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Angel Tree and White Christmas Angel Tree

Did you know…You provide more than 1200 Christmas gifts to the children of Williamsburg each year. Each Angel Tree ornament has a specific wish item from a child/family. Wishlist items are from a variety price ranges. Children’s items are due, Sunday, December 16th. You also gift more than 200 nursing home residents with much-needed hygiene and comfort items (lotion, toothpaste, socks, crossword puzzles, etc.) each Christmas. Let them know they are cherished and remembered by the Saint Bede community this Christmas season and always by picking up a gift tag from our White Christmas Angel Tree. Senior items are due Sunday, December 8th.

 

Holy Land Religious Goods Sale - Saturday - Sunday, December 8-9

The Good Shepherds of Bethlehem is a group that supports Christian families who live in Bethlehem, the Holy Land, and make their living as olive wood carvers. Katherine and George Awwad will be at our parish on December 8th and 9th to display and sell hand-carved olive wood religious items such as rosaries, nativities, and crosses. These items make great gifts for Christmas and to all your special occasions. Please stop by their display to support your brothers and sisters in the Holy Land. Your support is much needed and appreciated.

 

Humane Society Collection - Saturday - Sunday, December 8-9

In the spirit of the Christmas season and in gratitude for the animals of the manger, Saint Bede Cub Scout Pack 1932 would like to provide for the animals in our area. There will be a collection box in the Commons to drop off your gifts next weekend. The Humane Society is in need of gift cards to local pet supply businesses, dog and cat food, cat litter, bedding supplies, and cleaning supplies.

For a complete list, visit the Heritage Humane website https://heritagehumane.org/wish-lists/ Thank you for anything you can do.

 

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" Reflection - Monday, December 10

10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. | Ministry Level - This Advent, come to experience the music, words, and background as we reflect on the Christmas Carol: “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Although written in the late 1800s, today we still share the message of humanity’s greatest hopes and deepest fears. Peg Crews will offer this Advent Reflection. Register now.

 

Listening Sessions - Monday, December 10

Noon & 7:00 p.m. | Father Walsh Room - Monsignor Keeney would like to provide a forum for the congregation to discuss their concerns about the recent upheaval in the Church surrounding the allegations of sexual abuse by priests and bishops. Drs. Robert and Diane Abdo, two local psychotherapists, will facilitate two meetings to offer you an opportunity to express your feelings and to share them in a safe group environment. Monsignor Keeney will be present at the noon session, and Father Boat will be present at the 7:00 p.m. session. These listening sessions will give you a chance to reflect on some questions, such as: What are you feeling? How does the current situation impact your identity as a Catholic? How can we create a safer environment for all? Please call the office at (757) 229-3631 to RSVP.

 

Virginia Symphony Holiday Brass – Friday, December 14

8:00 p.m. | Nave - The bold sounds of the Virginia Symphony Brass section will ring in the holidays with a blast! Experience the festive sounds of the season in a concert filled with wit, virtuosity, and the glorious music of the holidays--featuring the VSO brass and percussion sections. You'll enjoy music from a variety of styles that will make this concert one holiday delight you won't want to miss! Parking is limited, please consider carpooling. Tickets can be purchased through the Virginia Symphony at www.virginiasymphony.org. For information, call (757) 229-3631 or visit www.bedeva.org/concerts.


Simbang Gabi - Sunday, December 16

Saint Jerome Catholic Church in Newport News will be hosting Simbang Gabi this year. Simbang Gabi is a long-treasured Catholic tradition in the Philippines with liturgical relation to the Advent Season. It is also considered a time of preparation for the celebration of our Savior’s birth. It is a series of dawn Masses, serving as a novena to the Blessed Mother. As such, it starts on the 16th of December and runs until Christmas Eve. Traditionally in the Philippines, the Simbang Gabi Masses are celebrated in the very early hours (as early as 4:00 or 5:00 a.m.) to allow the farmers and the fishermen to attend the Mass before they set out to the fields or to sea. Through the years, scheduling variations have been made, especially when the tradition was carried over to the United States. The Mass at Saint Jerome will be Sunday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m., with a reception to follow at the Fellowship Hall with Filipino cuisine. For food donations please contact Merit Belmonte (757) 874-0156 or Ben Elefante (757) 880-1748.


Advent Penance Service - Tuesday, December 18

7:00 p.m. | Nave - Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. All are invited to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we prepare for Christmas and the final coming of the Lord. Multiple area priests will be available to hear confessions and offer absolution. 


The King’s Singers – Friday, December 21

7:30 p.m. | Nave - Hear this beloved ensemble—winners of two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in Gramophone Magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame—in a celebration of ancient and modern Christmas music from across centuries! “What hits you first and leaves you last when listening…is the astonishing, exhilarating musicianship of these singers. Joy, generosity and eclecticism…are the defining qualities” (Gramophone Magazine). Parking is limited, please consider carpooling. Tickets can be purchased through the Virginia Arts Festival at www.vafest.org.

 

March for Life Bus Trip to Washington, D.C. - Friday, January 18, 2019

The Knights of Columbus will coordinate Saint Bede’s annual bus trip to the March for Life rally. There will be a 7:00 a.m. Mass at Saint Bede followed by a silent procession to the Memorial for
the Unborn prior to boarding the bus promptly at 8:00 a.m. Two buses will return immediately after the march (around 4:30 p.m.) and arrive at Saint Bede around 8:00 p.m. A third bus will stop at the National Basilica after the march for a tour and prayers. This bus will stop in Fredericksburg for dinner and return around 10:00 p.m. Seat reservations are now being taken. The cost per seat is $25.00. Contact Rocky Natchus at rnatchus@yahoo.com or (757) 438-5602. to reserve your seat. Checks for $25 per person should made payable to “Knights of Columbus Council 6828” and mailed to Rocky Natchus, 701 Monumental Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185. Seats will be available on first-come, first-served basis. Also, seats can be purchased as a donation and will be made available for those who want to attend but are not financially able.

 

Joy Ministers Needed

We currently have a great need of Joy Ministers bringing Eucharist to the homebound, those parishioners in our local hospitals, as well as parishioners residing in local senior residences. The time commitment you make is once a month for hospital visits, and once every two weeks for senior venues or homebound visits. This is a great opportunity to serve here at Saint Bede, and provide spiritual care for fellow parishioners. If you feel called to this ministry, please contact Deacon Francis Roettinger at (757) 229-3631 x2308 or froettinger@bedeva.org. Thank you!

 

Vocations

"The LORD is our righteousness." Are you being called to bring the word of God as a priest? Contact the Vocations Office, (804) 359-5661, to speak with Fr. Michael Boehling or Fr. Brian Capuano; or write to vocations@richmonddiocese.org.


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