St. Stephen, Martyr 5th Annual Christmas in July craft show, Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event features artists, artisans and authors from the Tidewater and Northeast North Carolina area, concessions and a 50/50 raffle. There will be Christmas music and decorations! Admission is free, but please bring a canned good for the local food pantry. Located at 1544 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake. Information: Denise Huffstickler at or Carol Ehrbar at


Icon painting workshop, July 15-20, Jubilee House Retreat Center. Focuses on silence and the process of painting (writing) icons. This living art offers a gentle means of praying, without words, by a two-way window into oneness/communication with the presence and spiritual nature of the depicted and God. Flyer and reservation form at webpage

Garage sale, Saturday, July 21, 7:30-11:30 a.m., Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 52 Harpersville Road, Newport News, in the OLMC air-conditioned school cafeteria and gym. Items organized by department: furniture, electronics, tools, outdoor and garden, housewares, Christmas and other holidays, kids’ clothes, toys, furniture, games, books, linens, purses, baskets, candles and jewelry. There will also be baked items for sale. For information email

Community brunch, Sunday, July 29, 9 a.m-1 p.m., Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra. All – you, friends, family and neighbors — are welcome to join us for food and fellowship as we come together as a community for this inaugural event. Tickets: $10 at the door, $8 in advance. Children 3 and under eat for free. Reservations not required. Call (434) 589-5201 for more information.

Trip to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington D.C., Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Wednesday, Aug. 15, sponsored by the Catholic Golden Age – Our Lady of Peace Chapter, Richmond. Includes celebration of a Solemn High Mass. After lunch participants will be given a guided tour of the basilica. All ages are welcome to attend. Cost of trip is $55 and includes dinner on the way home. Reservations and payment must be received by Wednesday, July 24. Call Peggy Nitz for complete details at (804) 272-0769.

Pilgrimage to St. Pope John Paul II Shrine and Franciscan Monastery Museum, Washington, D.C., Saturday, Sept. 29, sponsored by the Catholic Historical Society Museum of the Roanoke Valley. Cost: $59 per adult; $30 per child. Registration deadline: Wednesday, Aug. 15. Call (540) 819-2569 or email roanokecatholicmuseum@gmail. com for more information.

Call for craft vendors to participate in the Church of St. Therese, Theresian’s Society Christmas Bazaar, Saturday Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6262 Main St., Gloucester. Table rental: $30; $35 with electrical hookup. Contact Charlene Galvez for vendor application and additional information at or (804) 832-6808.

Ten-day pilgrimage to Marian Shrines, Oct. 22-31. Father Carlos Lerma, pastor, St. Mary, Lovingston, will be spiritual director on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Avila, Loyola, San Sebastian and Lourdes. Trip includes roundtrip airfare, four-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, airport taxes, fuel surcharges, transfers as per itinerary, sightseeing and admission fees as per itinerary, daily Mass. Contact Father Carlos at (757) 751-8194 or Sheryll Harambasic (434) 922-7725 or parish@stfrancisamherst. Contact soon as space is limited.

Pilgrimage to Rome and the shrines of Italy, including Wednesday papal audience, Sept. 18-28, hosted by Father Jay Wagner, pastor, Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville. Brochure and details available: father or (804) 746-4911; jimadair@ or (888) 878-8187.

VAACV-Richmond Sinulog Festival 2018 Festival is an epoch-making festival in Richmond, Virginia. This has become a yearly activity with much unwavering vehemence spearheaded by the Visayan American Association of Central Virginia (VAACV) and is held on either first or second Sunday of January here in metropolis. This has already formed a bigger part of our ways of living imbued with religious rituals and tribal cultures depicting our common descent, territory, and ethnicity by way of dancing the Sinulog. One of the most awe-inspiring distinguishing features and characteristics of this festivity is the amazingly impressive Sinulog presentations by the so-called tribes with typically having a recognized leader and a queen leading the pack. It is incredibly far out as it has drawn phenomenally hundreds of religious advocates and supporters from all over the state with an intent to join in with the fusion. The festival is celebrated not only to commemorate significantly the acceptance of Catholicism and the triumphant feat of Christianity in Cebu in the Philippines, but to honor the Santo Niño for making miracles and wonders in our lives here in the USA amidst all the challenges, trials, and desolations we have been through. It is a cross we unfortunately have to bear, but with rue, our hearts are unladen.

As stated by or in the history, long before Magellan found Cebu in 1521, a variation of the Sinulog dance was already performed by the natives in honor of their wooden idols and anitos. The dance moves two steps forward and one step back to the sound of drums. It was designed to mimic the flow of the current of Cebu’s Pahina River, thus Dinulog is taken from the word “SULUG” meaning CURRENT. As they dance, dancers chant “Pit Senyor”, the equivalent of Viva El Señor Sto. Niño and the others pray all amidst the constant beating of drums. The Sinulog is a prayer dance. It is a dance of petition, of contrition, of thanksgiving, and of adoration. It is a dance that gives us a glimpse into the devotees psyche, an expression of the devotee’s religious experience of God’s constant love and care.

VAACV, as a nonprofit association based in Richmond, is a Sinulog trailblazer in Central Virginia fully dedicated to promoting and fostering the spirit of camaraderie, brotherhood, and oneness through our devotion to the Holy Child, Señor Santo Niño. It has been six years now since the inception of this association beginning with the end in mind of leading the way to this vividly picturesque Sinulog festivity which started in Cebu in 1980. A spectacular event in our capital city which has remarkably captivated hundreds of friends, guests, and devotees coming from far and wide just to take part in this entrancing occasion. Not only does this increase the level of awareness of our younger generations, but it is also in keeping with our deep-rooted tradition of penitence, thanksgiving, and repentance through this prayer dance.

Pilgrimage to Fatima, Lourdes, Spain and France, with Father Tom Mattingly, pastor of St. Olaf, Williamsburg, as spiritual director, Sept. 17-29, 2018. Itinerary, costs and other details available by contacting John Tagnesi, (888) 544-4461 or jtag1964@

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Feb. 3-13, 2019. Join Msgr. Patrick Golden on a deeply moving spiritual experience. Eleven-day tour for $3,199 from Washington Dulles includes roundtrip airfare, four star/first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, land transportation by deluxe motor coach, all entrance fees as per itinerary, licensed Christian guide, daily Mass at holy sites. For further information please contact Alba Kim, (804) 298-4035 or Reservations/deposits due soon as space is limited.

Cathedral of the Sacred Heart gift shop has unique new and vintage gifts for Baptism, first Eucharist and confirmation. Gift shop is open before and after weekend Masses. For appointment shopping during the week, call Chris at (804) 359-5651.

The Board of Directors at Saint Francis Home embarked on a strategy last year to cultivate relationships with younger generations of supporters. We understand that Millennials want to contribute to causes when they believe their involvement makes a difference, even if they can only afford the equivalent of a Starbucks coffee. We also know of their affinity for social media and smartphones. So we launched the successful “Fill My Plate” campaign. Knowing everybody understands that good nutrition is critical to good health, we have made it simple to help with our food budget. Anybody can easily contribute as little as $5 with only a few clicks on their smart phone. By doing this, they will help to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables, more lean meats, and dairy and grains for our residents. Help us make a difference by visiting our dedicated web page, Please tell your family and friends how easy it is for them to help!

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