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October 15, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 25


Church concert

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Norfolk, as part of its 2012-2013 Concert Series, will present a free concert featuring the Mosaic Steel Orchestra on Sunday, October 14, at 4 p.m. A reception will follow.


Welcome Home

The Parish Community of St. Joan of Arc in Yorktown will offer a program for inactive Catholics who are considering returning to the Church. The program, called “Welcome Home,” is a series of six classes offered at the church on continuous Monday evenings, beginning Oct. 22. Each session begins at 7:00 and ends around 8:30. There is no cost or obligation to the participants. For more information or to enroll in the class, please contact the Church Office at 757-898-5570.


Environmental issues

The diocesan Office of Justice and Peace and Hollins University will sponsor “Eco-Evening,” an event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Hollins which will include dinner and a panel discussion on environmental issues in Virginia and how they affect people. Topics will include mountaintop removal coal mining and environmental policies. Seating is limited and reservations must be made by Oct. 19.

To RSVP, contact Caroline.Stanfill@cccofva.org or call 540-278-1624.


Benefit house tour

A Northside Richmond House Tour to Benefit All Saints Catholic School of Richmond will be held in the Ginter Park neighborhood on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 12 noon to 4 p.m. The self-guided tour will begin at All Saints and include historic homes on Seminary and Noble Avenues, the library at Union Presbyterian Seminary and St. John’s Baptist Church. All Saints will also hold Open House.

Tickets are $12 in advance (purchased at All Saints, 3418 Noble Ave., Richmond, VA 23060, 804-329-7524) or $15 at the door. Parking will be available at All Saints.


All Saints Eve celebration

Catholic children are invited to come dressed as their favorite saint, angel or Bible character for a fun celebration Wednesday, October 31, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, 828 Buford Rd., Richmond. The program will begin with Vespers in church at 5:20 p.m., followed by a candlelight procession, light dinner, Parade of “Saints,” Saint Games and candy and prizes.

Those who wish to come are asked to contact Victoria Sanctafamilia, 804-592-8055, by email at sales@designerpastry.com or for more information. Attendance is free.


Black Catholic Book Club

The diocesan Office for Black Catholics is offering an opportunity to gather weekly for a discussion on the book “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church,” by Father Bryan N. Massingale, associate Professor of moral theology at Marquette University who teaches in the Institute of Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University, New Orleans.

All meetings will be held on Thursday nights at 6:30 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, beginning Nov. 1. The five meetings, which run through Dec. 6, will have a discussion on a different chapter each week, beginning with Chapter 1. To RSVP, contact Kathy Ritz, obc@richmonddiocese.org or call 804-359-5661.


All Souls Day service

The Bereavement Ministry of Our Lady of Lourdes Church 8200 Woodman Road, Richmond, will hold a Memorial Service on All Souls Day, Friday, November 2, at 7 p.m. in remembrance of loved ones who have died. For more information, please contact Paula Braun at pbraun715@gmail.com.


All Souls Day Masses

The liturgy for All Souls Day (normally celebrated on Nov. 2) will be celebrated Saturday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m. at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Richmond in the mausoleum. Father George E. Zahn, pastor of St. Paul Parish, Richmond will preside.

The annual All Souls Mass will be celebrated Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2 p.m. in the chapel mausoleum of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Norfolk, preceded by the Rosary at 1:30. Father Brian Rafferty, pastor of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake, will preside. To volunteer, contact John Langlois at 757-499-7202.


Indoor tailgate party

Christ the King Catholic School in Norfolk will hold its 11th annual auction tickets Indoor Tailgate Party on Saturday, Nov. 3. The auction ticket includes a buffet dinner and complimentary beverages. Doors open at 6 p.m. The silent and live auction prizes will include cars, cruises, vacation homes and camps for kids.

Advanced sales tickets are $35 per-person. After November 1 they will be $40. For details and tickets, go to www.ctkparish.org/auction. Auction location: Christ the King School at 3401 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk.



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We regret we can not receive any information by phone.

Holy Rosary Sodality

The Ladies Sodality of Holy Rosary Church in Richmond is sponsoring a trip to The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Monastery in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Nov. 17, leaving from the church parking lot at 8 a.m. The cost will be $40. Payment deadline is Nov. 4. For more information, contact Evelyn Welch, 804-737-7300.


Catholic Woman’s Club

The Catholic Woman’s Club of Richmond will hold a Memorial Mass to honor deceased members on Monday, Nov. 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Benedict Church, 300 N. Sheppard St. Father James Kauffmann, pastor, will be the celebrant.

Lunch will follow in St. Anselm Hall of St. Benedict School. The cost for lunch will be $15. Checks should be sent to: Joan Walton, 300 Burnwick Rd., Richmond, VA 23227. The reservation deadline is Nov. 7.


5k fundraiser

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, Tabb/Poquoson, is sponsoring a 5K run/walk on December 1 to raise funds to support the schools in their Haitian twin parish of St. Michel, Boucan-Carre. The run starts at 8:30 at the church, 3800 Big Bethel Rd. Pre-registration entry, before Nov. 18, is $21 and $28, thereafter. There will be awards to top finishers. For registration and additional information available at the race website: www.stkaterirun.com.

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