Friday Flash September 20, 2019

Though our Lord Jesus Christ was rich, he became poor,
so that by his poverty you might become rich.

Corinthians 8:9

IMPORTANT DATES THIS WEEK:

  • Saturday, September 21 – Annual Saint Mary’s “Go Forth 5K” Deep Run Park starting at 8AM. You can register at the park to join our run.
  • Tuesday, September 24 – Scout Night Information Meeting
  • Wednesday, September 25 – School Mass
  • Wednesday, September 25 – Skate Night at Ashland Skateland 

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

ANNOUNCING OUR SCHOOL FINANCE COMMITTEE AND SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD:

We thank these members for accepting the invitation to be a part of our committees and leading Saint Mary’s Catholic School through finance and school decisions.

JOIN BOY/CUB SCOUTS INFORMATION MEETING:

Join us for a Boys Scouting Adventure!
Spend time engaging in FUN hands on activities while listening to Scout leaders share all of the exciting adventures and skills that your child will learn!
What – Cub Scout Pack 737 Join Scout Night, Who – Boys in grades K – 5th, When – Tuesday September 24th at 6:30 PM, Where – Parish Hall/Gym

BOX TOP COLLECTION DEADLINE:

If you have any traditional Box Tops please send them to school no later than Wednesday, 9/25/2019. Don’t forget to scan your receipts for any digital Box Tops. See the flyer for additional information!

SAINT MARY’S CATHOLIC SCHOOL SCA:

This year, the SCA has prayerfully chosen to raise money for the Lusaka Girls Initiative. The school located in Lusaka, Zambia is run by Sr. Paula Healy and the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa. This school is for students who have contracted HIV/AIDS in the womb. In addition to educating the youth of Lusaka, Sr. Paula and her staff also help teach family members how to administer the children’s medications and provide proper nutrition.
Our goal is to raise enough money to provide for 40 girls to attend school. The cost to attend school for the year is $75 US dollars. Thank you in advance for your generous support.

THE QUEST FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT:

New email

Communication is key and to streamline your search for information in your inbox, you will be receiving emails from “info@saintmary.org“. These emails are general communication about Saint Mary’s Catholic School. We hope you like the new method of delivery.

School Website

We have an update to the website! Our focus on the website was making it current for current families and attractive for prospective families. The work will continue as we seek to streamline and organize content. Be sure to check it out!! One item to highlight; in the office, we scroll daily messages and birthdays on our office TV screen. This same content is available on the website. Toward the bottom you click “Watch SMTV” and you can view the slide show that is shown in our office. 

Also, don’t forget to follow us on social media. All three sources; Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are aligned at @saintmarysRVA.  Spread the word.  

PTO SKATE NIGHT:

Join your SMCS PTO for Skate Night!

Join the PTO for Saint Mary’s Catholic School Skate Night on Wednesday, September 25th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Ashland Skateland. Doors will open at 5:45pm. Admission with skate rental is $10 per person and admission without skate rental is $5 per person. Ashland Skateland is requesting participants use cash if possible.

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN SPIRIT DAY/NIGHT:

Dine in at California Pizza Kitchen at Short Pump Mall for lunch or dinner on October 1st and our SMCS PTO will receive 20% of all proceeds! This flyer has all of the information that you need.

ICE CREAM SUNDAES STARTING TODAY!:

Special For 1:30pm Early Dismissal Days, Sept. 20, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, and Nov. 7

On Early Dismissal Days, our 8th grade class will be selling ice cream sundaes to our 2nd – 8th grade classes during lunch. The cost is $2 each and students can add their flavor of syrup, sprinkles and whip cream.

They will be providing ice cream cups to our Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten and 1st grade students during the same lunch times. No toppings – provided. All proceeds benefit the 8th grade graduation fund.

LUNCHROOM VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Parents – are you looking to get involved, see your child and help out in a much needed way?  One way to volunteer is during lunch. Each month will be assigned to grade levels; however, August is open to everyone! Please consider helping.

Click on the month to sign up!

MORE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Painless Fundraising

PAINLESS FUNDRAISING UPDATE:

The easiest way to help earn money for our school is by making purchases through companies like Kroger, Amazon and Publix. Please see the Painless Fundraising flyer for more information.

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENTS:

“Middle School Youth Group Nights”  For Grades 6-8…Food, Friends, and Fun!  Gatherings will focus on fellowship and building relationships. Open to ALL Saint Mary’s community middle schoolers and their friends. Participants must be registered for parish faith formation (select Attends Catholic School in the online registration at the parish website) to ensure parental permission. Nights are planned for Nov. 24, Dec. 15, and Jan. 5.

For this first event, interested youth can rsvp or register directly with Chris (cjenkins@stmarysrichmond.org) or Laura (lstapleton@stmarysrichmond.orgby Friday 9/6 so we can order enough food. We can provide families with a paper registration if needed.

“Diocesan Middle School Rally”  Saturday, October 19, 2019.  A gathering of young Catholics from parishes all over Central VA will be held at Charlottesville Catholic School from 10-5pm.  A day of inflatables, activities, music, sacraments, a guest speakers, and more…await! The event specific registration form is available to print. Turn youth registration forms into Laura in the parish office by 10/2 with $40 payable to St. Mary’s Catholic Church. *Chaperones are free. Youth price increases to $50 after 10/2. **We have chartered a bus for this event, departing 8:30am, returning 6:30pm. Space is limited.

“A Concert with David Haas”  St. Mary Catholic Church would like to invite you and your families to a concert with David Haas. David will present “I will Bring You Home; Songs of Prayer, Stories of Faith” on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 7 pm.  David Haas is highly regarded as one of the preeminent authors and composers of liturgical music in our Church today.  Some of his well-known pieces are You Are Mine, Blest Are They, and Song of the Lord’s Command, to name a few.  Information and tickets (only $10 in advance, $15 at the door) are available on our parish website and attached is a flyer with all of the details.  We are pleased to offer a light reception following the concert and hope you and your guests will be able to join us for this very special evening!

“Are You Interested in Becoming A Catholic?”  If you have never been baptized, if you were baptized in another Christian denomination and would like to become Catholic, or if you were baptized Catholic, but never received the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation, you are welcome to join our RCIA Inquiry Process.  For more information, call Sr. Pat at 740-4044, ext. 13, or go to our parish web page, and click on “Interest in Becoming Catholic”.

“St. Mary’s Catholic Church Registration” Parish registration takes place monthly on Sunday afternoon at 12:30 pm or some weekdays at 7 pm in the Bishop Sullivan Room.  During this one-hour program, you will meet other parishioners, our Pastor and staff, receive an introduction to St. Mary’s Parish and complete the registration documents.  Childcare and refreshments are provided.

Our registration will take place on October 13, 2019

HELPFUL LINKS:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform information