Classes and Events

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The Wednesday Night
Bible Study Class

Letter of James

2018-2019

6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Saint Benedict's Study - 145 West 46th Street
 

 The Wednesday Night Bible Study Class will resume on October 10 at 6:30 PM.

If you are interested, please contact
Father Jay Smith.

 

SAINT MARY'S CENTERING PRAYER GROUP


Every Friday, from 6:30-8:00 PM, following Evening Prayer, in the Atrium on the second floor of the Parish House.
(Entrance is via Saint Joseph's Hall or 145 West Forty-sixth Street.)

Centering Prayer, "prayer without words," is a contemplative-prayer method that is intended to develop one's relationship with God. No experience is required to begin; if interested, individual instruction can be provided-simply contact one of the Group's coordinators. An introductory workshop will be held in the fall. If you do have questions or would like more information, contact co-coordinators Ingrid Sletten or Blair Burroughs

 
  Photo: Saint Francis, Pulpit, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

Photo: Saint Francis, Pulpit,
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin

Sunday Mornings: Adult Forum
We Welcome the Friars

October 7, 14, 21, and 28 at 10:00 AM

Parish House, Saint Benedict's Study
145 West 46th Street

Brother Damien, SSF, and Brother Thomas, SSF, will introduce themselves to the Saint Mary's Community and will discuss their work and ministry, their vocation to the religious life, as well as provide an introduction to Franciscan spirituality, theology, and practice.

 
 
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Sunday Mornings: Adult Forum
Studying the Bible
The Elijah-Elisha Cycle

November 4, 11, 18, 25 at 10:00 AM
Led by Father Peter Powell

Parish House, Saint Benedict's Study
145 West 46th Street

The Elijah/Elisha cycle in 1 and 2 Kings (1 Kings 17—2 Kings 9) are interesting stories as literature. But of course we don’t read the Bible only as literature. We read it to discover how God works in our world. Elijah and Elisha prophesied to Israel when it was ruled by Israelite kings. Their relationship to the kings of Israel have much to teach us about how the religious community relates to power. The kings despised Elijah and Elisha for the way they spoke truth to power. They saw the demands of God to be in conflict to the accumulation of power. Perhaps there is a message for the twenty-first century here? You may know Elijah from the references in the New Testament to him. He’s one of three men in heaven—Moses and Enoch are the other two. The New Testament wonders if John the Baptist is the new Elijah. Or perhaps Jesus is? We will only touch on these New Testament questions. Our focus will be the fascinating and relevant stories from a time when Israel ruled itself.

 
  Photo: The Altar, Church of Saint Mary the Virgin Photo: Brian Kutner

Photo: The Altar,
Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Photo: Brian Kutner

Sunday Mornings: Adult Forum
Entering Advent:
The Incarnation and the Theology of the Icon

December 2 and 9 at 10:00 AM
Led by Mr. Zachary Roesemann, iconographer

Parish House, Saint Benedict's Study
145 West 46th Street

As Advent begins, our resident iconographer, parishioner Zachary Roesemann, will help us prepare for Christmas as he talks about a recent project of his. On Sunday, December 2 and 9, he’ll be discussing the Incarnation in light of the theology of the icon, giving examples from a particular piece he’s been working on. Zachary is a popular teacher here at the parish. He very helpfully uses vivid illustrations to help us understand theological concepts that often seem a bit abstract. His classes are always informative, as he teaches us about an ancient and powerful form of spirituality.