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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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Gathered   Transformados   Sent

Reunidos   Transformed       Enviado

 

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Solemn Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation, 6.30pm.
Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral


Sung by the Cathedral Choir and the Bishop’s Choir School. Music includes Herbert Brewer's 'Magnificat &Nunc dimittis,' plainsong responses, Psalm 23, and Philip Dankworth's anthem 'Light of the world.' All are welcome!

 
Choral Evensong
and Celtic Fire!
Sunday, March 26, 5 p.m.
Sung by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral

At St. John's Episcopal Church
679 Farmington Avenue - West Hartford, CT 06119


Free admission
Donations welcome.

 
It's an amazing thing to experience: The holy mystery of faith brought to life through music sung by children and youth. Join us for a needed connection to the Sacred before beginning your week.
 
The ancient and beautiful service of Choral Evensong is presented on the last Sunday of selected months at St. John's. Join us on March 26 for music by the Bishop's Choir School of Springfield, Joseph O'Berry, choirmaster; Scott Lamlein, organist.
 
Responses: Plainsong
Psalm 23 to Anglican Chant by E.J. Hopkins
Canticles: Dyson in C minor
Anthem: Light of the World    John Dankworth
Hymn 645    The king of love my shepherd is    St. Columba
Organ: Passacaglia     James Biery
Fugue from Sonata VI     Felix Mendelssohn

 

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 Other Voices


By Tom Callard, newly minted Dean of Christ Church Cathedral

It has been seven months since the Cathedral made the big step of inviting Mark Shapiro to be our Rabbi in Residence. I say it was a big step because it was something new and out of the box, the kind of thing that most churches or cathedrals would not have considered. But we did, and in that time, look how well it has worked out. Rabbi Shapiro has preached on Sundays twice, and will preach again this Sunday. And he has led wonderful adult education programs, including the one just finished on Virtues 'Mussar' and one from last fall on the Gospel according to Matthew. Both programs were well-prepared, well-presented, and well-attended. And the good news is that Rabbi Shapiro will be with us still to present more programs and activities and retreats in the future.  

I bring this up because two weeks ago someone made a bomb threat to the Jewish Community Center here in Springfield. It was taken very seriously by the mayor, the police, and the FBI. There had been previous threats here to the JCC in Springfield, just as there have been bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers and agencies across the country. And just as there have been bomb threats and other threats to Mosques across the country too.

And when I heard news of the bomb threat, I thought about Rabbi Shapiro. I know other Jewish people, just as I know people whose children participate in the Jewish Community Center's day care program. But I feel like, as a result of regularly being with him these past few months, I have a special bond with Mark Shapiro. 

And it made me think of the value of his voice, here among the different voices of our Cathedral. Those of us who are Christians preaching to Christians hear amazing and powerful voices all the time. But they are still 'our' voice. And Rabbi Shapiro comes at us with a different perspective. 

After the bomb threat, the Interfaith Council of Western Massachusetts, of which the Cathedral is a member, organized a rally. At the rally Dr. Saleem Bajawa, pictured here below, spoke eloquently about the experience of the Muslim community in these difficult times. Dr. Bajawa has spoken here at the Cathedral previously, and many of us have been to events with Dr. Bajawa, and heard his voice, too. It is another important perspective. Another voice.

There is not just one voice that could possibly speak for God, just as there is not one story that describes Jesus. We have four Gospels and all those Epistles in the Bible because the compilers of the Bible knew that other voices are important. Here in our multicultural city and our multi-ethnic congregation, in the multi-generational Cathedral of Springfield, we have other voices and viewpoints to share and consider and appreciate. We can be changed by hearing other voices into the more complete picture of Christ that God wants us to be. We can allow ourselves to be moved and touched and transformed by experiences different from ours, and to make connections with parts of the world that we never thought about.

It is a gift and an invitation when we are brought into someone else's life and to share someone else's perspective, even if it is different from our own. It is a gift because we come to know what it means to be them a little bit more clearly. And when they suffer, we can suffer with them - have compassion, from the Latin 'to suffer with.' 


Please, take advantage of the voices all around, listen to them for the God perspective and for the thing you are invited to do, the way you are invited to grow, the prayers you are invited to have. 

God bless you and our friends in the world, especially those facing threats and violence. 

Tom 

   

Update from Christ Church 

 

 What’s on at your Cathedral…


What’s on at your Cathedral…

This Sunday, the third Sunday in Lent, Rabbi-in-Residence Mark Shapiro will preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. services, and Cannon Karl Donfried will celebrate at 10. Our 10 a.m. Prayers of the People have been written by Deacon Eric Elley. 

The Bicentennial Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary, featuring German Masterworks by Buxtehude, Bach, and Julius Reubke’s colossal Organ Sonata on the 94th Psalm; 3:30 p.m., Sanctuary. Soup will be served at 2 p.m. for anyone who wishes to enjoy a warm lunch prior to the concert.

Collecting for Hope Totes – Now through April 2. Help us support the Springfield Rescue Mission’s Operation HOPE Tote by bringing in soap, toothpaste, shampoo and other daily items. There are boxes to collect items in the Foyer and in the Sanctuary. Organized by the Cathedral’s Outreach Committee, volunteers will assemble all the HOPE Totes and deliver them to Rescue Mission. For more information on types of donations needed, please contact Jahn Hart at 413-786-7131 or email at jahnhart@sbcglobal.net.

