Preparation Status Update

Given growing concerns about the risks of viral infection, our parish is making the following preparations: Our Society of Saint Vincent de Paul conference is meeting today to determine how best to continue food distribution in the event of a local outbreak. Our White Elephant Thrift Store will comply with any relevant directives from local health authorities, if these are …

Text Message Scams

Most people are aware of phishing – or email scams – but they may not realize scammers can also target them with deceptive text messages sent to their smart devices. It’s called “smishing“: a mashup of SMS – for “short message service” – and phishing. Many Saint Mary Parish parishioners report receiving these fraudulent texts purporting to be from parish …

Decree: Theodore McCarrick

On 11 January 2019, the Congresso of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, at the conclusion of a penal process, issued a decree finding Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., guilty of the following delicts while a cleric: solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession, and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with …

Final Report: Covington Catholic High School

Last month the Diocese of Covington, which is part of our ecclesiastical province, commissioned an independent investigation into the events that occurred when Covington Catholic High School students waited for their buses for the return trip to Kentucky following the annual March for Life in Washington, DC. The investigation has concluded and the final report is available on the Diocese …

Bishop’s Appeal 2019

Your continued gift to the 2019 Bishop’s Appeal impacts the lives of thousands of people through essential ministries across the Diocese each and every day. Your support helps train priests, deacons, and parish leaders, reveals Jesus Christ to others through religious education and the sacraments, and changes countless lives through the work of Catholic Charities. Click here for more information.

Support Our Parish School: #iGiveCatholic!

#iGiveCatholic Giving Day kicks off the charitable season and brings the Catholic community together to give thanks and give back in support of the schools and organizations that shape our souls. How much money can WE raise for Saint Mary’s School in less than 24 hours? #iGiveCatholic ends at midnight!! Click here to donate now.

Saint Mary Church Passing Bell Will Toll on Sunday at 11 AM

Nationwide Bell-Tolling on November 11th at 11 AM (local time) in communities across the nation, to mark the centennial of the Armistice that brought an end to what Americans fervently hoped had been “The War to End All Wars.” This nationwide program is designed to honor those American men and women who served during the war, and coincides with similar commemorations …

Race Relations: An Oak Ridge Experiment in Social Concern

The five week period from November 10th through December 8th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Oak Ridge public forums on race relations, hosted by Saint Mary’s. The series of forums, called “An Experiment in Social Concern”, followed the Holy Week Uprising against the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. earlier that year in the western end of our …

Open House

Saint Mary Parish has spent this year celebrating our 75th anniversary, an anniversary our parish shares with Oak Ridge. For our final anniversary event, the parishioners of Saint Mary’s invite you to join us for an open House on November 5th at 6 pm. Participants will meet at our recently remodeled Social Hall (325 Vermont Ave.) for a brief presentation …

Monday’s Forum

A message from Father Shelton: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I thank all of you who participated in our special forum on Bishop Stika’s pastoral letter and the horrors it addresses. The conversation was very honest, respectful and fruitful. There were some variations of perspective on the causes and solutions, variations mirroring those I’m seeing develop among priests and …