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

521 West 126th Street X New York, NY 10027 (212) 864-4013


Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement of the late 19th century, instituted to pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. The very first was celebrated in New York City. On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers in New York City took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history. Other cities soon followed suit. In 1894, Congress passed a law making the first Monday in September a federal holiday.

Sunday, September 2: Rector returns
St. Mary’s welcomes Mother Mary back from vacation! 🙂

Sat & Sun, September 8-9: St. Mary’s Festival Weekend

Celebrating Our Lady of Ferguson
and All Those Who Have Died of Gun Violence

Saturday, 9/8
1 pm The Rev. Mark Bozutti-Jones will talk about his journey to commission this beautiful and powerful icon
2 pm Art Response – we will respond with our prayers and creativity! Led by Lysander Puccio
Sunday, 9/9
10:30 am Festive Feast of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary worship and reception

Sunday, September 15, 12:30 pm: Wisdom Circle
After coffee hour, join a Circle of sacred space, where elders share their personal stories, spiritual gifts, and wisdom with one another. Topic this month: Emerging gifts–something I like about myself right now.

Sunday September 16, 2:00-4:00 pm: Sr. Elizabeth Johnson on Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril
In observance of The Season of Creation, Corpus Christi Church presents  Sr. Elizabeth A. Johnson, CSJ, Distinguished Professor of Theology (ret.) at Fordham University and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She is author of many books, including Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, She Who Is (Grawemeyer Award in Religion), among other titles.  She will speak on her new book, Creation and the Cross: The Mercy of God for a Planet in Peril, in which she asks how we can extend the core Christian belief in the redemption and salvation in Jesus to include all created beings. Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121 Street, Manhattan. Info: (212) 666-9350. Email:  Free.

Friday, September 21, 4:30 pm: Trip to see The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey
The Reparations Committee of the Diocese of New York invites you to join them to experience The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey. A special bus will travel to the performance at St. Paul Community Baptist Church, 895 Hendrix Street, Brooklyn. The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey is an original theatrical commemoration, first presented in 1995, that covers a period in World History that African Americans refer to as the MAAFA (MAAFA is Ki-Swahili meaning “holocaust,” and refers to the Trans-Atlantic slave trade). Through drama, song, rhythm, and dance, it tells a story of Africans confronted with the arrival of white slavers, the voyage of Africans to America, and the complex circumstances under which enslaved Africans were oppressed. This production inspires and uplifts as it reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit.

  • Cost: $65 includes ticket to performance and bus trip
  • Transportation: Bus will depart from northeast corner of Amsterdam and W 110th St at 4:30 pm
  • Performance begins at 6:30 pm and ends at 10:30 pm

You must reserve a seat. Questions? Contact Diane Pollard: 212-932-0941 or

Thursday, September 27, 7 pm: Forum on Police Brutality and Mental Health at St. Mary’s Church
Roughly one thousand people are killed nationally each year by police, almost one half are Black, Latinx, or Native American,and FULLY ONE in FOUR are in mental crisis!  Too many of our mentally disturbed sisters and brothers have been killed here in New York City. Sponsored by Congregations for Justice and Peace at St. Mary’s Church, the Forum will share the anguish of victims’ families and friends, explore what fundamental changes are vital, and begin to outline resources required to make these changes effective. Panelists will include members of victims’ families, experienced first responders, psychiatric and social work professionals, and community activists.To get involved, contact:

Items Needed
Our incoming Living Change Fellows arrived last weekend and they are settling in. A few requests to make the apartment more comfortable for SK, Annika, and Rook: Large cushions – at least 5; Microwave oven; A throw for couch/day bed; Bathroom mat set; Seat cushions for dining room chairs; Blender; Alternatives to nails and tape to hang artwork and posters so as not to damage paint; Decorative items such as flowers.

Thursday, October 4, 6 pm-9 pm: St. Mary’s Anti-Gala
St. Mary’s first Anti-Gala, a come-as-you-are gathering to inspire, sustain and grow our important, life-giving programs. Enjoy delectable donated food and drink, live music, and celebrate the transformative possibilities of what we can do when we do it together.

The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas will speak about “Liberation Theology in Reactionary Times.” Our program staff will be present to share with you the ways in which we work to alleviate the burden of injustice in our communities, and strategically respond to the needs of our neighbors.
100% of the proceeds will go to St. Mary’s support for our entire community, especially our hungry and homeless neighbors.

Tickets include (1) St. Mary’s famous “We Are Not Afraid” tshirt (designed by member Lysander Puccio). Additional tshirts will be available for purchase at the event, and /or before at the church for St. Mary’s Festival (September 8 & 9), or M, W, F, and Su from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Early Bird tickets $80 before September 9 (conclusion of St. Mary’s Festival).
Advance tickets $100 after September 9.
Tickets at the door $120.

jeans & tshirts encouraged!

We ask your Prayers for:

The Missions endorsed by St. Mary’s Vestry:
The Black Lives Matter Movement (
Jubilee USA (
The New Sanctuary Movement (

Our Partners: Unity Fellowship Church, NYC; NYC Adventist Forum; Pamsula Zen; Alanon; Alcoholics Anonymous; Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP); the Episcopal Churches in Harlem; Narcotics Anonymous; Network Support; St. Mary’s Center; Urban Qi.

