Saturday, July 4, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 5 July 2020

Simon the Cyrenian Compelled to Carry the Cross with Jesus (between 1886 and 1894) by James Tissot (1836-1902). Gouache over graphite on gray wove paper. Brooklyn Museum, NY.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
 

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)—Sonata No.1 in E-flat Major, BWV 525: I. [Allegro]

J. S. Bach after Johann Ernst (1664 – 1707), Duke of Saxe-Weimar—Concerto No. 1 in G. BWV 592: I. [Allegro]


A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

A WORD FROM FATHER LOCKE 

Americans are known for their sense of independence, New Englanders in particular for a rugged individualism – live free or die! Jesus reminds us that we in fact are always linked to something; something will direct us, steer us in a certain direction. There is always a yoke. The question then is what will be my yoke, your yoke? What will set us on a particular course? Fear, anger, anxiety, pride…? Jesus offers us his yoke, which, as a yoke of love, is easy, even light. A collect from Morning Prayer says, “to serve you is perfect freedom”. Being yoked to Jesus sets us free and removes that which can so often weigh us down. Perhaps it’s time to lay those burdens down.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Welcome Back! – We’re delighted to be able to see you again this Sunday! While we can gather again, this privilege comes with it some protocols to keep us all safe. A summary of the safety protocols may be found here.

Virtual Offices and Masses – We will continue to offer Virtual Offices and Masses for those who wish to continue to participate safely from home. To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour tomorrow, 5 July, at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email (alisonhuff12@gmail.com), or Jacob Ihnen via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu). Thank you!

Society of Mary – The Society of Mary: Our Lady of Providence Ward will meet this coming Saturday, 11 July, beginning with Holy Rosary following the 10 am Low Mass and a brief meeting. All are welcome and invited to participate!

Episcopal Conference Center (ECC) Offerings this Summer – ECC is excited to offer you some (safe, physically distant) opportunities to be at ECC this summer. Details of their limited offerings can be found at their website here.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to fully gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Beverly, Patti, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Charles, Sandra, Lola, Ruby, Norman, Diana, Sarah, Shannah, Lynne, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Phebe, Hunter, Ann, Beth, Sandy, Kiersten, Beverly, Tom, Jill, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Rhoda, Crystal, and Christopher.

Anniversary of Ordination to Sacred Priesthood: Fr. William Locke (7/9/94).

Birthdays this week: Jack Tessier (Sunday 7/5) and Cailyn Ripley-McNamar (Friday 7/10).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Albert S. Cook (7 July 1998), Hamilton Webb (7 July 2011), and Marian Higgins (10 July 2000).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the United Church of Pakistan: The Most Rev’d Humphrey Peters, Bishop of Peshawar & Moderator of the Church of Pakistan; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of Amazing Grace at the ACI.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Saturday 11 July
Society of Mary  10:45 am (Lady Chapel and Great Hall)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 11 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* REGATHERING HAS RESUMED FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES ON SUNDAYS (80 PEOPLE TOTAL) AND WEEKDAYS (14 PEOPLE TOTAL)
* ALL ATTENDEES MUST ADHERE TO WRITTEN AND VERBAL PROTOCOLS TO ATTEND


Sunday 5 July
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Sung Mass  10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 9, Year Two

Monday 6 July
FERIA (G)
Sexburga, Abbess of Ely, 699
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 7 July
FERIA (G)
Palladius, Apostle of Ireland, 5th century
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 8 July
FERIA (G)
Aquila and Priscilla, Companions of Saint Paul, 1st century
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 9 July
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

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

Saturday 11 July
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot, Father of Western Monasticism, Patron of Europe, c. 550 (W)
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am
Holy Rosary  10:30 am

Sunday 12 July
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Sung Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (12 July)

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:9-14
Romans 8:1-11 

Saturday, June 27, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 28 June 2020

