Monday, October 28, 2019
Dear St. Mary's Family,

This edition of the newsletter is chock full of important information. Please take a few extra minutes to read through it in detail.

Fr. Charles
Vestry Nominations
If you would like to suggest yourself or another parishioner for a three-year-term on the governing body of St. Mary's, please submit your suggestion from our website by clicking here .

In order to serve on the Vestry, a person must be an adult communicant member and a financial contributor. Other important qualities in a Vestry member include a history of active participation in parish life and ministry and a pattern of personal prayer. Familiarity with business and/or financial processes is often helpful as well.

Suggestions are not nominations, so it is not necessary to get the person’s permission or verify their qualifications. The Nominating Committee will reach out to qualified individuals and finalize a slate of candidates to be presented to the parish at the Annual Meeting to be held at the beginning of next year. This year's Nominating Committee includes Fr. Charles Everson, Ms. Sharon Hunter-Putsch, and Mr. Dennis Robinson.

Please prayerfully consider suggesting yourself or someone else for these important positions in the life of the parish. Nominations must be received by Friday, December 6, 2019.
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Don't forget to set your clocks back one hour.
Allhallowtide    is the three-day observance of All Hallows' Eve, All Saints, and All Souls on October 31, November 1, and November 2.

Here is our schedule this year:

  • Thursday, October 31st. Private Confession will be offered from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in St. Margaret's Chapel (the chapel downstairs past the restrooms on the left).
  • Friday, November 1st. Low Mass for All Saints Day in St. George's Chapel at 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2nd. Low Mass for All Souls Day in St. George's Chapel.
  • Sunday, November 3rd. We will celebrate All Saints Day again at 8:00 a.m. (Low Mass) and 10:00 a.m. (High Mass) with all the music and ceremonial proper to All Saints Day.
  • Wednesday, November 6th. Solemn Requiem Mass for All Souls in the nave at 6:00 p.m. The music will be led by a schola of men who will chant the old Missa pro defunctis in Latin (click here for a recording), and we will observe all of the old customs surrounding this solemn day, including the use of black vestments, a catafalque, and unbleached beeswax candles (see photo below). As is our custom, we will pray for those who have died in the parish in the last year, as well as anyone you'd like to add. To add a name to the list, please email it to the office at

Please prayerfully consider how you'll participate in these important moments in the life of the Church!
This photo is from the Solemn Requiem Mass for All Souls 2018.
2020 Stewardship Campaign
The 2020 Stewardship Campaign is under way! We will provide updates in the coming weeks. If you'd like to pledge online, please click here !
Hospitality and Safety on Sundays
There is a lot of foot traffic around our church, including people who are in varying states of homelessness. St. Mary's is an inclusive community of faith that welcomes all people, no matter their background or living situation. That said, it is important to be watchful and vigilant in order to maintain a safe and secure environment.

Parish Hall
All are invited to come to Mass. During the service, no one should remain in the parish hall (except the Reception Committee as needed). In other words, if someone would like to be in the building while we're having a service, they need to attend the service. If you see someone in the parish hall before Mass, please be hospitable and invite them to join you in the Nave. If someone does not wish to come, please talk with a member of the clergy, staff, or vestry.

Single point of entry
The building. The parking lot door automatically locks at 10:10 a.m. If you happen to pass through the parish hall during Mass and someone knocks on the door, please do not let them in. Rather, direct them to the Nave doors at 13th and Holmes. Likewise, if you arrive later than 10:10, please enter through the Nave.

The Parish Hall. Those who have been preparing to launch the Children's Ministry report that we're nearly ready to begin. Between the gospel reading and communion, the Children's Ministry will be going on in the parish hall. Starting this Sunday, the greeter will lock the west door between the nave and parish hall when the service begins. If you arrive late or need to use the restroom during Mass, please use the door to the parish hall on the south side of the Nave by the organ console.

