Jesus replied, “The first is this:  Hear, O Israel!
The Lord our God is Lord alone!
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,
with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
The second is this:  You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
There is no other commandment greater than these.”


November 2, 2018

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


Wednesday November 7th –  School Mass
Wednesday November 7th – School Picture Makeup/Retake Day
Thursday November 8th – Early Release Day 1:30pm students served lunch
Thursday November 8th – Evening Parent Teacher Conferences
Thursday November 8th – NO Choir or Cantoring, due to early release school day
Friday November 9th – No School For Students
Friday November 9th – Parent Teacher Conferences



NEW – Visiting Our Campus!:  Our concern is the safety of the students.  Because of this, we ask that anyone visiting campus at any time during the morning and during the day park in the parking lot near the statue of St. Joseph.  This parking lot has a speed bump at each entrance and is located on the side of the church.  You can then follow the sidewalk around ECDC and up to the middle school doors. Our students are in the back parking lot during recess, also travel from lower school to upper school and vice versa.  For the safety of our students, please do not drive/park around back at any time.  Thank you in advance for your assistance in keeping our most precious students safe.

NEW – Trunk Or Treat a GREAT SuccessSuch a wonderful and successful event for our SMCS community and beyond.  Everyone had a great time.  The decorated trunks, the costumes, and so much more was an experience like no other.  Thank you to our PTO and all who helped and participated!

NEW – Spirit Night at Frank’s West:  Tuesday, November 6th from 3-8pm.   Frank’s West is hosting another SMCS Family Night to benefit our wonderful school! Plan on taking the night off from cooking on Tuesday, November 6th from 3-8pm! This also includes carryout…so you can pick up some delicious food and take it with you!

Thanksgiving Buffet:  Don’t forget to join us for our annual Thanksgiving Buffet.  Our very own Chef Gene will be preparing a traditional meal for us to enjoy.  This time is for us to share and give thanks as a school community. Click HERE for the Thanksgiving Buffet form.

Thanksgiving Buffet Lunch Schedule:

10:50-11:15am                    3rd & 4th Grades
11:15- 11:40am                   1st & 2nd Grades
11:40-12:05pm                    K & 5th Grades
12:05-12:30pm                   Middle School classes

NEW – Parent Teacher Conferences Email LINKS:  All SMCS Families were emailed the Conference sign-ups earlier this week. If you would like to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss their progress, please do so by 3pm on Monday, November 5th.

Conference Dates and Times;
November 8,  3pm – 7pm
November 9,  8am – 3pm

NEW – Exchange Closet:  Saint Mary’s Catholic School offers a Uniform Exchange Closet for all of our families. This is a wonderful resource to utilize as your child grows or outgrows their uniform and best of all – it’s FREE! When your child outgrows their uniform, you can simply add your items to the closet. When you need some uniform items, you can come in and pick up what you need. We have committed parent volunteers who keep the closet clean and easily accessible. We ask that you continue the cleanliness when dropping items off or shopping. To access this closet, please check in with the office and pick up the Uniform Closet key during the school day. Our After School Care will also have the Uniform Closet key for you to access the closet.

After School Care On Parent Teacher Conference Day:  If you are needing care on November 9th, please sign up by clicking HERE.  The hours for operation on this day are 7:30am-6:00pm. Please remember to send a packed nut-free lunch and drink with your child(ren).  The deadline to sign up for care is November 5th. Please contact Jennifer Southworth at with questions.

Help Us Celebrate Our Veteran’s:  Our Veteran’s Day Assembly will be on Monday, November 12th, at 2:00, in the Church. The assembly is for grades 2-8. The speaker this year is Mr. Richard Gasperini. Mr. Gasperini is the grandfather of Matthew, Thomas, James, Mary Grace, and Genevieve Gasperini, and is a US Army veteran.  Please click HERE for the Veteran’s Day Salute and a letter explaining the salute; the salutes are due by November 5th and will be displayed at school.

NEW – Advent Calendars Sales: Saint Mary’s PTO is selling Chocolate Advent Calendars this year.  Click HERE for the Order Form, or Click HERE to order online.

NEW – Advent Pancake Brunch:  Saint Mary’s PTO Annual Advent Pancake Brunch. “Save The Date” Sunday, December 2nd 2018.  Click HERE to print the “Save The Date” reminder.


NEW – Saint Gertrude High School Fall Admission Events: 

Destination: High School An Insider’s Look at Saint Gertrude Sunday, November 4; 1 p.m.  Register at

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





Church Events:

“The Monsignor Charles Kelly Faith Formation Forum”  A ministry of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Cardinal Blase Cupich, Saturday November 17th, 10am. Click HERE for information.

“The King’s Singers – GOLD” A Christmas Concert Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. St. Mary Catholic Church  Tickets:  $40 per person Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, two time Grammy and Emmy award winning The King’s Singers are in global demand. Come celebrate 50 years of amazing musical heritage with their special anniversary performance: GOLD.

For concert info and tickets, visit or call the Parish Office at 804-740-4044.  We expect a sellout, so get your tickets now!

“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 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 November 4th, 2018.


Helpful Links:

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