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Oceanfront Staycation Raffle

Star of the Sea School, Virginia Beach, is selling raffle tickets for its Oceanfront Staycation Raffle. One winner receives beach front hotel stays during four popular beach events in Virginia Beach. Weekends include Monster Trucks on the Beach (3 nights), Patriotic Festival (3 nights), North American Sand Soccer Championship (3 nights) and the Neptune Festival (2 nights). Tickets are $50 each and only 200 will be sold. Drawing on April 29 at the school auction. You do not need to be present to win. Call 757-428-8400 or email development@sosschool.org to purchase tickets.


Advisory Board Members

Shalom House Retreat Center is seeking two members to serve on their Advisory Council beginning July 1, 2017. This is for a three-year term. They are specifically seeking persons with skills in marketing, strategic planning, fundraising and/or finance. If you are interested in serving or obtaining more information, please contact Mary Alexander at 804-883-6149 or email her at malexander@richmonddiocese.org.


Spiritual Direction Institute

The Spiritual Direction Institute (SDI) is offering an informational session on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation, Charlottesville, in the conference room. Participants in SDI learn to deepen their own spiritual life through this ecumenical program that is built around group discussion, lectures, daily personal prayer and study, reflections on the great spiritual masters of our Christian tradition, lectio divina and other disciplines. Apart from the benefits to the individual participants and the group, many graduates of the program have gone on to be effective spiritual directors. If you’re interested in following up, please contact Bev Mirmelstein, by email at bevmirm@gmail.com or telephone her at 434-996-9178. For more information, visit www.chestermichael.org.


Vocations Weekend

Are you considering a monastic vocation? Spend Easter Triduum with the monks. The monks at Mary Mother of the Church, Benedictine Abbey in Richmond, invite men 18 to 45 to Vocation Weekend from April 13-16. Experience the paschal mystery through monastic liturgies with the monks, brothers and priests. Contact the Vocation Director, Fr. John Mary at (804) 708-9653 or vocations@richmondmonks.org or visit www.richmondmonks.org.


Easter Sunrise Mass

St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Norfolk will have the annual Easter Sunrise Mass on Sunday, April 16th at 6:30 a.m. Father David Koch will preside at the outdoor Mass in front of the cemetery’s garden mausoleum. In the event of inclement weather, the Mass will be held in the cemetery’s chapel mausoleum. The cemetery is located at 3000 Church Street in Norfolk.


Vendors and Crafters Needed

St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, will hold its Spring Festival Flea Market and Crafter’s Fair on Saturday, May 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Vendors and crafters are needed to make our event a success. Vendor fee is $40. Donate items from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. between Monday, May 1 through Thursday, May 4. For more information contact Nancy Kowaleski at 757-564-7624 or by email at kowaleski1@cox.net.


Lenten Reflection

“Suffering with Jesus, Rising with Jesus” Father Michael Renninger will be offering an evening and morning of reflection on Thursday, April 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. and repeated on Friday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond. Every human being suffers. We all experience the hurts, heartbreaks, disappointments, and struggles that are common to the human condition. Everyone carries a cross… or two… or more! As we prepare to celebrate the dying and rising of Jesus, join Fr. Renninger for a time of reflection and prayer. Register online at www.stmarysrichmond.org or contact Teresa Lee tlee@stmarysrichmond.org.


Lenten Prayer Service

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road will hold a Lent program “Come to The Garden of Gethsemane” April 3 at 7:00 p.m. This musical prayer service will focus on the traditions of Tenebrae and Taize prayer. A freewill donation of a can of food or donation for the church food pantry will be appreciated.

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