November Edition , 2009 Pentecost/Advent
The Newsletter ofThe Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John
A Word From Our Dean...
Dear Cathedral Family, My thanks to each of you who made the celebration of our 80th anniversary as a Cathedral so remarkable. So many from the various parishes made a point of thanking me both for the lovely liturgy and the grand reception which followed. We know how to welcome, worship and celebrate!!! I also would like you to know that the concept plans for the redevelopment of the Cathedral Close which you all had the opportunity to see on October the 18th were very well received by the Diocesan Convention. Soon you will hear more about how we will launch into Phase 2 of the project. This month we move on to other things which are not unusual, but are equally important. Indeed, we will mark our national day of Thanksgiving on the 26th with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 10 am. But we will also respond with renewed commitment to God in thanks for the many blessings, spiritual and material, which He offers to us. Yes, it is the time to write about stewardship.
Our Worship Life Sundays Holy Eucharist 8:30 AM, Rite 1 10:30 AM, Rite 2 Church School Classes meet at 10:30 AM Wednesday 12:10 PM, Holy Eucharist
Recently I have read a very thoughtful book, Transforming Stewardship, by Fr. C. K. Robertson, Canon to the Presiding Bishop. I want to share one paragraph from it which greatly impressed me. “The book of Proverbs says that ‘the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’ (9:10). It is only when we realize that we are not in control, that we cannot use God as our personal genie, that life is indeed bigger than us but God is far bigger still- it is only then that we begin to be wise. For it is then that we begin to trade in our myth of a golden age for a desire to make a difference now, both in the life of our own parish and in our surrounding community. It is then that we trade in our fear of losing what we have tried to maintain for a vision of what can be done. Stewardship does indeed deal with money, but it must be far bigger, far more holistic than that. For money is the symbol, the (Continued on page 4) 1
From The Deacon’s Bench
My mother used to say that you could tell that you were getting old when you began to feel the rush of time speeding past. Well, maybe I am getting there, because I can’t believe that we are already knocking on the door of winter once again. It is a time of year that reminds us in a particular way that we, in our bounty, have a responsibility to give to those in need. Now, I never thought myself a person of bounty until one day, when I had invited some AIDS patients and their supporters to come to my house for a picnic. I live in a modest home in Cranston that Roger and I bought almost 25 years ago. As with most of us, I occasionally complained that “this could be improved,” or “That is just too small to get by with,” or “How could I possibly function in such a small place?” And then one of the invited guests, taking in the scene, said to me, “Wow. You live in a mansion!”
A funny thing happened at our recent Diocesan Convention. I was attending a breakout session examining the two controversial resolutions that had been past at General Convention dealing with gay and lesbian ordination and pastoral response to single sex unions. Being Episcopalians, the amount of pontification was awe-inspiring; until a priest stood up and said the following: “There are seven passages in the Bible dealing with sexuality but there are 435 passages dealing with wealth and possessions; why are we talking so much about sexuality and why are we letting it define us?” Darn good question if you ask me.
As we enter the time of year when we stop to give thanks for what we have, and then rush head-long into Christmas season once again, let’s all take a few moments to re-evaluate what God has done for us, and how we might share that bounty with others.
My gut feeling is that materialism is one of the very rare topics that are harder for most people to talk about than sex because we all know that we are guilty of it. And, make no mistake about it; try as I may to change my attitude, I unfortunately still must place myself squarely in the materialistic camp. Allow me to explain what I mean by this. To me, materialism does not mean liking material things. God made matter…Materialism means that you put your trust not in the Creator, but in the things He has made. It’s so odd that we do this because we all know that inanimate objects cannot hear our cries, or answer our prayers, or love, or forgive, or raise us from death to life. When we find ourselves alone and lost in a dark, uncaring world, wouldn’t one good friend be worth all the jewels in the dresser and all the money in the bank? To trade the living God for many pretty things is a bad swap for materialism almost always leads us into a dead end while leading us to believe that it is a way out.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
Peter Gomes once said, “It is not a bad thing to begin to realize that being rich toward God has something to do with an attitude about who we are, rather than about what we do, or about what we have.” Maybe even in this tough economic time, it would behoove us to take stock as to how rich we truly are. And I don’t mean looking at our bank accounts.
Your sister in Christ,
Now, I assure you that I do not live in a mansion, but I was astonished that day to learn something about myself: I truly did not appreciate what bounty God had given me! So, I promised myself (and God), that I would re-evaluate my attitude about what bounty really is, and take notice of where God’s bounty to me could be shared.
