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 2nd or 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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ST. ELIZABETH’S CENTENNIAL PLANNING COMMITTEE – October 7
St. Elizabeth’s Centennial Committee will meet on Thursday Oct 7, 2021 4pm – 5pm (EDT) via Zoom. We are in search of your family’s stories and photos, and volunteers to serve on the Centennial Planning Committee. The website stelizcc.org/centennial-plans explains three ways you can help tell the history of St. Elizabeth. Contact Connie: text or call 804-402-2405 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
On January 18, 2021, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa unveiled the Sister Cora Marie Billings Diversity and Inclusivity Program. Mount Mercy posted a video of their MLK presentation when Sister Cora was the keynote speaker and presented with the endowment. You can watch it here [LINK].
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.
Thank you to parishioner Cathy W. (pictured) for hosting a voter registration drive after mass on Sunday, September 26. 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