Message from the Rector
Hello and welcome to our new website for the Parish of St. Mary the Virgin in St. John’s Newfoundland, which is comprised of two congregations – St. Mary the Virgin on Craigmiller Ave. and St. Peter on the Rock in Shea Heights. We hope to use this technology as a way to connect with people both near and far, old members and new members; to share the Good News of Jesus Christ and the good news of what you can be a part of here in our Parish. Jesus calls us into community with one another to share our love for God and each other while we reach out to care for our world. Much is happening in our Parish and we would love for you to come and join us in trying to make a difference in our service to God and each other. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us – we would love to hear from you!
The Reverend Nancy March
Staff - Clergy
Rector: The Reverend Nancy March
Deacon: The Reverend Gerald Taylor
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Linda Guest
Organist & Choir Director: Ashley Ruby
Sexton: Mr Cyril Coombs
Retired Clergy: The Reverend Eugene Castella & The Venerable Neil Kellett
Staff - Vestry
Rector’s Warden: Rick Appleby
People’s Warden: Austin Benson
Treasurer: Gerry Beresford
Other Members: Robert Drover, Gertrude Elton, Alexandra Hedderson, Derrick Foote, Jim Johnson, Rosalind Robertson, Everett Russell, Brent Williams, Janet Vivian-Walsh, Cindy Murphy, Fred Tulk, Ross Learning
Staff - Office
Mrs. Linda Guest, Administrative Assistant
Cyril Coombs, Sexton
"The magnificent story of The Church of St. Mary the Virgin begins in the early 1850's when it was recognized that the Cathedral was overcrowded. Also, it was felt that the large number of parishioners on the Southside were inconveniently remote from their church and clergy. Hence, the idea of a sister church to the Cathedral loomed as an attractive idea." (Quoted from the 100th Anniversary Book.)
On June 24, 1859, St. John the Baptist's Day, the first St. Mary's Church was consecrated by Bishop Feild.
The new Church of St. Mary the Virgin was opened on December 23, 1962 and consecrated on October 30, 1966.
By the 1950's the old St. Mary's Church was seen to be too small and there was no more space in which to expand. A new site was procured in the quiet area of Craigmillar Avenure. On the morning of Sunday, June 21, 1959 the congregation paraded from the old church to the site of the new one where the Bishop of Newfoundland, The Rt. Rev. J.A. Meaden broke the ground for the new Church.
We have a daughter congregation at St. Peter's, Shea Heights. At Shea Heights Anglicans had gathered for Sunday School and occasional worship since the early 1960's. In 1967 Bishop Seaborn named it St. Peter on The Rock. For a few years, servces, Sunday School and group activities were held in a one room school obtained from The United Church. A fire in 1970 resulted in some damage and a decision to doscontinue services at Shea heights. In 1966 a Church was built on Learning Road, Shea Heights. Worship Services, Sunday School and social activities achieves a greater degree of stability.