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THE SWAN & ELK The newsletter of the Cathedral of All Saints
Lent 2012 SERVICE TIMES Sundays 7:30 am Morning Prayer 8:00 am Holy Eucharist 10:00 am Cathedral Eucharist 3:00 pm Choral Service as announced Monday – Friday 8:30 am Morning Prayer 12:05 pm Holy Eucharist Tuesday 7:30 am Holy Eucharist Saturdays & Holidays 8:45 am Morning Prayer 9:00 am Holy Eucharist First Fridays 9:00 pm Sung Compline
THE CATHEDRAL OF
ALL SAINTS The Rt. Rev. William H. Love, Bishop The Rt. Rev. David S. Ball, Bishop-in-Residence The Rt. Rev. Daniel W. Herzog, Bishop Retired The Venerable David J. Collum, Dean The Rev. Peter H. Pierson, Priest The Rev. Allen D. Carpenter, Deacon The Rev. Richard P. Erickson, Deacon The Rev. Susan A. Plaske, Deacon The Rev. Christine R. Wickman, Deacon Mr. Woodrow Bynum, Music Director Mr. L. Graham Schultz, Organ Fellow
THE SWAN & ELK
Dear readers of the Swan & Elk, The old adage, “time flies when you’re having fun” certainly applies at the Cathedral. I apologize for this being our first newsletter of the year 2012, but time has been flying by. In many ways it is good for me that Lent has arrived. I am not sure there is any less to accomplish, but certainly the tone and tenor of this Church season builds into me a sense of quiet. Much of our activity is, as always, around the varied programs and events we offer, but in January and February we had a few more wonderful opportunities that you will find highlighted in this newsletter. Also, my August 2011 visit to Haiti is bearing fruit. We have begun actively supporting a school in the Village of Poulé. The school has some 170 children and we are its sole supporters. The children of the Cathedral, both elementary, junior high, and high school, have been the motive force behind this effort as they get tremendous help and support from key adult leaders. We have also been putting in place the necessary elements to operate and maintain the Cathedral without a Sexton. At the end of last year we made the difficult decision to end this position and shift to a combination of subcontracted services and volunteers. We are early in that process with much of the big items being managed, but of course there are those million smaller items our Sexton did everyday that we are still ironing out. We miss him, but believe we have made the right fiscal decision. Time will be our judge on this situation. In this issue of the Swan & Elk you will see what has taken place since the last issue. I offer this listing in order for you to maintain a sense of all that we are doing to serve our Lord and King. This issue also contains information about upcoming events, some wonderful articles about the Cathedral and her ministries, and our Holy Week and Easter offerings. Pictured above is a Cathedral Chalice framed by the Great East Window and accompanying Mosaics; photo courtesy of Kirschner-Caroff
Volume VI, Issue 1 Number XXXXVII
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CHRISTMAS AT THE CATHEDRAL
Advent Procession On November 27th our Advent Procession with Lessons & Carols was held. The service has a unique format. It begins with the Clergy and Choir in St. John’s Chapel. Following an opening Introit the Clergy process to their places in the High Altar area, however the Choir does not. Instead the Choir processes to different points in the Cathedral; stopping at the South Transept, the Baptistery, the West End and St. Michael’s Chapel. For each location a lesson read and an anthem sung. Hearing the Choir’s voice from different parts of the Cathedral assists us in pondering the mystery of the Coming of our Lord
Handel’s Messiah The Cathedral of All Saints once again offered Handel’s Messiah. Under the direction of our Music Director, Mr. Woodrow Bynum, a period instrument orchestra, Soprano Ava Pine (appearing courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera), Mezzo-soprano Brenda Patterson, Tenor Michael Slattery, Baritone Nathaniel Webster, and our Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys offered a stunning performance of this magnificent work. The piece was performed in its entirety. This year the Cathedral was able to receive sponsorship from a number of individuals and parishes. In addition, in cooperation with the Friends of the Choir, the Cathedral was able to advertise on WMHT. WMHT played our 2010 recording of the Messiah on their show No Ticket Required for one hour on three successive Fridays. In addition the Dean arranged for a television piece on WNYT on the Thursday before the event. The concert was a wonderful success with over 500 people in attendance.
