Oct. 4, will be attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, when the church’s annual Blessing of the Animals will be held. People may bring one pet apiece. All types of animals are welcome and all must be either leashed or caged (or stuffed!) Pets line up at 4:45 p.m. for a procession into the church. All are welcome to attend. For more information, call the church office at 401-847-0675.

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