Potluck with the New Acting Dean

Dear Members and Friends of the Congregation of Saint Saviour,

As we travel through this Easter season and things begin to wind down for the summer, it seems that events at the Cathedral are ever going. I hope to see you at some of these opportunities to meet the New Dean, celebrate with neighboring churches, and learn how to help and serve the needs of the community and the world.

Below are a whole host of opportunities to do that. If you have any questions or need more information, please do not hesitate to ask.

Mary

Holy Week 2017

Dear Congregation of Saint Savior and friends of the Cathedral,

Holy Week cometh. In just a few days, we will begin the liturgical and communal journey of the death and resurrection of Christ in a whole host of liturgies. Details on all those can be found listed below, as well as information about today's last meditation on the Station of the Cross, the Palm Sunday procession, the various services, signing up for the Watch of the Blessed Sacrament Thursday night, the upcoming celebration of Baptisms and Confirmations, and of course, encouragement to retrieve your Easter tickets in the usual ways.

Snow Storm and Events for the Week of March 13, 2017

Dear Friends and Members of the Congregation of Saint Savior,

According to all variations of the news, a large snow storm is coming. I hope you all have a safe, warm place as well as provisions. I also hope you don't venture out too much in the weather. Because of that, our Tuesday Night Lenten class will begin next week and not this week. All the other goings on this week will be taking place and I do hope you can attend.

Transitions at the Cathedral

I have a very good friend who, on March 4th every year, cannot stop making jokes about "Marching forth!" I have never really grasped the comedy of it, but today, it seems entirely appropriate. Below you will find two notable announcements for the life of the community and the life of the Cathedral. A new acting/interim dean will be arriving March 15th, and next Friday, Christian DeRuiter, who has served in various capacities at the Cathedral including assistant to the Vicar, is moving on to a new position.

Invitation from the Wardens...

Dear Members and Friends of the Congregation of Saint Saviour

Enjoy a traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake supper with us this Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m. in Cathedral House! There will be pancakes, including a gluten free version, toppings and sides. This seems to be the way Episcopalians let it all hang out before Lent, so do come and join us.

The Last Sunday of Epiphany

Dear Congregation and friends of the Cathedral,

Next week, Lent begins on Wednesday with services at 7:30, 8:30, 12:15, and 7:00 PM. Bishop Dietsche will be preaching and celebrating at the later service. Lent has always been my favorite season, and I'm tempted to skip ahead and talk about that (and all the programs we have planned that you can find below).

The Presentation of Our Lord (Candlemas), 2017

Over the past several weeks, people have reached out to the office at the Cathedral for many of the usual reasons - to schedule a wedding, baptism or funeral... to reach out in times of crisis... to find a spiritual home... to fail at navigating our phone system thereby contacting me to contact someone in the bishop's office. However, in recent weeks, a new cross section of phone calls have come in the wake of the most recent presidential election.

Feast of the Epiphany

Dear Cathedral friends and Congregation,

Twelve or thirteen years ago, I started working in a church, and part of my responsibilities was to take part in the Epiphany pageant. I still remember it well - one person was a the front of the church reading the story of all the different people journeying to the christ child... the shepherds, the animals, the wise men, and in this particular case, a batman and a lobster (two children insistent to claim their own costumes). On this particular night, the journey did not go as planned. The children needed to only go from point A to B, but in a flash, dispute broke out if the shepherds or kings/wisemen go first, so Batman and the lobster took the initiative, leading the way as well as a bit of a brawl.

Advent III

Last Sunday, the Congregation made a brief foray into the celebration of Christmas with the annual Christmas party. Thank you to all who help make those events possible.

Tonight, a Ph.D. student from Union is coming to talk on James Baldwin's legacy of freedom. On Wednesday some students from JTS will join as they often do to look at the Hebrew Bible. On Sunday, the regular Bible Study takes place and Little Pilgrims will join a puppeteer to explore his craft and ministry. Then, Christmas and New Years are upon us and things will be a bit quiet program wise for a few weeks as we enter into the tremendous and diverse liturgical celebrations at the Cathedral.

Advent II

Dear Cathedral friends and Congregation,

Advent is upon us. In the Church year, its a time of looking at the ancient declarations and promises of hope that glisten as light in the darkness -- and all that go with them: ideas of salvation, declarations of the reality of suffering, fantastic and occasionally confusing imagery that encases them all. In the world, much of that continues to play out. Also, in the world, Advent goes on as Christmas preparations of more tangible forms kick into play.