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Effective as of Tuesday, Oct. 1, St. Joseph Parish, Hampton, will no longer be offering its regular 9 a.m. Mass on Tuesdays. Instead it will offer confession with adoration from 6-7 p.m. and Mass at 7 p.m. This Mass time change will affect only the parish’s Tuesday Mass schedule.


New Creation Community is offering an eight-week “Unbound: Freedom in Christ” video seminar on Tuesdays, Oct. 8 – Nov. 26, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at New Creation Center, 1600 Elbow Road, Chesapeake. Unbound is a safe, loving and effective model of prayer ministry that can help people grow in faith and experience deeper freedom in Christ. For further information or to register, call Cindy at 757-362-4505. New Creation Community is a private association of the faithful in the Diocese of Richmond.


 Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church, 2505 Electric Road, Roanoke, Saturday, Oct. 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts, as well as gifts for children and adults. All proceeds go to parish outreach programs.


Rosary Rally, St. Matthew, Virginia Beach, Noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, associated with our Lady of Fatima and to coincide with the worldwide rally. Rosaries, miraculous medals and holy cards will be available at no charge. Free pizza for all who attend. Supported by Knights of Columbus Council 10601. Contact James C. Filek at 757- 420-6353.


Benedictine College Preparatory Open House, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m., 12829 River Road, Richmond. This is an excellent 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.benedictinecollegeprep.org.


Haiti Summit, Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, Friday night, Oct. 18 and all day Saturday, Oct. 19. Event will feature Bishop Desinord Jean and commission members from the Diocese of Hinche. Workshop topics include education, healthcare and project planning and development, with the sharing of best practices and lessons learned among parishes throughout the state. Cost is $25 per participant. Register at bit.ly/HaitiSummit2019.


Autumn Big Band Dance: All are invited to an evening with family and friends while listening and dancing to music from the Big Band Era. Cut a rug with live music played by the spectacular 17-piece Ford’s Colony Dance Band, Friday, Oct. 18, 7 – 9 p.m., in spacious Kaplan Parish Hall at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. Cost is $10 per person, free for those under 16 years old. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase. (No outside drinks or food permitted.) For more information, call 757-229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts.


Annual Craft and Gift Show, Church of The Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, Saturday, Oct 19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to craft vendors selling a variety of items, there will be a bake sale, silent auction, white elephant sale and variety of food for sale. We will also have cash prize raffl e tickets that 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 surprise door prizes for those who shop with us. To purchase raffle tickets and order food, call Amy Hill at 757-383-0478 or Maureen Harman at 757-619-9914. Proceeds support the operating fund of Church of the Resurrection.


Annual Craft Fair and Bake Sale, Church of The Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth, Saturday, Oct 19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. In addition to craft vendors selling a variety of items, there will be a bake sale, silent auction, white elephant sale and variety of food for sale. We will also have cash prize raffle tickets that 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 surprise door prizes for those who shop with us. To purchase raffle tickets and order food, call Amy Hill at 757-383-0478 or Maureen Harman at 757-619-9914. Proceeds support the operating fund of Church of the Resurrection.


Open House, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. Located in Henrico Country, OLL School is Richmond’s best kept secret. Our faculty and staff provide a high quality Catholic education from junior kindergarten through eighth grade. Offering daily religion classes, weekly Mass and prayer services, we challenge students to be disciples of Christ. Visit and learn how our school strives to meet the needs of every child in a safe and academically challenging environment. Visit classrooms, tour the campus, ask questions and meet welcoming faculty. No RSVP needed. Further information: Andrea_Fuller@lourdesrva. org or visit www.LourdesRVA.org.


Marian Manor’s Annual Oktoberfest, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2-4 p.m., St. Gregory the Great Gymnasium, 5343 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. Join us for an afternoon of authentic German cuisine, live music, dancing, great prizes and great family fun for all ages! Tickets are on sale now for $4 each at Marian Manor, 5345 Marian Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Call 757-456-5018 for more information. No ticket sales at the door.


Fall Bazaar, St. Joan of Arc Parish Women’s Club, Saturday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the church, 315 Harris Grove Lane, Yorktown. More than 20 vendors, a large bake sale, raffles, a barbecue lunch and white elephant sale.


The annual All Souls Day Mass will be celebrated Sunday, November 3rd at 2 p.m. in the chapel mausoleum of St. Mary’s Cemetery in Norfolk.  The Mass will be preceded by the Praying of the Rosary at 1:30 p.m.  Celebrant for the Mass will be Fr. Brian Rafferty, Pastor of St. Stephen Martyr Church in Chesapeake.  A reception will follow the Mass.  For further information or to volunteer, contact Jim Fitzpatrick at (757) 482-9121 or email: fitzpatrick1100@aol.com.


