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Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center which provides therapeutic horseback riding for veterans with disabilities and special needs, is looking for trophies of any size and type.  Clean out your basement and attic! Contact: Jane Kelly at: (734) 277-5623, or Janekellydressage@gmail.com

Mark your calendars! March 15, 2014- St. Patrick's Dinner Dance 6-11p.m. Join the Bishop Ireton  K of C Ladies Auxiliary at 3300 Old Courthouse Road (across from Rockwood Park on Courthouse Road) for a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner, followed by a fun night of dancing to your favorite tunes provided by our own DJ, Chris Craig! $20.00 per ticket includes beer/wine, dinner with dessert and dancing. Please contact President Jerri Pat MacPherson at 275-7187 or 304-1446 for tickets and information. 

Art of Marriage: A Date Night Marriage Enrichment Program: On Saturday, April 12 from 10:00am-2:00pm at Saint Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life will sponsor a training event that will provide information on implementing this wonderful date night program in your parish. Hear from Deacon Kevin Hogan and the founder of Art of Marriage, Keith Tully, as they walk through how this program has transformed the lives of married couples. Anyone involved in marriage enrichment ministry, adult faith formation, RCIA, or any other ministry where you interact with married couples is encouraged to attend this day to learn more about how to implement this program in your parish. Learn more at www.cdrcmfl.org or send us an email at cmfl@richmonddiocese.org. This event is free to all who attend.

NFP SymposiumOn Saturday, March 29 from 9:15am-4:15pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Richmond, the Center for Marriage, Family, and Life will host a Natural Family Planning Symposium. This annual meeting brings together Natural Family Planning instructors, medical professionals, priests, deacons, seminarians, diaconate candidates, marriage formation personnel, and interested couples and singles from throughout the Diocese for a high-level informative day of lectures and workshops on the theological, medical, and scientific basis for Natural Family Planning. Registration is $20 per person. Lunch and childcare are provided. Our speakers this year are Fr. Basil B. Cole, O.P. from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC and Dr. Christine Hemphill, MD, CFCMC from the FertilityCare Center at BonSecours in Richmond. Learn more by visiting our events page at www.cdrcmfl.org or send an email to cmfl@richmonddiocese.org.

COME BE REVIVED, RESTORED, AND RENEWED DURING THIS MOST HOLY SEASON.  The Office for Black Catholics is excited to sponsor “Marching to Victory” our annual Lenten Revival.  Reverend Anthony Bozeman, S.S. J. past president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, will be the guest speaker.  Each evening begins a 6:30 p.m.

•             Monday, March 10 – St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Richmond

•             Tuesday, March 11 – Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Richmond

•             Wednesday, March 12 – St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Richmond

For more information please contact the Office for Black Catholics at (804) 622-5262

The Office for Black Catholics Young Adult Ministry invites all young adults to our annual retreat, “Get Your Head in the Game”.  Join us for a weekend of talks given by young adults and mass and dinner with Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, March 21-23, 2014, Roslyn Retreat Center, 8727 River Road, Richmond, VA. Cost of $35, non-refundable, includes lodging and meals.

The Office for Black Catholics invites the youth of our diocese, grades 9-12, for a ½ day retreat on Saturday, March 29, 2014, 10:00am – 3:00pm, St. Michael Catholic Church, 4491 Springfield Rd., Richmond, VA. Cost: $10 and includes refreshments and lunch. A portion of the cost is being subsidized by the Diocesan Appeal.   

Worldwide Marriage Encounter: Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides.  Bring God into your marriage.  Restore, renew and rekindle your marriage on one of the next upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on Apr. 11-13 in Fredericksburg, VA; Jun. 27-29 in Richmond, VA; Aug. 8-10 in Roanoke; Oct 10-12 in Norfolk.  For more information visit our website at: renewmarriage-vasouth.org or call (757) 483-3209.   

Habitat for Humanity-Powhatan
This organization's purpose is to assist needy families in building and buying a home. The clients must live in Powhatan. They need to earn between $18,000 and $44,000 per family, depending on the size of the family. They must have reasonable (not perfect) credit.
Right now, Habitat for Humanity Powhatan is looking for eligible families to help towards their goal of owning a home. If you qualify, or know someone who does, pick up a brochure in Narthex.
We would love to have one of the next homes built become the home of parishioners of SJN!

RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES AT SHALOM HOUSE
March 5 - 8, 2014 - The Samaritan Woman - Directed Retreat. This is a five-day directed retreat to spend time with Jesus at the well.  It is particularly suited to those in life transition, those feeling spiritually dry, those entering a new phase of spiritual growth.
March 21 - 23, 2014 - Centering Prayer - Listening with the Ear of the Heart with Sr. Charlotte Lee, OSB
Call Shalom House at 804-883-6149 to register or visit http://www.shalomhouseretreatcenter.com for more information.

Cursillo is a 3 day retreat that is fully sanctioned by the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Richmond. The retreats are put on by lay Catholics with the assistance of clergy.  Anyone in good standing with the church is eligible to attend. If you are interested in learning more about Cursillo, or participating in a weekend, contact Deacon Tom and Karen di Stefano at: 744-6865, or contact the Central Virginia Coordinating Committee at 804-530-3546.
The next Cursillo men’s weekend in the Central Virginia area is scheduled for Feb 20-23, 2014 at the Shalom House in Ashland.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities 
Commonwealth Catholic Charities has established a Supervised Visitation Program. We offer families a safe, comfortable environment to build healthy relationships. Are you interested in providing valuable services to parents seeking to connect with their children? The Supervised Visitation Program is currently training volunteers to monitor visits. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Commonwealth Catholic Charities, please check our website, http://www.cccofva.org/ or call 804-285-5900.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ resettlement staff in Richmond have been resettling record number of refugees in the past few months.  While the total number of new arrivals is determined in advance for the year, we cannot control when they come to us. We have been notified that we will be receiving 32 refugees in December, which is over 25% the normal number of arrivals. We average 10-15 per month, so this is a very heavy arrival time. 
Setting up households for these record numbers has completely depleted our resources of used furniture and household items. Therefore, we are in need of donations of couches, arm chairs, dining room tables and chairs, dishes, pots and pans, lamps, sheets, towels, end tables and coffee tables.  Any help you can give with donations and passing along the message would be greatly appreciated.  Please call Way Soe at 804-545-6288 to arrange pick up of furniture.  You can bring smaller items to our office at 1512 Willow Lawn Drive. Thank you!

Items greatly needed for Pregnancy Counseling Baby Closet
Newborn diapers
Sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6 diapers
Baby wipes
Girls and Boys size 24 month/2T clothing – fall/winter specifically

We are hiring!
CCC’s Richmond office has multiple full-time and part-time employment opportunities available. To learn more, please visit http://www.cccofva.org/workwithus.html. 

Do you have a few extra hours a week? You can help us with our baby closet! 
CCC needs volunteers to work in the Baby Closet to meet client needs by accepting and organizing donations of baby clothes, diapers, and other baby supplies, receiving calls and other requests for baby items, gathering bags for the client’s request, and arranging a pick up time with client. Hours are once or twice a week for 1-2 hours each time. You can visit www.cccofva.org/volunteeropportunities.html to learn about all opportunities, or emailhuman.resources@cccofva.org. Thanks!

Laptop computers in good working condition are needed for the CCC Refugee Resettlement English as a Second Language Program.  If you have a donation to make, please contact Suwattana Sugg by emailing suwattana.sugg@cccofva.org, or calling 804-545-6294.

Refugee Resettlement Program Seeks Car Donations 
Help refugees become self sufficient members of our community! CCC is looking for operating used cars, 10 years old or less, with current state inspection, to be given directly to our refugee clients. Many refugees struggle finding jobs because of their lack of transportation options. These cars will help refugees secure employment and provide for their families. Please contact Jeff Sulik at 804-545-6295 or Jeff.Sulik@cccofva.org for more information.

Be a positive influence to a child by becoming a mentor in Richmond. We offer specialized training, mileage reimbursement, flexible hours, and the opportunity of a lifetime to make a difference. Volunteers are needed for a twelve month commitment for two hours per week. For more information, please contact Lori Medford at 804-545-5944 or at human.resources@cccofva.org. We look forward to serving with you!

Wanting to change the life of a child or teen?
Call our office at (804) 545-5945 to find out when our next orientations are for adoption or foster parenting. Our orientations are free, include no obligation, and give you a chance to talk one on one with an experienced staff member. You can make a wonderful difference in the life of a child or a teen!


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