Daily Emails from Saint Mary's
November 20, 2020
Celebrate the Eucharist

"... the people were hanging on his words."

Click here for today's reflection

Click here for today's Scripture readings

Good News! Learning and Living the Sunday Gospel | November 22
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.
Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Thanksgiving Prayer Service

Join us on Tuesday, November 24 at 7:00 pm for a Thanksgiving prayer service. Anne O'Byrne, soprano, will be our guest vocalist for this evening prayer. Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.
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.
Human Concerns

This year, we will be collecting toiletry items to serve the residents of Saint Francis Home. Supported by the Diocese of Richmond, Saint Francis Home is a place where residents find independence, privacy, connection and care. Saint Francis Home is a place where love never grows old!!

We will collect needed items for the residents the week of December 7th through December 11th. Please leave your donated items on the tables provided in the lower hallway near the parish offices Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.

  • Depends (or other brand) pull-up style undergarments-- for women or men, any size
  • Packages of men’s disposable razors
  • Cans of shaving cream
  • Full sized bottles of body wash (not mini-bottles, please)

Thank you for your support of this and all of our outreach efforts!
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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