Aging with Grace and Style in Aging America, presented by the Respect Life Committee of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Waynesboro, Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. with light lunch provided. This free seminar will feature Dr. Mary Ann Massey who will discuss thoughtful and innovative ways to address the needs of an aging population. Excellent topic for aging seniors, adult children with aging family members, sandwiched families and the new categories of young olds and old olds. RSVP to lvpardee@ gmail.com or 540-337-3490. Deadline: Friday, Nov. 1.


ValLimar Jansen in concert, Sunday, Oct. 6, 6 p.m., Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2150 Cunningham Drive, Hampton. This acclaimed recording artist’s work includes “Anointing,” “Psalms from the Soul” and “Give God the Glory.” Her most recent collection, “Spirit & Soul,” features popular contemporary songs from fellow Christian composers. Come join in the fun as Immaculate Conception, Hampton, celebrates its 50th anniversary hosting this talented artist whose theme for the night is: “We are called…to be disciples on a journey celebrating yesterday, today and tomorrow.” Youth 18 and under are free! Tickets $10 per adult on sale at ICC or visit icchampton.org/50thanniversary for more information.


Welcome the Transforming Power of the Holy Spirit: Join others at New Creation Community, 1600 Elbow Road, Chesapeake. The series begins at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6. Each session includes praise, worship, a talk and discussion. “Encountering the Holy Spirit has been one of the most life transforming events in my life,” according to Deacon Bob May, Virginia Beach. For more information, call Gary Hamrick at 757- 641-8798 after 7 p.m.


St. Thomas More Parish, Lynchburg, Respect Life Ministry is hosting Jeff Caruso, Tom Intorcio and Felicia Pricenor from the Virginia Catholic Conference to talk about “Life Matters — Learning About the Issues,” Thursday, Oct. 9. The evening will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation and discussion at 6:45 p.m. Topics covered will include abortion, religious liberty, the death penalty, assisted suicide and advanced medical directives. Please RSVP at www.stmva.org.


Rosary Rally for Peace, Saturday, Oct. 12, Noon, on the steps of St Peter Catholic Church, 800 E Grace St., Richmond, for the 102nd anniversary of our Blessed Mother appearing to the children of Fatima. For more information, contact Kathy Buttner at kathybuttner@hotmail.com. Public Square Rosary Rally, St. Joseph Church, Petersburg, Noon, Saturday, Oct. 12. Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States. For more information: amdonlon@sjcpetersburg.com.


“Male and Female, He Created Them: Uniquely Gifted, Equally Blessed”: This five-part series will be presented at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Virginia Beach, Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11, and repeated in the evening, 7-8:30, Sept. 18 to Oct. 16. Barbara Hughes, author, columnist and religious educator will explore how men and women have partnered, building the Kingdom of God by giving birth to institutions of learning, charitable organizations, lay and religious communities, lay movements and holy families despite cultural challenges. Join the journey and discover your personal path to holiness. All are welcome. No fee; no registration required.


Haiti Summit, Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19. Event will feature Bishop Desinord Jean and commission members from the Diocese of Hinche. Gather for this opportunity to learn how the diocese can best support sustainable and holistic initiatives with its partners in Haiti. Workshop topics include education, health care and project planning and development, with the sharing of best practices and lessons learned among parishes throughout the state. Cost is $25 per participant. Visit http://bit.ly/HaitiSummit to RSVP.


Walking with Purpose, a fast-growing Catholic women’s Bible study, invites women and parish leaders from throughout the Diocese of Richmond to attend a L earn About Walking with Purpose Event at St. Stephen, Martyr Catholic Church located at 1544 S. Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. Events will be held on Thursday, October 17 at 7 PM and Friday, October 18 at 9 AM. Meeting women where they are in a personal and transformational way, Walking with Purpose Bible studies link women’s everyday challenges with the solutions found in the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church. Currently, Walking with Purpose parish programs are offered throughout the US, in over 345 parishes in 40 states. Women and pastoral staff leaders seeking to bring other women closer to Christ through Scripture study and fellowship are invited to attend one of the Walking with Purpose events at St. Stephen, Martyr in Chesapeake. WWP leaders from St. Stephen will share their experiences bringing the program to their parish and WWP national staff will explain the WWP discernment process, leadership training and mentoring support offered. There is no cost to attend the events and refreshments will be provided. Those interested in attending the October 17 evening event at 7 PM should register at wwp.today/VA17 and those interested in the 9 AM event on October 18 should register at wwp.today/VA18 . For more information, please contact Lela Heick at lela.heick@walkingwithpurpose.com.


