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St. Mary's Catholic Church

12 Williams Street, Newport, RI 02840-3307
+1 401-847-0475
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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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12 Williams Street, Newport, RI 02840-3307
+1 401-847-0475
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Reviewed yesterday

Had never been to St. Mary's church and it is truly beautiful. It was wonderful to be able to go back to such a good time in history. Brought back many fond memories. I did enjoy the video and the nice people who made it...More

Thank mudduckRiverside_RI
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an interesting afternoon. Thank you for giving us a chance to revisit a rite that occurred when we were 11 years old. It was very revealing and nostalgic. I took organ lessons as a young person, and, therefore wanted to support the restoration...More

Thank ceb1422
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice active presentation, slide show, video, and music showing clips if Jack and Jackie Kennedy's wedding. Very enjoyable.More

Thank roasty1952
RIJohn, Guest Relations Manager at St. Mary's Catholic Church, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your kind review. Every Tuesday at 3pm from July to October, St. Mary's opens its doors to the public so they can "Return to Camelot" to view the beautiful national historic landmark church and hear the very wedding music performed at JFK...More

Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely church, friendly parishioners. Wonderfully maintained. No air conditioning...but that's ok. Great homily by Father Chris. And the history!

Thank Reggie D
Reviewed 1 week ago

I am always pleased with the colors in the windows as I sit in this beautiful, yet modest size, Catholic Church. The organ has been repaired and there Sunday afternoon concerts. It is a nice place to visit and offer some prayers and reflection.

Thank PapaGuru
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We attended Sunday mass here and found the church to beautiful and the local congregation was very welcoming and nice. The church was the site of the JFK wedding but the building and the service would have been wonderful even without that historical fact being...More

Thank bccrab
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We tried twice to go in but unsuccessfully. First time the church was closed because a private wedding ceremony, second time just was closed. So we had a chance to look just exterior. The church opens for public for particular hours early morning or for...More

1  Thank tk3232
RIJohn, Guest Relations Manager at St. Mary's Catholic Church, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Due to security and safety concerns, the church is only open during scheduled mass times; for the "Sundays in Summer" afternoon organ concerts at 3pm and the "Return to Camelot - a Remembrance of the Kennedy Wedding" - presentation each Tuesday at 3pm from July...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful church and amazing history both for Newport and the United States. If you have time to visit you should.

1  Thank Invinoveritas79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This beautiful Gothic-style church interior is graced by a newly restored organ that fills the space with sumptuous sound. We attended Mass but recitals/concerts are given frequently and are highly recommended.

1  Thank TMO_11
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is very pretty and definitely worth a visit. Plenty of street parking in the area. We happened to stop during a wedding rehearsal. Weddings are extremely popular here because of the history. Need to see it.

1  Thank Jeff M
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8 July 2017|
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Response from RIJohn | Property representative |
Due to security and safety concerns, the church is only open during mass times, for the Sundays in Summer afternoon organ concerts at 3pm and the Return to Camelot - a remembrance of the Kennedy wedding - each Tuesday at 3pm... More
Elysia P
15 September 2015|
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Response from rhodyjan | Reviewed this property |
St. Mary's is a Catholic Church. Not a cabin or hotel
7 July 2015|
Response from RIJohn | Property representative |
Tickets are $15 and proceeds benefit the St. Mary's Soup Kitchen and Music Program. Tickets are available at the Newport Visitors Center and Bowens Wharf or on line at Return to Camelot.