…with the New York Intern Program at St. Mary’s and Church of the Heavenly Rest, by Erin Richards
Erin Richards, a volunteer with the New York Intern Program, poses in front of the community residence.
View from outside the Church of the
Heavenly Rest on E 90th and 5thAvenue
Erin and her four roommates,
also volunteers with the New York Intern Program
St. Mary’s is a small community. Every week my roommates and I get together for a spirituality gathering which we take turns leading. It can be about anything we want, which gives us time to think outside of the box and discuss new interesting topics, but also to check in about how things are going. After that there is always a group dinner. Each week it is with a different group and there is never a dull moment when 15 people get around a small table- just laughs and good memories!
One of many Wednesday night dinners at St. Mary’s
First ever staff selfie with those at Heavenly Rest
The outreach committee at Heavenly Rest is always planning something, from community meals on the Holidays, to Toy Drives, work with a neighborhood school, and a first ever parish wide day of service. The outreach committee focuses on different ministries, such as a youth, aging, and hunger/nourishment. The entire parish has the opportunity to volunteer for and get involved in these events. Anybody, no matter where you are from, can walk into Heavenly Rest and immediately feel a part of a loving community!
Setup for a senior meal that took place in September at Heavenly Rest, just one of the events that the outreach committee does