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St. Mary's 2019 Advent/Christmas Outreach

Did you know that more than 650 Kansas City children come to Operation Breakthrough – each weekday for nutritious food, lively learning, health and dental care, therapy and TLC – while their parents work or attend school.  This average family lives on an income of less than $12,000 a year. The parents often struggle to provide the basics. 

This year for Christmas, St. Mary’s will be collecting donations for Operation Breakthrough from now through the end of Christmastide.   You can bring your donations to the church and place them under the Social Justice Christmas tree in the Parish Hall.  The items we collect will be blessed before being delivered to Operation Breakthrough in January.  

They are in need of non-perishable food, health-related items and items for the classroom. For suggestions, please click on the donation button below for more specific ideas. Click here to learn more about Operation Breakthrough.

Please consider donating as part of your giving this Advent season. Your gift will make a real difference!
sponsored by the St. Mary's Social Justice Committee
Advent Sung Compline
Sunday, December 8

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.

A schola of tenors and basses will lead this beautiful choral service by candlelight. The service lasts about 25 minutes, and provides a peaceful way to end the weekend in contemplation and beauty. 
Adult Forum
The Four Last Things of Advent
Sunday, December 15th
11:30 a.m.

Dr. Doug Hardy , Professor of Spiritual Formation at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, will give a talk on the traditional Four Last Things of Advent and the implications for penitential Advent spiritual practices in 2019.

Save the date!
From our Rorate Mass in 2016
Rorate Mass
Wednesday, December 18 th
6:00 p.m.
The Rorate Mass is a votive Mass during Advent in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and is only illuminated by candlelight. The themes of this liturgy are particularly focused on hope and the power of God to meet us in the midst of our suffering, pain and grief. After Mass, all are invited to watch The Nativity Story using the projector in the parish hall. Feel free to bring your favorite snack or beverage!
Advent Resources

Click here for a list of Advent resources including books, articles, music playlists, and musical offerings.

Stay awake and prepare..
the Lord is coming, always coming...
at Christmas,
in the Blessed Sacrament,
and at the Last Day!
Christmas Flower Donations

You are invited to contribute to assist with the Christmas flowers! We do not budget for these funds, but rely on individual contributions. You may give your contribution in thanksgiving for, or in memory of, someone you love. All names will be listed in the service leaflet. Click  here   to learn more!
Children's Ministry &
The Feast of St. Nicholas
Legend has it that St. Nicholas's, the beloved saint of children and sailors, calmed the waters for seamen and gave money for three young girls for their dowry. Money for the dowry has been represented by gold orbs (oranges) and chocolate covered in gold paper to represent coins.

The official Feast of St. Nicholas is on Friday, December 6, but our Children's Ministry team will be doing something special for the children at St. Mary's Parish Hall during the 10am Mass this Sunday, December 8. Will Saint Nicholas visit us? Children, leave your shoes in the parish hall and see if he fills them! Will he recognize adult shoes, too??? 😊
Private Confession
There will be an opportunity for private confession from 5:00 pm. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19th in St. George's Chapel.

You may also schedule time with the clergy by appointment. Click here to send an email to a member of the clergy.
This Week in the Church Calendar
Thu, Dec 5
  • Clement of Alexandria, Priest, c. 210

Fri, Dec 6

Sat, Dec 7
  • Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, 397

Sun, Dec 8

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!
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

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
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

(816) 842-0975