Fifth Annual Spring Craft Show and Plant Sale, Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach. In addition to homemade crafts from our seniors group, we will have over 45 crafters, and light lunch fare will be available from the kitchen. Our French Café will serve decadent desserts and coffee. Our plant sale will have gorgeous blooming plants from a local plant farm.
Italian Night Dinner: St. Augustine Catholic Church parish hall, 4400 Beulah Road, North Chesterfield, Saturday April 21, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Featuring entertainment with Freddy C alongside music and dancing. Cost $20.
Spring Musical– Peninsula Catholic High School is performing “The Addams Family” April 19-21 at 7 pm, and April 21 at 2 pm. Call 596-7247 for ticket information.
PC 101— April 24 at 6:30 pm. All prospective families are invited to Peninsula Catholic High School to learn about scheduling, programs, and more. Course selection starts here. For more information, call 596-7247.
Women’s Ministry at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception is hosting a commemorative gala celebration, “The Journey from St. Joseph Catholic Church to St. Mary’s Catholic Church,” Sunday, April 22, Grand Affairs, 2036 Pleasure House Road, Virginia Beach. Donation: $125 couple, $75 single. For tickets, information, call Melvina Herbert, (757) 427-5765. Event benefits Basilica of St. Mary building fund.
“How We See Creation – A Faith Influenced Look at Science and Exploration,” 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 23, St. Michael Catholic Church, Glen Allen. Program helps mark the third anniversary of the publishing of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environment and human ecology. Multimedia presentation will cover a brief review of the intersection of faith and science, and will discuss how people of faith are called to care for creation. The presentation includes an overview of the work being done by the nation’s scientists and engineers (NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory) to learn more about how our environment works. Open to all who have an interest in the Catholic perspective on the environment, and will be particularly interesting to teenage youth pondering the role of faith in selecting careers in science and engineering. Refer to the St. Michael’s website, http://www.saint-mikes.org/, for details.
10th Annual RVA French Food Festival, Friday, April 27, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m.– 8 p.m. For a decade the festival has been serving the best of French culture and cuisine in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Headliner Master Chef Paul Elbling’s authentic French cuisine will be featured on Friday and Saturday, with a variety of other offerings from some of the best chefs Richmond has to offer. Presented by Page Auto Group, all proceeds from the festival go to the Little Sisters of the Poor and the elderly residents entrusted to their care. Visit www.rvafrenchfoodfestival.com or call (804) 377-4629 for more details on the menu, live entertainment, vendors, children’s games and volunteer opportunities.
Postponed: Sister Helen Prejean’s presentation as part of the 2018 Lecture Series, The Bishop Keane Institute, has been postponed until further notice due to illness. She was scheduled to be at Immaculate Conception, Hampton, April 27, and St. Mary, Richmond, April 28.
Saints Peter and Paul Church, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, will present the movie version of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I,” Friday, April 27, 6:30 p.m., in St. Francis Hall. The PG-rated movie is 133 minutes long and there will be a 15 minute intermission during which refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, on a first come, first serve basis. Admission is free but donations are welcome. All proceeds benefit Saints Peter and Paul Church’s community outreach programs. Call (434) 589-5201.
Calling Entertainers! Band? Singer? Dance group? St. Mary Parish, Chesapeake, is looking to fill time slots on its stage for the Annual Polish Fest, Saturday, April 28. www.chesapeakepolishfest.com for information or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer as a Turning Point Workshop/Retreat Jubilee House Retreat Center 29 April to 4 May We all know someone who has faced cancer and other quality of life illnesses. More information at http://www.cancerasaturningpoint.org/. The “Cancer as a Turning Point” workshop and book is based on cancer research by Lawrence LeShan, Ph.D., that also applies to other illnesses involving the immune system. Patients, caregivers, and those who want to improve their health will benefit. Workshop includes individual sessions with instructors.
The Benedictine Sisters of Virginia invite the public to join them in celebrating their 150th Jubilee in Richmond with Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Tuesday, May 1, 4 p.m. Reception will follow in the Altria Theater ballroom. For more information and reservations, contact Benedictine Sister Joanna Burley at email@example.com.
The 4th Annual Hope 4 Life Banquet honoring its patroness, St. Josephine Bakhita, Tuesday, May 1, St. Matthew Catholic Church Assembly Hall, 3314 Sandra Lane, Virginia Beach, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Social and tour of H4L mobile 6:00 – 6:30 pm. Featured speaker is Mariam Ibraheem, who will tell the story of her death sentence and imprisonment for being a Christian in a predominantly Muslim country, and how after many atrocities, including giving birth to a baby while chained, she was able to gain her freedom. For reservations, email Louantha@gmail.com.
Haiti Fundraiser Event: Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m., the Company Store Band will bring its authentic, American-made, traditional string-band music to St. Ann Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets at the door, $10; maximum of $25 per family. Bring the kids! Performance hosted by the St. Ann Haiti Ministry; all proceeds will go to support the education of 300 elementary students at our school in rural Haiti.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, (804) 721.5300, or visit http://tinyurl.com/GuadalupeTour. Tour ID is GU18 and host ID is 56877.
Trinity Organ Concert Series, Wednesday, May 9, 1 p.m., St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Carina Sturdy will perform works by Bruhns, Bach, Saint-Saëns, Widor, and Demessieux in this concert covering 300 years in 50 minutes. All are invited to meet with Carina at the reception following the free concert. For more information, call (757) 229-3631, or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts
Healing Mass with Sacrament of Anointing, Saturday, May 12, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond. All are invited to join our parish community for Mass and lunch in the parish commons following Mass. Come to be anointed if you are anticipating surgery, have chronic mental or physical illness, or bear the burdens of aging. All are welcome to participate in this liturgy; if you plan to join us for lunch, please RSVP to St. Mary parish office, 740-4044.
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Highland Springs, will hold its 10th Annual Yard and Bake Sale, Saturday, May 12, 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., in the social hall. We have furniture, household goods, plants, and lots of delicious baked goods. We will begin serving breakfast at 7:30!
Dynamic Catholic’s “Find Your Greatness,” Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, Henrico. Co-hosted with St. Michael and St. Bridget Parishes. Great habits create great lives. Lives change when habits change. Dr. Allen Hunt returns to St. Mary Church for this half-day event based on Matthew Kelly’s book “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.” “Find Your Greatness” will introduce participants to four simple habits to help them reach their full potential. Tickets $25 per person available at DynamicCatholic.com or call (859) 980-7900.
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 email@example.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.
Cathedral of the Sacred Heart gift shop has unique new and vintage gifts for Baptism, first Eucharist and confirmation. Gift shop is open before and after weekend Masses. For appointment shopping during the week, call Chris at (804) 359-5651.
The Board of Directors at Saint Francis Home embarked on a strategy last year to cultivate relationships with younger generations of supporters. We understand that Millennials want to contribute to causes when they believe their involvement makes a difference, even if they can only afford the equivalent of a Starbucks coffee. We also know of their affinity for social media and smartphones. So we launched the successful “Fill My Plate” campaign. Knowing everybody understands that good nutrition is critical to good health, we have made it simple to help with our food budget. Anybody can easily contribute as little as $5 with only a few clicks on their smart phone. By doing this, they will help to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables, more lean meats, and dairy and grains for our residents. Help us make a difference by visiting our dedicated web page, https://saintfrancishome.givingfuel.com/fill-my-plate. Please tell your family and friends how easy it is for them to help!