Friday Flash September 27, 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:

  • Monday, September 30 – 4th Grade Field Trip
  • Tuesday, October 1 – Spirit Night at California Pizza Kitchen
  • Wednesday, October 2 – School Mass
  • Friday, October 4 – Early Dismissal 1:30 students eat lunch in school, ASC provided

NEWS/EVENTS/NEED TO KNOW:

GO FORTH 5K THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!:

Thank you to everyone, participants and volunteers, who participated in the Go Forth 5k and kids’ fun run last weekend. Special Thanks goes out to Jenn Janus for all of her work to make such a GREAT annual event!

The fastest runners in each division were:

Kids’ Fun Run
Kindergarten and younger female: Mary A
Kindergarten and younger male: Hank L
Elementary female: Milla C
Elementary male: Lucas S

5k Run
Elementary female: Gabbie F
Elementary male: Luke P
Middle school female: Ann Margaret G
Middle school male: George P
Open division female: Laura T
Open division male: Scott J
Stroller division: Aaron Z


We would like to give a Special Thanks to our sponsors — please show your appreciation by frequenting these businesses! Presenting sponsors: Short Pump Orthodontics and The Abbate Agency* Gold sponsors: Dyer Immigration Law Group, Shana Branch — Realtor with Rashkind & Saunders, and Teeth by Talton. Silver sponsors: BrightStar Care, Goldfish Swim School, James River Irrigation, Redridge Pet Market and Truetimber Arborists. Bronze sponsors: Bushin Martial Arts Academy, Diamond Springs, Fleet Feet Richmond, River City Consulting and Wash Your Way RVA.


*Congratulations to the winner of The Abbate Agency airpods raffle — drum roll please — Justin Sproull! The mission of The Abbate Agency is to provide excellence in life planning through faith-based financial advice. 

MONARCH OF THE MONTH:

Inquirer, They LOVE to learn! Their natural curiosity leads them to find answers to their questions. Congratulations!

  • First Grade = Maggie H, Mila M
  • Second Grade = Valencia L, Trinity L
  • Third Grade = Mateo R, Michael G
  • Fourth Grade = Cian Y, Fiona B
  • Fifth Grade = Chance G, Gabriel R
  • Sixth Grade = Victor O
  • Seventh Grade = Lauren L
  • Eighth Grade = Alex B

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.

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.

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!:

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 2nd and 3rd GRADE YOUR MONTH IS OCTOBER!:

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 grade level will be assigned a month. Please consider helping!

Click on the month to sign up!

October – 2nd & 3rd grades

November – Kindergarten & First

December – 4th & 5th grades

PAINLESS FUNDRAISING WITH AMAZON SMILE:

The easiest way to help earn money for our school is by making purchases through Amazon Smile. Sign up now with Amazon Smile – Video and Amazon Smile for Android – Video tutorials.

SAINT GERTRUDE OPEN HOUSE ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ARE INVITED:

October 6th at 1p.m. additional information. Register Today!

ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH EVENT:

“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.

“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.

“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

Please submit the information on this form so that we can share more about the Saint Mary’s experience with you. Thank you.