FROM THE RECTOR: THE FALL IS HERE
Our summer break is over. In a sense, the summer ended for us last Wednesday night, October 3, when the Reverend Mary Julia Jett was ordained to the priesthood here by the bishop of Montana. James Kennerley played a recital before the service and the parish choir sang Guerrero and Morales during the ordination liturgy. A senior priest of the Church, the Reverend Canon John G.B. Andrew, preached. Many members of the General Theological Seminary community were with us. Many, many people worked very, very hard to make the evening wonderful. Guerrero’s Missa Sancta et immaculata, with its soaring, pure soprano lines, took my soul heavenward—and made me really excited for what the fall, winter and spring at Saint Mary’s will bring.
Christian Education starts on Sunday. The parish choir returns to Solemn Mass. And on Sunday afternoons, organ recitals return and instead of simple Evening Prayer, Solemn Evensong & Benediction are offered. The richness of the Sunday and weekday offerings here for worship and education is something that I don’t take for granted. Some really good things are happening.
Professor Dennis Raverty is leading the first Adult Forum, speaking on Henry Ossawa Tanner, an extraordinary African-American painter of religious scenes. On the next three Sundays of October, the Reverend Dr. James C. Pace will be speaking on “Pastoral Care and The Book of Common Prayer.” In November, the Reverend Dr. Peter R. Powell begins a three-week introduction to Saint Paul’s Letter to the Romans. After a Thanksgiving weekend break, beginning in December the Reverend Mary Julia Jett will be speaking for three weeks on the nineteenth-century Ritualist Movement in the Anglican Communion, of which we in this parish are heirs. Wednesday Night Bible Study with the Reverend James Ross Smith will begin on October 17. Until the Christmas break, this class will focus on a detailed reading of the Lord’s Prayer from Matthew and Luke and the early history of its interpretation.
The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd for children ages three through six begins on Sunday. This is led by the Reverend Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, who will be assisted by the Reverend Mary Julia Jett. Mother Jett is also leading a class for our children who are between seven and twelve years of age.
James Kennerley is playing the first of our Sunday evening recitals this fall. These recitals start at 4:40 PM. Sunday Solemn Evensong begins at 5:00 PM and includes a short sermon. This Sunday, the Reverend David Sibley, priest-in-charge, Saint John’s Church, Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, and an assisting priest here, will preach. Refreshments are served afterwards in Saint Joseph’s Hall.
This kind of program happens week by week and day by day because of the commitment of many people and many gifts of money and time to this parish. I know these gifts help shape the lives of this parish’s members and friends across the nation. I think God uses our gifts in many ways, in more ways than we can ever know. Thank you for making this possible. Stephen Gerth
YOUR PRAYERS ARE ASKED FOR Demetrio, Laurence, Mary, Richard, Joseph, Harriet, Arielle, Betty, Beneb, Carol, Sharon, Linda, and Arpene; and for the members of our Armed Forces on active duty, especially Elizabeth, Nicholas, and Matthew . . . GRANT THEM PEACE . . . October 7: 1948 John K. Barnes; 1952 Robert H. Sommer; 1962 Stephen Waterman Mason.
THE ORDINARY FRIDAYS OF THE YEAR are observed by special acts of discipline and self-denial in commemoration of the crucifixion of the Lord.
THIS WEEK AT SAINT MARY’S . . . On October 7, the Sunday fall, winter and spring schedule returns: Sung Matins 8:30 AM, Mass 9:00 & 10:00 AM, Church School 9:45 AM, Adult Education 10:00 AM, Solemn Mass 11:00 AM (choir returns), Solemn Evensong & Benediction 5:00 PM . . . Monday, October 8, Columbus Day, Federal Holiday Schedule . . Our annual Oktoberfest and Hymn Sing is on Saturday, October 13, 6:00-9:00 PM . . . Father Jim Pace will hear confessions on Saturday, October 6. Father Stephen Gerth will hear confessions on Saturday, October 13. If you do not see a priest in the church at the appointed times for confession, please speak to the sexton on duty and he will call the priest on duty; or you may call the parish office ahead of time to make an appointment.
AROUND THE PARISH . . . There are too many people to begin to thank by name for the wonderful ordination on Wednesday night. It was a very special evening, filled with beauty, love and many graces. Thank you to everyone who made this possible . . . If you are interested in being confirmed or received as a member of the Episcopal Church, please speak to Father Gerth or Father Smith. We will be confirming and receiving candidates on All Saint’s Day, Thursday, November 1 . . . The Oktoberfest Dinner is potluck. Please contact Grace Bruni or Father Smith if you think you might be able to bring a dish to share. Beverages will be provided. Invite a friend! All are welcome . . . Father Jay Smith will be away from the parish at a Leadership in Ministry Conference from the afternoon of Sunday, October 7, until Wednesday, October 10. He will return to the office on Thursday, October 11 . . . Attendance: Last Sunday 196; Ordination 173.