Join Father Kevin O’Brien from the Church of St. Therese, Chesapeake on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land after Easter in April 2020. Many sites in Israel will be visited including Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Masada, Dead Sea and much more! There’s also an optional 2-day excursion to Petra and Jordan. If you are interested in learning more, Father Kevin is having a brief tour information meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 11. 7 p.m. at Church of the Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth in the parish hall. Receive a $50 discount if you register at the meeting. If you have questions, please call Megan 757-488-2553.


Join Father Rene Castillo from the Church of the Holy Family, Virginia Beach for a 13-day pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal, April 24-May 6, 2020. The itinerary includes the shrines and cathedrals of Barcelona, Monserrat, Valencia, Granada, Cordoba, Seville, Fatima, Santiago de Compostela and Madrid. The $4,099 includes roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles, 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, land travel via a deluxe motor coach, comprehensive sightseeing with professional local guides, professional tour manager and tour coordinator, entrance fees as per itinerary, daily Mass and much more. Spaces are limited; please register as soon as possible. More information from Alba’s Tours 804-298-4035 or tours@a lbastours.com.


Trinity Organ Series: St. Bede associate director of music, organist Carina Sturdy, will perform music inspired by specific sounds, places, events and people. From the reverberations of the carillon to the broadcasts of the BBC and the sounds of a Norwegian folk tune, these pieces present snapshots of their times and places. Come explore how composers use music to echo the important events and themes in their lives. Refreshments will follow the free concert. Noon, Wednesday, Oct. 2, St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. For more information, call 757-229-3631 or visit www.bed eva.org/concerts.

St. Olaf Catholic Church, Williamsburg invites all to participate in the 31st National Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 6, 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 faithful 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 and Planned Parenthood. It is a visual statement of solidarity Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road, Henrico. Bring a chair and dress appropriately for the weather. Contact Maria Pruessmann for more information at 804-935-0302 or stedimar@ yahoo.com.


Annual Public Square Rosary Rally for Peace, Saturday, Oct. 12, Noon, St Michael Catholic Church, for the 102nd anniversary of Our Lady appearing to the children of Fatima. For more information, contact Maureen Johnston at mkjohn7@verizon.net.


The K-Cettes — the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus Council 395 — welcome new members. The object of the club is to aid and assist Knights of Columbus Council 395; to foster fellowship and goodwill among members; and to select a philanthropic project each year and raise funds to support it. If you would like to join the K-Cettes, please contact, Margaret Johnson at mfcj@verizon.net.


David Haas brings his “I Will Bring You Home” tour to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Lynchburg, Friday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stmva.org. The following day, Saturday, Sept. 28, Haas, a contemporary Catholic liturgical composer best known for such songs as “Blest Are They” and “You Are Mine,” will host a free music workshop open to all singers and musicians, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sign up for the workshop at www.stmva.org.


The Office of Social Ministries invites you to its Prison Ministry Summits. Learn from experts, organizations and fellow volunteers involved in prison ministry and criminal justice. Events will be 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Church of the Holy Family, Virginia Beach, and Saturday, Oct. 26, St. Michael, Richmond. Participant fee is $5. Register online at bit.ly/PrisonMinistrySummit2019. For further information, call 804- 622-5206 or email osm@richmonddiocese.org. by the Christian and Jewish communities that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. For further information email janetcb@cox.net.


Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival, to benefit the residents of St. Francis Home, Sunday, Oct. 6, 4-8 p.m. at Tredegar Iron Works. Tickets are $75 each until all are sold. Tickets include all you can eat crab, spiced shrimp, BBQ and sides and all you can drink beer and wine. Tickets for kids 5- 12 are $10 and those under 5 are free. Entertainment for the evening includes the Slack Family Band, Jonathan the Juggler, Brandon the caricature artist and Rosie the Clown doing balloon animals along with her face painter sidekick. Silent auction featuring amazing items. Visit www. bluegrassbluecrabfestival.com for ticket information or call Pam Embrey, 804-237-5602. We still need volunteers!


