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September 17, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 23


Used Book Sale

The Women’s Club Charities at St. Gregory the Great Church, 5345 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, will host its 16th Annual Gently Used Book Sale on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 - 23, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The books will include fiction, non-fiction, crafts, sports, history, politics, pets, medical/health, children, teen, classics, inspirational, and numerous other topics. The prices will range from 50 cents to $2 with specialty books slightly higher.


40 Days for Life

In support of the National 40 Days for Life Campaign, the Knights of Columbus, St. Mary Star of the Sea Council 511, are sponsoring their 4th Annual 40 Days of Prayer for Life with the Rosary every day beginning Wednesday, September 26, through Sunday, November 4, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, 414 Buckroe Avenue, in Hampton.

Mondays through Fridays we will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Saturdays we will recite the rosary beginning at 4:15 p.m. (prior to the 5:00 p.m. Mass). And on Sundays we will begin the rosary around 11 a.m. (following the 10 a.m. Mass).


Haiti documentary

A benefit showing of the new 27-minute documentary “The Children of Haiti’s Future: Maison Fortuné Orphanage” will take place at the Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 p.m. Admission is free and dessert will be served. The orphanage serves children from all the parishes of the Diocese of Hinche.


Charlottesville 5K run

Charlottesville Catholic School will have its All Terrain 5K and 1st Annual CCS Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 29, with the 5K at 8 a.m. and the Kids Fun Run at 9:15.

For Early Bird Online registration, go to www.cvillecatholic.org/5K. Registration must be completed by Sept. 26.


Healing Mass

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, will offer a Healing Mass with Sacrament of Anointing on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. There will be lunch in the parish commons following Mass. All are welcome to participate in this liturgy, and those who wish to stay for lunch are asked to please RSVP to St. Mary’s Parish Office, 804-740-4044.


Fall Bazaar

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, at 544 Homestead Road in Chesapeake, will hold its annual Fall Bazaar on Saturday, September 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The bazaar will feature handcrafted items, country store (home canned fruits and vegetables), flower shop with fall plants, bake table, large white elephant sale, and food. A handmade queen size quilt and cash prizes will be raffled.


Gospel choir concert

The St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Gospel Choir of Richmond will hold its Anniversary Concert on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 4 p.m. at the church at 1301 Victor St. in Richmond’s Highland Park neighborhood.

In addition to the choir singing, there will be performances by several guest choirs: Men of Goodwill from Goodwill Baptist Church; Maggie L. Walker Alumni Gospel Choir; The Voices of Glen Allen, and Holy Rosary Catholic Church Gospel Choir.

The concert is free but will accept offerings.


St. Benedict Mission

”The Church as the Ark of the Covenant, Leading Us to Our Heavenly Homeland” will be the theme of the Parish Mission of St. Benedict’s, Richmond, Sunday Oct. 7 through Thursday Oct. 11, the first day of The Year of Faith.

Father Louis Guardiola of the Fathers of Mercy will be preaching with the first talk to begin at 7 p.m. Sunday. On Monday through Thursday there will be Mass at 5:30 p.m., followed by Adoration and Confession, and a talk at 7 p.m.

For a detailed schedule visit “NEWS FLASH” at www.saintbenedictparish.org.


St. Gertrude Open House

Saint Gertrude High School in Richmond will hold its annual Open House Program on Thursday, October 11, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Prospective students and their parents are invited. The program will include tours of the school, informative sessions and panels with students, parents, alumnae, faculty, and staff.

The school, located in the Museum District at 3215 Stuart Avenue, is an independent, college preparatory, Catholic school for young women grades 9-12.


Graced by God

CENACLE, the Central Area Catechetical Leaders Association, will hold its 8th annual catechist conference, GRACED BY GOD, on Saturday, October 20, at St. Augustine Church, 4400 Beulah Rd., Richmond. The theme this year is “Living the Sacraments.”

The keynote address will be given by Kathy Coffey, the author of several books and articles for America, U.S. Catholic, St. Anthony Messenger, Catholic Update, and National Catholic Reporter. The day will also feature an afternoon keynote by Msgr. Robert Perkins, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Hampton, and will include morning and afternoon workshops centered on the sacraments. Several workshops will be offered in Spanish.

Information about registration is available online at gbgconference.wordpress.com. Contact your parish catechetical leader or email tlee@saintbridgetchurch.org with questions.


Canonization liturgy

The Catholic Community of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, 3800 Big Bethel Rd., in Tabb, will have a celebration of Sung Evening Prayer on Sunday, October 21, at 6 p.m. to celebrate the Canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha. Bishop Emeritus Walter F. Sullivan will be the homilist.

A reception will follow.


Concert series

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Norfolk will open its 2012-2013 Concert Series on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. featuring the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band.The concert is free with a reception to follow. The church is at 6400 Newport Avenue (behind DePaul Medical Center).


Sisters benefit

The Comboni Missionary Sisters will hold their 15th annual benefit dinner on Sunday, Nov. 4, at the Jefferson Lakeside Country Club, 1700 Lakeside Ave., Richmond, with reception beginning at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The event will be preceded by Mass at 4:45 p.m. at the Comboni Missionary Sisters Chapel at 1307 Lakeside Ave.

Individual reservations are $130 and the cost for patrons (four reservations) is $700 and benefactors (eight reservations) is $1,400. Reservations can be made by sending the appropriate check to Mrs. Thomas L. Giovannetti, 2402 Mundy Court, Richmond, VA 23228 by Oct. 15.



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We regret we can not receive any information by phone.

Cursillo weekend

The Greater Hampton Roads Cursillo Movement has scheduled a Women’s Cursillo weekend for November 8-11 and Men’s Weekend for November 29-December 2 to be held at the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center in Toano.

The women’s weekend will be led by Monsignor Michael McCarron, pastor of St. Bede Parish in Williamsburg, and Barbara Hughes, featured columnist in The Catholic Virginian serving as spiritual directors. The Men’s Weekend will be led by Father Joseph Majewski, Father Anselmo Hernandez and Mark Mueller as spiritual directors. They will be joined and supported by local Cursillo leaders in conducting these weekends.

Participants, sponsors and angels are needed for both weekends. For more information and applications please visit the GHR Cursillo website — www.GHRCursillo.com or contact the Greater Hampton Roads Cursillo Lay Director: David Reaves, 757-876-1021 (evenings) or email: david.reaves@ghrcursillo.com.


School golf tournaments

St. Matthew’s Catholic School in Virginia Beach will hold its second Annual Eagle Open on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Honey Bee Golf Club with Florida Best Ball and 1 p.m. shotgun start. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. Teams at $425 and individuals at $110 include greens fee, golf cart, award dinner and beverages. For more information, visit www.smsvb.net, click on News & Events, then click on Golf Tournament, or call 757-424-5194.

Charlottesville Catholic School will feature football coach Lou Holtz on Sunday, Oct. 7, who will present a motivational speech and be available for photos at a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. at the school. Tickets are $75 per person. Register at www.cvillecathlic.org/LouHoltzReception.

Coach Lou will be a guest at the 10th Annual Gene Corrigan Golf Tournament benefitting Charlottesville Catholic School on Monday, October 8, at Glenmore Country Club. Registration of $200 per person includes lunch, remarks from Lou Holtz and photo op, an auction of athletes to bid on Lou and other celebrity athletes to join your foursome, player gifts, round of golf followed by an awards reception. Visit www.cvillecatholic.org/golf-tournament/ to register. For those wishing to attend both events, visit www.cvillecatholic.org/golf-tournament/ to register for a discounted price.

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