November 2021
“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
F Scott Fitzgerald

News from Senior Warden,
John Priscantelli
Unchartered Waters

As you know we have been searching for an interim minister. Unfortunately, we have not been able to make real progress on this front. We are in regular touch with the Diocese but because of a shortage of clergy, the search is dragging on. We have been able to use a Supply Priest to hold services and two parishioners to do Morning Prayer. Many thanks to Mother Margie Tuttle who has been doing services for us twice a month and to Michael Lanzano and Durrie Golding for performing morning prayer.

In November Margie will be doing the services for the first two Sundays and Bishop Shin the third Sunday. The fourth Michael Lanzano will be doing Morning Prayer. We are fortunate Margie will also be performing Christmas Eve services. We will announce times at a later date.  

We have been able to move the church forward during this transitional and difficult time. We have been able to offer services on Sunday; we have been able to have a Sunday school. Laurane has been able to hold the fort down at the parish hall and Andrew has been able to address facilities issues. We have also been able to schedule a family night for Friday, November 5th. 

At this time I am asking the parish for your help.

Search Committee Volunteers Needed

We want to form a search committee for a minister. Please help and volunteer for this committee. We have 3 people already interested but we need two more. Please reach out to me for this important committee. Part of the duties will be to help determine how we go forward. Do we want to hire a full-time minister, a half-time minister or do we want to share a minister? This is so important and we need your help. Please reach out.

Marketing Volunteer Needed

Secondly, one of our biggest assets is our beautiful grounds. We want to market our property as a venue for weddings, parties, and meetings. Mark Kramer has agreed to list us on his website as a Wedding and Special Events Venue. He would also refer customers to us. 

We will need to come up with an ad for our website. So please all of you creative types REACH OUT to the Vestry as soon as possible and let us know if you’re interested.

Pledges Due by December

Lastly, Stewardship Sunday will be Sunday, December 5th. Please be timely with your pledges for 2022. We need to see where we will be financially for the upcoming year. 

It is your church. Please volunteer for the above and for other opportunities. If you want a viable church, a place we can all continue to worship in, to see your friends, to enjoy your friends, to bring your kids up in a safe surrounding, help us. Please don’t just stay home and figure the other person will do it. We really need everyone to help, to come to church, be a part of the community. 
Vestry Minutes
Meeting Minutes are available on bulletin board outside of Parish Hall office or by contacting Rich at
Sunday Morning Prayer

Thank you to
Michael Lanzano for leading us in
Morning Prayer.
  • Holy Eucharist Rite II at 9:30 am

  • Monday: Morning Prayer at 9:30am 
  • Wednesday: Noonday Prayer
Services are now IN PERSON, but if you need to access our Live Stream at
any time during these services, please click on link above.

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  • When the service is broadcasting live, you will see the service Episode listed below "Services at The Church of St. Mary...."
  • To listen live, click on the play button (circle with arrow in it) on the left side of the Episode title that has the red LIVE box.
  • If you do not see the Episode with today's date, click on the link again to refresh the webpage.
Open Doors: We have Resumed Worship In the Church
We invite you to take note of the following practical arrangements:
  • Wearing masks at all times
  • Sanitizing hands before services, during, before receiving communion and when leaving; please bring your hand sanitizer along with you
  • Always keep safe distancing
  • No coffee hour, for the time being
  • The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated; the people receiving in one kind only (the host)
  • Details of receiving communion will be explained at the time of celebration

All Services will be offered via Live Stream  

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We Salute our Veterans
We salute Wayne Sobers and our other Veterans on Veterans Day!

In this month’s Westchester magazine, there is an article about fellow parishioner Wayne Sobers. It is a recognition of him and others for their service to our country. Wayne came from a family that has roots in the service, his uncle was a Tuskegee Airman. Wayne’s story is one of success and perseverance as a veteran and as a businessman. Having success at both and overcoming racism along the way. This should not surprise anyone who knows Wayne, he is resolute, proud, a straight shooter who is always one to help and engage in kind conversation. We salute you Wayne on this upcoming Veterans day for being the person you are and for your service to our country.

