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Young Adult Theology on Tap - Monday, October 21

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill - All young adults (ages 21-35) are invited to join us for Theology on Tap, where we will focus on a wide range of topics that directly affect our lives today.  This month, Sam Samorian, Saint Bede Director of Development, will be presenting about his experience discerning career changes in his talk “From Beer to Belief (And Back Again).” If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Fleser at vgazewood@bedeva.org.


Islam and Christianity - Monday & Tuesday, October 21 & 22

7:00 p.m. | Ministry Level - We welcome back Steve Hemler, President of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America.  Join us for two nights of talks.  

  • Monday: What We Learned Living 13 Years in Saudi Arabia
  • Tuesday: Is Jesus Truly the Son of God?


Fall Blood Drive - Friday, October 25 

9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - Give the gift of life!  The Parish Nurses’ Ministry fall blood drive is coming up soon.  The Red Cross will be accepting your life-giving donations.  Sign up online at www.redcrossblood.org and put in our zip code (23188) to pick your appointment time.  Every donation does help save a life.


Join the Rosary Makers

Do you ever wonder who provides the beautiful rosaries that abound in our church?  They are available for anyone to use or take home.  A group of ladies meets in the Ministry Level every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. to create these sacramentals.  You are invited to join them.  No prior experience is necessary.  They will train anyone interested.  You may visit www.olrm.org to see a video of the corded rosary-making process.  

 

All Saints’ Festival - Sunday, October 27

6:15 - 8:00 p.m. | South Parking Lot - Join us at our annual All Saints’ Festival following the 5:00 p.m. Mass. We will have hotdogs, line dance lessons, trunk-or-treating, bull riding, festival games, and a carved pumpkin contest. (Bring your already-carved pumpkin.) The evening concludes with a bilingual bonfire Rosary at 7:45. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come dressed as your favorite saint or in a friendly, non-scary costume. Be sure to RSVP by Wednesday, October 23.   RSVP       Volunteer

 

Sacred Art Announcement        

We are pleased to announce that due to the efforts of a number of donors, Saint Bede will officially unveil our first two panels of The Communion of Saints, the weekend of October 26 & 27. The first two panels will be on either side of the organ. This will coincide with our All Saints Festival that weekend. There will be scaffolding in the church for the next two weeks to assist with the installation. You can find more information on our website at www.bedeva.org/sacredart.

 
Annual Baby Shower - Now - Sunday, October 27

Saint Bede Friends For Life will sponsor our annual Baby Shower.  Please stop by the table in the Commons and choose a donation tag from the Pack ’n Play.  There will be a variety of donations to choose from.  All donations will benefit the Williamsburg House of Mercy and the Hope Pregnancy Care Center, located on Jamestown Road.


40 Days for Life Rosaries - Fridays, Now - November 1

Following 9:00 a.m. Mass | Blessed Sacrament Chapel - Saint Bede Friends for Life Ministry invites the parish community to join them in prayer in support of the Ecumenical 40 Days for Life National Prayer Campaign. They will gather to recite the Rosary for the end of abortion and a true commitment to the dignity of life from conception to natural death.  For information about 40 Days for Life, visit www.40daysforlife.com.

 

Women’s Conference - Saturday, November 2

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Saint Bede Catholic Church - On Saturday, November 2, the diocese will host the 7th Annual Catholic Women’s Conference. The conference features keynote speakers, breakout opportunities, music, vendors, box lunch, Adoration, and Reconciliation. The Bishop will celebrate a Saturday morning Mass to start the day.

Beginning on October 16, registration will be available for $50. After October 28, registration will only be available at the door for $55. Register

 

Hallelujah: The Bible and Handel's Messiah

Mondays, November 4 - November 25  |  10:00 a.m. - Noon  Register

This is a two-part course for Advent and Lent in which participants hear Handel’s music and engage the Biblical texts through study, discussion, and prayer.  Participants will examine what the texts might have meant in their earliest contexts; ask how believers throughout the ages have understood them in later situations; and finally, look for ways to apply them to their own lives.  Part I, Advent, consists of four sessions.  Part 2, Lent, consists of six sessions and will be offered in Lent.  

 

Saint Augustine and Saint Benedict

Wednesdays, November 6 - December 11  |  10:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Register

This Pivotal Players study focuses on two saints from the 4th and 5th centuries: Saint Augustine of Hippo and Saint Benedict of Nursia.  Saint Augustine, the Teacher, is possibly the best example of how faith in Christ changed a person. Augustine’s narrative of personal transformation in his book, Confessions provides a template for life in Christ that still rings true today.  Saint Benedict, the Monk, contributed more to saving western Christian culture than anyone else.  Born just after Rome fell, Benedict founded the religious community that would, in time, preserve the best of the old and allows for the emergence of an authentic, Christian way of life. Join Bishop Barron as he traces the lives and contributions of these two pivotal saints. This study will be facilitated by Ted and Elaine Cummings.  Study Guide for participants is optional.

 

Brown Bag Book Club

First Thursdays of the Month
Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Ministry Level - All parishioners are welcome to bring their lunch and join us for a one-hour book discussion. The upcoming books and dates are:
• November 7 - The Holy Longing: The Search for Christian Spirituality by Ronald Rolheiser
• December 5 - The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
• January 9 - Becoming Human by Jean Vanier


Caregivers and/or Patient Advocates Ministry

We are starting a new ministry that is open to those who are providing care or advocacy to a person either at home, hospitalized, or residing in a senior residence venue.  The group will meet to discuss and share their experiences. If you are interested, please contact Dave Bonesteel at (757) 221-0969 or davebo@cox.net or Deacon Francis Roettinger at (757) 229-3631 x2308 or froettinger@bedeva.org

 

E-mail Scams

Cybercrime is hitting dioceses nationwide. If you receive an email that shows a parish’s pastor or a parish priest as the sender requesting that you send gift cards or account information, rest assured it is a scam. Priests' names have been used in a recent scam, and we want you to know that we will never solicit for funding or ask for favors via email. Parishioners can and should contact the parish to verify the legitimacy of any suspicious request received through email. All cybercrime should be reported to the FBI at https://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx. It is up to the victim of cyber-crimes to file complaints.

 

Pilgrimage to Portugal

May 11 - 20, 2020
Father Dan Molochko and Deacon Dave Reaves will be leading a Pilgrimage to Portugal May 11-20, 2020. The pilgrimage will include Porto, Fatima, Lisbon, and the southern coast. For more information and details, please email Deacon Dave at dreaves@richmonddiocese.org.


Retreat in Ireland

June 30 - July 2, 2020
Want to grow in your faith while relaxing on the gorgeous coastline of County Donegal, Ireland? Come to the Christian Mindfulness Retreat. It’s a time for reflection, meditation, and learning how to use “mindfulness” as a way to deepen your spiritual life. Attendees can make their own travel plans or sign up for an all-inclusive bus tour that takes you to some of Ireland’s most popular tourist destinations and religious sites in addition to the retreat. For more information, please visit www.irishmindfulness.net. You may contact the retreat’s director, Mike Ferry (St. Mary’s, Richmond parishioner), via email at mike@happinessandinnovation.com or by calling him at (804) 502-3089.

 


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