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November 26, 2012 | Volume 88, Number 2


Job Assistance Ministry sets session Nov. 28 at St. Michael’s

The fourth session of JAM (Job Assistance Ministry) of St. Michael Parish in Glen Allen will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Business attire is recommended.

“This is the major, annual event of the Jobs Assistance Ministry,” said Ed Landry, one of the organizers of JAM. “All job seekers are welcome to come to the JAM Session IV. Our doors are always open to all who seek our support.”

The program is now celebrating its fourth anniversary.

“We have now helped 418 job seekers land employment,” Mr. Landry told The Catholic Virginian, adding that more than 100 volunteers have assisted.

“Sadly the need is still great,” he said. “We see an average of six to eight new job seekers weekly.” One thousand one hundred and seven have joined the JAM Linkedin site.

At the JAM Session some 50 to 60 counselors/consultants will be available to give workshops and one-on-one counseling. They include HR leaders, career coaches, outplacement counselors and other professionals. They will review resumes, give guidance on starting a new business, do mock interviews and take professional photographs to be used in Linkedin and other social media profiles.


St. Mary’s School offers ‘Super Bowl Experience’

St. Mary’s School in Richmond is offering a raffle in which the grand prize is two prime game tickets to the Super Bowl XLVII game to be held Sunday, Feb. 3, in New Orleans.

In addition to the two tickets, the prize will include hotel accommodations and spending money.

Only 4,000 tickets will be sold for Super Bowl Experience XLVII. The drawing will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6, at St. Mary’s Church.

Tickets are priced at $50 for one and $100 for three tickets. The raffle proceeds will benefit St. Mary’s School.

Those interested should visit for a complete list of rules and prize information.


Sr. Marita Anne McGonigle, IHM, who taught in Norfolk, dies

Sister Marita Anne McGonigle, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who taught at St. Pius X School in Norfolk for 35 years, died Oct. 27 at Camilla Hall in Immaculata, Pa. She was 97.

Born in Bristol, Pa., she joined the congregation in 1932 and professed her first vows in 1935. In addition to her time in Norfolk, she taught and/or was an administrator in Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioceses of Harrisburg and Camden.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Camilla Hall Nov. 5, with interment at Immaculata Cemetery.


photo: candles at the baptismal font

Thrifty Sisters aid Little Sisters of the Poor

Volunteers Ann Watson, left, and Shannon Garbett help price and sort items which will be offered at Thrifty Sisters, a non-profit home goods resale store to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor in Richmond. The store will officially open its doors to the public on Saturday, December 1, at 8911 Patterson Avenue, just west of Parham Road in Richmond’s West End. Thrifty Sisters will sell gently used furniture, home décor, selected china, glassware, linens, exceptional women’s clothing and evening wear, purses, wallets, belts, artwork, vintage and antique items, rugs, jewelry, decorative pillows, curtains, lamps, light fixtures, books, CD’s/DVD’s, baby and children’s items, toys, religious statues and garden furnishings. Donations are now being accepted at a temporary location at 10618 Patterson Avenue. For more information and/or to volunteer in the store, contact


photo: Deacon Christopher Malone, a lawyer at a Richmond firm and
assigned to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, preaches at the annual Red Mass at St. Patrick Church in Lexington Oct. 28.

Bishop greets parishioners

Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo greets parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Harrisonburg after he celebrated Mass there on All Souls Day Nov. 2. The Bishop had earlier had a meeting with the priests and parish staff and then ate lunch with them after Mass before returning to Richmond.


photo: Deacon Christopher Malone, a lawyer at a Richmond firm and
assigned to Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, preaches at the annual Red Mass at St. Patrick Church in Lexington Oct. 28.

Bluegrass Jam Session

St. James Church of Hopewell has started sponsoring a monthly Bluegrass Jam Session the second Friday of each month beginning at 7 p.m. First timers and veteran musicians from the tri-cities area are invited to bring their banjos, guitars, mandolins, fiddles and harmonicas to play and sing bluegrass and gospel music and enjoy music and fellowship at Saint James’ Parish Hall. The musicians rotate to different churches throughout the month. There’s no charge for the entertainment or fellowship, but St. James is accepting donations of perishable goods for the Tri-Cities Food Bank located in Hopewell.

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