August 6, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 20
Bp. Sullivan thanks all for prayers, get well wishes
Bishop Emeritus Walter F. Sullivan expects to return to his house in Richmond’s Ginter Park neighborhood Aug. 8 after four weeks of hospitalization and rehabilitation following surgery.
“I want to express my thanks and gratitude to the priests and people of our diocese for their words of encouragement and assurance of their prayers for my return to full health and activity,” Bishop Sullivan told The Catholic Virginian while a patient at Westport Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
The retired bishop, 84, entered Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond on July 6 when he experienced external bleeding and complication from the ileostomy he had in 2004. He had surgery to make repairs to the ileostomy July 17.
Bishop Sullivan was released from the hospital July 23 and transferred to Westport Manor.
“I spent 16 days on my back at St. Mary’s Hospital and I never realized how much muscle tone you lose,” he said, adding that he had been told one loses 3 percent of muscle tone for each day one lays in bed.
At the rehabilitation facility he has been having physical therapy each morning and occupational therapy in the afternoon.
Pamela Hartnett, left, principal of St. Joseph’s School in Petersburg, and Father Brian Capuano, pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish
“Celebrating the Mission Together”
Both Pamela Hartnett, left, principal of St. Joseph’s School in Petersburg, and Father Brian Capuano, pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish, recently attended the Pastor and Principal Leadership Conference sponsored by Boston College and held at the Connors Retreat and Conference Center in Dover, Mass. Ten teams of pastors and principals from parish schools throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Virginia attended the conference whose theme was “Celebrating the Mission Together.” Father John David Ramsey, newly installed pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Newport News, also attended the conference but the parish school’s principal, Sister Dominic, O.P., was unable to be present. Miss Hartnett is reaching to the principal of St. Joseph’s of All Saints in Haverhill, MA who is seated next to the pastor of the parish.
St. Thomas More in Lynchburg host Father Erus Isador
St. Thomas More in Lynchburg recently hosted a visit from Father Erus Isador, pastor of their twinned parish, Our Lady of the Nativity in Savanette, Haiti. During the visit St. Thomas More sponsored a car wash and pancake breakfast after Mass. Father Richard Mooney, pastor, also donated artwork that was raffled off. Altogether more than $8,200 was raised to benefit the parish and schools in Savanette. With Father Isador, from left, are an unidentified visitor, Tony Rini, Peggy Terrell, Rick Terrell and another unidentified visitor.
Filipino Festival set Aug. 10-11 at Our Lady of Lourdes
The 7th annual Filipino Festival at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Richmond will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10-11, at the church at 8200 Woodman Road in the Lakeside area of Henrico County.
Hours of the Festival will be on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., and on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The traditional cultural program will include exhibitions and entertainment by local Filipino artists and youths. There will also be health screenings, children’s games, crafts, jewelry and clothing.
Consular staff from the Philippine Embassy in Washington will renew Philippine passports and process applications for dual citizenship and visas.
Visitors will be able to sample authentic Filipino cuisine such as lumpia, pancit, adobo, lechon and halo-halo.
Local bands to kick off the Festival on Friday night include the Janet Martin Band, Cedar Creek, Keith Horne and the Sports Bar Rock Star Band. There will be special performances by the Latin Ballet of Virginia.
Admission to the event is free although a $2 donation is requested. The proceeds will benefit local food pantries, clothes closets, scholarships and the Lakeside Free Clinic.
With the inmates in the top row with Bishop Sullivan are Deacon Gordon Cartwright, Father Daniel Kelly, pastor of St. Mary’s, Lovingston, seminarian Daniel Faza-Jaller, from the Diocese of Palm Beach, and Deacon Tom Elliott. In the bottom row are St. Mary’s prison ministry volunteers Jerry Gress and Tom Eick and seminarian Juan Osorno, of the Diocese of Orlando.
Catholic inmates celebrate Mass
A Catholic inmates of Buckingham Correctional Center gathered with Bishop Emeritus Walter F. Sullivan June 25 when he came to celebrate Mass at which he confirmed Michael Ward, Shayn Digby and Rick Hering and heard a renewal of Catholic Faith by Mauricio Cerritos. With the inmates in the top row with Bishop Sullivan are Deacon Gordon Cartwright, Father Daniel Kelly, pastor of St. Mary’s, Lovingston, seminarian Daniel Faza-Jaller, from the Diocese of Palm Beach, and Deacon Tom Elliott. In the bottom row are St. Mary’s prison ministry volunteers Jerry Gress and Tom Eick and seminarian Juan Osorno, of the Diocese of Orlando.
