Our St. Philip’s mission statement is

“Welcoming the weary…Dedicated to discipleship”

As a congregation following Jesus Christ, we seek to open our doors to all who come, regardless of race, class, gender, disability or religion; and to reach out in service to our neighbors, especially the poor and elderly.

As individual members of His family we seek to grow daily in the understanding and practice of our faith, and to care for one another as beloved brothers and sisters in Christ. 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Matthew 11:28-30 

We are St. Philip’s Episcopal Church located in Norwood, NY, a Parish of the Diocese of Albany. The Diocese of Albany Standing Committee and Assisting Bishop Rt. Rev. Michael G. Smith are our Episcopal leaders as the Diocese searches for a new bishop.  Our Rector is The Rev. Kathryn Boswell.

Holy Eucharist is at 10 a.m. on Sundays.  All are very welcome, and all who follow Jesus Christ are welcome to share Communion with us.

Please join us for Morning Prayer every morning at 8 a.m., and Compline every night at 9 p.m., on my Facebook page (Kathryn Boswell); the services will also be available on this website at about 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sermons are posted here and on the  facebook page for you to read or listen to.

Our community ministry is Common Cents Thrift Shop, located in the basement of our Parish Hall. Common Cents provides clothing and housewares at very low cost, or at no cost in cases of great need. We are here to serve our neighbors. Our hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-2 and Saturdays from 10-noon. We accept donations of clean, gently used clothing or housewares. Please limit your donations to two bags or boxes – we are sometimes overwhelmed with the abundance of donations!

St. Philip’s offers a Community Luncheon on the last Wednesday of each month. There is no charge, but any donations benefit the Community Luncheon program, and Norwood/Norfolk/Raymondville Outreach. Lunch is served from 11:30 to 1.

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Please feel free to call if you have an emergency; my number is listed below.

May God keep you safe and well!

Please feel free to contact us at any time:

St. Philip’s Church Office (Tue. – Fri. from 9 – 1)  353-2037

Mother Kathryn            315-212-5507                                stphilips@live.com

Romi Sebald                 315-322-3385                                sebaldre@potsdam.edu

Lucille Waterson          315-323-6277                                 lusweels@northnet.org

Karen Morgan              315-353-8879                                 ktmorgan@twcny.rr.com

Mary Ellen Casselman 315-842-2687                                 mecasselman@outlook.com

David Ossenkop           315-384-6017                                 dossenkop@twc.com

Irene Hargrave              315-353-2888                                iharg43@twcny.rr.com

St. Philip’s is on 42 S. Main Street in Norwood, across from the village square:



  1. Helen

    Mother kathryn – just took a moment to look at our new website. Looks great. I especially like that your sermons are on-line. Really impressive.

    • Well, thank you! This is just a beginning! I hope this website will be grow to be very useful for our church family.

  2. Heidi Inman

    Thanks for sending me the link. Makes me feel more connected to home!

  3. Cathy Massoni

    I would like more information on your military chaplain stoles. Is there someone you could connect me with? thanks so much

    • Hello, Cathy,

      I’ll give you the email address of the woman in our parish who has been our contact person with this ministry. Her name is Karen Morgan: her email address is ktmorgan@twcny.rr.com
      Karen can put you in touch with the right people if you’d like to get involved as well.
      God be with you,
      Mtr. Kathryn+

    • Karen Morgan

      Cathy, I just accessed the website and saw your message. I am not sure if anyone every was able to contact you, but I am doing so now. I did participate in this ministry, sewing two clergy stoles. One was sent to Afghanistan and one was to be placed in a prominent place in Washington, D.C. – Air Force building or something such as that. Since I finished the last stole I haven’t heard anything further from the woman who initially was contacted by the military to sew these. However, I will contact her and ask her what the status is and will let you know her response. If you want to contact me my e-mail is ktmorgan@twcny.rr.com.

  4. Kathleen Blaisel, Junior Warden

    Dear Rev. Boswell,

    St. James Church vestry in Au Sable Forks, NY is discerning whether to sell our rectory. We understand that you recently sold your rectory and we wanted to know the process involved and if proceeds from the sale were reserved in an account for ongoing and future housing allowance.
    Please call or email me any information you may have.
    Thank you and may God bless you,

    Kathleen Blaisel, Junior Warden

  5. tom murray

    Its a beautiful church building. Can anyone tell me when it was built and perhaps the name of the architect?

    • Hello, Tom,
      We were built about 1875 – I will look up the information I have on the church’s history and get back to you with more specifics. It is indeed lovely. If you live anywhere near Norwood, please visit us!

    • Hello again, Tom. Here’s the information I found in our file. The church was organized as St. Andrews Mission in 1874, but the cornerstone of the Church was laid in 1879, and services weren’t begun in the church building until 1885. The interior was finished between 1892 and 1894, and in 1894 the name of the church was changed to St. Philip’s. I don’t know who the architect was.

  6. The church is made up of members who are willing to search for new ideas and to accept people of diverse backgrounds, and yet honor the tradition and historical nature of the Episcopal church.

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