Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, March 24, 5:30 pm; March 25, 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM

The Palm Sunday service has been re-imagined this year. The service begins with the liturgy of the palms and includes a sermon, Holy Eucharist, and ends with the passion narrative followed by a silent recessional.

Taizé Service, March 25, 7:00 PM 

A meditative evening that includes candlelight and the contemplative practice of listening to and chanting Taizé hymns.

Holy Wednesday, March 28, 12:00 PM

Holy Eucharist with sermon.

Maundy Thursday, March 29, 7:00 PM

The service begins in Turnbull Hall with the foot washing and an Agape Eucharist and will conclude in the Church with the stripping of the altar.

Good Friday, March 30, 12:00 PM

Good Friday liturgy with music, meditations and communion from the reserve sacrament. The Stations of the Cross will follow the conclusion of the Good Friday service.

The Great Vigil of Easter, March 31, 7:00 PM

The Vigil begins in the courtyard with the kindling of the new fire, followed by a procession into the church, readings from our salvation history, renewal of baptismal vows, the Easter proclamation (BRING BELLS to ring) and the celebration of Eucharist. There will not be a 5:30 PM service.

Easter Sunday, April 1

6:30 AM&     Sunrise Service, in the Courtyard

8:00 AM     Holy Eucharist with organ and choir

10:00 AM   Holy Eucharist with organ and choir

Lent Schedule and Message from Vanessa

Dear Friends in Christ,

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Please join us for Ash Wednesday services tomorrow at 12 PM or 7 PM for Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes. At 7 PM we will have music. This Lent, I'm looking forward to introducing some ancient, but new to St. Mary's, liturgical practices. Here's a preview of what to expect:

  • The First Sunday of Lent - at the beginning of each liturgy on the first Saturday/Sunday of Lent we will say, or at 10 AM sing, the Great Litany. The practice of singing or saying the Great Litany signals a transition to a new liturgical season. The litany form of prayer was used in the church in Rome as early as the 5th century. Its present form dates to the middle ages and has been in consistent use since then. 
  • Stations of the Cross - the Stations of the Cross will follow the 12 PM Good Friday Service. The Stations will not be held during a Saturday or Sunday service. 
  • The Psalm - at the conclusion of the Psalm we will no longer sing or say the Gloria Patri - Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit . . . the Gloria Patri is typically used after the psalm at morning and evening prayer, not at the Eucharist. At 10 AM, the psalm will no longer be announced. Travis will start playing the tune and the congregation and choir will chant the psalm as usual. 
  • The Lord's Prayer - at 10 AM we will be singing a new version of the Lord's Prayer every Sunday throughout Lent. 
  • The Great Vigil of Easter - this is my favorite service of the entire church year! This ancient service dates back to the 3rd century and includes the lighting of the new fire, readings from scripture that tell our salvation history, renewal of baptismal vows and the first proclamation of Easter. What's not to love about a church service that includes fire and water? Seriously, don't miss this one!
  • The Triduum - or Three Great Days - Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the Great Vigil of Easter - Attendance of the these three services deepens your experience of the Easter story.  

Lent, Holy Week and Easter Services

Wednesday, 2/14: Ash Wednesday 12 PM and 7 PM 

Saturday, 3/24: Palm Sunday 5:30 PM

Sunday, 3/25: Palm Sunday 8 AM and 10 AM

Sunday, 3/25: Taize Service 7 PM 

Thursday, 3/29: Maundy Thursday at 7 PM 

Friday, 3/30: Good Friday at 12 PM, followed by the Stations of the Cross

Saturday, 3/31: The Great Vigil of Easter at 7 PM - this is in place of the 5:30 PM service

Sunday, 4/1: Easter Sunrise Service 6:30 AM

Sunday, 4/1: Easter Service 8 AM and 10 AM 


Peace and blessings,


Statement of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church

Camp Allen, Texas

March 7, 2018

"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today 

that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.

Choose life so that you and your descendants may live." (Deuteronomy 30:19)

At this critical moment young people of the United States are inviting us to turn away from the nightmare of gun violence to the dream of choosing life. The young people of Parkland, Florida are calling for elected officials to:

  • ban the sale of assault weapons
  • prohibit the sale of high capacity magazines
  • close loopholes in background checks[1]

Others are seeking to:

  • ban the sale of bump stocks
  • raise the age to 21 years to purchase firearms
  • challenge the National Rifle Association to support safe gun legislation. 

