weekThe Rev'd Tom
This has been a busy week in our church, city and
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.
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
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
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.
we will pray on Sunday.
Please come to the annual meeting.
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Sunday after the Epiphany
Flowers are given to the glory of God
and in celebration of the ordination of Richard Mahaffy.
will preach his sermon which is his report to the Annual
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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:
FLOWERS: To contribute for flowers,
please email, call or send a note to our Cathedral Administrative Assistant,
Migdalia Vazquez at email@example.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
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
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
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.
January 27 -12:30 p.m. Reed’s
January 28-9:30 a.m. Cathedral Hospitality Committee
January 29-11:30 a.m. Adult forum led by Seminarian Duncan
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
February 4-9 a.m. Outreach Ministries, Library;
a.m. Adult Education, Library;
February 12-Rabbi-in-Residence Mark Shapiro
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