A Word from the Pastor

Have you been to Confession this Lenten Season? We offer many opportunities to go to Confession throughout this season. We have our regular times throughout the week: Monday, after 9:15am Mass, Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:00pm, Friday during Stations of the Cross, from 7:00pm to 7:30pm and Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm. Then we have our annual Lenten Penance Service on Tuesday, March 18th at 4:00pm and Wednesday, March 19th at 7:00pm. We have our priests and Dominican priests helping with Confession those nights. Holy Week Confessions will have all three of our priests available to hear your Confession on Monday and Wednesday. On Good Friday, we will have Confessions after the Living Stations, the Celebration of Our Lord’s Passion and Traditional Stations. All the Confessions and Penance Services will be held in the church.

Annual Bike Collection

Saturday, April 13th, 2024 from 9AM until Noon. See the flyer HERE.

Upcoming News and Announcements

Tonight and every Friday in Lent, the Knights are hosting the Lenten Fish Fry starting at 5:00pm in Farrell Hall. Look for the Boutique ladies selling spring crafts and a limited supply of First Communion veils at the Friday Fish Fry.
Lenten Fridays hold that traditionally the Stations of the Cross are prayed. We will offer them on Friday at 7:00pm in the church. We will also offer Confession during the Stations.
Food PantryPick up a reusable blue bag for Food Pantry donations. Bags can be turned in anytime through Sunday, March 10th at 1:00pm in the Parish Center foyer.
Deacon Nick will continue his Lenten talks on Tuesday at 7:00pm in St. Joseph’s Hall. The topic is “The Trials Before Pilate.” The program will be live-streamed.
Friday, March 1st is First Friday with all day and night Adoration in the church. There will be a Holy Hour for Life from 8:00-9:00am on Saturday. First Saturday Devotions will begin after 9:15am Mass on Saturday.
The Luminaries of Holy Mary will meet in the chapel on Monday, March 4th for a discussion on Fatima.
Join Fr. Peffley and the Legion of Mary at the Patricians meeting on Monday, March 4th from 7:30 to 9:00pm in Farrell Hall for a discussion on “How are we saved?”. Light refreshments and free literature will be available.
Mass with a Healing Service will be celebrated by Fr. Stefan Starzynski on Tuesday, March 5th at 7:00pm in the church.
Join the Frank Duff Prayer Group for their first meeting on Saturday, March 9th from 10:30-11:30am in the chapel. The group will meet the second Saturday of the month to learn about his life as the founder of the Legion of Mary and pray to the Holy Spirit for the intercession of Frank Duff for miraculous causes.
Come enjoy Spaghetti Dinner next Saturday after 5:00pm Mass and Pancake Breakfast on Sunday after the 7:30am and 9:30am Masses with the Knights in Farrell Hall. 
The second collection next weekend will benefit the Catholic Relief Services.
Family Adoration will be offered on Saturday, March 16th at 10:00am- 10:30am in the church. This is a time for children and families to come and adore our Eucharistic Lord. The time has been reduced to accommodate the First Reconciliation for our Religious Education children preparing for their First Holy Communion.
St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance is on March 16th in Farrell Hall. Tickets are available outside the church or in the Parish Office.
Our neighbors at St. Stephen’s UMC are hosting the Hypothermia Shelter this week and are looking for some help with meals and new socks and underwear. Items can be left in the designated box in the Parish Center foyer this weekend. The bulletin had details for signing up for helping with meals.
Lenten Cross to Support House of Mercy -Please consider taking one or more tags from the Lenten Cross in the church narthex during Lent to support those in need through House of Mercy in Manassas, VA. Due to space limitations, we will not be collecting donation items at the church or Parish Center. Thank you for your generosity and God Bless!
SAVE THE DATE: The following events are coming up. Please make note on your calendar and watch for further information in our bulletin, on our website or in future Flocknotes!!
  • Penance Service will be at 4:00pm on Monday, March 18th and at 7:00pm on Tuesday, March 19th.
  • Help the Boy Scouts with donations of individually wrapped candy and stuffed animals for Easter baskets. Donations can be left in the Parish Center foyer through March 17th.
  • Mark Forrest is coming for a night of prayer on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00pm.
  • Cemetery clean up starts March 1st. Please remove sentimental items from the gravesites.
  • Bikes for the World will be collecting bikes on April 13th.
  • Jim Naulty is coming to talk on the Shroud of Turin on Saturday, April 20th at 10:00am.
  • Join the Bishop for a Diocesan Jubilee Festival on Saturday, June 8th from 3:45 to 9:30pm.
  • Start saving your yard sale donations. The collection begins on June 9th with the sale on June 14-16.
  • Vacation Bible School will be held on July 29th through August 2nd from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Plan to attend or volunteer!!


Moving Foward

Our diocese is celebrating our Diamond Jubilee Anniversary this year. Our diocese was established in 1974 and we are blessed to be a vibrant, flourishing diocese.
Listed below is a link to the events and information about our Diocesan Jubilee. One event you should put on your calendar is the Diocese of Arlington Jubilee Festival. Bishop Burbidge invites you to a Diocesan Jubilee Fest at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Front Royal, Virginia on Saturday, June 8th starting with a Procession at 3:45pm, Vigil Mass at 4:00pm and fun, food, music, rides and entertainment from 5:00pm to 9:30pm. The entire evening is free.
If you know you are interested in going and would like to ride a bus to get there, please email Irene Alexander at irenea@stmaryofsorrows.org with your name, phone number, number of people in your group. If there is enough interest in having a bus, then we will get one.

Welcome from our Pastor

On behalf of our parish family, welcome to St. Mary of Sorrows parish website! We would love for you to join us on Sunday, and every day!  Please look over our website and if we can be of help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me or a staff member. Our mission/vision statement is listed below to provide you with a deeper sense of our commitment to our Lord Jesus.

In Christ Through Mary,
Rev. James S. Barkett, Pastor


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