Wednesday Evening Bible Study Class

Most Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 PM, beginning on October 15.

Saint Joseph's Hall


This year we will be reading

The Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Prophet Isaiah Icon 2

The class is led by Father Jay Smith and is open to all those prepared

to read attentively, while listening respectfully

to all the members of the class.

No prior experience is necessary.



Sunday, October 5, 1:00 PM

A Tour of Saint Mary's: Art, Architecture & Decoration

Nave of SMV

Led by Dr. Dennis Raverty & Mr. Dick Leitsch

Those interested in taking the Tour should gather in Saint Joseph's Hall

at the end of Coffee Hour.

All are welcome.



Sunday, October 12, 19 & 26, 10:00 AM

The Veneration of the Saints:

Origins & History, Spirituality, Prayer & Meaning


Perpetua & Felicitas


In this three-part series, we will discuss the distinctively Christian aspects of the veneration of the saints. We will discuss the origins and history of the veneration. We will also discuss some of the "nuts and bolts" of the veneration: relics, feast days, calendars, shrines, liturgies, canonization, universal vs. local saints, among other issues. We will also discuss the meaning of the veneration of the saints for Episcopalians, and, specifically, for the people of Saint Mary's. We will also ask the question: "Who are the saints for me today?"

The class is led by Father Jay Smith on October 12 and October 26.

The class on October 19 is led by Ms. Grace Bruni.



Sunday, November 2, 9, 16, & 23, 10:00 AM

The Gospel of John

St John the Divine, Ethiopian Gospel Book

John the Evangelist, from Ethiopian Gospel Book. Artist unknown. c. 1540


The Gospel According to John is valuable because it differs so completely from Matthew, Mark and Luke.It is also difficult because it differs so completely from Matthew, Mark and Luke.  The value and the problems of John will be part of our discussion on four Sundays in November and all of the Sundays in Lent. John has a unique and important understanding of who Jesus Christ was and is. Much of what we assume we know about Christ is derived from John.  Additionally it is the most sacramental of the Gospels, and yet it never records the institution of either Baptism or the Eucharist.  This will be a provocative and iconoclastic look at John. The goal of this series of classes is to deepen our faith as we learn to appreciate and understand The Fourth Gospel.

This series is led by Father Pete Powell.

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