STAYING CONNECTED
Daily Emails from Saint Mary's
October 16, 2020
Daily Reflection
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"

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Click here for today's Scripture readings.
From Our Pastor
Dear Friends,

On Thursday, October 15, Bishop Barry C. Knestout announced a major step in the efforts of the Diocese of Richmond to effectively address the tragic impact of clergy sexual abuse.

Back in February, Bishop Knestout announced the establishment of an Independent Reconciliation Program as part of his promise to expand the healing ministry to further assist victim survivors of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Richmond. The Program was administered by an independent and nationally recognized firm specializing in claims administration

On Thursday, the diocese published a summary report providing the findings of the Independent Reconciliation Program. The report, a letter from Bishop Knestout, and other details about the Independent Reconciliation Program can be found at https://assistance.richmonddiocese.org.

Additional information concerning the steps taken by Bishop Knestout to provide further accountability in our diocese can be accessed at: https://richmonddiocese.org/diocese-response/.

Peace,
Fr. Michael A. Renninger
Pastor

Upcoming Adult Formation Offerings
Women's Book Study - 
Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World: Finding Intimacy with God in the Busyness of Life, by Joanna Weaver. 

Join us on Wednesday, November 4 or Friday, November 6 for our next book study where we will be discussing how all of us - Marys and Marthas alike - can draw closer to our Lord: deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy. 

Click here for more information and to register to participate.
Fall Scripture Reflection Series

Join us as we explore the Sunday readings leading up to and during the season of Advent. Each session starts with a video reflection provided by Fr. Renninger. There are multiple days and times being offered.  

Click here for full information and to register for one of the sessions.
Beer - Brotherhood - Bonding

“The Turning Point” – A Study of the Gospel of John
Eight Encounters with Jesus That Will Change Your Life

Introduction – Come and Learn More! – Monday, October 19 @ 7:30 pm

Weekly Study starts Mondays October 26 @ 7:30 pm and lasts through Monday, December 14th

Click here to learn more and register
Upcoming Events
Sustaining Our Mental Health and Wellness

Are you feeling tired, anxious, lonely, overwhelmed, isolated, depressed, or just struggling with things? You are not alone! Join us on October 21 at 7:00 pm for this Livestreamed event about supporting and sustaining our mental health and well-being during these uncertain and challenging times.

Click here for more information and to submit questions.
Join us as we pray the Rosary together on Saturday, October 24th at noon.

We will gather in front of the statue of Mary at the school entrance. Please bring a chair, your rosary and yourself as we pray together during this time. If you need a chair, we will provide one.

Click here for more information and to register.
ST. MARY’S BLOOD DRIVE
Sunday, October 18th, 2020 in the Parish Hall
8 am to 1:30 pm
 
RESERVE YOUR TIME ONLINE or CALL REDCROSS (ARC) THE JULY DRIVE FILLED UP, SO PLEASE BE SURE TO SIGN-UP EARLY TO DONATE!!!

Go to redcrossblood.org/give.html. You’ll need to register. You can search for our Drive by searching by the date – October 18, 2020 or type in sponsor keyword “KOC” or call 1-800-REDCROSS.
EVENING PRAYER in the style of Taizé

Are you looking for an experience of peace in a world full of challenges? Are you seeking a way to pray about the difficult circumstances being faced by individuals and families? Do you want to pray for our communities and nation as we approach the upcoming election? Join us for Evening Prayer each Tuesday of October at 7:00 pm.

Click here for more information and to register for this event.
Human Concerns
FROM OUR FRIENDS AT MARYWOOD APARTMENTS

“It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Let us celebrate good neighbors! Here at Marywood, we are blessed with wonderful neighbors! Our neighbor across the road, St. Mary’s Church, has never failed to show us kindness and give a helping hand. Many of their Human Concerns Ministries including the ReachOut Team, Community Support Team, and Parish Nurses have been sharing their time, their knowledge, their talents, deliciously prepared meals, beautifully crafted gift bags, and thoughtful holiday gifts with Marywood residents. Year after year, these wonderful neighbors have always been ready and willing to give a helping hand—holiday seasons, birthday parties, happy occasions , sad occasions, and with the issues of living every day life! We are thankful for the entire community of St. Mary’s Church “
A Project of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops
What does it mean to love our neighbors in the midst of such a divisive climate? Catholics are called to bring the best of ourselves and our faith to the public square—and yet today, many shy away from such involvement because our national and local conversations are filled with anger and harsh language, often directed at people themselves. As Catholics, we must model a better way. We invite you to model love for neighbor by pledging to Civilize It and committing to civility, clarity, and compassion this election year. Civilize It: Dignity Beyond the Debate is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people, even those with whom we disagree, and to put faith in action. Make room in your heart for those with whom you disagree and pledge dignity beyond the debate today at CivilizeIt.org!
Employment Opportunity
Facilities Manager Position Open

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Richmond VA, seeks a full-time Facilities Manager responsible for the development and management of building operations (including HVAC, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and safety/energy systems), capital improvement planning, asset replenishment, and buildings and grounds maintenance. Properties include church, school, and rectory. Manager is responsible for ensuring applicable diocesan and facilities policies and standards are implemented including property and risk management policies.

Visit our website - www.stmarysrichmond.org - for more information and an application.
Children's Faith Formation and Youth Ministry Registration

Children's Faith Formation and
First Sacrament preparation information is now available at www.stmarysrichmond.org/children.

Youth Formation and Confirmation information is now available at www.stmarysrichmond.org/youth

Online Registration is open on our web page: www.stmarysrichmond.org

Mass and Parish Schedule
MASS 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 pre-register for each Mass you wish to attend. Everyone age 10 and older must bring and wear a face mask.

PARISH SCHEDULE

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.
Click here for information and registration for our Weekday (Daily) Masses.

Click here for information and registration for our Weekend Masses.
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.
This email is sent to all registered parish families of St. Mary Catholic Church, Richmond, VA 
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St. Mary Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road, Richmond, Virginia 23229
804-740-4044 | www.stmarysrichmond.org