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Holy Spirit Verona Mission Trip 2018

In July 2017, I joined eleven Verona residents on a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA.  This Episcopal Church sponsored organization hosts groups of caring individuals weeks at a time to complete construction projects in the surrounding towns and neighborhoods.  Grace House is owned and operated by the Diocese of SW Virginia, but is open to any group of active citizens wanting to make a difference.

Will You Wrestle With Me?

Jacob and God

“When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.” – Genesis 32:25

Will you wrestle with me? by Father Jerry (FJ) Racioppi

Probably not a question you would expect me to ask, but you are sure to know that I am not speaking about physical wrestling.  My question really is: Will you let me walk with you as we wrestle with faith together? 

Verona Interfaith Dinner

Holy Spirit Verona was a part of an interfaith meal on Saturday, June 9 with four Verona houses of worship.  Read about the event in an article written by Father Jerry for the Diocesan E-newsletter, The Voice, or on myVeronaNJ

Members of Verona Clergy Welcome Islamic Center

Father Jerry, Dr. Montster Awad and Father Joe D'Amico at Memorial Day 2018

Members of the Verona Clergy Council held a meeting on Wednesday, June 6 with Dr. Montaser Awad, President of the Verona Islamic Center and other members of this new Verona house of worship.  These neighbors were formally welcomed and a wonderful dialogue ensued about how we might support one another.  A formal letter of welcome was signed and presented by members of the Verona Clergy Council.  Click here to review the letter. 

Be A Good Neighbor

Check out this lovely article about being a good neighbor (and highlighting our front lawn sign) featured on myVeronaNJ:

Our Presiding Bishop Preaches at Royal Wedding

Did you watch the Royal Wedding?  The cars, the dresses, the hats?  How about that sermon?  The sermon at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding was given by the Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.  "There is power in love... ultimately the source of love is God himself," said PB Curry.  Amen!  Watch or read the entire sermon here, or learn about the event here.

Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip Pre-Travel Meeting #2

Monday, July 2
Mission Trippers 2017

The youth and young adults, along with the adult attendees, will gather on Monday, July 2 from 6-8pm to discuss the logistics of their upcoming July Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain.  This meeting will utilize the Fellowship Hall.

Youth & Young Adult Mission Trip Pre-Travel Meeting #1

Sunday, June 10

The youth and young adults, along with the adult attendees, will gather on Sunday, June 10 from 5-7pm to discuss their upcoming July Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain.  This will be one of two required pre-travel meetings for all attendees.  This meeting will be in the Fellowship Hall.

Kitchen Conversations: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Sunday, April 15
Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John Logo

Our Lenten Spiritual Enrichment series will conclude on Sunday, April 15.  We will finish our discussion of "Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John" an offering of prayer and reflection from the Society of Saint John the Evangelist & the Center for the Ministry of Teaching at Virginia Theological Seminary.  For more information, see

POSTPONED... Talk Saves Lives: An Introduction to Suicide Prevention

Thursday, April 26

***UPDATE*** This presentation has been postponed due to lack of registration.  There is however, another introductory presentation being held on Saturday, May 5 at 10am at the Verona Community Center.  Email Elizabeth at to reserve your spot.


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