Saint Anthony Outreach Ministries

Abba-Ave Prayer Ministry


      Founded in November of 2008.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, he responded with the words “Abba” to begin the special prayer we use most often.  The Abba-Ave Prayer Ministry is an outreach which stemmed from our devotion to the Blessed Mother therefore it is only fitting to use the Latin word for the beginning of the “Hail Mary”.  The Abba-Ave is an outreach to anyone in spiritual crisis because of life circumstances or just the desire for support in time of need.  Each evening at 9PM our dedicated men and women pray, from the comfort of their homes, the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory be to the Father.  In addition, on the first Tuesday of every month all are welcome to gather in Trinity Chapel at 7PM to pray the rosary. Intention requests are received and held in prayer for 30 days through our phone line at 353-3059 or our email account at We invite you to pray along with us each evening at 9PM, prayers do matter.

Saint Anthony Kitchen  Ministries  


Michelle DiIorio                                                 




  Since 1995 Saint Anthony Church, North Providence, Rhode Island, has been providing meals to the poor every Sunday through its Hot Lunch Outreach Ministries. On the first and third Sudays hot meals are served in the Parish Center gymnasium, which are prepared by volunteers in the fully equipped kitchen. Private busses are sent to Crossroads in Providence and other designated locations in the city to transport anyone in need of food. Some clients come with thier own transportation. Between 12:30 and 1 PM the meal is served cafeteria style with generous proportions. Takeout containers are provided for leftovers along with bread, pastries, and other items donated by local bakeries. During the holiday season toys are provided for the children as well as hand knitted items and toiletries. Approximately 100 or more people are served each meal.



Saint Edward Food and Wellness Center

Lori Porcaro                                                    Director

Saint Edward Food and Wellness Center, which is located at 1001 Branch Avenue, Providence, began its operation on March 26, 2003 in response to the plight of hunger in the geographical north end of the city, a large impoverished area with limited resources, dilapidated public housing and statistically high poverty levels. More recently needy families from North Providence east of Douglas Avenue were added to area of eligibility. 


        The Center, an all-volunteer outreach to the poor, situated in a former parochial school, is open every Wednesday from 10 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 7 PM. and is staffed by almost 70 dedicated volunteers assigned on schedule. Client families must register with proper documentation. The particular design of this type of pantry enables the clients to personally select the food items they need from what is stocked on the shelves. Food items are collected from parishioners and purchased by availability from the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The Food Center is the second largest agency serviced by the Community Food Bank and distributes over 400,000 pounds of food annually. Donations from local supermarkets, bakeries and pharmacies are also sought and distributed along with hot dog provided by a local businessman. Currently the Food Center is servicing over 2000 families as of this date as recorded on our database with an average of about 300 to 350 families receiving assistance weekly.

        In the Wellness Center adjacent to the food pantry a volunteer       physician and registered nurses provide blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol screenings along with over the counter medications and first aid supplies. Periodically other health services such as the URI College of Pharmacy are brought in to offer advice and support to the clients. A thrift shop with new and used clothes, books and toys is operative on the lower level of the building.

Saint Anthony Mobile Lunch

Stephen and Louise Bello  556-5129

In 1997 a new ministry of providing lunches fo distribution to the hungry in Central Falls was established with direction from the Diocese of Providence. Initialy, 150 lunches were prepared by volunteers at Saint Anthony Church on the second and fourth Sundays of the month and transported with donated pastries and bread to the parking lot of the Project Hope Office. Over the years the number of prepared lunches has increased to 250 to additional locations in Central Falls and also at a family shelter in Providence.


Mary's Meals to the Poor

Church of the Presentation

David St.Hillaire                                            


      In September 2013, parishioners at the Church of the Presentation have joined the effort to feed the hungry with Mary"s Meals to the Poor on the first, third and fifth Sundays.





Matthew 25


I was hungry, and you gave me food. 


I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink. 


I was naked, and you clothed Me.


I was sick, and you visited Me.


I was in prison, and you came to Me.

And the King answering shall say to them,


 I say to you,


Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brethren,


you have done unto me.