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In the spirit of the holiday season, Saint Francis Home, 65 W. Clopton St., Richmond, 23225, wishes you and your family a happy Thanksgiving! We are requesting donations of hams and turkeys so that our residents may enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their friends and loved ones. Our food budget is small, but our needs are great! Monetary contributions are welcome, too. Contact Pam Embrey with questions pembrey@saintfrancishome.com.


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.


8th Annual Holly Spree Shoppers Market, Friday, Nov.16, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saint Gertrude High School, 3215 Stuart Ave., Richmond. Over 35 local vendors will offer a bevy of hand-crafted creations and unique gifts, including clothing, shoes, jewelry, pocketbooks, Christmas items, woodworking, candles, food and more! Tickets for the Friday night “Pre-Spree” gathering, where shoppers can enjoy appetizers, beer and wine, are $20 in advance; $25 at the door. Free admission on Saturday. For more information, including a link to Pre-Spree registration, visit the SGHS website or contact Margie Shibley at mshibley@saintgertrude.org or (804) 822-3950.


“Rejoice, Mother Poland: The Glory of the Polish Baroque” concert, performed by Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble, Saturday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., St. Benedict Parish, 300 N. Sheppard St., Richmond. The free concert is one performance in the 2018-2019 Saint Benedict Music Series. Free will offerings will be accepted. For information contact Joel at (804) 254-8810, Ext. 112, or jkumro@saintbenedictparish.org.


18th Annual Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., rain or shine!! St. Edward the Confessor Church, 2700 Dolfield Drive, North Chesterfield. Bargains galore, baked goodies, food concessions, raffles and door prizes. To participate ($40 per table) or for more information, contact Bobbi at (804) 560-2883 or bdaniello @verizon.net.


Annual Bake and Fruit Basket Sale, Saturday, Nov. 17, 4-7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sponsored by St. Paul’s Ladies Sodality, St. Paul Catholic Church, 909 Rennie Ave., Richmond. Call Ann Kerr, (804) 477-4074 for information.


Join Church of the Redeemer Nov. 17 at 9am-3pm for their Craft Bazaar. Located at8275 Meadowbridge Rd, Mechanicsville, 23116.  Email Bazaar@churchredeemer.org with any questions. 


Seeking Nativities to be loaned for the 11th annual No Room at the Inn Nativities from around the world weekend exhibit. Large or small, handmade, intricate, child craft or craftsman constructed — each Nativity has a story all its own. If it’s special to you, it’s special to us! Thanks to our many exhibitors, the ever-changing exhibit will be open Friday, Nov. 30 – Sunday, Dec. 2, Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville. Exhibitor forms for registration to be submitted no later than Sunday, Nov. 18, are available online www. churchredeemer/no-room “register nativity.” For more information, call (804) 730-7980 or NoRoom@ChurchRedeemer. org.


Sixth Annual SMS “Holly” Craft Show, Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Matthew Catholic School gym, Virginia Beach. Small business owners will showcase their beautifully crafted items at this event. Great opportunity to shop local and get holiday shopping done. Limited vendor tables still available. Call Amy Chesney at (757) 420-2455 or email achesney@ smsvb.net.


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.


St. Michael the Archangel Church, Glen Allen, Third Bluegrass Series (six performances), beginning Saturday, Nov. 17. Among the performers are Commonwealth Bluegrass, Donna Ulisse, Joe Mullins and Radio Ramblers, Nothin’ Fancy, the Churchmen, and Damian Muller Band. Doors open at 6 p.m.; music at 7. Light refreshments served. Season tickets on sale for $85; individual tickets $17 in advance, $22 at the door. Purchase online at www.saint-mikes.org, parish office 4491 Springfield Road, or by calling (804) 527-1037.


