Upcoming News and Announcements

  • See our most recent bulletin for more info.
  • Frank Porto, RIP
  • The Food Pantry will be giving out reusable bags for donations to the food pantry outside the church this weekend. Please return them anytime this week to the Parish Center foyer.
  • The Luminaries of Holy Mary will be meeting in the chapel on Monday at 5:00pm to discuss Mary’s message at Fatima.
  • Please join Father Peffley and the Legion of Mary at the Patricians Meeting on Monday, December 5th from 7:30-9:00 pm in Farrell Hall. The discussion will be on Padre Pio and the Stigmata. No reservations are needed. There will be light refreshments and free literature.
  • The Penance Service is Monday starting at 4:00pm and on Tuesday at 7:00pm. There will be many priests to hear your confession.
  • Deacon Nick will be leading an Advent series with a talk this Tuesday in St. Joseph’s Hall at 10:15am. This week he will discuss “Discipleship Through the Parables.”
  • The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation on December 8th. The Mass schedule is as follows: The Vigil on December 7th is at 4:00pm and Masses on the Holy Day are at 6:30 and 9:15am and 7:00pm in the church.

Next Weekend/Announcements

  • The Friday Night Music Series will host Advent Meditations with the Cantors and Accompanists in the church at 7:30pm on December 9th.
  • The Knights are hosting a Christmas Party for children from preschool to 5th grade in Farrell Hall on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Parents need to accompany their children.
  • Prayer teams are available after the 5:00pm Saturday Mass next weekend.
  • Next weekend is Spaghetti Dinner and Pancake Breakfast in Farrell Hall. Breakfast is served after the 7:30 and 9:30am Masses.
  • Are you looking for a White House ornament from a previous year? We have White House ornaments from previous years that we are offering to our parishioners for a good will donation. The ornaments are from the following years: 2009, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2021. See the Parish Office for the selection.

 Moving Forward

  • Giving to those less fortunate is a gift for you and the person receiving the gift. Your generosity is returned to you in ways that you may not imagine. We have many ways you can give to those less fortunate and some of them are listed below, with more details in our bulletin:
  • Gabriel Project donations of coats or toys;
    Food Pantry donations;
    Preschool is collecting children’s outer apparel;
    Tags in the narthex for items for Gabriel Project;
    Christmas monetary outreach for organizations;
    House of Mercy is collecting $25 toys;
    Make sandwiches for Martha’s Table;
    Pray the Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for couples struggling with fertility issues;
    Hypothermia Shelter starts sign ups next weekend;
    Buy your Christmas tree from the Knights at the Historic Church;
    Volunteer to help in the church as an usher or altar server;
    Pray the St. Andrew Novena through Christmas Eve;
    Donate money for flowers in memory of a loved one;
    Donate to Catholic Charities Christmas Collection (next weekend);
    Give money to our debt reduction efforts.
  • Service Projects for Advent *Martha’s Table Sandwich Program is on Christmas Day. Anyone who is in town could make sandwiches on 12/24 (or 25) to drop on Christmas Day any time before 3 PM on The Gilles Family porch. Full info at: tinyurl.com/MTSandwiches*We could always use supplemental help with packing and delivery for Food For Others Meal Program every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:50 in the Burke Community Section 8 Housing Area  – Contact Pete Nevlud – petr2020@cox.net for more info. *Here is the sign up for House of Mercy’s Christmas with Mercy event. All of the available dates and roles for volunteering are listed, with detailed descriptions of each role. Please let me know if you have any questions though. Here is the link: Christmas with Mercy Signup God Bless You! John McClay, Volunteer Coordinator, 571.719.3769 – House of Mercy

  • This weekend we will be celebrating the First Sunday in Advent. Do you need help getting ready for Advent to begin? We are providing you with a link for daily meditations sent to your email from Bishop Barron’s Word on Fire program. Please click on the link to sign up!


    For more Advent activities and reflections, see the section on Word on Fire Advent, in Flocknotes. We are praying for a peaceful, faith filled Advent for you and your family.

  • 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
  • Have you gone to Mass and remembered that you left your envelope at home? Try our electronic giving vendor, Parish Giving, here on our website. It’s very easy! Thank you for your generosity!
  • Also, Catholic Charities is the charitable arm of our Bishop’s ministry that enables him, parishes, and parishioners to serve poor and vulnerable neighbors within the Diocese of Arlington. Please consider them when making charitable donations.


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