Due to the Vigil Masses for the Assumption, evening Confessions will be canceled on Wednesday, August 14. Confessions will be heard at their regularly scheduled times on Saturday, August 17 at 8am and 3:30pm.
Just a heads up here about caring for you when you are in the hospital and/or homebound parishioners.
I want to remind you that it is no longer possible for us to get a list of Catholic patients at Mary Washington Hospital. This means that the only way we can know you are there is if you or a family member call the parish offices. Let us know that you are there so that we can get someone to bring you holy communion!
And did you realize that if someone is homebound because of prolonged illness that we can take them Holy Communion? It really is a simple matter, but often folks don’t think to call the Church and let us know that their parent who lives with them is no longer able to get out to Mass. Our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion help the priests and deacons in taking communion to those who can not come to Mass, and it is really an a very rewarding task to help take communion to someone who longs for Jesus.
Many folks didn’t even know this was possible. It is in prolonged illness and even approaching our final meeting with the Lord that me most need to stay close to him in Holy Communion. Help us to take care of all of our parish family by letting the parish offices know of your pastoral needs.
Celebrate the canonization of St. John Henry Cardinal Newman with St. Mary’s! Fr. Kelly will give a talk on Newman’s life and his sermon “Equanimity” on Friday, October 11th at 7:30 pm in the Courtyard Meeting Room. Shadowed by controversy and lauded by many 20th Century churchmen and academics, Newman has been a fascinating figure in both the Anglican Church and the Catholic Church since the 19th Century. Come find out about the St. John Henry, England’s first canonized saint since the Reformation who isn’t a martyr and often called “the Ghost Writer of The Second Vatican Council.”
Feeling hurt, angry, or demoralized about the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church? Our parish wants to help. We’re prepared a series of classes led by Fr. Kelly based on a new pastoral letter. It’s titled Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis by Bishop Robert Barron. St. Mary I.C. will explore these issues with Bishop Barron’s series with Fr. Kelly as moderator or group discussions. Please sign up at the Church Office by September 20th. The program will run for 5 consecutive Saturday mornings at 9:30 am starting on October 5thand ending on November 2nd. A free and short book by Bishop Barron and a video series will accompany each of sessions.