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The Holy House Book Sale

Journey back through history and discover the captivating story of “England’s Nazareth.”  Learn how the destruction of the Reformation has been transformed into a renewal of the Catholic faith in England and a special devotion here in Williamsburg.  Purchase your copy of The Holy House: A History of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, Williamsburg, VA in the Parish Office.  Books are $5 and proceeds benefit the restoration of our Holy House, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham.  


Support New Mothers in Need

Will you use your sewing skills to help local mothers of the Hope Pregnancy Center?  Our new moms are in great need of burp cloths. The recommended size is 12x17 inches made from absorbent materials like terry cloth or flannel. If you are able to equip new mothers with these much-needed items, please contact MaryEllen at the Hope Pregnancy Center at (757) 229-6472. Thank you for caring for our mothers and babies both during and after pregnancy.
Your help supports the choice of life!


The Art of Forgiveness - Friday, February 22

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. | W & M Commonwealth Auditorium - Immaculée Ilibagiza survived the Rwandan Genocide by hiding in a local pastor's 3'x4' bathroom with seven other women. For 91 days she relied on fervent prayer and a rosary her father had given her. She emerged from her hiding place with little family and health, but the faith to forgive the people who had tormented her country. Today, Ilibagiza travels around the world, sharing her testimony about the power of faith, hope, and forgiveness.


Catholic Inquiry Sessions - Start Wednesday, February 27
Jesus Invites Us to Come and See

7:00 p.m. | Ministry Level - Who do you know that may have questions about the Catholic Church?  Who do you know that may be considering becoming Catholic?  Invite them to our new Inquiry Sessions.  People are welcome to come and listen or ask questions.  There is no pressure and no obligation to continue attending these Inquiry Sessions.  They are for those who may be wondering what Catholicism is all about.  Invite those you know may be wondering to come and see!  For more information or to register, call Michelle Tomshack at (757) 229-3631 or email at


Saint Bede Welcomes Sarah Hart

Concert for All Ages - Friday, March 1 

7:00 p.m. | Nave - Sarah Hart is one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today.  Her songs of faith have touched the lives of millions. Sarah’s dynamic energy, sense of humor and deep faith make her concerts, keynote presentations and retreats an unforgettable experience.  In October of 2013, Sarah was invited to perform for Pope Francis and a crowd of 150,000 in St. Peter’s Square. Sarah’s songs have been covered by Amy Grant, Celtic Women, Matt Maher, Jason Crabb and The Newsboys.  Grant’s recording of Sarah’s “Better than a Hallelujah” earned a Best Gospel Song Grammy Nomination.  She boasts nine albums as a solo artist, including Til the Song is Sung and Above Earth’s Lamentations.


Women's Retreat Day - Saturday, March 2

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - A Sarah Hart retreat experience is woven with fun, humor, songs, prayer, scripture, Sarah's personal stories, and discussion time. Invite the women in your life for a day of togetherness and spiritual refreshment in preparation for the season of Lent.  RSVP at the table in the Commons or by emailing Janet at  Reservations will be accepted up through Tuesday, February 26.


Annual Diocesan Scouting Mass - Sunday, March 3

3:00 p.m. | Saint Olaf Catholic Church - All youth and adults involved with Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, or Trail Life in the Diocese of Richmond are invited to attend the annual Scout Mass. Those who have received religious medals in 2018 will be honored at the Mass. There will be a reception following both Masses. Please mark your calendars and join us!


Lenten Small  Faith Groups

Small Faith Groups are forming for Lent to pray and reflect together on the Sunday Lenten Readings.  We still have a limited number of openings for our Monday evening group.  If you are interested, please sign the clipboard at the Welcome Center or email with your name and contact information.


Introduction to Centering Prayer - Starts Tuesday, March 5

10:30 a.m. | Ministry Level - “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46 invites us to set aside all activity, rest in silence and come into an intimate relationship with God. This Lent, explore the richness of silence.  Join Peg Crews as she leads an introduction to Centering Prayer, a form of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition. The class is for beginners and those who have practiced Centering Prayer before. The course will conclude on April 9.  RSVP


Palm Branches

Please bring last year’s palm branches to be burned for Ash Wednesday.  Baskets are in the baptistry for collecting palms.  The burning will take place immediately after the Mardi Gras Party on March 5.


Mardi Gras Pancake Supper - Tuesday, March 5

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - Our Parish Life Group will host its annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper as we prepare to enter into the season of Lent. This is a great family-friendly event, and all are invited to join in fellowship.  There will be free-will offering baskets on the table.  RSVP by Sunday, March 3.


