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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 01-09-2020

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NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | JANUARY 9-15, 2020 WOONSOCKET 3 WOONSOCKET – A group of parishioners from St. Charles Borromeo Church haven't had success convincing the Diocese of Providence to delay closure of their historic parish, but that's not stop- ping them from taking their fight to the pews. After receiving a letter from Bishop Thomas Tobin confirming the closure this week, the group says they plan to continue the pro- test and make their message known at the parish's scheduled final Mass this Sunday, Jan.12, at 9 a.m. "We're going to be there with posters and banners and shirts say- ing to keep our church open," said Albert Beauparlant, chairman of the Committee to Save St. Charles Borromeo Church. Late last fall, the group hired a canonical lawyer, Robert Flummerfelt, to plead their case before the diocese. Specifically, they asked that the parish be allowed to remain open for another year as parishioners attempt to recover Mass atten- dance and increase participation. On Monday, Tobin responded to that request, con- firming the deci- sion to close the parish in a letter to Flummerfelt. "Based on the clear decline in sacramental practice and Mass attendance, I remain convinced that the suppression of the parish is jus- tified," he wrote. "The parish-pro- vided data included in my decree of suppression is compelling: total reg- istered families have declined from 190 in 2012 to approximately 90." The decision has struck a nerve for some long-time parishioners who say they don't feel the diocese did enough in the years leading up to the closure to keep the par- ish healthy. Parishioners have also pointed to the parish's financial solvency and argued that other parishes in the city might be more aptly considered for closure before St. Charles. Since making their campaign public, members of the committee said they've received an outpouring of support from St. Charles parish- ioners and others in the city who don't want to see the parish close. The committee launched a website,, and said they're well on their way to reach- ing a $10,000 fundraising goal. "We've spent already a substan- tial amount of money legally and we have revenue sources that will support us to go further. We plan on pursuing it to its fullest," said Richard Monteiro, vice-chairman of the committee. Their next step, said Monteiro, will be to continue legal action through their canonical lawyer, though he's not sure whether that will take place in the U.S. or whether the committee will have to appeal directly to the Vatican. The group, he said, is looking at other cases of church closures for guid- ance. In the meantime, the parish is moving forward with its final Mass on Sunday, and committee mem- bers plan to distribute a petition outside the church. "While it might be the last Mass for a while, as far as the committee is concerned, we are not done. We are not disbanding," said Monteiro. St. Charles Borromeo parishioners plan protest at final Mass By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer NRICA seeking Mardi Gras Queen contestants WOONSOCKET – The Northern Rhode Island Council of the Arts is looking for its annual Mardi Gras Queen contestants. The Woonsocket Mardi Gras has been occurring annually since 1954. The Queen Competition is not a beauty pageant, it is a fundraiser. The Mardi Gras Queen and her two princesses are determined by which contestants raise the most from selling Mardi Gras Coronation, Ball and raffle tickets. The funds raised will be used to host the council's annual commu- nity events: Mardi Gras Coronation, Ball and French Heritage Festival. The queen and two princesses are announced at the Mardi Gras Coronation on Feb. 16, at Savini's Pomodoro Restaurant in Woonsocket, and will reign over the Mardi Gras Ball on Feb. 22, at St. Ann Arts & Cultural Center in Woonsocket. Winners are awarded prizes and rep- resent the Mardi Gras on the council's float in the Autumnfest parade. Applicants should contact Nicole Riendeau at . Register for Story Time at the Harris Library WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Harris Public Library will hold its Story Time program for ages 2-5 years on Wednesdays, Jan 15-Feb. 19, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Adult caregivers attend story time with children. Siblings are welcome. To register, call 401-769-9044, ext. 2. 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