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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Save the Date: Saturday, April 29th,5TH ANNUAL #GREENNFIT REBUILD. Volunteer registration will is open on our web site. Stay tuned for more details.
Here is the link for registration. Make sure that volunteers use the drop down menu to select Christ Church Cathedral in response to the question:'What group or organization are you volunteering with? (If none, please select 'INDIVIDUAL.')'
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|Easter continues on April 23rd! The big headline this week is that Easter is not over, not by a long shot, but it continues for another six week with every week featuring another amazing resurrection moment, or teaching moment in which Jesus directs us to a deeper and broader understanding of the work and life of God.
In his book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, William James writes; “Were one asked to characterize the life of religion in the broadest and most general terms possible, one might say that it consists of the belief that there is an unseen order, and our supreme good lies in harmoniously adjusting ourselves thereto.”
Part of the joy of the stories that we hear during the season of Easter is that we get to see how people interact with the mostly 'unseen order' of God which is now suddenly being seen. It is there in the resurrection, there in a locked room, or there as the followers are walking along the road. Jesus is suddenly there and he gives them a glimpse into the order. And then, through his teaching, Jesus helps them so that they can, as William James suggests, adjust their lives to him. Most of the lessons in Easter are from the Gospel according to John, in which Jesus instructs his followers - This is who I am. This is how you follow me. This is how you live your life.
These practical and inspirational teachings are the basis for all Christianity. And none of them is as central and foundational as the story of Thomas, which we hear this week. For it is, following the story of the resurrection, the fundamental story of our interaction with the unseen order, for it is about doubt. It's not so much that Thomas doubts, actually. But it is more that Tomas needs proof. He needs to touch and feel and know for himself that there is an order that may be unseen but that is real, and it can be touched and felt and known, at least from time to time.
And who can blame him! Thomas is right, we all need to see it. My solution, for my own life, is church -- is to go to find the place where I can touch and feel and put my hand upon the real, living miracles of life, and hear the stories of transformation. And know the order on my own. I need that, and when I start to doubt, I need to visit people who know Jesus.
Easter is not over, but it can become for us a kind of beginning, a new beginning in our faith journey. For if we acknowledge our own doubt and need to know that order, and desire to touch the untouchable, often invisible life of God, we can commit to these next six weeks of instruction, guidance and showing. And then we can commit to going beyond that.
God bless us in this journey, and by that I mean - may we see that God already has. TomDean Tom Callard
Wednesday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. MID WEEK HOLY COMMUNION SERVICE, All Saints Chapel. Thursday, April 27, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. IS IT TIME FOR SIGNS & MIRACLES? An old fashioned, no frills Bible Study. We'll look at Jesus' Miracles/Signs as recorded by John in his Gospel. Two Miracles each week. No experience necessary - just an interest in the Extraordinary. Facilitated by Laurel Stewart. In the Kendrick Room.
Saturday, April 29th, 5TH ANNUAL #GREENNFIT REBUILD. Volunteers may register to be part of the Cathedral team at the website http://www.revitalizecdc.org/.
Sunday, April 30 is PAM PORTER’S LAST DAY!! Join us for a reception following the service. Pam is going back to retirement, but she is not slowing down. She will update us on her post-post retirement plans.
Sunday, April 30th, THE NEXT BICENTENNIAL CONCERT featuring music by living American Hollywood composer Dr. Craig Phillips, The concerts are free, open to the public and held at the Cathedral’s Sanctuary beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be a reception at 3:00 p.m. and during intermission refreshments will be served.
PASTORAL CARE MINISTRY: Are you a caregiver? Do you feel called to provide help and comfort. Consider being a pastoral visitor – extend the love of Jesus and the greeting of the church to people in their homes, in the hospital or at a care facility. Beginning in May, Jack Wolfe will offer training for anyone wishing to participate. There is no experience required and minimal paperwork to fill out. Please contact Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.572.4471 or speak with him at the 10 a.m. service. MINISTRY IN PRISON? Residents Encountering Christ (REC) is a faith-based prison ministry, which since 1982, has provided a program of Christian awakening and experience for residents of local correctional facilities. Participants are introduced to the program in a weekend presentation consisting of talks by team members, table discussions, and community building activities. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of this ministry, REC provides training and support for volunteers. The Springfield REC annual dinner is being held on Friday, May 5th at 6 pm at Holy Cross Church on 221 Plumtree Road in Springfield. That is a great way to find out more, or contact Pam at email@example.com. PRAYER SHAWLS are available. If you know of anyone who is in need of one, please contact The Very Rev. Tom Callard at 43-736-2742 or Jean Ryan at 413-782-2878.
And speaking of prayer...
PLEASE PRAY for St. Andrews of Turners Falls and St. James of Greenfield who have recently merged their congregations.
VOLUNTEER: A parishioner, who lives in East Longmeadow, is looking for a ride to church on Sundays. Please contact Migdalia Vazquez, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more information, or you may contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
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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.