Philippians 2 8-9

Christ became obedient to the point of death,
even death on a cross.
because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name which is above every name.

April 12, 2019

Please visit the school calendar for all your up to date information!

UPDATE! Friday May 3 Early Dismissal 12:20pm students do not eat lunch in school.



Thursday, April 18 – Early Release 1:30 Dismissal, lunch served in school, NO ASC
Friday, April 19  through April 26 – Easter Holiday School Closed
Monday, April 29 – School Reopens
Wednesday, May 1 – 8th Grade Cup of Faith Performance



Our Last Fish Fry Friday: at Saint Mary’s Catholic School on April 12!

Come and enjoy a wonderful Lenten meal with your church and school community in the Parish Hall. Delicious food will be provided by Morrissey’s Catering and it will be served by a team of our teachers! Adult beverages will be available for purchase.  Activities will be provided for children and you can play Bingo.   Following our April 12th Fish Fry you can stay for Stations of the Cross, starting at 7 pm in the church. We can’t wait to see you there! All proceeds will benefit Professional Development for our faculty. April 12th menu HERE

NEW – Pre-Order for the Art Show & Avoid the Lines:  The art show is May 3rd. Each student will have one piece of framed and matted artwork  available for purchase. Extra frames and high-quality copies will be available at the show. In order to avoid the lines, please send in $26, check or cash, clearly labeled with your child’s name and teacher’s name by April 17th. No prepayments will be accepted after April 17th. Your pre-paid work will be labeled as “SOLD”.  All unsold work will be returned to the students before the school year ends. Thank you for supporting the arts at St. Mary’s!

We are looking for art show shift volunteers for Friday morning, May 3 to assist with frame sales in the Upper  Commons. Please consider signing up for volunteer hours. We can’t do it without your support! Many thanks!

NEW – 8th Grade Cup Of Faith Performance: The 8th Grade spring performance, Cup Of Faith, will take place in Parish Hall on Wednesday, May 1 at 6 pm. The performance will be a variety show, created and worked on by the 8th grade students. We will have singers, actors, dancers, instrumental performances, and many more! Following the performance, we will have a potluck-style meal with heavy hors d’oeuvres (snacks) and dessert. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer and donate to the potluck meal.

Annual Fund Drive For SMCS: In part because of your participation in our Annual Fund, last year Saint Mary’s received a $50,000 matching grant from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation that is helping us pay for our school renovation. The renovation is complete, but we’re not done improving our school. Our Annual Fund needs your support each year. Please help us reach our goal for the 2018-19 school year by making a gift to the Annual Fund. Your participation matters! You can give a gift to Saint Mary’s Annual Fund at, or send a check to the office with Annual Fund in the memo line. Should you have any questions, please contact Development Coordinator Jennifer Janus at  or (804) 740.1048 ext. 42. Thank you so very much!

Smoothies For Sale, 8th Grade Community Project: Our names are Sofia B and Brianna E, starting Friday March 29, we will sell fruit smoothies at our school Fish Fry!  Healthy and refreshing fruit smoothies for $3.00 each.  All sales will be donated to CZC, Comfort Zone Camp.  Comfort Zone Camp is a bereavement organization that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Their programs are free of charge and include confidence building activities and age-based support groups that break the emotional isolation grief often brings.  Please help us raise money for this great camp.  Click HERE for our information flyer.

Change For Haiti:

During 2019 Lenten season, in solidarity with our twin Parish school in Angouman, Haiti, students of our 1st to 5th grade classes will be asked to take part in “Change for Haiti.”  Next week, each student will be coming home with a donation box to collect change to be donated for purchase of much needed school supplies for the Haitian students.  The donation boxes will be collected in April after Lent.  Thank you for your support.  Questions?  Please contact David Park, Chair of St. Mary Haiti Ministry

Field Day Volunteers Needed and Volunteer/Parent T-shirt order:

Field day is May 24 this year, please sign up HERE to help with this wonderful event.

Field Day t-shirts for volunteers and parents.  If you plan to volunteer please fill out the form in the link below so you have a volunteer shirt.   The cost of the shirt is $10.00.  If you want a shirt in the same color as your child but not volunteering please fill out the form link below and say “no volunteer”.  Thank you for  volunteering for this wonderful event. Please fill out the form by April 5, 2019. Click HERE

NEW –  SUMMER CAMP SAVE THE DATE (Registration form and fee payment coming soon.)

June 10 – 14, Tuesday – Friday (Click HERE for times and cost)
Sports & Games Camp with Mr. Schaefer
STEM Camp with Mrs. Southworth
A Journey Through Art with Mrs. Bourne
Piano Adventure with GRSM
Strategy Board Games with Mr. Garbera
Arts & Crafts Camp with Mrs. Slifka
Bricks for Kidz & I.B. Yogis Combo Camp

June 12 & 13 Only, Wednesday & Thursday (Click HERE for time and cost)
21st Century Google Tech Camp with Mrs. Healy

June 17 – 21, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for time and cost)
Space STEM Camp with Mrs. Southworth
A Journey Through Art with Mrs. Bourne
Instrument Sampler with GRSM
Strategy Board Games with Mr. Garbera
Bricks for Kidz & I.B. Yogis Combo Camp

June 24 – 28, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for time and cost)
Sports & Games Camp with Mr. Schaefer
A Journey Through Art with Mrs. Bourne
Choral Odyssey with GRSM
Strategy Board Games with Mr. Garbera
Arts & Crafts Camp with Mrs. Slifka

July 15 – 19, Monday – Friday (To learn more about camp, or download registration forms, go online  HERE)
Middle School Day Camp hosted at Our Lady of Lourdes. Each summer the Richmond area parish Youth Ministries work together with Diocesan support and sponsorship, to offer a Middle School Summer Day Camp for rising 6th-8th Graders. The goal of the camp is to build community, grow in knowledge of the faith, and encounter Christ through prayer and sacraments. This high-energy themed camp is filled with fun games, service activities, small group discussions, time for prayer, and a pool day. Although the day camp is run by adults, high school students serve as counselors throughout the week to help guide group activities.  We hope you’ll consider joining us.  Please turn forms and fees into Mr. Jenkins or Mrs. Stapleton at the Parish Offices.


NEW – Saint Gertrude High School Summer Camps: Click HERE for a full listing of camps.

Cardinal Newman Academy Spring Middle School Math Circle: Are you intrigued by math puzzles and brainteasers? Click HERE for all of the information needed for CNA Middle School Math Circle.

NEW – Cardinal Newman Academy, Poetic Knowledge: Cardinal Newman Academy would like to invite the students, parents, and staff of Saint Mary’s to join us for a lecture by our forthcoming head of school, Stephen Fitzpatrick, exploring Poetic Knowledge and the Wonder of Learning. This event will take place at our school on Saturday, April 27.  Click HERE for additional information.


Church Events:

“NEW – Holy Week and Easter Schedule”  Click HERE for St. Mary’s Catholic Church Schedule

“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 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 next registration will take place on April 28, 2019.


Helpful Links:

Volunteer for Carpool Duty
Volunteer in the Lunch Room
Painless Fundraising
Flynn O’Hara Uniform information