Vocation of the Apostles (1481) by Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494).
Fresco. Sistine Chapel, Vatican City.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
 

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 14-17
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Juan Bautista Cabanilles (1644 – 1712)—Tiento 1. de primer to

Juan Bautista Cabanilles—Batalla Imperial, de cinque to


A WORD OF WELCOME

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

A WORD FROM FATHER LOCKE

A little background:

Our Gospel reading this week comes as Jesus has gathered the Twelve and sent them out to do no less than cure diseases, cast out evil spirits, and raise the dead. We perhaps lose sight of the depth of that apostolic mission and the power and authority that accompanies it – the Church is called to make an impact.

Now Jesus recalls us to that transitive property that we learned in math class: if a=b, and b=c, then a=c. To welcome one of the disciples is in fact to welcome Jesus himself. But to welcome Jesus is to welcome God. And so a good question to ask of our own lives of faith and our life together as a community of faith is: does my/our presence, proclamation, witness in fact bring something of the presence of Jesus, and, ultimately, God?

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

An Update About Regathering – We will be able to regather for in-person worship as soon as the State moves to Phase III of the reopening plans; however, it is not without some restrictions. A letter has gone out from Interim Rector Fr. Locke detailing the protocols for attending services and a digital version of the letter may be found here. It is important to note also that we will not be able to provide childcare of any kind for the foreseeable future. We look forward to (safely) seeing you again!

Virtual Offices and Masses – We will continue to offer Virtual Offices and Masses for those who wish to continue to participate from home. To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour tomorrow, 28 June, at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email (alisonhuff12@gmail.com), or Jacob Ihnen via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu). Thank you!

Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles [Patrons of the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.] (29 June) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated this coming Monday with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Low Mass at 6 pm.

Independence Day (4 July) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated this coming Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10 am.

Episcopal Conference Center (ECC) Offerings this Summer – ECC is excited to offer you some (safe, physically distant) opportunities to be at ECC this summer. Details of their limited offerings can be found at their website here.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to fully gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Beverly, Patti, Eli, Terry, Ethel, Chipper, Donna, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Charles, Sandra, Lola, Ruby, Norman, Diana, Sarah, Shannah, Lynne, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Phebe, Hunter, Ann, Beth, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Beverly, Tom, Jill, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Rhoda, Crystal, Louis, and Christopher.

Anniversary of Ordination to Sacred Diaconate: Fr. Gary K. Sturni (6/29/70).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Ben C. Claunch (1 July 2000), Georgiana Kincaid (2 July 2013), and Charles A. Kilvert (4 July 2000).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the United Church of North India: The Most Rev’d Dr. Prem Chand Singh - Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Peter’s by-the-Sea, Narragansett, and St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s, Providence, and for our country, the President and all in civil authority, for Congress & Courts of Justice, for sound government.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 4 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* AS SOON AS THE STATE MOVES TO PHASE III OF THE REOPENING PLANS, REGATHERING WILL BE ALLOWED FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES ON SUNDAYS (80 PEOPLE TOTAL) AND WEEKDAYS (14 PEOPLE TOTAL)
* ALL ATTENDEES MUST ADHERE TO WRITTEN AND VERBAL PROTOCOLS TO ATTEND


Sunday 28 June
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 8, Year Two

Monday 29 June
SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, APOSTLES [PATRONS OF THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, WASHINGTON, D.C.] (R)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 30 June
FERIA (G)
First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, 1st century
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 1 July
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 2 July
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 3 July
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 4 July
INDEPENDENCE DAY (W)
Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal, 1336
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 5 July
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Low Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (5 July)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-14
Romans 7:15-25a 

Saturday, June 20, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 21 June 2020

The Last Judgment Polyptych (between 1446 and 1452)
by Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400-1464).
Oil on panel. Hospices de Beaune, Beaune, France.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
 

Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-19
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Jonathan Battishill (1738 – 1801)—Voluntary in B flat

