Thursday, October 19, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 22 October 2017

Peter Paul Rubens, The Tribute Money, c. 1612

FROM THE RECTOR

"Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." With these words our Lord sets the agenda for more than twenty centuries of Christian reflection on our obligations in the temporal and spiritual realms. How do our duties to political authority interact with our duties to God? In a time of deep ideological division in our country and communities the question is as urgent as ever. Join us this Sunday as we seek insights from Scripture and Tradition on this thorny issue. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 24, Year A

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Pierre Certon—Messe Sus le pont d’Avignon
William Byrd—Sing joyfully

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saint James of Jerusalem (October 23) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept tomorrow (Monday) with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Low Mass at 6:00 pm.

Saint Simon and Saint Jude (October 28) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept this Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10:00 am.

All Souls DayMark your calendars for Solemn Requiem Mass on Thursday 2 November at 6 pm for All Faithful Departed featuring the Missa Pro Defunctis of Frei Manuel Cardoso. The sheets to submit names of those you would like remembered will be available next Sunday.

The S. StephenThe All Saints issue of the parish magazine is now available for viewing and downloading here. The hard copy edition has just been mailed out, and you should be receiving it shortly.

Episcopal Relief and DevelopmentIn the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

Nave Flooring ProjectWe are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Norman, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Clifton Milner Fidler (28 October 1983). Recently Departed: Michael Blackwood, Zechariah Chafee, Jr., Robert Greene, Priest, Robert Honeysucker, Margaret Sparrow, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg, and all those killed in the wildfires in California.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Temotu - (Melanesia): The Rt Revd Leonard Dawea; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for those who serve on the Diocesan Commission on Investments, Commission on Finance, Program & Budget Committee, congregational stewardship committees, treasurers, auditors, bookkeepers and all those who are stewards of the wealth God has entrusted to the church.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

AcolytesMC J Ihnen; Subdeacon Z Painter; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer F Pisaturo; Torches S Brazil, V Johnson
LectorM Johnson
UshersTom Bledsoe and Simon Newby
Coffee HourKarl and Klara

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 24 October
Vestry Meeting 7:00 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 28 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 22 October
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 24, Year One

Monday 23 October
SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 24 October
Raphael, Archangel (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 25 October
Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c. 287 (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 26 October
Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899 (W) 
Cedd, Abbot, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 27 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 28 October
SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE (R)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 29 October
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (29 October)

The Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 25, Year A
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 15 October 2017

The Guest without Wedding Attire
Vincent Adriaenssen, 1595-1675
(Thanks to Ernie Drew for identifying the artist!)

FROM THE RECTOR

"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son ..." The parable in this Sunday's Gospel demonstrates that we are all called to the heavenly wedding banquet. But not all choose to accept the invitation; nor is everyone found worthy to enter. Will we accept the invitation and clothe ourselves in the wedding garments of faith, hope and love? – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 23, Year A
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Gregorio Allegri—Missa che fa oggi il mio sole
Edward C. Bairstow—I sat down under his shadow

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saint Luke the Evangelist (October 18) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept this Wednesday with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Low Mass at 6:00 pm.

Recital for Organ and Soprano – on Sunday 22 October, featuring our own James Busby and a visiting voice artist, Maggie Finnegan. Flyers for the event are in the printed Sunday Kalendars and are also sitting on the table in the narthex. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely.

All Souls Day – Mark your calendars for Solemn Requiem Mass on Thursday 2 November at 6 pm for All Faithful Departed featuring the Missa Pro Defunctis of Frei Manuel Cardoso. The sheets to submit names of those you would like remembered will be available next Sunday.

The S. Stephen -- All Saints issue of the parish magazine is now available online for viewing and downloading here. The hard copy edition will be mailed out within the coming week.

Parish Calendar -- the Programs and Events Calendar for 2017-2018 is now available online for viewing and downloading here. Hard copies will be mailed our soon.

