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April 16, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 12






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St. Anselm Institute

The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlottesville will host a lecture with University of Notre Dame History Professor Brad Gregory speaking on his book “The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society” on Thursday, April 19, at 5 p.m. in Minor Hall Auditorium at the University of Virginia.

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Spring Flower and Craft Sale

Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News will hold its Spring Flower and Craft Sale on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school at 600 Harpersville Rd. There will be a Garden demo by a master gardener.

Babysitting will be by PCHS students.

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Diamonds, denims and dice

The PTO of Saint Mary’s Catholic School in Richmond will hold a Spring Adult Social Event “Diamonds, Denim & Dice” on Friday, April 27, opening at 6:30 p.m. and closing at 11. The event will feature entertainment of Steve Bassett, casino-style gaming, great food, live auction and a silent auction.

Dress ranges from casual to formal. To purchase tickets or additional information, visit the website at and click on the Diamonds, Denim and Dice icon. Tickets are on sale on this website until Sunday, April 22, or after each Mass the weekend of April 21-22.

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OLMC School tour

We invite you to join Our Lady of Mount Carmel School for a free breakfast and school tour on Tuesday, May 1, beginning at 9 a.m. There will be a brief presentation, a Q&A session, and an opportunity to visit the classrooms and meet the teachers. In addition, there will be raffles, including a chance to win free registration for the 2012-2013 school year.

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‘Gator Gourmet’

Saint Gertrude High School of Richmond will have its Second Annual “Gator Gourmet: Savor the Flavors on Stuart Avenue” on Wednesday, May 2, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Sister Charlotte Gym. There will be more than 25 area restaurants featured, including their signature dishes. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door with a cash bar. For more information and registration, go online

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Women’s Living Rosary

shortakes submission informationThe Council of Catholic Women of Bristol, VA and The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Our Lady of the Rosary, Bristol, TN, will host a Living Rosary on Saturday, May 5, at 9 a.m., at St. Anne Catholic Church in Bristol, VA. Brunch will follow in the Church Great Room. The rosary will be formed by St. Anne Parish women, daughters and granddaughters.

Those who wish to attend the Rosary and brunch are asked to contact Linda Stackpole at or (505)463-5450 or Barbara Fiala at or (276)669-2859.

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Wellness Health Fair

St. Matthews Catholic Church, 3314 Sandra Lane, Virginia Beach, will host a Wellness Health Fair on Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public, there will be a Red Cross blood drive and a number of health professionals sharing information on improving one’s health, dental, prenatal care, diabetes and breast health. Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass and blood sugar will be available.

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Sowers of Justice

Tidewater Sowers of Justice JustFaith Community will host Father Gregory Boyle, S.J., author of “Tattoos on the Heart” and founder of Homeboy Industries, on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m at Church of the Holy Family at 1279 N. Great Neck Rd. in Virginia Beach. Father Gregory, with a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology, has been the pastor of Dolores Mission in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles since 1986 and advocates for at-risk and gang-involved youth. The church sits between two large public housing projects.

At Homeboy Industries’ various businesses — baking, silkscreening, landscaping — gang affiliations are left outside as young people work together, side by side, learning the mutual respect that comes from building something together.

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The Well retreat center

“Fullness of Life Retreat” will be the theme of a retreat led by Father Joseph Majewski the weekend of June 8-10, 2012 at The Well Retreat Center in Smithfield. Retreatants will discover ways to bring about a balance and harmony in the physical, intellectual, psychological and spiritual areas of life.

For more information, contact 757-255-2366 or email

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