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On Her Own Side: A Recital
Saturday, March 14
7:00 - 8:00 pm
St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Celebrate Women's History Month with a recital given by soprano, Molly Bruner and pianist, Rachel Aubuchon. The program includes works from female composers, poets, and perspectives. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit the music program at St. Mary's Episcopal.

"I am a feminist. I’ve been female for a long time now. I’d be stupid not to be on own side."- Maya Angelou
New Communion Directive from the Bishop
Dear St. Mary's Family,

The coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading through the U.S., causing anxiety for many of us, particularly as it relates to public gatherings. Yesterday, the Bishop has issued a pastoral directive in response. Here is how we are implementing the directive here at St. Mary's:

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • Please wash your hands often!
  • All of the holy water stoops have been removed.
  • We strongly encourage the faithful to refrain from physically touching during the Peace.
  • We strongly encourage the faithful to receive the bread, but voluntarily abstain from receiving the wine.
  • At High Mass in the nave, we will not serve the chalice from the altar rail. Rather, the Deacon or other communion minister will go to the back of the nave by the font. If someone wishes to receive from the cup, you may go to the back of the church after receiving the bread at the rail. Intinction is not permitted (neither self-intinction or intinction by the communion minister).
  • Instructions for Low Mass in St. George's Chapel will be given by the Celebrant.

We will continue to keep you updated as we weather this virus outbreak. Please take every precaution to stay well. In a time of fear and panic, let us rest in God's peace, and let us continue to gather to break bread and pray together as often as we can safely do!

Peace,
Fr. Charles

Sung Compline
Sunday, March 15
7:00-7:30 pm

Compline is a brief yet ancient prayer service filled with darkness, candlelight, chanting, and incense. It is the final prayer service of the day in the Church's ancient prayer cycle that marks the hours of the day.

Wednesdays During Lent
You are invited to make Wednesdays at St. Mary's part of your Lenten devotion!

March 11
6:00 Stations of the Cross
6:20-7:00 Soup dinner and discussion

March 18
Eve of the Feast of St. Joseph
6:30 p.m. Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Rector

March 25
6:00 p.m. High Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 1
6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
6:20-7:00 Soup Dinner and Discussion

Thank you to Kristina Buckholz, Virginia Murray, and Betty Iorg for providing the meals!
A Reflection on Lenten Prayer
We live in a culture of hustle where the frenzied lifestyle is admired and even celebrated. Our schedules are crowded with ‘things to do, people to see and places to go’ and we succumb to the cultural standard that  busyness  is the road that leads to happiness and success.  Busyness props up our ego and gives us the illusion that we are winning at life. It is worth reflecting on and asking ourselves how we got to this point… to a place where we take little time to feed our souls. 
Lent is the time set aside in the church’s liturgical calendar to focus our attention on the journey to Easter.  It is a time of preparation when we withdraw from our busyness and train our hearts to a place where, deep down, we all long to be… in unity with Creation and in greater intimacy with Jesus. In our hectic world, it is nearly impossible to create this space of unity without intentionality.  For me, that intentionality is directed toward a deeper life of prayer. 
Prayer is many things, but all too often we default to perfunctory exchanges with God. “Thank you, God,”, “forgive me, God”, help me, God”, “bless them, God”.  I believe St. Augustine called these “prayer darts”; it is not a wrong way to pray, but it gives us precious little time to sit in the presence of God and let go of those things that distract us from encountering Jesus on his journey to the Cross. This is what Lent is all about… and thoughtful, meditative prayer gives us strength for this journey, helping us find our bearings in this ‘desert’ time.  
I think we pray differently during Lent…I know I do.  I pray the Daily Office try to immerse myself in Jesus’ experience during these forty days, searching to understand his suffering.  I draw on the Gospel readings through Lectio Divina, and dwell on those passages that stir me and lift my heart to God in a very personal way.  I pray the Stations of the Cross and am literally brought to my knees as I wrestle with the agony of Christ, his mother Mary and all of Jesus’ followers.  I sit in silence longing for the still, small voice of God. 
In my prayers of intercession, I pray for the community of St. Mary’s… that we may all slow down and bide our time through prayer, fasting, and service in anticipation for the return of those precious words we buried on Ash Wednesday.  