JustFaith, a 24-week process in which participants will encounter the world, each other, the Gospel and build lasting relationships, begins Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Church of the Ascension Episcopal, 405 Talbot Hall Road, Norfolk. Sessions will be facilitated by Kathy Early and Mark Hoggard, pastoral associate at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Norfolk. Registration required; no fee to register but participants are responsible for purchasing their own reading materials. For further information call 757-334-0129 or email mhoggard@piusxparish.org.


Music for a Cathedral Space Concert Series presents the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble, a dynamic group of young professional musicians comprised of members of the Richmond Symphony and faculty members at VCU, the College of William and Mary and the University of Richmond. With a unique combination of strings, winds and piano, the ensemble presents a variety of musical styles for forces large and small with a fi rm commitment to programming works seldom heard. The Cathedral program will include Osvaldo Golijov’s “Tenebrae,” Oscar Navarro’s “Creation” and Michael Gandolfi ’s “Plain Song, Fantastic Dances.” One performance only on Friday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 823 S. Cathedral Place, Richmond. Free tickets available at www.richmondcathedral.org/concerts. Huge Indoor Yard Sale: St. Ann Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland, Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. Visit St. Ann’s website for more details: www.stannsashland.org America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally, Saturday, Oct. 12, Noon-2 p.m., Our


If you are a Catholic woman age 21 or older and practicing your faith, please join us for the Catholic Woman’s Club Membership Tea, Monday, Sept. 23, 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. For reservations, please contact Joan Walton 804- 266-3612 no later than Monday, Sept. 16. www.cwcrva.org.


Historical tour of St. Mary Cemetery, Norfolk, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m. Robert Hitchings, noted historian/archivist with the Norfolk and Chesapeake Libraries, will conduct the tour. In the event of inclement weather, the tour will be held Saturday, Sept. 28. For information contact Jim Fitzpatrick at 757-482-9121 or fitzpatrick1100@aol.com


All are invited to join Fr. Matt Kiehl, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, and The Reverend Christopher L. Epperson, Rector of Bruton Parish Church, for an ecumenical evening vespers service (7:00 – 8:00 p.m.) for the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, 510 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185.  Vespers will be followed by a reception in the John XXIII Building across the parking lot. 

Because devotion to Our Lady is shared by both Catholics and Anglicans, invitations to Anglican parishes have also been extended.  Other events for this feast day include 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Angelus, Rosary, and Mass in the Shrine, and a 5:00 p.m. Rosary Procession,  beginning at Bruton Church and arriving at the Shrine by 6:00 p.m. 

A Plenary Indulgence will be received when visiting the National Shrine on this feast day for any faithful who participate in any Sacred Rite or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Profession of Faith.  This Plenary Indulgence can be received under the usual conditions of: (1) Having the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin, (2) Sacramental Confession, (3) Holy Communion while participating at Mass, (4) Prayers offered for the intentions of the Holy Father. 

For more information contact Elizabeth Gorny at Saint Bede Catholic Church, (757) 229-3631 ext. 2300, egorny@bedeva.org.   


Join host Msgr. Mark Richard Lane on a pilgrimage to Scotland and England March 16-27, 2020. Visit Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath, Stratford, Lake District, Edinburgh, York, Oxford, London and Canterbury. $3,999 from Washington, DC. For more information contact Brenda Boehnlein at bboehnlein@richmonddiocese. org or 804-622-5144 or 804-297-6022. Space is limited so sign up today!


Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, is hosting discussions concerning the sexual abuse scandal that has gripped the Catholic Church. As many Catholics are asking, “Why should I stay?” In the book “Letter to a Suffering Church,” Bishop Robert Barron explains why this is not a time to leave, but to stay and fight. Reading the current crisis through the lens of Scripture and Church history, Bishop Barron shows we have faced such egregious scandals before; that the spiritual treasures of the Church were preserved by men and women who recommitted themselves to fighting evil; and that there is a clear path for us today. Discussions on these topics will be held 7-8 p.m. on the following Thursdays in the parish hall:

Sept. 5: “We Have Been Here Before”

Sept.12: “Why do I Remain Catholic?”

Sept. 26: “The Way Forward”

Please contact Maria Thorsen with any questions: mthorsen@richmondcathedral.org.


Join St. Joseph Church, 151 W. Washington St., Petersburg, Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. for Missa Cantata. This is a sung Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, also known as a Tridentine Mass, featuring: Schola Sancti Joseph with special guests The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. For more information, contact Anne Marie Donlon: amdonlon@sjcpetersburg.com.


The Theresian Society of St. Therese Parish, Gloucester, is looking for craft vendors to participate in its Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the church social hall, 6262 Main St., Gloucester. Rental is $30 per table, and $35 with electrical hookup. Contact Charlene Galvez for vendor application and additional information charlene.galvez@cox.net 804-832-6808.


