Wednesday, February 7, 2018
The Season of Lent at St. Mary's
Ash Wednesday
Mass and Imposition of Ashes
Wednesday, February 14th; 12:00pm Low Mass
7:00pm Solemn High Mass with choir
Lent is an important time of penitence, self-denial, and self-examination for each of us as individuals, and as members of St. Mary's. Join us for a somber beginning to a Holy Lent.

Wednesdays at St. Mary's
Each Wednesday during Lent (beginning Feb 21st)
Stations of the Cross, 6pm
Bible Study and Light Soup Dinner at 6:30pm
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites all Episcopalians to join in reading the Scriptures together during Lent and Easter. The Good Book Club is an invitation to join in reading the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts during Lent-Easter 2018. Episcopalians will start reading Luke on Sunday, February 11 and read a section of Luke’s Gospel every day through the season of Lent. The season of Easter will be devoted to daily readings from the Book of Acts. The daily reading schedule that begin on February 11th can be found here .

Wednesday evenings during Lent, beginning February 21st, we will pray the Stations of the Cross, followed by a facilitated discussion of the readings from Luke or Acts since the last week. Suggested donation for the meal is $5. All are welcome!
  • If you are willing to help with the soup dinners, please click here to email Laura Iorg, or talk to her at church.

Private Confession
A priest will be available to offer spiritual guidance and sacramental confession each Saturday during Lent from 10:00am-10:45am in St. George's Chapel (Saturday, February 17, through Saturday, March 31st, inclusive). Because Downtown Outreach will be using the parish hall at that time, please enter the church through the street entrance on the northwest side of the building. You may also schedule time with Fr. Charles by emailing him at
It's Not Too Late to Submit a Pledge!
Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry to do for our parish community what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us.

Please g ive generously, and know that every pledge counts, no matter the amount!

(Thanks to Ron Hays for this beautiful photograph!)
Communion Practices during Flu Season
Are you concerned about spreading germs at communion? Do you feel that dipping the bread in the wine is more hygienic than drinking from the common cup?

Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that the most hygienic way to receive the wine is from the common cup.

Please click here to read Fr. Charles's recent blog post about this topic.
Last Call: Baptism and Confirmation
If you are interested in pursuing the Christian life by being baptized, or if you would like your child to be baptized, now is the time! There will be a baptism preparation class during Lent at a time convenient for all. The baptisms are scheduled for the Easter Vigil (Sat., March 31) at St. Mary's.

Now is also the time to begin preparation for Confirmation or formal reception into The Episcopal Church. The next scheduled regional confirmation/reception service is Sat., April 7 at 2pm at Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral in downtown Kansas City.

Contact Fr. Charles for more information via email at or via cell at 913-484-2084.
This year, as we have the past two years, we will be joining forces with our sister parish, St. Augustine's, for two of the Holy Week Services. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, March 25th, and ends on Easter Day, April 1st. Here are some details:

  • Palm Sunday. Normal service times: 8:00am and 10:00am.
  • Maundy Thursday at St. Augustine's. 6:00pm. Our choir will sing a beautiful setting of the Ubi Caritas, and St. Augustine's musicians will provide the rest of the music.
  • Good Friday. 6:00pm. The choir is singing a lovely setting of the Passion, and there will be communion from the reserve sacrament.
  • Holy Saturday. A brief Holy Saturday service will occur in place of the 11:05 Mass.
  • The Great Vigil of Easter. 8:00pm. Bishop Marty Field will be the celebrant and preacher. Members of St. Augustine's are invited to join us at St. Mary's for this service.
  • Easter Sunday. Normal service times: 8:00am and 10:00am.
Other Important Dates
  • Absalom Jones Celebration. The diocese will celebrate the Feast of Absalom Jones at St. Augustine's Episcopal Church on Sunday, February 11th. Holy Eucharist at 4:00pm. 2732 Benson, Kansas City, MO 64128.
  • Spirituality unTapped. Tuesday, February 20th, 7pm, International Tap House, 18th and Oak. Visit this page for more details. The question this month is, "What does a disciplined spiritual life look like in today's world?" Spirituality unTapped is a monthly event where young adults from all walks of life get together for good discussion over drinks or coffee. It is jointly hosted by St. Andrews Episcopal Church and St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
Weekly Service Schedule

Low Mass: 8 a.m.   
Solemn High Mass: 10 a.m.

Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.
Sung Mass: 6 p.m. (Stations of the Cross during Lent)

Low Mass: 12:05 p.m.

Low Mass: 11:05 a.m.
Clergy and Staff

Assistant to the Rector
Rector Emeritus
The Reverend Robert M. Hutcherson
Deacon Administrator

Deacon Missioner
The Reverend Kevin G. White
Ms. Rosalyn Powell

Mr. Todd Chenault-Wiseley, Senior Warden
Dr. Michael D. Frost, Junior Warden
Mr. Donald E. Clark
Mr. Richard S. Herndon
Mrs. Faye A. Hopkins
Mrs. Sharon Hunter-Putsch
Mr. Dennis L. Robinson
Canon John L. Schaefer
Mr. David S. Wilcox, II
Ms. Mary Beveridge, Parish Clerk
Ms. Judith B. Brougham, Parish Treasurer 
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