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

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

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.

Sunday, December 16, 12:30 pm: Wisdom Circle

All elders and wisepeople are invited to the Wisdom Circle, every 3rd Sunday. The topic for December is Change. Whether they’re viewed as good or bad, expected or unexpected, changes are a sure thing in life. Some are welcome, and some changes aren’t so welcome. The aging process itself brings many changes we don’t always feel prepared to meet. How do we handle change? We will also say goodbye to Atticus Zavaletta and welcome the Wisdom Circle’s new facilitator, seminarian Roger Reisman.

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 (

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; 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 (

The Episcopal Church (

The Anglican Communion (

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Azetet Abrita, Carlos Arias, Martha Elena Avendaño, Dawit Bokrezion, Michael Bokrezion, Hector and Irene Delgado, Miriam Delgado, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Eva Greene & Family, Elnora Harewood, Joseph Lorde, Miguel & Liz & Dasanie Nieves, Kym Roberts, Adel Slocum, Tamika, Lisa Valerio, Marsha Williams, Arthur Williams III, Alen Yemane, Bisrat Yemane, Ghenet Yemane, Haben Yemane

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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 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: December 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: 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:

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: December 20.

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


Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm. December 14: cinderella, 1997, g, 1h28min, adventure comedy.  the classic tale told with some spectacular voices via a marvelously diverse cast. w/ brandy, whitney houston, bernadette peters, whoopi Goldberg


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’s Episcopal 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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