PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY EVENTS
Lenten Soup Suppers
All are invited to attend the Friday evening Lenten Soup Suppers in Farrell Hall. This 6-week series will explore our role as Christians in the world, focusing on our commitment to live the Gospel message in new ways during Lent and beyond. Each program will begin at 6:20 and end at 7:25 p.m., and will will include a simple supper of soup and bread. We ask each family to bring a pot of non-meat soup to share.
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FY 2015 TITHING FUNDS APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
Whether you are new to Saint Mary’s or have been a parishioner for a while, you are invited to apply for tithing funds for FY15 if you have an organization that you would like to sponsor. Please pick up an application in the foyer of the Worship Center or go to the Tithing Fund Section and familiarize yourself with its contents, including the FY14 tithing fund budget and requirements for sponsors. Once completed, you may turn in an application at any time before the deadline of March 9th. For more information, please call Carol Mayfield, 703-978-4141×19, or Kathy Coleman, 703-978-4141×20.
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.
Fair Trade Coffee and Chocolate Sales Dates Set
Fair Trade coffee and chocolate will be sold in Farrell Hall after all of the Masses except 12:30 pm, during the following weekends:
May 31/June 1
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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!