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Eighth Annual Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Ann Catholic Church, 17111 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Colonial Heights. Sponsored by St. Ann youth group. Contact Elise Chapman at echapman@stanncc.com for information and/or a vendor application.


Trinity Organ Concert: Join St. Bede Catholic Church director and associate director of music, Aaron Renninger and Carina Brackin, for a free concert of organ duets, noon, Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg. They will play duets from different musical eras including works by Bach, Rutter and one of Beethoven’s teachers. The concert is available in-person in the nave and online at www.facebook.com/MusicofSaintBede. For more information, call 757- 229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts.


Annual Memorial Mass in memory of All Saints and Souls, Saturday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m., Mount Calvary Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel. Bishop Barry C. Knestout will be the celebrant. Contact Jim Glass at 355-5271 for more information.


Annual All Souls Day Mass, Sunday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m., in front of the garden mausoleum of St. Mary Cemetery, Norfolk. Celebrant will be Father Tim Kuhneman, the Diocese of Richmond’s vicar for clergy. Please adhere to diocesan COVID guidelines if attending. For further information or to volunteer, contact Jim Fitzpatrick at 757-572-1420 or fitzpatrick1100@aol.com.


St. Andrew Catholic Church, 613 North Jefferson St., Roanoke, is hosting a parish mission on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 7 and 8, 7-8:30 p.m. Jon Leonetti, international Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host, will be leading the mission titled, “Surge of the Heart.” All are welcome! Contact Linda Allison at lallison@standrewsva.org with questions.


Annual Craft Fair, Saturday, Nov. 13, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sts. Peter and Paul Parish Hall, 4309 Thomas Jefferson Parkway on Rt. 53, Palmyra. Vendors, baked goods and homemade crafts. Any questions, please contact Cynthia Aycock at 434-996-6065 or cynthia.b.aycock@gmail.com.


America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally will be Saturday, Oct. 16, noon-2 p.m., at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 8200 Woodman Road, Richmond, overlooking Woodman Road. Bring a chair and dress for the weather. Contact Marie Pruessmann for more information 804 935-0302 or email stedimar@yahoo.com.


Public Square Rosary Rally, Saturday, Oct. 16, noon, on the steps of St Peter Pro Cathedral Church at 800 E Grace Street, Richmond. This rosary, sponsored by American Needs Fatima, will be one of over 20,000 rallies to take place across the U.S. on this date. Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the U.S. Contact Kathy Buttner at kathybuttner@hotmail.com with questions.


The Blessed Sacrament Golf Classic will be held on Oct. 22, at Sewells Point Golf Course. This year the parish celebrates 100 years of faith and service in Norfolk. Proceeds from this event benefit the parish’s ministries and outreach programs such as the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, youth mission trips and work camps and the new Centennial Community Garden. Check in starts at 11 a.m. for a Florida Best Ball format starting at noon. Participation includes a cart, range balls, complementary beverages, a cookout dinner and awards. Please see the website at www. blessedsacrament.com/golftournament or call 757-550-4793 for more information regarding player registration, sponsorships, donations and volunteer opportunities.


The St. Jude Women’s Guild invites all women to join them for a day of reflection on Saturday, Oct. 23, 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., St. Jude Catholic Church, 1937 Davis Highway, Mineral. “Autumn Grandeur of God’s Handiwork in Creation and Our Hearts as Well” is the theme. The retreat will be led by Sister of St. Joseph Sally Russell. The cost is $15 per per person and includes lunch. Registration forms are available at louisacatholics.org — click on Women’s Guild. If you have any questions, please email lcladiesguild@gmail.com or call Connie Fuller at 804- 513-4396. Registration deadline: Friday, Oct. 15.


Saint Benedict Music Series will host a concert performed by the Wren Masters. The program begins and ends with works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Bach’s contemporary and friend. In between those two works comes a set of pieces ‘from the Highlands’—baroque music from Scotland whose traces can still be found in traditional music of the Appalachians. Another set of baroque pieces imitates birds and other animals. The Wren Masters are an early music quartet, playing renaissance and baroque music on period instruments.  Hailed by The Washington Post for their “crisp ensemble, mellowness, and admirable stylistic awareness,” the four members are performing artist faculty of the College of William & Mary, playing harpsichord, baroque violin, viola da gamba/baroque cello, and recorder. Admission is free; an offering will be taken up to support the music series. For more information, please contact Joel S. Kumro, Choirmaster and Organist at 804-254-8810×112 or jkumro@saintbenedictparish.org


The 40 Days for Life Fall 2021 Campaign continues through Oct. 31. Christians throughout Richmond and beyond are praying at Planned Parenthood, 201 N. Hamilton Street, Richmond, Monday-Saturday, from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 7 p.m. More information is available at https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/Richmond.


St. Theresa Catholic Church, 709 Buffalo St, Farmville, hosting its Holiday Bazaar on Friday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 6, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For additional information or questions, please contact Lynn Skakum at lmskakum@gmail.com.


Norfolk Catholic High School, Class of 1971 is celebrating its 50th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 16, 6-10 p.m., Vista Point Conference Center, Naval Station Norfolk.

Note: Because this event is on a U.S. Military base, all attendees must complete, print, sign and either scan and email a completed DoD Visitor Form to: Mary Jane Carpenter 2963 Sugar Maple Dr Virginia Beach, VA 23453 Information and registration are available at www.norfolkcatholic1971.com or join Facebook Group “NCHS Class of 71 Reunion Group.”


