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Communications Requests

If you have a ministry event or request that you would like featured in our parish publications or digital media, please send event details to your ministry’s staff representative by the 15th of the month prior.  We do our best to fulfill requests, but please understand that they are not guaranteed.  


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


Mondays, January 13 - February 17  Register
Faith and Fiction

10:00 a.m. - Noon | Ministry Level - God speaks to us in many ways, even through the art of fiction. Carolyn Lawrence will lead a  five-week discussion group of classic short stories. There is no charge, but please pre-register so that you may receive appropriate materials.


Saturday & Sunday, January 18 & 19

Bicentennial Masses

Saint Bede will be celebrating a special weekend of Masses on January 18-19 commemorating Bishop Patrick Kelly’s arrival in Virginia in 1820 and the opening of the Bicentennial year celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Diocese of Richmond.

Bishop Knestout will also be celebrating Mass at 10:30 on Saturday, January 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Norfolk.  This is a unique opportunity for all the faithful in our region to celebrate a historic event with our Bishop. All are invited to attend Mass and the reception immediately following.

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Mondays, Starting January 20  Register
You are invited to Alpha!

6:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - What is Alpha? An awesome meal, an engaging talk, and even better conversation. Who is Alpha for? Everyone!

  • Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the basics of the Christian faith. Each session looks at a different question that people can have about faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is a safe, non-judgmental, friendly, and welcoming space to explore life’s big questions together.
  • Anyone can benefit from Alpha because no assumptions are made about a persons’ level of knowledge, understanding, or engagement with Christianity. It is a great welcoming place to invite a friend as well. 


Tuesdays, January 21 - February 25  Register
Food and Faith 

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Ministry Level - Join us for a cultural and spiritual look at Christian food traditions around the world. Many food customs are rooted in our Christian faith on feast days, holy days, and even the daily lives of Saints. Come enjoy some samples of our Catholic cultural diversity. Registration is required, and space is limited. Donna Kendall will be leading the class and providing samples. 


Tuesday, January 21
Young Adult Theology on Tap

7:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Rocco’s Smokehouse Grill - Young adults (age 20s & 30s) are invited to join us for Theology on Tap, where we focus on a wide range of topics that directly affect our lives today. Come hear the talk by Fr. Cassidy Stinson. If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Fleser at


Tuesdays, January 21 - April 7
Separated and Divorced Ministry

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  | Ministry Level - Surviving Divorce, a Catholic-based, 12-week program covers topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. For the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later, it will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope, and begin authentic healing.  For more information or to sign up, contact or visit


Wednesdays, January 22 - February 19  Register
Bishop Barron:  The Pivotal Players  
Flannery O’Connor and Fulton Sheen

10:00 a.m. - Noon | Ministry Level - Discover two of the most extraordinary American Catholics of the 20th century with Bishop Barron in his recent film series, The Pivotal Players: Fulton J. Sheen & Flannery O’Connor! Bishop Barron has called the episode on Flannery O’Connor the best film Word on Fire has ever made, and the story of Fulton Sheen, woven together with footage of the great communicator at work, has the power to inspire a new generation of media evangelists at a critical moment in the life of the Church. Ted and Elaine Cummings are facilitating.


Friday, January 24
March for Life Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.  

There will be a 7:00 a.m. Mass at Saint Bede followed by a silent procession to the Memorial for the Unborn before boarding the bus promptly at 8:00 a.m. The cost per seat is $25.00.  Contact Jim or Patti Carini, (757) 221-0972,, or Rocky Natchus, to reserve your place.  Make checks payable to “Knights of Columbus Council 6828” and mail to Rocky Natchus, 701 Monumental Ave., Williamsburg, VA 23185.  You will be able to buy tickets in the Commons after all Masses starting on January 4 & 5.  


Saturday, January 25
Centering Prayer Workshop

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Ministry Level - Are you looking for a way to deepen your relationship with God?  In our introductory workshop, you will learn a meditative practice rooted in the Christian contemplative prayer tradition.  Centering prayer is meant to enrich and complement your personal and communal prayers and heighten your awareness of God in daily living.  The day includes presentations on the four fundamental guidelines for beginning a practice of centering prayer as well as an actual experience of the centering prayer.  Contact Peg Crews at or call (757)741-2991 to register.


Sunday, January 26

Walsingham Academy Openhouse

Please consider attending Walsingham Academy’s Open House as part of Catholic Schools Week! "It’s the best opportunity of the year to learn why Walsingham is the best fit for your family. You’ll meet all of our highly-qualified staff and administration, explore our campus with current Walsingham students and ask all the questions you may have."  Register today at


Sunday, January 26

Veritas Preparatory School Open House

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. | 275 McLaws Circle, Williamsburg, VA 23185 - Meet the faculty and administration and find out about the many benefits of a classical education.  Veritas is a college preparatory school serving grades 6 through 12 that focuses on active learning, based on the Great Books and Socratic method. (757) 903-0633


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 It is up to the victim of cyber-crimes to file complaints.


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