A Word from the Pastor

This week we were informed that we are going to have some changes at the parish next month. I will be leaving and moving to Holy Trinity in Gainesville and Fr. Thomas Vander Woude will be moving to St. Mary of Sorrows as your pastor. He is currently the pastor at Holy Trinity.
Also, Fr. Peffley will be moving to Our Lady of Lourdes in Arlington and Fr. Edwin Msing Seh will be moving to St. Mary of Sorrows as your new Parochial Vicar. He is coming to us from Sacred Heart in Manassas.
You all are invited to a Farewell Reception on Sunday, June 23rd after the 11:30am Mass in St. Joseph’s Hall.

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

Tonight, Friday May 17th, Italian Heritage Society will present an evening meeting with discussion and video about the Italian American Internment camps in the USA during WWII.  The meeting will be held in Farrell Hall 6:30-8:30p.m.
There is no Italian Heritage Society meeting Sunday May 19th.
The second collection this weekend will be to reduce our debt for the church and help to pay our monthly mortgage.

The second collection next weekend will be for the Catholic Communications Campaign.
Family Adoration will be provided this Saturday from 10:00am to 11:00am. This is a wonderful time to spend with Our Eucharistic Lord in a child friendly space.
Join the Knights for Polish Night in Farrell Hall on the 18th after the 5:00pm Saturday Mass in Farrell Hall and then Pancake Breakfast on the 19th after the 7:30am and 9:30am Masses in Farrell Hall.
The Squire Roses are having a Bake Sale on Sunday, May 26th outside the church after the morning Masses. Bakers are needed. See the bulletin for additional information.
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 a reception in the Old Hall.
On Memorial Day, the Parish Center office will be closed. There will be no 6:30 or 9:15am Mass, Confession or Adoration.
 There are countless small tasks required to ensure that our Liturgies are beautiful and reverent. If you have sometime weekly, monthly, or even occasionally to assist with simple “housekeeping” or helping at Mass, send an email to srjuby@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 but we will hold off scheduling until the new pastor arrives.
  • The Living Rosary and reception will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, May 31st.
  • Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, June 2 at 9:30 am in the new church for our graduates. Please RSVP to marys@stmaryofsorrows.org.
  • Once again, we will have a Procession and Barbeque on Saturday, June 1st for the Feast of Corpus Christi.
  • Route 123 Clean-Up at starting at Old St. Mary’s Hall on Saturday, June 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.
  • There will be a Blood Drive on June 30th in Farrell Hall.


Moving Foward

Do you need to update your parish registration? Moved? Married? Had a baby? Using Parish Giving and no longer need paper envelopes? No longer have a land line and use a cell # only? We have created an on-line form for your easy updating. Please let us know using either this on-line form or the flyer in the past week’s bulletin. You can email a paper copy to registrar@stmaryofsorrows.org. 

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


SMoSCaring Community