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Welcome to our Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth & Chesapeake website. Please feel free to explore and learn more about each of our four parishes and our wide range of ministries. Our Cluster provides a welcoming Christ-centered environment for everyone who desires to follow the teaching of Jesus Christ by offering the Sacraments and Scriptures under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We want to welcome you not only to our website but also to our churches.
We want you to know we are here to support you and your loved ones through our prayer and action.
Sincerely in Christ,
Father David Cupps
As Lent approaches, our parishes are preparing for a new opportunity for spiritual renewal. You are invited to participate in Living the Eucharist as a way to encounter Christ more deeply in this sacrament. We will learn more about the Eucharist, find out how we can participate more actively in Sunday Mass, and discover how to let the light of Christ shine brightly after we leave Mass. There are a number of ways you can be involved in Living the Eucharist during Lent. We’ll be offering small group studies, family activities and a Lenten Devotional booklet.
Please consider joining a small group – either by attending our Wednesday night Adult Formation, which meets at Church of the Resurrection, 3501 Cedar Lane, Portsmouth VA 23703, from 7:00-8:30 PM or by forming a small group of your own which would meet once a week. We’ll provide a facilitator guide and participant booklet. By participating in a small group, you’ll learn about the rituals and symbols of the Mass, be able to participate more fully in the sacrament by praying with the Scriptures for the upcoming Sunday in a way that makes them come alive, and you’ll connect more deeply with your faith community and grow in your relationship with Jesus.
Families with children gather in their home once a week during Lent and use a Family Activity Guide. As a family, you will learn about the Eucharist, talk about the gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday Mass, pray and discover ways to live the Eucharist as a family. You’ll stimulate your children’s growth in faith, draw you family closer together and deepen family spirituality. Families with children enrolled in the parish’s Children’s Formation Program will be given a Family Activity Guide on March 3rd. If your family doesn’t have children enrolled in the parish Formation program and you would like a Family Activity guide, please contact Marisa Beebe (information below).
The Lenten Devotional Booklet will be distributed after all Masses on the weekend of March 2/3. Please be sure to pick one up!
If you have questions or would like to participate, please contact Marisa Beebe, Coordinator of Christian Formation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 757.966.5461.
The Annual Blessing of Marriages was held on Friday, February 7th at St. Mary. 32 couples came to St. Mary to have their marriages blessed by Father David Cupps, Pastor of the Cluster Parishes of Portsmouth & Chesapeake. Among the couples, Eddie and Mary Vincek held the title of longest-married at 67 years. Tommy and Maria Craig were the newlyweds of the bunch at 9 months married. An elegant reception followed in the St. Mary social hall and included hors d’oeuvres, anniversary punch, and music by the Governor’s School Violinists. Attendees provided pictures of their wedding day to share with their fellow couples and reminisced about their time together living the vocation of marriage. Fr. David Cupps said to the couples, “Thank you for being role models in our parishes by living out your vocations, you are an inspiration for many others.”
Diocesan Plan for Evangelization is Released
Coinciding with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Most Reverend Francis X. DiLorenzo releases the pastoral plan for the Diocese of Richmond entitled “Encounter the Joy of the Gospel and Set the World Ablaze” for implementation in all parishes. To read this plan, click here.
Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel, is available for all ordained, religious, and lay faithful to read. The document may be downloaded as a PDF for free from the Vatican’s website here.
Thank you to all who participated in our Cluster Parish Mission. If you missed a night, the talks from nights 2-4 are below. They will be here for about a month, but will permanently be available on our Cluster Parishes YouTube channel.
Topics for Each Evening Were:
Sunday: “Intimacy with God/Self” (No video available)
Monday: “Living the Reign of God Today”
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If you have questions, please contact Marisa Beebe, Coordinator of Christian Formation at email@example.com or call 757-966-5461.