Knights of Columbus Polish Night, 6:45 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, St. Mary Parish Hall, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond. Join K of C Council 14129 for kielbasa with sauerkraut, Golabki (stuffed cabbage), pierogi and carrot cake. Entertainment by Michas Polish Dance Ensemble. There’s also a silent auction. Adults: $25; children, 5-15 years old, $10. Contact Jim Hribar at (804) 339-8204 or jameshribar@ with questions. Tickets can be purchased online at No tickets will be sold at the door.

Dr. Martin Luther King Remembrance Ceremony, Monday, Jan. 21, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2712 2nd Avenue, Richmond. Light refreshments, 8:30 a.m.; remembrance ceremony, 9 a.m.; service projects, 10:30 a.m.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children.Your prayerful, peaceful presence is needed at 515 North Newtown Road, Virginia Beach, Tuesday, Jan. 22, Noon-1 p.m., as we pray in reparation of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion. We pray as a voice for the 60 million souls whose voices will never be heard. We pray for the abortion survivors, the conversion of abortion providers, the regrets and the healings after a decision to abort. Parking is along Lake Edward Drive. For more information: 757-361-9229

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat, Friday-Sunday, Jan. 25-27, Williamsburg Christian Retreat Center in Toano. Sponsored by St. Joan of Arc Church, this retreat includes spiritual exercises, the sacrament of reconciliation, a memorial service and a Mass of Entrustment. Available to any person who may have struggled with the emotional or spiritual pain of an abortion personally or in one’s family. Participation is strictly confidential and offers a beautiful opportunity to experience God’s love, forgiveness and compassion. For registration and information, contact: Linda Riva at 757-887-3144 or email lindajr2@

“Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of Faith” by Bishop Robert Barron. The truth, beauty and goodness of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of the global culture, learn what Catholics believe and why, and discover the full meaning of the faith. Deacons Chris Malone and Charles Williams will facilitate discussions. Cathedral of the Sacred Heart parish hall, 7 p.m., Jan. 30, Feb. 14, 20, 28, March 7, 13, 20, 28, and April 4. Contact Maria Thorsen for more information:

Award-winning author Father Patrick Desbois will speak about uncovering the truth of the Holocaust in the Ukraine, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, The Sandler Center. Author of “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Ukrainian Jews,” Father Desbois has documented the daunting task of identifying and examining all the sites where Jews were exterminated by Nazi mobile units in the Ukraine in WWII. Presented jointly by the Virginia Beach Forum, the Norfolk Forum and the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation. Tickets are $25 and available at VirginiaBeachForum or 757-504-4327.

Msgr. Mark Richard Lane will present “Family Systems: Understanding How Your Family Origins Can Strengthen Your Relationship Effectiveness,” Friday, Feb. 1, 7 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 11000 Smoketree Drive, Richmond. Msgr. Lane is a licensed psychologist with many years’ experience in pastoral counseling. No charge but please RSVP to tbrookmire@ if you plan to attend.

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.

Peninsula Catholic High School Open House, Wednesday, Feb. 6, for student-led tours. Learn how the road to college starts here. To sign up for your welcome session, visit peninsulacatholic. com/openhouse. Also, save the date for Peninsula Catholic’s annual wine festival and auction Saturday, March 23. Early bird tickets available until Feb. 1 for $60 each. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

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

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.

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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