John 21 1-19

Christ is risen, creator of all;
he has shown pity on all people.

May 3, 2019

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


Wednesday, May 8 – School Mass and First Grade Communion Celebration
Thursday, May 9 – 3rd Grade Field Trip
Friday, May 10 – Knights of Columbus Spring Luau Middle School Dance



Monarch of the Month For April:  Principled, these students respect others and have a strong sense of fairness.  They take responsibility for their actions and accept the consequences.  Congratulations!

First Grade = Genevieve G, Valencia L
Second Grade = Mary Catherine V, Stephanie U
Third Grade =  Remy M, Caleb T
Fourth Grade = Liam M, James G
Fifth Grade =  Mercy G, Richie S, Connor G
Sixth Grade =  Daniel C
Seventh Grade = Jean Marie B
Eighth Grade = Julia S

NEW – PTO NEWS:  A note from our PTO President Kate Faraci:  I can not believe that the school year is almost over!  I have enjoyed my term as PTO President and want to send a HUGE thank you to all of the volunteers, faculty and staff that have made this a wonderful year to be a part of the Saint Mary’s community.    Our Vice President, and parent of a 5th and 2nd grader, Megan Edds, is eager and excited to step into her new role as President for the 2019-2020 school year.  However, the following are vacancies that our PTO needs to fill:

Vice President:  Thank you to Megan Edds for her years of service as Secretary and Vice President and for her willingness to step forth as a leader!  We are looking for someone to assist the President and to be willing to step into the role of President for the 2020 – 2021 school year.

Treasurer:  A big thank you to the many years that Tricia Blair has helped out in this role.  We are looking for someone to collect and deposit PTO monies, pay PTO expenses, to establish a budget and to present an accounting at monthly meetings.

Secretary:  Thank you Meg Brown for filling this position so well this year!   We are looking for someone to type and distribute minutes at monthly meetings.

If you are interested in any of these three positions, please email a member of the nominating committee:

Kim Graham
Jennifer Joss
Bethany Gasperini

Thank you again for a terrific year!

NEW – General PTO Meeting Vote for 2019 – 2020 Officers and guest speaker Janet Carter:  Please join us on Sunday May 19, 4 – 5:30pm for a General PTO meeting in the Parish Hall. Janet Carter, a well-known local writer, speaker and Certified Parent Coach shares her professional insight and wisdom on how to make sense of the constant barrage of opinions on what is best when it comes to technology.  Today’s kids were born into a culture where education, entertainment, information and virtually everything else is simply a click away. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher, or are fulfilling another influential role in a child’s life, you are welcome to attend!  Presentation followed by a time of Q&A and opportunity for small-group discussion.  For more information, please see RSVP to Jennifer Janus at

NEW – Knights of Columbus Spring Luau Middle School Dance: May 10, 2019 7:30 to 9:30pm at Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Parish Hall.  Admission is $5, a permission slip and a canned good.  Students must be walked in and picked up at the dance entrance.   Click HERE to chaperone, donate snacks, drinks, gift cards, or volunteer for clean up. Click HERE for our dance permission slip.

NEW – SMCS All Sports Banquet: All student athletes and their families are invited. Thursday May 16, 2019 at Saint Mary’s Catholic School in the Parish Hall, 6pm to 8pm.  Pizza will be provided by our PTO.

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!


Saint Mary’s Catholic School Summer Camps

3 Easy Steps for registration, camp selection and payment

  1. Print registration form HERE, complete in its entirety, deliver to Saint Mary’s Catholic School, 9501 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23229 or email
  2. Indicate your camp selection using this LINK .
  3. Use online payment LINK to complete the process.

Summer camp staff will cross-reference camp selection with completed registration forms and payment. Email Jennifer Southworth with any questions.

June 10 – 14, Monday – 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 – July 22 – 26, Monday – Friday (Click HERE for time and Cost)

Middle School Monarchs 101 with Scott Schaefer
A Journey Through Art with Tracey Bourne
Pre-Band Camp with GSRM
Concert/Symphonic Band Camp with GRSM
Martial Arts with Budo Center
Bricks for Kidz & I.B. Yogis Combo Camp
Arts & Crafts with Jeanne Slifka
Strategy Board Games with Brian Garbera

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


Church Events:

“God’s Presence in Our Suffering” Fr. Robin Ryan, CP Ph.D. Monday, May 13th, 7pm St. Mary Catholic Church. Click HERE for information.

“And All Generations Will Call Me Blessed” Monsignor Mark Lane. Tuesday, May 21st at 7pm St. Mary Catholic Church. Click HERE for information.

“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 next registration will take place on May 16, 2019 at 7 pm.

Helpful Links:

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