John’s, Highland Springs, to hold Summer Fest
St. John Parish in Highland Springs will hold its annual St. John’s Summer Fest on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the church grounds at 813 W. Nine Mile Rd.
There will be BBQ, ribs and turkey legs with all the trimmings as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, tacos and pizza. Beverages will include beer, soda or water.
Activities will include games like fish bowl, ping pong, or hit the target and dunk a nurse. Children can enjoy having their face painted, having their portrait drawn or jumping in the bounce house. Crafts will be sold and there will be a silent auction. Raffle tickets will be sold for cash prizes. Listen to special performances from local talent. A packed full day of smiles for everyone.
Applications for vendors are still being accepted. For more information call Gail Wulf, 804-347-3492.
Former St. Ann parish bookkeeper convicted of falsifying records
On July 31, 2012, the former bookkeeper for St. Ann Catholic Church, Colonial Heights, was convicted in Chesterfield Circuit Court of embezzlement and falsifying parish financial records. Sentencing is scheduled to take place in November. The conviction is subject to appeal.
A multi-jurisdictional grand jury issued an indictment for the arrest of Nancy Snyder in March 2012. The indictment was for one count of embezzlement and one count of forgery as a result of an investigation conducted by the Virginia State Police.
Their investigation began in January 2011 after information had been turned over to them by the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.
The matter was brought to light when bank officials contacted the Diocese in mid-2010 and requested assistance with making arrangements for the payment of an outstanding loan from the parish. The $60,000 balance owed to the bank was due to be paid in full or converted to a term note to be paid in twelve months or less.
An internal investigation by diocesan auditors discovered that the loan was not recorded on the parish financial reports even though the bookkeeper continued to prepare checks for the quarterly interest payments.
The bookkeeper concealed these payments by failing to record them in the parish ledgers and by failing to include them in financial reports issued to the pastor, the parish finance council, and the Diocese. Other financial irregularities were uncovered by the Diocese and this led to the decision to inform the authorities.
Although the bookkeeper was convicted of embezzling funds and falsifying records, the proceedings did not conclude that she stole the $60,000.
Consistent with diocesan policies, all reports of mishandling of funds are investigated, and if evidence of a potential crime is discovered, the matter is turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Little Rock scripture study workshop set Sept. 8
The Little Rock Scripture Study will present an informational workshop on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Richmond.
Little Rock Scripture Study, a ministry of the Diocese of Little Rock, provides a method of parish-based Bible study designed to be coordinated by the laity. It offers more than 30 Old and New Testament studies, some of which are also available in Spanish.
The workshop, open to all interested lay persons, clergy and religious, is designed to acquaint participants with the format and materials of Little Rock Scripture Study. Participants will also learn about leadership training, a must for parishes about to get started.
Workshop participants will actually use some of the materials to give them first-hand experience as well as information. This “mini-experience” will make use of a portion of the Acts of the Apostles study materials.
Little Rock Scripture Study, begun in 1974, has become the most widely used Catholic Bible Study in North America.
The workshop will be presented by Little Rock Scripture Study staff members and is sponsored by the Office of Christian Formation and the Office of Hispanic Ministry. The cost of the workshop is $10 per person and includes lunch and materials.
Pre-registration is required by August 25. For more information, contact Bernadette Harris at 804-622-5157 or at BHarris@richmonddiocese.org.
Father Cole to head Building and Renovation Commission
Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo has appointed Father Rob Cole, pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Virginia Beach, as Chair of the Diocesan Building and Renovation Commission.
He succeeds Msgr. Thomas Shreve. Other members of the Commission include two Pastoral Center staff members. They are Deacon Paul Mahefky, director of real estate with the Office of Finance, and Deacon Chris Morash, director of the Office of Worship.
In addition, new Commission members are architectural draftsmen and designers Wayne and Sandra Moffett, both members of St. Benedict Parish in Richmond.
They join architects Henry Harris, Patrick McDonough and Jim Rice, who already are serving on the Commission.
Parishes which have a project they would like to bring to the Commission for review are asked to contact Father Cole to answer any questions they may have. He can be reached at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456, 757-426-2180, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jim and Sandy Dyk, previous coordinators of the diocese’s Marriage Formation office, are members of St. Michael Parish in Glen Allen. They were incorrectly identified with another parish.