Historic St. Mary's Church on Capital Hill

Current Covid Protocols

The Diocese recently issued new recommendations from the Bishop's Office that state "Regrettably, several of the counties of our diocese are experiencing a substantial uptick in covid cases. Out of an abundance of caution, and consistent with CDC recommendations, our parishes may want to consider re-instating masking protocols. At the Pastoral Center we are asking all personnel to wear a mask upon entering the building, in all common areas, and when social distancing is not possible, regardless of one's vaccination status. We futher encourage all to do their part to stop the spread by washing their hands frequently, sanitize their workspace regularly and social distance when possible." 

Respectfully, we ask that all follow the recommendations of the Diocese that strongly recommend and encourage the wearing of face masks (by all- including those who have been fully vaccinated) whenever we are inside church. In addition, we encourage the use of hand sanitizers and ask that all continue to follow the directions of the ushers. 

Unless you are arriving with a group or are a part of a family, we ask that you choose your seating in order to maintain a respectful distance from others. When possible, try to maintain a safe distance by leaving an empty pew between groups. Ushers will be glad to assist you in locating appropriate seating (this may include utilizing seats upstairs.) 

For the distribution of communion- all should proceed in lines down the aisles toward the front of the church beginning with the front pews and moving toward the back. Please try to maintain a safe distance. Fully vaccinated people (including Eucharistic ministers, if they desire) need not wear a mask. Those wishing to receive "in the hand" should approach the Eucharistic minister who will be standing at the head of the aisle, reverently receive communion and then return to your seat. Those wishing to receive "on the tongue" -upon reaching the head of the aisle may step to one side and proceed to the altar rail where they may kneel and wait for the Eucharistic minister assigned to the altar rail to approach them to offer communion. Reverently receive communion and then return to your seat. Move slowly, respecting others, while maintaining a safe distance, given the width of the aisles. This process may take a bit longer. We want everyone to stay safe and healthy. 

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Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger



Pastor's Letter


Dear Parish Family,      

It has been a long time since I have written, but I promise that you are in my mind, heart, and prayers daily. I want you to know first of all that I have received every single letter and email that has been sent to me. I cannot answer every one of them individually. But words can never express how grateful I am and how helpful that correspondence is to my healing. Addiction comes with a terrible amount of shame and there is no greater remedy for that than the unconditional love you all have shown. 

Secondly, I want to tell you all that I am continuing by the grace of God to make progress. I was honored and touched to receive a visit recently from the Bishop. I cannot believe that he took time out of his incredible schedule to be present with me and show his support to me. When he left I had the feeling that he really understands the nature of addiction and the time that it takes to address it effectively. I am blessed by his desire that I am healed fully, not necessarily quickly. 

Please continue to pray for me. Prayer really works! And please know that I will remember all of you who have reached out to me as I kneel before the Eucharistic Jesus on Thanksgiving Day! A blessed Thanksgiving to all of you and all of your loved ones. 

With paternal affection,

Father Flannery