We, the bishops of The Episcopal Church, wholeheartedly support and join with the youth in this call to action.

At the same time, we acknowledge that black and brown youth have continuously challenged the United States to address the gun violence that they and their communities are experiencing. We repent that, as bishops, we have failed to heed their call.

As bishops we commit to following the youth of the United States in their prophetic leadership. To that end we will observe a day of Lament and Action on March 14th, one month to the day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.[2] We pledge ourselves, and we invite our dioceses, to participate in the "March for our Lives" on March 24 in Washington DC and in cities and towns across the United States. We recognize the urgency of this moment and we recommit to working for safe gun legislation as our church has called for in multiple General Convention resolutions.[3] In addition, we pledge ourselves to bring the values of the gospel to bear on a society that increasingly glorifies violence and trivializes the sacredness of every human life.

We will walk with the youth of the United States today and into the future in choosing life.

Another action the bishops recommended is to contact your elected representatives.

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A Statement from Bishop Beisner and the Bishops United Against Gun Violence

February 16, 2018

The heart of our nation has been broken yet again by another mass shooting at an American school. 

We offer our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of those who were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We mourn with particular sorrow Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old student at the school and leader in the youth group at St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Coral Springs, who died at the hands of the gunman. We pledge to work with the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida to lend whatever material and spiritual comfort we can to all those who have suffered such a devastating loss. 

The phrase "thoughts and prayers" has been devalued by politicians whose prayers seem never to move them to act against their self-interests or the interests of the National Rifle Association. Yet, as Christians, we believe deeply in the power of prayer to console, to sustain and to heal, but also to make evident the work that God is calling us to do. We pray that all who have been touched by this violent act receive God's healing and solace. 

In the wake of this massacre, we believe God is calling us to understand that we must not simply identify the social and political impediments to ending these lethal spasms of violence in our country. We must reflect on and acknowledge our own complicity in the unjust systems that facilitate so many deaths, and, in accordance with the keeping of a holy Lent, repent and make reparations. 

Specifically, we ask you, members of our church and those who ally yourselves with us, to: 

  • Contact your elected representatives and ask them to support legislation banning assault weapons such as the AR-15, which is the gun used in most of the recent mass shootings in our country; high-capacity magazines; and bump stocks, the equipment used by the killer in the Las Vegas massacre that allows semiautomatic weapons to fire dozens of rounds in seconds. We understand that mass shootings account for a small percentage of the victims of gun violence; that far more people are killed by handguns than by any kind of rifle; that poverty, misogyny and racism contribute mightily to the violence in our society and that soaring rates of suicide remain a great unaddressed social challenge. And yet, the problem of gun violence is complex, and we must sometimes address it in small pieces if it is not to overwhelm us. So, please, call your members of Congress and insist that your voice be heard above those of the National Rifle Association's lobbyists. 
  • Participate in a service of a lamentation for the victims of the Parkland shooting and all victims of lethal gun violence. We will be announcing a schedule of such services at churches around the country in the near future. To keep up with these plans, please follow our Facebook page, Episcopalians Against Gun Violence.
  • Enter into a period of discernment with us about how, through prayer, advocacy and action, we can make clear to our elected representatives that they must vote in the interests of all Americans, including law-abiding gun owners, in passing life-saving, common sense gun policies. Visit our website to learn more about our work and how to reach us. And if you plan to attend this summer's General Convention in Austin, Texas, plan to join us each morning for prayer outside the convention hall and to attend the Bishops United Against Gun Violence public witness on Sunday, July 8 at 9 a.m. 

Two years after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary that took the life of Ben Wheeler, an active young member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Newtown, Connecticut, his father, David, asked parents to look at their children and then ask themselves, "Am I doing everything I can to keep them safe? Because the answer to that question, if we all answer honestly, clearly is no." 

In memory of Carmen and Ben and all of God's children lost to senseless gun violence, may God give us grace and fortitude in our witness so that we can, at last, answer yes.

