Praying Through Infertility, online retreat, Dec. 4- 6. For those struggling with infertility, the time spent preparing for and celebrating Christmas can be bittersweet. But the Lord offers us great hope! Springs in the Desert invites those carrying the burden of infertility and loss to a free virtual mini prayer retreat. Discover ways to connect more deeply to God and your spouse through prayer; contemplate the Lord’s closeness in your suffering; and learn ways to surrender your sorrows to God and invite him to guide you and strengthen your marriage. Retreat ends with a Facebook Live event 2 p.m., Dec. 6. For more information and to register, visit https://springsinthedesert.org/.
Join Church of the Redeemer virtually for the 13th Annual No Room at the Inn gala, Friday, Dec. 4, 7-8 p.m. Start your holiday season with beautiful nativities, Redeemer’s Choir and a live auction. The auction runs Nov. 27-Dec. 4 @ 7:45 p.m. You can also view nativities online Dec. 5-25. This is a free event, but donations are welcomed to support our beneficiaries that provide safe housing to those in need. Go to www.churchredeemer.org/no-room to participate in the auction or join our gala live.
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, Dec. 1, 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!