Welcome!

 

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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Gathered   Transformados   Sent

Reunidos   Transformed       Enviado

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Visitors and Newcomers
The Cathedral is blessed to have visitors joining us for worship on a regular basis, and I admit it can be difficult to find the best way to say 'Welcome' or 'Bienvenidos' to people and to acknowledge them and encourage them to become part of our church community. The system in the old days was more formal. A person who was new to a congregation would get a letter of transfer from their previous parish, if they had been Episcopalian, or they would be invited to be received or confirmed in the Episcopal Church, or they would be baptized. Our Episcopal Church still recognizes these as the official means of welcoming people into the church. Mostly today people are less formal about joining the church, however, and people come in not necessarily seeking to be baptized or be received, or having a letter of transfer. And we as a denomination are murky about what membership even means.

To me membership means you feel you belong in a place and have some stake there. And it's okay to express that informally, if that is what people are used to. But I think we still have the need for some acknowledgment that someone is a 'member,' because otherwise people come and may stay for a while but some of them never feel like they have a stake, and often just disappear.

So here are some thoughts about what we can do at the Cathedral for our Visitor and Newcomer Ministry. First, we want to organize Newcomers meals twice a year in which we acknowledge people as members. And we are holding a luncheon on April 24 at 11:30 AM to which we have invited people who have visited regularly in the last year or so. Because of the space and the desire to have something more intimate, we have limited the attend-ance at that lunch; hopefully you understand, but there will be coffee hour that day. For future newcomer meals, please let us know if you would like to be involved.

The other thing we are thinking about is how to regularly acknowledge people on Sunday. With their consent, perhaps we have a short, one minute ceremony right before the Peace when we acknowledge people and make a pledge to pray for them and ask them to pray for us. Or, if they are more on the shy side, to simply print some-thing in the bulletin. A public acknowledgment is akin to a profession of faith, the public recitation of our baptis-mal or wedding vows. It has the effect of making something real by sharing it with others. And it lets us know who people are. And that we want to support them.

I invite your thoughts and ideas about other things we might do for newcomers. And please pray. Please continue to pray that the Cathedral is blessed with all sorts of folks coming in to visit us, people who are searching and in-quiring about God in their lives, in need of support, or here for whatever reason. And please pray that we will always have the grace to receive them, whoever they are, and are willing to grow with them, not expecting them to conform to us but even being willing for us to learn from them.

Blessings,
The Rev'd Tom Callard, Priest-in-Charge

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 When the day of Pentecost came, they were

all together in one place (Acts 2:1)

Cuando llegó el día de Pentecostés, estaban

todos juntos en un mismo lugar (Hechos 2:1)

May 15

15 de Mayo

11 AM

Together/Juntos

 

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Christian Education at the Cathedral

Series for May 2016

Join us Tuesdays at 6:30 PM

(May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)

 

In May the Cathedral will host a series of Tuesday evening discussions on hope in Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions. Speakers will include representatives of the local Jewish and Muslim community as well as two speakers from the Cathedral. The series will close with a multi-faith service on Tuesday, May 31. Hope is the force that translates faith into action and leads faithful people to accomplish what otherwise might seem impossible. The sessions begin at 6:30 pm in the Kendrick Room.

May 3 The Rev’d Joseph Pace speaks about Syria, a land which today seems without hope, but over the centuries has been a dynamic center of Christian, Muslim and Jewish life and thought.

May 10 — Members of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts will speak about hope in Islam, especially in the Qur’an and in the hadith, or writings of the Prophet Muhammad.

May 17 Rabbi Amy Wallk Katz of Temple Beth El, the largest Conservative Temple in Western Massachusetts, will offer a Jewish perspective on hope.

May 24 The Hon. Mark Hambley, former US Ambassador to Qatar and Lebanon and Cathedral member, will speak about how hope is tried in diplomatic work, especially in the Middle East.

May 31 Bishop Fisher will host a multi-faith service at the cathedral with speakers from the three Abrahamic traditions; a reception will follow.

 

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Sunday Adult Forums @ 11:30 in the Kendrick Rm.

May 1 ,'Our Spiritual Journey: Mapping the Key Points”
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May 29

 

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Cathedral Choir—this time of year is the perfect time to join the Cathedral Choir! If you are interested in this dynamic ministry, please speak with David Pulliam or send him an email at dpulliam@cccspfld.org.


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.