Staying Connected
Please join us this weekend for worship in person (church)
Saturday at 5:30 pm or Sunday at 9:00 am.
Rector's Corner
June 18, 2021

Dear Family in Christ,

What a gorgeous Thursday it is today. I was pleasantly surprised as I ended a zoom meeting from the rectory and heard the piano playing in the church, then a voice singing the Ave Maria growing ever clearer. We all know how the Blessed Mother speaks to me. Lisa thought I was hearing things, but the voice was so beautiful it drew me closer.
I rushed over to the church to discover Milla playing with her friend who was singing. I quietly sat without their notice and took in all the feels of the spirit that drew me in.
As they finished and noticed me, we chatted for a while. Milla's friend and I had something in common, our catholic upbringing, our love for monastic life, the benedictine rule, and the gregorian chant. She teaches music at the monastery and offered to teach me how to site read. The spirit reminded me of who I am and from where I come. Every now and again we need that. God surely knew I needed that breath of peace in my day as I prepare for five services over the course of three days.

Tonight I am rereading the rule of St. Benedict that I have carried with me through my life's journey and reflecting upon benedictine values as they apply to communal living in the world and in our church.

In the Rule, Benedict tells his monks and nuns that a balance of prayer, work, study, and leisure (renewal) is their way, that the Divine Office is their work (opus dei), and the vows of stability, conversion, and obedience are their commitments. The Divine office is similar to our Daily office. Imagine prayer being your work or a part thereof. It is, to work on deepening our faith, love, commitment, and relationship to our God. How often do you pray throughout your day?

The values of a benedictine life are as follows:


The Rule of St. Benedict is timeless. The wisdom of it lies in its flexibility, its tolerance for individual differences, and its openness to change. For over 1500 years, it has remained a powerful and relevant guide for those who would seek God in the ordinary circumstances of life. 

Benedictine values are as necessary today as they were in the sixth century. Who could look at the "greed is good" legacy of the times and not desire change? In an era of countless personal and societal sins materialism and racism and the destruction of the earth through waste and carelessness – Benedict's Rule remains a powerful alternative, another way of viewing life and people and things that finds meaning in the ordinary and makes each day a revelation of the divine.

"Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ,
and may he bring us all together to everlasting life."
Rule of Benedict 72:11-12

I am grateful for my encounter with Christ today and for the spirit that moved me. May you too have an encounter that awakens your soul and enlivens your spirit.


Mo. Allison+

If you would like a pastoral visit or a visit from one of our
Eucharistic Ministers, please contact Mo. Allison.
Happy Father's Day!

A Father’s Day Prayer

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives. Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask for Your blessings for them all – and forgiveness where it is needed. This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways – both big and small – they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent – grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches – all the men who reveal your love one day at a time, best as they are able. For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You, day by day. In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen. 

Chuck Currie, Director of Center for Peace and Spirituality
It's good to be open again!
Coffee Hour has returned!

Come and enjoy coffee and fellowship on Sunday mornings after the 9 am service.
A sign-up sheet is posted on the kitchen door.

Alanon has resumed meeting in the parish hall Friday mornings at 10 AM.

SUNDAY PARKING: Sturdy Bank lot and Fred's Tavern lot may be used.
Please remove your car from Fred's before 12 noon. (The meters are off until 10 AM.)
SATURDAY PARKING: Sturdy Bank lot is available.

*** BAPTISMS ***

Lochlainn Charlotte and her mother, Elizabeth, will be baptized on the beach on the 101st St. Pavilion on Sunday, June 20th at 11 AM.

Benjamin Orwig will be baptized on Sunday, July 4th at 9:00 am.


A memorial service for Lisa Simmons Minakowski will take place on Saturday, June 19th at 11 AM.

The memorial service for Barbara Eckhardt will be held on Monday,
June 21st at 11 AM.

The Memorial Service for Timothy Fitzgerald Noble will take place on Saturday, July 24th at 1:00 pm

For a list of all upcoming events and meetings, please see the calendar on our website at

Mo. Allison's
Official Installation as our Rector will take place on
July 25th at 12:00 pm.
More details of the installation and the Bishop's visitation will soon follow.
Important Communication Reminders

Mother Allison may be reached on her mobile phone at 551-697-6133.

Morning Prayer is Tuesday-Friday via Zoom. Mother is available immediately following morning prayer to those who join to answer any questions, hear your concerns, or for pastoral care.

If you are in need of a home visit or wish to receive the Eucharist, please call Mother directly.

The Vestry is once again meeting in person in the Hall. All vestry meetings are posted to the calendar on our website. Anyone may attend vestry meetings.

With the building now open all vestry meeting minutes will once again be posted on the bulletin board as they are available.

Our newsletter is distributed via email every Friday morning. If you would like to add to the newsletter, please email the office with your entry.

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR on our website for all activities taking place throughout the week.
A Church that Prays Together Stays Together!
God the King of Glory, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give you thanks for all those who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant them your mercy and the light of your presence; give us a sense of your will and purpose, that we may understand that the work you have begun in them will be perfected through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in whom all strife is resolved. Amen. 

In addition to our regular prayer list, we are introducing a new, easy accessible way to add you or a loved one to our daily prayers. You may access this link at any time for prayers or additions.

Summer at St. Mary's
Worship at the Beach, our "Come as you are" service on the 101st St. Beach Pavilion returns July 10th!
We're moving the Saturday service from the church to the beach for the summer months. Plan to join us for a relaxed worship service in a glorious setting!

Our Thursdays on the Lawn concerts are set for Summer 2021 with a terrific line up! We'll get off to a great start with the super popular group Three and One on July 8th. One of our favorites, The Snake Brothers, continues our summer concert series on July 15th, followed by The Quietmen on July 22nd,
Marnie and Nate on July 29th, and C. Lynne Smith on August 5th. We'll wrap up on August 12th with Three and One. Bring some friends and
plan to join us on the front lawn this summer!
Coming to St. Mary's
in July...
Summertime will be exploding with fun, fun fun!
July 6 - July 30th
Download the flyer here!
STEM Lab Extravaganza - Week of 7/6
9 registrations

Loose in the Lab - Week of 7/12
8 registrations

Final Frontiers - Week of 7/19
9 registrations

Jr. Explorers - Week of 7/26
12 registrations

Altar Flowers
The flowers on the altar this Sunday are given
by Matthew & Susan Dowling
in celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary
on June 19th
Happy Birthday to
Cindy O'Connor on June 20th and
Abigail Greenberg on June 24th!
Happy Anniversary to
Matthew & Susan Dowling on June 19th and
Stephen and Louise Mihalek on June 21st!
We're sending Best Wishes
from St. Mary's to
Margaret Bennett

If you would like to reach out to Margaret with a card or phone call,
she would love to hear from you!
Her address is: 200 Sunrise Blvd., Apt 215, Exton, PA 19341
Lectionary Text for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 7
Worship Services
Saturday 5:30 pm in person (church)

Sunday 9:00 AM in person (church) and

Service will be posted by 11:00 AM on St. Mary's website
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