“Nuclear Disarmament NOW: What can WE do?” is the theme of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s annual gathering Sept.13-15, Arrowmont Arts and Crafts Center, Gatlinburg, Tenn. Keynote speakers will be Ralph Hutchinson, coordinator of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, and Gerard Powers, director, Catholic Peacebuilding Studies, and coordinator, Catholic Peacebuilding Network at the University of Notre Dame. Information available at or by contacting Jim Ullrich at 865-670-2886 or Registration deadline Sept. 5.

St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road Glen Allen, 16th annual Community Rummage Sale, Saturday, Sept. 7, 7 a.m. to noon. Thousands of items — all donated by friends and parishioners — will be for sale, including toys, housewares, books, clothing, linens, sporting goods, baby items and furniture. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the village of Dos Palais in Haiti. Donation of items will be accepted at the church on Thursday, Sept. 5, 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visit our website to learn more about our relationship with Haiti, the history we have with the people Dos Palais and how our rummage sale impacts their lives: mage-sale.

Trinity Organ Concert: The opening concert of the ninth season of the Trinity Organ Series will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, noon. This Patriot Day Concert will feature organists Aaron Renninger and Carina Sturdy performing works by American composers, patriotic organ music, organ/ piano duets and congregational hymns. Refreshments will follow the free concert. Please join us at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. For more information, call 757- 229-3631 or visit www.bedeva. org/concerts.

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.

High School Information Fair hosted by St. Mary Catholic School, 9501 Gayton Road, Richmond, Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 – 8 p.m., in the upper commons of the church. Middle school parents and students are invited to meet representatives from more than a dozen area high schools to gather admittance information and to ask questions. Sponsored by the St. Mary Catholic School PTO. 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

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:

Aug. 22: “The Devil’s Masterpiece”

Aug. 29: “Light from Scripture”

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:

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:

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 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; 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 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.

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 For more information:, 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

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

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 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:// groups/SaintBenedictAlumniRVA and share some memories with classmates. For further information and/or to receive our newsletter, call (804) 254-8850 or

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!

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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