Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, May 26, 2022
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Holy Eucharist
May 29th @ 9AM

We welcome Rev. Julie Mudge as our supply clergy this Sunday.

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Moving Forward Update

A special parish meeting will take place this Sunday immediately following the 9AM service. Please plan on attending to help complete our Self Study so that we can move forward calling a Priest in Charge.

If you are unable to attend please complete the 4 question self study on your own and return it by Sunday, May 29th. A separate email with the self study questions will be sent this morning.
Dear Companions in Christ in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut
We write in the wake of the horrific elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas where nineteen young children and two teacher/adult care givers were shot dead yesterday. Our hearts break for all those who have lost loved ones, especially those who are children, in this heinous act of gun violence. We pray for all who have been affected by this horror. We pray that our loving creator will hold the school children and teacher in God’s loving embrace of life immortal. We pray for the families and loved ones who grieve this day with an unfathomable loss. And we give thanks for the first responders and medical professionals who have selflessly given of themselves to protect and aid those who have been affected. May Christ’s peace be with all who mourn. And may the truth of Jesus’ triumph over death in the resurrection we celebrate this Easter season give hope and courage to all who grieve this day.
The circumstances of the Uvalde shooting are strikingly reminiscent of our own Sandy Hook tragedy. So much of yesterday’s shooting are strikingly similar to those of December 14, 2012: a lone young male gunman, the shooting of a family member of the gunman on the way to the mass shooting, the killing of scores of innocent children in an elementary school, and the death of an adult teacher trying to protect the children. The facts bring back the awful memories and feelings of ten years ago. Trauma is real, and the trauma that we all felt from Sandy Hook has surfaced again with the realities of yesterday’s horror. As your bishops, we invite you to connect with one another for love and support in this time of re-traumatization. Speak with your clergy person about what you are feeling. Work together as clergy and lay leaders to hold your community in love and care with prayer, liturgical offerings, and community events. Clergy, connect with colleagues and counselors to share what you are feeling and experiencing. And reach out to us and/or Dr. Louisa Baker, Director of our Clergy and Family Assistance Program, to access spiritual and mental health care. Together we can help each other get through this time of re-traumatization.
We have been in touch with Bishop David Reed, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, assuring him of our love and prayers. He was so thankful to hear form us as companion bishops who, sadly, have sat in the same seat he now occupies. Please pray for Bishop David and all in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas in these difficult days, that they will be given the words and actions needed to bring about healing and support.
Finally, siblings in Christ, we must work together to end gun-violence in this nation. This senseless killing has got to stop. This is not how a civilized society acts. We urge you to do all in your power, as followers of Jesus, as citizens of this nation, to bring an end to gun-violence. We commend the resources of Bishops United Against Gun Violence as a resource for your prayer and action. 
May the peace of Christ that surpasses all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Christ in this difficult time.
Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding. Deal graciously with the families of the victims of the Uvalde school shooting in their grief. Surround them with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss, but have confidence in your goodness, and strength to meet the days to come; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens, Bishop Suffragan
Snacks for Kids Collection

We are supplying Bennet Academy students with snacks for the end of the school year. Please bring donations with you to church and place them in the basket in the Narthex until June 5th.

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 -
Becoming Beloved Community 

June 4, 5, 11, & 12 - a four-day workshop on Racial Awareness, Anti-Racism/Anti-Bias training. 

The workshop is FREE. All four days are required. Please CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

The Rev. Jeffrey Mello, Rector of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, Massachusetts, was elected on May 21 as the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, pending the required consents from a majority of bishops with jurisdiction and standing committees of the Episcopal Church. 

Rev. Mello was elected on the sixth ballot out of a slate of five nominees. He received 129 votes of 225 cast in the lay order and 113 of 175 cast in the clergy order. An election on that ballot required 114 in the lay order and 89 in the clergy order. The election was held during the diocese’s special election convention at the Connecticut Convention Center, as well as an auxiliary location at Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, CT. Pending a successful consent process, Rev. Mello will succeed the Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas, Ph.D., who announced his retirement just over one year ago. 

Under the canons of the Episcopal Church, a majority of bishops exercising jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees must consent to the bishop-elect’s ordination as bishop within 120 days of receiving notice of the election. 

Rev. Mello addressed the convention via a projected Zoom video call, which was also live streamed to an additional 300+ individuals tuned in at the time. “I am humbled and I am honored that you have chosen me to be your 16th bishop of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut,” said Rev. Mello. “With my whole heart, my whole mind, and my whole body I accept your election and invitation to serve as your next bishop diocesan…I cannot wait to be with you, grow with you, to join you in the work that lays ahead.” 

The consecration is scheduled to take place October 15, 2022, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. 

The Episcopal Church in Connecticut has over 60,000 baptized members in over 150 parishes and worshiping communities in its six Regions. Learn more at          
Come Knit in Public June 11

Last reminder for knitters! The Creative Caring Hands group will celebrate the “18th International Knitting-in Public Day” on Saturday, June 11, at 10 am. on the lawn at St. Mary’s Church. Bring your lawn chair, knitting project, coffee, a snack, and a friend. And bring any yarn you don’t need to a “mini-yarn-swap.” And maybe you’ll find some yarn that you DO need! Contact Ruth
Manchester Farmer's Markets Return

The Spruce Street Farmers Markets will be returning this summer with even more dates to buy produce and goods from local farms and small businesses. Every Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., join us at Market Field at 153 & 163 Spruce Street to enjoy time with friends and family while supporting the local community and Connecticut small businesses

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Get free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order a 3rd round of free at-home tests. Order yours today.

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Need help placing an order for your at-⁠home tests?
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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
Lincoln Specht
Janice Poggi
Dee Reguin
Wes Fedorchak
Bill Sargent
Kelvin & Aleesha Rogers
Janet Forzley
Ralph Sulliven
Baby Drue - Anne Stanleys 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

The election of Rev Jeffery Mello to be our next ECCT’s Bishop Diocesan.

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, Vernon
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.