Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to do to come to worship?
Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are welcome in all of who you are at St. Mary's. Come as you are - there are no requirements to attend worship in person or online.
In the midst of the continuing infections from COVID especially, we ask everyone to wear a mask when indoors.
How do I become a member of St. Mary's
We welcome you! To become a member of St. Mary's you need to attend worship and give of your resources (time, talent and finances). If you would like more information, please talk with the Rector or a member of the Vestry (see list above).
Can I bring a friend who is not Christian?
Friends are always welcome!
Am I allowed to receive communion?
Whoever you are and wherever you find yourself on the journey of faith, you are invited to come forward to receive the bread and the wine made holy. You also have the option not to receive, you may come forward with your arms crossed across your chest to receive a blessing, or you may simply stay in your seat. We celebrate your participation in worship in whichever way you choose.
Will St. Mary's baptize me/my child/ren?
We welcome you! If you are interested in being baptized or having a child baptized, please come to worship on Sunday and speak with the Rector.
Does St. Mary's offer First Communion?
St. Mary's welcomes all children to receive communion; if you would like to arrange for instruction for your child/ren, please contact the Parish Office.
Does St. Mary's offer the Rite of Confession?
At St. Mary's we say a communal confession most Sundays. As an Episcopal Church we offer "Confession" or the Rite of Reconciliation to everyone; the guidance is that "all may, none must" participate in this practice. To make an appointment, please contact the Parish Office.
Will St. Mary's perform my Marriage?
St. Mary's welcomes all couples seeking a blessing on their relationship, including the blessing of marriage. At least one person of the couple must attend worship at St. Mary's and make themselves known to the Rector. The Rector will then meet with the couple for a time of preparation before the ceremony.
Can my loved one's funeral be held at St. Mary's?
We are sorry for your loss. St. Mary's offers funeral and memorial services for those in the community. Please contact the Parish Office, 212-864-4016, [email protected].