Outreach at Saint Mary's
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 important outreach effort.
HELPING THE HOMELESS
We are happy to receive donations of new socks and underwear, blankets, sleeping bags, protein bars, hand cleanser, small bottles of shampoo and toiletries for distribution to the homeless and others who are in need. This will become increasingly important as the weather grows colder. We also would like to receive donations of McDonald's or Dunkin' Donuts gift cards for distribution to the homeless and others in need. Saint Mary's works with the Breaking Ground Initiative, whose goal it is to find housing or shelter for those living on the streets. Please contact us if you would like to donate or if you would like to volunteer.
SAINT MARY'S AIDS WALK TEAM
As of this writing, our team is number 4 overall for funds raised. This year's AIDS Walk has garnered $4,416,919 and Saint Mary's Team has raised almost $60,000 of that. As of today, we are $609 short of that giant number. We received almost 300 donations. The donation period is open until mid-June. When the final tallies are in, we will give a report to the parish. In the meantime, we are deeply grateful to every one of those 300 people. If you would still like to contribute, you can do so online, or by giving a check paid to the order of AIDS Walk New York to Father Smith or to one of the two coordinators, Clark Mitchell or MaryJane Boland.
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 (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 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 to:
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, traveled 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 contact 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.
SMV Gallery Space
SMV Gallery Space is an art gallery at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Saint Joseph's Hall, dedicated to showing the works of new and emerging contemporary artists. After each art opening, access to the gallery is provided by appointment. For more information please contact curator Jose Vidal.
AA and Other Groups
at Saint Mary’s
“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:
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;
www.nyintergroup.org (includes Meeting List online)
For information about Overeaters Anonymous meetings, please go to oabigbooknyc.org or contact:
Greater New York Metro Intergroup of
P.O. Box 1235
New York, NY 10159-1235
For information about Debtors Anonymous meetings, please go to debtorsanonymous.org or contact:
General Service Office
PO Box 920888
Needham, MA 02492-0009
800-421-2383 or 781-453-2743
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 here."
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, visit their website or call 212-246-988
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, visit their website or call the coordinator of volunteer programs, Clyde Kuemmerle, at 212- 924-0167 ext. 237.
Royal Family Productions
Located at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin's Parish House, Royal Family is a not-for-profit theatre company led by artistic director Christine Henry, with a mission to introduce new voices.