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March 7, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 10






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Cathedral March concert

A free one hour Concert of “Arias from Opera” will be presented by vocal soloists of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, including Lisa Edwards Burrs and Anne O’Byrne on Monday, March 14, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral. A free lunch will be served following the concert in the Parish Hall. Reservations are not required.

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shortakes submission informationSpelman College concert

The Spelman College Glee Club will present a concert on Tuesday, March 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Holy Rosary Church in Richmond. Tickets are $10 general admission, $7 for college students and $5 for high school students and youths. For more information, call the church office at 804-222-1105.

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‘Faith & Light’

”Faith & Light,” a support program for people with intellectual disabilities, will hold its first meeting in central Virginia at the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Road, Henrico, on Wednesday, March 16, with registration at 6:30 p.m., followed by the program at 7. All are welcome, but particularly invited are persons with intellectual disabilities, families and friends. RSVP Eileen Jorgensen:

The program is being sponsored by Central VA Friends of L’Arche and St. Michael Catholic Church in Glen Allen.

Faith & Light now has over 1,600 communities in 81 countries. Persons with intellectual disabilities enjoy friendship and share their gifts. Brothers and sisters see their sibling as a source of unity who transforms lives. Parents enjoy support, friendship, and their child’s inner beauty.

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St. Patrick’s Day Mass

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Mass on Thursday, March 17 at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Church in Richmond. While the parish was established in 1859, the building was not complete until November of 1860, making 1861 the first year when Mass could be celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day, exactly one month before Virginia seceded from the Union.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians will also have Mass for St. Patrick’s Day at 9 a.m. at St. Paul Church on Chamberlayne Avenue. Father George Zahn, pastor, will preside.

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Shalom House

A Weekend Retreat with Msgr. Chester Michael and Jean Radford on the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory and Prayer and Temperament will be held at Shalom House in Montpelier March 18-20. For more information or to register, go to or call 804-883-6149.

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Celtic Spirituality retreat

A Celtic Spirituality retreat will be held Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Jubilee House retreat center in Abingdon.

Prayers, songs, scripture, and discussion will be used to learn about the way Celts approached spirituality. The retreat will focus on how simplicity, hospitality, and spiritual companionship can be natural expressions of one’s evolving spirituality.

Cost: $35 (includes lunch).

Registration or information: call 276-619-0919 or email

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Bp. Sullivan CHS auction

Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School in Virginia Beach will sponsor a Grand Auction 2011 on Saturday, March 19, at 6 p.m. at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hilton. This gala will include food and drink, silent and live auction packages, and dancing. For ticket information, call the school’s Development office at 757-467-2679 or visit the school’s website at

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‘Healed By Love’

Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville will host a Lenten Mission “Healed by Love: In the Footsteps of St. John of the Cross” on the evenings of Sunday, March 20, through Wednesday, March 23. It will begin with evening prayer at 6:30, followed by a presentation by Father Daniel Chowning, OCD at 7 each night. On Wednesday evening Mass will be at 6 in place of evening prayer.

Father Chowning is a scholar in the spirituality of St. Teresa of Jesus and St. John of the Cross. He is a friar of the Discalced Carmelite order where he has been engaged in retreat ministry and spiritual direction for the past 25 years. Call 434-973-4381 for more information, or refer to for directions.

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Book and Author event

The Catholic Woman’s Club of Richmond has invited Diann Ducharme, author of “Outer Banks House,” to speak at its Book and Author Luncheon to be held on Monday, March 21, at 12 Noon in the Columbian Center, 2324 Pump Rd., Richmond. This historical novel tells of post Civil War days at the Outer Banks.

Send a check for $30 for each reservation to Joan Walton, 300 Burnwick Road, Richmond, VA 23227.

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Retreat for women

Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St. Francis #1206, Staunton, will sponsor a retreat for women on Saturday, March 26, in Assisi Hall at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Staunton. Father Joseph D’Aurora, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lexington, will speak. The day will start with 8 a.m. Mass and finishes with lunch at 1 p.m. No pre-registration is required. There is no charge for the retreat, but Court St. Francis will accept donations for their projects in the parish.

