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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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 Catedral Iglesia de Cristo
Celebrating 200 years of serving Springfield and the world
'That was great,' and now I'm ready.
by Dean Tom Callard.
I love the summer, but at the end of the summer ever year, I say 'that was great,' and now I'm ready for the fall. Because as much as I love the unstructured, lazy days of summer, I love structure even more. I know not everyone is the same as I am, but I find that the regular routines of work, rest, family, prayer, worship, fellowship, all the components of my structured fall, winter and spring life, keep me going and really allow me to thrive, especially spiritually.
Perhaps you will find, now that I'm the Dean, that the Cathedral takes on this aspect of my personality and that structures and patterns begin to appear where I feel they should go. For example, I think we should have Adult Education programs run about four times a year, and every year include something on the Bible, something on Church History, something on contemporary society, and something more spiritual on a topic like prayer. Every year. I think we should always have one big 'Outreach' or 'Service' event in the early Spring, and regularly have two or three other times every year when we all get together to do something of service for the community. I think we want regular, monthly meetings for the men to get together, or the women, or other groups that form, to strengthen our fellowship and give us a chance to deepen our faith together. And I think we should offer several opportunities for worship, Bible study, and prayer time every week apart from Sunday morning.
And think it's super helpful to have a calendar planned in advance. So that's basically what we'll be sharing with you this week- a Fall 2017 catalog of events and activities and ministries, things which can add to your life. There's nothing you absolutely need to do, but hopefully we've provide a lot of things you can do.
And I implore you to be aware of the great invitation that is the church and organized religion- that Jesus has founded and the Holy Spirit continues to give us a way to pattern and structure our lives together around neighbors, community, those in need, and God, and that every invitation, every program, every ministry, and really, every person, is another invite offered to us. It's all God saying, come live more fully into the kingdom I have prepared for you.
Blessings to all, I hope to see you this week for the beginning again.
Tom 
 

Announcing our new Music Director, Mr. Robert Hansler 

Bob Hansler is coming to us from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Prior to St. John’s, he had served as organist at First Congregational Church in Hatfield and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Tacoma, Washington. He has also given performances as an organist, pianist, and harpsichordist throughout the region. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Bob holds a master’s in music from the University of Victoria and a bachelor’s from Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied organ with Paul Tegels. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists (AAGO). As a composer of chamber music, his work has been performed throughout the country and internationally in concert and festival settings, and it has been recognized by the Canadian University Music Society (1st prize, 2013). In addition to his work at St. John’s in Williamstown, he has worked locally at the Community Music School of Springfield and the Williston Northampton School.
What’s on at your Cathedral…

FLOWERS on Sunday will be given in thanksgiving for the lives of Randall Betsher and Lucia Mercedes.
 
Tuesday, September 12th the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE meets in the Library at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 16 the OUTREACH MINISTRY meets in the library at 9 a.m. and the ADULT EDUCATION GROUP meets at 10:30 a.m. Both ministries are open and invite your participation. 
Sunday, September 17, THE CHOIR RETURNS and RABBI MARK SHAPIRO will be our preacher.

There are openings at all levels of ability in our choir. On Sunday afternoon, October 15, the Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Choir of All Saints Church, Worcester, and the Choir of St. Peter's Church, Springfield, to sing the Evensong Service, when our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry visits the Cathedral. If you have sung with the Cathedral Choir before or are a singer and wish to make a contribution to the spiritual life here at the Cathedral, please contact our Interim Director of Music, Charles Page, by speaking to him after the Sunday Service, by emailing him at pagenor@aol.com, or by calling the Cathedral  413-736-2741 during the week.  Let us welcome our new Director of Music with a strong choral presence here at the Cathedral.

Sunday, September 24, THE REVEREND CANON ANTHONY GUILLEN, the Latino/Hispanic Missioner for the Episcopal Church, will be our guest preacher for all three services. Anthony works directly with the Presiding Bishop and coordinates the Ethnic Ministries for the Episcopal Church.
 
Sunday, October 1 will be the introduction of the fall EIGHT WEEK STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN.

Saturday, October 7, BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS, 12 p.m. in the Courtyard.
 
Sunday, October 15, PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL CURRY, will be at the Cathedral. There will be an 8 a.m. service and 10 a.m. service in the morning (no 12:15 p.m. service) and a 4 p.m. Evensong.

A BICENTENNIAL LUNCHEON will follow the service, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Marriot hotel. The cost is $39 for the buffet luncheon with special guest Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. For more information, contact Jill Senecal, Executive Assistant to Bishop Doug Fisher, at 413-737-4786, ext. 123.
 
HELP FOR HURRICANE RELIEF.  Please consider making a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development’s Hurricane Harvey Response at www.episcoopalrelief.org. We follow Bishop Fisher in endorsing the ministry and work of Episcopal Relief and Development, and urge you to make a donation today.
 
BAPTISMS AT THE CATHEDRAL will next happen Sunday, November 5. If you are interested, please make arrangements with Dean Tom by the beginning of October.
 
FALL EDUCATION PROGRAM, “CHANGE OR DIE.” Examining how and when religious communities change or reform so they can stay active, responsive, and alive in their communities. Tuesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. What is reformed about reformed Judaism? How did Judaism respond to the Enlightenment? This year is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. What was the reformation? What is the future of the church in Latin America?” How do congregations in our own Diocese make changes to keep drawing in new people? What can we do? Come and find out!  
 
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH: There will be an announcement this week about our Music Director search!
 
PRAYERS & SUPPORT are requested for Gavin Gagnon, the grandson of former Cathedral Canon Sherm Gagnon, who was born six weeks prematurely and faces various challenges and health concerns. Gavin’s father, Anthony, has set up a Go Fund Me page for Gavin, who is still in the NICU. Please pray for him and if you are able to, consider making a financial donation, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/medical-fund-for-gavin
 
FLOWERS: Come closer to God, come closer to nature. Come find the artist within you, and share in the beauty of the Cathedral. Find your ministry in the Flower Guild. We will train you in the basics and join you in the journey. You and God will do the rest. Please speak to Father Tom, or any member of the Flower Guild: Susie Shaffer-Bartley; Ruth Bradley; Gilda Garcia; Nilsa Velez, Cecil Perez, Xiomara Reyes.
 
COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS help in the fellowship and care of our souls in the summer and everyone is invited to the Library after the service, out the doors on the North side of the sanctuary and up the steps. Sign-up for any of the following Sundays in September and October: Sept. 17 & 24; Oct. 4; 8; 22, & 29. Thank you.
 
WEDNESDAY SERVICE OF THE HOLY COMMUNION AT NOON. Please join us in the All Saints Chapel for a mid-week noon-time service.
 
CENTERING PRAYER group meets on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. in the All Saints Chapel (first floor), and it is a time of quiet reflection inviting us to a deeper relationship with the living God. It is open to beginners.
 
BIBLE STUDIES are held on Wednesday at 8-9 a.m. in the Kendrick Room, and Sunday from 9-9:45 a.m. in the Dougout on the second floor of the Diocesan offices. People are invited. 


 

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.