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May 23, 2016 | Volume 91 Number 15


Latino Festival to honor Sacred Heart

The annual Fiestas Patronales or Patron Saint Festival at Sacred Heart Church in South Richmond will take place Friday and Saturday, June 3-4, on the parish grounds at 1400 Perry Street.

Activities will begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a Mass in which Msgr. Mark Richard Lane, Vicar General of the Diocese of Richmond, will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 42 young adults of the parish. Festival activities follow the Mass. Saturday’s events will run from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The majority of Sacred Heart’s parishioners, who come from villages in Mexico, Central America and the Carribean, will seek to replicate the spirit, ambiance, rhythms and flavor here on the south side of Richmond. Authentic homemade dishes such as carnitas, pupusas, tacos, tamales and roast pork will be available. There will be music, street dancing, children’s games and activities, plus craft and informational booths.

There will be tours of Sacred Heart Church, designated a Virginia Historic Landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

All proceeds will go to support and growing Sacred Heart’s ministry to the Latino communities of Richmond.



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Texts We Sing/Songs We Live Workshop

St. Andrew Catholic Church, Roanoke, will host the last of 3 workshops presented by The Office of Worship titled “Texts We Sing/Songs We Live” on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 which includes lunch. Register at


Educational Summer Camp

Saint Mary Star of the Sea School is once again organizing a fun and educational summer camp program for children ages 4-12. The program runs June through August. The program offers themed weeks, arts & crafts, science activities, field trips, swimming, indoor and outdoor play, movie day, guest speakers, and more. Registration forms are posted on the school website at For information please contact Mrs. Teresa Bunting at 757-723-6358.


Native American Roundtable

The Office for Black Catholics invites you to a Native American Roundtable discussion on May 24 or June 2 at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Pastoral Center, 7800 Carousel Lane, Richmond. The evening will include fellowship, heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine, and dialogue about how to support Native culture. If you are interested in the Native American Ministry and would like to be a part of this vibrant mission please join us. Please RSVP to Pam Harris,


Parish Reflection

St. Matthew Catholic Church, Virginia Beach, will present a parish reflection on “Jesus, His Real Presence and His Divine Mercy,” on May 25 & 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Father Dermot S. Roache. The presentation is in anticipation of the Feast of Corpus Christi. For more information, go to or call 757-619-9773.


St. Olaf Summer Festival and Vendor Fair

St. Olaf Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg, will hold its Summer Festival and Vendor Fair on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Food and fun for everyone. Music provided by DJ Bill Stutts. Vendors & crafters needed. For information contact Nancy Kowaleski at 757-564-7624 or All proceeds will be donated to the St. Olaf Church Building Fund.


Roanoke Lebanese Festival

The 18th annual Lebanese Festival at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, 4730 Cove Road, N.W., Roanoke, will be held the weekend of June 3–5. It will feature Lebanese food including several new items this year, along with live Lebanese music and traditional Lebanese folk dances in full costume.

Hours are Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–10 p.m., and 11 a.m.–8 p.m. on Sunday. Admission and parking are free with a moderate charge for food and children’s activities.

There will be takeout available throughout the day and evenings for food orders (forms on the website can be faxed to 540-562-1300). Select items in limited quantities will also be available frozen in bulk as “Frozen to Go” food to take home and enjoy at a later time.

The festival also features a Silent Auction with items from local businesses, gift baskets and restaurant gift certificates. For more information, visit the website: or contact St. Elias Church at 540-562-0012.

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