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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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Christ  Church  Cathedral
 Catedral Iglesia de Cristo
Celebrating 200 years of serving Springfield and the world
Perceptions change if we let them... 
  By: The Rev. Jerry True 
  
At a recent staff meeting, we found ourselves waxing philosophical about circumstances which involve our perception of reality, the snap judgments we too often make, and the joy of discovering something which we thought might be a danger, or at least a nuisance, to be a welcome and surprising gift.  Here is an account of a recent example of this related to me by our Administrative Assistant Migdalia: 
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       “While I was outside taking a break, I noticed a man doing something near the front entrance to the cathedral.  I wasn’t sure what he was doing, so William and I approached him.  My first thought was, “He might be homeless or he might be drinking or both.”  Well, it turns out that he was neither.  He was just a man, picking up garbage and putting it into a small white plastic bag, like the ones you get at the grocery store.”
      'Just to be sure that I was correct in my assumption, I asked him what he was doing and he told me, in Spanish, ‘I’m picking up the garbage.’  He looked clear-eyed, and he was using a thin tree branch to pick up the garbage.  He wore no gloves.  I told him how grateful we were for what he was doing, and I asked him if he wanted gloves.  We went back inside and William grabbed a pair of gloves and a small black trash liner.  I got a bottle of seltzer water.  When we returned outside to give him the items, there was another man helping too!” 

 
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             What was first perceived as a potential problem could have given rise to the suspicion that something illicit or possibly damaging was going on.  What was found instead were two men of good will who just wanted to help make the world a little better. Let us continue to look for that which is good in the world and not concentrate so much on negativity and judgment.  God’s grace can be found in unexpected places, perhaps even in ourselves. If you happen to see or encounter a man named Santiago Baez or Richard Forrester, both of whom live in our neighborhood, please thank them for cleaning the cathedral grounds.  It is such a blessing to know that we have such wonderful neighbors.  Fr. Jerry+


 
 
What’s on at your Cathedral…

On Sunday, The Rev. Jerry True will preach at the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. services. Flowers will be given in thanksgiving for the River of Life Pilgrimage, and in memory of William and Jean Humphries and Christine, and John A. Parker. 

CANON EDDY LOPEZ has been undergoing some tests related to his health and is disappointed that he has not been able to join us yet. After a consultation with the new Canon and Bishop Fisher, we have decided that it is best for Canon Eddy to start in August. Please keep him in your prayers. Yes, he is real and he really exists! We will see him soon.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM. Recently, there was an informational meeting to discuss the Pastoral Care Team. Jack Wolfe is helping to coordinate this ministry, and there are still opportunities for you to participate as a visitor. No experience is necessary. Please communicate with Jack (jack.aigija.wolfe9@gmail.com, (413-572-4471) for more information.    

COMMUNITY DINNERS, June Watson has been working on organizing our August community dinners and will make an announcement at the 10 a.m. service, but please know we invite you to sign up for one or more of the dinners today.

CONVOY OF HOPE is coming to Riverfront Park, Springfield on August 19th.  9 a.m. - 3 p.m. This is an opportunity for the disenfranchised of the Pioneer Valley to receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more.  COH trucks in the groceries, and sneakers for children but they need volunteers by the hundreds.  Would you be able to give of your time?  Please sign up in the Narthex and if you have any questions please contact Linda Taupier 525-4679.

NEWS AND NOTES

MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH UPDATE: The Search Committee for a Director of Music will be placing an ad this week in AAM (Association of Anglican Musicians, the AGO (American Guild of Organists and RSCM America (Royal School of Church Music). Dean Callard has begun receiving Resumes. Please keep the committee members in your prayers as they continue to search for our next Director of Music.
 
I OFFER MY GRATITUDE AND LOVE to all those who have prayed and sent cards to me during my time of grief. Your thoughts, prayers, visits and cards have lessened the pain. Migdalia Vazquez.
 
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL IS COMING for all ages beginning Aug. 8th through Aug. 11th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come learn about Jesus’s parables and have lots of fun. If you would like to volunteer, please call Leah at 413-215-0269 or email threewitnesses@yahoo.com.

SYRIAN SCHOOL - Christ Church Cathedral and NuDay Syria are partnering together again to raise funds for the Asi Displacement Camp School on the Turkish Border.  We helped start the school in 2016.  The children drew pictures for us, as you can see on the poster in the foyer, and we will send them another poster board creation of our well wishes.  We have already raised $3,000 toward our goal of $10,700, enough to run the school at full capacity (600 students) for two months.   Please consider helping us reach our goal.  Every little bit helps. 
 
THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, WE CONTINUE TO HAVE “COFFEE HOUR” IN THE LIBRARY (AND LEMONADE AND ICED TEA) after church. Please sign up (in the hall across from the office) if you would bring something small to share. July 30th and August 6th remain open.

PARKING: In addition to parking in the lot on the side of the Cathedral, parishioners on Sunday morning may park on Chestnut Street and may use the Museum Parking lots on Eliot Street.  
 
SPANISH CLASS: There will be no Spanish class this week due to school vacation; 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! 
 
CENTERING PRAYER: Saturdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. the Cathedral offers Centering Prayer in the Chapel (first floor). Open to beginners, this is a time of quiet reflection, which calls us to a deeper relationship with the living God.
 
BIBLE STUDIES: Wednesday 8-9 a.m., Lectionary-based Bible Study in the Kendrick Room. Sunday 9 a.m. Bible Study in the Dougout on the second floor.
 
LOOKING way AHEAD: September 10, “Kickoff Sunday” with a community barbeque and worship. September 17, the Choir returns and the program year begins. October 15, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visits the Cathedral for a 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist service and 4 p.m. service of Evening Prayer.


 
 

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.