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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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  • Following up on the input the planning team gathered from the men of the church, there will be a Men's Fellowship and Future Planning Gathering on Fri, Dec 2 at 6:30 at the Cathedral. There is overwhelming interest in having a space where men can share openly and honestly about their lives and also explore how to share their gifts with one another and the wider community.  At this gathering there will be time for worship, a potluck meal, sharing, and getting input on a more concrete plan and calendar for the group going forward. You can RSVP here electronically or else sign up in person on the sign-up sheet we'll have at church on Sunday.

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Join us for worship on Sunday, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Visítenos para la Misa el Domingo a las 12:15 p.m.
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Christ the King Sunday
Domingo de Cristo Rey

Ending on certainty, beginning with faith
Our church year ends this Sunday with the celebration of Christ the King, and the following Sunday we begin a new year again. It's interesting to take a moment and appreciate what our scriptures tell us about the difference between the beginning of the year at Advent and the end of the year on Christ the King.

The year begins, next week, with uncertainty. Jesus is telling the disciples that no one knows the day or the hour of the coming, neither the angels of heaven nor the Son, only God the father. Uncertainty: how will it turn out, what will it be like? Like every venture, every major activity, we don't know how it will turn out, only God knows.

But we know how it will turn out, at least in the church year, with Jesus in heaven as our King. With our lives securely placed in His kingdom with everything, absolutely everything, as it should be. For God is in charge and Christ is our King.

Let us begin with that, with that knowledge that without any doubt Christ is our King and we are in his loving hands. What if that were our stance, our natural disposition, that everything, no matter what uncertainty, our King is mighty and powerful, loving and attentive, and we are without a doubt His people. It all turns out that way on Sunday. Let us pray that we can remember it next time we begin again -- it all turns out pretty well in the end. 

Tom+


 
Terminando con la certeza, comenzando con la fe
Nuestro año de la iglesia termina este domingo con la celebración de Cristo Rey y el siguiente domingo comenzamos un año nuevo. Y es interesante tomar un momento y apreciar lo que nuestras escrituras nos dicen acerca de la diferencia entre el comienzo del año en Adviento y el final del año en Cristo Rey.

El año comienza, la próxima semana, con incertidumbre. Jesús está diciendo a los discípulos que nadie sabe el día ni la hora de la venida, ni los ángeles del cielo ni el Hijo. Sólo Dios, el padre. La incertidumbre: ¿cómo va a salir, cómo será. Como cada empresa, cada actividad importante, no sabemos cómo resultará. Sólo Dios sabe.

Pero sabemos cómo resultará, al menos en el año de la iglesia, con Jesús en el cielo como nuestro Rey. Con nuestras vidas firmemente colocadas en su reino. Con todo, absolutamente todo, como debe ser. Porque Dios está a cargo y Cristo es nuestro Rey.

Comencemos con eso, con ese conocimiento de que sin duda Cristo es nuestro Rey y estamos en sus manos amorosas. ¿Y si esa era nuestra postura, nuestra disposición natural, que todo, no importa qué incertidumbre, nuestro Rey es poderoso y fuerte, amoroso y atento, y sin duda somos su pueblo. Todo resulta de esa manera en las lecturas que vamos a escuchar este domingo. Oremos para que podamos recordar la próxima vez que comencemos de nuevo que todo va a terminar bien.

Tom +
 
 
Announcements

Today we welcome Rabbi Shapiro and Canon Karl Donfried
as our Preacher and Celebrant. Rabbi Shapiro is our Rabbi in Residence and Canon Donfried is the Cathedral’s Ecumenical Canon. Please join us for the forum in the Kendrick Room at 11:35 a.m. for a conversation with Rabbi Shapiro.
 
Thanksgiving worship schedule: Wednesday, November 23, Spanish language Thanksgiving service 6 p.m. Thursday, November 24, English language Thanksgiving morning service 9 a.m.
 
Bicentennial Calendars: 2017 is the bicentennial of Episcopal Worship in Springfield, and throughout the year we will have special events and activities to commemorate it. We have produced a 2017 calendar with pictures from our history. The calendar is available for a $20 donation, which will be used to help support Bicentennial activities throughout the year. Cash or checks to Christ Church Cathedral.
 
Youth Event: Bowling! November27, 2-5 p.m. Join Katie Watkins, Director of Youth Ministries, and others on a bowling trip at the AMF in Chicopee. Permission slips are required and can be dropped off no later than Wednesday, November 23, to reserve your spot. You cannot bowl without a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian. Questions? Call Katie Watkins at 425-220-1925 or email: cccyouthprograms@gmail.com.
 
Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Time for Advent. How will you pass the four weeks before Christmas? Is it a crazy time, frenetic time, a time for God? Prepare yourself well with activities, prayers, videos, and dedicated time with others from the Cathedral and those from the 12:15 p.m. service on: November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21.
 