Community Café Williamsburg - Thursday, March 7

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Saint Martin Episcopal Church, 1333 Jamestown Road - Listen to examples and discuss the different vocalists as they personally interpret the Great American Songbook. Recordings and videos of cabaret artists from the current nightclub scene will be played. A short history of cabaret from Europe to America will also be presented by Susan James. The Café is free and open to Williamsburg residents age 60+, or caregivers. It is sponsored by local congregations, businesses, and the PAA. 


Soup Supper & Stations of the Cross - Fridays of Lent

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - We will share a light supper of soup and grilled cheese prepared each week by a different Parish group. The Knights of Columbus will be hosting the first week. This supper of the poor will put us in mind of our less fortunate brothers and sisters. A free-will offering is requested to help offset the cost.
7:00 p.m. | Nave - Stay for Stations of the Cross as we prayerfully remember Christ's journey to Calvary.


Lenten Morning of Spirituality - Saturday, March 9

9:00 a.m. - Noon | Fr. Walsh Rm. -  The Our Lady of the Rosary Secular Franciscans Fraternity will be hosting a Morning of Spirituality as we enter the season of Lent. Carolyn Lawrence will be presenting "The Temptations of Christ."  There is no charge for this event. However, reservations are required. Please call Joan Buhler at (757) 846-0908 or (757) 826-5662 by Wednesday, March 6 to reserve your space. To learn more about Franciscan Spirituality, please visit our website 


Saint Patrick's Day Party - Sunday, March 10

1:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - The Saint Bede Ancient Order of Hibernians and Knights of Columbus are jointly sponsoring this adults-only party.  There will be food, beverages, music, and other Irish entertainment.  Tickets are limited in supply and will be available for advance purchase only.  The $30 per person charge covers meal, beverages, and entertainment.  Tickets will be on sale in the Common after Masses on the weekends of February 16 & 23 and March 5.  Come join the Celtic fun!  If you have questions, contact James Hubbard at


The Annual Parish Golf Invitational - Saturday, April 6

We invite you to take part in the Annual Parish Golf Invitational at Ford’s Colony. This event supports our Youth Ministry. Player and sponsorship registration forms are available at the Welcome Center in the Commons. Alternatively, you may register online at Discounted Early Bird entry rates are available through March 8. 


Catholic Campus Ministry Benefit Gala - Saturday, April 13

6:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - Catholic Campus Ministry at William & Mary cordially invites you to join us for our 13th Annual Benefit Gala! This black-tie-optional event includes an elegant catered dinner, live auction, and dancing to live jazz music. Tickets are $50 and sponsorship opportunities are available at various levels. Tickets can be purchased after Masses on 2/24, 3/3, 3/17, and 3/31 in the Commons at Saint Bede, or after Masses on 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, and 3/31 at the Shrine. Tickets and sponsorships are also available online at


Walsingham Tuition Assistance - Deadline, Friday, April 26

Goepper Fund Tuition Assistance for Walsingham Applications for Walsingham Tuition Assistance for the 2019-2020 school year are available through the Pastor’s Office. The source of this funding is the Goepper Scholarship Fund created by a bequest from H. Holtman Goepper to assist young people who are members of Saint Bede parish in achieving a Catholic education through attendance at Walsingham Academy. Applicants must be practicing Catholics, registered and contributing members of Saint Bede Parish. Please call (757) 229-3631 or stop by the office to pick up an application. The deadline for submission is April 26, 2019.


Pilgrimage to England and Wales with Father Peter - Friday, August 23 - Monday, September 2, 2019

Come join us on a pilgrimage to honor and take courage in the witness of the awesome martyrs and saints of England & Wales! Beginning in Canterbury and continuing on to Walsingham (England’s Nazareth), York, Durham (Shrine of Saint Bede, our parish patron), Holywell (N. Wales) and London; travel to medieval cities, historic castles, ancient shrines, and cathedrals. By visiting the sites hallowed by the saints and martyrs of England and Wales' past one finds a marvelous link to the present and discovers the ………ancient Faith anew.  View the brochure for registration information.  Sign-up by March 30 to save $200!


Bereavement Ministry 

We are seeking additional parishioners who are interested in becoming part of our growing Bereavement Ministry.  You would be part of our core team who are “companions” to those who grieve over the death of a loved one.  If you feel called to this ministry, please contact Deacon Francis Roettinger at (757) 229-3631 x 2308 or


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 Thank you!


Nursery Assistant Needed

Little Bedes' Nursery is seeking a part-time Nursery Assistant to provide safe, secure, nurturing, and cheerful care Sundays, Tuesday mornings and some evenings. Please contact or stop by the nursery on Sunday to inquire.



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