Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 3.3.19

Saint Mary's Weekly News

3 March 2019 – Last Sunday after the Epiphany

Mardi Gras Pancake Feast

and Variety Show at Saint Mary's:  March 3, 4-6 PM

  Entertainment at its finest will occur the Sunday before

Mardi Gras – Shrove Sunday!  Andrea Myles-Hunkin, the shy,

modest, parishioner will be MC of the Variety Show

     Again this year we'll begin with mask-making, a prayer,

burning last year's palm for this year's ashes, packing up the Alleluia for Lent and taking to the crypt! Then we'll gorge on Pancakes and the entertainment begins!!     We want everyone to have fun, relax and laugh away their winter blues right before the Lenten season.  For more information or to talk about your act, please contact Megan Akers


Serving the World

Book, Bread, & Soup Sale:  March 16, 9 AM to 1 PM

·       Please sign up in the auditorium to help with the sale:  before, during and after all needed!

·       Purchase greeting cards NOW! Many varieties in kitchen area

·       Invite your friends to shop!

·       FMI, contact, Betsy ( or Jan ( 

                                 Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)   

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 0 to 14.  We gather all together beginning at 9:30am for Formation in the lower level of the Parish House with classes beginning at 10am.  For more information on Guiding RAY, please visit our website .

The Nursery opens at 9:30am on regular Sundays for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist. Please contact Alison Hayward,, if you are able to assist her with care. 

This week in Guiding RAY This week in Guiding RAY we will begin learning all about the Ten Commandments and how we know that they are God's rules. The Ten Commandments are much more than rules people need to follow. The Commandments help us to understand the way in which God already loves us and accepts us, and how we are free to love God and serve one another.

Saint Mary's RSCM Youth Choirs:

The Youth Choir Program has two choirs to adjust to the age groups of the children. 

St. Cecilia Choir (open to ages 8-15) rehearse in the choir room, Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm

Angel Choir (open to ages 4-7) join the St. Cecilia choristers on Sundays from 9:30-10am.

Young Life of Casco Bay

Every Monday night (when school is in session) at 7:31 PM in a cool barn at 41 Stapleford Dr in Falmouth. For ALL area high school students. The BEST thing happening on a Monday night – guaranteed! FMI, visit

Gatherings & Events

March 6 is Ash Wednesday: The Invitation to a Holy Lent

There will be multiple opportunities for everyone to observe this special day of fasting, prayer and self-denial. In addition, if anyone would like ashes brought to a homebound member, please call the Parish Office right away.

Our Ash Wednesday schedule will be:

·       12noon:          Ash Wednesday liturgy – in the Sanctuary

·         4pm:   Ash Wednesday for Families and Youth – in the Chapel

·         6pm:  Ash Wednesday liturgy with music – in the Sanctuary

Common Ground in Lent: Faith and Science in the 21st Century

5 - 7pm    Please bring soup, salad or bread to share together. We will keep these meals simple in Lent - except for Pi(e) night on 3.14 when we all bring our favorite savory or sweet pie to share.  The food is available throughout the 2 hours; come when you can.

5:45pm    The presentation and discussion begins. We will end around 6:45 to clean up.

 Thursday, February 28 - It's the Law!  Chief Kilbride and Chief Rumsey (Police chiefs of Falmouth and Cumberland) will talk about a day in the life of a police officer.  They'll speak about trends in area crime and how the average citizen can support our first responders.  No matter where you live, their comments will be applicable to the Greater Portland area.

Thursdays in Lent: Faith & Science topics

March 7:         How Can Science and Faith Inform Each Other?

March 14:  God and the Cosmos (and PI(E) Day)

March 21:  Creation and Evolution

March 28: Quantum Physics and Eternity

April 4:           The Bible and Genetics

April 11:           Life and Death


ADULT Formation groups:  9:30 AM on each regular Sunday

              "A Testament of Devotion"  concludes today (March 3).

            "The Practices of the Desert" begins March 10

Fr. Nathan will share with us the insights he has learned from his in-depth study of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. Each week, we will read a new story and learn a new phrase to carry with us and to use as a tool for our growth in Christ. These teachings challenge all of us, so come ready to explore new ideas. All are welcome!

            Guided Meditations in the Chapel: "Be Still"

With centering prayer, we promise that you will leave the chapel with a wonderful sense of peace, calm and renewal. Everyone is welcome.

Lenten Gatherings begin this week!

·       Faith and Science:  Thursday evenings 5:45-6:45 with potluck at 5pm

Creation and Evolution. Quantum physics and Eternity. The Bible and Genetics. These are some of the topics that we will explore at Common Ground in Lent. We will watch brief videos of experts speaking and then talk among ourselves. All ideas are welcome! Come and join the conversation.

·       Be Still:  Monday evenings  5:30 – 6:30pm, beginning March 11

There is no more precious season than Lent to search for moments of peaceful communion with God in the Father James Chapel. With centering prayer, we can promise that you will leave the chapel with a sought-for peace, calm and renewal. Please join us!

·        Be Still:  Sunday mornings 9:30 - 10am beginning March 10

Our Sunday contemplative formation time will continue into Lent.   Lent is often thought of as a season of renunciation, denial and penitence.  But we'll change that up a bit (Jesus was always changing things up, right?) and concentrate on the theme of gifts.  The gifts of Lent might include an opportunity for spiritual rest, the aptitude for humility or the flair for compassion.  Lent is also the time to identify the gifts we'd like to cultivate in ourselves all year through.  Come and join us for a bit of silence and gentle conversation. 

