ST. MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD CATHOLIC CHURCH

370 East Main Street
PO Box 7
Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone: (276) 228-3104
Fax: (276) 228-3322
officemanager@stmaryswytheville.com

March 26th, 2020

Dear Faithful of St Marys,

May the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones!

Preparations being put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community present us with both challenges and opportunities. The priority of our parish is to care for our families and minister to them in every way we can.

As you know, the Diocese of Richmond has suspended all public Masses until further notice. Bishop Knestout will be updating us regularly. You can check the diocesan website for these updates at https://richmonddiocese.org/coronavirus/.

Through all of this, St. Marys church will remain a community of faith that trusts in the Lord and shares His blessings with each other. We are moving forward with new ways to minister to our parish families. We are committed to making the most of this time and help draw families closer to Christ. St. Marys will be here to serve.

There are three things that I’m asking you to do right now:

Pray. Remember God does not abandon his children. Please join me in praying for the following:

All the sick and suffering around the world, and families affected by the coronavirus

Those who are struggling financially because of this crisis

First responders, medical personnel and all government leaders

Our parish, our bishop and the Holy Father in Rome

We are working on updating parish website. Please visit stmaryswytheville.com for parish information and updates. The most recent Sunday homilies are now available.

We are starting a Parish Facebook page, where masses will be livestreamed beginning Palm Sunday, April 5th and parish information will be shared — more information to follow soon. You will not need a Facebook page to view the Masses. Instructions will follow.

Please continue to support our parish. With public Masses suspended during this difficult time, I am asking every family to continue their financial support. You can do this by mailing contributions to PO Box 7, Wytheville, 24382. Or, you can find giving options online at https://offertory.richmonddiocese.org/. On the given page, select Saint Mary the Mother of God, Wytheville 627 in the dropdown list. Then choose your best option to give. 100% of your contributions come back to the parish on a weekly-basis. This is only an online giving tool, the diocese does not keep any of your donations and they will be sending reports to the parishes so your contributions will be tracked for tax purposes.

Please know that you are in my prayers and I am grateful for your prayers. Have faith! Let us rally together behind what is most important in our lives – God, family, and our parish community.

In Christ,

Rev. Bernie AV. Ramirez

Kim Street

Office Manager

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Wytheville, VA

276-228-3104