St. Mary Cemetery Summer Special: All crypts in our chapel mausoleum are being offered at 30 percent off list price through Sept. 30, 2019. Call Mark Leporatti, family service advisor, to set up a cemetery tour: 757-627- 2874 or write 3000 Church St. Norfolk, 23504.


In commemoration of the bicentennial of the Diocese of Richmond, St. Pius X, Norfolk, is sponsoring a Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy, April 21-May 1, 2020. Join us for a travel presentation at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21, at St. Pius X. The itinerary includes Rome, Assisi, Loreto, San Giovanni Rotondo, Monte Sant’ Angelo, the Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Pompeii and Montecassino. For a full itinerary and application (due with deposit before Oct. 22, 2019), contact Mark Hoggard mhoggard@piusxparish.org; 757- 583-0291, ext. 13.


Christ the King Catholic School, Norfolk, is in search of our alumni. Please email Bonnie J. Rue Schneider, director of development, at bschneider@ctkparish.org with contact information. CTK is accomplishing great things and we would like our alumni to be a part of it.


All women of the diocese are invited to join with the Richmond Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the National Council of Catholic Women annual convention, Aug. 21-24, at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center. Theme of the convention is “Caring for God’s Creation.” Speakers include Bishop Peter A. Rosazza, Mother Delores Hart, Kim Michael Polote and Dan Misleh. For more information and details visit the NCCW website at www. NCCW.org.


Retreat with Father Michael Gaitley, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 621 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Join our speaker and author of “33 Days to Morning Glory” for a two-day Mercy and Mary Retreat, delving into Divine Mercy and Marian consecration. Registration required. Tickets are $49.95. To register: Events.MarianMission aries.org. For more information: Events@MarianMissionaries.org, 413-944-8500, Ext. 10.


Twelve days in the best of France, Sept. 30 – Oct. 11. Nice, Monte Carlo, Lyon, Loire Valley, Tours, Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, Normandy, Rouen and Paris. $3,899 from Washington. Includes airfare, land tour and government taxes and airline surcharges. For more information, contact Gerry Mancuso at the Richmond Diocese, 804-622-5264 or gmancuso@richmonddiocese.org.


Father Daniel A. Cogut, pastor, St. Ann Catholic Church, South Chesterfield, is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Oct. 22 – Nov. 1. Eleven-day tour for $3,650 including roundtrip airfare from Washington Dulles, four-star hotels, tours, meals, daily Mass and much more. For further information, contact Alba Kim at 804-298-4035 or email myheart2jesus@yahoo.com.


Pilgrimage to England and Wales with Father Peter Naah, Friday, Aug. 23 – Monday, Sept. 2. Join us on a pilgrimage to honor and take courage in the witness of the awesome martyrs and saints of England and Wales with Father Naah, director of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Williamsburg. It will begin in Canterbury and continue on to Walsingham, York, Durham, Holywell and London. Participants will travel to medieval cities, historic castles, ancient shrines and cathedrals. Visit www.bedeva.org/news for registration information.


Urgent need for permanent adorers for eucharistic adoration, St. Matthew Catholic Church, Virginia Beach: Sunday, 10-11 p.m. and 11 p.m.-Midnight; Monday, 11 p.m.-Midnight; Thursday, 10-11 p.m.; Saturday, 6-7 p.m. Secured chapel open 24 hours, seven days a week for 25 years serving not just for St. Matthew but also neighboring parishes. Contact Arnel Rodriguez, 757-479-5195 or 757-467-5224, or Andy Dart (JMJ Bookstore), 757-420-4941.


Calling all alumni of St. Benedict Catholic School! We are making plans for our Centennial Celebration (1919-2019) and we need you. Activities and events are underway to honor and celebrate our school and alumni. Visit our alumni Facebook page https:// www.facebook.com/ groups/SaintBenedictAlumniRVA and share some memories with classmates. For further information and/or to receive our newsletter, call (804) 254-8850 or development@saintbenedictschool.org.


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, https://saintfrancishome.givingfuel.com/fill-my-plate. Please tell your family and friends how easy it is for them to help!


Mass for Unity and Racial Justice, 12 noon every Friday, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2712 2nd Ave, Highland Park, Richmond (10 minutes from downtown). Fr. Jim Arsenault presiding. The first Friday of every month includes Benediction, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and reconciliation until 2 p.m., followed by recitation of the Rosary for Peace.

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