Ancient worship. Affirming Faith. Genuine love.
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Daylight savings time begins this Sunday, March 8.

Set your clocks one hour ahead on Saturday night so you won't be late for church!
Communion During the Spread of COVID-19 Virus
Dear St. Mary's Family,

The coronavirus COVID-19 is spreading through the U.S., causing anxiety for many of us, particularly as it relates to public gatherings. Here are the precautions we're taking at St. Mary's:

  • You are always free to receive communion only in one kind (e.g. only the bread). The doctrine of concomitance states that since Christ is indivisible, no one part of Christ's substance can be divided. Thus, Christ's body can not be separated from his blood which means that Christ's full presence is in each element fully.
  • From a scientific perspective, the safest way to receive the wine is by sipping from the chalice.
  • The least sanitary way to receive communion is by self-intinction (the practice of the communicant dipping the host into the wine). Please do not dip the host into the chalice. We have very few at St. Mary's who do this, but due to the risks involved with this virus, I have instructed the clergy and chalice bearers to enforce this guideline beginning this Sunday.
  • If you strongly wish to receive both the bread and the wine and do not wish to sip from the cup, keep the host in your hand, and the chalice bearer will intinct for you and place the host on your tongue.
  • The clergy and chalice bearer(s) will wash our hands immediately before the service begins. We will also apply hand sanitizer just before the altar is set up for communion, and again before distributing the elements.
  • Consider exchanging the Peace with your neighbors verbally or with a head nod, rather than with a hand shake or a hug.

Many bishops in affected regions are instructing the clergy to serve communion only in one kind, and are prohibiting touching at the Peace. If the virus arrives in Kansas City, I expect that Bishop Field will follow suit and issue similar guidelines.

In the meantime, wash your hands, stay home if you're sick, and remain calm! See you soon in church!

Fr. Charles


  • The Diocese of West Missouri has compiled an extensive list of resources here.
  • To see some examples of bishops in areas directly affected by the virus issuing formal pastoral directives about this matter, click here and here.
  • For citations from peer reviewed scientific literature related to receiving from the common cup, check out the bottom of this parish newsletter.

Wednesdays During Lent
You are invited to make Wednesdays at St. Mary's part of your Lenten devotion! Because of the layout of the calendar this year, we only have three Wednesday evenings for Stations of the Cross , Dinner, and a discussion. **Please note that the Wednesday evening service times will vary throughout Lent.

March 11
6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
6:20-7:00 Soup Dinner and Discussion

March 18
Eve of the Feast of St. Joseph
6:30 p.m. Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of the Rector

March 25
6:00 p.m. High Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

April 1
6:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross
6:20-7:00 Soup Dinner and Discussion

Thank you to Kristina Buckholz, Virginia Murray, and Betty Iorg for providing the meals!
Urban Necessities Project
The  Urban Necessities Project , a ministry of St. Mary's, St. Augustine's, and Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, is a collaborative effort to serve the City Center community in Kansas City. Contact Project Manager,  Jen Dean,  for more information, or if you are interested in volunteering.

If you'd like to donate, we will continue collecting the following items through March . Please adhere to the guidelines. It is important that items are easily transported and accommodate as many needs as possible. All items should be new and unused.

  • Body wash - standard size (18 oz), unscented or gender neutral
  • Body lotion - standard size (12-18 oz), unscented or gender neutral 
  • Shampoo - standard size (13 oz), unscented or gender neutral
  • Toothpaste - travel size 
  • Feminine hygiene products (pads or tampons) - small packages that are easily transported by the community we serve
  • Men’s deodorant - standard size (approx. 3 oz)
  • Men’s and women’s socks

Thank you so much!
Private Confession
A priest will be available to offer spiritual guidance and sacramental confession at the following times: 

Saturday, March 21st: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, April 2nd: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You may also schedule time with Fr. Charles by clicking   here.
Sung Compline
Sunday, March 15
7:00-7:30 pm

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.

St. Mary's Belles
Luncheon at Judith Brougham's
Monday, March 23 at 11:15pm
Lakeview Village at the Heritage Building
9100 Park Street

Tea and Coffee following luncheon
14100 West 90th Terrace, Apt. 219

Please RSVP to Judith, so that she may reserve space at her facility.
The cost is $10
St. Mary's Arts and Crafts Group
We will meet Thursday March 26th from 10am -2pm in the Parish Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch. All are welcome!
This Week in the Church Calendar
Thu, Mar 5
  • Perpetua and her Companions, Martyrs and Carthage, 202

Sun, Mar 8

Mon, Mar 9
  • Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 394

Tue, Mar 10
  • Harriet Ross Tubman, Social Reformer, 1913

Thu, Mar 12

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. (once per month-see website)

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

Parish Administrator

Director of Music/Choirmaster
Choral Assistant

Ms. Rosalyn Powell

Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Senior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark, Junior Warden
Mrs. Sylvia Rose Augustus
Bonnie Haupt
Mrs. Betty Iorg,
Mr. Chris McQueeny, Treasurer
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. Chris Steinauer
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