From the Seminarian Linda and I would like to thank all the wonderful members of the Cathedral of St. John’s Parish for welcoming us so warmly into your family. We look forward to meeting all of you and getting to know you better. In a special way, I want to thank Bishop Wolf for assigning me to the cathedral and to the supervision of Dean Krauss. I am humbled and honored to be here to serve you and to learn all I can from you. All of you will play a very important role in my education and formation as a future priest. I welcome and value your comments, suggestions, critique and your prayerful support. I feel these are very exciting times to be at the Cathedral of St. John with the proposed project for the block and the renovation of the mother church of the diocese. We are all on the ground floor of something very special and very unique. I will be with you until May 1, 2010. My wife, Linda and I have 4 children, 3 of whom are grown, and 1 adopted daughter, Gabriella, who is a special needs child attending the Bradley School in East Providence. I am very proud of the fact that I am a veteran of the United States Navy. I am also a former Roman Catholic and studied for the priesthood at St. Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana and at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts. I left the seminary to marry and raise a family. About 5 years ago I left the Roman Catholic Church and became an Episcopalian. Prior to entering the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I worked in our family owned business for over 20 years in laboratory medicine. Towards the end of my career at Laboratory Services, Co. Inc., I wanted to bring the knowledge, skills and experiences I acquired from those years in the laboratory to the classroom. I was hired by the Lincoln Technical Institute in Lincoln, Rhode Island where I taught in the medical program for 6 years. In fact Emma Louise’s daughter Petrina was one of my students, and a very good student at that. Linda is the principal of the Emma Whiteknact Elementary School in East Providence, Rhode Island. She has just finished a doctorate in educational leadership. Not only that, she is an accomplished and competitive ballroom dancer, tennis player and local community theatre actress. I consider myself to be a highly intelligent person for one reason only; I married WAY, and I mean WAY, above myself when I married Linda Succi. Linda will retire after 30 years in education in June 2010. I am also very blessed to have both of my parents still with us. We just celebrated my mother’s 80th birthday a couple of weeks ago. Dean Krauss and I will begin by focusing on stewardship and increasing our membership at the Cathedral of St. John. I am a member of Grace Church, Providence where I served on the vestry and the stewardship committee. I hope to bring some of what I have learned to those tasks which will help us in our mission. I am deeply grateful to Bishop Wolf, Dean Krauss, Deacon Barbara, Deacon Mark, Miss Tinker, and Mr. Bush and especially to all of you for the warmth and hospitality that you have extended to Linda and me. Please pray for me as I continue to discern God’s call and the call of the church. Faithfully, John Higginbotham Your Seminarian
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powerful symbol, of our ongoing need for control. But as we begin to think of life in terms of what we have instead of what we lack, then we can dare to let go of the things that hold us back and strategize together as faithful stewards instead of fearful owners.” This month you will be hearing from fellow parishioners about their commitment our Lord Jesus and you will be receiving some very important information about our financial posture in these strained times. In addition, however, I urge you to reflect on Fr. Robertson’s observations as you pray about the commitment you want to make to the ministry of the cathedral for the coming year and about how you want to thank God for his abiding presence in your life. With every good wish and faithfully,
-Thoughts from the Senior WardenAs we move into November, with the holiday tradition of giving thanks for the bounty in our lives, I’m wondering if we concentrate enough on our spiritual and emotional bounty instead of the tangibles. While it’s only human to want the bells and whistles of life, those things can very quickly pale in comparison to the enrichment we receive from good friendships and loving, supportive families – be they biological or spiritual. I see our parish family ties strengthening each day with the increasingly enthusiastic participation in our mission and ministries. And I thank God for this bounty, as I do for my own family and friends. Together, we have a warm and wonderful future waiting for us here at the Cathedral of Saint John. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. God’s Peace To All, Leah
Did you know…..? Thanks to the generosity of many people who attended and bid on items for the Silent Auction, and thanks also to those who donated items, and those who provided food and beverages for the event, and thanks as well to those who organized, promoted and executed a fine evening which has become our First Annual Silent Auction, over $1,800 was raised to support the work of the Food Pantry here at the Cathedral of Saint John. Well done!
The Cathedral of Saint John goes Digital! Beginning this month, anyone looking for information about The Cathedral of Saint John, can do so by looking at our blog or signing onto Twitter! Anaezi Modu and Deacon Barbara have been working hard on these two tools to help us stay connected day-to-day. In addition, by mid-November, our new website should be ready to go live. We still have lots to do, putting up text, pictures and other content, but things are moving along quite well for our entry into new and exciting ways to communicate with one another. For a look at our blog, please go to http://cathedralstjohnri.blogspot.com and you will find the latest information about what’s going on at the Cathedral. If you do, leave us a comment so we know that you have been there! To get to Twitter, please go to http://twitter.com/CathedralStJohn and start following us so that you will get regular updates about what’s going on in the parish. In addition, any time that you are looking for information about the Diocese, please go to www.episcopalri.org and you will find everything from convention news to daily events going on around the diocese.
