July 23, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 19
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has announced the following clergy appointments, effective immediately:
- Rev. Patrick Golden, Rector of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, has been appointed part-time Assistant to the Vicar for Clergy, Msgr. Mark Richard Lane. Father Golden will continue to serve as Rector of the Cathedral and will work in the Pastoral Center Wednesday and Thursday.
- Rev. Jacinto B. Garcia, a priest of the Diocese of Libmanan in the Philippines, is parochial vicar of the Peninsula Cluster Parishes (St. Joseph, Hampton; St. Mary Star of the Sea, Fort Monroe, and St. Vincent de Paul, Newport News).
In the front, kneeling, are Sarah Long, left, and Katy Rose Price. Behind them, from left, are Adreanna DeMarino, Margaret Maume, Jill Meloro, Katie Centofanti and Christa Jones.
Girl Scout Bronze Award given to Troop at St. Edward-Epiphany School
Girl Scout Troop 195, sponsored by St. Edward-Epiphany School in Richmond, has been awarded the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn. The Bronze Award is designed to encourage Girl Scouts to explore their own values and priorities, acquire new skills and interests, and perform a project that makes a difference to Girl Scouting and the community. The girls of Troop 195 selected the Saint Francis Home in Richmond as the recipient of their community service project. After touring the Home and meeting with the Activities Director to identify areas of need for the residents, the Troop purchased much needed supplies for the residents and donated 21 boxes of cookies they collected through the Gift of Caring aspect of their annual Girl Scout cookie sale. The Troop also designed and planted a butterfly garden which included making stepping stones and learning about the types of plants that attract butterflies.
Mary Ann Renninger, priest’s mother, dies
Mary Ann Renninger, the mother of Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Richmond, died July 12 at her home in Pottsgrove Pa., after a year-long battle with cancer. She was 71.
Born in Phoenixville, Penn., and raised in Spring City, she received an education degree from West Chester State College. She was a teacher at St. Aloysius Catholic School in Pottstown for more than 30 years and was also a member of the parish staff.
In addition to Father Renninger, she is survived by her husband, Carl A. Renninger; another son, Karl A. Renninger, of Louisville, Ky., her sister and two brothers.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 18 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, with burial the next day at New Hanover Lutheran Church Cemetery in Gilbertsville.
There will be a Memorial Mass for Mrs. Renninger in Richmond on Friday, July 27, at St. Mary Catholic Church (9505 Gayton Road) at 7 p.m. After the Mass there will be a reception at the Church.
Mary Ellen Perkins, priest’s mother, dies
Mary Ellen Perkins, the mother of Msgr. Robert Perkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Hampton, died June 27, surrounded by caretakers and family members in Hinsdale, Ill.
Her death came after five years of advancing dementia and subsequent medical complications.
In addition to Msgr. Perkins, she is survived by three other children and three grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband and another son.
At her request, a gathering of longtime close friends and family members was held on July 2 near her home in Hinsdale.
Catholic Golden Age plans annual pilgrimage to Basilica
All seniors of the diocese are invited to join the annual pilgrimage of the Richmond Catholic Golden Age Chapter to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption. Mass will be at 12 noon.
The pilgrimage group will also visit the Franciscan Monastery and tour the church and its replicas of Holy Land Shrines, the catacombs of Rome and crypts.
Departure by bus will be at 7:30 a.m. from the parking deck of Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital on Bremo Road. There will be a stop in Fredericksburg for breakfast.
The return trip to Richmond will depart at 4 p.m. with a stop at the Cracker Barrel in Fredericksburg for dinner. The approximate arrival time back in Richmond at St. Mary’s Hospital is 8 p.m.
The fee for travel and stops is $35, and does not include the cost of meals. For reservations, mail a check for $35 payable to Catholic Golden Age with the pilgrim’s name to: Tom Milhausen, 8113 Provincetown Drive, Richmond, VA 23235. For more information, call Tom at 804-320-1750.
NFP for the 21st Century: An Information and Support Seminar
Saturday, August 25 at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church Pastoral Center, Norfolk, Va.,
9 a.m.-12 Noon.
The seminar includes:
- Testimonies by NFP users
- “Why the Church teaches NFP: Life-giving Benefits” by Chris Gross, Ph.D. candidate in Catholic Moral Theology
- Two breakout sessions
- A question and answer period.
- The breakout session topics include: Creighton Information Session; Green, Organic, and Chemical Free; For Pre-Cana Facilitators; Be Not Afraid, an outreach to parents who have a poor prenatal diagnosis; Dealing with Infertility with God’s Grace.
