Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
God indeed is my savior;
I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
at the fountain of salvation.  Isaiah 12

We wish all of our Saint Mary’s families a very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!

December 14, 2018

Please visit the school calendar regularly for the most up-to-date information as times and dates may change.


Monday December 17 – Middle School Exams
Monday December 17 – Christmas Family Luncheon
Monday December 17 – Christmas Program
Tuesday December 18 – Tree Trimming Tag Day
Wednesday December 19 – School Mass
Wednesday December 19 – Advent Prayer Service (12:45 – 1:15)
Wednesday December 19 – Early Dismissal 1:30 (Student eat lunch at school) NO ASC
Thursday December 20 – Christmas Holiday Break Begins School Closed – through Wednesday January 2nd
Thursday December 20 – Alumni Potluck Dinner

Thursday January 3, 2019 – School Reopens



NEW – Office Hours and Entry After School Hours:

Middle School Exam Schedule: Starting Thursday December 13, through Monday December 17, 2018.  Click HERE

Annual Christmas Program:  Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7th Grades will Perform Monday, December 17 in our Annual Christmas Choir Program.  Students arrive in classrooms at 6 pm, line up and proceed to church to begin at 6:30 pm. Students will wear holiday attire that is church appropriate. Girls- dresses, skirts, dress pants. Boys- slacks, dress shirt, ties, sweaters, etc.  If you have any questions or need assistance please contact

Wisemen’s Purse:  The Wise Men’s Purse is a community collection that will be distributed among Saint Mary’s Catholic School faculty and staff in celebration of Christmas. This collection is a fair and equitable way to share the generosity of many, and to do so in a manner in accordance with the giving policies set forth by the Diocese of Richmond. While individual classroom teachers are readily identified by students as “their” teacher, each teacher is supported by colleagues who create a loving and caring team. It is the PTO Board’s desire to acknowledge the contributions each faculty and staff member makes to the success of every child at Saint Mary’s.

Participation in Wise Men’s Purse is voluntary. Today is the final day to give.   Donations may be made HERE, or by check, sent in to the office labeled Wise Men’s Purse. The Purse will be open for contributions between December 3 and December 14.

Tree Trimming Tag Day: Tuesday December 18th, $3.00 per student! Wear red & green, Christmas-y , too.  Proceeds go towards trimming the limbs/branches on our playground trees.  Sponsored by your PTO


Stocking Stuffers:    To Our Wonderful Families of Saint Mary’s,
While you are thinking about Stocking Stuffers for your sweet children and loved ones, please consider checking out our Spirit Shop! Click HERE 

 Saint Mary’s Alumni Christmas Potluck Dinner:  Calling all Saint Mary’s Alumni, plus former and current faculty and staff to a potluck Christmas dinner on Thursday, December 20 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gym/parish hall.  Here’s the link to the evite with more information: — please spread the word to any alumni you know.  Please contact Jennifer Janus at if you have questions. We hope you can join us!

The 2019 Gala:  Hello St. Mary’s Families.  The 2019 Gala event will be here before we know it!  It will be held March 2, 2019 at Dover Hall.  The event will be fabulous, but in order for it to be successful and to raise money for our beloved school, we need your help.  Please consider Gala Committee Sign-up to be part of this year’s event planning committee.  Or if you have a goods or services to donate to our Live or Silent Auction please contact Kate Faraci:  We are counting on your support to make this event GREAT!


Saint Gertrude High School Fall Admission Events: 

Shadow Days; Multiple dates in November, January, and February, School day begins at 8 a.m. Register at

Click HERE for all Saint Gertrude Events.



Church Events:

“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 January 13th, 2019.


Helpful Links:

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