Episcopal Relief and Development – In the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Norman, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Robert, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Christine Sylvia (Monday 16/10).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: William N. H. Potterton (17 October 1997), Phyllis Hayden Potterton (20 October 1997), and Megda Dunham Hawkins (20 October 1984). Recently Departed: Zechariah Chafee, Jr. and Robert Honeysucker.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Swaziland - (Southern Africa): The Rt Revd Ellinah Ntfombi Wamukoya; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Luke's, East Greenwich and of St. Luke's, Pawtucket.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Subdeacon R Noble; Thurifer Z Painter; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches J Ihnen, G Benziger
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – Karl Benziger and John Chamberlin
Coffee Hour – The Rejto Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 17 October
Vestry (Library)

Wednesday 18 October
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team 7:00 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Monday 16 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen Board Meeting 7:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 21 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 15 October
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 23, Year One

Monday 16 October
Gall, Hermit, 670 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 17 October
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c. 107 (R)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 18 October
SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 19 October
Frideswide, Abbess, Patron of the city and University of Oxford, c. 735 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 20 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 21 October
FERIA (G)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 22 October
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (22 October)

The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 24, Year A
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-2
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 8 October 2017

Parable of the Wicked Tenants
Codex Aureus Epternacensis, c. 1035-1040
(Click on image for full size view)

FROM THE RECTOR

Vines and vineyards figure prominently in this Sunday's readings (and Offertory Anthem). In the Old Testament, a vineyard typically symbolizes Israel; in the New Testament it typical signifies the Church, the Body of Christ. The test of whether the vineyard is fulfilling its true purpose is the kind of fruit it bears. We are the Lord's vine, the Lord's vineyard; the good fruit we bear consists of actions and deeds worthy of our calling. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 22, Year A
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-14
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

THIS SUNDAY'S MUSIC

C. Villiers Stanford – Communion Service in F
Heinrich Schütz – Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Columbus Day -- As Monday 9 October is a Federal Public Holiday, our services will follow the Saturday and Holiday schedule of Morning Prayer at 9:30 am, and Low Mass at 10 am.

ESK Board Meeting – On Monday 16 October, the Epiphany Soup Kitchen Board will meet at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall.

Recital for Organ and Voice – On Sunday 22 October, there will be a recital for organ and voice featuring our own James Busby and a visiting voice artist, Maggie Finnegan. Flyers for the event will be placed in the printed Kalendars for Sunday and are also sitting on the table in the narthex. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely.

Episcopal Relief and Development – In the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Norman, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Robert, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Jimmy Starks (Tuesday 10/10) and Deborah Abel (Wednesday 10/11).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Lester Wilkinson (9 October 1983), Elizabeth A. Olsen (10 October 1999), James K. Walker (11 October 2008), and David W. Marsland (14 October 1993). Recently Departed: All those killed in the shooting in Las Vegas.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of St. Albans - (Canterbury, England): The Rt Revd Alan Smith, St. Albans - Bedford - (Canterbury, England): The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, and St. Albans - Hertford - (Canterbury, England): The Rt Revd Michael Beasley; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the members and ministries of the Episcopal Church Women.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Subdeacon F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer J Ihnen; Torches R Callanan, V Johnson
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – Julia Steiny and Tom Oakes
Coffee Hour – Tom and Cathy

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Tuesday 10 October
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team Meeting 7:00 pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 13 October
Reformed University Fellowship 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

Saturday 14 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 8 October
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 22, Year One

Monday 9 October
Denys, Bishop of Paris, and Companions, Martyrs, c. 258 (R)
Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253 (W)

Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Tuesday 10 October
Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644 (W) 
Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 11 October
Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675 (W)
James the Deacon, Companion of Paulinus, 7th century (W)

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 12 October

Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 13 October

Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 14 October
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, Bishop, Translator of the Scriptures (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 15 October

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (8 October)

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 23, Year A
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 1 October 2017

Early 18th-century Russian Icon
of King Solomon with a model of the Temple


FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday we welcome back the Schola Cantorum after the summer to begin the 2017-2018 Choir Season. And what better occasion to do so than the official celebration of the Anniversary of the Dedication of S. Stephen's current church building 155 years ago. (Just as the Queen of England has an "official" Birthday in the summer separate from her actual birthday, so with the Bishop's permission we take advantage of the ancient custom of celebrating the Dedication on the first Sunday in October, since the actual anniversary usually falls in Lent.) 

In the Old Testament reading appointed for the feast, King Solomon dedicates the Temple in Jerusalem, asking "But will God indeed dwell on earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee, much less this house which I have built." Still, as the Ancient Preface of the Dedication reminds us, "these visible buildings are but the figures" of the true heavenly Temple where Angels and Saints offer unceasing praise to God Almighty. Come join in the celebration this Sunday! 

