Matthew 4
One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.

March 8, 2019

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


Monday, March 11 – No school Professional Development Day for Teachers (No ASC)
Tuesday, March 12 – Third grade field trip
Tuesday, March 12 – Fourth grade field trip
Wednesday, March 13 – School Mass
Friday, March 15 – Middle School Field Trip
Friday, March 15 – Friday Fish Fry, see below for details



NEW – Monarch of the Month: For the month of February.  Risk-Taker, these students are independent spirits which allows them to explore new roles, ideas, and strategies.  They are Courageous, but not reckless.  Congratulations!

First Grade = Lucy C, Giuliana B
Second Grade = Mason F, Lilly S
Third Grade = Sam L, Samuel G
Fourth Grade = Emma B, Chase G
Fifth Grade = Grace O, Madoc E, Elizabeth J
Sixth Grade = Cazin S
Seventh Grade = Vivian B
Eighth Grade = Sofia B

NEW – 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.

NEW – 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…

NEW – Fish Fry Fridays:

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 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.

NEW – 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

Scouts Troop 737 Brunswick Stew Sale:  Date: Saturday March 9, Location: Wembly Swim & Racquet club, Starting at 12pm. Click HERE for more information.

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 – 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:

“A Retreat for Men” A day of spiritual reflection, scriptural guidance and gain understanding. Saturday March 9th. Click HERE for more information.

“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.  Father Rob Galea, dinner and Post-dinner program open to Youth (Grades 6-12) Parents welcome to attend. Special pre-dinner event for youth ministers, youth ministry volunteers, core team members, Catholic School teachers, parish catechists – any adult who works with teens in a school or church setting. FREE event… dinner included… but you must register… go HERE Check out Fr. Galea on youtube

“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