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2016 RED MASS. The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo, and The Saint Thomas More Society invite everyone in the Richmond Diocese to join in worship and fellowship at the 33rd Annual Red Mass and Dinner, Thursday, November 10.  Reverend Msgr R. Francis Muench, JCL, Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Richmond will celebrate the Red Mass.  Mass is at 6:00 p.m. at Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey, 12829 River Road, Goochland.  The dinner will follow in the Benedictine College Prep Dining Hall. The keynote address will be given by Reverend Paul D. Scalia, Episcopal Vicar for Clergy, Diocese of Arlington.  Father Scalia is the son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.  Tickets for the dinner are $65.00 each.  The Saint Thomas More Society is an educational, fraternal, and service organization of Catholic lawyers.  Further information can be obtained from Society President, James Schliessmann, 804-873-1035, or jeschliessmann@hotmail.com

Sacred Spaces: Art and Architecture for the Church - October 28 or 29. Brother William Woeger, FSC the lead consultant on the redesign of Crystal Cathedral in Orange, California is an internationally recognized authority on church architecture and will be in our Diocese for a special workshop on architecture in the Church.  This is a special opportunity to see Brother Woeger, and all are invited to learn about the fundamental principles regarding worship, architecture over the centuries, and theological and liturgical foundations in architectural styles. 
There are 2 opportunities to attend: Oct. 28 in Richmond at the Pastoral Center and Oct 29 in Hampton at Immaculate Conception. Both days are 9AM - 3PM.  Please register by Oct 26. Visit cdrworship.org/sacredspaces to register, or contact Vy Barto at vbarto@richmonddiocese.org. Tickets are $10 for the workshop and includes lunch.

On Tuesday, October 25, John Gordon, Ph.D., University of Richmond History Professor Emeritus, will speak on Ireland's Great Famine, or The Great Hunger, as it often is referred to, and its impact on Irish emigration.  The presentation is sponsored by the Msgr. Charles A. Kelly Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, America’s oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organization, as part of its mission to promote Irish Catholic history and heritage.  Dr. Gordon will speak at 7:00 pm in Room A of the Chesterfield County Library’s LaPrade Brach, at 9000 Hull Street Road, North Chesterfield, Virginia 23236, with refreshments and discussion to follow.  All are welcome.  

Bishop Ireton Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Annual Yard and Bake Sale:  Saturday, November 12, 8:00 am to Noon, 3300 Old Courthouse Road (directly across Courthouse Road from Rockwood Park). We have "treasures from our attics" plus many delicious baked goods. Please come by and support our group. If you cannot make it, be sure to tell your friends!! All monies received from this fundraising effort will be donated to charity. Thank you!

Holiday Festival of Music benefitting Commonwealth Catholic Charities. This year the Holiday Festival of Music is celebrating its 25th Anniversary!  The Richmond Symphony, along with a choir of 80 VCU singers, will provide this year’s concert of Christmas Classics & Carols. November 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Tickets are available at www.cccofva.org . 

Consider participating on a Cursillo weekend. What is Cursillo? Cursillo is 3 day weekend that is sanctioned by the Catholic Church and our Diocese. The weekends are put on by lay Catholics with the assistance of ordained priests and deacons. 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, ask a parish member that has been on a Cursillo.  Don't know someone who has been on a Cursillo? Contact the Central Virginia Coordinating Committee at  804-739-8095. 
The next Cursillo women’s weekend in the Central Virginia area is scheduled for October 27 - October 30, at Shalom House.  The next Cursillo men’s weekend in the Central Virginia area is scheduled for February 23 - February 26, at the Shalom House.
CALLING ALL VENDORS!!  The St. Edward Christmas Craft and Gift Fair will be held on Saturday, November 5.  Several tables have already been reserved, so don’t miss out!  We had 50 vendors last year -- let’s make this year even bigger!!!! Contact Bobbi now at: 804-560-2883 or bdaniello@verizon.net.

The Saint Gertrude Alumnae Association Board is excited to present the “Holly Spree on Stuart Avenue” Friday, November 18 from 6:30-9:00 PM and Saturday, November 19 from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.  Over forty local vendors will be selling items including wreaths, soaps, Christmas items, pet items, pocketbooks, jewelry, trays, scarves, hats, personalized items, raffles, frozen casseroles and much more. Tickets for PreSpree Friday night are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Saturday includes pictures with Santa and a trip through Santa Land, lots of surprises and admission is free. Saint Gertrude is located at 3215 Stuart Avenue. For more information and reservations for Friday night, please visit our website www.saintgertrude.org/ hollyspree .

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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.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities 
Commonwealth Catholic Charities has worked to alleviate human suffering and restore hope, dignity and opportunities of Virginia’s residents since 1923. The office in Richmond offers services for children, elderly, counseling, resettlement, and housing issues.  Please see: www.cccofva.org for more information.  You can also call: (804) 285-5900.
Advance Care Planning Workshops: Our Advance Care Planning workshop will help you explore your personal beliefs and preferences and communicate what’s important. Registration is $10.00 per person and $15.00 per couple. For more information or to register, contact Josie Williams at (804) 545-5952 or Josie.Willliams@cccofva.org. 
Harbour Square Apartments
 Oct. 26 and Nov. 2; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
7102 New Hunter Rd Mechanicsville VA 23211

CCC counselors can help you manage your anxiety in healthy ways. Anxiety disorders are very treatable, but only one third of those with anxiety seek help. If you or someone you know is suffering from anxiety, Commonwealth Catholic Charities can help. Our experienced counselors work with adults and children to reduce anxiety and promote healthy living for children, adults and families. Counseling in multiple languages is available. Call us today at (804) 545.5907 to find out more.

Baby Closet Items are needed: Our baby closet sees moms in our community every week who need help meeting their baby’s most basic needs. We currently have a great need for diapers of every size. To make a donation, please call (804) 545-5900 or deliver them to 1601 Rolling Hills Drive in Richmond. Thank you!

Thank you for Your Support. Thank you to each and every person whose generous and continued support allows CCC to carry on the work of serving the community. Without a caring and committed network of mission-minded individuals, we would not be able to continue helping the homeless, feeding the hungry, and caring for the young, the elderly, and the sick. Thank you!

What can a housing counselor do for you?
Housing counselors are certified to provide guidance in a wide range of situations, from helping you become financially ready to buy a home, giving advice on how to reduce debt and manage your credit, or helping you avoid foreclosure of your home. CCC’s housing counselors are HUD-approved and are ready to meet with you! Call (804) 285-5986 or email HELP@cccofva.org to learn more or to make an appointment.

Did you know CCC has a new website?
Visit www.cccofva.org to see Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ newly redesigned website.  You’ll see information about our mosaic of services that help people throughout Virginia, our special events, our latest newsletter and lots more. The site will continue to develop to serve our clients and our community, so let us know what you think!

HELP for those in need: CCC offers financial assistance to individuals and families in our area who are dealing with overdue utility bills, struggling with mounting debt, or are needing a few days’ supply of groceries. No matter the situation or the need, we work to provide families with timely and well-guided options that support the respect that each person deserves. To learn more, visit www.cccofva.org or call (804) 285-5900.

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.

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!

Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ resettlement staff in Richmond have been resettling record number of refugees in the past few months.  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!

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!

Enrich your marriage at an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.   For more information visit our website at www.renewmarriage-vasouth.org or contact us atapplications@renewmarriage-vasouth.org or 757-483-3209.

Widowed Persons Support Group