Bishop's Signature



and the 70 other bishops who are members of Bishops United Against Gun Violence

A Jewish Seder Meal at St. Mary’s

The participants in the Education for Ministry program invite all to join us on a journey through a traditional Jewish Seder meal led by the Rabbi Niles Goldstein from Congregation Beth Shalom here in Napa. We will sit down to a traditional Seder meal with Rabbi Niles walking us through its history, how it is celebrated today, and plenty of time for questions and answers.

The Seder meal will take place at 6:00 PM in Turnbull Hall on Monday, April 2nd ("Easter Monday"). All are welcome to attend and there is no cost. Please sign up on the kiosk so we know how many we will be serving.

We thank Rabbi Niles for his willingness to teach us about this long celebrated Jewish tradition.

For more information please contact Rev. Deacon Don Callison.

Dine & Donate for the Youth Mission Trip

Please join Mary’s Pizza Shack in supporting St. Mary’s Youth Mission trip at a Dine & Donate fundraiser on Tuesday, April 10th. Bring a flyer (pick up one in the Narthex or Turnbull Hall) to the Mary’s Pizza Shack (3085 Jefferson St.) and 15% of your purchase (dine in, takeout and delivery orders, all day) will be donated to the mission trip.  Remember to submit a paper flyer or present an electronic view of the flyer when payment is presented and thank you for supporting St. Mary’s Youth!

Easter Flower Dedications Deadline March 18th

If you would like to have a dedication in memory, thanksgiving or celebration listed in the Easter bulletins, please pick up a form for the church office or the narthex and return it by Sunday, March 18th. You can also complete this online form. All donations received will go to St. Mary’s Altar Guild.  Thank you!

Lenten Coin Folders and Good Friday Offering

The offering will go to St. George’s College in Jerusalem.  “St. George’s College is a place for short-term pilgrimages, study, interfaith conversation and reconciliation.  Our programs weave together time at sacred sites within the land, daily worship with the living stones, and reflective conversation shared during the fellowship of community meals.  People from all over the world join our programs and such a rich tapestry of personal stories blesses us.  The College depends on prayers and financial support from our alumni and friends worldwide.  Your donations enable us to operate the College as a community of hospitality for pilgrims from around the world.”

Camp Sunday, 3/25 After the 10 AM Service in Turnbull Hall

Join Ivan Thorpe from the Bishop’s Ranch in Turnbull Hall after the 10 AM service on March 25th to learn about summer camp opportunities at the Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg and St. Dorothy’s Rest in Camp Meeker.

Did you know that the Bishop’s Ranch hosts three intergenerational summer camps? Intergenerational camps are a great opportunity for parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren to attend camp together. Summer camp is a great opportunity to make new friends and experience the joy of being in an intentional Christian community for a week or weekend.

For more information about the Bishop’s Ranch visit

For more information about St. Dorothy’s Rest visit

For information about Pathways, Bishop Beisner’s Youth Pilgrimage ( and for information about Camp Galilee (

St. Elizabeth's Guild Bake Sale and Raffle

It is that time again; St. Elizabeth’s Guild is selling raffle tickets for our fun filled raffle baskets.  Please bring your address labels to church so it is easier for you to address each ticket purchased. Please check out all the yummy baked goods on March 24th & 25th.


March for Our Lives on Saturday, March 24

On Saturday, March 24, Episcopalians across the diocese are planning to join March for Our Lives.

  • In Sacramento, Archdeacon Gary Brown is coordinating our contingent for the march, which will start from Crocker Park (the open area north of the Crocker Museum between O and N streets, from the freeway to 3rd Street). Our group will try to gather at the southeast corner of the park at O and 3rd streets around 9:30 a.m.; the march will begin at 10 a.m. and go to the west side of the Capitol by noon. Please register here.
  • In Arcata, there will be a similar march for those in the northern part of the diocese, said the Rev. Anne Pierson, a deacon at Christ Church, Eureka. 
  • At St. John's, Chico, Deacon Lewis Powell said, "We will be doing a series of prayers and periods of silence associated with gun violence that is occurring around our nation. The event will be from 10-11 a.m. at our newly completed Prayer Garden (weather depending) with opportunities to walk the labyrinth in the garden."

Anti-Racism Training

As members of St. Mary’s you have an opportunity to do some important spiritual work. On April 21st St. Mary’s is hosting a diocesan anti-racism training from 10 AM– 5 PM. Conversations around racism can be challenging, however, this hard work is transformational and benefits the greater good by teaching us to love our neighbor.  

