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. Many young adults are also on our social justice activism group (see below). Contact fellow@stmarysdorchester.org for more information on gatherings and initiatives.

Social Justice Activism: We have an active social justice team made up of parishioners and neighbors which focuses on issues of gentrification and violence in Upham’s Corner. In the spring of 2017, the group hosted a listening campaign and threw a neighborhood block party to celebrate! We are a Level 1 Sanctuary Church, willing to house undocumented immigrants facing deportation. We are also members of GBIO (Greater Boston Interfaith Organization), a multi-faith organizing group, 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.

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.

Membership

Baptism: Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. Baptisms and baptism consultations are welcome! Please contact Rev. Edwin.

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. Confirmation classes and consultations are available on request.

Pledging: Pledges are commitments to supporting the parish community, typically of money, time, skills or resources. Showing regular, pledged support is a simple and practical way to be involved at St. Mary’s and to take ownership of our life together. You can download a pledge card and return it to Rev. Edwin or fill it out online. You can set up recurring gifts here.

For any questions, or if you want to get involved in any of our ministries, please contact Rev. Edwin.

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