Mission and Outreach
There are many opportunities to get involved in mission work and outreach programs at Saint Mary’s. Please contact Father Jay Smith or for more information or if you would like to donate time or money to our outreach efforts.
Saint Mary’s partners with the food pantry run by Saint Clement’s Episcopal Church (on 46th Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). If you would like to support this outreach effort, you are invited to bring non-perishable food items on Sundays and place them in the basket at the back of the church or on the table in Saint Joseph’s Hall. The food is then delivered to Saint Clement’s Food Pantry. You may also make cash donations. Thank you to all those who have given so generously and so consistently to this very important outreach effort.
Helping the Homeless in Our Neighborhood
We are happy to receive donations of new white socks and underwear, protein bars, hand cleanser, small bottles of shampoo and other toiletries, for distribution to the homeless and others who are in need. This will become increasingly important as the weather grows colder.
We are also receive donations of new or gently used jackets, sweaters, and coats for distribution to the homeless and others in need.
Saint Mary's works with the Common Ground Initiative, whose goal it is to find housing or shelter for those living on the streets.
NYC AIDS Walk 2015
The final figures on the AIDS Walk 2015 are in, and our team was incredibly successful. This was the tenth year that the Team has participated in the Walk and Saint Mary's ranked seventh among all participating teams. This year, the Team succeeded in raising $56,813.00 of the $4.88 million raised to support and care for people who are HIV+ or living with AIDS. Even more important than the total dollar amount raised was the breadth of the Team's donor base: the Team received 398 contributions from parishioners, their friends and relatives, and supporters around the country and, indeed, the world. The Team will walk again on Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016, after Solemn Mass--because at Saint Mary's worship comes first and social commitment comes right behind it. Please join us in 2016. Please contact MaryJane Boland or Clark Mitchell for more information.
Maundy Thursday Offering
Money collected on Maundy Thursday is traditionally given directly to the poor and those in need. This year the offering supported AIDS Walk New York 2015 (AWNY) and Saint Mary's ministry to the homeless. In 2015 the total of the Maundy Thursday collection was $2,302.00 and we were able to make two donations of $1,151.00 to AWNY and to Saint Mary's homeless ministry. We are grateful to all of our members and friends who gave so generously during Holy Week this year.
The Episcopal Order of the Holy Cross
If you would like to support the work of the Mariya uMama weThemba Monastery in Grahamstown, South Africa, especially the order’s school, its after-school program, and its scholarship fund, you may send a donation in care of Brother Robert Sevensky, OHC, Order of the Holy Cross, PO Box 99, West Park, NY 12493.
Saint Vincent's School for the Handicapped, Haiti
The Diocese of Haiti is a diocese of the Episcopal Church. Mainland Episcopalians have been active in a variety of restoration projects, following the devastating earthquake of 2010. Saint Vincent's School is an Episcopal School in Haiti's capital city, Port-au-Prince. The rector of Saint Mary's, Father Stephen Gerth, is travelling to Haiti on a mission trip in November 2014. If you would like to learn more about the trip or about the Church's work in Haiti, please speak to Father Gerth.
Votive Candle Shrines
Donations to the shrines located throughout the church keep the doors of the church open every day of the year. On an average day over 500 people enter the church, some stay all day, others stop in for a service, to pray, or to light a candle and make an offering at a shrine. All gifts make an enormous difference and help us continue to be a place for Worship, Prayer, Mission and Outreach. Thanks for your support and for your prayers.
Saint Mary’s Gift Shop
Proceeds (the exact percentage is determined annually by the Gift Shop and the Board) from the Saint Mary’s Gift Shop go directly to a variety of Mission and Outreach efforts. The Gift Shop is open after Solemn Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. When you buy a mug, a book, a postcard, a piece of art, a T-shirt, or a piece of jewelry, you are helping to support one of our outreach efforts.
AA and Other Groups at Saint Mary’s
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.)
“Amazing Grace” group meets Monday through Friday at 7:30 AM in the Mission House at 133 West 46th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues (on the north side of the street). These are “closed” meetings, that is, the meetings are only open to those in A.A. or those with an alcohol problem who wish to stop drinking. The last Thursday of the month is a Step Meeting.
“New but West” meets Monday through Friday from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM, and from 5:30 to 6:30 PM; on Saturdays at 10:00 AM; and on Sundays at 5:00 PM. The meeting splits into several different groups on weekdays.
“Come Early, Come Often” meets on Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 AM.
For more information about Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, please contact:
Inter-Group Association of A.A. of New York, 307 Seventh Avenue at West 28th Street, Room 201, New York, New York 10001-6007; Voice Telephones: 212.647.1680, 914.949.1200; Fax: 212.647.1648; Tele-communication Device for Deaf and Hard of Hearing only: 212.647.1649; Web site: www.nyintergroup.org (includes Meeting List online); E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Mission and Outreach efforts that Saint Marians assist, participate in…
On September 11, 2015, the Bishop of New York issued an appeal to all the parishes in the Diocese of New York to respond to the current refugee crisis in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. He addressed the troubles that refugees, fleeing violence in their homelands, have faced. He wrote, "In the face of such horrors, many are asking how they can help these refugees. Certainly donations of money are most welcome, as these people crossing borders, often abused and robbed by smugglers, are increasingly arriving in Central Europe with only the clothes on their backs. [Here in New York] we are researching the best avenues for getting donations directly and safely to the places where the need is greatest, and those who would like to join in this effort are encouraged to send monetary donations to the Diocese of New York, either by check marked for refugee relief, or online by credit card at http://www.episcopalny.com/refugee-relief/."
We note that as of September 2015, Google is matching donations in support of refugees 1:1. Google is forwarding donations to such organizations as the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees, Save the Children, and Doctors without Borders.
The Food Pantry at the Church of Saint Bartholomew
The Food Pantry at Saint Bartholomew’s Church (50th Street at Park Avenue) provides non-perishable food for eligible persons. To volunteer, contact the Reverend Edward Sunderland, LCSW, at 212-378-0229.
Hartley House, located at 416 West 46th Street, offers programs to serve the changing Hell’s Kitchen community, offering the Home Outreach Program for Elders (HOPE), after-school programs for children, and educational programs for all ages. To find out more about how you can help further the mission of Hartley House, call 212-246-9885.
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen at Holy Apostles (Ninth Avenue and 28th Street) serves 1,100 meals everyday to the homeless, elderly and the working poor. To find out more or to volunteer, contact call the coordinator of volunteer programs, Clyde Kuemmerle, at 212- 924-0167 ext. 237.