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Christ Church Cathedral is the Cathedral for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts.  

Hello, on behalf of Christ Church Cathedral, welcome. We are happy to share our ministry with you and certainly hope you will join us in person. Our Cathedral is a house of prayer for all people and you are welcome here. We are in historic and diverse downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, feet away from the Doctor Seuss Museum and the Quadrangle. Our ministries are guided by our love for Jesus Christ and our desire to seek and serve Him in our neighbors and ourselves. We strive to serve Christ through our worship, study, service and fellowship, and please see our website for more information. Again, welcome and please join us. 

Hola, bienvenidos a la Cathedral de Cristo. Somos una catedral Episcopal: Catolicos pero no Catolicos Romanos. Somos Anglicanos. Estamos felices a compartir nuestros ministerios contigo y esperamos que nos vas a visitar en persona pronto. Nuestra Catedral es una casa de oracion para todos, y estas bienvenido y bienvenida aqui. Estamos en el centro de Springfield, un lugar historico y diverso, bien cerca del museo de Dr. Seuss y el Quadrangle. Nuestros ministerios son basados en el amor de Jesus y en el projimo. Tratamos de buscar a Cristo y servirlo en el projimo. Nuestras misas, estudios, programas de servicio y todo lo que hacemos son ofrecidos para ti y tu familia, y les esparmos pronto. Bienvenidos. 

 

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A busy week

The Rev'd Tom Callard

This has been a busy week in our church, city and country.

On Tuesday, we had a funeral service for the Rev'd. Allan Baldwin, and on Saturday we will host the ordination of Richard Mahaffy to the priesthood. These are both diocesan events, and it is a privilege for us to participate in hosting and organizing them. It makes me proud of our Cathedral to see the attention we can give to the music, the liturgy, the flowers, the worship bulletins, and the hospitality for events such as these.

We got word this week that Bob DeSanti died. As of today, Friday, there is no date for the funeral, but we will let you know as soon as we hear something. He's gone to rest with his beloved Shirley. Bob and Shirley were active leaders in the church. Bob was a Senior Warden, in addition to serving many other roles. He will rest in peace as he lays his body down. We thank God for his life and active witness to Jesus Christ. 

It was a week of preparing for the annual meeting, of finishing up with a few pledgers, and of looking ahead at the Chapter meeting.

In our city Tuesday night, there was a terrible accident involving youth, alcohol and speeding, and four young people were killed. I learned from my children that it had an impact across the city, especially with the young people, even down to the elementary schools. On Sunday, we will pray together for the students and the driver, who is injured, but alive.  I invite your prayers today for them: Andrew Savage, Katrina Maisonet Jones, Adrianna Hernandez and Cassidy Spence, and their families. 

And, of course, today we have the inauguration of Donald Trump as the new president. I've come to realize the conflicting feelings that people have toward President Trump and I think it is important to name that - that we are not all of the same mind. Politics, disagreements and differences are not things we need to go out of our way to avoid. We are stronger because we are not all of the same mind. How boring would it be to have a church full of people just like me. Many people value the Cathedral for our diversity -- and that includes diversity of political belief. 

But remember what St. Paul said: 'Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot would say, 'Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,' that would not make it any less a part of the body.' (1 Cor 14,15). The body, that of the Cathedral, does not need to agree, does not need to be the same. But we do all need to pray. 

And we will pray on Sunday. 
Please come to the annual meeting. 
Tom+
 
 
What’s on at your Cathedral…

THIS SUNDAY
January 22nd
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany


Flowers are given to the glory of God and in celebration of the ordination of Richard Mahaffy.

Rev'd Callard will preach his sermon which is his report to the Annual Meeting. 

Following the 12:15 service a potluck luncheon will be held at 1:30, and the 189th Annual Meeting of the Cathedral will begin approximately at 2:00 p.m.  Please join us. 

THIS WEEK

PARISH DIRECTORY: This final week, the sample 2017 Parish Directory is available for you to make changes or add contact information. The directory is on the table to the left as you exit to the Brooks Foyer. If you would prefer not to list your information, including cell phone number, please make a note of that or email cccspfld@gmail.com
 
CHAPTER MEETING: The Chapter of the Cathedral meets this Tuesday for the election of the new Dean, the approval of the budget, and the election of the Officers of the Executive Committee. Please pray for them.    
 
WEDNESDAY WORSHIP: Come for a boost in the middle of the week. 8 a.m. Lectionary Bible study in the Kendrick Room. 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the All Saints Chapel. 
 
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY meeting will be held on January 25, 1 p.m. in The Rev. Tom Callard’s office. If you are interested in participating in the ministry with Children or would like more information, please contact Tom.
 