(Editor’s Note: The Prayers of the People are an integrated part of each Holy Eucharist. They really do make a difference in the lives of those who ask for our prayers. Here is an article submitted by a parishioner who wants to show how much each prayer request truly means.)
Let Us Pray….. We hear the names in the intercessions every Sunday, but do we know the faces that go with the names? Do you or I know a few of the people listed there? Sometimes the list is long and we may “tune out” and mentally wander around our own “to-do” list for the upcoming week. This happens to me all too often! I’d like to introduce two of those faceless names to you: Theresa and Charlie Ackles. We have been praying for them for a couple of months now and they still need our prayers. Theresa is one of my daughters and Charlie is her dear husband who has had a Liver transplant. The recovery time is six months to a year and it’s been almost two months. The new Liver is doing well but Charlie is tired and Theresa is exhausted with his daily care. She is a nurse and has taken family medical leave to care for him. Hearing their names every Sunday, along with many others, has focused my attention on those names and I feel uplifted by the knowledge that we are praying for people who need healing in some form. My family and I thank you for those prayers. Your friend in Christ, Gailia Rutan-Annaldo
Report of the 219th Diocesan Convention The Diocesan Convention was held on Saturday, October 24, preceded by a festival Holy Eucharist and reception, celebrating the 80th anniversary of Saint John’s Church as The Cathedral of Saint John, mother church of The Diocese of Rhode Island. The homilist for the Holy Eucharist was The Very Rev. Harry E. Krauss, Dean of the Cathedral. Bishop John Zawo, of Ezo, our companion diocese in the Sudan, was to have spoken, but due to difficulties in travel out of and returning to the Sudan, he was not able to attend. In November, it is expected that Bishop Zawo will come to the Diocese. A new event will be planned. The Bishop presented 10 points for churches in transformation as part of her Annual Address, which will be made available soon in bookmark form for parishioners. Please see page 4 to read the 10 point for transforming churches The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island’s 219th Annual Diocesan Convention (Editor’s Note: For full coverage of Convention news and a full copy of the Bishop’s address please visit the Diocesan website at http://www.episcopalri.org/NewsEvents/DiocesanConvention/tabid/191/Default.aspx
The 219th Annual Convention of The Diocese of Rhode Island concluded Saturday afternoon, October 24, 2009, following the annual Address of The Rt. Rev. Geralyn Wolf and adoption of the budget for the next fiscal year and of ten other resolutions. The Resolutions ratified companion relationships with the Diocese of Ezo in the Sudan and the Diocese of Louisiana. Bishop Wolf and her husband, Thomas Bair, visited the Diocese of Ezo for ten days last December. Bishop Wolf and other members of the Diocese, both clerical and lay, have been actively involved with assistance in the rebuilding of New Orleans. The Convention adopted resolutions to form a Task Force to review diocesan priorities, to adopt the Charter for Lifelong Christian Formation, to endorse the Earth Charter, and to urge the support of community gardens and providing fresh produce for those in need. The Convention also adopted resolutions affirming diocesan programs for prison ministry, for formation of and ministerial support for children, youth and college students, and for the affirmation of two specific resolutions adopted by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church last July, Resolutions D025 and C056. Resolution D025 reaffirms various commitments previously made by the Church as to the accessibility of all positions in the Church, particularly to any ordained ministry in The Episcopal Church. While ordination is not a “right” guaranteed to any individual, access to the Church’s discernment and ordination process is open to all baptized members. Resolution C056 honors diversity of theological perspectives within The Episcopal Church. Although Resolution C056 allows bishops, particularly those in dioceses within civil jurisdictions where same-gender marriage, civil unions or domestic partnerships are legal, to provide a generous pastoral response to meet the needs of members of the Church, it does not authorize public liturgical rites for the blessing of same-gender unions. The policy in the Diocese of Rhode Island remains the same: until General Convention provides official authorization, Bishop Wolf will not authorize the use of public liturgical rites for the blessing of same-gender unions. -Edmund C. Bennett, Chancellor.
