Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, May 12, 2022
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*In-Person & Livestream*

Holy Eucharist
May 15 @ 9AM

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We welcome The Rev. Derek Stefanovsky as our supply clergy this Sunday.


Thank you for voting - we appreciate your prayerful consideration on how best to guide the future of St. Mary's faith community. We received 100 voting forms out of the 131 mailed. The results are:

Merge with St. John's Episcopal, Vernon: 63 votes or 63% 
Stay and Build at St. Mary's: 32 votes or 32%
Invalid (no name on voting form): 5 votes or 5% 

A clear majority favor pursuing a merger - a process that will likely not be completed until the fall of 2023. During this time, St. Mary's will remain open and will continue to be a presence in Manchester.

While we transition, all of us will be asked to help when, where and how we're able. More information on next steps and our new priest-in-charge will be available next week as Bishop Laura and Amber Gehr of ECCT will be our guests at the vestry meeting on May 17.

Faithfully and on behalf of St. Mary's Vestry

Joy Dorin 
Snacks for Kids Collection

The school nurse at Bennet 5th & 6th Grade Academy has reached out to us and asked if we can help replenish their school snack supply for the remaining 6 weeks of school (the last day of school is June 23rd).

We will do an emergency collection of individually packaged snacks beginning this Sunday and ending June 5th. There will be baskets in the Narthex over the next 4 weeks and each Monday the donated items will be brought over to Bennet so they can be shared during the week.

Need ideas?? Think granola bars, Cheese-Itz, pretzels, goldfish, popcorn. They ask to stay away from sugary snacks and cannot accept snacks that contain peanuts. The items needs to be in individually packaged.

Monetary donations can be placed in the offertory plate or sent to the office and marked with school snacks in the memo line.

Let's step up for our partner school and feed some hungry students!
Questions? See Sarah Tierinni -
MACC Community Threads Thrift Shoppe

MACC's onsite thrift store, Community Threads is in need of children’s clothing from newborn to size 10/12 in both girls and boys. If you have clothes to donate please drop them in the drop box on the ramp at 466 Main St or during open hours Mon through Fri 10:00am – 1:40pm and Sat 10:00am – 12:40pm

Due to a COVID exposure, the Meet & Greets with the Nominees for our XVI Bishop Diocesan have been moved online only via Zoom. Registration is still required to join the Zoom meeting and space is limited. Registration is available for the upcoming Zoom Meet & Greets via the Bishop Search & Transition website. The Northeast Regions Meet & Greet will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 10a-12p.

The meetings will also be live streamed on the ECCT YouTube channel. The recordings will be available after each livestream is over.

We sincerely regret this last-minute change. Please hold all our nominees in prayer as they adjust to this transition.

CLICK HERE to register for the ZOOM event

Please note: if you have previously registered for an upcoming in person Meet & Greet, please go to the Bishop Search & Transition website and re-register via the Zoom registration link.
The 30th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 14th

The 30th Annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday May 14th. Collect and bag non-perishable food items and place them at your mailbox before the normal mail delivery time. Your carrier will take it back to the post office to then be donated directly to MACC Charities and Second Congregational Church’s Pantry right here in Manchester.
Share Your Joy!
For the June issue of St. Mary’s monthly “Happenings” newsletter, you’re invited to share a photo of something that gave you joy this spring. It may be an Easter celebration, a wedding, a christening -- or anything that made you happy. Send your photo and a brief description to Noreen Kirk ( by Friday, May 20 so others at St. Mary’s can share your joy.
Northeast Region Events
Shared by Maggie Breen
NE Regional Missionary

May 26th there will be a Zoom Open House to get to know the 20’s and 30’s Ministry Network. This is not only for people in that age range, but also for people who care about people in that age range. Information and registration can be found here:

An anti-racism training is being brought to us from Rev. Canon Ranjit Mathews, our Canon for Mission Advocacy, Racial Justice, & Reconciliation and the Kaleidoscope Institute. This is a FOUR DAY training schedule, June 4 & 5, and June 11 & 12. Attendees must attend all four sessions to get credit for doing an anti-racism training. You may recall that the Convention voted to support people in leadership roles within our parishes to go through anti-racism training. This is a pilot program, and hopefully more will be available in the Fall. This training is free and will not be recorded. More information and registration can be found here:
@ 7:30pm

Monday: Karen A
Wednesday: Andrea
Friday: Sharon

This short service from The Book of Common Prayer can be found in the BCP on page 127 or you may access the prayer book online at

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If you would like to make a pledge for 2022 to the mission of St. Mary's Church please CLICK HERE for the form and return it to the office at any point in the year.
NOTE: Prayer List Update 

We will be updating the St. Mary's parish prayer list in July. Please send prayer requests you want added or continued to:
Prayers of the People
Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers.
All those suffering in mind, body, or spirit
Mary Rolfe
Lynette Wilson
Beth Lavalette
Dean Fedorchak
Linda Feltcher
Denise Donez
Laura and Naomi
Geoff Olivier
Mike Melaniphy
Pam Sargent
Jane Bensche
Ellen Schmedding
Jessica Gustow
Joan Stauch
Shirley McGarry
Peg McCoan
Tom and Nancy Mann
Kristen Bourque Knox 
Sylvia, Carlson and Carlson, Jr.
Meg Warner
Deb K.
Pat Georgeady
Beth Stafford
Joanne Hansen
Karen Armogida
Carol Mallett
Linda Hollingsworth
Kristopher Armogida
Michelle L. & Family
Rick & Sylvia Armogida
Jennifer and Jerry Hrycyszyn
Hrycyszyn Family in Ukraine
Baby Blake
Lea Dubiel
Joseph Longo
John Fedorchak
Marsha Coombs
Lincoln Specht
Janice Poggi
Dee Reguin
Wes Fedorchak
Bill Sargent
Kelvin & Aleesha Rogers
Janet Forzley
Ralph Sullivan
Baby Drue-Anne Stanley's preemie granddaughter
Veronica Feragne
Laurice Hartzell
Betty King

Anna Robillard
Elza Ozols Bailey
Des O’Neill
Eric (Ric) Sawyer
Bruce Sheftel
Woody Lopes
Janice Roman Clack
Barbara Skoog
Jack Cianfaglione
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Martha Winzler
Jackie Britton
Frankie Abetz
Roberta Bryce
John Poggi
Kevin Kingsbury
Edith Dubiel

For comfort for their families and for all who mourn

Thanksgiving for

Rev Ann as begins new ministry at Seabury Retirement Community

Our Wardens, Officers & Vestry leadership

For our partner school, Bennet Academy

For the work of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

For our friends at Concordia, Emanuel and Saint John’s
Please send any prayer requests to Pat Georgeady either at or via phone 860-432-0098. Pat will relay the prayer need to the prayer team and will update the Prayers of the People list weekly.