For those other Veterans in our parish
and in our country we also salute you. 
Family Game Night with
Fire Pit & S'mores
Friday, Nov 5
from 6pm - 8pm at St.Mary's

  • There will be a fire pit where "s'mores" can be prepared.
  • Games will be held in the Parish Hall, including Hop Scotch, Twister, board games, Simon Says
  • Bring a Jump Rope!
  • Please invite any family you know to join us.
  • Adults from St Mary the Virgin are requested to help supervise the games & "s'mores."
  • Masks are requested as there will be unvaccinated children.
  • For "s'mores" we will have individual packets of ingredients & blunt 36" toasting sticks.

John Priscantelli has volunteered to set up the fire pit.

We hope to see you!

Kindly wear your mask!!!
October Activities 

Our Sunday School students continue to learn Lord's Prayer. One of our Sunday School goals is to learn Biblical prayers by heart over this school year.

On Sunday, October 17th the Gospel reading was Mark 10:42 “Lording it over others." One of our students read the Gospel and we had a brief discussion. Our craft for the day was decorating ornaments for the Giving Tree. We all had fun with crayons, stickers, and gems. We will continue to make ornaments for the next few weeks.

Please practice the Our Father Prayer at home. 

Lord’s Prayer 
Our Father, 
who art in heaven, 
hallowed be thy name; 
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses as 
we forgive those who trespass against us; 
and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. 

The children have also been busy preparing the ornaments for our Annual Giving Tree. (see more details below)
News Updates for Church School
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More than 300 people have sought help to provide a Thanksgiving Dinner for their families. However, there are simply not enough supplies for
a traditional meal for all.

Donations from the following list would be greatly appreciated.
Parishioners Catherine Fenlon, Jonathan Forrest, Joseph and Jack Santilli volunteered this past Election Day at Second Chance Food.

Second Chance Foods is a volunteer organization located in Brewster, NY that collects healthy food that would otherwise be wasted and makes nutritious meals for those in need.
The teens helped wash,chop, prepare and package healthy food for donation.
Denise Hanchet is coordinating volunteers for Neighbors Link.  For more information on Neighbors Link visit: 
Please contact Denise if you have any questions about this mission: or cell (914) 671-0128
The Giving Tree 2021

The craft during Church School has been decorating ornaments for the Giving Tree. We all had fun with crayons, stickers, and gems. We will continue to make ornaments for the next few weeks.

The Giving Tree is a way for community charities to request specific gifts for their families. There will be a Christmas Tree in the back of the church with ornaments decorated by the Sunday school students. On the back of each ornament is a gift request and the due date. Our generous parishioners kindly fulfill the request and deliver them to different organizations.
There will be a full post in the upcoming Bell Newsletter and November Weekly Email Blasts. The Giving Tree is Saint Mary the Virgin's opportunity to help our neighbors. Organizations we have supported in the past through the Giving Tree included A-Home, Neighbors Link, San Andres Episcopal Church, Open Door Family Medical Center, Hope’s Door, and Hour Children’s Center at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility.
Pumpkin Patch 2021

Many Thanks to:
  • Our anonymous donors who contributed the funds for the pumpkins
  • Henry from Dykeman Farm who delivered a beautiful selection of pumpkins
  • Over 20 parishioners who unloaded and washed pumpkins, set up the patch, and sold pumpkins, donuts and cider
  • St. Maryans and many others who stopped by to select pumpkins or just enjoy the day

We were blessed with beautiful weather! The fresh donuts and cider were a big hit! One of the day’s highlights was a family who had been to the patch two years ago.  They returned with a blanket this year and sat among the pumpkins with their two little children and a new baby.
Walking Group Continues
Next Walk is Nov 16th at 9:30am, Join Us!
Office: 914-238-8751
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191 S. Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, NY

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