THIS WEEK
Wednesday, March 22: Writing for Your Life: A Spiritual Writing Workshop:  Donna Barten and Pam Porter are offering a writing workshop Wednesday mornings in Lent and Holy Week from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. We will be using the Amherst Writers and Artist's method developed by Pat Schneider.  Space is limited to twelve participants, but we have a few more spaces we would like to fill. A sign-up sheet will be posted in the Brooks Gallery.  If you have questions, please contact Pam (pam_porter@verizon.net or 413 337-5525) or Donna (860 916-5640 or Barten.d.m.@gmail.com). The dates are Wednesdays March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26.
 
Wednesday, March 22, Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m. followed by light refreshments in the Library. Join us for this reflective and meditative walk through the last steps in Jesus’s earthly pilgrimage. This will be a wonderful opportunity to consider our own pilgrimage and journey.  The dates are: Wednesday, March 29, April 5, & 12.
 
Saturday, March 25, 10:30 a.m. – Centering Prayer meets.

Saturday March 25, Solemn Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation, 6.30pm.
Sung by the Cathedral Choir and the Bishop’s Choir School. Music includes Herbert Brewer's 'Magnificat & Nunc dimittis', plainsong responses, Psalm 23, and Philip Dankworth's anthem 'Light of the world'. All welcome!

NEXT WEEK AND BEYOND
Sunday, March 26, Historical Sunday to celebrate the Cathedral’s bicentennial. We will celebrate using the liturgy from 1789, which would have been celebrated at the first Eucharist service in Springfield 200 years ago. The 11:30 Forum will be led by local Historian Francis Gagnon, with the title 'Laying the Foundation:” What was Springfield like in 1817, when Christ Church was founded, and how did this small band of Episcopalians fit into the wider culture? Please join us for this Special Sunday.

Sunday, March 26, at 5pm the Bishop's Choir School and the Trebles from the Cathedral Choir will sing a service of Choral Evensong at St John's Episcopal Church, West Hartford, Connecticut. Music to include George Dyson's 'Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis,' Psalm 23, plainsong responses and a reprise of 'Light of the world'. Do come support your choirs and see them in action in the beautiful Nave of St John's. All welcome!

Wednesday, March 29
, Writing for Your Life: A Spiritual Writing Workshop, 9:30 a.m. -11:15 1.m., Kendrick Room.

A Message from your Interim Director of Music
: During Lent you might notice a change in some of the liturgical music at the 10 a.m. Eucharist. The start of the service begins with a Welcome from Dean Callard, no voluntary. This is to encourage you to sit quietly, kneel for prayer, and soak in the beauty of your Cathedral as we prepare our hearts and our minds for worship. Sometimes, Lent can be awkward: we give up indulgences, take on disciplines, or ponder anew our lives in service of Christ. After the dismissal you may recognize there is no voluntary. Just as we begin the service in quiet prayer and meditation for worship, we end with a quiet moment to digest all that we have heard, seen, read, prayed, and sung during the Eucharist. It is a little awkward, I agree, but I hope you will find these quiet moments meaningful. And, looking forward to The Feast of the Resurrection, it will be all more the more joyous and celebratory; let's pull out all the stops and make our song 'Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia'! Wishing you all a holy Lent.

Save the Date: Saturday, April 29th, 5th Annual #GreenNFit Rebuild. Volunteer registration will open up on our web site in March. Stay tuned for more details. 
 
Next Bicentennial Concerts.  Celebrate the Cathedral’s Bicentennial by attending monthly Organ Concerts in March, April, and May given by our Interim Director of Music, Joseph O’Berry. Sundays, April 30th, and May 21st. The concerts will feature (April 30) Music by living American Hollywood composer Dr. Craig Phillips, and (May 21) French Masterworks by Franck, Messiaen, and Guilmant. We look forward to seeing you! The concerts will be free, open to the public and held at the Cathedral’s Sanctuary beginning at 3:30 p.m. There will be a luncheon of soup for Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Easter Flowers and Music Donations: If you would like to make a donation for Easter Flowers or Music, forms will be available starting in April, or email cccspfld@gmail.com . Requests must be accompanied by payment in cash or check. Indicate whether the donation is for flowers or music. Forms must be returned in person or mailed by April 9th. Help us make this a great and beautiful Easter.

The Daughters of the Kings
are pleased to announce the final count of Undies for the Springfield Rescue Mission is 573! This includes the collection from St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s, as well as from the Cathedral. Thank you to everyone who contributed!    

Support Ambar and Perla Garcia in their summer internship at NASA. Ambar and Perla Garcia, two Smith College students from our congregation, have been offered job internships at NASA Ames Research Center. Help them make this possible by donating to their GoFundMe page @https://www.gofundme.com/hep-us-get-to-nasa and sending your prayers!”
 
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.

COFFEE HOUR: Please sign up to be a coffee hour host. It’s easy! Just greet people, and bring cookies or snacks, and cream. Coffee will be set up.  Please sign up for the following Sundays: March 26, April 2, 9, 16 & 23. Thank you. If you have questions, contact Coffee Queen Judy Cooke, (413) 847-1298 or email: judith01028@aol.com.

PARKING: Please remember that in addition to parking at the Cathedral’s lot, you may park in the Museum’s parking lot on Edward Street for the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Services. Our sexton, William Diaz,
is available on Sundays to help with parking. NOTE: The lot across the street from the Cathedral is not available at this time. 
 
SPANISH CLASS: 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! 

SCHEDULE
Sunday, March 19, Rabbi Mark Shapiro preaching 8 a.m. & 10 a.m.; Adult Forum 11:30 a.m.; Bicentennial Concert Series #1, 3:30 p.m. (Soup, 2 p.m. Kendrick Room)

Wednesday, March 22, Spiritual Writing Workshop 9:30-11:15 a.m.;     Holy Eucharist in All Saints Chapel 11:30 a.m.;  Stations of the Cross, 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 25, Solemn Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Annunciation, 6:30 p.m.

 

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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.