Express Announcements ~ January 31, 2016

* Plan to support the work of the Catholic Church in the annual Bishop’s Lenten Appeal: If we reflect on the mission that Jesus has given us, and the words of Pope Francis, the Church is uniquely placed by God to be his agent of mercy and change, to heal our world. Prayerfully think of how you will respond to this call. Commitment Sunday will be February 6-7 at all Masses. Your generosity is what makes our Church’s response possible. “Go forth as heralds of God’s mercy!”

* Host sign-ups open this weekend for our Lenten/Easter Small Groups Series, “The Face of Mercy.” Information may be found on page 7 today and our website, www.stmaryfred.org,.

* Come to our School Open Houses February 7. Visit Saint Mary Preschool in the Parish Life Center from 9:30– Noon and Holy Cross Academy 1–3pm (250 Stafford Lakes Pkwy, behind Geico)

* Mark your calendars for February 17 and join Saint Mary in Richmond for  Catholics in the Capitol as we meet with our Legislators and attend the Bishops’ Evening Prayer and reception at Sacred Heart Cathedral (see p. 11). We need to know if you plan to come no later than Monday, February 1.

* We’re doing something special for the Year of Mercy: Parish Lent Mercy Penance Service, Wednesday, February 24. Plan to come, details to follow soon.