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St. Augustine Friday Night Fish Fry/Noche de Pecado En St. Augustine – 4400 Beulah Road, Richmond. Friday of Lent/Viernes de Cuaresmas Feb. 16-March 23/16 de Febrero-23 de Marzo. Serving from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the parish hall/Empezar a Servir 5:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m. en el salon.


Fish Fries: Fridays during Lent, Feb. 16-March 23, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Columbian Club, 1236 Prosperity Road, Virginia Beach. Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Assembly 1505. Adults: $9; ages 7-12, $5; free for ages 6 and under. Fundraiser supports U.S. Military Archdiocese, USO, Project Heroes, locale veterans’ cemeteries, and other patriotic charities and events. Details available at mramos6@cox.net or by calling Manny at (757) 635-3188.


Stations of the Cross: SS. Peter & Paul, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, every Friday at noon during Lent, starting Feb 16. Free soup/sandwich lunch to follow.


Join us for a night of fellowship, food, fun and Casino Games with the Knights of Columbus Saint Mary Star of the Sea School Mardi Gras Auction and Casino Night on Saturday, March 3rd from 6 to 10 p.m. in the school gym. Reserve your tickets today:  $35 p/person or $65 per couple. Purchase a 50/50 raffle ticket for $100 for a chance to wine the grand prize of $5,000 or one of five $1,000 prizes. A raffle ticket also gives you a complimentary admission to the auction. To purchase auction tickets and/or 50/50 raffle tickets, please call Noelle Pincus at 757-723-6358. You may download the invitation and the rsvp card at: http://www.saintmarystarofthesea.com/support/auction-program.cfm Saint Mary’s is located at 14 N. Willard Ave., in Hampton.


TIMELESS: A Lenten Mission reflecting on priorities, featuring Michael James and Michelle Mette, will be held St. Ann Catholic Church in Colonial Heights beginning March 11, 2018 and concluding on March 13, 2018.   Sessions will be held in the evening from 7:00p-8:30p and repeated the next morning from 10:00a-11:30a. Topics will focus on the Priorities of Work/School, Family, and God consecutively.  On Wednesday, March 14, Michael will conclude the mission with a Concert from 7:00p-8:30p. This mission is appropriate for middle students and up.  The mission is FREE, however donations will be accepted to help offset the cost of the mission.  In addition a free will offering will be taken up at the Concert.  For more information, contact Elise Chapman, Coordinator of Youth Ministry at (804) 256-2458 or visit our website www.stanncc.com.


Lenten Parish Mission: Monday, March 12 through Friday, March 16, Fr. James Buckley, FSSP, will be speaking every evening at 7 pm, following 6 pm Mass at St. Joseph Parish, 828 Buford Rd, N. Chesterfield, VA 23235. For info call 804-320-4932


Lenten fish fries: SS. Peter and Paul Parish, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, Fridays Feb. 16 and 23, and March 2, 9, 16, 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door. Take-outs available. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.


St. Edward’s Knights of Columbus #6546 Annual Lenten Fish Fry! Friday’s during Lent (FEB 16 & 23, MARCH 2, 9, 16 & 23)  from 5-7PM St. Edward’s Community Center, 2700 Dolfield Drive, North Chesterfield, VA  23235. Choice of Catfish or Salmon with hush puppies; baked potato or fries; salad or coleslaw and a drink!! $12/adult, $5/children 5-12, Free for children 4 & under. Questions?  Please email stedknights@gmail.com


Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Salem, Annual Lenten Fish Fry hosted by the Salem Council #10015 Knights of Columbus. Fish fry will be held on Fridays, beginning Feb. 23,March 2, 9 and16, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fried or baked flounder with various side dishes. All proceeds benefit the parish. For further information call (540) 529-4982 or cwowretusmc@gmail.com.


Lenten Mission: “Holy Eucharist: Shadows and Fulfillment,” St. Gregory the Great, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, Monday through Thursday, Feb. 26-March 1. The mission will be presented by Father Ben Cameron, a priest of the Congregation of the Priests of Mercy, who will celebrate Mass at 8:30 each morning, followed by a mission presentation, which will be repeated each evening at 7. Childcare is available during the evening sessions.


Lenten Retreat: Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, North Chesterfield, Monday through Wednesday, Feb 26-28, facilitated by Dominick Albano from the Dynamic Catholic Institute. Scripture sharing at 10 a.m. and evening sessions at 7 o’clock. See www.epiphanychurch.org for more information.