·       Lent Madness:  beginning March 7

Join in the fun and learning!  Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. This is a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church's Calendar of Saints. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen, and so forth to the Elate Eight, the Faithful Four and finally the Golden Halo is awarded on Holy Wednesday.  Brackets are available at or in the parish house. 

·       Other Lenten links and resources:

      SSJE online reflections:    Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

Two Lenten Quiet Day opportunities at Saint Mary's

Saturday, March 23,  9am - 2pm – led by the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross

Saturday, March 30,  9am - 12noon – led by our own Saint Marians

Exploring Wabanaki History
As a follow-up to the screenings of the powerful documentary, Dawnland, St. Bart's in Yarmouth will be hosting an interactive story-telling experience, "Exploring Wabanaki History" on Saturday, March 2, 12:30pm - 2:30pm.  A second exercise has been added for 3:30pm - 5:30pm on the same day.  Maine-Wabanaki REACH facilitators will guide us in learning about the events in the colonizing history of Wabanaki people and its impact on Indigenous people. The event is interactive, with participants representing both the Wabanaki people and Europeans and their descendants.  

The event is free.  Please register by contacting either Ann Donnaghy 846-0736, or Carla Hunt 206-251-8694,

Snowshoe / Hiking Trip, Friday to Saturday, March 29 - 30

All are invited to join our Sr. Warden, Jim Kane and others for a fun and moderately challenging snowshoe hike in the Kingfield Maine area.

We will travel by car from Saint Mary's the early evening (5:30PM or so) on Friday, March 29, to parishioner Mike Edward's winter heated house outside Kingfield Maine (~2 hrs. from Saint Mary's), make a late dinner, select the next day's hike based on weather conditions and ability/desire of the participants, sleep inside, wake, make breakfast, pack snacks and lunch, hit the trail by 8:30 AM, back to Mike's by 5PM, depart home by 7PM, arrive back at Saint Mary's by 9PM.

Please RSVP (call or text) to Jim Kane cell 207-329-1764 … space is limited to +/- 8 folks ages 12+.

Community Care & Nurture

Chapel Eucharist will take a break this week and resume on 3/14

Noonday Prayer: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays in the Chapel  

Pause for 10 minutes of prayer together. You are also invited, wherever you may be, to STOP and PRAY with us in the Spirit at 12 noon for those in need, for our parish family, our bishop, and our own daily life with God.

Communicating with Nathan+   

Feel free to contact Fr. Nathan at any time if you wish to speak with him.  You can call or text his cell anytime at 207-310-0268  or e-mail him directly at but know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he's away on vacation.

Prayer Concerns for this weekBruce Fossett, Holly, Mimi Hilton, Clarinda Schmidlapp, Norma Jean Brilliant, Karon Velek, Angelica Barrett, Dawn Peterson, Erin Ferrell, Chandra Lowe, Bucky, Stewart Stalnecker, Nolan Farris, Frank Rheaume. 

IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THE PRAYER LIST, write them on the Sunday Prayer List found in the Narthex or contact the Office (781-3366 or

This Week at Saint Mary's

Sunday, March 3    Last Sunday after Epiphany

                                      8:00am          Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)

                                                            9:30am Formation for all ages – Adults and Youth

                                                            10:15am Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)

                                                                                                    4 - 6 pm     Mardi Gras Variety Show and Pancake Feast

Monday                   4     12noon            Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                      5-6:30            Foreside Common in Kneeler Room (March 3 & 4)

                                      6:30 pm          Bell choir rehearsal

                                      7:00pm           Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in auditorium

Tuesday                   5     7 - 9am          BNI in the auditorium

                                                                9:30a - 1p          Art Group in the Auditorium

                                                10:30am          Wisdom Seekers Bible Study – all are welcome

                                      12 noon           Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                      12:45pm           Staff meeting

                                      4:30 pm          St. Cecilia choir rehearsal

                                      7:00 pm          AA in the auditorium

                                      7:30 pm          Al-Anon in the Chapel (6:30pm Beginner's Al-Anon)

Wednesday           6             Ash Wednesday

                                             12 noon                 Ash Wednesday liturgy in the Sanctuary

                                    4:00PM            Ash Wednesday for families in the Chapel

                                             6:00PM                 Ash Wednesday liturgy with choir in the Sanctuary

                                      6 8 pm          SinG rehearsal in the Auditorium

Thursday                 7     12noon          Noonday Prayer ONLY

                                      1:00PM          CARE group meeting

                                      1 - 3 PM         Falmouth Knitters

                                      2:00pm           Merton Group in the Chapel

                                      5 - 7pm           FAITH AND SCIENCE – Lent Potluck & Program

                                      6:00pm           Dowsers in the Guild Room

                                      7:00pm           SM Choir rehearsal

Friday                      8     Parish Offices are closed on Fridays 

                                      12noon          Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                      5:00pm           Souper Supper followed by Classic Cinema

                                      5:30pm           Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Sunday                    10    First Sunday in Lent:  Great Litany and Rite of Forgiveness

                                      8:00am          Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)

                                                            9:30am Formation for all ages – Adults and Youth

                                                            10:15am Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour) 



Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105