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Update on the Rec Center, July 27th Vote

On Monday, July 27, the City Council voted to sell the old Rec Center, 9 St. Mary’s Street, to a developer who plans to build condominiums on the property.

The council’s final decision came after several votes last night. The first vote was to eliminate the University of Maryland Center for the Environment. The second vote, raised by Alderman Jared Littmann after the university’s bid was rejected, was to reconsider St. Mary’s bid, only three members of the council, Mayor Pantelides, Alderman Fred Paone, and Alderman Jared Littmann voted to reconsider St. Mary’s plan.

We are grateful to these three officials for their consideration of what we continue to believe was the best offer  in terms of financial benefit to the City; facility use consistent with the public interest; impact on the community; and potential for future income.

While we are extremely disappointed at both the outcome and the process, we feel blessed by the outpouring of support we have received from our St. Mary’s community. Whether it was by writing a letter to your alderman/alderwoman or the paper, by testifying, or through your prayers, our parish stood united in pursuing an opportunity that would have been a huge benefit to us all.

Again, thank you for all you do to make St. Mary’s the strong, vibrant family of faith it is!


Stephen E. Means
Chief Administrative Officer
St. Mary’s Parish

Update on the Rec Center

So many people are asking how they can help. If you are a city resident and would like to contact your alderman or alderwoman, here is a map that will give you their contact information:


If you live outside the city, you could help by writing a letter to The Capital. Letters should be no more than 250 words, should include the writer's address and daytime phone number and can be emailed to capletts@capgaznews.com.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Christmas Trip to New York City
Join St. Mary's Alumni on a bus trip on Friday, December 11. Find out more and get your tickets today. https://www.stmarysannapolis.org/newyork


Tickets for the one-day bus pilgrimage from the Archdiocese of Baltimore to the papal Mass in Philadelphia went on sale online June 29, at 10 a.m.

Pick-up locations for the journey include points around the archdiocese, and, for an additional charge, an option to take an Amtrak train.

For more information, click here: http://bitly.com/cr-buspilgrimage15


Environmental Stewardship--Papal Encyclical
OCR Document

On June 18, the Papal Encyclical “Laudato Si’ On Care for Our Common Home” was released.  While much focus has been placed by the media on Pope Francis’s urgent call for action on climate change, the encyclical is much broader.  The Pope calls for an “ecological conversion” and outlines the necessity for all of us to take action not only on climate change, but on the protection of wildlife, forests, wetlands, our waters, and in the production and disposal of waste products.  Its core message is one of unity: with the environment, with our fellow living creatures, human and non-human, and through a call to action with a common purpose.  To read Laudato Si, go to: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html#_ftn67

The question now is whether the pope’s call for action will galvanize the necessary changes in our individual actions and of leaders around the globe.

See the St. Mary’s Environmental Stewardship web site for what you can do at:  https://www.stmarysannapolis.org/EnvironmentalStewardship  Contact: Paul O’Hearn at: Paul.O'Hearn@stmarysannapolis.org;

Inauguration Prayer Service 2015

As many of you know, St. Mary’s Church was selected to be the site of the prayer service for Governor Hogan's Inauguration. What an honor to become part of Maryland history and to welcome so many spiritual leaders from around our great state. Please enjoy these photos.

Inclement Weather Policy

Just an FYI: here is a link to St. Mary's inclement weather policy:

Inclement Weather

Holiday Mass Policy

When schools are closed due to inclement weather, all Masses will be celebrated at St. Mary’s. 

When schools have a two-hour delay due to inclement weather, Masses will be celebrated as scheduled.

When the parish offices are closed due to a holiday, Masses will be celebrated as scheduled.


Latest news from the Environmental Stewardship Committe

St. Mary’s Parish was designated the first City of Annapolis “Sustainable Annapolis” house of worship earlier this year and our Pastor and Parish leadership accepted the award from the mayor in front of the Church.  It represents the completion of an exhaustive review and documentation of environmental practices in our Parish as set forth in the City’s Sustainable Annapolis Workbook.  The City’s workbook also has a self-certification part of the Workbook for individual households with great suggestions on environmental practices in your home and your yards.  Please consider going to the Workbook which is available on our Environmental Stewardship Committee webpage.

Pope Francis has emphasized care for the environment and we offer this prayer from the Pope’s namesake to encourage your environmental stewardship and ask that you consider joining the St. Mary’s Environmental Stewardship Committee.  Find out more by visiting our web page at: http://www.stmarysannapolis.org/environmentalstewardship    or emailing Gerald Winegrad, gwwabc@comcast.net.

Photos from the Parish Picnic 2014

A wonderful time was had by all!

Lane Closure on Duke of Gloucester Street

The City of Annapolis has issued the following advisory that will impact travel from St. Mary’s. “Following the intense rainfall event of August 12, 2014, a separation between the stone retaining wall at the foot of Duke of Gloucester Street was discovered.  The sidewalk was immediately closed.  After a preliminary investigation it was decided, as a precaution, to close the right hand travel lane at the foot of Duke of Gloucester Street to vehicular traffic in an effort to reduce both the loading and vibration on the retaining wall until further investigation can occur.  Until the lane can be reopened, motorists are urged to only use the last block of Duke of Gloucester Street to access Eastport and to use St. Mary Street to go downtown or to the Yacht Basin or the  Annapolis Yacht Club.” 


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