DEADLINES FOR The RECORD The Record, our parish newsletter, is published monthly and is available by email, hard copy and on the Cathedral website. If you would like to receive the Record electronically, please give your email address to our Parish Administrator, Miss Tinker or call the church office at (401) 331-4622. Please send articles to Deacon Barbara at BMaysStock@cox.net. The deadlines for submission t o The Record are as follows:
November 23 for the December edition December 19 for the January, 2010 edition January 23 for the February edition 6
An excerpt from:
219TH CONVENTION OF THE DIOCESE OF RHODE ISLAND 24 OCTOBER 2009 ADDRESS TO CONVENTION THE RIGHT REVEREND GERALYN WOLF “Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” 1Corinthians 16:13
When Jesus was crucified he did not focus on himself but on Mary, his mother, John his disciple, and the two thieves crucified with him. We do not hear him uttering words of blame, only forgiveness, blessing and hope. Inspired by Jesus’ response, I have the gall to think that this is one of the most challenging and engaging times to be a Christian, an Episcopalian, and part of the Anglican Communion. I believe that God is doing something new across Christendom, and if this is a time of grave uncertainty perhaps it is because the trumpet is sounding and a wake-up call is arousing us from our complacency. I am encouraged by signs of new life in our diocese, exemplified by ten characteristics of congregations that are experiencing significant transformation. 1. They changed their attitude. They got honest with themselves, owning their responsibilities. Instead of acting as victims they re-set their vision; 2. They are people of abundance instead of scarcity. They speak of God’s blessings in their life, of gratitude and thankfulness. They experience the joy of giving instead of complaining that they don’t have enough; 3. They place a high priority on Christian formation for all ages, acknowledging that informed believers make faithful disciples; 4. They see new comers not as sources of money, but as people who are seeking a Christ-centered community; 5. They create an environment of mutual responsibility member to member, organization to organization; 6. They develop achievable goals, and rely upon shared ministry to accomplish them; 7. They move from triangulation and gossip to effective ways of communication; 8. They unashamedly give voice to the core of the Christian faith: to the sinful failings of the human condition, redeemed through the transforming love of the Word made Flesh. 9. They use new technologies in the service of evangelism and proclamation, and 10. They expect people to worship every Sunday; hearing the Word of God, and receiving the Bread of Life. No church has all of these characteristics, but each church has some. I invite every Vestry and Bishop’s Mission Committee to reflect seriously on these ten signs of congregational vitality.
(The full text of the Bishop’s Address is available on the Diocesan website, at http://www.episcopalri.org/ NewsEvents/DiocesanConvention/tabid/191/Default.aspx
One Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words…..
The 219th Diocesan Convention
Musical Notes Dear Cathedral Parishoners, We need volunteers for the choir for the 11:30 service! If you are interested in joining the choir and you have a good singing voice, consider joining. Please see me before or after service. The choir rehearses from 10:50AM to 11:15AM before the 11:30 service. I have been away several times, spreading the good name of our institution as Organist & Director of Music of the Cathedral of St. John, Providence. I have recently returned from Richmond, Virginia, where I performed an organ and brass program at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church on October 16th. Then, I attended and performed at a new organ dedication on Oct 18th at the Federated Church in Hyannis, Massachusetts. On Sunday afternoon, Oct 25th, I performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. On Sunday, Nov 1st I will dedicate a new organ at St. Bridgetâ€™s Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, Connecticut. Tuesday, November 3rd, I will be sharing a program with Susan Carroll, Organist of the Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence. From November 13th through the 23rd, I have been invited to perform in Paris, France at the American Cathedral and at the Church of St. Sulpice. I will be home to be with you through Christmas. To perform in France is considered an honor in the organ playing profession Continued Musical Blessings, Brink Bush, Organist & Director of Music
(Editorâ€™s note: Here is a pattern for you to try at home, to make a Infant Hat, to donate to Kent County Hospital through our Cathedral Knitting Ministry, which meets on Tuesdays from 9:30AM until Noon.) Roll Brim Hat For Preemies Knitting Pattern This easy hat fits preemies and has a simple cute top knot. This hat can be made bigger or smaller. Add or subtract stitches in multiples of 8. Gauge: 16 sts=4 inches Materials: Worsted weight yarn Size 8 US (5 mm) double pointed needles-set of 4 Instructions CO 48 sts. Divide 16 sts on each needle. Making sure sts aren't twisted, join. Knit until hat measures 4 inches from beginning (unroll brim if needed to measure). Decrease Crown Round 1: *k6, slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Round 2 (and all even rounds): knit Round 3: *k5 st, slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Round 5: *k4, slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Round 7: *k3, slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Round 9: *k2, slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Round 11: *k1, slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Round 13: *slip 1, k1, psso; rep from * around Next 4-5 rounds: knit Thread yarn through remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn end inside hat. 9
