New York City has done remarkably well since the early days of the pandemic when we found ourselves at its epicentre, but infection rates continue to rise and we must remain vigilant. This is especially true as our nation begins the Herculean task of vaccinating the population. Covid-19 remains, and will remain for months to come, a threat to public health. We have made, therefore, the difficult decision to remain closed for public, in person worship, at least through January. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take the best, expert advice. Your health and safety are our highest concern in these days and we are grateful to you for your faith, patience, and perseverance.
For at least as long we have restrictions in place, we will continue to livestream Sunday worship and continue our other online offerings:
Solemn Mass will be live streamed on YouTube every Sunday at 11:00 A.M., and on feast days as announced. You can find our live streams and the library of all our past services on our YouTube channel
In addition, we will continue the following online offerings on Zoom (all times are EST):
Evening Prayer is said Monday-Thursday at 6:00 P.M.
Great Litany and Supplication on Fridays at NOON
Office of the Dead is prayed on Saturdays at 10:00 A.M.
For at least as long as Covid-19 remains a threat to public health and we have restrictions in place, we will also continue to live stream Sunday worship.
You can find the links to all online services here.
Additionally, it is also now possible for us to offer the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Matrimony. If you feel called to either of these sacraments, please be in touch with me and we can discuss how to proceed and what this would look like. We are also able to bury the dead according to the rites of the Church.
Pay attention to the Rector’s emails and this space for details and developments.
To contact the parish office, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our sexton is in the building on his regular schedule, Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays 8 am - 4 pm. Organist and Choirmaster Richard Porterfield lives on the property and together with Boniface helps us maintain our security.
The Rector is working both from home in his office at Church. He is available for parishioners by phone and email.
Pastoral care as we have come to know it, with the opportunity for in person visits and meetings, is one of the casualties of the present moment. If you are sick or in need, please do not hesitate to let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the best support we can. Right now no one can visit hospitals and nursing facilities and we can not make home visits.
At the same time we do not want people in need to feel isolated or be unable to receive what help we can give. The clergy are happy to speak with you by phone or even FaceTime (or Skype, etc.) and keep in touch via email. We may be entering a phase where socially distanced visits are possible.
If you cannot or should not go out, the Leopards are on the prowl, ready to assist those quarantined at home or unable to go out by dropping groceries and other necessary supplies at their doors, current restriction permitting. They are also looking for vigorous new Leopards to assist in this and future endeavours.
If you need help or want to volunteer to help, you can contact Deacon Kahn or Lucy Kummerle here.
The Spiritual Life and Christian Formation
If you want some reading and reflection, check out our Sermon Archive. You will find our sermons here
Advent Study of the Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch During Advent, on Thursdays, December 3, 10, and 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. EST, you are invited to participate via Zoom in a short series of reflections on select portions of the Letters of St. Ignatius of Antioch. Following an Introduction, we will focus on his understanding of the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the context in which his views took shape. To assist us in our reflections, some study materials will be distributed by email attachment. Those interested in taking part are asked to contact Deacon Kahn or Father Towner. Zoom links will be available from the website and sent to the parish via email.