“All or Nothing: Sr. Clare Crockett,” Saturday, Nov. 17, 6:30 p.m., St. Matthew Catholic Church (Assembly Hall), Virginia Beach. This incredible documentary shows the real-life story of Sister Clare Crockett who died in the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador. Come and be inspired by this sister who gave her all to God, keeping nothing back. Free event. Contact Barry Taylor (757) 366-8981 or Barbara Valmeo (757) 619-9773.


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 www.saint-mikes.org; weekdays, 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m., at the parish office; or by calling (804) 527-1037


St. Victoria’s in Hurt, VA Annual Bazaar will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A variety of  homemade frozen casseroles perfect for main dishes or sides will be featured along with jellies, jams, baked goods and Brunswick Stew. Beautiful crocheted children’s hats, crafts and many soaps, facial and body scrubs have been made by our parishioners.  Raffle tickets for 8 special prizes may be purchased the day of the bazaar.


Saint Elizabeth Church, Homecoming – Nov 18 – 900AM, 2712-2nd-Avenue, Richmond, VA.  23222.  We are inviting  all previous parishioners of Saint Elizabeth Church and family members to our Sunday Homecoming Mass.  Guest Homilist is Deacon Charles Williams. A Homecoming Meal will be provided immediately after Mass in the Parish Center.  Plan to join us for a celebration of Saint Elizabeth Catholic Church.


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.


“REBOOT with Chris Stefanick,” St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Lynchburg, (434) 237-5911, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. and St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, (757) 426-2180, Thursday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at www.reallifecatholic.com/reboot. Don’t miss your chance to see this internationally acclaimed speaker, author and evangelist.


No Room at the Inn Gala for the 11th Nativities exhibit Friday, Nov. 30, Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville. Proceeds to benefit the homeless in Central Virginia and Haiti. Tickets $25, adults only, spirits & delicious festive food, music and auctions. Tickets available online at https://churchredeemer.weshareonline.org/.


“Praying, Believing, Doing: An Ecumenism of Liturgy and Life,” presented by Rev. Dr. Karen Westerfield Tucker, professor of worship at Boston University, will be the featured speaker at the Virginia LARCUM (Lutherans, Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, and United Methodists) Conference, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville. Friday, 6 p.m., “Prayer for Peace” gathering at Emancipation Park. Details and registration information available at virginialarcum.org.


St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Tabb/Poquoson, is sponsoring the “Run with the Son for Haiti” 5K run/walk, Saturday, Dec. 1, to raise funds to support schools in their Haitian twin parish, St. Michel in Boucan-Carre. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the church, 3800 Big Bethel Road, Tabb. Race day registration, 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Entry fees: $25 single, $20 student, $20 family (per person). Awards to top finishers. Food, entertainment, silent auction and raffle. Registration and additional information available at the race website: www.stkaterirun.com.


Sing Noel! You are cordially invited to the Salvation Army Central Virginia’s free Christmas concert, featuring the renowned National Capital Band, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond.


Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach will host its Fifth Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar, Saturday, Dec 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fifthy-five crafters, homemade crafts by Ascension’s Senior Group, Christmas treasures shop and bake sale. Our kitchen will be providing lunch favorites.


Join Barbara Hughes, columnist for The Catholic Virginian, at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Sunday, Dec. 2, 12:15 p.m. in the parish hall for a presentation to begin Advent titled “Mary, Christ-Bearer and Mother of God: A Portrait Drawn from Scripture, Christian Tradition, and Church Teaching.” Learn how Mary is the perfect model of lay leadership. This is a free event, with lunch and nursery care provided! Contact Maria Thorsen at mthorsen@richmondcathedral.org with questions or for more information.


The New Evangelization Team at Church of the Holy Family joyfully invites you to an Advent program series. It starts Tuesday, Nov. 27 with guest speaker, John Domingo (St. John the Apostle DRE) presenting “Fan or Follower: Being a Witness for Jesus Christ.” Video programs focused on Advent will be held Tuesdays, Dec. 4 and 18. A parish reconciliation service will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11. Visit our website: holyfamilyvb.org, contact the parish office at (757) 481-5702 or email hfevangelization@gmail.com for more information.


