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Holy Hour for Vocations, Monday, Feb. 7, 6 p.m., St. Andrew, Roanoke. Evening will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a short talk, Benediction and presentation of the vocations cross. Families are encouraged to attend. For further information about this evening and the vocations cross, call the diocesan Vocations Office, 804- 359-5661.


Polish Food to Go: St. Mary’s Knights of Columbus Council 14129 will be having a Polish Food to Go event to benefit Virginia Knights of Columbus Charities Inc. Meal includes Polish kielbasa/sauerkraut, stuffed cabbage, bigos (Polish hunter’s stew) and kolachki. $20 per meal. Safely precooked, frozen and prepackaged food with proper reheating instructions. Online sale is underway at www.stmarysrichmond.org. Check the upcoming events area on the St. Mary homepage. Pick-up is Saturday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. outside the parish hall side door. No need to leave your car; just pull up in line for food order.


Defending Life Day! Please join us on February 9, 2022 to advocate for a pro-life Virginia!  Constituents throughout Virginia will come together in Richmond for prayer led by Bishop Burbidge and Bishop Knestout, meetings with their legislators, and Mass.  Your presence is a powerful witness for life from conception to natural death. Please participate in this historic and vital effort to urge those who represent you to defend life! Visit VaProLifeDay.org to register and learn more.


Join Father John David Ramsey and Father Danny Cogut on a spiritual journey to the places of St. John Paul II, Prague and Vienna, the week of Sept. 18-30. This could be the wonderful spiritual opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Total cost per person for airfare, lodging and meals is $4,399 double occupancy. Reservations are due Feb. 28 with a deposit of $500 per person. Your choice of airport: Dulles or Charlotte. For detailed information and registration form, contact Larry Cogut at LCOGUT@gmail.com or call 703-635-9243.


St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, in the Highland Park area of Richmond, will celebrate its centennial in 2023. Bishop Knestout will celebrate Mass on Nov. 20, 2022, and kick off the celebration, which will continue through Nov. 19, 2023. In between, you will have plenty of opportunities to share the history of the parish and recognize the people involved over the past century. If your family has ties to St. Elizabeth Parish, St. Elizabeth Catholic School, St. Joseph Parish and Van De Vyver School, then you are who we are celebrating. Join us! Register online at https://bit.ly/STECC_Bulletin or contact the parish office by emailing Mary Rose Purcell at mpurcell@stelizcc.org or by calling 804-329-4599. If no one answers, leave a message with your information.


New Creation Community’s series on spiritual warfare Sunday, Feb. 6, 3:30 p.m., 1600 Elbow Road, Chesapeake, or via Zoom. Topic: “The Whole Armor of God.” For upcoming dates and topics visit www.NccCharismaticCommunity.org. New Creation is a private association of the faithful in the Diocese of Richmond.


Save the dates: Sunday and Monday, April 3-4, 2022, Sarah Hart, one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music, will be performing at St. Therese Catholic Church, Chesapeake. More information to follow!


All are welcome to join Deacon Charles Williams of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from May 2-11, 2022, for the most deeply moving spiritual experience of your lifetime. A ten-day tour for $3,599 including airfare, first class hotels, tours, breakfast and dinner, Mass every day in Holy Places and much more. For further information please contact Alba Kim at tours@albastours.com or (804) 298-4035. *Reservations are available now. Spaces are limited. **COVID-19 policies available upon request.


Come discuss Dante’s Inferno and other “treasures” online!  “Treasures of the Tradition” is a program of lively discussion groups sponsored by the Adult Formation program at Charlottesville’s Holy Comforter Church. Join us this fall for “The Roots of Christian Spirituality,” with writings by Origen, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Maximus Confessor, and more on the idea of union between humans and God; for “Éric Rohmer’s Moral Tales,” a discussion of seven films by this great director of French “New Wave” cinema whose Catholicism influenced his explorations of human romance; and for the popular group on Dante’s Divine Comedy, which will likely stop after this year. All groups meet online, once a week or less, and take the texts at a slow, easy pace; an expert facilitator guides discussions. A per-session fee applies; baseline is $15, but a sliding scale is available. Groups begin in mid-September, so please contact organizer John Bugbee (bugbee@thetreasures.org), or visit the website https://thetreasures.org ASAP.


Join Father James Arsenault, pastor of St. Elizabeth, Richmond, on an amazing Seine River cruise through Paris and Normandy, April 28 – May 5, 2022. Seven-night bucket list trip on AMA Waterway’s AMALyra starts at $4,005 per person and includes accommodations, meals, beverages during meals, choice of daily excursions, wreath laying ceremony in Normandy, taxes and gratuities during the cruise. There is also a pre-cruise optional Paris land package available that features a private Mass at Sacré-Coeur Basilica. Group airfare quotes available upon request. For more information, contact Stella Capocelli Carter at 804-359-3217 x310 or s.capocelli@tourplaninternational.com. Full itinerary and registration are available at https://tourplaninternational.com/parisnormandy.


Join us for the World-Famous Oberammergau Passion Play! The Church of St. Therese, Chesapeake, has a few spaces left for a special journey, June 8-18, 2022, to the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, as well as Budapest, Vienna, Prague and Munich. Due to the pandemic, the Passion Play, which is held only every 10 years, was moved from 2020 to 2022. Save $300 if reservation and down payment are made before April 30, 2021. To register or for more information, contact Megan Malhiot at mmalhiot@sttheresechesva.org; 757 488-2553.


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