Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church!

521West 126th Street X New York, NY10027 (212) 864-4013

www.StMarysHarlem.org www.facebook.com/st.marys.harlem


Thursday, November 29, 6:30 pm: Austin Channing Brown Book Talk at St. Mary’s

In a time when nearly all institutions claim to value “diversity” in their mission statements, Austin Channing Brown offers a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. She writes in riveting detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Join Austin Channing Brown as she discusses her book and invites us to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness–if we let it–can save us all. Followed by a book-signing and reception. FREE. To RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-dignity-in-a-world-made-for-whiteness-with-austin-channing-brown-tickets-50787483731

Thursday, December 6, 7 pm: Film Screening, The Rape of Recy Taylor

Join the New York Chapter of the Union of Black Episcopalians and the Task Force on Domestic Violence of the Episcopal Diocese of New York in the viewing of this documentary film. Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang-raped by 6 white boys in 1944 Alabama. In the Jim Crow South, women feared for their lives if they spoke up, but Recy Taylor bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator, Rosa Parks, to help. Exposing a legacy of physical abuse of black women, the film reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. It celebrates that from sexual aggression on southern streets in the 40s to today’s college campuses and corporations to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement then as now. The Rape of Recy Taylor won the Special Prize for Human Rights Award (2017) at the Venice Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2018 N AACP Image Awards.

Saturday, December 8, 12-5 pm: Ninth Annual Harlem alter-knit-ive Craft Fair

Come to find a locally made, crafted with love gift! Handmade items, vintage goods, and baked treats from up to thirty vendors. Find a wonderful array of unique items including art, artisan gifts, crafts and souvenirs by independent designers, emerging artists, and vintage collectors. And a hot cider to warm up the spirit! Mark your calendars for December 8 for this unique and eclectic holiday experience. Shop for your loved ones, little ones and yourself. Are you a maker? Inquire about participation harlem.crafts.fair@gmail.com

Monday, December 10, 7 pm: Memorial Mass Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of Thomas Merton

The Thomas Merton Society will present a solemn Memorial Mass commemorating the 50th anniversary of Thomas Merton’s death in 1968, in Bangkok, Thailand. Fr Daniel Horan, OFM, will be principal celebrant and homilist. Father Horan is author of The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton, among many titles, and is now professor of systematic theology and spirituality at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Thomas Merton was baptized into the Catholic Church at Corpus Christi in 1938, and remained a monk/priest of the Abbey of Gethsemani until his death. The Mass will include music and readings from the 1968 funeral Mass at Gethsemani.  Reception will follow. Corpus Christi Church, 529 West 121 Street, NY 10027 (Manhattan). (212) 666-9350.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, January 5, 3 pm: Three Kings Day Party for Children!

A celebration of Christmas open to all children, join in the holiday spirit! Volunteers needed to help with gift wrap, snacks, games and crafts.

We ask your Prayers for:

The Missions endorsed by St. Mary’s Vestry:

The Black Lives Matter Movement (https://policy.m4bl.org/platform/)

Jubilee USA (http://www.jubileeusa.org/)

The New Sanctuary Movement (http://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/)

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; Circles of Support/Network; St. Mary’s Center; Urban Qi; Master Anthony Richardson Martial Arts; Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

Our Neighbors:26th Precinct, Eglise de Dieu, Emergency Services, Manhattan North Task Force,

Old Broadway Family Residence, Old Broadway Synagogue, TemploBiblico.
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 (https://www.dioceseny.org/)

The Episcopal Church (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/)

The Anglican Communion (http://www.anglicancommunion.org/)


Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Syida Adam, Inez Alexander, Carlos Arias, Freddi Brown-Carter, Tyrone Benjamin, Carmen Cabrera & family, Catherine Cowell, Jamaree Harrigan, Shirley Hilliard, Anthony Howell, Barbara Jackson, Ivory Johnson, Bishop Zachary Jones, Cissy Justice, Courtney Maine, Jerry McMillan, Michael, Frank Munzer, Alice Xaveria Ombash, the Pfeffer & Phelps Family, Nurana Radjabova, Rivers-Mazza family, Kym Roberts, Marilyn Seven, Marion Smith, James & Kimberly Snyder, Valerie, Ishmael Wallace, Ruby Washington, Harriet Wyatt, Suzy Zavaletta

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If you have any information to share with St. Mary’s church, please send it to stmarysharlem@gmail.com.
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: mlf.stmarysharlem@gmail.com.

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 admin@rdjrefugeeshelter.org.


 Regular Happenings at St. Mary’s Church!


Birthday and Anniversary Blessings 1st Sunday of each month.

 Ecclesia Service & Meal 1st 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 1st 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 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.

 Healing Prayers 3rd 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: November 25.

 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: December 16.


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: st.marysfoodprograms@gmail.com.

 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 Every Wednesday 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)

 St. Mary’s Choir Every Wednesday at 6 pm—no audition required, newcomers welcome!

 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 6:30PM to 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. Next meeting: November 29.

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



Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm. Nov 30: uncle drew, 2018, pg-13, 1h41min, sports comedy, street ball in Harlem w/lots of NBA stars, with kyrie irving, lil rel howery, shaq. 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: Fridays 2-5, 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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