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“Beautiful, historic Catholic parish church”

St. Mary's Catholic Church
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Newport Mansions Small-Group Day Trip from Boston
Ranked #18 of 120 things to do in Newport
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A National Historic Landmark and Rhode Island's oldest Catholic Parish where the Kennedys were married. Each Tuesday afternoon at 3pm, "Return to Camelot" to re-live the special day of September 12,1953 when Jacqueline Bouvier married then Senator John F. Kennedy. Watch vintage film clips and listen to a live performance of music and song from their wedding ceremony and reception at Hammersmith Farm, Jackie's summer home in Newport.
Reviewed 12 July 2014

Everyone in Newport knows that St. Mary's is where JFK and Jackie were married, but a visit to St. Mary's is more than a nostalgic experience for die-hard Kennedy fans. The interior of the church is tranquil and beautiful. I often stop by just to sit and admire the stained glass windows and the woodwork.

St. Mary's is especially refreshing to one's spirit on a hot summer weekend, when the crowded streets outside seem a world away.

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Reviewed 25 June 2014

I wanted to respond to "AprMay22" who stated there was a pew fee to attend Mass. I saw a plaque regarding the Kennedy's marriage, but I attended a daily Mass and a Saturday vigil Mass there, and there was no charge. We happened on a time when there was a mission going on by a priest from the MIC's, Marians of the Immaculate Conception, based in Stockbridge, MA. Everything was wonderful, and the church itself is an oasis of peace away from the crowds of downtown.

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Reviewed 20 October 2013

The church, with its beautiful Austrian imported stained glass windows and wood carvings, is a treasure and its priest and parishioners are so welcoming to visitors.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

One of my favorite things as a devout Catholic is to go to morning Mass st St, Mary's. After I'd get up to watch the sunrise I'd go down to the coffee shop on Memorial Blvd and look out onto the harbor. Then off to Mass at St. where it happens that during our vacation week in Newport every summer that The pastor at St. Mary's swaps out with Fr, Shannehan the pastor of a church in Ireland. Who has always been a delight to talk with after Mass. Regardless whether your catholic or not the church is something to see. It is both classically traditional and quaint. As a matter of history it is where the Kennedy's were married.

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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Amazing stained glassed glass windows / arches / artwork - quite the grand experience & you can imagine Jackie walking down that impressive aisle. The religious & historical aspects of the lovely church are awe- inspiring & we enjoyed Mass with the good humored / thought provoking priest - even the parking was good!

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