Cathedral of Saint John Providence, RI Junior Warden’s Report: October 2009 Blessings to all! The “Weekend Warriors” were back at it on Saturday October 3rd. Rain kept us from working on our painting project so we elected to remove debris from the bell tower (nasty). Our furnace contractor Energy Efficiency has provided the necessary information to complete our application for the RI Heating System Rebate. I am expecting a $200.00 (and praying for $500.00) rebate for installing a more efficient boiler. The Furnace has been started and although there are some “bugs” to work out we expect to see significant savings this heating season. A quote from Casa Buena Builders for the tower roof repairs came in at $33K, additional work that is recommended while the staging is in place would be $16K. Casa Buena also provided and estimate of $18.5K for repairing the “Portico” roof and replacement of associated molding. This makes the original tower roof quote from Olympic Contractors of $9.6K seem like a bargain. Due to the continuing deterioration of the roof and vaulted ceiling our Cathedral Chapter has approved moving forward with Olympic Roofing on this project. GAB Robbins has responded to the insurance claim we submitted. I had estimated the total for repairs to the church school rooms damaged by the burst pipe at about $15K. The adjuster allowed for $12.9K. He noted that this policy does not cover any asbestos related work which was quoted at $2975.00. Unfortunately, they say that we have $11K deductible on this policy so the payment to us would be $2057.35. If we provide receipts to show all the work has been completed within 730 days they will pay an additional $798.70. I have asked Sam to pay Energy Efficiency Services the $1154.55 we owe them for emergency repairs they performed on Sunday 1/4/09 and completion on Tuesday 1/6/09. We do have the option of having our claim reviewed by the RI Dept. of Business Regulation for whatever that is worth. Harrington, William and Bendollyn were kind enough to give up their Columbus Day to put a finish coat of paint on the Portico columns, please let them know how much we appreciate the effort! We hope to get more of the entry painting done before the weather gets too cold and start choosing indoor projects for the winter. See you in church! Andy
REMINDER!! will be attacking more items on “The List” 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Saturday November 7th
Episcopal Church Women News and Notes The Annual Meeting of the Episcopal Church Women of the diocese will be held on Saturday, November 14, at Saint Georgeâ€™s Church in Central Falls. Registration starts at 10AM, and the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 11AM. A catered lunch ($7.50 fee) will follow. The keynote speaker will be Katherine Lucey, who will speak about her work with Solar Africa ( http://www.ises.org/ ), which provides solar power to enhance education, improve health and safety and create economic opportunity. For lunch reservations and more information, contact Elaine DaRosa at 401-295-5758 or email
HE 8:30& 10:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6:00PM
The Foundry Group 6:30PM (SH)
HE 8:3010:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM Taize 4:00PM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6:00PM
15 HE 8:30& 10:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Church School 10:30AM Concert in the Nave 330PM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6:00PM
22 HE 8:30& 10:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6:00PM
29 ADVENT I HE 8:30&10:30AM Adult Ed. 9:45 AM(SH) Choir Rehearsal 9:50AM Church School 10:30AM HE La Inglesia del Mesias 6:00PM
26 HAPPY THANKSGIVING HE 10:00AM
RI Council of Churches 330PM (SH) Chapter 7:00PM (CR)
Clergy Association 10AM (SH) Deacon Focus Group 12Noon (CR)
HE&Healing Service 7:00PM
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Wednesday HE 12:10 PM
HE 12:10 PM
VETERANâ€™S DAY OFFICE CLOSED
Prayer Group 7:00PM (CR)
Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:30AM Soup Kitchen 4:00PM
10 Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:30AM
Soup Kitchen 4:00PM
Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:30AM
Prayer Group 7:00PM (CR)
HE 12:10 PM
Soup Kitchen 4:00PM
Prayer Group 7:00PM (CR)
Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:30AM Soup Kitchen 4:00PM
Weekend Warriors 9AM Food Pantry 11AM Pampered Chef 1PM (SH)
Hope for the Homeless 7AM (SH) Funeral Service 9AM Food Pantry 11AM
Food Pantry 11AM
Food Pantry 11AM
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The Episcopal Cathedral of Saint John 271 North Main Street The Very Rev. Harry E. Krauss, Dean The Rev. Barbara Mays-Stock, Deacon The Rev. Mark Warter, Deacon Mr. John Higginbotham, Seminarian Mr. Brink Bush, Music Director/Organist Leah Nastasi, Senior Warden Andy Costa, Junior Warden
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Welcome to The Cathedral of Saint John Canon David Lucey, at Our 80th Anniversary Eucharist opening Convention 2009