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 Sister Deborah Francis, C.S.J.B., 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.
NYC AIDS Walk 2014
The final figures on the AIDS Walk 2014 are in, and our team was very successful. Thanks to our generous donors, we raised $39,883.00. The team's fundraising achievements helped it to achieve Gold-Team status: one of the top 30 teams overall. The team was #11 out of 2,661 teams. The Team had 17 members and 11 of them achieved Star Walker status. The AIDS Walk overall raised more than $4,154.279. That total was over a million dollars less than last year's total. This reminds us that the struggle to find a cure and to care for those living with HIV and AIDS must go on despite a difficult economy and a competitive fundraising environment. We thank the many Saint Marians and friends of Saint Mary’s who supported us—and we invite you to join us as fundraisers and walkers in 2015.
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.
Maundy Thursday Offering
Money collected on Maundy Thursday is traditionally given directly to the poor and those in need. In recent years the offering has supported AIDS Walk New York (AWNY) and the Saint Clement’s Food Pantry. In 2013 the total of the Maundy Thursday collection was $2,073.00 and we were able to make donations of $1,036.50 to the Food Pantry and AWNY. We are grateful to all of our members and friends who gave so generously during Holy Week this year.
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.
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
The Theater at Saint Mary’s
The Theater is Saint Mary’s Parish House. Currently the American Globe Theatre is in residence. AGT offices are also located in the Parish House. In addition to shows, AGT offers a variety of classes and workshops for adults and children.
Other Mission and Outreach opportunities that Saint Marians participate in…
Bag Lunch Program
Every Saturday morning at 9:45 AM throughout the year, volunteers gather in the Parish House of Saint Thomas Church (One West Fifty-Third Street) to prepare between 350 and 400 bag lunches consisting of soup or fruit cup, a sandwich and cookies. Distribution of the lunches along routes in mid-Manhattan begins at 11:00 and is completed by 12:30 PM.
The Michael D. Fender Food Pantry
at the Church of the Ascension
Each Tuesday and Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., bags of canned food are handed out to individuals outside of Ascension's Parish House at 12 West 11th Street, Manhattan (just west of Fifth Avenue). Bags are given on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 85 people who arrive. Clients line up on the north side of 11th Street, by the fence. Anyone who comes to our door receives a bag of food, so long as supplies last. We do not have any eligibility or needs tests. Three volunteers are needed each morning. Numbers are handed out to the first 85 people in line and the bags of food are handed out to these individuals in order of their number. Volunteers also prepare new bags so that they are ready for the next food pantry day. The food is stored in the basement of the Parish House. The bags are packed in the basement and then brought up and stored by the front door, ready to go. Volunteering takes about an hour and you are usually needed once every six weeks, starting at 8 a.m. To volunteer, call Matthew Snow at 212-475-6224.
Common Ground and Street2Home Initiative
Saint Mary’s works with Common Ground Community to help move people from homelessness to housing. Several times a year, there are street counts of the homeless in West Midtown. Also, Saint Mary’s is working to help develop the Jacob’s Tents program that helps parishioners be good neighbors with the homeless in our area.
Encore Senior Services
The Encore Senior Services Center located at Saint Malachy’s Church, 239 West 49th Street, needs volunteers to help with visiting seniors in their homes, hospitals or nursing homes; escorting and shopping for seniors, packing and serving meals at the Senior Center or assisting with activities. For more information about volunteer opportunities, call 212-591-2910.
Food Pantry at St. Bart’s
The Food Pantry at Saint Bartholomew’s Church (50th Street at Park Avenue) provides non-perishable food for eligible persons once a month. To volunteer, contact the Reverend J.D. Clarke at 212-378-0200.
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.
Diocese of Chennai (Madras), India
Department of Liturgy and Music
Dr. Randall Giles is an appointed missionary of the Episcopal Church. Since 2000, he has been working with the Church of South India's Madras Diocese, as director of its department of Liturgy and Music. In that capacity, he has mounted workshops and short courses for church musicians in the diocese, an annual Summer School of Music specifically designed for Village church musicians, and workshops for parishes wanting to work through issues of liturgy and music's place in it. He has initiated a large project to restore several of the nineteenth century pipe organs in the city of Chennai (formerly called Madras), where no work on maintaining these instruments has been able to be done for many decades. Interest in this work has spread to other localities in South India, where pipe organ restoration has begun with European builders engaged to do the work. Join us at Saint Mary's as we continue to discern new ways of supporting Randall and the church in South India. For more information about the ministry there see www.randallgiles.org
The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Sagada, Philippines
In 1904 the Reverend John Staunton, former curate of the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, New York City, established a mission in the mountains of Luzon, Philippines. Out of this mission grew the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Mary’s School, and many other programs to help the Igorot people. As the Episcopal Church in the Philippines moves toward full financial self-sufficiency, there increasing opportunities to be mission partners with the parish and the school in Sagada.
Office of the Anglican Observer to the United Nations, New York, New York
The ministry of the Anglican Observer is essentially to interact with various entities of the United Nations and of government missions and covey the concerns of the Anglican Communion. The office works with appropriate Non Government Organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies and also aims to keep the Anglican Communion informed about United Nations initiatives and how they could benefit from, or be effective partners to UN programmes. Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagaloa-Matalavea, Anglican Observer, is a friend of Saint Mary’s, and Brother William Jones, OSG is a member of Saint Mary’s. To volunteer, contact Brother William at 212-716-6263.