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St. Mary's Catholic Church

12 Williams Street, Newport, RI 02848
401 847 0475
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Ranked #27 of 67 Attractions in Newport
Type: Religious Sites
Description: Well-known church in Newport where John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy were married in 1953.
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English first
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Loved it. Father Kris is amazing. Very clear and articulate with lots of wisdom and compassion and truth. Do you want a better idea of who God/Jesus is? This is the place to come. BEAUTIFUL church.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We attended a traditional catholic wedding at this beautiful church. I had expected the interior to have a larger feel to it but was surprised to experience an intimate setting. The pews are small with very straight with a very upright back and hardly any foot room. Even though is was at tight space it added to the overall beauty... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 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... More

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Queens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 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... More

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 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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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 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... More

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Cambria, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

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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Providence, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

St Mary's is a fine old Catholic church. John Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier got married here. Jackie spent much of her childhood just down the road at Hammersmith Farm. If you like churches it is a fine example and considered by some to be quite beautiful. It was the first catholic parish in Rhode Island. A fine place to stop... More

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Newport, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

An average Roman Catholic church that happens to be the site of President John F. Kennedy's wedding, so they post a sign indicating there is a charge to sit in the pew for a mass? I've never seen that in any Catholic church before.

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

It is so refreshing to see an old church,so unlike the new modern ones that are not conducive to prayer--

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