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St. Mary's Catholic Church

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Address: 12 Williams Street, Newport, RI 02840-3307
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+1 401-847-0475
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

A National Historic Landmark and Rhode Island's oldest Catholic Parish...

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.

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Lovely church

We have attended mass several times during our visit to Newport. Do drop by to view this historical Newport church.

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have attended mass several times during our visit to Newport. Do drop by to view this historical Newport church.

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Newton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a beautiful church with an amazing music ministry. They are finishing up installation of their pipe organ. I can't wait to return and see it.

Thank NJMKtravels
Torrington, CT
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a follower of everything to do with Jacqueline Kennedy, it was a nice surprise to see the placate outside stating the Kennedys were married at St, Mary's. Beautiful old Church. priest had a lovely Irish brogue.

Thank LadyDi
Rocky Point, New York
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We attended Mass here and we sat in awe of the beauty that surrounded us: the stained glass, the wood work, the elegance of the church as a whole. We also were treated to hearing a priest (Fr. Charles) preach the Gospel as if he were telling a story. It was a wonderful experience.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

A must stop if you like Kennedy history. Always fun to stand where history was made. A stop you should make as you take in Newport.

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Reviewed 8 December 2016

If you are in Newport, visit St. Mary's, the oldest Catholic Church in the area. Like most old churches, it has stained glass windows and beautiful wooden pews with high sides and nice kneeling benches.

Thank Dhanan
Yonkers, New York
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Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went to mass on Sunday. The service was great and the church itself was beautiful. Plus, so glad got to see where Jackie O and JFK got hitched.

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Carmel, New York
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Reviewed 29 November 2016

Not much to look at from out side but beautiful and well kept on inside. We often go to mass here. But I do not find the pews comfortable.

Thank MaryCraig2014
Jersey City, New Jersey
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Reviewed 4 November 2016

Old architecture, the atmosphere of an old Cathedral ... you can almost see Jackie and JFK coming up the aisle ... all those years ago ...

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Reviewed 10 October 2016

Walked by just for a little history of jfks wedding. Beautiful building , close to downtown so worth the stop on the geo caching spectrum

Thank kellylovebug146

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