Registration for the seminar is free. Babysitting ($5 donation per family) is available from 9 a.m.-12 Noon. Please confirm you will attend at NFP21century@gmail.com or call Anne Hamrick at 757-420-5321 to register for the seminar, to register for childcare, or for more information.
This event is co-sponsored by New Creation Community and the Diocesan Offices of Marriage, Family and Life and Respect Life.
Youth Conference set July 27-29 in Hampton
The annual Diocesan Youth Conference will be held Friday to Sunday, July 27-29, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton.
Sponsored by the Office for Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults, the conference seeks to gather high school youth from all 150 parishes of the Diocese of Richmond to one central location.
The theme will be “Rediscover the ONE, based on the New Evangelization and the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI for 2012-2013.
In order to increase attendance this year, several financial incentives are being offered as a result of the annual Diocesan Appeal.
The keynote speaker will be Andy Churray, an urban missionary in Brooklyn, N.Y., who works with Dirty Vagabond Ministry. He and his wife, Meg, shared the Gospel of Christ with the marginalized and forgotten.
For the second year the Diocese is creating a diocesan youth choir who will help lead worship during the Youth Conference as well as Virginia Catholic Youth Day at Busch Gardens in the fall. High school youth will be eligible to participate by singing or playing musical instruments.
Mass will be celebrated during the weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the sacrament of reconciliation will be available during the course of the weekend as well as reflection during that time.
Clergy Study Days to focus on Gospel of St. Mark
Dr. Mary Healy, associate professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and senior fellow at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, will be the speaker at the upcoming Clergy Study Days to be held in Newport News, Roanoke and Roanoke.
“A New Approach to the Gospel of St. Mark” will be the subject of the daytime event to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News; Wednesday, Aug. 8, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Richmond, and Thursday, Aug. 9, at St. Andrew’s in Roanoke.
The Clergy Study Days are open to priests and deacons, parish catechetical ministers and staff.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Dr. Healy earned an MA in theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville and a licentiate at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. She completed her doctorate in biblical theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2000.
Dr. Healy served for several years as coordinator of Mother of God Community, a lay Catholic community in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She is author of its first volume, The Gospel of Mark, which has just been released.
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Those who wish to attend are asked to pay a charge of $10 for food. Checks should be sent to Rev. Timothy Keeney, St. Anne Catholic Church, 350 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA, 24201.
Longtime volunteer honored
Willie Adams, a longtime volunteer at St. Francis Home in Richmond, received the Volunteer of the Year Award June 1 during a luncheon at the Diocese of Richmond Pastoral Center.
Active for 20 years at St. Francis Home, Mr. Adams, here with his wife Nancy, goes to local grocery stores to pick up sell by date items which include vegetables, pasta, meats, bakery items and dairy products and then brings them to the home for use by the residents. The award was presented to him by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo.
Job Search seminar set July 27 at CCEVA, Virginia Beach
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia will again hold a seminar to help job seekers learn what they need to know about finding employment in their local area.
The 30/30 Job Search Program is free and will be held on Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at Catholic Charities, 5361 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach.
To attend one must register by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 757-456-2366, ext. 502. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.
From left are Father Carlos Lerma, newly ordained and a parochial vicar at OLMC,; Father Ramsey, Bishop DiLorenzo; Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations who preached at Father Ramsey’s ordination, and Father Peter Tran, parochial vicar at OLMC.
Installation Father John David Ramsey
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo came to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Newport News on July 15 to formally install Father John David Ramsey as its new pastor. Father Ramsey, ordained a priest Jan. 16, 2010, began his new assignment July 1. He previously was parochial vicar at St. Bede Parish, Williamsburg, and was chaplain for the Catholic Campus Ministry at the College of William and Mary. From left are Father Carlos Lerma, newly ordained and a parochial vicar at OLMC,; Father Ramsey, Bishop DiLorenzo; Father Michael Boehling, Vicar for Vocations who preached at Father Ramsey’s ordination, and Father Peter Tran, parochial vicar at OLMC.
Jazz & Food Festival set Aug. 4 at St. Elizabeth’s
The fourth annual St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Jazz & Food Festival will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 12 noon to 7:30 p.m. on the church grounds in the Highland Park community of Richmond (2712 Second Ave. at the corner of Second Avenue and Fourqurean Lane).
The event will blend traditional and contemporary jazz with soul food cuisine in a Christian, family-oriented atmosphere.
The Festival is open to the public and visitors are asked to make a $2 donation to enter.
For more information, visit the St. Elizabeth Jazz & Food Festival website at www.steliz3c.com.