NEXT WEEK

Sunday, January 29, Seminarian Duncan Hilton will preach at 8 and 10:00 a.m. and will offer the Forum after the 10:00 a.m. service.
 
Winter Education Program: “Everyday Holiness” with Rabbi Shapiro - Learning from Judaism's Spiritual Path for Developing Virtue.  Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22: Four conversations exploring the idea and possibility of BEING GOOD. Let's take a journey into the Jewish spiritual tradition called MUSSAR, a Hebrew word that means “ethics.” Mussar involves studying Scripture and other written sources, and various practices designed for cultivating our virtues.  The virtues to be explored include humility, patience, simplicity, gratitude, and enthusiasm.

SOLEMN EVENSONG, Thursday, February 2nd, 6:30 p.m. Come for a lovely service (with incense) celebrating the Feast of the Presentation.
 
MEN’S FELLOWSHIP, Friday February 3rd, 6:30 p.m., The Cathedral Men’s fellowship meets in the Kendrick Room and Library. The meetings are an opportunity to hear and share about life and faith, with worship and a speaker. Please join us.  
 
OUTREACH MINISTRY, Saturday February 4th, 9 a.m., meeting will take place on in the Library. The Outreach committee invites anyone interested in helping serve and work with our neighbors and those around the world, to extend the love and resources of the Cathedral to places where it can be of help.
 
GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 STEWARDSHIP:  We thank everyone who has pledged. Pick up your envelopes, if you have not done so. Our hope is that every member of the Cathedral expresses their support by making a pledge. You may pledge at our website or by filling out an “Estimate of Giving Card,” found near the exit. Your pledge allows us to count your financial support toward our budget. This year we have a slight deficit in our budget, so additional pledges are crucial to completing our plans for the year.  
 
COFFEE HOUR: Please sign up to be a coffee hour host. It’s easy! Just greet people, and bring cookies or snacks, and cream. Coffee will be set up.  Please sign up for the following Sundays Feb. 5, 12, & 26. Thank you. If you have questions, contact Coffee Queen Judy Cooke, (413) 847-1298 or email: judith01028@aol.com
 
FLOWERS: To contribute for flowers, please email, call or send a note to our Cathedral Administrative Assistant, Migdalia Vazquez at cccspfld@gmail.com, or 413-736-2742, at least one month in advance of the date for the flowers. Please provide the donor’s name and phone number, date for the memorial flowers, specific wording and flower-color preference. Each flower memorial costs $40. Please make a check payable to: Christ Church Cathedral.
 
PARKING: Please remember that in addition to parking at the Cathedral’s lot, you may park in the Museum’s parking lot on Edward Street for the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Services. Our new sexton, William Diaz,
is available on Sundays to help with parking. NOTE: The lot across the street from the Cathedral is not available at this time. 
 
SPANISH CLASS: Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. in the Dougout on the 2nd Floor. The class is open to everyone regardless of proficiency level and is conversation-based.  The setting is informal and fun! 
 
DONATIONS FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED: Due to the generous support for the homeless, we have exceeded our storage capacity for large items such as blankets and coats, but gloves, socks, underwear and mittens are always needed. Thank you.
 
FOOD DONATIONS: Thank you for your kind and generous donations of food for the needy. We appreciate any and all donations. A closet pantry has been set up in the basement, and the food is organized. It appears that what we could us is the following: tomato sauce; cranberry sauce; jellies; peanut butter; canned soups; canned potatoes; tuna fish; crackers, and boxed cereals. However, all donations will be most welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Shepard, Jr. Warden
 
COMING
January 27 -12:30 p.m. Reed’s Landing Service;
January 28-9:30 a.m. Cathedral Hospitality Committee meeting, Library;
January 29-11:30 a.m. Adult forum led by Seminarian Duncan Hilton;
February 2-6:30 p.m. Solemn Evensong (with incense) for the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus;
February 3-6:30 p.m. Men’s Ministry, Kendrick Room;
February 4-9 a.m. Outreach Ministries, Library;
February 11-9:30 a.m. Adult Education, Library;
February 12-Rabbi-in-Residence Mark Shapiro preaches.
  
SAVE THE DAY! Sunday February 19 is our “Undie” Sunday event!  For those who are new or have forgotten (how could you?) we collect new men's underwear and socks for the Springfield Rescue Mission. We have a bit of fun with it - for a very good cause. Please save the date!

 

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Parking at the Cathedral can be a challenge, but we aim to accommodate you. We are reserving some handicapped spaces for those who attend 10am service. Spaces are along the back of the Cathedral, facing the Dr. Seuss statues. Sunday morning you may also park in the museum parking lots, past the Cathedral on the right on Edwards Street.