Daily Emails from St. Mary's
July 2, 2021
Daily Reflection
Special Note: Today's recording of the homily by Fr. Michael Renninger was interrupted by a brief power outage. The beginning of the homily was cut out. The homily began with Fr. Michael speaking of his visit to York Minster Cathedral and picking up one of the brochures about the building. This is where today's recording picks up ...

Click here for today's reflection.

Click here for today's Scripture readings.
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, July 5.
Welcome Home - New Video!

Here is the last video of our parish family sharing their thoughts and excitement about returning to church.

In case you missed them, Click here to see the first three videos.
In this email:
  • Welcome Home Video NEW
  • Diocesan VIRTUS Training for Adults
  • Red, White, & Blue - and You!
  • ESL Classes NEW
  • Saints Video Series
  • Car Wash
  • Women's Book Club
  • Blood Drive
  • High School Work Camp 2021
  • Vacation Bible School 2021
  • COVID updates (as of June 2021)
Diocesan VIRTUS Training - in person at St. Mary's
Are you planning to volunteer in programs with children and youth?!

Work Camp? Vacation Bible School?
Youth Ministry and Formation Programs? Elementary Faith Formation?
Children's Liturgy of the Word? Nursery? etc.
All adults working/volunteering with children and youth must complete the required Diocesan Safe Environment training program (VIRTUS) and submit to a background screening.

St. Mary's will host a diocesan VIRTUS Training program on
Sunday, July 11 at 1:00 pm in the Bishop Sullivan Room.

To register for this program, click here.
(Select "Richmond, VA (Diocese)")

For more information about the Diocesan Safe Environment Office and programs, visit
Red, White & Blue - and You!

Red, White, & Blue - and You!!
Saturday, July 3 - 10:00 am at the Playground

Join us Saturday morning at the playground behind St. Mary's for a sing-a-long celebrating America! Dress in your most patriotic outfit. A frozen treat awaits us at the end of our singing.

Bring your own chair.
ESL Classes
We will offer ESL classes here in the parish office area on Wednesdays beginning September 15 and running through May of 2022. We will offer beginning, intermediate and advanced classes. The classes will meet from 10 am-11:30 am. Registration forms are available in the parish office, and are due back no later than September 7th. There is no cost for these classes as they are part of our outreach in the community. For questions, or to learn more about ESL here at St. Mary’s, please contact coordinator Jon Kaminer at 804—928-1792 by call or text.
Saints Video Series
This week - Saint Peter (Feast Day: June 29)
He was a married man who had a small fishing business in a town called Capernaum. He worked hard, in conditions that were often dangerous. And then, one day, an itinerant rabbi from Nazareth met Peter on the shores of the Sea of Galilee - and Peter's life was changed forever. Jesus invited Peter to follow him... and Peter abandoned his boats and his nets, and he started the adventure of following Jesus. Peter was a passionate man, who had an occasional habit of putting his foot in his mouth. He had a charisma which made him a natural leader among the first group of disciples. He could be intensely faithful. Yet he could also deny that he even knew Jesus. After the Resurrection, our Lord asked Peter to lead the early Christians. Peter stayed faithful to Christ, eventually becoming a martyr in the city of Rome.

Watch this week's video:

Visit our webpage to learn more about this series and view previous videos.
Car Wash
Car Wash at St. Mary's
Thursday, July 22, 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Suggested donation: $10

Lemonade and refreshments available

Bring your cars to St. Mary's for a much needed car wash and to support Cristo Rey High School, St. Francis Home, and Commonwealth Catholic Charities.

Volunteers and towel donations are needed.

Click here for information and to volunteer/donate.
Women's Book Club
The Women’s Book Club will resume in August with the New York Times bestseller “This Tender Land” by William Kent Krueger. Please purchase your own copy from your favorite bookseller. This is truly one of the best books I have read recently. Set in the summer of 1932, this unforgettable story of four orphans who embark on a life-changing journey will captivate you from the very first chapter. 

We will meet on August 11th at 7 p.m. and August 13th at 10:30 a.m. here at St. Mary’s. The location will be determined by the number of attendees. Please email Teresa Lee ( to register. I am looking forward to discussing this book with you in person!
Blood Drive
The next St. Mary's Blood Drive, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be held on Sunday, July 18, 8:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall.

Click here for more information and to reserve your time. Our January drive filled up quickly, so sign up to today!
High School Work Camp 2021

St. Mary's Summer
High School Work "Day" Camp

Mon. July 19 - Fri. July 23, 2021,
8:30 am - 4:00 pm each day.

Join us for this week-long event, which will include daily Mass, followed by wood furniture building and other hands-on parish services projects benefiting Cristo Rey Catholic High School, Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and St. Francis Home (a Catholic Assisted Living Facility). This camp is intended for rising 9th Graders through current graduating 12th Graders.

Vacation Bible School 2021
The train is almost ready to leave the station!!
This year's fee: $20 per child.

St. Mary's Vacation Bible School
August 2-6, 2021
9:00 AM - 12:00 noon each day.
Open to children ages 4 - rising 5th graders

There is limited space this year, register today1
PLEASE NOTE: We are still in need of some more adult volunteers. More adults will mean more children can participate (as well as youth helpers)! Sign up today to help!

Based on recently-released guidance from the CDC, the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Diocese of Richmond, Saint Mary’s Parish is happy to announce important updates concerning COVID restrictions at our church. You can read them here.
Mass and Parish Schedule

Saturday – 5:30 pm
Sunday – 9:00 and 11:00 am
Tuesday through Friday – 9:00 am (Doors will open at 8:30 am)


Parish offices open 9 am – 4 pm Monday thru Friday
Church available for personal prayer – Monday thru Friday 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
Confessions: Saturdays, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.
Send Us Your Prayer Requests

On the home page of our website, there is a form you may complete to send your prayer intentions to be included in our daily prayer as well as each time Fr. Renninger offers Mass.

Please support St. Mary's through your financial gifts. Your supports helps us to reach out to those who are struggling during this difficult time.
  • Feel free to mail your contribution envelopes and/or gift cards to the parish office or drop them off during posted business hours. (St. Mary's Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, VA 23229)
  • You can also text "Donate" to 1-804-259-0555 on your smartphone
  • You can also register for E-Giving via our website. Click the "Donate Online" image to the left.
Business Owners: Would you like to promote your business to St. Mary’s families every week?

Show your support for the Church by placing an ad in our weekly bulletin. Call Wendy at 804-366-3111 for information.
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St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, Virginia 23229
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