Lynda Hurt
Urban Necessities Project
The  Urban Necessities Project , a ministry of St. Mary's, St. Augustine's, and Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a collaborative effort to serve the City Center community in Kansas City. Contact Project Manager,  Jen Dean,  for more information, or if you are interested in volunteering.

If you'd like to donate, we will continue collecting the following items through March . Please adhere to the guidelines. It is important that items are easily transported and accommodate as many needs as possible. All items should be new and unused.

  • Body wash - standard size (18 oz), unscented or gender neutral
  • Body lotion - standard size (12-18 oz), unscented or gender neutral 
  • Shampoo - standard size (13 oz), unscented or gender neutral
  • Toothpaste - travel size 
  • Feminine hygiene products (pads or tampons) - small packages that are easily transported by the community we serve
  • Men’s deodorant - standard size (approx. 3 oz)
  • Men’s and women’s socks

Thank you so much!
Private Confession
A priest will be available to offer spiritual guidance and sacramental confession at the following times: 

Saturday, March 21st: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 2nd: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You may also schedule time with Fr. Charles by clicking   here.
St. Mary's Belles
Luncheon at Judith Brougham's
Monday, March 23 at 11:15pm
Lakeview Village at the Heritage Building
9100 Park Street

Tea and Coffee following luncheon
14100 West 90th Terrace, Apt. 219

Please RSVP to Judith, stringjb@swbell.com so that she may reserve space at her facility.
The cost is $10
St. Mary's Arts and Crafts Group
We will meet Thursday March 26th from 10am -2pm in the Parish Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch. All are welcome!
This Week in the Church Calendar
Thu, Mar 12

Sun, Mar 15

Tue, Mar 17
  • Patrick, Bishop and Missionary of Ireland, 461

Wed, Mar 18
  • Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 386

Thu, Mar 19




Click  here  for more information about the lesser feasts, including Mass readings and short biographies of the saints.

Click  here  to pray the Daily Office!
Sermons
We post sermons preached on Sundays and major feasts on our website. You can find them here !
Pastoral Care
If you experience a pastoral emergency and need to speak to a member of the St. Mary's clergy, please call 816-974-8082. This is a phone service that forwards the call to the clergyperson-on-call.

If you are scheduled for surgery or a serious medical procedure, or if there is a death in your family, please let us know via phone (816-842-0975) or email .
Donate to St. Mary's Online
Weekly Service Schedule

Sunday
Low Mass: 8 a.m.  
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.
Sung Compline: 7 p.m. (once per month-see website)

Weekdays (except Wednesday)
12:00 p.m.: Low Mass

Wednesday 
6:00 p.m.: Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

Saturday
11:00 a.m.: Low Mass
Clergy and Staff

Rector

Assistant Priest for Formation
 
Rector Emeritus

Priest Associate
  
Deacon

Parish Administrator

Director of Music/Choirmaster
 
Choral Assistant

Organist
 
Sexton
Ms. Rosalyn Powell
Vestry

Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Senior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark, Junior Warden
Mrs. Sylvia Rose Augustus
Bonnie Haupt
Mrs. Betty Iorg,
Mr. Chris McQueeny, Treasurer
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. Chris Steinauer
                                                  
Mr. Isaac Petty, Clerk

Postulants for Holy Orders

Mr. Richard Liantonio
Mrs. Lynda Hurt
Mr. Isaac Petty
Mr. David Wilcox
To the Glory of God and in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Saint Mary's Episcopal Church

1307 Holmes Street
​Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Telephone

(816) 842-0975