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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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Join us - Worship Sunday at 8 and 10 a.m.
Visítenos - Misa domingo 12:15 p.m.

 

Gathered, Transformed, Sent

Tom Callard

Last Saturday your Executive Committee and I went
to St. Mark's Church in East Longmeadow for our annual
February retreat. It is part of the regular administration
of the church that we go on retreat to look at our
ministries and general goals and desires for the year.
By all accounts, it was a good retreat, and it gave the
new members of the Executive Committee the opportunity
to mix with the  members who have served in the past.
And it gave us all a chance to look at the ministries of the
Cathedral and how  they line up according to the three
key words of our mission statement: Gathered,
Transformed, Sent.

We listed all the ministries of the Cathedral, every
 possible one. We got 58. For each ministry we determined
into which  of the areas this ministry went: Gathered,
Transformed, Sent. Was it a ministry of gathering
people together, offering transformation or sending
people out into the world? Or was it more about
administration? In some cases it was hard to say.
For example, is the men's fellowship more about 
gathering the men, transforming them, or sending them
Out to serve? Well, the answer is it's all three. But we
ended up putting it in transformed, along with the other
groups that meet regularly like the St. Mary's guild or
Daughters of the King. Speaking of which, this Sunday
is Undie Sunday, so come prepared with some new socks
and underwear for the Springfield Rescue Mission. 



Anyway, we did this exercise of sorting the ministries so
we could get a handle on what they all are, and also so
we could begin to see what we do as a Cathedral to help
 people in their efforts to Gather in Jesus's name, be
Transformed by his love, and be Sent out into the world
 to serve. It's good to be able to share what we do, to
know how effective we are at doing it - or not, and to be
able to describe our ministries so we can invite others
to participate with us. Stay tuned for our Executive
 Committee report. Just so you know, here's the list of
the many ministries of the Cathedral, either those we
support or those we actually run. Can you see them all?
Do you have others to add?

Blessings and see you Sunday,  Tom

 
 
What’s on at your Cathedral…

THIS SUNDAY
January 22nd
The Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Dean Tom Callard will preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. services. At 11:30 a.m., join us for “Undie” Sunday in the Kendrick Room For those who are new or have forgotten (how could you?) we collect new men's underwear and socks for the Springfield Rescue Mission. We have a bit of fun with it - for a very good cause.

THIS WEEK
Wednesday Boost: Come for a little spirituality in the middle of the week. 8 a.m. Wednesdays, Lectionary Bible study in the Kendrick Room; and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Holy Eucharist in the All Saints Chapel with Father Rick Bellows celebrating on January 8th.
 
Winter Program: “Everyday Holiness” with Rabbi Shapiro - Learning from Judaism's Spiritual Path for Developing Virtue. Wednesday, February 22: The last conversation exploring the idea and possibility of BEING GOOD. Let's take a journey into the Jewish spiritual tradition called MUSSAR, a Hebrew word that means “ethics.” Mussar involves studying Scripture and other written sources, and various practices designed for cultivating our virtues.  The virtues to be explored include humility, patience, simplicity, gratitude, and enthusiasm.
 
Saturday, February 25, Centering Prayer will meet at 10:30 a.m. in the Dougout.

NEXT  SUNDAY 
Sunday, February 26, Deacon in Training Linda Taupier preaches.
11:30 a.m. Forum: Gardening the Community: When cabin fever weighs on the spirit, what better tonic
is there than planning for next summer's garden? An update on the garden and greenhouse will be
provided. Come and share in some of the plans for the coming season.
 
FOR LENT 
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper (and fundraiser). Tuesday, February 28, 6 – 8 p.m. Food and fun in the Mardi Gras style. Tickets sold to benefit the Dominican Republic Mission Trip. Suggested $5 for adults, $3 for children.
 
Ash Wednesday Services: Wednesday, March 1st, 7:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. with organ, 7:30 p.m. in Spanish.
 
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.  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 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26.

Thank you to everyone who contributed a Lenten reflection. They will be available next week. 

This year's Lent Madness (lentmadness.org) will begin soon, and you will have a chance to vote for your favorites. Stay tuned. 

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

March 3, Men’s Ministry will meet at 6:30 p.m., Kendrick Room.

