Get Involved

There are many ways to get involved and become a fully engaged member of the community at St. Mary’s. Whether you’re looking for an opportunity to serve, or for a place to feel fulfilled and connected, we are ready and excited to help you find your place with us.

Ministries

Services: We offer three Sunday services every week:

  • Our 9am Holy Eucharist is contemplative, smaller and more modern. In addition to the musical sources listed below, it uses songs from Wonder, Love and Praise.
  • Our 11am service is a traditional Rite Two Holy Eucharist from the Book of Common Prayer with organ and piano. There is a jazz piano prelude, an organ postlude, and hymns from the 1982 Hymnal and Lift Every Voice and Sing. This service is followed by a phenomenal brunch prepared every week by parishioners.
  • Our 1pm service (all except first Sundays) is in Spanish with up-beat music and an intimate vibe.

Food Pantry: the food pantry runs every Tuesday morning from 9:30 to 11am, supplying between 100 and 140 families and individuals with groceries. We welcome newcomers and visitors. New clients should bring a photo ID their first time and plan to come early.

Church/Sunday School: 1st and 3rd Sundays we have Sunday School for kids where they learn Bible stories interactively through Lego tableaux, art and discussion.

Hospitality Committee: the hospitality committee is responsible for organizing everything from our weekly Sunday Brunch, to our larger community events and celebrations. It is also actively involved in engaging new members of the parish and in finding ways for those members to be involved in parish life. For more information about the Hospitality committee, hosting social hour or to get involved, please contact Rev. Edwin.

Twenties and Thirties Fellowship: Our Twenties and Thirties fellowship meets monthly in the evening for prayer, friendship, and a potluck supper, and a couple of times a year for salsa dance. We also are engaged in social justice work in our community, engaging the vibrant and diverse Upham’s Corner neighborhood, mostly notably in 2017 hosting an enormous block party! Contact fellow@stmarysdorchester.org for more information on gatherings and initiatives.

Social Justice Activism: We are members of GBIO (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization), a multi-faith social justice organization, and collaborate with other parishes in our Mission Hub area.

Liturgy

Liturgical Reader/Lector: becoming a lector (the individual who reads Scriptures during service) is a great way for anyone to get involved at St. Mary’s. If you are interested in becoming a reader for the Bible lessons, please contact Rev. Edwin.

Altar Guild: the altar guild is responsible for preparing the vestments, setting up the sanctuary for the priests, and arranging the flowers. They prepare a space for our worship. If you are interested in getting involved in the altar guild, please contact Rev. Edwin.

Membership

Baptism: Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. To arrange a meeting with the Priest-in-Charge or the Assistant Priest to discuss baptism, or for any baptism-related questions, please contact the Rev. Edwin Johnson.

Eucharist/Communion: The Holy Eucharist is the principal act of Christian worship, instituted at the Last Supper when Christ commanded his disciples to “do this” in remembrance of him. Christ’s presence is truly known in the Holy Sacrament and his presence is also truly known in the gathered eucharistic community. The Eucharist, or “Thanksgiving”, is the central Christian remembrance of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. All baptized Christians are invited to partake.

Confirmation: In the course of their Christian development, those baptized at an early age are expected, when they are ready, to make a mature public affirmation of their faith and to receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. Those baptized as adults (unless baptized with the laying on of hands by a bishop) are also expected to make a public affirmation of their faith in the presence of a bishop and to receive the laying on of hands. For more information about confirmation, confirmation classes or to schedule a meeting with the Priest-in-Charge please contact Rev. Edwin.

Pledging: Showing regular, pledged financial support of any amount is a simple, and practical way to be involved at St. Mary’s and to take ownership in the life of the community. For more information about pledging or to request a pledge card, please contact the Rev. Edwin. Or, download a Pledge Card and return it to us by mail.

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