Downstairs. We are switching the lock this week so that the door can be properly locked. If you need to use the downstairs restrooms during Mass, you'll be able to open the door to go downstairs and the door will then be unlocked. When you come back up, please lock the door behind you by pushing the button.

The parish hall door automatically unlocks at 11:30 and remains unlocked until 12:15. All are welcome to eat with us during the reception. If someone is behaving inappropriately in some way, or if someone is clearly intoxicated, please talk with a member of the clergy, staff, or vestry.

Finally, if someone is violent or otherwise engaging in dangerous behavior, do not hesitate to call 911.

As St. Benedict says in his Rule, "All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35)." Thank you in advance for welcoming all guests at St. Mary's, and thank you for remaining watchful and vigilant!
St. Mary's Arts and Crafts is a small group that meets the 4th Thursday of every month from 10am-2pm. It is an opportunity to get together with other folks to work on craft projects, such as knitting or needlework. Best of all, it's an opportunity for sharing and fellowship.
Bring a current project you are working on and a sack lunch and meet in the Parish Hall at the church at 10:00am. The coffee will be on!
Our next get-together is this Thursday, October 31 - 10:00 to 2:00pm. We hope to see you there. If you have questions, please contact Bonnie Haupt, .
William Baker Festival Singers Concert
Sunday, November 3, 2019 | 3:00pm
St. Mary's Episcopal Church
1307 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO
The William Baker Festival Singers & Chamber Orchestra  join with the University Singers from KU for their 22nd Season Opening Concert. Entitled  God's Time is Best: Music for All Saints  the program is highlighted by Johann Sebastian Bach's brilliant Cantata No. 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit." Bach biographer Alfred Durr called the cantata "...a work of such genius that even great masters seldom achieve... Cantata No. 106 belongs to the great musical literature of the world." The orchestra is comprised entirely of continuo, recorders and violas da gamba, giving the music an ethereal beauty long and fondly remembered.

The William Baker Festival Singers, formed in 1998, is a 50-voice semi-professional chorale specializing in sacred a cappella classics and spirituals. The choir has produced over two dozen nationally released recordings and has performed tour concerts in 14 states, including Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City, the Washington National Cathedral, and Helzberg Hall. The William Baker Festival Singers is Chorus in Residence at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.

The diverse concert also includes a wide range of music on themes of hope and eternal life, from Monteverdi to early Lutheran hymns to music of 21st century composers. The concert culminates in the Festival Singers' signature early American hymns and spirituals, including the world premier of a jazz-gospel setting of "Swing Down Chariot" by Festival Singers Composer-in-Residence Ed Frazier Davis. 

General admission tickets are available online and at the door: $5 youth; $15 students & seniors; $20 adults. Patron Reserved Tickets available only online: $50. for information: 913-488-7524 or  The Choral FoundationEvents.
There will be a wine and homemade cookie reception following the concert.
This Week in the Church Calendar
Tue, Oct 29
  • James Hannington, Bishop of Eastern Equatorial Africa and his Companions, Martyrs, 1885

Fri, Nov 1

Sat, Nov 2

Sun, Nov 3

Mon, Nov 4

Wed, Nov 6

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

Click here to pray the Daily Office!
We post sermons preached on Sundays and Major Feasts on our website. You'll normally find both an audio recording and the text on  this page .
Pastoral Care
I f 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 .
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Weekly Service Schedule

Low Mass: 8 a.m.  
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.
Sung Compline: 7 p.m. (2nd Sunday of the month)

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

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

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


Assistant Priest for Formation
Rector Emeritus

Priest Associate
Deacon Administrator

Ms. Rosalyn Powell

Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Senior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark, Junior Warden
Bonnie Haupt
Mrs. Betty Iorg,
Mr. Chris McQueeny, Treasurer
Mr. Raja Reed
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox II
Mr. Isaac Petty, Clerk
Postulants for Holy Orders

Mr. Richard Liantonio
Mrs. Lynda Hurt
Mr. Isaac Petty
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