We hope this letter finds you all well. We write to update the COVID procedures we will continue to implement at our parish.
1. If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask. Please understand that some parishioners who are vaccinated have chosen to continue to wear a mask. This is a personal preference. All who are not vaccinated, including children, must be masked.
2. For the immediate future, you are asked to: (a) refrain from touching or kissing icons; and (b) refrain from shaking hands during the kiss of peace (please bow or acknowledge your fellow parishioners).
3. The altar servers or Father Antony will continue to hand you the holy bread.
4. Commencing with Sunday, September 12, 2021, coffee hours will resume.
Our annual Diocese Parish Life Celebration will be held at St. George Cathedral in Worcester, June 4-5, 2021. Join us online or in-person (following local COVID guidelines). All events are free to attend, but we do ask that you register in advance so we can plan for in-person attendance and send zoom links to those that wish to attend virtually. Read more »
In view of Governor Baker's recently issued order, lifting the COVID restrictions as of May 29, 2021, the COVID Committee has met and is providing you with the decision reached as to implementation. Read more »
We regret to inform you of the falling asleep in the Lord of Stephani Nur Colby, a parishioner at St. Mary and a tonsured Psaltria (Psalmist/Cantor/Reader). She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Deacon Mark Colby in January 2008. Read more »
The Covid Committee is frequently reviewing the Governor's pandemic orders and information from the CDC to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all. The Committee has decided that it can increase capacity by an additional 20% or total of sixty-five people and maintain social distancing.
The Committee would also like to remind parishioners that:
The Committee member at the door will review the procedures with each attendee upon arrival.
There is no kissing or touching of icons, including touching and kissing icons while masked.
Parishioners need to select a row designated for occupancy and remain in the row. Please do not change rows to avoid touching areas to be occupied by other parishioners.
All are invited to attend the annual Diocese Lenten Retreat sponsored by the Diocese of Worcester & New England Antiochian Women. We are very excited to welcome Gregory Abdalah, D.Min, Pastoral Assistant at St. George Orthodox Church in Phoenix, AZ, as the Keynote Speaker for 2021! Read more »
The Hospitality Group invites you to sing along with us!! We’ll join together on Zoom to share a re-broadcast of last year’s Christmas Concert at St Mary's, followed by a Carol Sing-along. While participants at home will be muted (to avoid Zoom’s sound delay), please join on video and sing your hearts out! We’ll also host a post-caroling zoom Hangout after, for those who want to unmute and reconnect with our church family! Read more »