What We’ve Heard – December 12, 2022


Good people doing good things: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference at Sacred Heart, Richmond, held its 5th annual luminary night following All Souls’ Day Mass on Wednesday, Nov. 2. The Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, was also celebrated that day. The luminary night brought together the parish’s cultures as deceased loved ones were honored with decorated bags illuminated with battery candles. The $870 raised from the sale of the bags will go to those who need help paying rent or utilities.

Embracing diversity: Three Roanoke Catholic School students produced and organized the inaugural Culture Fair held in the school gymnasium on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Amara Ezigbo, Jasmine Louis and Malissa Louis, freshmen at Roanoke Catholic, approached the administration last spring with the idea to highlight the student population’s diverse cultural heritages. During the event, 10 interactive tables, each hosted by parents or adults affiliated with RCS, showcased traditional foods and cultural items from different countries with which RCS students have cultural ties.

Congratulations I: Church of the Holy Apostles, Virginia Beach, an ecumenical community of Roman Catholics and Episcopalians, celebrated its 45th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 30.

Congratulations II: Walsingham Academy’s varsity boys’ soccer team won its fi rst Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) Division III state championship on Monday, Nov. 14, with a 3-1 victory over Wakefi eld. The team advanced to the championship game for the fi rst time in school history when it defeated Vertias on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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