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September 3, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 22

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photo: Preparing for the Year of Faith conference at St. Bede Parish are, from left, Cass Hooker, director of Religious Ed. and Coordinator of Sacramental Ministries; Msgr. Michael McCarron, pastor, and Rhonie Butler, director of Social Ministry and Human Concerns.
Preparing for the Year of Faith conference at St. Bede Parish are, from left, Cass Hooker, director of Religious Ed. and Coordinator of Sacramental Ministries; Msgr. Michael McCarron, pastor, and Rhonie Butler, director of Social Ministry and Human Concerns.

Day of Faith planned at St. Bede’s, Williamsburg

In response to the “Year of Faith” being proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg will hold a “Day of Faith” Conference on Saturday, October 20, in Williamsburg.

Dr. John Bergsma, renowned Bible scholar from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, will deliver the keynote address and respond to questions such as “Can I be holy?” and “How do I ‘wash up and start over’?”

In addition to Dr. Bergsma, there will be breakout sessions for adults, high school and middle school students, and the Catholic Campus Ministry and Hispanic communities will feature tracks tailored to them.

Monsignor Michael McCarron, St. Bede’s pastor, will present a talk entitled “Meeting the Person of Christ within the Catechism.”

Children from three years to 6th grade will listen to a story teller and watch skits.

The afternoon portion of the conference will include volunteer opportunities at the parish and in the surrounding community such as organizing donated items for people who are poor, packing items to be sent to the troops, and light outdoor work benefitting the elderly and disabled.

The Saturday 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass will be linked with the observance of the Year of Faith.

“People of all descriptions are gearing up for the day of prayer, catechesis, fellowship and mission,” Msgr. McCarron said. “There is a place for everyone — families with children, singles, empty nesters and retirees.”

Registration is required, lunch will be provided, and child care will be available for children under three.

For registration and more information, check the parish website www.bedeva.org.

Registration forms are also available in the Church office, 757-229-3631.

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