April is a month dedicated to Volunteer Appreciation. While we celebrate our volunteers every day here at Holy Apostles, this month is a time to show them a little extra gratitude. Last week, we celebrated our volunteers with a luncheon. Our dedicated group of...
Spotlight on Google.org: Our Virtual Food Drive Match Donor
Since 2015, our neighbors at Google.org have been committed to ending food insecurity in New York City through their support of the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. When Google moved to Chelsea, they joined forces with us to learn about the food landscape in the local...
The Blessings of Rogation Days | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector
This past week the Episcopal Church marked Rogation Days, which fall just before the Feast of the Ascension that we will celebrate this Sunday, May 16. Traditionally, particularly in agrarian societies, Rogation Days were a time to ask for God’s blessing on the...
Blessed Firsts | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector
Tomorrow our church remembers Absalom Jones, the first African American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. Jones was born into slavery in Delaware and at sixteen was sold to a shopkeeper in Philadelphia. He married at age 20, bought his wife’s freedom and then bought his own in 1784, when he was 28 years old.
Taking Care in Stressful Times | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector
As we get nearer to the official date of the election on Tuesday, November 3, I imagine that our individual and collective anxiety level is going to skyrocket! We don’t know what that enormously consequential outcome will be, and we don’t even know when we learn the election results….
St. Michael and All Angels | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector
This past week, on Wednesday the 29th, was the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels. It was the patron feast of my former parish, St. Michael’s on the Upper West Side, but it may not be a feast day you’ve ever thought much about. Focusing on angels may not seem useful in these current times when there are so many pressing issues in our world that need our attention….
Discussion & Hope | The Rev. Dr. Anna S. Pearson, Rector
Last Sunday, a good number of parishioners stayed on Zoom for a discussion of our SummerReads book How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Professor Kendi has been a high profile—and compelling—presence in the media lately, discussing this most recent work as well as his other books Stamped from the Beginning and Antiracist Baby. His commitment to unveiling what he calls the “Stage 4 cancer of racism” in our nation is thoroughly researched and deeply felt. How to be an Antiracist is a work that challenges and inspires. Reading and discussing it together was a gift….
Lent Is Upon Us | The Rev. Susan E. Hill, Associate Rector
We’ve enjoyed a fairly long season of Epiphany this year, but now the season of Lent is upon us, beginning with Ash Wednesday on February 26. As you will hear if you join us for the 8 am or 7 pm service that day, Ash Wednesday invites us to the observance of a holy Lent, “by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 265) So now might be the perfect time to think about how you will observe a holy Lent!…