Due to further relaxation of COVID-related restrictions by San Francisco health officials and with approval from our Diocese, St. Mary’s will expand Sunday morning offerings to include courtyard Eucharist services one Sunday a month and on occasional Sunday observances of major feast days!
The next Sunday of the expanded worship offerings with Holy Eucharist will be on Sunday, May 23 in St. Mary’s courtyard at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Each service will last about 35 minutes with scripture, prayer, a brief homily, and, for the first time in more than a year, congregational singing led by St. Mary’s music staff as well as The Liturgy of the Table including communion. For now, communion will be offered in one kind. For those accustomed to receiving communion in both kinds, please be assured that the full grace of the sacrament is received with only partaking of the bread.
All courtyard Eucharist services will adhere to prevailing city and county health and safety protocols. Reservations will be required. Child care for children ages 2.5 to 6 years of age will be offered during the 9:00 a.m. service. On the Sundays that courtyard Eucharist is offered, there will be no 9:00 a.m. Virtual Family Service or in-person small group worship at the Presidio.
For those unable or uncomfortable attending these in-person Eucharist services, a live stream of the 10:00 a.m. courtyard service will be available on St. Mary’s website and on St. Mary’s Facebook page beginning at 10:00 a.m. and can be accessed throughout the day.
To provide equal access to the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for those who can’t be at these Eucharist services, a home visit by a St. Mary’s Eucharistic Visitor may be arranged by contacting St. Mary’s parish office. The Eucharistic home visit, preferably conducted outdoors, will consist of brief prayers (about 5 mins.) and delivery of a packaged host, consecrated at one of the Sunday morning Eucharist services. In keeping with all of our services, Eucharistic Visitors will adhere to prevailing health and safety protocols.
We hope you share our excitement and delight with this announcement as we approach the Easter side of the pandemic. It is quite fitting that these expanded ways to worship and be together as community come during Eastertide, the season of the miraculous resurrection appearances, and the Easter promise of renewed hope and comfort of the Risen Christ’s heightened presence in this weary world.
You can register for these upcoming services HERE.
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