The Catholic Virginian featured this profile of our own Deacon Chris. Find out who inspired him to become a Deacon and what he loves more than his beloved Boston Red Socks. You will find the interview in the September 20 edition or online at catholicvirginian.org in News/Local.
VOTER REGISTRATION – September 26
St. Elizabeth will host a voter registration on Sunday, September 26 after each mass. Voter registration is a nonpartisan activity. We will also assist you if you need to update your registration or need information about voting. 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
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READY FOR RISC – Multiple Dates
St. Elizabeth’s is an active member of Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC). RISC is a community organizing group that works locally to further the prophetic call to Justice and build a city of God. Our strength is in the power of organized people coming together to demand Equity. If you’d like more information about RISC or would like to join our team, we ask you to attend a small-group meeting on one of the following dates (additional dates may be added if needed): Saturday, September 26, 3:00pm • Saturday, October 2, 11:00am • Friday, October 8, 6:30pm • Tuesday, October 12, 6:30pm.
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 7th
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 email@example.com.
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 Sunday, November 7.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.
Sponsored by the diocesan Office for Black Catholics and the National Black Catholic Congress Daniel Rudd Fund. In partnership with All Saints Catholic School, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Catholic Church and St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Registration is coming soon. You can download the flyer and invite your friends and family.
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.
EMANCIPATION STATUE UNVEILED