2005-09-15 / News

St. Mark Knights of Columbus plan fall events

James Wermuth at work on the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. James Wermuth at work on the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The Knights of Columbus Council #9197 has announced that plans are falling into place to complete their long anticipated statue renovation and beautification project at St. Mark Church on Narragansett Avenue. The most critical task has been the summer-long refurbishment of the church’s much revered statue of Our Lady of Fatima.

James Wermuth of the Newport Conservation Institute is the contractor who has meticulously performed restoration work on the statue, which had been significantly eroded by the New England weather and vigorous annual cleanings. The artist’s work has been hampered by the weather and delayed shipping of materials, but he expects his task will be complete this month.

To date, the Knights have received over $18,000 in donations for the project and wish to again thank the kind generosity of all the project’s patrons.

The Knights have recently entered into a contract with Yard Works Inc. of Cranston to provide the bulk of the remaining beautification project, consisting of landscaping and significant masonry work around the statue. Heavy, custom-forged wrought iron benches are also on order. The Knights anticipate that the entire project will be wrapped up by mid-October.

Upcoming fund-raising events include the Primo Pasta Dinner, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15. The social event will be held in the St. Mark Church Hall, 60 Narragansett Ave., and all islanders are welcome.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for youngsters up to three. Two parents and all their children under the age of 12 can dine using a family ticket that costs $18. Tickets will be available at the door, but those purchasing tickets in advance will receive priority seating. Tickets will be available at the St. Mark Church entrance after all masses.

Another event planned is the Krispy Kreme doughnut fund-raiser, which will be on Sunday, Sept. 24, after the two Sunday masses at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Boxes of a dozen will sell for $6.

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