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9th Annual 5K Eagle Challenge – Run It! October 17, 8a.m.,
St. Edward-Epiphany School (SEES), 10701 W. Huguenot Road. Fun for the whole family, as you race or walk the USATF certified course through Woodmont Subdivision.$30/runner, $95/family. For little ones, there’s the 1 mile Little Eagle Fun Run. All proceeds go to benefit SEES. Register today at: www.eagle5k.com.

Bishop Ireton Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary Annual Yard and Bake Sale:  Saturday, November 14, starting at 8:00am
 3300 Old Courthouse Road (directly across Courthouse Rd. from Rockwood Park). We have "treasures from our attics" plus many delicious baked goods. Please come by and support our group. All monies received from this fundraising effort are donated to charity. 

The Jewelers Shop, performed by Richmond Catholic Theatre: Sun. Oct. 25, at 2 or 5 p.m. A play written by St. John Paul II, performed by the New Richmond Catholic Theatre. The three-act play centers around the call to vocation explored through the lens of marriage. Held at St. Gabriels, we begin with a meal, donations welcome, and follow with the play. Our k – 5th graders will have a separate activity in the Commons during the play. Childcare is also available. Suggested donation $10. Contact Lisa Gorton at 639-6712 or lisa.gorton@saintgabriel.org to attend.

Divorce and Beyond Gatherings: Wed.,Nov. 4 & 18, Dec. 16, 2015, Jan. 6 & 20, Feb. 17, Mar. 2 & 16, April 6 & 20, 2016 7-8:30 p.m. at St.Gabriels. This program guides the participants through recent divorce and can help heal the scars of divorce even years later. The 10 sessions cover the experiences and emotions of divorced people and help move from the grief and pain of the end of a relationship to a new life of ultimate forgiveness, happiness and faith. $20 for materials. To register, contact Lisa Gorton at lisa.gorton@saintgabriel.org or at 639-6712.

COME ONE, COME ALL to St. Edward the Confessor Church (2700 Dolfield Drive , Richmond ) and its Annual CHRISTMAS CRAFT & GIFT FAIR on Saturday, November 7, from 8:00am to 2:30pm.  There will be wonderful items for that special gift, baked goods, food, raffles and door prizes.  To participate ($35 for a table) or to donate Christmas items or for more information, please contact Bobbi at 804-560-2883 orbdaniello@verizon.net

The Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo, Bishop of Richmond,  and The Saint Thomas More Society invite everyone in the Richmond Diocese to join in worship and fellowship at the 32nd Annual Red Mass and Dinner on Wednesday, November 4.  Rev. Msgr. R. Francis Muench, J.C.L., Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of Richmond, will celebrate.  Mass is at 5:30 p.m. at Saint Benedict Catholic Church, 300 North Sheppard Street, Richmond.  The Dinner will follow in the Halsey Lecture Hall at the Virginia Historical Society, across the street from Saint Benedict.  The keynote address will be given by Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation who researches and writes on marriage and religious liberty.  Dinner tickets are $50 each.  The Saint Thomas More Society is a service organization of Catholic lawyers.  Further information can be obtained from James Schliessmann, jeschliessmann@hotmail.com or 804-873-1035.  

From September 23 through November 1, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and to pray peacefully during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside the Planned Parenthood at 201 N. Hamilton Street, Richmond, VA, 23221, for one or more hours during the 40-day prayer vigil, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Ann Niermeyer, 804-714-5170, atniermeyer@aol.com.  All are welcome! To learn more visit www.40daysforlife.com

A new 9-week support group for widowed men and women of all ages will begin this fall, designed for men and women widowed between a few months and several years.  This group is unique in the Richmond area. Elaine Nowinski held the first group years ago after she lost her husband with the idea that she wanted to help others better manage this difficult path.  Elaine holds a Ph.D from VCU’s School of Education, and she created a curriculum to address the specific challenges of losing a spouse. Topics covered include normal behaviors and feelings, loss of identity, and changed roles, as well as thinking about how to move forward. These topics are addressed in a small group setting that allows ample time for group members to participate and share their own experiences. The support group is held twice a year, facilitated in the spring by Elaine and in the fall by Belinda Early, who holds a B.A. and M.S. in psychology and is also a widow.  The group will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer on Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. for nine weeks. The church is located in northern Midlothian at 2341 Winterfield Road, and is easily accessible to most parts of the city via VA-288. Space is limited, and those who are interested or who wish to know more should contact the facilitator, Belinda Early, by September 15. A $25 registration fee covers books and materials.  Please feel free to share this information with anyone who might be interested.  Contact information for Belinda Early: belinda.early@gmail.com or 804 513 5772 (please leave a message if no answer).

Adoration Chapel at the Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey.  Eucharistic Adoration is open to all parishioners of the Richmond area at the Adoration Chapel at Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey at 12829 River Road, Richmond, VA 23238. Please contact Terri Walsh to sign up for an hour of Adoration, 804-784-4268,  email  tjwbjw0145@comcast.net

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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.

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.

Commonwealth Catholic Charities 
The Holiday Festival of Music is November 30th!
Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ 24th Annual Holiday Festival of Music is Monday, November 30th at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Join us for our Christmas Concert and ring in the season! To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship options call Morgan at (804) 545-5942 or go to www.cccofva.org.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
 CCC works to stop the cycle of violence and abuse in its Batterer Intervention Program. These groups, led by a trained counselor, offer information and accountability to help its participants choose a healthy, respectful and safe response in tense situations. To learn more about this powerful program or to enroll, call (804) 545.5907.
Baby closet needs
The CCC baby closet sees moms in our community every week who need help meeting their baby’s most basic needs. There is currently a great need for wipes, Similac Sensitive and Similac Advantage formulas and newborn diapers and clothing. To donate any of these items please call (804) 285-5900 or bring them to 1601 Rolling Hills Drive in Richmond. 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.

Can you help us set students up for success this year?
Many of the children helped by CCC have little or no access to the school supplies that every child needs at the beginning of the year. Would you help us in providing binders, notebooks, pencils and backpacks? To learn more contact Morgan at (804) 545-5942 or email morgan.bailey@cccofva.org.

 Have you registered for the golf tournament?
Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be September 8th at Salisbury Country Club. Spots are available for teams and for individual players, as well as for sponsorships. To learn more please call (804) 545-5942 or email Morgan.bailey@cccofva.org.

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.

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

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