-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Feast of the Dedication

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome Back – to the Schola Cantorum, which begins its 2017-2018 choir season at today's 10 am Mass. Brochures listing the liturgical music of the program year were mailed out several weeks ago and extra copies are available in the narthex. Please take and distribute them freely.

Recital for Organ and Voice – On Sunday 22 October, there will be a recital for organ and voice featuring our own James Busby and a visiting voice artist, Maggie Finnegan. Flyers for the event are included in this Sunday’s Kalendar. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely. 

Episcopal Relief and Development – In the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

October Requiem – for the repose of the souls of the Departed whose anniversaries fall during the month will be offered Monday 2 October at 6 pm in the Lady Chapel. If there is anyone you would like remembered, please email Fr. Alexander.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Norman, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Robert, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Mason Butler-Rose (Tuesday 10/3), James Busby (Thursday 10/5), Devan Latimer (Friday 10/6), Devon Callanan (Saturday 10/7), and Joy D’Ambra (Saturday 10/7).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Daniel Webster Latham (4 October 1986), Madge Lillian Hover Holmes (4 October 1992), and Lawrence W. Seamans (5 October 1987); Recently Departed: Derek Hall.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Southern Philippines: The Rt Revd Danilo Labacanacruz Bustamante; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Francis, Coventry.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Subdeacon R Noble; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer L Verdelotti; Torches V Johnson, C Sylvia
Lector – RG Noble
Ushers – Chris Martel and Patricia Barnes
Coffee Hour – Susan, Nancy, and Louis

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Monday 2 October
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team Meeting 7:00 pm

Saturday 7 October 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 1 October
THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 21, Year One

Monday 2 October
The Holy Guardian Angels
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6:00 pm (Black)

Tuesday 3 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 4 October
Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Thursday 5 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 6 October
Bruno, Founder of the Carthusian Order, 1101 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 7 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (Blue)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am
Holy Rosary 10:30 am

Sunday 8 October
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (8 October)

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 22, Year A
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 24 September 2017

The Prophet Jonah Asleep under the Vine
Detail of Manuscript Illumination
Menologion of Basil II, Eleventh Century

FROM THE RECTOR

God's generosity can be outrageous, even scandalous. That's how the prophet Jonah sees things in this Sunday's Old Testament reading when God forgives the inhabitants of Nineveh and spares them destruction for their sins. The workers who have toiled all day in the vineyard in this Sunday's Gospel similarly grumble at their employer's generosity to those who worked only part of the day. These readings explore the balance between God's justice and God's mercy, and warn us against envy at God's blessings bestowed on others. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20, Year A

Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choir Season – begins on Sunday 1 October with the Feast of the Dedication. Brochures listing the music of the 2017-2018 Choir Season were mailed out this past week. Extra copies are available in the narthex. Please take and distribute them freely.

Recital for Organ and Voice – On Sunday 22 October, there will be a recital for organ and voice featuring our own James Busby and a visiting voice artist, Maggie Finnegan. Flyers for the event are included in this Sunday’s Kalendar. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief
– to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and in Florida, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development by following this link. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" or “Hurricane Irma Relief” in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Mexico Earthquake Relief – Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to church partners after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the central part of Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, causing major damage and destruction. This is the second major earthquake to hit Mexico this month. Donations to the International Disaster Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development support people impacted by these two earthquakes in Mexico. You can donate by following this link.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Nave Flooring Project
– We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Norman, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Robert, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: William Ripley (Saturday 9/30)

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Ernest A. Elderkin (24 September 1991), Ann Marie Starks (25 September 2010), and Donald B. Ward (26 September 1996); Recently Departed: Derek Hall.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Southeast Florida: The Rt Revd Peter David Eaton; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Michael's, Bristol.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble; Thurifer Z Painter; Torches K Retjo, G Benziger
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – Frank Pisaturo and Louis Verdelotti
Coffee Hour – Ed, Leana, and Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 30 September
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 24 September
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

Monday 25 September
Sergei of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher, 1392 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 26 September
Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 27 September
Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 28 September
Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, Martyr, 929 (G or R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 29 September
SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 30 September
Jerome, Translator of the Scriptures, Teacher, 420 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 1 October
THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn High Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (1 October)

The Feast of the Dedication
1 Kings 8:22-30
Psalm 84:1-6
1 Peter 2:1-5, 9
Matthew 21:12-16
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Friday, September 15, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 17 September 2017

