Daily Emails from Saint Mary's
November 25, 2020
Daily Reflection
"Hey buddy, Space Mountain!"

Click here for today's reflection.

Click here for today's Scripture readings.
Good News! Learning and Living the Sunday Gospel | November 29
Prepare for Sunday!

Each week, Fr. Michael Renninger leads a bible study on the upcoming Sunday Scripture readings. This is the video reflection.

If you would like to participate in upcoming studies with discussion, click here for more information and to register.

Click here to the watch video presentation.
2020 Giving Tree

Our Annual Giving Tree
will look a little different this year!


Information about our Virtual Giving Tree will be available in this coming Sunday's email. Watch for it!
Human Concerns Updates

We thank Saint Mary’s School PTO for the amazing collection of non-perishable food they collected during their recent Trunk or Treat Drive Through. These food items will be used to serve the residents in Creighton Court in the city. We especially appreciate this outreach as there were some individuals and families there who had not let their needs be known in time for the original Thanksgiving list. We are thankful for this and the many other ways we are able to collaborate with our parish school. 


On Tuesday, November 24, we were able to provide a complete Thanksgiving dinner to each resident and staff member at Marywood Apartments. We were able to do this because we are blessed with wonderful community partners as well as our own wonderful parishioners! With the generosity of The Salvation Army, offering the use of their kitchen, Chef Gene Garrison and three helpers prepared the feast : Roasted turkey, creamed potatoes, green beans, cranberries, rolls and stuffing. Each of the 131 meals was individually packaged for safe delivery. To top off this delicious meal, Chef Gene’s son-in-law, Carver Williams, of Williams Bakery in Mechanicsville donated all the yummy pies and cakes for dessert! Our ReachOut Team provided beverages, a Thanksgiving greeting for each person, and delivered the meals to Marywood. We thank our delivery team , Mike O’Toole, Erin Puryear, Jane Leahey, and Frank Lassiter, and the staff at Marywood who saw that each resident was served!  In this season of Thanksgiving, we remain so thankful for the many blessings bestowed upon us by our loving God, for the continued generosity of our parishioners and for all of our community partners. We are thankful for those we serve---in knowing them, we come to better know our brother, Jesus.
Women's Book Study
Join us for our next selection, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. A deeply moving story set during WWII, this is the story of a young blind woman in France and a young German soldier. Because of the length of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel, we will discuss the first half in December and the second half in January.

The Book Club will meet via Zoom. You can choose to meet on December 2nd at 7 p.m. or December 4th at 10:30 a.m. Our January meetings will be January 6th at 7 p.m. or January 8th at 10:30 a.m. Please read pages 1-237 for our December meeting and pages 238-530 for our January meeting. Contact Teresa Lee for more information or to register.
Christmas during COVID
You are invited to “Come, find rest. Come, find peace.”
This eight-session series will focus on the spiritual themes of Advent, Christmas, and the Feast of the Epiphany. Participants are invited to strengthen their faith, share their stories, and form community. We will experience brief spiritual teaching, brief meditation, small group sharing, and larger group sharing. Best of all, participants are invited to get to know fellow participants and pray for each other!

Click here for more information and to register.
At Home With The Word is now available
At Home With The Word

“At Home with the Word” has proved to be a very helpful tool for individuals and families as they prepare and reflect on the Sunday Scriptures each week. This publication contains the Sunday Readings from the first Sunday of Advent (November 29, 2020) to the Feast of Christ the King (November 21, 2021). Copies are available in both Spanish and English. The cost of the book is $7.00. Copies are available in the Parish Office.
Drive Thru Advent Brunch
Goodbye, boring Advent Pancake Breakfast. Hello, new and improved Drive Thru Advent Brunch! Who said 2020 was all bad? But don’t worry all you pancake lovers – we will still be offering those as well!

Saint Mary's Catholic School
Sunday, December 6
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

We are excited to bring delicious new brunch options to our community this year, including Krispy Kreme Donuts, Ham Biscuits featuring Honey Baked Ham, Chicken Biscuits featuring Wise Choice Chicken and even Mimosa Kits!

Click here to learn more and to place your order.

Deadline for ordering is December 2.
Bible Study
Learning and Living the Sunday Gospel

Join us for our Fall Scripture study series 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.
Did you know?
Did You Know?

While we are not printing the weekly parish bulletin currently for distribution after Masses, you can still read all about happenings at St. Mary’s Church, stay updated on weekly readings and announcements for all ministries, and be informed about upcoming events and messages from Fr. Mike. Click on the link at the bottom of each email to go directly to the parish bulletins posted on our parish website. Or, you can subscribe to receive a simple, free email alert that a new bulletin has been posted:
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 pre-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.
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.
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