A Word from the Pastor

Happy Memorial Day weekend! The unofficial start of the summer has begun and I pray your summer will be restorative and you will grow closer to Our Lord. Our church is open during the day and is cool and comfortable with Our Lord waiting to spend time with you.

Ghana Catholic Community Food Pantry Donation

Thank you to the Christian Mothers and Fathers Organization of our Ghana Catholic Community for generously collecting and donating 4,500 lbs of food for the St. Mary’s food pantry!

Upcoming News and Announcements

Anointing of the sick will be offered this weekend after the 11:30am Mass.
The Squire Roses are having a Bake Sale on Sunday, May 26th outside the church after the morning Masses. Bakers are needed.
Martha’s Table Sandwich Collection is Sunday, May 26th, from 1:00-3:00pm. You can get the full details and register to drop off sandwiches at tinyurl.com/MTSandwiches.
Memorial Day Mass will be at 10:00am at the Historic Church. Weather permitting, the Mass will be held outside, with a blessing of the graves afterwards and with a reception immediately afterward in the Old Hall Farrell Hall. (updated 5/25/24 due to expected rain)
The Parish Center offices will be closed on Memorial Day and we will not have a 6:30 or 9:15am Mass or Confession or Adoration.
The second collection this weekend will be for the Catholic Communications Campaign.
Morning Mass on Saturday, June 1st will be offered at 8:30am instead of 9:15am so as to allow the priests to attend the Priests’ Convocation.
The Living Rosary and reception will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, May 31st at the Historic Church.
Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 am in the new church as we celebrate our graduates. There will be a reception for our graduates in Farrell Hall.
Please join us for a Eucharistic Procession and Barbeque following 5:00pm Mass on Saturday, June 1st for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Knights of Columbus LogoJoin the Knights with this service project by helping with the Route 123 Clean-Up at starting at Old St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday, June 1st.
Join Father Peffley and the Legion of Mary at the Patricians meeting on Monday, June 3rd, from 7:30-9:00 pm in Farrell Hall. The topic is funeral rites and cremation.  No reservations are needed. There will be light refreshments and free literature.
The Luminaries of Holy Mary are gathering to pray the Rosary and discuss Fatima on Monday, June 3rd at 5:00pm in the Chapel in the Parish Center.

Do you need to update your parish registration? We have created an on-line form for your easy updating. Please let us know by using either the on-line form or by emailing your changes to registrar@stmaryofsorrows.org.
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!!
  • Groups within the parish can submit calendar/room reservation requests via email at calendar@stmaryofsorrows.org starting May 1st.
  • Document Shredding Event is going to be held Saturday, June 8th from 10:00am to 12:00pm.
  • 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.
  • Saturday, June 22nd there will be a Deanery Mass celebrated by Bishop Burbidge for the parishes in our Deanery at St. Mark’s.
  • You all are invited to a Farewell Reception on Sunday, June 23rd after the 11:30am Mass in St. Joseph’s Hall.
  • There will be a Blood Drive on June 30th in Farrell Hall.
  • There are countless small tasks required to ensure that our Liturgies are beautiful and reverent. If you are interested in helping, send an email to srjuby@stmaryofsorrows.org.


Moving Foward

Bishop Burbidge  wants to invite all of you to attend the Diocesan Jubilee Fest on Saturday, June 8, at the Warren County Fairgrounds in celebration of our 50thanniversary. It begins at 4:00 pm with a Vigil Mass and is followed by free food,  music, rides for kids, a petting zoo, and concludes with fireworks, ending at 9:30 pm.  Please also note that it is important for all attendees to register so we know how much food to have available. https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/jubilee-fest/

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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