Service of Lessons & Carols Brass, timpani and organ joined the Cathedral Choir as our Annual Service of Lessons and Carols was again held on Sunday, December 18th. The service followed the traditional service of King’s College. Readers from both our Cathedral family and academia read the Scriptures beautifully. The Dean was pleased that Bishop Love and Bishop Ball could be in attendance along with Dean Emeritus Marshall Vang; all read one of the lessons.
Christmas Services Christmas at the Cathedral is always special. The season of Advent with its musical offerings, the Advent study programs (this year two), and the four Sundays that lead up to the Nativity of Our Lord, all draw us to this most Holy Night. Over 600 people worshipped at a variety of services. Our family service was marked with angels flitting to and fro as our youth led the service including reading the lessons, ushering, and more. At 11 p.m. the brass and timpani performed with the Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys. Seven priests from around the Albany area joined Dean Collum in con-celebrating the Holy Eucharist. On Christmas Day the Gentlemen of the Choir sang the service as people gathered in the choir. The range of the style of the services and their location, the Nave, the Choir, the High Altar, each in their own way proclaimed the birth of our Lord. Pictured above is triptych in the Cathedral Lady Chapel; photo courtesy of Kirschner-Caroff
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EPIPHANY AT THE CATHEDRAL
Epiphany Service and Potluck Four times during the course of the year we gather for food, fun and fellowship: Ascension, our Annual Picnic, All Saints Day, and Epiphany. As in the past we gathered for worship at 6 p.m. in the Choir area of the Cathedral. Following the service we enjoyed a wonderful potluck dinner. These times provide us the opportunity to gather as the Cathedral Family. Often our ministry is to a much wider group, and involves large services. These four times during the year provide us a wonderful degree of intimacy as the Cathedral Family.
January Choral Evensong On January 8th at 3 p.m. Choral Evensong was held. The Reverend Mark Michael, Rector of Christ Church, Cooperstown offered the sermon (which is available on the Cathedral website). Evensong is a lovely time of worship, drawing us into the mystery of God, and providing a time for reflection on the Scriptures and on Christ.
Cathedral Collaboration III w/ Albany ProMusica On January 29th The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys once again collaborated with Albany ProMusica. In the midst of the short and rather dark days of January, the theme of light was evoked drawing from sacred Latin sources references to light. The music drew the audience in with beautiful pieces. While this is often viewed as a nonworship service, the pieces selected proclaimed that Jesus is the true light of the world.
Wine Tasting On Friday, February 10th the Friends of the Choir hosted A Taste of Love just in time for Valentineâ€™s Day. This wine and cheese tasting event was great fun. The wines were splendid and the boys of the Choir serenaded us with a variety of music. Amid their talent, all were entertained with a few light hearted pieces. The wine tasting has become an annual event and includes a silent auction. The proceeds from the event support the Friends of the Choir efforts.
Walk the Holyland with Jesus, Paul, Vespasian and Hortense During Epiphany Father Peter Pierson led a fascinating study of these first century figures. His talks included actual pictures of the areas where these individuals traveled and each week had a different theme that connected not just to the person being studied, but to our everyday lives and faith.
Deanâ€™s Forum Dean Collum during Epiphany led a discussion around truth! The discussion began with the concept of truth, how truth was determined throughout history, and how we determine it today. Beyond just information, the goal of the discussion was to try and come to ourselves. Specifically, can we understand how we determine what is true, and how the way we determine the truth might be different from how other people determine it? If we can get to that point, the Dean suggests that we might truly be able to have meaningful dialogs around the issues which so often divide us.
