October 29, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 26
Holy Apostles, Va. Beach, to celebrate 35 years
Both Bishop Emeritus Walter F. Sullivan of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Herman “Holly” Hollerith of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will lead the upcoming celebration of Christian unity at the 35th anniversary of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Virginia Beach.
The All Saints Day service will be held on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. at the church at 1593 Lynnhaven Parkway.
Holy Apostles was established on All Saints Day in 1977 in the chapel at the Barry Robinson Center in Norfolk by Bishop Sullivan and then Bishop David Rose of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. It is designed to serve as a community to “double belonging” families in which one or more of the family members are Roman Catholic or Episcopalian.
“It allows to celebrate their common faith in one service of unity that respects each tradition and its canons,” said Father Jim Parke, Catholic co-pastor.
“Its vision reflects the spirit of the Second Vatican Council that called for each diocese to establish an ecumenical commission to work for Christian unity for which Jesus Christ prayed.”
In addition to Father Parke, Holy Apostles is served by Father Michael Ferguson, Episcopal co-pastor.
A group of more than 400 parishioners gathered Saturday morning, Oct. 13, at Star of the Sea Church in Virginia Beach to begin a boardwalk Eucharistic Procession. Fathers Neal Nichols, Peter Byrne and Robert Novokowsky, all with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, were assisted by servers from St. Benedict Parish in Chesapeake and St. Joseph’s in Richmond as well as the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus to help lead the procession for seven blocks along Virginia Beach’s Oceanfront Boardwalk to the 24th Street Park where there was an altar of repose. Here each of the priests gave a brief sermonette to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the miracle at Fatima. Then the faithful returned to Star of the Sea Church for a final benediction.
Christmas Bazaar of the Little Sisters of the Poor
Getting ready for the annual Christmas Bazaar of the Little Sisters of the Poor are, from left, Mary Martha Thedieck, who co-chairs the event with Joan Hart; and Sisters Angela and Teresa. Many of the handmade and handpainted items are from a Crafts Group of 12 which meets every Thursday beginning in January up until the Bazaar. It will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
at St. Joseph’s Home at 1503 Michaels Rd. in Henrico. Breakfast and lunch items will be available for purchase. For more information, call 804-288-6245.