Matthew 17

From the shining cloud the Father’s voice is heard:
This is my beloved Son, hear him.


March 15, 2019

Please visit the school calendar Very IMPORTANT 3/22  and 5/3 DISMISSAL Change.

UPDATE! Friday, March 22 – Early Release 1:30pm students eat lunch in schoolFriday May 3 Early Dismissal 12:20pm students do not eat lunch in school. These are calendar changes.



Monday, March 18 – Fourth Grade Wax Museum in the Upper Commons at 6:45pm
Monday, March 18 – Saint Patrick’s Day Assembly
Wednesday, March 20 – School Mass
Friday, March 22 – Early Release Day 1:30pm Dismissal students eat lunch in school.  ASC Offered



NEW – Saint Patrick’s Day Accessories: Monday March 18, Students may wear green accessories with their uniforms.

NEW – Masquerade Ball and Casino Night – Thank You!:  What an incredible evening it was at our Masquerade Ball at Dover Hall. The PTO put together a memorable evening that will truly impact student learning at Saint Mary’s Catholic School. Most importantly, I’d like to thank everyone who bid on a teacher experience, raised their number on an auction item, donated to Fund the Cause, sponsored a table or even tried their hand at cards. This was truly a Saint Mary’s community event where everyone was able to come together and have a great time. Thank you again for your generosity, support and dedication to the best school in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

Annual Fund Drive For SMCS: Any gift you make to Saint Mary’s Catholic School is more than a donation of money – it’s a sign of your desire to make the world a better place for our children. Saint Mary’s Catholic School exists to provide an opportunity to grow in faith, wisdom and knowledge in a challenging academic environment formed by Catholic tradition. You are key to our mission, through your prayer and your faithful support.  Our school’s Annual Fund for 2019 has a goal of $65,000. This amount is built into the operating budget for the 2019-2020 school year. While the majority of our school’s operating expenses are covered by tuition and subsidies from the parish, the Annual Fund is the sustaining portion of our budget that allows us to do more and be more for the children who attend Saint Mary’s. The Annual Fund ensures that our students and teachers have the tools and the learning environment they need.  Please make 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. Your participation makes a real difference to our students, and is an investment in today that will help create a better tomorrow.

Boonli Lunch Menu and Item Changes:  We have added (1) new menu item: All Beef Hot Dog with Tater Tots.  We have added additional days for (3) current very popular menu items: Chicken Tenders, French Toast, and Pancakes.  We have removed (3) menu items that were less popular: Scrambled Eggs, Egg & Cheese on Bagel, Baked Potato Bar.  Added for May lunch orders.  Each day will have two combo options, on having one main item and chips/pretzels etc… the second option will have two main items and chips/pretzels etc…

Fish Fry Fridays: at Saint Mary’s Catholic School tonight!

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! Activities will be provided for children and you can stay for Stations of the Cross after our April 12th Fish Fry, starting at 7 pm in the church. We can’t wait to see you there! All proceeds will benefit Professional Development for our faculty. March 15th MENU

Please click HERE to volunteer for the Fish Fry, we need your help.

Yearbook Shout-Outs!: It’s that time of year again! Please click HERE to reserve your shout-out space. Each space is $25 and payment can be sent into the office attention: Heather Heishman.  Photos, sentiment, and payment are due to Heather by Friday, March 22nd.  Don’t delay spaces are limited! Any questions, please email Heather at

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

8th Grade Ice Cream Sales: Bring money for ice cream! On Fridays in March, the 8th grade will be selling ice cream sundaes during Middle School Lunch! Sundaes can be purchased by middle school students for $2.00.  This is a fundraiser for our 8th grade graduating class, we appreciate your support!

Field Day Help Needed:

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

NEW – Middle School Final Exam Schedule:
8th Grade – May 31, June 3, and 4th with the 5th being for makeup exams.
6th and 7th Grade –  June 3, 4th, and 5th with the 6th being for makeup exams.


New – Saint Gertrude High School Meet Me at the Matinee: “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940”, Saturday, April 6 12pm – 3pm.  Open to students grades 6 – 8.  Get a behind the scenes look at our spring play.  Join us for a pre-show where you’ll meet the talented cast and crew, and even pick up a few theater tips and tricks.  Then stay for the afternoon performance.  “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940” is a play about a creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop.  Register for this event  HERE

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.



Church Events:

“Songs from The Emerald Isle”  A Concert on St. Patrick’s Day Celebrating the Music of Ireland.  Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 3:00 pm  St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond VA  23229.  Featuring Anne O’Byrne, soprano, and David Fisk, piano.  Free Admission and Reception to follow (free will offering will be taken).  To RSVP, call 804-740-4044 or visit

“Breakthrough A Journey From Desperation to Hope”  Tuesday March 19th at Saint Mary’s Catholic School. Father Rob Galea.

For students in grades 6 through 12th
 Parents and families are welcome to attend
 It is FREE, but we folks must register
 Includes dinner

Fr Galea FLYER

You can learn more about Fr. Galea HERE orHERE

Father Rob Galea,   FREE event… dinner included… but you must register… go HERE you can check out Fr. Galea on youtube .

“Virginia March for Life”  Fr. Renninger will be leading a group from St. Mary’s to participate in the “March for Life” in Richmond on Wednesday, April 3.  The bus will leave the Columbian Center at 2324 Pump Road, Henrico at 8 am for Mass with Bishop Knestout at the Greater Richmond Convention Center (new location) at 9 am followed by a rally at 11 am and the March at 12 pm.  The bus will leave downtown at 2 pm to return to the Columbian Center around 2:30 pm.  If interested, please call the parish office at 740-4044 to reserve your space on the bus.

“His Excellency The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout”  SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, April 4, 2019 9:00 a.m  His Excellency The Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout, Bishop of Richmond will be here at St. Mary’s to celebrate Mass and bless our newly renovated school.

“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 March 17, 2019.


Helpful Links:

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