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Concerts at St Mary This Friday at 8pm

Concerts at St Mary This Friday at 8pm

On Friday, October 22, 2021 at 8:00 p.m., Concerts at Saint Mary welcomes the trumpet/organ duo of Chuck Seipp and Randall Sheets, who will perform a program to open the 2021/2022 concert season.

Trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Randall Sheets are two performers at the top of their craft. As the Seipp/Sheets Duo, their programs feature a diverse array of classical, virtuoso, lyrical, humorous and patriotic works. The duo’s performances also include audience participation and video presentations, ranging from interactive videos, to patriotic imagery, to silent film. Both are high-profile musicians in their own right. Dr. Sheets is ceremonial organist for Arlington National Cemetery, and Dr. Seipp is a Shenandoah Conservatory professor and Sergeant Major (retired) from The United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own.” Their reputation for excellence as a duo has grown during the past four seasons, as they have performed more than 50 concerts in 20 states (including Piccolo Spoletto L’Organo, Washington National Cathedral, The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, and West Point Cadet Chapel) and produced three recordings. In addition to standard repertoire and arrangements of their own, the Seipp/Sheets Duo regularly commissions new arrangements and compositions.

The program performed by the fantastic duo will include many original arrangements for trumpet and organ of well-known works including Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury to name a few.  As with all Concert at Saint Mary events, the concert is free and open to the public.  Mark your calendars for an evening that promises to be enjoyable and entertaining.

 

Altar Server Training

Altar Server Training

In case you missed us at the Parish Life Ministry table, we are pleased to announce that we will again be hosting training for altar servers.
Training will involve 4 sessions.  New Servers must attend all four sessions:
Tuesday, November 9 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 16 4:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 23 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 30 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
It is possible that the 3rd session may have different time options, depending on how many new servers are in the training, so that that session could have alternate groups.   If this alternate session is added, you will receive a sign-up genius link.
If you are unable to make Tuesdays work, or if we have a very large class of trainees, there may possibly be another round of training in the winter or spring.
Installation Mass — ALL NEW SERVERS MUST ATTEND
Sunday December 12th @ 12:30 pm
4th grade students and up are welcome to serve.  Please RSVP with your child’s name, age, grade, and contact email and phone for parent to stmaryfxbg@gmail.com
SHRED EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 10AM-1PM

SHRED EVENT SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 10AM-1PM

Do you have any old files and paperwork taking up space at your home or office?  Plan to join us on Saturday, November 13 from 10am to 1pm for our Shred Event, to dispose of your confidential documents.

Recycling is an essential part of any commitment to sustainability, and we here at St. Mary are responding by offering this community-wide event, which will be open to all in the parish, small businesses, non-profits and area residents.  Deliver materials to the back parking lot behind our Parish Life Center where you will be assisted with unloading your vehicle.  There is a 5 box limit per vehicle, and we will continue to accept materials until the truck is full or 1pm, whichever occurs first.  There is no charge, but we are most grateful for any free-will donations.

We will accept all office-based paper materials, and small metal fasteners such as paper clips and staples. NO ring binders, books, newspapers, magazines, plastic or metal objects and electronics or electronic media such as CDs and DVDs.

If you have any questions, contact Elaine Stanislawski at estanislawski@stmaryfred.org, or call the parish office at 540-373-6491.

 

From Our Pastor

From Our Pastor

Dear Folks,

It has been two years since we pulled out the stops so that you can meet and greet the folks in the parish who coordinate the approximately 80 ministries we have here at St. Mary. Obviously because of the pandemic, but there is so much that we have accomplished despite all odds, and lockdowns! If you are reading this over a cup of coffee at a diner, thank you for stopping by and visiting with the ministries (and for all of you who read the bulletin during Mass …. you have no excuse for not stopping on the way out of Mass).

As has become a tradition, purely for your entertainment, and with no intention to move into full time comedy, here are this year’s TOP TEN EXCUSES given for not signing up for at least one parish ministry:

“I am waiting for the orange sock ministry.” “I can’t hear you through the mask.”

“I am vaccinated against helping.”

“I do all my ministry on Instagram.”

“I see a squirrel…look at that!”

“I am keeping socially distanced from sign-ups.”

“I am busy because Seinfeld just showed up on Netflix”

“I want the Masked Singer to sing in church.”

“I prefer to pick a church where I won’t be asked to help.”

“I only do what my spouse signs me up for.”

With a smile,

Father John Mosimann

XXIX Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 17, 2021