Men’s Ministry at the Cathedral: More than 20 men showed up on November 4th for a Meet and Greet Dinner! We worshiped, ate and shared stories and hopes. The next Fellowship and Future Planning Gathering is Friday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral. This will be a space where men can share openly and honestly about their lives and also explore how to share their gifts with one another and the wider community. You may RSVP (which is helpful for preparing food) on a sign-up sheet at the Cathedral or send an email to Fr. Tom tcallard@cccspfld.org
 
Prayer Shawl Meeting, Saturday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Please join us for prayer, fellowship, and work on shawls. All who are interested in this vital ministry are welcome. Meet and greet old and new faces here at the library. For more information, contact Sarah Betsher at wheelbetch@aol.com, or Jean Ryan at 413-782-2878 or jeanb01119@aol.com.
 
Advent Mini-Retreat, Take Back Your Time: Rediscover the Sabbath. Saturday, December 3, 3-6 p.m. We need to slow down. Come take a look at the Jewish Sabbath to see how we might catch our breath and find some holy stillness. We will look at biblical texts that first present the Sabbath idea.  We will taste some Sabbath foods.  We will share ideas, laugh, and possibly even learn a new song or two to raise our spirits. Rabbi Mark Shapiro will be our leader for the afternoon.  Rabbi Shapiro has just published a book on the Sabbath called Gates of Shabbat.  We will peek into some excerpts from the book as part of our learning.
 
St. Peter’s Annual Dinner Dance will be held on December 10, 2016 from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Springfield Marriott. The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple. For tickets and more information, call Rev. Mike DeVine at 413-733-1208 or email AP735@earthlink.net.
 
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.  The following Sunday is open: November 27. A sign-up sheet is up for the months of December, January & February. Please sign up for any Sunday in December: 4, 11, 18, & 25. Thank you. If you have questions, contact Coffee Queen Judy Cooke, (413) 847-1298 or email: judith01028@gmail.com.
 
The mid-week Holy Eucharist now begins at 11:30 a.m. We are making the change to allow guests from Loaves & Fishes to join the Eucharist service, and allow guests at the service an opportunity to participate in Loaves & Fishes after the service.
 
Weekly Spanish Classes: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 a.m. in the Doug-out on the 2nd Floor. The class is open to everyone regardless of proficiency level and is conversation-based.  The setting is informal and fun! Note: there will not be a Spanish Class this Wednesday, November 23rd. 
 
Cathedral Flowers: Those who wish to contribute memorial of thanksgiving 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, 35 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01103, or you can drop it off at the Cathedral.
 
Forum Schedule (11:35 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. Sundays):
  • November 27:  Forum on the Jesse Tree, history and coloring of the ornaments.
  • December 4:    Preparing for Christmas with St. Nicholas
  • December 11:  “Violence Sabbath”
  • December 18:  The Music of Christmas with Mr. O’Berry
Pledge Update: Thank you to all who have made their 2017 pledge to the mission and ministry of God through Christ Church Cathedral. As of this week, we have received a total of 74 pledges for $160,445 toward our goal of 200 pledges and $300,000 in money pledged. As your heart is stirred and you are able, we ask all members to support the Cathedral with faith, being mindful of the role of God in our temporal affairs and gratitude for what we have. Your pledge helps feed people, form bonds, open lives to God, unlocks stuck hearts, lead us to the future, call us to our better selves, lift us higher, beckon us, and bring us to our knees. It helps invite us, feed us, form us, and sends us out again, renewed.  Thank you for your pledge and continued support.
 
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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., 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Services. Our new sexton, William Diaz, is available on Sundays to help with parking. Please introduce yourself and say hello.

 

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Celebrating Advent at Christ Church Cathedral
Celebrando el Adviento en la Catedral Iglesia de Cristo
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Take Back Your Time:  Rediscover the Sabbath, With Rabbi Mark Shapiro
Saturday, December 3, 2016, 3-6 p.m.
 
Life runs 24/7 for us.  Can we slow down? Come take a look at the Jewish Sabbath to see how we might catch our breath and find some holy stillness.
 
We will look at biblical texts that first presented the Sabbath idea.  We will taste some Sabbath foods.  We will share ideas, laugh, and possibly even learn a new song or two to raise our spirits.
 
Rabbi Mark Shapiro will be our leader for the afternoon.  Rabbi Shapiro has just published a book on the Sabbath called 'Gates of Shabbat.'  We will peak into some excerpts from the book as part of our learning.
 

Wednesdays 6:30 p.m.
4 Holy Weeks

November 30, December 7, 14, 21, 2016

Los Miercoles
6:30 p.m.
4 Santas Semanas

Noviembre 30, Diciembre 7, 14, 21, 2016
 

Spiritual Food, activities, prayers, videos
Comida Espiritual, actividades, oraciones, videos

Including: Four Ted Talks for the Holidays (con subtitulos)
Wednesday, November 30, 2016: A Life of purpose, pastor Rick Warren's TED talk
Wednesday, December 7, 2016: Al Jacobs, My Year of Living Biblically, TED talk
Wednesday, December 14, 2016: How Christmas Lights Helped the Colombian Guerrillas
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016: James Forbes, Compassion at the Dinner Table


 
A chance for the whole community to be together. And there will be food.
Una oportunidad que todos estemos juntos. Y habrá comida. 

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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.