Bishop’s Statement regarding the lifting of the dispensation


Reminder: please do not respond to any emails from Fr. Barkett requesting assistance


Upcoming News and Announcements

(For more information, see our bulletin.  Click Here.)
This weekend:
  • Diaper and wipes collection is this weekend in the Parish Center foyer.
  • Gabriel Project Baby Shower! The 11th annual Gabriel Project Baby Shower for expectant mothers is this Saturday.  Please donate items through our Gabriel Project Baby Shower Registry at: https://www.amazon.com/baby-reg/smos-gabrielproject-september-2021-fairfax/1HJR8F0W061VG  or contact Martha Mellor atsmosgabrielproject@gmail.com.
  • We will be hosting a Family and Generational Healing retreat by Fr. Christopher Onuoha, author of the well-researched and church approved book, Healing You and Your Family Tree, A Contemplative Approach to Personal and Generational Healing on Saturday at the Parish Center from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • The Chosen’s “Indescribable Compassion” will be shown in the Parish Center at 6:00pm on Saturday.  When the leper asks to be healed, how does Our Lord respond?  Pizza and salad available before the movie.
Upcoming Events, Announcements and Changes:
  • The blessing of the animals will be on October 9th at 9am on the new Church lawn.
  • We will offer a VIRTUS session on October 9th starting at 9am through 1pm. Sign up information is in the bulletin.
  • Adult Education Presents:  Journey from Sin to Sanctity, An Invitation to the Virtues. A new series featuring our clergy, once a month on Tuesday evenings from 7-8:15pm in St Joseph’s Hall.  Information in this weeks’ bulletin.
  • Walking with Purpose is a new bible study – Opening Your Heart. See the section in the bulletin. We hope to offer two sessions, one in the morning and one in the evening on Thursday’s this fall.
  • Parents of preschoolers or early learner Bible Study. We will study Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible. We begin Wednesday, September 15th from 9:15 to 11:00 am in the Parish Center. For more information please contact Sharon at goetzohana@mac.com or Michelle Huber at michelleh@stmartofsorrows.org.
  • You can still sign up for the Thursday evening Scripture Study group via Google Meet:Word on Fire – The Mass.  Seven weeks, 7-9pm, we’ll watch video together & discuss our answers to workbook questions. Purchase workbook from Word on Fire ($24.95 plus shipping).  For more info, contact Barbara:  b.mahiq@verizon.netor 703-690-2503.
  • Text and email scams using Fr. Barkett’s name are showing up. Please do not respond to any email or text asking for money, gift cards or help from Fr. Barkett.
  • Please consider becoming an usher. There will be training in October and information is in the bulletin.

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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 everyday!  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 and 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


Thank you for your generous financial support during this difficult time! Please mail in or drop off your offertory checks to the Parish Center. You may also sign up with our electronic giving vendor, Parish Giving, here on our website. Thank you!


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