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October 29, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 26


TIO concert

The Tidewater Intergenerational Orchestra, which was founded at St. Bede Church in Williamsburg, will present a concert with the choirs of St. Bede’s and St. Matthew’s Church in Virginia Beach on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew’s.

The performance will include Vivaldi’s “Gloria” with the orchestra and chorus under the direction of Aaron Renninger and Loretta Atkinson, music ministers of St. Bede’s and St. Matthew’s, respectively. Also included in the program with the combined instrumental and vocal groups are Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring and Mozart’s Ave Verum.

The concert is free, but good will contributions are welcome.


School Open Houses

Newport News

Peninsula Catholic High School in Newport News will hold an Admissions Open House for prospective students and their families for the next school year on Wednesday, November 7, starting at 6 p.m. The program will provide an opportunity to see the facilities, meet students and staff, learn about the academic, athletic and co-curricular offerings, and get a glimpse into what the “PC Experience” is all about. The school is located at 600 Harpersville Road in Newport News and serves students in grades 8 through 12.

For additional information call 757-596-7247 or visit the website

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, also in Newport News, will host an Open House on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning with a welcome at 6 p.m. and a formal presentation at 6:30. Autumn refreshments, coffee and cider will be served. To register, call 757-596-2754 or email


Saint Benedict Catholic School in Richmond will be holding an Open House for prospective students on Thursday, November 8, with the program starting at 6:45 p.m. at 3100 Grove Avenue in the Museum District. Saint Benedict’s is a classical JK - 8th grade, co-ed school. Please call Stacey Nelson-Munro, Director of Admissions at 804-254-8850 or visit us online at for more information.


Cathedral concerts

A free concert by the VCU Music Fraternity will be presented on Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.

A free concert by VCU French horn music students will be presented on Monday, November 12, at 5 p.m. at the Cathedral.


Revival at Basilica

A Revival with the theme “Faith Engaged: Charge, Challenge, Choice” will be held at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 12-14, beginning each night at 7. It will be led by Father Roy A. Lee, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee who has led similar revivals at churches in Miami and Newark, N.J.

Youth and Healing services will be included. The Basilica Mass Choir will provide inspirational music.


Craft Fairs and Bazaars

Christmas bazaar

Ascension Parish, Virginia Beach, will holds its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3, in the Ascension Community Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


For those wishing us to include information about an upcoming parish or school event, please submit your copy so we recieve it no later than three weeks prior to the event.

All information should be set to, note “for ShorTakes’”in the subject line. Or mail to: The Catholic Virginian, 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond, VA 23294.

We regret we can not receive any information by phone.

Craft Fair

St Joan of Arc Women’s Club will hold its Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 315 Harris Grove Lane, Yorktown. Fair includes vendors, crafts, bake sale, white elephant and lunches.

Christmas Bazaar

The St. Augustine Women’s Guild of Richmond will hold its annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 3, from 8:30 to 2 in the Church Hall located at 4400 Beulah Rd. in Chesterfield County. There will be ornaments,wreaths, pillowcases, crafts, baked goods and a White Elephant Sale.

Arts & Crafts Fair

The event will be held Saturday, November 10, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Palmyra. There will be more than 30 vendors as well as baked goods and a raffle. Food will be served from 8 a.m.

Craft fair

St. Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News will hold its Annual Fall Craft Fair on November 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 116 Denbigh Blvd., Newport News. Crafters and Vendors from the Greater Hampton Roads area will be presenting items including homemade soaps and candles, paintings, photography and more.

Holly Spree

The Saint Gertrude High School will hold “Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue” on Friday, November 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, November 17, from 9 to 3. Items will include wreaths, soaps, Christmas gifts, personalized stationery, jewelry, hand smocked children’s clothing, and baked goods. Tickets for PreSpree Friday night are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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