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Irish Festival

The parishioners of St. Patrick’s Parish in Richmond will sponsor the 26th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 to 6 on Sunday. The festival will begin with a walking parade and continues with a 4-block street fair in front of St. Patrick’ s Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets on Historic Church Hill.

More than 30 traditional Irish musicians, dancers and bagpipers will perform on two stages throughout the weekend. There will be Celtic/Irish crafts and merchandise, family fun, children’s games in a huge kids’ area, food, refreshments and more. A $2.00 donation will be collected at the gate.

Proceeds will benefit St. Baldrick’s Society, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, St. Francis Home, Little Sisters of the Poor, Church Hill Crime Watch, Child Saver’s Clinic of Richmond and St. Peter’s Meals Program.

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St. Gertrude House Tour

Saint Gertrude High School of Richmond will host its 30th Anniversary Spring Spectacular House Tour on Sunday, March 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Windsor Farms community. Advance tickets for $20 may be purchased from Saint Gertrude students, at the school and on the website at Tickets will be available for $25 on the day of the event at the Wilton House, at 215 South Wilton Road, where there will be free parking and refreshments. For more information, call 804-358-9114.

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Fried chicken dinner

The youth of St. Olaf Parish, Norge, will hold their ‘Annual Fried Chicken Dinner’ on Sunday, March 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church on Norge Lane. The menu includes fried chicken, green beans, potatoes, roll, iced tea or lemonade. The price of the dinner is $10 and proceeds will fund the annual Youth Conference in Steubenville, Ohio in June. Tickets can be purchased at the church after Mass or at the church office. For more information, contact the Youth Minister, Ann Mattio, at 804-572-8664 or St. Olaf Church at 757-564-3819.

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Widowed support group

A new 9-week support group for widowed men and women will be held on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9, beginning on Tuesday, March 29, at Bon Air United Methodist Church, 1645 Buford Road, Richmond. Space is limited, and those who are interested should contact the facilitator, Dr. Elaine Nowinski, by March 15. There is a registration fee of $25 to cover books and materials. Contact or or phone 804-272-7787.

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‘Come Touch the Robe’

Church of the Ascension in Virginia Beach will present “Come Touch the Robe” by Pepper Choplin on Monday through Wednesday, April 4-6, at 8 p.m. This work uses the simple garment that Jesus wore as a thematic device to recount the interaction of those who were with Him during His last days on Earth.

Scenes include the woman with the hemorrhage, the transfiguration, the glorious entrance into Jerusalem, the servant who washed the feet of the disciples, the humiliation and crucifixion and the conversion of the soldier at the foot of the cross.

The program is open to all.

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Visit to Holocaust Museum

The Richmond Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will have a special Lenten Day and visit The Blessing exhibit of Pope John Paul II at the Virginia Holocaust Museum, in Richmond on Thursday, April 7, at 11 a.m. The free tour will be followed by lunch and fellowship and celebration of the anticipated beatification of Pope John Paul II.

The cost of the lunch will be $15. Reservations must be received by April 1 and checks should be made payable to the Richmond Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and sent to: Mrs. Carol Freeman, 3618 Corrotoman Road, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060, phone 804-447-2554.

For those attending from the Richmond area, participants are carpooling to the Museum, leaving from St. Bridget Church (on Three Chopt Road) at 10 a.m.

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Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia will hold its annual Gala “NASHVILLE NIGHTS” on Saturday, April 9, at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center. Joe Hoppel, Country Music Radio Disc Jockey Hall of Fame, will be Master of Ceremonies. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities’ programs and services in the community. Young adult tickets are available at a special price. For ticket information and sponsorship opportunities contact or 757-456-2366 ext. 504.

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Prayer Groups

Deacon Darrell Wentworth of St. Matthew’s, Virginia Beach, the Bishop’s Liaison for Charismatic Renewal, is collecting contact information for all prayer groups in the Diocese to add to the website. Those who lead a prayer group in their parish or from home can contact him at or by phone at 757 479-1863.

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