Welcome to the website of St. Mary's Parish, located in the far West End of Richmond. Within the pages of this site, you will find valuable information about our Catholic Faith, our church, our ministries, and our community. You will also find ways in which you can become involved, share your gifts and talents, and join us in our commitment to serving the people of God through the pillars of Word (catechesis, "passing on the faith" through faith formation and education), Worship (Liturgy, prayer, Sacraments), Service (answering the Gospel call to generously serve all our brothers and sisters) and Community (gathering as people of faith).
Message from Fr. Michael Renninger
Dear St. Mary's Parishioners:
On Monday evening, February 6th, I informed our St. Mary's School families that Dr. Thomas Dertinger had decided to resign as principal of Saint Mary's School. With reluctance, I accepted his resignation and offered my personal support to Tom and his wife.
Since Saint Mary's school is an integral part of the life of our parish, it is my desire to do all that I can to communicate with the entire community about the transition we are experiencing at our school.
Many of you have already reached out with great kindness and affection toward the members of our outstanding faculty, and I can assure you that our teachers and staff are grateful for your prayerful concern.
I want to be as available as I can to talk with you and to share with you the plan we have in place to move forward at Saint Mary's School. To that end, please be aware of the following:
1. At the 9:00 school mass on Wednesday morning, I talked with the children about this transition in school leadership, with a focus on how the Gospel of Jesus guides us and gives us strength in moments like this.
2. Immediately following the conclusion of the Mass, I remained in the parish church to be available to meet with parents. I did my best to answer questions and to listen.
3. Recognizing that many parents and individuals work during the day, I will also be available for discussion and listening on Thursday evening at 7:00 PM in the parish church.
On Tuesday morning, February 7, I participated in a helpful and supportive meeting with diocesan leadership. We all are in agreement that we want to do everything possible to insure that we continue to have an excellent school year. In that meeting, we agreed that there is a need to identify an interim principal for Saint Mary's, who can maintain our outstanding programs while a professional search is undertaken to find a new principal for Saint Mary's. I will work with the diocese in order to achieve these goals in a very timely fashion, and will communicate with you about this process.
I have met with the teachers each day this week, and have reached out to the leaders of our school board, school finance council, and PTO. Those leadership groups will meet with me this week.
Day to day, our outstanding teachers continue to do what they do best - they are generously educating our children and helping them to integrate our faith into every aspect of life. Robin Rooks is serving as the "Teacher in Charge." The daily operations of the school are being led by our outstanding staff. Our parish staff is offering significant assistance. In the days ahead, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. The best way to reach me will be by email: email@example.com.
Above all, I ask you to pray that the Lord's Spirit will guide us in the important tasks that we have undertaken.
Fr. Michael Renninger
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