Parish News Room

Memorial Mass for Father John French - Fri., Aug. 18

11:00 a.m. | Nave - During his retirement years, Father French was an active assistant at Saint Bede parish and with the Catholic Campus Ministry at the College of William and Mary. The 7:15 a.m. Mass was often endearingly referred to as Father French’s Mass. He was called by God to his eternal home on June 26, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Richmond, VA. The Mass of Christian Death and Burial was celebrated on June 30, 2017 at St. Mary’s of Ballston Spa. All are invited to attend the Memorial Mass for Father French and pray for the repose of his soul, as we remember his life and legacy here at Saint Bede.

A potluck luncheon in Kaplan Parish Hall follows the Mass.  Click here to sign up for a dish.  If you would like to volunteer to help with set-up or tear-down, please email Jennifer Murtha at


Date Night is Back! - Sat., Aug. 19

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - All married and engaged couples are welcome to join us for our August Date Night! We’ll have a great meal ready for you. Suggested donation is $16/couple, and childcare is provided upon request. Reserve your spot at the table today! Please RSVP to Nicole at by Monday, August 14.

Transitions to Assisted Living, Hospice & At-Home-Care - Thu., Aug. 24

9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Father Walsh Conference Room - This session will feature a panel including a representative from Catholic Charities, a physician from Bon Secours, and a representative from the Diocese of Richmond’s residential adult care centers. They will discuss the different types of care, residential facilities, and what kinds of things to consider when you are facing a decision about long-term care.

High School and Confirmation Registration

It’s not too early to register for the 2017-18 season for high school religious education or confirmation preparation (if you are going to be a 10th grade student this year and need the sacrament of Confirmation). Please go to our webpage at and enter your information. If you have any questions please contact Deacon Grimm or Ginny Gazewood at (757) 229 3631 x2317/2307.

Children’s Faith Formation Registration

If you have not yet registered for the 2017-18 season of Children’s Faith Formation for children pre-K through 8th grade, please visit to complete the online registration. If you have questions, please contact Rita Hipple at (757) 229-3631 x 2303 or rhipple@bedeva. org.

Sacramental Preparation Registration

We are still accepting registrations for the 2017-18 Sacramental Preparation season, (First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion for baptized children who are at least 7 years of age by September 30th). Please visit to find forms to print, or pick them up at the Info Desk in the Commons. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Parish Office.

Grow the Faith of Our Children

The 2017-18 school season is quickly approaching, and that means our Children’s Faith Formation programs are getting ready to start. Take part in this amazing opportunity to teach the children in our community about our Catholic faith. We are currently seeking volunteers who would like to lead or assist the Sunday Children’s Faith Formation classes, the Montessori style Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and evening Sacramental Preparation sessions. This is a great opportunity to grow in your own faith as well! For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Rita Hipple at (757) 229-3631 x 2303 or

Help Our Littlest Parishioners

In order to ensure we are able to maintain our nursery availability, we are seeking two paid nursery workers for Sunday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (The nursery will be open for the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses.) Additional hours may be available for childcare one or two evenings a week depending on parish needs and the worker’s availability. We are also seeking nursery volunteers who would be available on occasion to substitute or supplement the regular workers. For more information about these positions or to apply/ volunteer, please contact Michelle Tomshack, Director of Evangelization at or (757) 229- 3631 ext. 2309.

Share the Gift of Summer Reading

The House of Mercy would like to provide books for young children of the families we serve. We are seeking donations of age-appropriate books in both English and Spanish for newborn to age 5. New or gently used books would be greatly appreciated. A collection box will be placed near the food pantry bin in the commons during the month of July.

Emergency Food Pantry

During the summer, food pantry usage increases. Poor children who would otherwise obtain food at school are now reliant on the community to ensure they receive adequate sustenance. The Williamsburg House of Mercy’s emergency food pantry is very barren right now, which impacts hundreds of local children who live in poverty. Your shelf-stable food and toiletry donations bring much-needed relief to the suffering among us. The following items are urgently needed:

  • Soup – all varieties
  • Jelly
  • Crackers
  • Canned chicken & meats
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned pasta meals
  • Canned potatoes
  • Baked beans
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned tomato products
  • Hot cereals
  • Granola Bars
  • Rice
  • Instant potatoes
  • Canned peas
  • Shaving cream

Your donations may be dropped off in the large storage room in the North end of the Saint Bede Commons or at the Williamsburg House of Mercy, 10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Your generosity is a wonderful blessing, and we greatly appreciate your support of this important mission of mercy.

Cursillo Weekend

The Greater Hampton Roads Cursillo is hosting a Cursillo Weekend for Women at the Williamsburg Retreat Center in Toana beginning Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 pm. and ending on Sunday, October 22 at 5:00 p.m. According to their website Cursillo (coor-SEE-yo) is a movement through which one’s spirituality may grow, be developed, lived, and shared. The goal of Cursillo is the goal of the Church: to bring all to a deeper understanding of the teachings of Christ. The Cursillo community is one which gives support and encouragement, empowering the renewed Christians (Cursillistas: coor-SEE-yees-tas) to persevere in carrying out their Baptismal promises. The cost is $200 which covers meals, lodging and supplies. If you are interested, visit their website or contact Bea Sanford at bsanford07@ for more information.

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