BELFAST, Maine — The people of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Belfast are accustomed to welcoming visitors and guests to their services. This summer, however, they will also be welcoming visiting priests to celebrate the Eucharist at their regular Wednesday and Sunday services. The supply clergy were called after The Rev. Martha Kirkpatrick, their most recent Rector, left in June to accept a call from a church in Wilmington, DE. St. Margaret’s is moving forward with a full schedule of services and activities, led by its lay Vestry and its Deacon, The Rev. Tom Duplessie.
The Rev. John Ineson, who is covering all the 9 a.m. Wednesday healing services, was an interim priest at St. Margaret’s over 17 years ago. He and his wife live in Damariscotta and have a second home in Naples, FL, where he serves as the “seasoned” assistant at St. Mark’s, Marco Island. He will also be at St. Margaret’s on August 10 for the 8 a.m. Eucharist and a Folk Mass at 10:15.
The Rev. Mary Ann Hoy will be at St. Margaret’s for four Sundays, July 13 and 27, and August 3 and 31. She lives in Freeport and has frequently filled in at churches in the midcoast area.
On July 20, the church will welcome one of its own as guest celebrant: The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Canon Pastor and Vicar at The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. She and her husband, composer Bob Sirota, have a summer home in Searsmont and have been regular summer parishioners at St. Margaret’s for over 25 years.
Another priest from “away” with local ties, The Rev. Peter Mayer of Annapolis, MD, will be welcomed on August 17. He will be here visiting family in Northport. Now the rector of St. Margaret’s in Annapolis, he is the former associate rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, in Washington, D.C.
On September 1 The Rev. Canon Mary Ann Taylor of Frankfort will become St. Margaret’s interim priest. She will lead all services and undertake other responsibilities until a new rector is called next year.
Together, let’s celebrate God’s summertime blessings! Services are on Wednesday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.
For more information, visit www.stmargaretsbelfast.org.
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