Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church
Post Office Box 201
Carle Place, NY 11514-0201
A Traditional Episcopalian Church
Modeled after a small English country church, St.Mary’s Episcopal Church was built in 1926 as a missionary chapel in Carle Place where it has remained the only Protestant church in this community since 1952. It was given landmark status in 1999. In addition to the church the parish maintains a rectory and a large meeting hall with kitchen facilities.
Situated in a small mile square town in the center of Nassau County, Long Island , New York, wedged between two much larger towns Mineola and Westbury east and west and Old Westbury and Garden City north and south, Carle Place is conveniently accessible to transportation and shopping centers. Its award winning schools contribute significantly to the community’s activities through sports, the arts or providing local playgrounds. It also has an active American Legion post, a Seniors Group and a Civic Association which publishes a community news magazine, “The Frog Horn.”
Community Outreach: The church’s Web site posts its weekly bulletin which lists all of its events and photographs of participating members, It has a Facebook page. The Web site has a virtual cemetery feature and it offers linkages to many other religious support organizations.
A regular feature each Sunday is a healing service following the 10:00 AM Eucharist. Our occasional receptions to bring the parishioners together. With a sufficient number of registrations we plan to resume regular Sunday school classes. St. Mary’s offers scholarships to its parishioners’ deserving students. To feed the hungry, St. Mary’s makes regular donations of food to a local food pantry, and it reaches out to needy members of the parish with financial support. To reach out to our community each year the church makes a “Good Citizenship Award” to a person in Carle Place who has made an outstanding contribution to the community. The Parish Hall is available to Seniors and for American Legion gatherings and we are actively engaged in finding ways we can contribute to the quality of the lives life of our parishioners.
We have a small friendly congregation: Although the church is Episcopalian, persons of all religious persuasion are welcome at St. Mary’s, and we advertise this regularly in the local papers. The church has become a beacon for traditional Episcopalians and a high percentage of its congregation comes from adjacent communities.
Our services are intimate and the sermons are relevant, short and to the point. Communion is served at 10:AM services and an organist plays traditional hymns. There is a pervasive emphasis on patriotism as at least one patriotic hymn is sung and prayers for the military are said at each service.
Since 1996, except for a brief 3 year period when it had a non-resident Priest in Charge, the church has been without a full time priest. Although supply and part time priests have allowed the church to continue operations, recent financial changes have made it possible for the church to seek a full time rector, and the Vestry is actively engaged in recruiting a strong spiritual leader to reach out to the community as a resident of Carle Place. At present our charismatic priest in residence, Father Peter Lai is a passionate Christian and he delivers meaningful and powerful sermons every Sunday.