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April 4, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 12






– Necrology


‘Race to Nowhere’

A screening of the award-winning documentary, “Race to Nowhere,” which depicts the extreme challenges of our educational systems and some answers emerging from research and best practice, will be shown on Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at Saint Patrick Catholic School, 1000 Bolling Ave., Norfolk. After the screening there will be a discussion facilitated by Tommy Smigiel, Norfolk City Councilman and Educational Administrator.

Tickets are $10 and are available online at:

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shortakes submission informationDay of recollection

St. Benedict Chapel, 521 McCosh Dr., Chesapeake, will be hosting a Lenten Day of Recollection for men and women on April 9 beginning at 9 a.m. with Mass in the Extraordinary Form and ending with Benediction at 2 p.m. Father Peter Byrne, FSSP, will present reflections on the topic “Who do you say that I am?”

RVSP by April 7 by calling 757-543-0561. Cost is $5 and includes lunch.

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Caregivers session

Jubilee House Retreat Center, Abingdon, will have a Care for the Caregiver session on Tueday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This retreat is for anyone who provides care to others and who seeks ways to keep themselves energized, healthy, and filled with compassion for those they serve. It will be led by Candace Coffin, director of Specialty Services at Mount Rogers Community Services Board in Wytheville. Cost: $30 (lunch included). To register call 276-619-0919 or email:

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School Open House

Saint Mary Star of the Sea School in Hampton will host an open house for new and prospective students and parents on Monday, April 18. Families interested in grades PK3 thru 4th are encouraged to visit between 9 and 11 a.m. A special emphasis on middle school grades will be held that evening from 7 to 8. The event will include tours of the classrooms, meet and greet with faculty and staff and discussions about the curriculum. St. Mary’s School is located in the Phoebus area of Hampton. For more information, call 757-723-6358.

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St. Bridget’s Moon Dance

St. Bridget Church, Richmond, will sponsor a casual evening of dinner, drinks, and dancing under the stars to the music of “Rock Fish Willie” on Saturday, May 14, on the lawn of Tiff and Kelly Armstrong, 8701 River Rd. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, and can be purchased online at Or send a check to St. Bridget Church, c/o Kimberly Lapkin, 6006 Three Chopt Road, Richmond, VA 23226. Please note “Moon Dance Tickets” in check memo line.

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Centering prayer retreat

An Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat led by Father Bill Sheehan will be held at The Well Retreat Center May 14-20. This retreat cultivates a more profound level of spiritual practice in an atmosphere of silence, solitude, and community.

Women and men with an established centering prayer practice are invited to attend. Cost is $450 double occupancy or $550 single room. Inquiries and registration can be directed to Nancy Hess at 757-468-9256,, or Henry Burke at 804-288-9494,; brochures at

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Spiritual pilgrimages

Father Tom Mattingly, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Harrisonburg, will be spiritual director for an 11-day pilgrimage to Poland and Prague Nov 7-17. The itinerary includes two visits to Warsaw, Czestochowa, Krakow, Niepokalanow and Wadowice. Cost is $2,750 per person with deposit of $450 and final payment by Aug 1.

Father Jim Curran, Campus Minister at James Madison University, will be spiritual director for a Christmas Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Dec. 19-28. The itinerary includes two nights in Tiberius and six nights in Jerusalem. Cost is $3,075 per person. Deposit is $450 each person with final payment by Sept 1.

For additional information and brochures on either pilgrimage, contact John Tagnesi, toll free 1-888-544-4461 or email

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