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 12, 19, & 26. Thank you. If you have questions, contact Coffee Queen Judy Cooke, (413) 847-1298 or email: judith01028@aol.com
 
FLOWERS: To contribute for flowers, please email, call or send a note to our Cathedral Administrative Assistant, Migdalia Vazquez, at cccspfld@gmail.com, or 413-736-2742, at least one month in advance of the date for the flowers. Please provide the donor’s name and phone number, date for the memorial flowers, specific wording and flower-color preference. Each flower memorial costs $40. Please make a check payable to: Christ Church Cathedral.  Currently, there are openings for memorial flowers for  Sunday, Feb. 26. During Lent, beginning on Wed., March 1, 2017, there are no altar flowers. Altar flowers will resume on Palm Sunday, April 9th.
 
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 new 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! 
 
DONATIONS FOR THE DISENFRANCHISED:  Thank you for your generous support for the homeless. Until further notice however, we need blankets, coats, gloves, socks, underwear and mittens.
 
FOOD DONATIONS: Thank you for your kind and generous donations of food for the needy. We appreciate all donations. A closet pantry has been set up in the basement, and the food is organized. We could use the following: tomato sauce; cranberry sauce; jellies; peanut butter; canned soups; canned potatoes; tuna fish; crackers, and boxed cereals. However, all donations will be most welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Shepard, Jr. Warden 734-4296(h), 433-1229 (c).
 
CAN YOU HELP JAN? OR ZAMILIEL? OR ANASTASIA? are first-grade boys at Milton Bradley School on Maple Street; Anastasia is a first-grade girl there.  All three need mentors. Action Centered Tutoring Services (ACTS) is a faith-based program providing free, one-on-one mentoring and tutoring to elementary school children in Springfield.  One of our nine sites is here at the Cathedral, meeting from 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays in the Library and Kendrick Room.  Because our model is one-on-one, we can only add a student when we add a tutor/mentor. Each two-hour weekly session includes snack time, tutoring in pairs (with a focus on basic reading and math skills), and Club Time when the group reads and discusses Bible stories.  No educational experience is necessary; all you need is to be a caring adult. At just two hours each week, the commitment is modest, but the rewards are great!  Just ask any of our tutors!  Cathedral members who are tutors include Dick Forest, Juliet Hansen and Pam Porter.  With February and April vacations coming up, there are only 12 more weeks of tutoring  - a perfect time to try it out! Burt Hansen, director, would be happy to give you more information and answer any questions.  You can also get in touch with Site Director June Watson.  Please visit us on a Wednesday to see ACTS in action!

 

COMING
February 19--8 and 10 a.m. The Very Rev. Tom Callard preaches; 
11:30 a.m. forum: Undie Sunday

February 26 --8 and 10 a.m. Linda Taupier preaches; 11:30 a.m. forum: Gardening the Community: When cabin fever weighs on the spirit, what better tonic is there than planning for next summer's garden?   Gardening the Community will be with us on Feb. 26 at the Forum to give us an update on their new garden and greenhouse and share some of their plans for the coming season.

February 28--6 p.m. Shrove Tuesday Supper

March 1--Ash Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., 12 p.m. (with organ), 6 p.m. English, 7:30 p.m. Spanish

March 8, 15, 22, 29--6:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross (bilingual) in the Sanctuary, followed by soup
 
SAVE THE DAY! Sunday, February 19 is our “Undie” Sunday event!  For those who are new or have forgotten (how could you?) we collect new men's underwear and socks for the Springfield Rescue Mission. We have a bit of fun with it - for a very good cause. Please save the date!
 
SAVE THE DATE: MOVING SOLARIZATION FORWARD: Individuals, Communities, Businesses, and Beyond - An interfaith forum on Clean Energy Solutions to Climate Change 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2017 (snow date March 7), at First Church of Christ, 763 Longmeadow Street, Longmeadow. There will be exhibits on solar opportunities for property-owners, businesses, renters. Event is FREE. Pasta dinner will be served; please bring a salad or finger-dessert to share. RSVP: Maura Stevens: 413-567-6287; mstevens@firstchurchlongmeadow.org Sponsored by Springfield Area Interfaith Climate Action Network First Church of Christ, Longmeadow; St. Mary’s Catholic Church; St. Andrews Episcopalian Church; Sinai Temple; Unitarian Universalist Society of Greater Springfield.

 

 

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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.