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June 13, 2011 | Volume 86, Number 17






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Save the dates

The diocesan Office of Worship, under the leadership of Deacon Chris Morash, will sponsor a workshop “Welcoming the revised Roman Missal” to be held in four separate locations of the diocese.

The dates and workshop sites are:

  • Saturday, June 25, at St. Nicholas, Virginia Beach

  • Saturday, July 16, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Salem

  • Saturday, July 23, at St. Michael, Richmond

  • Saturday, August 13, at Christ the King, Abingdon

Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More information will be provided in the next issue of The Catholic Virginian.

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Clergy announcements

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following clergy assignments, effective July 1:

  • Rev. Adrian Harmening, OSB, a Benedictine from Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, will be retiring as pastor of St. Joseph’s (Latin Tridentine Rite) Church, Richmond.

  • Rev. Robert Novokowsky, of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, will be the pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Richmond.

As previously announced, Father Steven R. Rule, who had been pastor of Church of the Epiphany in Richmond, voluntarily stepped down from that role.

After an independent professional review, the Diocese has determined that:

1. The investigation was complete.

2. No infraction under civil or canon law was determined to have occurred.

3. This has been a stressful time and Father Rule will be taking a sabbatical prior to his next assignment.

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photo: Father Timothy Drake, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Clintwood, and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo stand by the church signCatholic presence in Appalachia

Father Timothy Drake, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Clintwood, and Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo stand by the church sign following the 50th anniversary of the church May 22. Originally built and staffed by the Glenmary Home Missioners in 1961, St. Joseph’s became part of the Diocese of Richmond in 1974 when diocesan boundaries were realigned with establishment of the Diocese of Arlington. Clintwood is located in Dickenson County near the Kentucky border and Breaks Interstate Park, about four hours west of Roanoke. There are approximately 20 registered households in the parish. St. Joseph’s is part of the Trinity Cluster of Southwest Virginia which also includes the Catholic communities of Sacred Heart, Big Stone Gap; St. Anthony’s, Norton, and Holy Spirit, Jonesville. Father Drake is pastor of all four communities. (PHOTO BY DEACON CHRIS HESS)

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photo: Bishop Ireton Council president Bill Burnett, Chris Byard and Bruce La Ronde, CEO of the Central VA/Hampton USO.USO canteen dance

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Bishop Ireton Council 6189, Richmond, recentl sponsored a canteen dinner-dance reminiscent of the events once sponsored by the USO. It was held at the Bishop Ireton Center to benefit the Richmond USO Center at Richmond International Airport and the Richmond Fisher House at McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center. Here the Bishop Ireton Council president Bill Burnett, Chris Byard and Bruce La Ronde, CEO of the Central VA/Hampton USO, to which the Richmond Center belongs, look at memorabilia from the World War II era provided by the Powhatan World War II Roundtable, led by Tom Tokarz of St. John Neumann Parish in Powhatan.

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photo: Bishop Joseph Madera with Alexis Garcia.Patient is confirmed

Alexis Garcia, a candidate for Confirmation from St. Mark Parish in Virginia Beach, was unable to participate in the Confirmation liturgy May 25 when she was a patient at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. Bishop Joseph Madera then went to the hospital the next day and conferred the sacrament on her. Witnessing the ceremony were Father James Griffin, pastor of St. Mark’s; Margie Russell, coordinator of Confirmation/youth ministry at the parish; Alexis’s mother, Maria Garcia, and her two sisters, Jasmine and Chrisanta.

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photo: At left is Virginia Walsh with her are Martha Scott and Amelia Pyle. Behind them is Mike Pyle.‘Where love never grows old’

Volunteers and benefactors of St. Francis Home in Richmond, which has received major funding from the Diocese of Richmond, were honored at a luncheon June 3 at the Pastoral Center. At left is Virginia Walsh, a longtime volunteer and board member from St. John Parish in Highland Springs, who was surprised with the Volunteer of the Year Award. With her are Martha Scott, at 101, the oldest resident of the home, and Amelia Pyle, third grade student at St. Benedict School who is the youngest volunteer and regularly visits the residents, many of whom she knows by name. Behind them is Mike Pyle, executive director of St. Francis Home. “Where love never grows old” continues to be the motto of the home which has 106 residents, most of whom are elderly, infirm or disabled people of limited means.

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