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LENT AT THE CATHEDRAL
Service of Ashes Ash Wednesday marks the onset of Lent, the 40-day period where people practice a number of disciplines, such as fasting. On this day people come to church and have their foreheads marked with ashes in the shape of a cross. The concept originated sometime in the 6th century. Our Prayer Book describes the Ash Wednesday service as one of putting the “whole congregation in mind of the message of pardon and absolution set forth in the Gospel of our Savior” (p. 265). Lent began this year on February 22nd at the Cathedral with the Service of Ashes at 7:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Bach’s St. John Passion While much of the beauty and drama of Bach’s St. John Passion may be found right at its surface, delving deeper into the 18th and 19th chapters of John, and hearing them again for the first time as revealed through Bach’s inimitable genius, allows the listener that rare opportunity to walk with Christ in his final hours. For those who have never heard this story before, what better way to experience it than through the musical language of Bach, for whom our list of superlatives seems always to come up short. But of what value is this work to someone who attends church regularly and is familiar with the passion narrative? I would suggest that our familiarity with the story could itself be a hindrance. The image of the crucified Christ has been so emblazoned in our minds that we run the risk of becoming immune to the realities of his suffering and death. If we witness a dog being hit by a car, the sight of it takes our breath away, and we are saddened to the point of tears, yet too often we walk by the image of Our Lord on the Cross and take no notice at all. During our Lenten journey, we must strive to feel the sting of his death, as we remind ourselves that it was for us and for our sins that he suffered. For we miss the glory of Easter if we deny ourselves the agony of the cross. St. John Passion was performed The Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys with period Orchestra and guest soloists on March 20th.
Stations of the Cross Wednesdays in Lent starting with a simple dinner at 6 p.m. followed by Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Fridays at our Covenant Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at 5:15 p.m.
Cathedral Youth Lockin rd
Friday evening, March 23 through Saturday noon, March 24 . Join others from around Albany and the Diocese for a fun filled night at the Cathedral. Youth directory, Father Tyler Slade will lead the Lock-In. The event is filled with fun, food and fellowship – anyone interested in a life game of Clue? Pictured above is the Crucifixion from a window in the Cathedral St. John’s Chapel; photo courtesy of KirschnerCaroff.
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COURSES AT THE CATHEDRAL
Lenten Study of Bach's St. John's Passion. Deacon Allen Carpenter led a 4-class study of this work, considered one of the most moving of all the musical settings of the Passion of Christ. These classes examine the libretto source; the biblical text from the Gospel of St. John, the Passion form, it's place in Bach's world, and the major musical points of this great work to help you listen with new ears and achieve a deeper understanding of Bach's choral masterpiece. Each session was from 6:30-8:30 pm in Pederson Hall at The Cathedral of All Saints. Many people from the Cathedral enjoyed this class.
Ezra and Nehemiah Rebuilding the Walls Tuesdays, following the 12:05 Communion Service, through - March 27 Imagine having been moved by your job from Albany to a far away city, and returning twenty or thirty years later. You come back to find that your beloved Cathedral is in ruins, as is the surrounding Capital District. Where do you begin? What matters most? Where is God in all of this? As you lift up your eyes to the hills, "From whence cometh your help?" This is something like the situation confronting the Jewish exiles in Babylon, in the year 537 B.C.. The books of Ezra and Nehemiah tell the story of their response. It is both amazing history (with the familiar figures of Cyrus, Darius and Xerxes woven into the narrative) and remarkable circumstances. We are spending our time looking at the intersection of world history and the history of God's people. In it all we will find God's Redeeming and Restoring Grace, at work in a group of people struggling to be faithful in an unforgiving and broken world. Come join us. Our class runs about an hour, from 12:40 - 1:35.
Dean’s Forum The Dean’s Forum for Lent will look at the topic of forgiveness. As Jesus hung from the Cross he uttered, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.” In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus taught us to pray, “Father…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. What is forgiveness? Does it cost anything? How do we do it – can we do it? Join Dean Collum for an open discussion with other from around the Cathedral on Sundays from 9:10 a.m. until 9:35 a.m.
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HOLY WEEK AT THE CATHEDRAL Palm Sunday 7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist 9:00 a.m. Adult & Youth Education 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist with Procession Palms will be blessed and distributed at both Eucharist’s. 2:30 p.m. Organ Recital 3:00 p.m. A Meditation on the Passion of Christ This offering of scripture, prayer, and music is based upon a service sung at Saint John’s Chapel, Cambridge, England.
