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Holy Hour for Our Beloved Dead: The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will host a Holy Hour on Thursday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m., to pray for the faithful departed. The evening will include eucharistic exposition (adoration), biblical readings and sacred music. The Holy Hour will take place in-person at the cathedral and online via the cathedral’s Facebook page.


Full Scholarships Available: MSM & DMA in Organ Performance: The Sacred Music Program at the University of Notre Dame is accepting applications! Students pursue a two-year master’s degree in sacred music (concentrations in organ performance, choral conducting and voice) or a three-year Doctor of Musical Arts (concentrations in organ performance or choral conducting). Students also work closely with faculty in musicology, liturgical studies and theology. Programs are broadly ecumenical, while giving specific attention to Roman Catholic traditions and practice. All students receive full-tuition scholarships, health insurance and an assistantship that supplies a generous stipend. Interested applicants may learn more about the program and apply by visiting www.sacredmusic.nd.edu.


Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols: Organists Carina Sturdy and Aaron Renninger will present this beautiful candlelit service of Advent organ music, Scripture readings, and traditional hymns of the season Tuesday, December 1st at 7 p.m. In this hectic and chaotic time of year, set aside this hour to immerse yourself in the music of the season and prepare your heart and mind for the coming of Christ as an infant. Attend this service in-person socially distanced while following all Diocesan COVID-19 protocols or watch livestreamed on the “Music of Saint Bede” Facebook page. Please join us at Saint Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road in Williamsburg. For more information, call (757) 229-3631, or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts.


LARCUM is going virtual! On Dec. 4 and 5, Dr. Phillip Cary, internationally acclaimed expert on St. Augustine, scholar-in-resident at the Templeton Honors College, professor of philosophy at Eastern University and editor-in–chief of Pro-Ecclesia, will speak about “Being Formed by the Gospel in a Post-Christian Age: A Proposal for the Church Catholic.” As a fruit of the limitation in the pandemic, we have become accustomed to meeting online and to dialogue in a different context. The result is that one can attend the LARCUM (Lutheran, Anglican, Roman Catholic and United Methodist) Conference, without the cost of travel, et al. Registration is $25 per person; students are free.

For additional information and to register, visit www.virginialarcum.org.


The Office of Cemetery and Funeral services is holding a virtual outreach to help with education on end of life concerns. This event will take place on December 9 beginning at 7PM and you can join using https://richmonddiocese.zoom.us/j/99308537210?pwd=bzN2Qk5uTWFyb1g4M0dWVGwvdVNUQT09 Passcode: 697612.


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!

 

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