“Doors to the Sacred: Exploring the history, mystery and rituals of the Sacraments” is an adult education series at St. Gregory the Great, Virginia Beach. More than signs, sacraments are encounters with the divine, a meeting place where divinity intersects with humanity, where the past becomes present, the lost are found, the hungry fed, wounds are healed, and sinners are sanctified. The response to these divine gifts of grace is ours. Wednesdays 9:30 -11 a.m.; repeated Wednesday evenings 7-8:30, Sept. 22 and 29, Oct. 6 and 13. All are welcome. No fee nor registration required.


“Our Church, Our Story: Black Catholic Identity and Culture,”a retreat and conference will be held both in-person at the Roslyn Retreat Center in Richmond and virtually on Zoom. The retreat begins Nov. 5 at 5p.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Nov. 7. The virtual program is on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 to 2:30. All are welcome, but spaces at Roslyn are limitedParticipation at Roslyn costs $65.00 for two-night stay and $20 for daytime only. Registration details to follow. Virtual attendance is free.

Dr. Tia Pratt of Villanova University will give the keynote address, followed by four breakout sessions: Racism in the Catholic Church, Black Vocations, Catholic Experience in Africa, and Youth Empowerment.

Bishop Knestout will preside at the closing Mass.

Sponsored by the diocesan Office for Black Catholics and the National Black Catholic Congress Daniel Rudd Fund. In partnership with All Saints Catholic School, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Catholic Church.


St. Olaf Catholic Church, in coordination with other churches, welcomes all to participate in the 33rd National Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2-3:15 p.m. This will be the Greater Williamsburg area’s 9th annual participation in this event. Location will be on the sidewalk facing Richmond Road starting at Centerville Road. The Life Chain is a peaceful, prayerful and public witness of pro-life faithful standing in honor of 60-plus million lives lost to abortion.


Forum on Immigration.Church of the Ascension, 4853 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach (www. ascensionvb.org), invites you to a forum on immigration featuring Jay Brown, CEO of Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. to review Catholic Social Teaching on immigration. Learn about the Catholic Church’s work regarding immigration in Virginia, and explore how to become involved in efforts to promote, protect and integrate immigrants into our community.


All are welcome to join Deacon Charles Williams, director of the Diocese of Richmond’s Office for Black Catholics and deacon at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, on a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Oct. 21-30, 2021, for the most deeply moving spiritual experience of your lifetime. The 10-day tour for $3,599 includes airfare, hotels, tours, breakfast and dinner, daily Mass in holy places and much more. For further information, contact: Alba Kim 804-298-4035 or email tours@albastours.com or visit www.albastours.com. Reservations are available now. Space is limited. COVID 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.


Blessed Sacrament, Norfolk, hosting its first Autumn Bazaar & Craft Show, Sunday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The fall craft show provides an opportunity for crafters to display and sell their handcrafted products, outdoors, in a one-stop shopping environment. This event is open to the public. Contact Claire McCrary at cmccrary@blessed-sacrament.com if you are interested in reserving a spot as a vendor.


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.


The Emmaus Journey: Serving the Spiritual Needs of Grieving Parents: Of all the pains that life can hand us, arguably the most searing is the death of a child. A parent’s world irrevocably and horrifically changes forever. As Jesus joined his distraught disciples on the road to Emmaus after his crucifixion, we ask him to join us as we struggle through this horrendous journey of grief daily. To meet the spiritual needs of parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago, the Diocese of Richmond now offers the Emmaus Journey — a faith-based, day-long, spiritual retreat for grieving parents offered by a team which includes grieving parents, spiritual directors, priests, deacons and parish leaders. The Emmaus Journey offers a safe place where you can seek peace, comfort and hope. Join us in a warm and loving environment with other parents who know something of your pain. This October, we will have two retreats: Oct. 2 at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Oct. 9 at Church of the Redeemer. Register at bit.ly/EmmausJourneyRetreat2021.


The Blessed Sacrament Golf Classic will be held on Friday, Oct. 22, at Sewells Point Golf Course. This year the church celebrates 100 years of faith and service in Norfolk. Proceeds from this event benefit the church’s ministries and outreach programs such as the Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, youth mission trips and work camps and the new Centennial Community Garden. Check-in starts at 11 a.m. for a Florida Best Ball format starting at noon. Participation includes a cart, range balls, complementary beverages, a cookout dinner and awards. Please see the website at www.blessed-sacrament.com/golftournament or call 757-550-4793 for more information regarding player registration, sponsorships, donations and volunteer opportunities.


St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, located in the Highland Park area of Richmond, will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2023. Bishop Knestout will celebrate Mass on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, and kick off the parish’s centennial year. We will conclude with a celebration on Sunday, 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/or Van De Vyver School, then you are who we are celebrating. Please 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 calling 804-329-4599. If no one answers, leave a message with your information.


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.


Join Msgr. Patrick Golden, pastor of Our Lady of Nazareth, Roanoke, on a pilgrimage to Poland, Prague and Budapest, Sept. 18- 30, 2021. We will reflect on the lives of St. Faustina and St. Pope John Paul II. In addition, experience scenic and historic Central Europe. 13-day tour for $4,299 including airfare, hotels, tours, meals, Mass every day in holy places, including at Our Lady Victorious, home of the Infant Jesus of Prague, and much more. For further information, please contact: Alba Kim: 804-298-4035 or email: tours@albastours.com or visit www.albastours.com. Reservations are available now. Space is limited. COVID policies available upon request.


 


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