Parish News Room

Saturday, December 14
Monthly Maintenance Ministry Needs Your Help

9:00 a.m. | South Parking Lot - The Saint Bede Monthly Maintenance Ministry will meet next to the maintenance shed to put up the Christmas lights on the parish grounds and the rectory. This is a big event, and extra help is needed and appreciated.  

Contact Andy Koenig at if you can assist with this effort.


Sunday, December 15
Young Adult Advent Bible Study

12:30-1:45 p.m. | Youth Room - Young Adults (ages 21-35) are invited to participate in an Advent Bible study following the 11:00 a.m. Mass the first 3 Sundays in Advent.

Contact Ginny Fleser at with questions.


Sunday, December 15
Children’s Angel Tree Gift Return Deadline

You provide more than 1200 Christmas gifts to the children of Williamsburg each year. Each Angel Tree ornament has a specific wish item from a child/family. Wish list items are from a variety of price ranges.

Friday, December 20
Adoration Schedule Update

Adoration will end for the Christmas Holiday on Friday, December 20 at midnight.  Please stay tuned for updated 2020 Adoration hours due to renovations at the Shrine.  

Sunday, December 22
Simbang Gabi Mass

7:00 p.m. | Nave - The Saint Bede Filipino-American (Fil-Am) Ministry will be hosting a Simbang Gabi Mass at Saint Bede followed by a reception in Kaplan Hall. Simbang Gabi is a Filipino Christmas tradition. It is a series of nine Masses on the days leading up to Christmas. It begins on December 16 and ends at midnight on December 24, when a midnight Mass is held. 

Tuesday, December 24
Christmas Eve Shuttle Parking

There will be shuttle parking across the street at Upward Church this year for the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. We hope that many of our regular attenders will come early to use the shuttle lot so that there will be available spots in our church lot for our Christmas Eve guests that arrive closer to 4:00 p.m. This year, there will be five shuttle buses to get you back to your cars quickly after Mass.


Tuesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve Bede Night 

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Kaplan Parish Hall - The celebration will begin immediately following the 5:30 p.m. Vigil Mass.  There will be a delicious dinner from Carrabba's Italian Grill, fun and fellowship. Stay for a Holy Hour from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m in the church. The suggested donation for dinner, dessert, and refreshments is $10 per person or $45 per family.  For more information, contact Sheila Lancour at (757) 259-0193.  Please RSVP by Friday, December 27. All are welcome!


Thursday, January 9
Brown Bag Book Club

Noon - 1:00 p.m. | Ministry Level - All parishioners are welcome to bring their lunch and join us for a one-hour book discussion. The upcoming book and date is:
        • January 9 - Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

Nursing Mothers

The confessional room near the Saint Joseph statue will be reserved for nursing mothers during all Masses.  If you are a nursing mother, please feel free to use this space if you prefer more privacy.  

Keep Christ in Christmas (KCIC) Christmas Card Sales

The Knights are selling Christmas cards before and after all weekend Masses.  Proceeds will be used to support the seminarians of the diocese.  There are many new designs this year, so please stop by the table in the Commons. 

Donations for Homeless Vets

The Knights are also collecting donations for Homeless Veterans on the Peninsula. If you would like to make a donation, checks should be made payable to Knights of Columbus Council 6828, with “for our troops” in the memo line.  Your donation can be made at the church or mailed to Bart Crews, 3112 Windy Branch Drive, Toano, VA 23168.  Thank you for supporting this patriotic appeal.

Factoid 5

Did you know…Nineteen percent of pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) in 2014 ended in abortion.

Annual Parish Appeal

Thank you to all who answered our parish call and responded to the Annual Parish Appeal. More than 450 families have made a commitment to support the church during the next year. The average increase is 8.4% over last year. If you have not made your commitment, please drop your personalized card in the Annual Parish Appeal box at the Welcome Desk or complete one of the blank cards located there. Your commitment helps the parish plan for the coming year.  Thank you for taking the time to Pray, Commit, and Respond to your parish.


Give the Gift of Your Time

The Williamsburg House of Mercy is seeking offsite volunteers, especially those who may have LPN, RN, or education background (perfect for retirees).  There is also an opportunity for a person with banking or financial background.  Volunteer training and support will be provided.  The required commitment would be once or twice per month.  

Contact for more information.

Doing early Christmas shopping?  

Saint Bede Catholic Church and Williamsburg House of Mercy are on AmazonSmile! That means that each purchase you begin at (selecting either Saint Bede Catholic Church or Williamsburg House of Mercy) will send a portion of profits our way.  Thank you for your support!

Part-time Nursery Assistant Job Opening

The Saint Bede Nursery has an opening for a part-time Nursery Assistant to help provide a safe, secure, and caring environment while modeling Christian behavior for children 18 months to four years.  Applicants must be at least 18-years old and must complete a background screening.

Contact Karen LaBonte at

Nursing Mothers

Beginning Saturday, November 30, the middle confessional room will be reserved for nursing mothers during all Masses.  If you are a nursing mother, please feel free to use this space if you prefer more privacy.  

Curious about Catholicism?

Do you know someone curious about the Catholic faith or considering joining the Catholic Church? With a new liturgical year right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to start the conversation!

Please contact Michelle Tomshack at or (757) 229-3631 ext. 2309 to schedule a time.  

E-mail Scams

Cybercrime is hitting dioceses nationwide. If you receive an email that shows a parish’s pastor or a parish priest as the sender requesting that you send gift cards or account information, rest assured it is a scam. Priests' names have been used in a recent scam, and we want you to know that we will never solicit for funding or ask for favors via email. Parishioners can and should contact the parish to verify the legitimacy of any suspicious request received through email. All cybercrime should be reported to the FBI at It is up to the victim of cyber-crimes to file complaints.


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