Rita is hosting an adult prayer series called “Family of Faith.” Topics include “What is Prayer and Prayer in Salvation History?” and “Praying to the Virgin Mary and Expressions of Prayer.” The classes are Wednesdays, 6pm, online on Zoom and are free. The sessions are open to all adults at St. Elizabeth. The first class is Wednesday, October 20. Contact Rita at Rhatchett1@verizon.net or call 804-229-1999.
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FAITH FORMATION FOR CHILDREN
• Sunday School for ages 5-12 is at the church on Sundays at 10:15am, or virtually on Zoom on Sundays at 2pm.
• Students grades 8-12 will meet with teens from St. Paul, Holy Rosary and Cathedral. This hybrid program meets weekly online, with monthly in-person.
Posted on our website is the schedule for 2021-2022. You can register your child online at https://stelizcc.org/family-faith-formation-registration/ You can pick up a form at the back of the church or register by calling the parish office.
The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout will celebrate Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Church on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm. The Mass is part of the retreat “Our Church, Our Story: Black Catholic Identity and Culture” on November 5 – 7, 2021. The retreat and conference will be held in-person and simulcast on Zoom. On Saturday, November 6, Dr. Tia Pratt of Villanova University will give the keynote address.
SLAVE TRAIL WALK – October 30th
Join Rev. Charles Williams for a hike of Richmond’s Slave Trail at Manchester Docs. This website has more information and a link to register online.
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NATIONAL FATIMA ROSARY – October 16
On Saturday , October 16, 2021 starting at Noon, St. Elizabeth will say the rosary in front of the church with thousands of churches across the country. October 16 is National Fatima Rosary. You can learn more by searching Our Lady Of Fatima at the website nationalshrine.org.
RETREAT ON BLACK CATHOLIC IDENTITY & CULTURE – November 6
Our Church, Our Story: Black Catholic Identity and Culture is a retreat and conference held in-person and simulcast on Zoom. On Saturday, November 6, Dr. Tia Pratt of Villanova University will give the keynote address, followed by four breakout sessions: Racism in the Catholic Church, Black Vocations, Catholic Experience in Africa, and Youth Empowerment. Bishop Knestout will preside at the closing Mass on Saturday, November 6. The retreat begins Friday, November 5 at 5pm and ends on Sunday, November 7 at Noon. The Saturday program is from 9:30am to 2:30pm. The retreat is free for anyone who attends virtually on Zoom. If you want to stay at the Roslyn Retreat Center for two nights, the cost is $55 single and $100 double. You must register because space is limited. If you want to attend the Saturday session in-person, the cost is $20.
Congratulations to our parishioner Larry Williford. On Friday October 1, Larry was inducted into the Virginia Union University Sports Hall of Fame. Larry attended VUU and graduated in 1977. In 1973 he played on the football team who won the CIAA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. It was the first championship in 50 years. Larry and his wife Barbara have been members of the parish for a number of years.
COVID UPDATE – EASY WAY TO SHOW VACCINE STATUS IN VIRGINIA
You can go to the Virginia Department of Health website, vaccinate.virginia.gov, put in basic information, and it will pull up a QR code, specific to you. You can save the QR code on your smartphone. This QR code has all the information anyone could need to show you are vaccinated: vaccination status, type of vaccine, and dates of vaccinations. Your QR code will be much harder to duplicate illegally as some have tried to do with the vaccine cards.
Last year, during the pandemic state of emergency, the need for a witness signature on an absentee ballot was waived. This year, however, the signature is required as usual. Voters must have a witness watch them sign their ballot – the envelope B portion – and then the witness must also sign before the ballot is returned. Registrars are noting that too many ballots are coming back without a witness signature, so please remember to get a witness to sign if you are voting absentee. You may register to vote or apply for a ballot online using the Citizen Portal at https://www.elections.virginia.gov/citizen-portal/
What’s on my ballot:
Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, House of Delegates and some local offices (varies by locality).
First day of Early Voting: Friday, September 17th
Deadline to Register to vote or update your existing registration: Tuesday, October 12th
Deadline to apply for an absentee ballot: Friday, October 22nd at 5:00 P.M.
Last day of Early Voting: Saturday, October 30th at 5:00 P.M.
Local offices will also be open for voting the previous Saturday, October 23rd