Our Neighbors: 26th Precinct, Eglise de Dieu, Emergency Services, Manhattan North Task Force, Old Broadway Family Residence, Old Broadway Synagogue, Templo Biblico.
Everyone who comes to St. Mary’s throughout the week,
and anyone who is not able to be with us.

And for the broader church:

The Diocese of New York (
The Episcopal Church (
The Anglican Communion (

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing
Atkins, Vanessa Austin, Alma Albeniz, Inez Alexander, Bennie Mae, Diana Balsdom, Freddi Brown-Carter, Carlee Azania Buens, Andre Burns, Diana Butler, Ivan Bannister, Tyrone Benjamin, Carmen Cabrera & family, Lois Coe, Delancey & De la Cruz Family, Devante, Tyrone &Shirrell Felder, Candace Fraser, Rachel Furer, Vivian Furer, Jessica Furer, Rebecca Furer, Celeste Garcia, Janet Gibson, Aisa Giles, Patrick Hancock, Patrick Harding, Elnora Harewood, Rick Harris, Shirley Hilliard, Geraldine Ivins, Barbara Jackson, Ivory Johnson, Bishop Zachary Jones, Joseph Lorde,Margaret Mautner, Glenn Maynard,Dr. McElellen, Henry McFarlane, Jerry McMillan & Julissa Santos-McMillan, Michelle, Frank Munzer,Timothy E. Ottley, Luis Penabarrero, Marilyn Seven, Philindia Smith, the Pfeffer & Phelps Family, Rivers-Mazza family, Wilfrido Peralta Rodrigues & family, Erma and Salydine,Marion Smith, James &Kimberly Snyder, Alton Sterling, Francisco Tejeda, Rosa Velez, Arthur Williams & family, David Wreck, Marsha Wright, Harriet Wyatt, Suzy Zavaletta

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If you have any information to share with St. Mary’s church, please send it to
by Wednesday at 5 pm of each week to be placed in the weekly bulletin.To reach the Rector: please call 929-266-6279 or email:

RDJ Memorial Refugee Shelter: The Refugee Shelter at St. Mary’s is always looking for volunteers for overnight shifts and more. This is a great opportunity to support immigrants and refugees in New York City. Please contact

Regular Happenings at St. Mary’s Church!


Birthday and Anniversary Blessings First Sunday of each month.

Ecclesia Service &Meal First Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park,  volunteers always needed to help prepare and serve the “Second Meal” following the service.

Spirit and Strife Peer Support Group The first Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm in the rectory – Come share your burdens and joys in this prayerful circle of support.  New members always welcome.

Women’s Prayer Group Second Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.

Healing Prayers Third Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services.

4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.

The Vestry Fourth Sundays of every month at 12:30 pm.  The Vestry is the governing board of St. Mary’s.  All are invited. Next meeting: Sunday, September 23.

Unity Fellowship Church of New York Sundays at 2:00pm. Led by the Rev. Deborah Rice.  Sr. Bishop Zachary Jones.

Martial Arts for Children and Adults Sundays starting at 3 pm. Led by Master Anthony Richards. Contact the Parish Office for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous (We Have a Dream) Sundays at 7:30 pm

Wisdom Circle 3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle: September 15.


Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays at 12pm in the Parish Hall.

St. Mary’s Food Pantry Mondays at 4 pm grocery-style shopping choices available for all neighbors. For more information:

Pamsula Zen Meditation Mondays at 6:00 pm in the rectory (6:00 Beginning Instruction, 6:30 Meditation, 7:00 Meditation, 7:30 Talk, Discussion Q&A)


Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm; free medical clinic with dental consults 1st& 3rd Tuesdays, psychiatry 1st Tuesdays, occupational therapy 2nd& 4th Tuesdays. No ID required.


Urban Qi everyWednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Park @135th Street. Inclement weather–meet in the Undercroft. ( Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, free  for St. Mary’s members)

Wednesday Evening Prayer at St. Mary’s Every Wednesday at 7 pm at the Harlem pier (Hudson River & 125th St)! On hiatus for August.

Narcotics Anonymous (Men Supporting Men) every Wednesday at 7:30 pm. 


Miriam, Mark and Marx: meets the last Thursday of each month for interfaith justice and peace activism and community. On second Thursdays, our agenda is hands-on work. We gather at 6:30PMto share food, experiences, feelings. We then plan how to advance in the struggle against racism, sexism, and expanding war in these very troubling times.  For information call Jim White at 201-956-5356, or leave him a message in the parish office. Next meeting: Sep 27.

Narcotics Anonymous (Convent Ave Group) Thursdays at 7:30 pm


Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm… sept.7:  the breadwinner (2017, pg-13, 1h34m, animated drama) a young woman finds creative ways to support her family in taliban-controlled afghanistan.  nominated for an oscar as best animated feature 2018. Come for the fellowship, the movie, the popcorn, dinner and the fun…  volunteers always needed and welcome.


Saturday Mobile Soup Kitchen: every Saturday beginning at 12 noon. Help prepare sandwiches and lunch bags and then distribute them to our neighbors on the street.

Metro New York Adventist Forum Led by Ms. Janet Schultz. Adventist Forum gathers on the second Saturday of the month (please check for specific dates).

St. Mary’s Thrift Shop: Saturdays 12-5, Sundays 12-3. All proceeds support St. Mary’sEpiscopal Church and its mission to serve homeless and hungry people.Los ingress apoyan la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria y su misión de servir a las personas sin hogar y hambrientos de Harlem.


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