Icon of the Patriarch Joseph

FROM THE RECTOR

Forgiveness is one of the most challenging demands of the Christian life. How do we overcome the instinct to seek retribution for injuries suffered? In this Sunday's Old Testament reading the Patriarch Joseph forgives his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt many years before. In the Gospel Jesus tells Peter that he must be willing to forgive "not seven times, but seventy times seven," and then tells the parable of the Unforgiving Servant as a warning against failure to forgive. Please join as at Mass this Sunday as we explore this theme together. 
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19, Year A 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choir Season – begins on Sunday 1 October with the Feast of the Dedication. Brochures listing the music of the 2017-2018 Choir Season were mailed out this past week. Extra copies are available in the narthex. Please take and distribute them freely.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief – to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and in Florida, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development by following this link. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" or “Hurricane Irma Relief” in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Norman, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Robert, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Dolores Bliss (Friday 9/22)

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Hana Widmer (21 September 2010) and June M. Gaudet (23 September 2000); Recently Departed: Derek Hall, Phebe E.A. Jacobs, and Stephen Powers, Priest.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Sodor & Man (York, England): The Rt Revd Peter Eagles; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of Sts. Matthew and Mark, Barrington and of St. Matthew's, Jamestown.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Torches G Benziger, V Johnson
Lector – M Johnson
Ushers – Phoebe Pettingell and Zac Painter
Coffee Hour – Modu and Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 23 September 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 17 September
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

Monday 18 September
Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, Tractarian, 1882 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Tuesday 19 September
Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 20 September
John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, and Companions, Martyrs, 1871 (G or R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Thursday 21 September
SAINT MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST (R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 22 September
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 23 September
Linus, Pope, c. 78 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 24 September
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (24 September)

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20, Year A 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 10 September 2017

The Prophet Ezekiel
Theophanes of Crete
Fresco, 1535-1536, Pantrokrator Monastery, Mount Athos

FROM THE RECTOR

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have a good opportunity to recommit ourselves to faithful attendance at Sunday Mass during the coming program year. This Sunday's readings address the theme of reconciliation. The Prophet Ezekiel is sent to call the People of Israel to be reconciled to God. Jesus gives his disciples instructions on reconciliation when one brother or sister sins against another member of the Body. The Church is called to the work of the reconciliation of all people to God and to one another. No task is more urgent in our time.
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost  – Proper 18, Year A
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hurricane Harvey Relief – to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development by following this link. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Monthly Requiem – for the departed of this parish whose year’s mind falls during September will be offered Monday 11 September at 6 pm (preceded by Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm). If you have any names to add to the list of those remembered, please email Fr. Alexander.

Weekday Mass Cancellations this Week -- Fr. Alexander will be out of town Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week attending (and giving the meditations at) the annual Synod of the Society of the Holy Cross in Belleville, Illinois, so the regularly scheduled Masses at S. Stephen's on those days regrettably must be canceled. However, lay officiants will conduct Noonday Prayer on Tuesday (the 12th) and Thursday (the 14th) at 12 noon; and Evening Prayer on 5:30 pm on Wednesday (the 13th). Those desiring to attend Mass for Holy Cross Day on Thursday 14 September are invited to St. John's, Newport, for Evening Prayer and Mass beginning at 5:30 pm.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for:
Norman, John, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Robert, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, George, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

The faithful departed:
Year’s Mind: Mary J. Seamans (10 September 1987), Michele Leighton (11 September 2009), James F. Littlefield (13 September 1986), Margaret Chase (13 September 1998), and George R. Finch (13 September 2009); Recently Departed: Stephen Powers, Priest, and Phebe E.A. Jacobs.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song, Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of Holy Cross, Middletown and of Church of the Redeemer, Providence.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Thurifer Z Painter; Torches R Callanan, L Retjo
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – Bruce Lennihan and George Ryan
Coffee Hour – Karl and Klara

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS, & MEETINGS


Wednesday 13 September
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team 7 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 15 September
Reformed University Fellowship 5 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 16 September
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE


Sunday 10 September
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 11 September
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6 pm (Black)

Tuesday 12 September
John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York, 1830 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Wednesday 13 September
John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407 
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm

Thursday 14 September
HOLY CROSS DAY
Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Friday 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (G or Blue)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 16 September
Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage and Martyr, 258, and Cornelius, Pope and Martyr, 253 (R)
Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle of the Picts, c. 432
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 17 September
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (17 September)


Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19, Year A
Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103:8-13
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
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