Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

 Welcome to Mother Amanda Akes and congratulations for your ordination yesterday and thanks so much for celebrating your first service as a priest at St. Mary’s this morning. Amanda was in the second year of the New York Intern Program and was sponsored by St. Mary’s Church for the priesthood. Amanda will begin her duties as Assistant Rector at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Glastonbury, CT next month. And welcome to all the Akes family with us here today!

 Spirit and Strife Peer Trauma Support Group. If you are a trauma survivor, please join St. Mary’s in a new ministry to co-create a safe, loving, faith-inspired space in which to develop strategies for resilience and recovery. Meeting: Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. See Lysander Puccio for more information.

The Episcopal Church Women: The ECW Prayer committee will meet today, September 11th, following the 10:00 am service. The ECW meets on the Third Sunday, September 18th,  following the 10:00 am service Please see Celia Braxton for further information.

Music at St. Mary’s: Join us next Sunday, September 18th at 3:00 pm as the Harlem chamber Players open an exciting new season. The program includes Mozart and Brahms. Admission is $15.00 ($10.00 seniors/students) for this most extraordinary afternoon of superb music. Check out the article from this week’s Amsterdam News featuring St. Mary’s own Liz Player! Bring your friends, family and neighbors for a great introduction to St. Marys.

New Furnace for St. Mary’s: This week work will begin on a new heating system for the Parish. It will be more energy efficient and do a better job at heating the sanctuary and Parish Hall. We will be able to save money on fuel costs (one of our larger expenses) and lessen the “carbon footprint” of the parish. Your support has been and remains critical and appreciated for this new venture.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first Sunday each month. Also: St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let us know if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for the fellowship, the popcorn and the FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help. Thanks!! Sept. 16th: “Young at Heart” (fantastic true story of an elderly choir that sings the Clash! PG); Sept. 23rd: “Cleopatra” (Elizabeth Taylor remembered at her best; ur); Sept. 30th: “The Devil Wears Prada” (fashion publishing horro stories, with Meryl Streep; PG-13).

 “Reflexion Biblico” en Espanol, beginning Sept. 17th at 6:00 pm, lead by the Rev. Dr. Luis Barrios. More information to come. Mark your calendars!

Pray for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor in the Diocese of New York, that we find a good and faithful leader to help us move into the future as we serve the Risen Christ.

                 September 11th Commemorations:

Floating Lantern Ceremony, September 11th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The South side of Pier 40 on the Hudson River

Info: 6pm – Prepare Lanterns by writing loved one’s names and messages for peace

6:30pm – Interfaith prayer and meditation, Musical Performances, Greetings and Messages, Buddhist chant for 9/11 victims and 3/11 Japanese earthquake and Tsunami victims. Famed musician Paul Winter will perform.

7:45pm – Floating lanterns released onto the Hudson

Co-Sponsors: ICNY, The Buddhist Council of NY, Prepare NY, United Sikhs, New York Disaster Interfaith Network, NY de Volunteer, New York Kayak Company

 Ribbons of Hope Project

Info: “9/11 Ribbons of Hope” is an interactive, community-created art project designed to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks by inviting people of all backgrounds, religions, ages and races to tie a ribbon inscribed with a message of hope and healing for New York City. Just a short walk from Ground Zero, 12 tall mesh panels holding 50,000 ribbons will be installed alongside the Gardens of Remembrance in Battery Park from noon on Friday September 9th until noon on Monday September 12th. All day Friday, Saturday and Sunday New Yorkers and visitors alike are welcome to bring a ribbon and tie it to the panels assisting in the creation of a multi-colored, multi-cultural, tapestry of prayers, wishes, dreams, memories, and celebrations. We are asking you and your faith communities to help us reach our target of 50,000 ribbons.

 Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Healing, Friday, September 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus, 60th St. and Columbus Ave.

Info: The Interfaith Center of New York, the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and our partners, invite all mental health professionals to attend a symposium: “Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Healing: Religious Leaders and Mental Health Professionals Explore the Emotional Life of the City at the 10th Anniversary of 9/11”. The half-day symposium will include a panel discussion with leading mental health practitioners who bring both spiritual and psychological perspectives to bear on experiences of trauma, as well as small group workshops offering hands-on introductions to the therapeutic resources found in diverse religious traditions.

 Visit for more info.

 Contact Person: Henry Goldschmidt, 212.870.3514



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