Holy Monday 8:30 a.m. 12:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Evening Prayer Chrism Service: The Bishop of Albany will celebrate the traditional Service of the Chrism with the Renewal of Ordination Vows
Holy Tuesday 7:30 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 12:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Evening Prayer
Holy Wednesday 8:30 a.m. 12:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Evening Prayer
Maundy Thursday 8:30 a.m. 12:05 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 7:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Evening Prayer The Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper with the Washing of Feet and Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to the Altar of Repose. A Vigil of Prayer will be kept until ten o’clock. The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys will sing.
Good Friday 8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Morning Prayer The Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion and Death with Veneration of the Cross & the Ministration of Holy Communion. The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys will sing. Evening Prayer
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HOLY WEEK AT THE CATHEDRAL conâ€™t Holy Saturday 8:30 A.M. 9:00 A.M. 4:00 P.M. 4:30 P.M.
Morning Prayer Liturgy of the Word Sacrament of Reconciliation Evening Prayer
Easter Vigil 7:00 P.M.
The Pascal Vigil The Lighting of the New Fire and Blessing of the Pascal Candle and the Pascal Proclamation (Exultet), Liturgy of the Word, The Baptismal Liturgy, and The First Eucharist of the Resurrection. The Gentlemen of the Choir will sing.
Easter Day 7:30 A.M. 8:00 A.M. 10:00 P.M.
Morning Prayer Holy Eucharist Solemn Eucharist with Procession The Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys will sing. Pascal Bread will be blessed by The Bishop of Albany and distributed.
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Haiti: The School at Poulé I would like to invite you to join the Haiti Team. Our support is largely financial and is for the school which currently has 170 students. Without this aid the teachers go unpaid, and as motivated as they are, they will have to leave to find employment elsewhere. If we are able to raise support for the school, then we will move on to raising funds for a capital project, solar power. Only $5.00 per month allows a child to attend school; contact Deacon Susan Plaske to sign up!
Interfaith Partnership Meals Each month The Cathedral provides a meal for Interfaith Partnership. Our Cathedral Youth Group, under the direction of Deacon Susan Plaske, provided one of the meals – please see sign up on the sheets in Pedersen Hall or contact Sue McDermott for details.
Capital City Rescue Mission People from around the Cathedral continue to volunteer at the Capital City Rescue Mission. Deacon Christine Wickman lead a tour of some twenty people showing them the various places where people can volunteer.
Work Day! Several Cathedral Work Days have taken place and all have made great strides. The Cathedral has been cleaned and dusted, lights re-lamped, several closets and storage areas cleaned and organized, and more. Our next Work Day is a “Cleaning and Polishing Day” in preparation for Easter and is scheduled for March 24th. The day will start with Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. We hope to be finished by Noon, certainly no later than 1 p.m. Join us!
St. Alban’s Restoration The St. Alban’s Chapel continues to undergo restoration by a small dedicated crew of people. The restoration of the wood is truly a labor of love as years of dirt and grime have been cleaned off. In addition, one set of doors has been removed and restored; these have not yet been reinstalled until other work progresses. The project continues with woodworking restoration, plumbing repairs, painting and floor restoration.
Cathedral Repairs The North Cathedral chimney has been repaired following damage from Hurricane Irene. A full roof inspection and a gutter inspection and cleaning have been completed, and several electrical deficiencies have been addressed. Currently our roofing contractor is scheduling installation of some 60 slate tiles that are missing, along with installing gutters that were stolen.