Why suffering? Is suffering a test, a punishment, a consequence of sin? Why do the innocent suffer and how do we reconcile suffering with God who is all-good? Columnist Barbara Hughes will address these questions and more at Star of the Sea Parish, Crawford Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. Dinner prior to presentation. Registration required. Free and open to all. Email: jeanine@staroftheseaparish.com or call (757)-428-8547, ext. 106.


Star of the Sea School, Virginia Beach, is offering a staycation raffle where one ticket will win four beach front hotel stays during key events. There are three, 3-night stays and one 2-night stay. Tickets are $50 each and only 200 tickets will be sold. Drawing March 24; need to be present to win. Contact Jackie Ankley at (757) 428-8400, Ext. 16 or development@sosschool.org for more information.


Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico, May 7-13, hosted by Deacon Bob and Luz Straub. For more information or a copy of the brochure, contact Deacon Bob at rjcstraub@gmail.com, (804) 721.5300, or visit http://tinyurl.com/GuadalupeTour. Tour ID is GU18 and host ID is 56877.


Mark Hoggard at Immaculate Conception, is promoting a trip to the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play in Germany, June 10-20, 2020.  The Itinerary includes Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Munich as well.  Because of the high demand of tickets for the Passion Play, reservations and initial deposit must be made before March 1, 2018.  For more information, go to http://www.kairosva.com , or join us for an informational meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 6pm at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2150 Cunningham Dr., Hampton, VA 23666


Pilgrimage to Rome and the shrines of Italy, including Wednesday papal audience, Sept. 18-28, hosted by Father Jay Wagner, pastor, Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville. Brochure and details available: father jayw@gmail.com or (804) 746-4911; jimadair@ thecatholictour.com or (888) 878-8187.


VAACV-Richmond Sinulog Festival 2018 Festival is an epoch-making festival in Richmond, Virginia. This has become a yearly activity with much unwavering vehemence spearheaded by the Visayan American Association of Central Virginia (VAACV) and is held on either first or second Sunday of January here in metropolis. This has already formed a bigger part of our ways of living imbued with religious rituals and tribal cultures depicting our common descent, territory, and ethnicity by way of dancing the Sinulog. One of the most awe-inspiring distinguishing features and characteristics of this festivity is the amazingly impressive Sinulog presentations by the so-called tribes with typically having a recognized leader and a queen leading the pack. It is incredibly far out as it has drawn phenomenally hundreds of religious advocates and supporters from all over the state with an intent to join in with the fusion. The festival is celebrated not only to commemorate significantly the acceptance of Catholicism and the triumphant feat of Christianity in Cebu in the Philippines, but to honor the Santo Niño for making miracles and wonders in our lives here in the USA amidst all the challenges, trials, and desolations we have been through. It is a cross we unfortunately have to bear, but with rue, our hearts are unladen.

As stated by or in the history, long before Magellan found Cebu in 1521, a variation of the Sinulog dance was already performed by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and anitos. The dance moves two steps forward and one step back to the sound of drums. It was designed to mimic the flow of the current of Cebu’s Pahina River, thus Dinulog is taken from the word “SULUG” meaning CURRENT. As they dance, dancers chant “Pit Senyor”, the equivalent of Viva El Señor Sto. Niño and the others pray all amidst the constant beating of drums. The Sinulog is a prayer dance. It is a dance of petition, of contrition, of thanksgiving, and of adoration. It is a dance that gives us a glimpse into the devotees psyche, an expression of the devotee’s religious experience of God’s constant love and care.

VAACV, as a nonprofit association based in Richmond, is a Sinulog trailblazer in Central Virginia fully dedicated to promoting and fostering the spirit of camaraderie, brotherhood, and oneness through our devotion to the Holy Child, Señor Santo Niño. It has been six years now since the inception of this association beginning with the end in mind of leading the way to this vividly picturesque Sinulog festivity which started in Cebu in 1980. A spectacular event in our capital city which has remarkably captivated hundreds of friends, guests, and devotees coming from far and wide just to take part in this entrancing occasion. Not only does this increase the level of awareness of our younger generations, but it is also in keeping with our deep-rooted tradition of penitence, thanksgiving, and repentance through this prayer dance.


Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Spain and France, with Father Tom Mattingly, pastor of St. Olaf, Williamsburg, as spiritual director, Sept. 17-29, 2018. Itinerary, costs and other details available by contacting John Tagnesi, (888) 544-4461 or jtag1964@ verizon.net.

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