Dear Saint Mary’s Families,

A message from Father Renninger;

On Wednesday morning, approximately 55 parents participated in the “dialogue with the pastor” in the Daily Mass chapel. I am grateful to all who were able to be there on Wednesday morning.

We had to postpone the dialogue session which was scheduled for this last Monday due to the tornadoes in the area. We are currently working to reschedule that session. I departed for a pilgrimage to Israel on the evening of September 19, and will return on the 29th. Upon my return we will be able to provide more information about that rescheduled session.

Working with leaders from the Office of Catholic Schools, I have been actively engaged in a process to identify an interim principal for Saint Mary’s. Good progress has been made, and I have confidence that we will be able to make an announcement concerning the interim principal very shortly after I return from the Holy Land.

Mrs. Robin Rooks has generously agreed to continue to serve as Teacher In Charge until I return. I am grateful for her faithful service to our community. Robin has been a member of our school faculty for 21 years. She taught French to students of all age levels, and then served as our International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme Coordinator for 10 years. Last year, she worked with members of our faculty to train staff members as IB leaders. She previously served as Teacher In Charge at Saint Mary’s when Dr. Dertinger resigned. I know that you will join me in thanking Mrs. Rooks for her outstanding service and leadership in our school.

As I travel throughout the Holy Land, please know that I will be praying for you and your family.


Fr. Michael Renninger

A message from Robin Rooks;

Thank you for your continued support and for attending both Back to School Nights this week!  Teachers and staff are always encouraged and energized by your support and enjoy sharing the excitement and promise of the new school year with you.   It was great to see so many parents here.

God Bless,

Teacher In Charge

Robin Rooks


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

Saturday, September 22nd – Go Forth 5k, at Deep Run Park — kids’ run at 8:00 a.m., 5k at 8:30 a.m.Monday, Monday, September 24th – Our first Chess class 3:00pm to 4:00pm.
Tuesday, September 25th – Family Spirit Night at Frank’s West
Wednesday, September 26th – Early Release 1:30 dismissal, students will eat lunch in school
Wednesday, September 26th – School Mass (Please note only students who have PE on Wednesday can wear their PE uniform to mass.)
Thursday, September 27th – Band Lessons start today

NEW –  Spirit Night at Franks West:  Please join us for a Family Night PTO Fundraiser at Franks West (11238 Patterson Avenue). Have a yummy dinner on Tuesday September 25, 3 -8pm and support your school!  Hope to see you there!

NEW – Volunteer Information & Virtus Update:  Field Trips and Volunteer opportunities are coming up and I want to make sure that you are ready and you have met the volunteer requirements. ALL volunteers must have attended a VIRTUS session AND be up to date on reading the monthly VIRTUS bulletins.  Also, please visit our school website to read up on the other requirements to volunteer. Please click here to register for an upcoming class.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather at

NEW – Monday Prayer Group:  “Come start your week with prayer! Join your SMCS community every Monday in the side Chapel after drop off for a time of communal prayer. Let us come together to strengthen our community by inviting God into our midst. All you need to bring is a Rosary and a smile. We hope to see you!”

NEW – Boy Scouts Grades Kindergarten – 5th:   Mr. Lombardi is the Cubmaster for Pack 737.  This is his seventh year as a volunteer with the Cub Scouts.  I really love the scouting program, Pack 737 and Saint Mary’s Catholic school.  Your son will be able to move at his own pace and will become friends with boys his own age (his Den) and with boys in all grades of elementary school (our Pack).  Your son is able to still participate in all the sporting programs and extracurricular activities he chooses, while still being a scout…you attend the events that you are able, and since the program is year round there is always something that is available.  We typically meet on Mondays, two or three times a month, and have one weekend activity a month.  The aims of scouting are to promote character, citizenship, fitness and faith in the boy through adventure and being outdoors.  Feel free to reach out to me at 804-263-4995 or email me at with any questions.

NEW – Fall Cookout!:  PTO Fall Kickoff Cookout is ON!!!  Come hang out with your Saint Mary’s family to get the school year started!  October 5 at 6pm in the Cafegymatorim aka Parish Hall.  Food will be provided by Morrissey’s catering. RSVP here!  Questions:

NEW – ASC Provided on October 8th:  If you need care for your student on October 8th, please sign up by clicking here.  The hours of operation on this day are 7:30am – 6:00pm. Please remember to send a nut free packed lunch with your child(ren). Full day prices are as follows:

1 child – $75
2 children – $123
3 children – $155
4 children – $162
5 children – $210

The deadline to sign up for care on October 8th is October 1st. Please contact Jennifer Southworth at with questions.

Save the Date High School Night: We would like to invite our middle school students and their parents to our annual High School Information Fair to be held on Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6:30-8pm in the Upper Commons of our Church.  Print the “Save the Date” flyer here.  Look for the list of attending high schools coming soon.

Morning Carpool Additional Help Needed:  We are in need of additional morning carpool help.  If you are interested in being a carpool volunteer, please look at the schedule here and email Andy Branch at to sign up to help.  Giving a half hour of your time once a week is a great way to help!

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 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.

No cars should be driving behind the school during the school day.  Please remember that we have students playing on the blacktop during the day during their recess.  Cars should enter and leave the campus through the Marywood Lane entrance or through the front entrance closest to Pinchbeck.  Again, this is for the safety of your children.

5th Annual Go Forth 5k:  The Go Forth 5k is TOMORROW at Deep Run Park! Join us! You can still sign up online:; walk-up registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The kids’ run starts at 8 a.m. ($15) and the 5k ($25) starts at 8:30 a.m. Eighth grader Logan Grasser will be singing the National Anthem, and we’ll say a prayer, right before the kids’ run. The Go Forth 5k got its name from a former Mass dismissal, which says: Go forth to love and serve the Lord. That’s the message behind tomorrow’s event. Come have some fun with your family and community together in this beautiful world! Jog strollers welcome (just start behind the runners, please). Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors: Short Pump Orthodontics; Shana Branch, Realtor; Teeth by Talton; Dyer Immigration Law Group; Goldfish Swim School; RedRidge Pet Market; James River Irrigation; LeClaireRyan; Knights of Columbus The Abbate Agency; Diamond Springs Water; Fleet Feet Sports; Endorphin Fitness; Riverside Outfitters; TrueTimber Arborists; Bushin Martial Arts Academy; and Wash Your Way RVA. Any questions? Email Jennifer Janus at Thank you!

Instructional Chess: Boys and girls have fun playing the game of chess while learning to be better players.  Click here for details.


Church Events:

“Sisters In Christ”
Sarah Hart – Do you have a middle school student (or high school student), if so, consider coming as a family. Speaker, Retreat Leader, Musician “Sisters in Christ” A retreat for women. Saturday September 22, 2018. Click here

“How Do I Talk to My Kids About The Clergy Abuse Scandal?”     If you are a parent or grandparent who is searching for a way to talk to your children about the clergy abuse scandals, we invite you to join us for a special presentation by Mr. Robert Feduccia who is a husband, father, and nationally-known speaker. For many years, Robert focused his efforts in the field of youth ministry, and he is one of the most sought-after Catholic speakers in the USA.  Robert will be coming to St. Mary Church for a presentation about this important topic. Thursday, October 4 at 7:15—8:30 pm in the Upper Commons.

For more information and to RSVP, visit  or call the Parish Office at 804-740-4044.


“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


Helpful Links:

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