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Volunteer & Donation Opportunities

Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents

Deacon Francis is looking for volunteers to assist him in hosting a retreat for parents who are grieving the loss of a child (or children).   He is looking to schedule this Emmaus Retreat on 6/20/20 and cannot proceed forward without volunteers.  These volunteers would prepare for and help out at the retreat and be present to the retreatants.  Should the Holy Spirit so move you, please contact Deacon Francis Roettinger at (757) 229-3631 x2308 or at froettinger@bedeva.org.

 

Caregivers and/or Patient Advocates Ministry

The office of Pastoral Services is looking to build a ministry for those who are caregivers and/or patient advocates. The need for this ministry has been brought to our attention and mandates action. This ministry is open to those who are providing care or advocacy to a person either at home, in the hospital, or residing in a senior residence venue. The group will meet to share and discuss their experiences. If you are interested, we would like to hear from you. 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.

 

Winter Shelter Week
March 15 - March 22

Evening, overnight and morning shift volunteers are needed. There is also a need for individuals to make and bring food for the Williamsburg House of Mercy’s week of the COFM Winter Shelter that takes place at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church, 3051 Ironbound Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23188. Sign up at volunteersignup.org/Q3WEK. For questions, call Ellen Boyko at the Williamsburg House of Mercy at (757) 229-3700 x 2214 or (201) 788-7657 in the evening.

 

Toiletry and Hygiene Items Needed!

Williamsburg House of Mercy regularly distributes toiletries and hygiene items to families in need and homeless guests at our Harbor Day Shelter for the Homeless. Cleanliness and hygiene items are extremely important during cold and flu season. We are currently in need of the following travel-size items: shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream and small hand sanitizers. Items can be dropped off in the food pantry collection bin in the Commons or directly to the WHOM, Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m at 10 Harrison Avenue.


Events

 

 

Mardi Gras Pancake Supper

Tuesday, February 25  RSVP

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.  We will burn palm branches at 7:00 p.m. RSVP by Sunday, February 23.

 

40 Days for Life Rosaries
Fridays, February 28, March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3

After 9:00 a.m. Mass | Blessed Sacrament Chapel - Saint Bede Friends for Life Ministry invites the parish community to join in prayer in support of the Ecumenical 40 Days for Life National Prayer Campaign. We 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.

 

The Bible and Handel's Messiah

Mondays, March 2 - April 6 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon  Register

Carolyn Lawrence will continue this course on Handel's most famous piece.  Participants will listen to the music of Lent and Easter and engage the Biblical texts through study, discussion, and prayer. They will examine what the texts might have meant in their earliest contexts; ask how believers have understood them in later situations; and finally, look for ways to apply them to their own lives. The previous course on the Advent section is NOT a pre-requisite, but pre-registration is necessary to ensure enough materials for all. Explore the scriptural texts of Handel’s Messiah and you will never listen to it quite the same!

 

Lenten Small Faith Groups

Beginning Monday, March 2

Allow God to move powerfully in your Spiritual Journey this Lent. Consider joining one of the many small faith groups being offered by the parish. The focus is the Sunday Readings and how to apply these teachings to our lives. Read, Reflect, Share, and Pray with a small faith group as you enter into a deeper relationship with the Lord through His Holy Word and your small faith community. Group size is limited, and all groups are led by trained facilitators. There are morning and evening groups to choose from.  Contact Janet Hassan to sign up, jhassan@bedeva.org or (757) 229-3631. Please give your name, email address, best phone number, and your preferred day and time.

Mondays
10:00 a.m. (Spanish) .............................. Mariangelica Tuquer
1:00 p.m. (At Patriot's Colony) ................ Elaine Cummings
6:30 p.m. .............................................. Janet Hassan
Tuesdays
10:00 a.m. ............................................ Michelle Tomshack
6:30 p.m. .............................................. Sam Samorian
Wednesdays
10:00 a.m. ............................................ Janet Hassan
6:30 p.m. .............................................. Marie Pellissier & Melissa Sanderson
7:00 p.m. (Spanish) ............................... Mariangelica Tuquer
Thursdays
10:00 a.m. ............................................ Carol Brandely
6:30 p.m. .............................................. Melissa Sanderson
Fridays
10:00 a.m. ............................................ Bart Crews
 

Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth

Thursday, March 5   Register Now

5:00 p.m. | Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond - The Virginia Catholic Conference once again presents a special opportunity to come together with Catholic bishops, priests, parishioners, people of all faiths, educators, social service providers, and public officials to pray for the needs of Virginia.  Bishop Knestout, Bishop Burbidge, and the Virginia Catholic Conference will host the fifth annual Virginia Vespers: Evening Prayer for the Commonwealth.  A reception follows, and all are invited!

 

Way of the Cross from Saint Sulpice

Friday, March 6, 2020

7:00 p.m. | Nave - Concert Organist Stephen Buzard will perform Meditations on the Stations of the Cross (Le Chemin de la Croix) by Marcel Dupre, a longtime organist at Saint Sulpice, France.  This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the most significant and deeply spiritual musical works of the 20th Century. 

Since the Middle Ages, Christians have meditated through both prayer and art upon Jesus' final journey to Calvary.  In 1931 the great French organist Marcel Dupre improvised a musical depiction of the Stations of the Cross as meditations on poems by Paul Claudel. Throughout the fourteen movements, Dupre weaves a rich theological tapestry symbolizing themes of Christ's Passion and musical motives.  Come for some respite in the darkened nave for this meditative performance of Dupre's music and Claudel's poetry.  Visit the Concerts page for more information.

 


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.

 


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