Because of the restrictions that have been placed on public gatherings, we suggest that you call and/or email the parish, school or organization hosting an event before making plans to attend something listed in ShorTakes.

Join Father Jay Wagner and pilgrims from Church of the Redeemer, Mechanicsville, and Holy Rosary, Richmond, on a pilgrimage to the Oberammergau Passion Play in southern Germany, with additional trips to Budapest, Vienna and Prague, Aug. 31-Sept. 10, 2020. This 11-day trip includes 16 meals. For more information, email Father Wagner at or contact Jim Adair at The Catholic Tour Company at 877-627-4268 or

Postponed: The 37th annual Lebanese Food Festival held by St. Anthony Maronite Church has been postponed to the weekend of Sept. 18-20 in support of efforts to combat the coronavirus. The festival had been scheduled this year for its traditional weekend on May 15-17. Further information is available at, or 804-346-1161. 

Benedictine Heritage Journey to Italy: Pilgrimage to Italy, Oct. 15- 25. Includes visits to the Benedictine sites at Nurcia, Subiaco and Montecassino; the Franciscan sites at Assisi; and the major religious and historic sites in Rome. Only $4,799 from Dulles (IAD) and $195 in tips. Under the spiritual direction of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. To download a color brochure and registration form, visit www. For more information, contact Rita Zimmermann at or John Kowalski at

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!

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