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We are here for you!  

We often describe St. Mary’s as a community. One of the ways this is most true is in our care and concern for one another during times of hardship, loss, and stress. In the Church, we call this “Pastoral Care.” In the midst of sickness, death, trauma, the birth of a baby, or any other major transition, we are here for each other – in prayer but also in action. If you think you or someone you love may be in need of pastoral counseling, special prayers, a visit at home, some help with meals or transportation, spiritual companionship, or some other kind of care, let the clergy know by calling St. Mary’s office at 415-921-3665 or emailing at office@smvsf.org.

Pastoral Care is truly a ministry of the people. We have a team of volunteers willing to cook dinners, visit, and offer rides to doctor’s appointments; another team who will bring you communion when you can’t come to church; another team committed to longer-term, Christ-centered care and companionship; and another that exists especially to help families welcoming a new child into their lives. We hope you will let us help.

Pastoral Emergencies: St. Mary’s clergy wish to provide pastoral care at times when the office is closed. Your clergy will share this ministry on a rotating basis. The clergy person will be on call from Sunday through Saturday night, according to the below schedule. Please call phone number next to clergy name to contact the person on call or if you need to reach someone after hours dial 415-921-3665 and press 4 to have your call forwarded to their attention.

Sunday, April 2 – Saturday, April 8: The Rev. Deacon Nancy Bryan
Sunday, April 9 – Saturday, April 15: The Very Rev. Hollinshead (Lin) T. Knight
Sunday, April 16 – Saturday, April 22: The Very Rev. Don Brown
Sunday, April 23 – Saturday, April 29: The Rev. Deacon Tim Smith
Sunday, April 30 – Saturday, May 6: The Rev. Dr. Paula Nesbitt