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Holy Week Altar Frontal Restored One never knows what you will find in the Cathedral cupboards, cabinets and crawl spaces. Such was the case when Dean Collum was inventorying the various super-frontals and frontals the Cathedral owns. A beautiful super-frontal and frontal for Holy Week was found. Its deep claret color, rich embroidery, and delicate lace all work together highlighting the many aspects of Holy Week that words fail to capture. There was only one problem. The set would no longer fit the High Altar. Inspection of the High Altar reveals that a stone top was added to it sometime after its original installation. Further challenging its use was the delicate lace super-frontal. The delicate lace, now aged into a beautiful patina, could barely hold its own weight when hung. By God’s grace, Martha Munafo took charge of the restoration of this beautiful parament. Martha contacted a conservator who inspected the frontal and provided a number of recommendations, including how to stabilize the lace. From January through March Martha worked many Saturdays restoring and stabilizing the set. This year it will once again hang from the High Altar during Holy Week. As with many articles in the Cathedral, there is usually a story behind them, and such is true of this frontal and its lace which James Gwynn researched, and writes about below.
The Story of The Corning Lace by James Gwynn Spawned by the deep theological discussions of the Oxford Movement, the Cambridge Camden Society began to advocate for beauty in churches, especially the architectural and ceremonial aspects of worship. This return to the medieval ceremonies, rituals and trappings of the early church sent a frisson through the Low Church crowd and in many cases divided congregations. In Albany, while Bishop Doane through his lone episcopacy never wore a cope, mitre or Eucharistic vestments, he did embrace much of the Oxford Movement. However a began to accumulate in sacristies, and, realizing that some provision had to be made for their general care, around about 1890 he asked for volunteers to form an embroiders’ guild whose charge was to be the general maintenance and repair of such items, and in some cases, the making of new ones. Many women responded to the call including social luminaries such as Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt and her sister, Miss Carew; Mrs. William Gorham Rice, daughter of Mrs. H.V.L. Pruyn; Catherine Brinkerhoff Evans; and others of the BonTon. They took up quarters in a house on Lafayette St. which in those days ran from Hawk St. to Swan following the path of the present alley between the Cathedral and the State Education building. With the completion of Oscar Hasey’s Guild House they moved there, and with many changes in make up the guild lasted until the 1940’s when it was disbanded. Among the many treasures handed down to us by the Guild is a claret colored velvet High Altar frontal incorporating panels of 15th century Italian embroidery and a super-frontal of beautiful rose point lace. The story of that lace is intriguing. It was reputedly part of the personal effects of Marie Antoinette, was bought at auction in Paris by Erastus Corning, and was to be used as trimming on a gown for Mrs. Corning to wear to Abraham Lincoln’s Inaugural Ball. The lace was sent to a dress maker in New York City where it disappeared! Pinkerton Men were hired to trace it and it was found cut in three lengths, in a shop in that city. Whether or not Mrs. Corning twirled around the dance floor in the gown is not-recorded, but if she did, it was without the lace, which was discovered too late to use. Guild records tell us that Mrs. A. Palmer made the super-frontal and for the first time in many years this treasure will be used on the High Altar.
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The Liturgy of Palm Sunday On Palm Sunday the Church commemorates Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to accomplish his saving work by dying and rising again. The liturgy of the day has two distinctive features; the procession and the reading of the Passion Gospel. The procession is the first of the commemorative liturgical actions of Holy Week which remind us of the main events in the last week of Jesus’ ministry. Palm branches aid us in this commemoration, but the procession is intended not only to remind us of what happened then, but also to be an act of praise to Christ the King who reigns and triumphs on the Cross. It expresses our own readiness to take up our cross and follow our crucified and risen Lord, as we go with him to the place of suffering and death. For some, the reading of the Passion seems out of place on Palm Sunday, thinking it should be read only on Good Friday. The shapers of our Liturgy however realized that the Passion takes us into the heart of Holy Week and the Gospel. Indeed we will read again the Passion. Holy Week is shaped by the historical commemoration of the events of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. Yet when connected to the Triumphal Procession, the liturgy communicates that our celebration of victory over death, the Triumph if you will, is won by the Cross. It is therefore essential that the Passion Narrative be placed side-by-side with the Triumphal Procession lest we forget what victory looks like in God’s economy – His victory is accomplished through the self-giving love of Jesus the Christ. Our service seeks to capture this heavenly reality as the music moves from the victorious tone of All glory laud and honor to the hymn Ride on! Ride on in majesty! The title may seem triumphant, indeed it is, but the key shifts to a minor key, and the words that follow “ride on” reveal just what Jesus is riding on towards – the solemn mood of the music communicates the great cost of this victory. I pray you can begin your Holy Week with our Palm Sunday services.