FROM THE MUSIC DIRECTOR . . . We welcome the choir back from their summer break. The all–professional choir, comprised of the finest singers from New York City, sings at Solemn Mass from October to Corpus Christi, and for major feasts during the week. Please see the church’s website for the full music schedule . . . The setting of the Mass ordinary is Missa Nasce la gioja mia by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525–1594). Known today as representing the height of Renaissance polyphony, Palestrina was born, and spent most of his life in and around Rome. He published hundreds of works, including some 104 masses and 300 motets (interestingly, he published no instrumental music, even though he was an organist). The Missa Nasce la gioja mia is a “parody mass”—a compositional technique in which parts of the music are based on an existing work or melody. It is an early work, and probably the last time that Palestrina used a madrigal (a secular part song) as a model for a mass setting. Nasce la gioja mia was composed by Giovan Leonardo Primavera (c. 1545–50–after 1585). At the ministration of Communion, the choir sings Palestrina’s motet Exultate deo, a five–part setting of verses from Psalm 81 . . . Our Sunday Organ Recital Series commences this Sunday at 4:40 PM. I will play the first recital, with music by Messiaen and de Grigny. James Kennerley
ADULT EDUCATION . . . Sunday, October 7, 10:00 AM: Dr. Dennis Raverty will introduce the class to the life and work of Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859–1937), an African-American painter who specialized in religious and biblical subjects . . . Wednesday Night Bible Study Class (October 17, 24; November 7, 14, 28; December 5, 12, 19): Father Jay Smith will lead the class in a study of the Lord’s Prayer. The class will discuss contemporary Jewish prayer forms, the text of the Prayer in the gospels, and early patristic interpretations of the Prayer, hoping to understand what the Our Father has to teach us about the act, goals, life, and discipline of prayer. The autumn schedule for our adult-education offerings has now been posted on our website . . . Sunday, October 14, 21, 28: Father Jim Pace will draw on his pastoral, theological, and medical knowledge and experience as he leads the class in a discussion of three Prayer Book rites, the Reconciliation of a Penitent, Ministration to the Sick, and Ministration at the Time of Death.
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN . . . The Stewardship Committee is making plans to mail its annual appeal letter at the end of October. Commitment Sunday is November 25, the Last Sunday after Pentecost. For more information, please contact MaryJane Boland. Thank you to all those who give so generously to support the mission of the parish.
SMV WOMEN’S GROUP . . . Please join fellow parishioners for an outing at the Museum of Biblical Art on Thursday, October 25, 6:00-9:00 PM, for the “Louis C. Tiffany & Art of Devotion” exhibit. A fellowship dinner in the Lincoln Center area will follow. The museum is located at 1865 Broadway & 61st Street (northwest corner). For additional information please speak to Renée Pecquex or Mary Robison. If you plan to attend, please RSVP using the group’s email address.
OUTREACH AT SAINT MARY’S . . . We are beginning now to gather toys and other gift items for children of all ages. They will be donated in November to the New York Foundling Hospital and AIDS Action International. Donations can be left, with a note on them explaining what they are for, in the parish kitchen or you may give the items to Father Jay Smith . . . We are also receiving donations of small- or medium-sized luggage to be used by children in foster care. The luggage is given to the Foundling Hospital. Please contact Father Jay Smith . . . The Inpatient Detoxification Program at St. Luke's Hospital is always in need of Bibles (editions with both the Old and the New Testaments), new basic personal items (especially t-shirts, socks, and small backpacks or totes), and ink pens for journaling (bank pens, hotel pens, all are fine). If you are willing and able to help, a box will be available in St. Joseph's Hall on Sunday mornings. If you have any questions, please contact Mother Mary Jett.
AWAY FROM THE PARISH . . . Sunday, October 7, 7:00 PM, “Tales from the Life of Saint Francis in Great Paintings of the Western Tradition,” a presentation by Dr. Dennis Raverty, Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 81 Christopher Street, near Sheridan Square . . . At the Museum of Biblical Art, 1865 Broadway at 61st Street, Louis C. Tiffany & the Art of Devotion, October 12, 2012-January 20, 2013. The exhibition will consider the array of church decorations and memorials that Louis C. Tiffany (1848-1933) produced beginning in the early . . . Friday, October 26, 6:00 PM, “Sweet Dreams: A Documentary Film about Women Healing Rwanda,” will be shown at the General Theological Seminary. Its presentation is co-sponsored by the Society of St. Blandina at General Theological Seminary and Anglican Women's Empowerment. Details and tickets available online here.