Community Outreach

Outreach at St. Mary’s takes many forms, from overt efforts like serving meals, repairing housing, and donating to a variety of service organizations to less visible efforts like offering our space for 12-step groups, supporting diocesan outreach projects, and producing community concerts.  At this time of year, we host Tidings of Comfort and Joy.


St. Mary's provides us with comfort and joy throughout the year. Each December we ask for your help to ease the suffering of those who may not have the comforts of love, joy, or even the basics essential to human dignity. For us the Christmas season is a time when we join together to provide financial support to local charities. Our grantees rely on our giving to continue in their missions and, as Christians, we rely on our own acts of kindness to make us truly complete. Some of these groups we help are Episcopal Community Services, CASA, Ohloff Recovery Programs, St. Dorothy's Rest, San Francisco Night Ministry, Eldergivers, and many more. We hope you will be able to help us at one of our Benefactor levels. We will be holding a Benefactor Party on December 12. Holiday Greens can be preordered or purchased on Sunday, December 7, along with our popular pantry items. Preorder greens by clicking here.

You can make a donation using paypal by clicking the button below. You can use your paypal account or credit card.


Joy to the World
$2,000 and above
Hallelujah Chorus
$1,000 to $1999
Angels We Have Heard on High
$500 to $999
Hark the Herald Angels Sing
$300 to $499
O Come All Ye Faithful
$150 to $299

St. Mary's Partnering with Larkin Street Youth Services

St. Mary’s is thrilled to announce a new partnership with Larkin Street Youth Services. At the end of this month, twenty-four young adults ages 18-24 will begin moving into Larkin’s newest residence, Edward II, located on the corner of Scott and Lombard. When they do, they’ll find a welcome basket assembled by St. Mary’s volunteers waiting for them, complete with a St. Mary’s coffee mug. Residents come from a number of backgrounds having overcome chaotic childhoods, homelessness, unemployment, and other hardship. For many, this will be their first stable home in a long time, if not ever. We are thrilled to welcome these children of God to our neighborhood and look forward to walking with them toward a more stable and independent future.

Moving forward, we will be present with the residents of Edward II in a number of ways: hosting their first Thanksgiving dinner; coordinating a holiday party near Christmas; and, starting in January, will be responsible for their community dinner once a month.

We will have a sign up table in the courtyard for the next two weeks after the 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services. Please take a moment to learn more about Larkin Street, Edward II, and chat with a few volunteers already involved in this partnership.

If you’d like to learn more before signing up, join us on Monday, December 8 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Great Room for an informational event open to the Cow Hollow and Marina neighborhoods. You can also contact Marta Johnson at with questions or to volunteer.

Other ways we help:

Hands-On Outreach

Raphael House

Open Cathedral

Food Basket and Travel Toiletries

Rebuilding Together

The Giving Tree

The Heifer Project

Relief for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Soup and Soap

Socks Project

Compass House Valentine’s Party

Youth Mission Trip

Episcopal Senior Communities

St. Mary’s Holiday Community Caroling

Outreach through our Building and Grounds

Artists in Residence

The Candlelight Concert Series

NERT Training

12-Step groups and the non-profit
Cow Hollow Association

Outreach Through the Diocese of California

Working Board Members

Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Grants for 2013