Who should attend?

  • Everyone
  • Anyone interested in ministry leadership at St. Mary’s or in the Diocese
  • Anyone interested in applying to serve on the Parish Profile Committee or Applicant Review Committee. Although the Vestry is not ready to select members for either of these committees this training would be helpful.
  • Anyone who is reading the New Jim Crow

The training is free and lunch is provided, but you need to sign up through the diocesan website here:


Cross Makers

Ever wonder how the palm cross you receive on Palm Sunday at St. Mary's was made? Come and find out on Wednesday evening, March 21st at 5:30 PM in the Guild Room. We will provide free instructions and refreshments. This is open to everyone in the parish. It’s a fun way to spend a few hours and get to mingle with new friends. We look forward to seeing  you.


Flowering the Church for Easter

On Saturday, March 31st, at 9:00 AM we will need your help with all the flower decorations as we adorn the church for Easter.  Pillar hangings will be assembled as well.  This task is fun and easy and with your help it will go quickly.  Come and join in the excitement as we prepare to celebrate glorious resurrection.

Taizé Service

The Taizé community, though Western European in origin, has sought to include people and traditions worldwide, demonstrating in music and prayers songs that are sung in many languages, including chants and icons from Eastern Orthodox traditions.  The music emphasizes simple phrases, usually lines from Psalms or other pieces of Scripture, repeated and sometimes also sung in canon.  Musicians from our parish provide the music: guitar, flute, harmonica, violin and  recorder.  Readings of Scripture are alternated with beautiful chant-like music.  The service is candlelit only.  At the end of the service, attendees are welcome to come forward t light a candle in remembrance or prayer, and then leave silently.  Plan to attend this most moving and beautiful service.  It is the perfect way to welcome into your heart the spirit of Easter week. Sunday, March 25, at 7:00 PM join us.


Flower Cross

On Easter Morning (Sunday, 4/1), we will have our wooden flower cross by the door to the church in the courtyard.  Please remember to bring a flower or two to fill in the cross.


Wednesday Services

Noon services will continue to be held every Wednesday during Lent. The offering for these services will be given to the       Altar Guild.


Thank you to all who brought socks for the California Vets Home and the Samaritans Purse Christmas Shoeboxes. For March and April we will be collecting small cars, dolls and flashlights for the children; puzzle books, nail polish and flashlights for the vets. The big plastic boxes will remain in Turnbull Hall for your donations. Checks for purchasing these items is also still very welcomed.

St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage

Join us on Saturday evening, March 17th, for Fellowship, Corned Beef and Cabbage from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Tickets are $20.00 per person. Unable to sit down and stay with us? Take out will be available, order your meal in advance swing by on your way home from work, pick it up and enjoy!

You can purchase your tickets online by completing this online form. There are also links to pay via PayPal on that online form, should you like to pay that way.

New Church Directory -- Save the Dates!

To celebrate our church family and strengthen the bond within our congregation, we welcome you to be part of our new directory.   We are partnering with Lifetouch for this project.  Lifetouch is providing the directory at no cost to the church and every family receives a complimentary directory and an 8 x 10 portrait. 

WHERE:    Turnbull Hall

WHEN:      Friday, May 4 and Friday, May 18 from 1 – 8:30 PM

                    Saturday, May 5 and Saturday, May 19 from 10:00 AM– 5:00 PM

APPOINTMENTS:    Sign up after church services in the courtyard   OR


Questions?   Call Barb Olmsted or Diane Curtis-Page

The Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific

Spring Term course registration is now open with the Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership at CDSP. CALL courses last seven weeks and are entirely online; they are also asynchronous, meaning that students do not need to be online at a particular time of the day or week, enabling student involvement from throughout the country. 

Foundational courses this term include The Prophets, What We Believe: Anglican Theology, Theology of the Gospel of John, and Church History, as well as The Episcopal Church: Polity and General Convention, Practical Theology for Community Ministry, and Equipping Congregations for Missional Living. CALL courses are open to all lay and clergy members for ongoing education and enrichment.

When: Courses begin April 9; registration is currently open
Cost: $220 per course

Update on Our Pastor Search

For any and all updates on St. Mary's search for a new pastor, please see the St. Mary's Pastor Search page on this website.

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