Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Sprinkling Rite
St. Mary's Family,

During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, we will observe a liturgical custom at the beginning of the 10am Mass that involves the Celebrant sprinkling the people with Holy Water, symbolizing the waters of baptism. It is customary for the people to make the sign of the cross as they are sprinkled in remembrance of their baptism.

The text the choir sings during this rite refers to the words of the prophet Ezekiel, who saw the waters gushing forth from the Temple as a sanctifying flood that flows through the earth. (Ezekiel 47:1).

If you notice a smile on my face, it's because soaking you with the liturgical equivalent of a Super Soaker water gun is rather amusing. In all seriousness, welcoming someone into the household of God in baptism - whether an infant or an adult - is one of the greatest joys of being a priest. If you see a twinkle in my eye when I sprinkle you with holy water, know that I'm experiencing the same joy as if I were baptizing someone in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Take a moment to intentionally recall your own baptism, and rejoice in being reminded that you've been cleansed from all sin and marked as Christ's own forever.

Wishing you a blessed and Spirit-filled Holy Week,
Fr. Charles
Maundy Thursday at St. Augustine's. March 29 at 6:00pm. Our choir will sing a beautiful setting of the Ubi Caritas, and St. Augustine's musicians will provide the rest of the music. St. Augustine's is located at 2732 Benson, Kansas City. Read more about Maundy Thursday here.

Good Friday. March 30 at 6:00pm. The choir is singing a lovely setting of the Passion, and there will be communion from the reserve sacrament. Read more about Good Friday here.

Holy Saturday. March 31st at 11:05am. This is a very brief, spoken service that includes a reading of the ancient homily "The Lord's Descent into Hell." Read more about Holy Saturday here.

The Great Vigil of Easter. March 31st at 8:00pm. Bishop Marty Field will be the celebrant and preacher. Members of St. Augustine's are invited to join us at St. Mary's for this service. Read more about the Easter Vigil here.

Easter Sunday. April 1. Normal service times. Low Mass at 8:00am, and Solemn High Mass at 10:00am. Read more about Easter here.
Confession - last chance before Easter!
Private Confession
There is one last opportunity for private confession this Saturday from 10:00am-10:50am in St. George's Chapel. Because Downtown Outreach will be using the parish hall at that time, please enter the church through the street entrance on the northwest side of the building.
Wednesday Evenings
Beginning Wednesday, April 4th, we will have Evening Prayer each Wednesday at 6:00pm. It will be immediately followed by silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for about 10 minutes for those who wish to stay. The entire service will last around 30 minutes. If you'd like to learn more about Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, click here.

During the Great Fifty Days of Easter, there will be a Bible Study that begins when the service is over (around 6:30). It is the continuation of the Luke-Acts Bible Study that we've been doing since Lent began. The daily reading schedule can be found here. Unlike during Lent, there will not be a prepared meal, but feel free to bring something to share if you wish.
Solemn Choral Evensong - KC Vitas
Sunday, April 8th, 7:00pm, at St. Mary's . KC VITAs, Kansas City's premier new-music choir, is presenting the world-premiere of a new choral evensong by composer L.V. Wood. This unique service was composed with the architectural features of St. Mary's in mind and features a number of singers from St. Mary's own choir. Mark your calendars now to attend this beautiful collaboration between KC VITAs Chamber Choir and St. Mary's. Fr. Charles Everson will be the officiant.
Transgender Panel
On Sunday, April 15th, St. Mary's will host a panel of individuals who will lead a discussion on the coming out stories of LGBT people (transgender people in particular), who supported them and who did not, and their religious traditions. Hear their stories first hand after the 10am Mass on April 15th!
Weekly Service Schedule

Sunday
Low Mass: 8 a.m.   
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.

Tuesday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Wednesday 
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.
Stations of the Cross: 6:00 p.m.

Thursday
Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Saturday 
Low Mass: 11:05 a.m.
Clergy and Staff

Assistant to the Rector
 
Rector Emeritus
The Reverend Robert M. Hutcherson
  
Deacon Administrator

Deacon Missioner
The Reverend Kevin G. White
 
Artist-in-Residence/Choirmaster
 
Organist
 
Sexton
Ms. Rosalyn Powell
Vestry

Mr. Todd Chenault-Wiseley, Senior Warden
Dr. Michael D. Frost, Junior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark
Mr. Richard S. Herndon
Mrs. Faye A. Hopkins
Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox, II
                                                  
Ms. Mary Beveridge, Parish Clerk
Ms. Judith B. Brougham, Parish Treasurer 
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