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Spiritual Direction InstitutePope Francis reminds us that spiritual direction “is not a charism exclusive to priests. It’s a charism of the laity.” (CNS, May 18, 2015, Wooden) Are you sensing a call to the ministry and service of holy listening? The Spiritual Direction Institute, established by the late Msgr. Chester Michael of the Diocese of Richmond, is offering a 2-year ecumenical adult formation program. It explores the wisdom of the spiritual masters and provides over 50 tools to enhance personal spiritual growth and development that can then be used to support others on their spiritual journeys. The Tidewater section will hold their inquiry meeting on Sunday, May 20 from 2-4PM at Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Education and Health Resources Center, 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News, VA 23602. Contact Joe Chop, 757-613-2655 or jchop1@verizon.net for further information or go to www.chestermichael.org


Prepare for Pentecost with a nine-day novena, Friday, May 11 through Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 151 West Washington Street, Petersburg. A short talk on the theology of the Holy Spirit will be presented by Deacon Don Amaram each evening prior to the communal recitation of the Chaplet to the Holy Spirit. Public invited. For more information contact Lee Rivera (804) 605-8407.


Family Days, Jubilee House Retreat Center, May 18 to 28 or per your vacation schedule. An open invitation to stay at a diocesan retreat center and enjoy what Abingdon offers, be it golfing, art (“Touching the Sacred”), hiking/biking, Barter Theater (“Alice in Wonderland”), or just relaxing. More information at www.jubileeretreat.org.


Church Of The Ascension Spring Plant Sale, 4853 Princess Anne Road, will be hosting a Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8 am to 7 pm, and on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 8 am to 2 pm.  These gorgeous plants all come from a local plant farm.


Dynamic Catholic’s “Find Your Greatness,” Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, Henrico. Co-hosted with St. Michael and St. Bridget Parishes. Great habits create great lives. Lives change when habits change. Dr. Allen Hunt returns to St. Mary Church for this half-day event based on Matthew Kelly’s book “The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic.” “Find Your Greatness” will introduce participants to four simple habits to help them reach their full potential. Tickets $25 per person available at DynamicCatholic.com or call (859) 980-7900.


Annulment Information Workshop:  On Tuesday May 22 at 7 pm at Immaculate Conception Parish,2150 Cunningham Dr. Hampton, VA. there will be opportunity to learn about what an annulment is in the Catholic Church, why one might seek an annulment and how this may be initiated.  Elisa Ugarte, Canon Lawyer will be with us for this information session.  Elisa has earned a Licentiate in Canon Law from Catholic University of America and works with our Diocesan Tribunal. (A Licentiate is a Pontifical degree conferred by the Vatican in the name of the Pope).


Spiritual Direction Institute. Are you sensing a call to the ministry and service of holy listening? The Spiritual Direction Institute, established by the late Msgr. Chester Michael of the Diocese of Richmond, is offering a two-year ecumenical adult formation program. It explores the wisdom of the spiritual masters and provides over 50 tools to enhance personal spiritual growth and development that can then be used to support others on their spiritual journeys. The Tidewater section will hold its inquiry meeting Sunday, May 20, 2-4 p.m., Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Education and Health Resources Center, 2 Bernardine Drive, Newport News. Contact Joe Chop, (757) 613-2655 or jchop1@verizon.net for further information or go to www.chestermichael.org.


Pentecost celebration at Christ the King Catholic Church, 1803 Columbia Ave., Norfolk, Sunday, May 20, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate with praise and worship music, Mass, fellowship and a meal in the commons. Witness the presence, love and power of the Holy Spirit moving and working in the lives of God’s people. All are welcome.


Donut Man concert, St. Pius X Parish, Norfolk, Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m. for a concert in church. Rob Evans, the Donut Man, presents the Gospel in a way that introduces young children and their families to the basic elements of the Christian faith and gives them lots to talk about when they get home. A Donut Man concert grabs children right where they are with a wonderful blend of Bible songs, stories and lots of audience participation. All are welcome. Details at www.piusxparish.org. Visit http://www.donutman. streamlinenettrial.co.uk/


Knights of Columbus Council 10979 Memorial and 10th Annual Golf Tournament, Sunday, May 20, Clear Creek Golf Course, Bristol. Renowned as one of the best tournaments in SWVA. Proceeds have supported the local food pantry, churches, and community projects. More information at www.jubileeretreat.org


Summer Camps at Peninsula Catholic High School — sports, creative writing, AP readiness, and DROBOTS are all at PCHS this summer. For more information, visit peninsulacatholic.com/summer.


Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke 2505 Electric Rd will hold a White Elephant sale one Friday, May 25th from 9am-2pm and Saturday, May 26th from 9am-1pm. There will be household items, books, toys and many other miscellaneous items. Proceeds go to local charities.


Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 28, 11 a.m. in the chapel mausoleum of St. Mary Cemetery, Norfolk. Celebrant for the Mass will be Fr. Tim Kuhneman, Diocese of Richmond’s vicar for clergy. For further information or to volunteer, contact Jim Fitzpatrick at (757) 482-9121 or email: fitzpatrick1100@aol.com.


RVA Latino Festival, Friday, June 8, 8-11 p.m. Mass, 7 p.m. Tacos, raffles, and live marimba band. Saturday, June 9, 1-11 p.m. Authentic food, tacos, dancing and live music all day. Evening: Miss Sacred Heart RVA, Latino festival, Hispanic bingo, volleyball, folk dancing, raffle, games and more. 1400 Perry St. Richmond. For more information: (804) 232-8964 or office@sacredheartrva.org


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 jayw@gmail.com or (804) 746-4911; jimadair@ thecatholictour.com 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@ verizon.net.


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!

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