Open house, Benedictine College Preparatory, 12829 River Road, Richmond, Thursday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m. Opportunity for prospective students and their families to tour the school and ask faculty, students, parents and alumni questions. For more information, contact the admission office at (804) 708-9504 or visit www.benedictinecol

“Sing Me to Heaven,” a concert featuring the St. Joseph Church Choir, the James River Trombones and other special guests will take place Saturday, Sept. 29, St. Joseph Church, Petersburg. Hors d’oeuvres at 6:30 p.m.; Concert at 7 p.m. Call (804) 733-3115 for more information.

Annual bazaar, St. Mary Catholic Church, 544 Homestead Road, Chesapeake, Saturday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Featuring handicrafts, Kuntry Store, white elephant, greenery shop, sweet booth, food and more. Contact Nancy, (757) 488-6054 or Gloria, (757) 488-1904 with any questions.

Masterworks Series, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Enjoy passionate, yet exquisite sonatas on the piano — Sonata in F Minor by Brahms and Sonata in F Minor by Schumann. Michael Steven Lianos will be the pianist. For more information about this free concert, call (757) 229-3631, or visit

Walking with Purpose, a women’s Catholic Bible study offering a Scripture-based program that is approachable, relevant and focused on conversion of heart, invites women and parish leaders from throughout the Diocese of Richmond to attend a “Learn About Walking with Purpose Ambassador Event.” Clergy, lay formation leaders, and women seeking to bring other women closer to Christ through Scripture study and fellowship are invited to the Lakehouse at St. Michael Church, 4491 Springfield Road, 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4. Refreshments provided. Contact Sarah Brockwell for more information. To register:https://www. ambass ador-event-walk ing-with-purpose-regional-info-night.

Food Truck Festival, Friday, Oct. 5, 4:30-8 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing, fall night on the Our Lady of Lourdes School field, 8250 Woodman Road, Richmond. We’ll have a variety of food trucks and beer/wine for sale. Bring your camp chairs and listen to great music. Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the school library. Free entry. Info at www.face

Piano recital, given by Patricia Schrock and friends, in celebration and thanksgiving for the new Schimmel grand piano, Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond. All are welcome to this free event. Reception follows.

Annual Harvest Craft and Gift Show, Saturday, Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 7, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Church of The Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth. We have 33 vendors selling a variety of items. In addition to the craft vendors, we will offer food for sale (egg rolls, pancit, chicken adobo, and fried rice) and a cash prize raffle. Raffle tickets are $20 per ticket for a chance to win a grand prize of $1,000, second prize of $500, and third prize of $250. There will also be a door prize of a 32-inch TV. There will also be a bake sale, silent auction and white elephant sale. To purchase raffle tickets and order food, call Amy Hill at (757) 383 0478 or Maureen Harman at (757) 619 9914. Proceeds go to the operating fund of Church of the Resurrection.

St. Olaf Catholic Church, in coordination with various other local churches, welcomes all to participate in the National Life Chain, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2-3:15 p.m., on the sidewalk facing Richmond Road starting at Centerville Road and the Harris Teeter parking lot. Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful, public witness of pro-life Americans standing in honor of 60 million lives lost to abortion. We will be praying for our nation, for people in crisis situations and for an end to abortion.

Annual High School Information Fair, featuring Richmond-area high schools, sponsored by St. Mary Catholic School, Thursday, Oct. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., upper commons, St. Mary Catholic Church, 9501 Gayton Road, Richmond. All Richmond middle schoolers and their parents are invited to meet representatives from over a dozen area high schools to gather admissions information.

St. John the Evangelist, Highland Springs, Annual Spaghetti Dinner, Friday, Oct. 12, 5-7 p.m. We’ll be serving delicious homemade pastas, including our famous Eggplant Parmesan, fresh bread, and desserts. Contact Dianne Cassady with any questions, (804) 840-8642 or dcassady1@

America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally, Saturday, Oct. 13, Noon-2 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road, Henrico. Bring a chair and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Maria Pruessmann for more information, (804) 935-0302 or

Rosary Rally for Peace, marking the 101st anniversary of the Blessed Mother appearing to the children of Fatima, Saturday, Oct. 13, Noon, St Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Glen Allen. For more information, contact Maureen Johnston at

Healing Mass with Sacrament of Anointing, Saturday, Oct. 13, 10:30 a.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond. All are invited to join us for Mass and for lunch in the parish commons following Mass. Come to be anointed if you are anticipating surgery, have chronic mental or physical illness or bear the burdens of gaining. To RSVP for lunch, contact the St. Mary parish office (804) 740-4044.

