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October 1, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 24


Hispanic celebration

Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated on Sunday, Oct. 7, with Mass at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Comboni Missionary Sisters, 1307 Lakeside Ave., in the Lakeside area of Henrico County. After Mass there will be food and drink, music, dance and games for children. The event is planned to raise awareness of the diocese’s Segura Initiative which helps with tuition assistance for Hispanic children at Catholic schools.


Chant workshop

There will be an Express Chant Workshop on Tuesday, October 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Virginia Beach sponsored by the Richmond Diocese NPM Chapter. It will be led by Dr. William Tortolano who wrote the book “A Gregorian Chant Handbook,” published by GIA.

A registration form and all details are available on the Chapter website at www.npmrichmond.org or in Facebook at NPM-Richmond, Virginia. Phone Loretta Atkinson at St. Matthew’s, 757-420-6310, if you do not have computer access.


Living Rosary

Celebrate the Living Rosary Wednesday, Oct. 10, at St. Mary’s Parish, 9505 Gayton Road, in Richmond. The Blessed Virgin Mary will be honored with Mass at 9 a.m. and Evening Prayer celebrated at 7 p.m. After both liturgies, the Scriptural Rosary will be recited, with students from St. Mary’s School enacting the Biblical scenes as we meditate and pray. For more information, call the parish office at 804-740-4044.


Harvest Fair

St. Joseph Church in Hampton will hold its annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Church grounds at 414 Buckroe Ave. There will be food, crafts, games, pony rides, a raffle, and a silent auction.


Fall craft show

Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1404 Pacific Avenue in Virginia Beach, will hold a Fall craft show on Saturday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Admission is free but a non-perishable food donation to our Parish Pantry is appreciated. Exhibitor tables may still be available by calling Debbie at 757-404-3468.


Golf Tournament

Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School in Powhatan will hold its Tom Connelly Memorial Golf Tournament on Monday, October 15, at Stonehenge Golf and Country Club, beginning with 12 noon Registration, Warm-up and Lunch, followed at 12:30 by Shotgun Start and Captain’s Choice. There will be refreshments at 5 and awards at 5:30.

The cost is $100/Golfer (includes greens fees, cart, favor, lunch, and refreshments). The net proceeds of the tournament will go directly to Blessed Sacrament Huguenot Catholic School and deserving students. For questions about the tournament, or about BSH in general, please contact Terri Quinan, Director of Advancement, at 804-598-4211 x15 or tquinan@bshknights.org.


School Information Fair

St. Mary’s Catholic School in Richmond will host a High School Information Fair for all middle school students and their parents on Thursday, October 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Upper Commons of St. Mary’s Church, 9505 Gayton Road. For additional information, please visit the school’s website at www.saintmary.org or contact Susan Simkins at 804-360-1705.


Bon Secours vocations

A “Come and See Vocation Weekend” for the Sisters of Bon Secours will be held the weekend of Oct. 19-21 at the Bon Secours Provincial House near Baltimore. Single women will be able to share with other women who are exploring religious life and spend time with the sisters as well as enjoy personal prayer and reflection times and attend Mass.

For more information, contact Sister Pat, 877-742-0277 or email: CBSVocations@bshsi.org or go to the website: www.BonSecoursVocations.org.


Benedictine Open House

Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond will be holding an Open House on Sunday, October 21, at 2:30 p.m. There will be an opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the school and ask faculty, students, parents and alumni questions about the school and its planned move to 12829 River Road at Mary Mother of the Church Benedictine Abbey for the start of the school year in the fall of 2013. The school is now located at 304 N. Sheppard Street in the Museum District. For more information, visit their website at www.benedictinecollegeprep.org.  



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Rosary Congress

The 17th Annual Rosary Congress at Mary Mother of the Church Benedictine Abbey, 12829 River Road, Richmond, will be held on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, with the theme “The Year of Faith and the 95th Anniversary of Our Lady’s Apparitions in Fatima.”

The keynote speaker for both days will be Father Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal who is Vice-Postulator for the cause for canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. He is a frequent host on the Eternal Word Television Network. Admission is free. Mass on Friday will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. with all-night Eucharistic Adoration in the Abbey Church to pray for the Holy Father and our country.

Saturday’s Mass will begin at 10 a.m. after the Rosary at 9:30. The Congress will continue throughout the day.


St. Bridget School

St. Bridget School of Richmond will kick off its 60th anniversary festivities on Saturday, November 3, 6-11 p.m., at the school’s annual fall gala at the Tuckahoe Woman’s Club. Friends, patrons and alumni are invited. Visit www.saintbridget.org for tickets and more information.


Nativity sets needed

The 5th Annual No Room at the Inn Nativities exhibit at Church of the Redeemer in Mechanicsville is seeking the loan of Nativity sets to be on display at the annual benefit for the homeless. The deadline for entries is Nov. 9 for Nov. 30-Dec. 2 exhibit.

See www.churchredeemer.org for exhibitor forms and additional information. Space is limited to first 350 Nativities registered for this ever-changing event.

The Preview Gala will be held Friday, Nov. 30.

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