Diocesan Octave of Service

To celebrate the Bicentennial of the Diocese of Richmond, we are participating in an Octave of Service from September 27 (feast of St. Vincent de Paul, our diocesan patron) to October 4th.  Incarnation will have opportunities for you to plug in with every day, or you can do your own service at home.  If you choose to do something on your own, feel free to take pictures and tag us on Facebook!  Check out the rough outline below, and a Facebook event will be posted soon.  Email Sheila, our Coordinator of Justice and Charity (sheila@incarnationparish.org) for more details or to sign up for a particular event!  Also, you can see more about what’s happening around the state at the diocesan Bicentennial website.

  • Sunday, September 27 — Prayer
    • On the feast of St. Vincent de Paul, we root our coming work in God’s grace
    • Opening prayer service at 6:30pm
    • Zoom link and more details on Facebook
  • Monday, September 28 — Health
    • Care for the sick is a corporal work of mercy
    • Help with drive through Covid-19 testing at church, setup at 4:30, testing from 6-8
    • Sign up at the UVA SignupGenius
    • If you’d rather participate from home, write some cards to residents of nursing homes, especially Our Lady of Peace!
  • Tuesday, September 29 — Justice
    • Justice is one of two feet of love in Action
    • Attend virtual “house” meeting/ sacred conversation (Facebook/zoom event here) to kick off the IMPACT/ Justice Ministry listening sessions and guide our work for the year
    • Bring a story of someone you’re worried about, or someone you love who is struggling.  Everyone will share their individual experiences
  • Wednesday, September 30 — Food
    • Giving food and drink to the hungry and thirsty is a corporal work of mercy
    • Sign up to help deep clean food ministry rooms from 3pm to 6pm
    • Sign up here to pick a time slot where you can help!
    • If you don’t feel comfortable joining us in person, plan to pick up a few extra non-perishable items when you go shopping this week, and drop them in the yellow bins at church for food ministry
  • Thursday, October 1 — Creation
    • We are stewards of creation and are called to take care of nature
    • Bring your hedge clippers, weed whackers, and willingness to get dirty as we weed the garden and clear the Stations of the Cross path in the woods
    • All are welcome, especially families after school.  Sheila will be around from 3pm-7pm
    • We have an instructional video for what needs to happen to clear the path of the wooded Stations if you want to help but can’t make that time slot
  • Friday, October 2 — Life
    • The dignity of human life is the foundation of Catholic Social Teaching
    • In the midst of the 40 Days for Life campaign, plan to pray for an end to abortion at our vigil site or from your home
    • Please sign up here for the hour you will be praying, even if you’ll be participating from home!
    • Also, it’s important to advocate around the end of life.  Join Catholic Mobilizing Network’s campaign to end the death penalty by signing up here.
  • Saturday, October 3 — Rest
    • After six days working on creation, God rested, and calls us to do the same
    • Schedule quiet time today, allowing yourself to experience God’s love for you
    • If you want to continue your service, do something small for someone in your own household
  • Sunday, October 4 — Reflect
    • St. Vincent de Paul said “Go to the poor, you will find God”.  We come together again in prayer to consider how we found God over the last week
    • Closing prayer service will begin at 6:30pm
    • Zoom link and more details on Facebook