Music for a Cathedral Space Concert Series presents the world-renowned, Belgian early music sensation Vox Luminis, 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 19, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 800 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond. According to Gramophone Magazine, “…the refinement of Vox Luminis is never anything less than sublime.” The program, “A Royal Departure: Funeral Music for a Prince and a Queen,” will feature works for choir and continuo by Luther, Schütz, Purcell, and Morley. Free tickets available at

Women’s Cursillo, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 25-28, Jubilee House, Abingdon (transportation provided). Cursillo is a joy-filled weekend during which you will take part in a variety of activities, meet like-minded women who want to deepen their faith, have time to explore who you are and encounter the Holy Spirit personally and through the amazing women you will meet. You’ll have comfortable lodging, wonderful food, and amazing fellowship while you get away from the hustle and bustle of life. For more information: Elena Weightman call/text (540) 838-1042 or

Bluegrass 2018-2019 Series, composed of six performances, begins Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m., St. Michael the Archangel, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen. Doors open at 6 p.m.; light refreshments served. Season tickets: $85; individual tickets: $17 in advance; $22 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at; weekdays, 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., at the parish office; or by calling (804) 527-1037

Huge indoor yard sale, St. Ann Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland, Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. both days. Visit St. Ann’s website for more details:

St. Paul’s Ladies Sodality Yard Sale, Saturday, Sept. 22, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Rain or Shine! Located at 909 Rennie Ave, Richmond, VA 23227. For more information visit

14th Annual Holiday Craft Show, Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., OLPH Social Hall 314 Turner Road, Salem. (Between Walgreens and Walmart). Sponsored by OLPH Women’s Club. Featuring door prizes, themed raffle baskets, silent auction Items, multiple crafters/vendors, food, drink, baked goods.

St. Gabriel Respect Life Ministry is offering a presentation on depression and anxiety among the elderly, Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. — Noon, 8901 Winterpock Road, Chesterfield. Benedictine Sister Kathleen Persson, a counselor for over 30 years, will offer her perspectives based upon her Catholic faith and beliefs, and how they come to bear in her assistance to those in her care. RSVP for this free event at Respect-Life.

Sisters in Christ: A Retreat for Women, Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Mary Parish, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond. Sarah Hart will lead a day of spiritual renewal and reflection with humor, songs, prayer, Scripture, and personal stories in exploring the lives of eight women saints. The $15 registration fee includes lunch. For information or to register call (804) 740-4044 or go to

St. Thomas More Parish, Lynchburg, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a parish picnic, Sunday, Sept. 23, starting at 3 p.m. Past parishioners and friends of St. Thomas More are invited to celebrate with us. There will be a DJ, games and inflatables for the kids. Tickets are available from the parish office or at the door for $5 per person. Call (434)237-5911 or email

Catholic Woman’s Club Membership Tea, Monday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m., at the Columbian Center 2324 Pump Road. The Catholic Woman’s Club promotes Catholic ideals through intellectual, cultural and spiritual development and philanthropic endeavors. Open to Catholic women age 21 or older who are practicing their faith. For reservations, contact Joan Walton (804) 266-3612 no later than Monday, Sept. 17 at

All are invited to join Bishop Barry C. Knestout and the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia, Bishop Herman Hollerith IV, for an ecumenical vespers service for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept 24, National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, 510 Richmond Road, Williamsburg. Other events for this feast day include: noon Angelus, rosary and Mass in the shrine and a 6 p.m. rosary procession, beginning at the College of William and Mary Wren Chapel. For more information, including how one can receive a plenary indulgence by visiting the shrine, contact Elizabeth Gorny at St. Bede Catholic Church, (757) 229-3631 x2300, Website:

Women’s Book Club, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, Richmond, Fridays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12 and 19, 10 a.m. The book is “Doors to the Sacred: Everyday Events as Hints of the Holy,” by Ursuline Sister Bridget Haase. The book invites readers to open their eyes to the daily experience of faith and divine surprises. Email Maria Thorsen:

Eighth annual Eagle Open Charity Golf Outing for St. Matthew Catholic School, Friday, Sept. 28, Honey Bee Golf Club. Event starts at 9 a.m.; entry fee includes breakfast, beverages, goody bags, and awards lunch. Car Hole In One provided by Priority Toyota. Sponsorships are available. For information on registering and/or sponsorships, contact Amy Chesney at (757) 420-2455 or Proceeds benefit the students of St. Matthew Catholic School.

FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS 2018:  Who is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?  Inspired by the example of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment, Catholic Climate Covenant offers a free educational program each year to help faith communities explore how we can better care for creation and the poor.  This year’s program focuses on the interconnection between immigration, refugees, and climate change, as well as our response as a Church.  This 90-minute educational offering will be held in two locations:  Wednesday, October 3, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hampton, and Thursday, October 4, at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Norfolk.  Both evenings will begin at 7:00 PM.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Mark  Hoggard, Facilitator (

Piano recital, given by Patricia Schrock and friends, in celebration and thanksgiving for the new Schimmel grand piano, Friday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond. All are welcome to this free event. Reception follows.

Bishop Barry C. Knestout will be the principal celebrant of and homilist at the 35th Annual Red Mass, 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 7, Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond. The Saint Thomas More Society, an educational, fraternal, and service organization of Catholic lawyers, invites everyone to participate in the Mass and then enjoy the brunch which will follow in The Jefferson Hotel, Grand Ballroom. Bishop Knestout will also speak at the brunch. Tickets for the brunch are $60. For further information, contact society president, James Schliessmann, or (804) 873-1035.

Fallfest, St. Jude, Mineral, Saturday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Held inside the hall and outside on the grounds of the parish, 1937 Davis Highway, Mineral, attendees can enjoy a wide selection of juried crafts, breakfast and lunch, entertainment, a kids’ area with games and photo booth (complete with costumes and hats), community displays, and a teacup raffle of craft items. Admission and parking are free.

Golf tournament. Join Peninsula Catholic High School “fore” a great cause Friday, Sept. 14, Sleepy Hole Golf Course, Suffolk. All proceeds benefit the PCHS athletics program. For more information, visit

Jerusalem: Our Heritage and Destiny: The four-part series will explore the rich history of the holy city, its meaning in the past, and what it means for Christians today. More than a journey in time, the program is a pilgrimage to rediscover our roots and walk in the footsteps of Jesus with hearts set on the New Jerusalem. Join Barbara Hughes, columnist and author, at St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach, Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11, Sept. 12, 19, 26, and Oct. 3. Sessions will be repeated Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30. No registration, no fee; everyone welcome.

Fun & Food Fest, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14 and 15, St. Therese Church, 4137 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake. This annual event supports our community with fun activities, entertainment, prizes, and food and drink. All profits go to various charities. Further information: (757) 488-2553 or

Men’s Cursillo weekend, Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-23, Women’s Cursillo weekend, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-21, sponsored by the Greater Hampton Roads (GHR) Cursillo movement. Both will take place at the Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center. Sanctioned by the Catholic Church and Diocese of Richmond, Cursillo weekends are led by lay Catholics with assistance of priests and deacons. To learn more about the Cursillo movement or about participating in a weekend, email or call (757) 874-5670. If you have already made your Cursillo and do not receive emails from the Greater Hampton Roads (GHR) Cursillo movement, please contact us and we will add you to our database.

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.

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.

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@

St. Joan of Arc Parish Women’s Club is calling for vendors interested in participating in its annual Fall Bazaar, Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar is held at the church, 315 Harris Grove Lane, Yorktown. Table charge is $30 per vendor. Call (757) 898-5584 for registration or additional information.

Join Msgr. Mark Richard Lane for a trip to Germany and Eastern Europe — including the famous Christkindl Markets! — this Nov. 26-Dec. 7. For $3,529 per person visit Berlin, Dresden, Prague, Vienna, Melk, Salzburg, Munich, Rothenburg and Frankfurt. Includes roundtrip airfare from Washington, DC, first class/select hotels, most meals, professional tour director, comprehensive sightseeing and much more. For more information, contact Brenda at (804) 622-5144 or

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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