From the Wardens - An Introduction, Vestry Elections, Spring Retreat

“Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and forever. Amen.”  

Dear Members and Friends of the Congregation of Saint Saviour,

Meet Chanmi Byun, Assistant for Pastoral Care

She is a familiar face in the Cathedral on Sundays, and during the week on the Close, but until now she has not been formally introduced to our community.  Chanmi Byun started working as an Assistant in the Pastoral Care office at the Cathedral in September, 2016.  When you call the Congregation Office, 212-316-7483, it is Chanmi who answers the phone.  She is the person who sends you those Christmas and Easter tickets, who answers questions and refers people to clergy for pastoral care, or to a warden to deal with more mundane matters.  Chanmi works with couples who hope to marry at the Cathedral and with those who must inter a loved one in the columbarium.

Originally from Seoul, Korea, Chanmi has lived in different parts of the world, including Guatemala, Florida, and Paris. She moved to New York to attend Union Theological Seminary in 2014, where she explored the intersectionality of psychology, religion, culture, race, gender, and language, and has since fallen in love with the city. She enjoys going to museums and parks as well as doing calligraphy.  We are blessed to have her organization skills, energy, and tremendous heart working on our behalf.  A belated welcome to Chanmi!

January Drive for Warm Hats, Gloves and Scarves

In keeping with our promise to make CCC (Cathedral Community Cares)  a priority, we invite you to participate in a drive this month for warm hats, gloves, and scarves for men, women, and children.  In this extreme cold weather, please help us keep people warm.  Bring your extra hats, gloves and scarves to church with you January 14, 21, and 28.  A box will be placed near the congregation table at coffee hour after the 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. Each week’s collection will immediately be taken to CCC for distribution.

PLEASE NOTE: CLOTHING LEFT IN THE LARGE METAL BIN OUTSIDE NEAR THE #5 DOOR IS NOT GIVEN TO CCC; PLEASE BRING YOUR CLOTHING DONATION TO CHURCH ON SUNDAYS AND WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT IT GETS TO CCC.

Congregation Annual Meeting:  Sunday February 4th 12:30

After a hot lunch, courtesy of the Events Committee, we will have an election to fill three vacancies on the vestry and one warden.  We will discuss the state of the congregation, we will meet staff and clergy and talk about the search for a new vicar.  The nominations committee is presenting this slate of nominees:  http://www.saintsaviour.org/vestry-elections-2018/. Information will also be available at the Congregation Welcome table during coffee hour and will be mailed to you within the week. Please plan to come to this important meeting.

Lenten Retreat, Mariandale Retreat Center, March 9-11

Please join us for the annual Lenten Retreat for the Congregation of St. Saviour.  This year we will use a book entitled Meditations on The Way of the Cross as our guide.  This book was co-authored by Mother Teresa of Calcutta and Brother Roger, founder of an ecumenical Christian monastic order in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France.  In this retreat, we will use the book for reflection and as a meditation guide to aid us as we embark on our own journey on The Way of the Cross.  Additionally, we will use some of the most poignant and beautiful music written by the Taizé Community as a way to frame our time of shared reflection and lively discussion.  The retreat will be led by Deacon Kent Curtis.  Reservations are due by February 16. For more information:  http://www.saintsaviour.org/events/2018/1/11/congregation-of-st-saviour-lenten-retreat

All the best,

Tim Dwyer and Marsha Ra

A Message from Canon Patrick Malloy

If you are an adult and are interested in being baptized at the Easter Vigil this year, please contact me or Steven Lee so that we can set up a one-to-one meeting in the few weeks. We will be enrolling all unbaptized adults interested in baptism into the catechumenate* on Sunday, February 18, 2018. So we hope to have these one-to-one meetings completed in late January and early February. Throughout Lent, those who have enrolled into the catechumenate will receive instruction and formation in the Christian faith in preparation for their baptism at the Easter Vigil.

*NOTE: As the Book of Occasional Services describes, the catechumenate is "a period of training and instruction in Christian understandings about God, human relationships, and the meaning of life, which culminates in the reception of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation." This is an ancient form of preparation for adult baptism, practiced by the early church, which is being revived in the Episcopal church today.