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Doane and “His Architect” by James Gwynn William Croswell Doane, first Bishop of the newly created Diocese of Albany, was a man of towering ambition and singular purpose. From the very beginning of his episcopate, the idea of building a great gothic cathedral befitting the dignity and importance of the capitol city of the Empire State obsessed him. As a youth he had travelled to Europe with his father and had visited all the major English Cathedrals, and as a result had become afflicted with an incurable case of “gothicitus.” As a first step towards his goal he left St. Peter’s Church where he had been rector before his elevation to the purple and took a small band of followers up the hill to the corner of Elk and Hawk streets where an unused Iron Foundry had been fixed up as a pro-cathedral where worship could take place while money was being raised for the main event. Finally in 1884 after much prodding and persuading $100,000.00 had been raised and a competition to choose an architect was announced. Among the submitters was Henry Hobson Richardson, then the most famous architect in the country who was in Albany serving as one of the architects of the State Capitol building. Unhappily for him his plan, in his singular Romanesque revival style, was rejected by Doane in favor of a gothic plan presented by Robert W. Gibson. Gibson was a practically unknown Englishman recently arrived in Albany to join William Prittyman in a decorating and stained glass business on Pearl St. He had never designed a church let alone a cathedral, but Doane was taken by his plan and he was engaged. On June 3rd, 1884, the Corner Stone of the building was placed with great ceremony. Doane wanted a space for worship as quickly as possible and in four years time all the walls were raised, a temporary roof was placed, and though largely unfinished, the bishop had his useable space. The cathedral project made Gibson’s reputation as an architect. He soon left Albany and set up practice in Manhattan, but returned here periodically to check on progress, and in 1903 when a gift of $200,000 was given by J. Pierpont Morgan to finish the choir end of the building, he supervised that work. Over the years he was responsible for the designs of nine churches and for the renovation and enlargement of the fire ravaged St. Paul’s Cathedral in Buffalo. One of his larger commissions was for the Library building at the New York Botanical Gardens. Unlike Richardson who worked solely in one idiom, Gibson designed in a variety of styles: Renaissance, Gothic, Romanesque, Beaux-arts, and Colonial Revival. In 1890 Gibson married Caroline Hammond whose father was managing director of the Murray Hill Hotel. (Walter Launt Palmer, Albany’s famous “snow painter” was a groomsman at the wedding). Three daughters were born to the couple and Gibson’s burgeoning practice allowed him to settle his family into an affluent lifestyle centered around Seawanhaka Yacht Club where he was not only a dedicated and active member, but had also designed the clubhouse. Finally, to his great delight a son was born, but his happiness was soon dashed when the child died. It was a blow from which he never fully recovered. His practice languished and he withdrew to Aveley Farm in Woodbury, Long Island where, in 1927, he died, bringing a close to a distinguished life in American Architecture.
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Quick Reference of Important Dates April 1st – Palm Sunday including Meditation on the Passion of Christ at 3 p.m. nd April 2 – Chrism Service at 6 p.m. April 5th – Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. April 6th – Good Friday at Noon April 7th – Easter Vigil at 7 p.m. April 8th – Easter Day April 17th – Rodolfus Choir at 7 p.m. April 22nd – First Holy Communion April 22nd – Annual Pasta Dinner April 29th – Choral Evensong at 3 p.m. May 9th – Diocesan Pre-Convention Meeting at Cathedral at 7 p.m. th May 12 – Regional Confirmation at 4 p.m. May 17th – Ascension Day Service at 6 p.m. followed by a Potluck Dinner th May 20 – Annual Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys Spring concert
June 2nd – Ordinations at the Cathedral June 3rd – Annual Bishop Ball Golf Tournament June 8th – 10th – Diocesan Convention at Camp-of-the-Woods