Robert Frost said, "Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." As home, the church is not just a building; it is a community of faith, the gathering of the faithful, the people of God. We are called to be church for one another, to be God's family for one another. God has given us this spiritual home as we journey to the heavenly home where we will dwell completely with God and with others. Our task while we are here is to do all we can to help everyone grow into the home we will share for all eternity.
Some people, although baptized and raised as Catholics, feel estranged or separated because of misunderstandings of Church teachings, or the feeling that their lives are not like those of others, or the fear that what they are is unacceptable. We are called to push back the walls that prevent people from coming home.
The message of Jesus is clear: "Love one another as I have loved you." God does not withhold his love from any of us. God's love is unconditional, and that is the gift God offers us in Jesus.
Welcome to our parish community. Welcome home. I invite everyone to participate in the work of welcoming the entire family into our home, the Church, where all are embraced with God's unconditional love. -Father Roger Gagné
St. Peter Church
350 Fair St.
Warwick, RI 02888
401 | 467.4895
Rev. Roger C. Gagné, pastor
Msgr. Nicholas Iacovacci, In Residence
Deacon Robert Morisseau, Deacon Associate
Before 1933, Catholics who lived south of Pawtuxet River and along Warwick Avenue and Narragansett Parkway were members of St. Paul’s Parish in Edgewood. During the summer, Mass was celebrated in a tent at Gaspee Point, a well known beach community. By 1933 the Catholic population had become large enough for Bishop Hickey to establish a new parish, comprising the neighborhoods of Pawtuxet, Lakewood, Dryden Heights, Gaspee Point, Governor Francis Farms, Warwick Downs, Palace Gardens, Spring Green, Bayside, and Gaspee Plateau.Father McHugh, a curate from St. Paul’s, was appointed the first pastor. He celebrated the first Mass of the parish on Christmas Day on the second floor
of the old fire station in Lakewood The church was built on Chapel Hill in 1936, and the rectory was built in 1950. The school was constructed in 1959, followed by the convent, which is now the parish administration building. This building houses the parish offices
and our school of Faith Formation.
Approximately 2100 families now belong to the church. St. Peter’s is a stewardship parish and encourages every member to share time, treasure, and talent. Through our school
and our many programs of Faith Formation, children and adults are educated and
formed in their Catholic faith. Through an active Helping Hands for the Poor ministry,
as well as others, we help those in need in a variety of ways.