PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY EVENTS
Saint Mary’s Annual School Supplies Collection!!!
In 2013, Saint Mary’s parishioners donated over 700 backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies for needy students. We hope to achieve the same results this year. This is a great opportunity to make a positive difference in a student’s life. Please help! You can adopt a student by signing up after Masses on August 2nd or 3rd, or by leaving donated school supplies in the designated container in Saint Mary’s Worship Center before Labor Day, or by donating funds by check payable to Saint Mary’s with ‘School Supplies’ in the memo line. These funds will help pay for additional backpacks and school supplies needed to fill the many requests we will receive from social workers and charitable organizations. Thanks in advance!
Please click here for more information and a school supply checklist.
Coffee and Chocolate Sales Dates To Be Set
Coffee and chocolate will be sold in Farrell Hall after all of the Masses except 12:30 p.m., beginning in September. Dates will be posted here and will be available in the bulletin.
Used and Leftover School Supplies Collection A Huge Success
Thanks to all who contributed to the collection of thousands of crayons, and colored pencils, hundreds of pens, pencils, markers, paper, composition and spiral notebooks, and many, many other miscellaneous items! These supplies will be distributed for use by local students, as well as in Peru, the Philippines, and beyond.
HUGE thanks to all those who supported and assisted with our Easter basket project. You made it possible for us to assemble 853 baskets which have been delivered to needy children and adults.
Each basket contained a greeting card conveying Easter wishes and prayers from the parishioners of Saint Mary’s.
SECOND ANNUAL I HUNGER FOR MERCY FOOD PACKING
The House of Mercy is bringing its I Hunger for Mercy program to Saint Mary’s on March 8th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, in Farrell Hall. We will form assembly lines of 10 persons to pack nutritious meals of rice, soy protein and vegetables to be delivered to malnourished children and families. No experience is needed; there will be a short instructional video at 10am. This will be an excellent activity for families! Please sign up at: TinyURL.com/ll3wnlj.
Winter Coat Collection Thank You!
Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the coat collection. The Girl Scouts of Troop 5686 collected and organized 302 coats and jackets that will be very much appreciated by people who might not otherwise have a warm coat.
HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION SHELTER
Our week of hosting the Hypothermia Prevention Shelter ended on January 26th. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the great success of the week. Your generous spirit and compassion were truly inspiring for all who were involved. Due to weather conditions, we asked people to extend themselves more than they may have expected but the response was tremendous. Thank you!
Thanksgiving and Christmas
We are so very grateful to all who made our Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach possible this year, including all who brought food and gifts, and all who shared their time and talents as volunteers in the program. Only God knows the full impact of your PAST good works, but the following note expresses the appreciation and prayers of one mother who wrote to us.
|Hello Saint of Mary of Sorrows Congregation,
I wanted to send a note letting you know that me and my kids are grateful and very appreciative for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner box and gifts your church provided us. I was referred to you by the Fairfax County Department of Human Services because I was laid off in October. As a single mother trying to maintain a mortgage and keep the kids in a nice neighborhood this has been very trying; however, I know Christ is in control and will place me in the right job for me. Thank you and God bless each and every one of you for your assistance and kind hearted gesture. Your generosity has really helped my family and I ask that you continue to pray for us, so that I can find a job very very soon. God bless you, and Merry Christmas!