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Mary in Scripture Women’s Study - Starting Thu., Jul. 13

All women interested in a summer study about Mary in Scriptures are welcome to join our Thursday night women’s group for seven weeks of fellowship and prayer. We meet from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. downstairs in the ministry level beginning on July 13th. Please RSVP to Nicole at and bring a Bible if you have one.

Fatima 100th Anniversary - Thu., Jul. 13

9:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. | Nave - On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima said to Lucia, “I want you to come here on the thirteenth of next month and to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, for she alone can be of any avail.” Answer Our Lady’s call by praying the Rosary daily and with the Legion of Mary at Saint Bede on this special 100th Anniversary. Our Lady of Fatima’s statue will be available for veneration from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Nave.

Bede Night - Wed., Jul. 19

6:00 | Kaplan Parish Hall - Join us for an enriching evening of dinner from South of the Boarder, fellowship and worship! Be sure to RSVP by Monday, July 17.

7:00 | Nave - Following dinner will be an hour of adoration.

Date Night - Sat., Jul. 22 - Cancelled

Date Night for July has been cancelled.  Please join us next month on August 19!

Age-related Brain Changes - Wed., Jul. 26

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - In May, the Nurse Ministry hosted a wonderful presentation on what you can do to minimize age-related brain changes. This month, you can learn more about the aging brain by attending this follow-up presentation. Attendance at the first session is not a prerequisite, so come out and learn what you can do to keep your brain fit.

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.

Support Babies in Need

Williamsburg House of Mercy Baby Care and Hope Pregnancy Center thank you for your generosity, your care, and your prayers of support of our programs. In the last 6 weeks we have had 2 sets of twins and 1 set of triplets delivered! We have been able to help them due to your generosity. Summer has come though, and we are asking for your help once again. We are in desperate need of the following new or gently used clothes:

  • Girls onesies, sleepers and summer PJs sizes 12, 18 and 24 months
  • Boys sleepers and summer pjs sizes 0-3 and
  • 24 months
  • Diapers of any size
  • Monetary donations

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 – esp. tomato and chicken
  • Jelly
  • Canned fruit
  • Boxed mac and cheese
  • Canned chicken
  • Canned beans (not green)
  • Baked beans
  • Canned pasta meals
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Rice
  • Canned vegetables – not green beans, corn or peas
  • Instant potatoes
  • Toothbrushes & toothpaste

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, 520 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. Your generosity is a wonderful blessing, and we greatly appreciate your support of this important mission of mercy.

Volunteer at Hope Pregnancy Care Center

Hope Pregnancy Care Center is in need of volunteers to work with pregnant women of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, to offer compassion, support and to help with their immediate and/or long term needs. Hope Pregnancy Care Center offers a step-by-step training program for all volunteers and ask that each volunteer work a 2.5 hour shift once a week. If you are interested, please contact MaryEllen Pitard 757-229-6472.

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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