Charismatic Mass, Friday, Dec. 6, St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Road, Glen Allen. Praise and worship at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m. followed by fellowship. Opportunity to foster awareness of the action of the Holy Spirit as we celebrate the Eucharist. Open to anyone who desires to be led by the Holy Spirit. For information contact Nelson D’Souza, (804) 517-0944.


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 bboehnlein@richmonddiocese.org.


Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, will be hosting their 5th Annual Jingle Bell Bazaar on Saturday, December 1, from 9 am to 3pm.  There will be 55 crafters, homemade crafts by Ascension’s Senior Group, Christmas Treasures shop and a Bake Sale.  Our Kitchen will be providing lunch favorites.


The King’s Singers, 50th Anniversary: GOLD and Christmas Concert, Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Rd., Richmond.  Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, two time Grammyâ and Emmyâ award winning The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work – synonymous with the best in vocal ensemble performance – appeals to a vast international audience.  Tickets $40 per person.  For more information and tickets, visit stmarysrichmond.org or call the parish office at (804)740-4044.


Christmas Bazaar and Silent Auction, Saturday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, 1937 Davis Highway, Mineral, in the parish hall. Numerous vendors with a wide selection to choose Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers. Silent auction bidding closes at 3 p.m. Purchased lunch menu: chili, corn bread, hot dogs, chili cheese dogs, homemade cookies and brownies. Coffee, ice tea, lemonade and sodas will also be available for purchase. For further information contact Connie Fuller at (804) 513-4396 or cmfuller2016@gmail.com.


Concert with The Strolling Silver Strings, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, 6400 Newport Ave., Norfolk, Sunday, Dec. 9, 4 p.m. Part of 2018-2019 concert series. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow. For further information visit www.blessed-sacrament.com.


Ninth Annual Candlelight Carol Sing presented by St. Edward Music Ministry, Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., St. Edward Church, North Chesterfield. Embrace the spirit of Advent through the lessons and carols concert with music of Bach, Handel and Britten, as well as traditional carols. Artists Anne O’Byrne, Alicia Romeo Grebe, and Anthony Smith will join over 100 performers from the choirs and orchestra of St. Edward Music Ministry. Admission is free; all are invited to attend. Free wine and cheese reception to follow. For more information call Liz Goodwin (804) 864-4717 or visit www.stedwardch.org.


Annual Christmas Concert, sponsored by St. John, St. Patrick and St. Peter Parishes, Sunday, Dec. 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church, 213 N. 25th St., Richmond. Admission is free, but please bring a donation of non-perishable food or new baby items, e.g., diapers, wipes, formula, etc., to benefit those in great need in our community. For more information email musicministerkate@gmail.com or call (804) 256-3450.


Cathedral of the Sacred Heart ­­­is pleased to present “A Colonial Christmas,” Monday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m. with a free lunch to follow (please RSVP via info@richmondcathedral.org)


St. Edward Music Ministry proudly presents the 9th Annual Candlelight Carol Sing on Sunday December 9, 7:30pm at St. Edward Church. Embrace the spirit of Advent at the Lessons and Carols concert, with music of Bach, Handel and Britten as well as traditional carols. Artists Anne O’Byrne, Alicia Romeo Grebe, and Anthony Smith will join over 100 performers from the choirs and orchestra of St. Edward Music Ministry. Admission is free, and all are invited to attend.  The concert will be followed by a free wine and cheese reception.  For more information call Liz Goodwin (804)864-4717 or visit www.stedwardch.org   


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 myheart2jesus@yahoo.com. 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, https://saintfrancishome.givingfuel.com/fill-my-plate. Please tell your family and friends how easy it is for them to help!


St. Augustine Catholic Church, 4400 Beulah Road, North Chesterfield, has changed its Saturday evening Mass from 5:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., effective Saturday, Nov. 10.


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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