Annual Diocesan Appeal

Richmond Diocese

Annual Dicoesan Appeal                                     


Letter to the parish from our Pastor


A little over a month and a half ago, we entered into a new year; the feeling of hope and newness is in the air.   And with the Covid vaccines ramping up and with Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, that feeling only increases.  Thank you, Lord!

Even though the recent hardships have been many for so many, we can easily count the blessings too.  We were given more time for pause and reflection and for thinking outside the box and to figure out what we need to do in new ways.    

You kept our parish moving forward by your generosity and we thank you for that. I also want to thank the diocese for their help in this time – especially their financial help – that enabled us to keep on keeping on.

At this time, and with this letter, I call your attention to the 2021 Annual Appeal.  By now you should have received a letter from our Bishop.  Please take a moment to read it carefully and see what this year’s appeal will support and give as you are able –either by return mail or online at

To personalize and localize the diocesan message a bit:  Saint Bede currently has a young man from the parish, Peter Olbrych, in the seminary.   Another gentleman, Jim Findley, is in formation to be ordained a permanent deacon.  The Williamsburg House of Mercy receives substantial monies from the Food and Hunger fund.  And from the Appeal, the parish receives a “kickback” – last year, during the pandemic, the amount we received was over $86,000.

All we have and are able to do –in the parish and in the diocese – is reflective of your goodness and concern.  For that I am grateful and remain hopeful in the days and for the years ahead.  

If you have any questions or concerns about the appeal, or about your giving online, in envelop or in legacy giving, please reach out to Sam Samorian at 757-229-3631 ext. 2315 or

“Lord, it is good that we are here.”   Be assured you and yours are in my prayers.  I humbly ask for yours.  

Pace e bene

(Rev. Msgr.) Joseph P. Lehman