The Rectory




In addition to housing parish clergy and their families, St. Paul's rectory was also the home of the first boys to board at the parish school in the 1880s.  At various times, it has been rented to tenants as a private dwelling and has housed the Sunday School and the Thrift Shop.  Today, the parish office is there.  The living room, dining room, and back porch are used for the hospitality hour following Sunday service and for other gatherings for parish fellowship and education.  It is also the site of the daily lunch program provided by the Washington County Office of the Aging. On the second floor, a room is furnished as a chapel for weekday use in the winter months and an adjacent room houses the parish library.




The rectory chapel, known as the Oratory of the Upper Room. Additional seating is available in the adjoining Library.


The Houghton Memorial Library has a modest, but growing selection of educational and devotional books, as well as some religious-themed fiction.

Hospitality hour in the rectory and on the porch, following Sunday service


A wheelchair ramp provides access to the main floor of the rectory, via the back porch.

An ecumenical study group meets in the library.

Pot luck lunch in the rectory.


Washington County Office for the Aging
Senior Citizen Meal Program

The Washington County Office for the Aging sponsors a hot meal for senior citizens from Monday through Friday. The lunch program ensures a nutritious meal, a congenial social setting, and a variety of other services and activities for many of the elderly residents of Salem and neighboring towns. For nearly thirty years, the meal was served in Burton Hall. When that building was closed in 2007, the lunch program moved into the rectory to continue to serve senior citizens in our community there. For more information or to make reservations for lunch, please call 854-7294 between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM, Monday through Friday.


Seniors at lunch (left) and staff of the meal site (right)



For many years, a simple wooden cross has stood in a rock garden in a narrow space between the rectory and the church building.  With the help of a tractor to uproot and move the rocks, in October 2004 a parish work party moved the garden and cross to a new location behind the rectory and in view of Burton Hall.

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