Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

These are the words that welcome in this holy season of Advent—a time to prepare ourselves for the solemnity of His birth.  One festive reminder of the reason for the season is to attend one—or both—of the Christmas concerts scheduled at St. Kevin and St. Benedict parishes.

St. Kevin Parish’s Sounds of Christmas annual concert will be held on Friday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in the church.  This year, our choir will team up with the choir from St. Rita’s.  Special guests include Harmony Heritage, (an all women’s barber shop quartet); talented soloists performing Christmas favorites; and even a little Broadway with a selection of songs by cast members from Westerly’s Granite Theater production of Jesus Christ Superstar And Santa, direct from the North Pole, will make an appearance!  All this, and a surprise special guest (or two or three), promises an evening of both sacred and joyous musical celebration.  A free will offering will be taken for St. Kevin School Endowment Fund.

St. Benedict Parish’s Christmas concert The First Nowell: A Celebration of Christmas will be held on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.  This night of Christmas music will feature the parish Music Ministry tell the Christmas story in song.  Admission is free but a donation to the food pantry would be appreciated.

‘Tis the season to remember others

During the next four weeks as we prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ, it’s also a time to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Please consider sharing your blessings with others by participating in one (or more) of the Christmas collections being sponsored by both St. Kevin and St. Benedict parishes.

  • St. Kevin’s Giving Tree:  Choose a tag from the tree and purchase a gift card in the amount written on the back of the tag.  Cards can be placed in the gift box under the tree, brought to the parish office, or put in any weekend collection.  (Please return the tag with the gift card.)
  • St. Benedict’s Angel Tree:  The tags hanging on this tree will benefit the women and children seeking shelter at the Elizabeth Buffum Chace House in Conimicut.  Please purchase the requested gift on the back of the tag, wrap and return it with the original color-coded tag securely attached to the package.  All gifts must be returned to the Angel Tree before Sat., Dec. 16.
  • St. Benedict’s Memorial Tree:  Commemorate your deceased friends and family members by purchasing a memorial ornament to place on this tree. Ornaments are available for a $5 donation and will be personalized with your loved one’s name.  Fr. Bob will bless the ornaments during Mass on the third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 16 and 17.  You are welcome to bring ornaments from prior years to also place on the tree.
  • Ladies of St. Kevin Support Our Troops Collection: Items to be sent to soldiers serving overseas will be collected during the month. While white socks are the most desired and needed items, other lightweight donations including phone cards, small puzzle books, hard candy, and personal items (no liquid toiletries).  Notes of well wishes and thanks will be included with our donations so please include a note with your donation. Collection boxes are located at church entrances.