Helpful Information


What do I wear?

Many people at St. Mary's, but not all, “dress up” (i.e. coat and tie for men).  You are invited to come dressed however you are most comfortable.

What are the different books in the pews?

When you arrive, an usher will give you an order of service which will lead you through the service.  We use two books during our worship:  The Book of Common Prayer (black cover) which contains all of our liturgies as well as various collects and prayers and The Hymnal 1982 (blue cover) which includes music for all of our congregational singing.

Who can receive Communion at St. Mary's?

Central to Episcopal/Anglican worship is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist (also called the Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper or the Mass). The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament commanded by Christ for the continual remembrance of his life, death, and resurrection, until his coming again. The Eucharist, the Church's sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, is the way by which the sacrifice of Christ is made present, and in which he unites us to his one offering of Himself.

All baptized Christians are invited to receive Communion.  You may receive both the bread (the Body of Christ) and the wine (the Blood of Christ), or just the bread.  If you do not wish to receive communion, you are invited to come to the altar rail to receive a blessing, indicating this by placing your arms across your chest. 

If you are interested in the sacrament of Baptism, please contact any of our priests. 

How do I receive more information about St. Mary's?

On the back of each pew are Visitor Cards.  We encourage you to fill one out when you visit and drop it in the offering plate.  One of our clergy or lay leaders will then be in contact with you.  You may also email the Parish Office and ask to be adding to our mailing list. 


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