St. Mary’s Blog

Sunday Adult Forum on Dignity: The Bedrock of Loving Self

March 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Sunday Adult Forum on Dignity: The Bedrock of Loving Self

This discussion will focus on defining dignity as inherent in loving self. Dignity, although sometimes thought of as respect or merit or self-worth, is so much more. The dignity of each human being is rooted in his/her creation in the image and likeness of God—Imago Dei.

Thus, dignity is a God-given gift to each of us from creation through now and into eternity. Scripture is filled with the theological underpinnings of dignity from the Imago Dei to Proverbs “Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come” to Jesus’ honoring the intrinsic dignity of taxpayers, lepers, and harlots to Paul’s letter to the Galatians, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

We are all equal in this universal and indestructible gift.  It follows then, as we honor and accept this loving gift from God, that we love ourselves as we live in inborn dignity (and lead with dignity to our neighbor).

We will explore, affirm, and celebrate this profound truth together.

Dr. Joan Turkus Speaks Sunday, Mar. 17 at 10:15 a.m. in Paca Hall—Join Us!

Doorways Lent 2019

February 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Doorways Lent 2019

St. Mary’s is honored to partner with Doorways for Women and Families. Doorways envisions a community where all people live free of violence and have safe and stable housing. The organization works to transform the lives of women, men, youth, and children who are facing homelessness or suffering abuse in our community.

This Lent, St. Mary’s is calling parishioners to purchase household supplies in support of the families in the Doorways program. Click here to download a copy of the flyer. You do not need to purchase every item listed; pick a few items and bring them back to St. Mary’s by Sunday, April 7.

Questions? Contact St. Mary’s Lay Leader for Doorways, Carmen Oviedo by email at

Make outreach an intentional act of love this Lent. In addition to the invitation to go help Doorways, you can learn about additional outreach invitations on Sundays from our Lay Leaders during worship announcements and on our Lent 2019 page.

Call for 2019 Vestry Nominations

February 27th, 2019|Comments Off on Call for 2019 Vestry Nominations

We are collecting nominations to be considered for a slate of Vestry candidates now through Sunday, March 24.

Now is the time to prayerfully consider if you or a parishioner you know is called to serve on the St. Mary’s Vestry.

The Vestry is a group of church leaders elected by the parish to three-year terms, who assume responsibility for St. Mary’s, much like a Board of Directors for a corporation or non-profit organization. Together with the Rector, they determine the policies, budgets, and goals of the congregation. Vestry members are confirmed, adult members of the Episcopal Church who are canonically resident.

  • Click here to read more about the role of Vestry to see who is currently serving and what is required in order to be eligible to run for the slate.
  • Below is a form to nominate an individual to the slate. If you have trouble viewing the form, click here.
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Photos of Our Brothers & Sisters in San Lucas

January 31st, 2019|Comments Off on Photos of Our Brothers & Sisters in San Lucas

This past January, parishioners Leyda Fajardo and Dana Martin went to visit family in Honduras. This was a return trip, where they were able to lay the ground work to locate and visit San Lucas Episcopal Church, which is lead by its rector, The Rev. David Batiz. Click here to read [on page 4] a full account of Leyda and Dana’s trip.

Please enjoy a few more photos from Honduras which Leyda describes in her newsletter article. You will also see images of the church’s education building, which was financially supported in part by St. Mary’s several years ago.

…Father Batiz warmly greeted us with his charismatic presence and laughter. Within moments we were surrounded by the children, each of whom hugged us while welcoming us to San Lucas with infectious smiles. It felt like a homecoming and made us forget for a moment that until that time we had only known these wonderful people in our prayers!

…After joyfully taking many photos of everyone in the garden the mass began. In form and content, the liturgy was the same as at St. Mary’s. But it was heart-warming to see how it had been made uniquely their own. It was led by Father Batiz and the children!

…The mountain breeze wafted through the open windows. The joyful singing drifted out over the surrounding village. Father Batiz is a gifted preacher who loves to laugh. We all sang the Lord’s prayer to the tune of Bridge Over Troubled Water just as we do at Santa Maria [in Falls Church, Va]. It was a most moving experience that exceeded even our high expectations.

Save the Date–Sunday, Feb. 24–Capital Campaign Feasibility Sessons

January 23rd, 2019|Comments Off on Save the Date–Sunday, Feb. 24–Capital Campaign Feasibility Sessons

St. Mary’s Capital Campaign Feasibility Study is Coming!

As you know, the Vestry voted to explore a Capital Campaign at St. Mary’s.  The first step in the process is to conduct a Feasibility Study to share information with the parish as to the needs and goal of a campaign and to hear from the members of the parish what their long-term needs and goals are for St. Mary’s.  As part of that process, information sessions will be held after each service on February 24th.
  • Lunch will be provided after the 11:15 a.m. service.
  • Dinner will be provided after the 5:00 p.m. service.
Please plan to attend one of the information sessions.
Additional information and activities related to the Feasibility Study will be provided in the coming weeks.

New Session of English Conversation Classes at Santa Maria Kicking Off January 15

January 7th, 2019|Comments Off on New Session of English Conversation Classes at Santa Maria Kicking Off January 15

After a holiday break, St. Mary’s team is kicking off a new 8-week session of English Conversation Classes at Santa Maria Episcopal Church on January 15.

The classes will take place each Tuesday Evening from 7:30 to 9:00 pm, in the basement of Santa Maria at 7000 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA.

St. Mary’s volunteers have discovered that a one-on-one ratio of teachers to students works very well and hope to continue this practice. New volunteers are needed! Please join us for this rewarding opportunity to get to know our brothers and sisters at Santa Maria. Knowledge of Spanish is not necessary and you may commit to as many or as few sessions as are convenient for you.

If you would like further information on the classes please contact:
Finally, rides can be arranged from St. Mary’s to Santa Maria.