'That was great,' and now I'm ready.
by Dean Tom Callard.
I love the summer, but at the end of the summer ever year, I say 'that was great,' and now I'm ready for the fall. Because as much as I love the unstructured, lazy days of summer, I love structure even more. I know not everyone is the same as I am, but I find that the regular routines of work, rest, family, prayer, worship, fellowship, all the components of my structured fall, winter and spring life, keep me going and really allow me to thrive, especially spiritually.
Perhaps you will find, now that I'm the Dean, that the Cathedral takes on this aspect of my personality and that structures and patterns begin to appear where I feel they should go. For example, I think we should have Adult Education programs run about four times a year, and every year include something on the Bible, something on Church History, something on contemporary society, and something more spiritual on a topic like prayer. Every year. I think we should always have one big 'Outreach' or 'Service' event in the early Spring, and regularly have two or three other times every year when we all get together to do something of service for the community. I think we want regular, monthly meetings for the men to get together, or the women, or other groups that form, to strengthen our fellowship and give us a chance to deepen our faith together. And I think we should offer several opportunities for worship, Bible study, and prayer time every week apart from Sunday morning.
And think it's super helpful to have a calendar planned in advance. So that's basically what we'll be sharing with you this week- a Fall 2017 catalog of events and activities and ministries, things which can add to your life. There's nothing you absolutely need to do, but hopefully we've provide a lot of things you can do.
And I implore you to be aware of the great invitation that is the church and organized religion- that Jesus has founded and the Holy Spirit continues to give us a way to pattern and structure our lives together around neighbors, community, those in need, and God, and that every invitation, every program, every ministry, and really, every person, is another invite offered to us. It's all God saying, come live more fully into the kingdom I have prepared for you.
Blessings to all, I hope to see you this week for the beginning again.
Announcing our new Music Director, Mr. Robert
Bob Hansler is coming to us from St. John’s
Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Prior to St. John’s, he had
served as organist at First Congregational Church in Hatfield and St. Luke’s
Episcopal Church in Tacoma, Washington. He has also given performances as an
organist, pianist, and harpsichordist throughout the region. Originally from
Tacoma, Washington, Bob holds a master’s in music from the University of
Victoria and a bachelor’s from Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied
organ with Paul Tegels. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists
(AAGO). As a composer of chamber music, his work has been performed throughout
the country and internationally in concert and festival settings, and it has
been recognized by the Canadian University Music Society (1st prize,
2013). In addition to his work at St. John’s in Williamstown, he has worked
locally at the Community Music School of Springfield and the Williston
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on Sunday will be given in thanksgiving for the lives of Randall
Betsher and Lucia Mercedes.
Tuesday, September 12th
the EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE meets in the Library at 6:30
Saturday, September 16 the OUTREACH
MINISTRY meets in the library at 9 a.m. and the ADULT EDUCATION
GROUP meets at 10:30 a.m. Both ministries are open and invite your
Sunday, September 17, THE CHOIR
RETURNS and RABBI MARK SHAPIRO will be our
There are openings at all levels of ability in our choir. On
Sunday afternoon, October 15, the Cathedral Choir will be joined by the Choir of
All Saints Church, Worcester, and the Choir of St. Peter's Church, Springfield,
to sing the Evensong Service, when our Presiding Bishop, Michael Curry visits
the Cathedral. If you have sung with the Cathedral Choir before or are a singer
and wish to make a contribution to the spiritual life here at the Cathedral,
please contact our Interim Director of Music, Charles Page, by speaking to him
after the Sunday Service, by emailing him at email@example.com, or by calling
the Cathedral 413-736-2741 during the week. Let us welcome our new Director of
Music with a strong choral presence here at the Cathedral.
September 24, THE REVEREND CANON ANTHONY GUILLEN, the
Latino/Hispanic Missioner for the Episcopal Church, will be our guest preacher
for all three services. Anthony works directly with the Presiding Bishop and
coordinates the Ethnic Ministries for the Episcopal
Sunday, October 1 will be the introduction of the
fall EIGHT WEEK STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN.
October 7, BLESSINGS OF THE ANIMALS, 12 p.m. in the
Sunday, October 15, PRESIDING BISHOP MICHAEL
CURRY, will be at the Cathedral. There will be an 8 a.m. service and 10
a.m. service in the morning (no 12:15 p.m. service) and a 4 p.m.
A BICENTENNIAL LUNCHEON will follow the
service, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Marriot hotel. The cost is $39 for the buffet
luncheon with special guest Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. For more
information, contact Jill Senecal, Executive Assistant to Bishop Doug Fisher, at
413-737-4786, ext. 123.
HELP FOR HURRICANE RELIEF.
Please consider making a donation to Episcopal Relief and
Development’s Hurricane Harvey Response at www.episcoopalrelief.org. We
follow Bishop Fisher in endorsing the ministry and work of Episcopal Relief and
Development, and urge you to make a donation today.
THE CATHEDRAL will next happen Sunday, November 5. If you are
interested, please make arrangements with Dean Tom by the beginning of
FALL EDUCATION PROGRAM, “CHANGE OR DIE.”
Examining how and when religious communities change or reform so they can stay
active, responsive, and alive in their communities. Tuesdays, September 19,
26, October 3, 17, 24, 6:30-8:00 p.m. What is reformed about reformed
Judaism? How did Judaism respond to the Enlightenment? This year is the
500th anniversary of the Reformation. What was the reformation? What
is the future of the church in Latin America?” How do congregations in our own
Diocese make changes to keep drawing in new people? What can we do? Come and
THE MUSIC DIRECTOR SEARCH:
There will be an announcement this week about our Music Director
PRAYERS & SUPPORT are requested for Gavin
Gagnon, the grandson of former Cathedral Canon Sherm Gagnon, who was born six
weeks prematurely and faces various challenges and health concerns. Gavin’s
father, Anthony, has set up a Go Fund Me page for Gavin, who is still in the
NICU. Please pray for him and if you are able to, consider making a financial
donation, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/medical-fund-for-gavin
Come closer to God, come closer to nature. Come find the artist within
you, and share in the beauty of the Cathedral. Find your ministry in the Flower
Guild. We will train you in the basics and join you in the journey. You and God
will do the rest. Please speak to Father Tom, or any member of the Flower Guild:
Susie Shaffer-Bartley; Ruth Bradley; Gilda Garcia; Nilsa Velez, Cecil Perez,
COFFEE HOUR VOLUNTEERS help in the
fellowship and care of our souls in the summer and everyone is invited to the
Library after the service, out the doors on the North side of the sanctuary and
up the steps. Sign-up for any of the following Sundays in September and October:
Sept. 17 & 24; Oct. 4; 8; 22, & 29. Thank you.
SERVICE OF THE HOLY COMMUNION AT NOON. Please join us in the All Saints
Chapel for a mid-week noon-time service.
group meets on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. in the All Saints Chapel (first
floor), and it is a time of quiet reflection inviting us to a deeper
relationship with the living God. It is open to beginners.
STUDIES are held on Wednesday at 8-9 a.m. in the Kendrick Room, and
Sunday from 9-9:45 a.m. in the Dougout on the second floor of the Diocesan
offices. People are invited.