Daily Emails from Saint Mary's
February 22, 2021
In Today's Email:
New Today:

  • Human Concerns - Blanket Collection
  • Lenten Retreat (Virtual)
  • Irish Food-To-Go
  • Memorial Mass for Monsignor Charles Kelly

Continuing News:
  • Evening Prayer during Lent
  • Women's Book Study
  • Eucharistic Outreach - sign up now to receive Holy Communion
  • Annual Diocesan Appeal - Information & Video
  • Human Concerns Update and Lenten Opportunities
  • Men's Study - Into the Breach
  • Lenten Scripture Reflection - it's not too late to sign up
  • Brunswick Stew Fundraiser
Human Concerns

We received a call Saturday from Gene Garrison at the Salvation Army asking if we could collect blankets this week to distribute to the homeless population they are serving locally. The blankets may be new or gently used, and any size is welcome. If you are able to help, there is a table set up in the lower hallway marked for blankets, and your donations may be left there Monday, February 22 through Thursday, February 25 between the hours of 9am-3pm, and on Friday, February 26 until 12 noon. They will pick up the donated blankets on Friday, and distribute them on the weekend. This need is immediate! AND, its immediacy ties in directly with Father Michael’s weekend homily-----calling us to act now and not to put things that need to happen on the back burners of our lives! SO---thank you for assisting with this need this week, and for your constant support of all of our outreach opportunities ---especially during this season of Lent.


The week of February 22-26, we will collect items needed by the sisters for their ministry at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged on Michaels Road. Please choose items from the list and leave them on the tables in the lower hallway that week between 9am-3pm.

NEEDED: luncheon sized napkins, bite-sized regular and sugar-free candy bars, instant coffee, regular and decaf, regular-sized bottles of body wash/shower gel, and body lotion, medium-sized bottles of alcohol-free mouth wash, compostable Easter themed napkins, cups, dinner and dessert plates, #10 cans of peaches, pears, fruit cocktail corn, peas, and green beans. These cans contain 109 oz of food.

Thank you for your generosity.

This year, having to work differently due to COVID, we are offering a variety of options to serve others during Lent. Please prayerfully reflect on the choices below, and participate as you are able!

Click here to see all of the Human Concerns Opportunities for Lent

Information will be available this week for CARITAS and the Women's Bean Project.
Lenten Retreat (Virtual)
By His Wounds We Are Healed

This Lenten Season, while we are still enduring the effects of COVID 19, come refresh your soul and experience healing and renewal by attending our parish Lenten Retreat. The Theme for the Retreat is: By His Wounds We Are Healed. The retreat will be offered virtually over Zoom, and will be 3 hours in length, with several breaks. There will be teaching, quiet time for personal reflection, breakout sessions for small group sharing, and prayer. The facilitator is Teresa Tivenan, LCSW, a parishioner from St. Michael’s Catholic Church. Participation is limited so please register soon.

Click here for dates and to register.
Irish Food-To-Go
Knights of Columbus Irish Food-To-Go Fundraiser -

Order your Irish Dinner today online or in person after Masses on February 27-28!
Pick up on Saturday, March 13, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

Click here for full information and to order online.
Memorial Mass
Join us for a special Memorial Mass in celebration of Monsignor Charles Kelly.

Evening Prayer
Join us each Tuesday evening during Lent, beginning on Tuesday, February 23for Evening Prayer in the "Taizé" style. This one-hour service will include familiar music from the Taizé Community in France, Scripture readings, and silence. The Blessed Sacrament will be on the Altar throughout our celebration, helping us to focus on the Presence of the Lord.(As with all liturgical gatherings at this time, registration is required for this event.)

Click here to register for Evening Prayer (you may register for more than one)

(Note: the first Evening Prayer (February 23) will be livestreamed and recorded. This recording will then be available throughout Lent to be watched anytime.)
Women's Book Study - via Zoom
Our March selection will be The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd. Grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her.

The Book Club will meet for discussion on March 3rd at 7:00 pm and March 5th 10:30 am. Both meetings will take place via Zoom.
Contact Teresa Lee for more information or to register. 
Eucharistic Outreach - sign up today to receive Holy Communion
  • Are you and your family still unable to attend Mass?
  • Are you longing to receive Holy Communion?
  • Would you like to have Communion brought to your home?
Starting now, Eucharistic Ministers are available to bring Communion to your home. For these visits, both the minister and recipient(s) will follow all COVID guidelines. The frequency of these home visits will be determined by the number of people who sign up, so we ask you to register now if you would like to have someone bring you Communion at home. Please note: Due to additional restrictions, we are unable to offer this ministry to those living in facilities. If you have already registered, you do not need to register again.
Click here to register your household to receive Communion through this ministry.
Men's Study - Into the Breach
Into the Breach

The Knights of Columbus Council 14129 invites all Catholic men of St. Mary’s parish to join us at our monthly Into the Breach video series and discussion via ZOOM. The next discussion will be on February 24 at 7:00 pm.  

Click here for more information and link to participate.
Divorce Ministry
Are you or a friend or family member experiencing the stress of a divorce? 

Our parish is currently gauging the need and interest in offering a Divorce Support Group in the New Year to provide a sensitive and safe setting to find emotional, social, and spiritual support; to better cope, find hope, heal, and rebuild and move forward in life.
To ask questions or express interest (all confidential) contact Chris Jenkins, LCSW, at the Parish Offices - or 804-740-4044 x016.
Brunswick Stew Fundraiser - Saint Mary's School

Saint Mary's PTO First Brunswick Stew Fundraiser
Brunswick stew freezes well & is perfect for cold & rainy days or those nights when you just don't feel like cooking! Get quarts for your family & friends!
Stew is available to be picked up warm on Saturday, February 27th or refrigerated & ready for freezing or reheating on Sunday, February 28th. Pre-orders only.

Click here to place your order.
Mass Registration
You can click here to access the registration information web page.
Mass and Parish Schedule

Saturday – 5:30 pm
Sunday – 9:00 and 11:30 am
Tuesday through Friday – 9:00 am (Doors will open at 8:40 am)

You must register for each Mass you wish to attend. Everyone age 5 and older must bring and wear a face mask.


Parish offices open 9 am – 3 pm Monday thru Friday
Church available for personal prayer – Monday thru Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 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.
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St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, Virginia 23229
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