Dr. Maurice Greene (1696 – 1755)—Voluntary in A


A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

A WORD FROM FATHER LOCKE 

In an unplanned alignment of the readings for Sunday (the Epistle is its own reading, not intentionally connected to the other two) we are reminded of the way in which our faith in God captures and changes our lives. Jeremiah laments that God has lured him in and now he’s stuck, a “burning fire shut up in my bones” if he tries not to speak the word of God. Paul proclaims we have been baptized into nothing less than the death and resurrection of Jesus, which lets us “walk in newness of life”. Being a disciple, says Jesus in Matthew’s gospel, reprioritizes all relationships and enables us to find true life.

No vague notion here of being a better person because of being a Christian. Rather, following Christ claims our entire life and reorients us in love and sacrifice to God and to others. “Hear what our Lord Jesus Christ saith…”

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Virtual Offices and Masses – To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour tomorrow, 21 June, at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email (alisonhuff12@gmail.com), or Jacob Ihnen via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu). Thank you!

An Update About Easing Restrictions – While the Governor has issued permission for reopening churches to the public, we are intentionally going slowly for safety’s sake, following Bishop Knisely’s counsel. The participants you see at our online Masses may if they wish receive Holy Communion with the Priest/Celebrant. The Interim Rector, Wardens, and Vestry are beginning to make plans for reinstating in-person worship once the state moves to Phase III. A notice will be out soon with the details.

A Blessing for Father’s Day (21 June) – For our fathers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them respect and love, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For fathers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

For fathers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom, we pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless these men, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

– taken from the Book of Blessings (1989)

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist [Patron of the Cathedral and Diocese of Rhode Island] (24 June) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated this coming Wednesday with Virtual Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Virtual Low Mass at 6 pm.

Recurring Email Scam – It has been brought to our attention that a common scam has returned where an email sent from someone claiming to be our priest asks for a favor. Please do not respond to this email if you receive it. For more information on this scam and how to report it, please see this article from the Federal Trade Commission.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Patti, Eli, Terry, Ethel, Chipper, Donna, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Charles, Sandra, Lola, Ruby, Norman, John, Diana, Sarah, Shannah, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Dylan, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Beth, Sandy, Nancy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Empy, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Louis, and Christopher.

Anniversary of Ordination to Sacred Diaconate: Fr. Harrington M. Gordon (6/24/55).

Birthdays this week: Betsy Dake (Tuesday 6/23), Julia Steiny (Wednesday 6/24), and Louis Verdelotti (Friday 6/26).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Mama Kelly (21 June 2019), Terry Wilkes (22 June 1999), Anna Leocadia Baronie (22 June 1974), Dorothy Van Slyck Eagles (23 June 1997), Alfreida Louise Moore (24 June 1996), Mortimer G. Hitt, Priest (25 June 1994). Recently Departed: Maxine Faith (Troyer) Bontrager (6/7/2020).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion): The Most Rev’d Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, Metropolitan & Primate of all Nigeria & Bishop of Abuja; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the campers, counselors and staff of the Episcopal Conference Center as they cope with the limited ability to gather this year.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 27 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* ALL IN-PERSON SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY SERVICES LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE TOTAL
* ALL SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS


Sunday 21 June
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 7, Year Two

Monday 22 June
FERIA (G)
Alban, First Martyr in Britain, c. 304
Paulinus, Bishop of Nola, 431
Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Martyrs, 1535

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

Tuesday 23 June
FERIA (G)
Etheldreda, Abbess of Ely, c. 678
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 24 June
THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST [PATRON OF THE CATHEDRAL AND DIOCESE OF RHODE ISLAND] (W)
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 25 June
FERIA (G)
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 26 June
FERIA (G)
John and Paul, Martyrs at Rome, c. 362
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 27 June
FERIA (G)
Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, 444
Virtual Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 28 June
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am


NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (28 June)

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 14-17
Romans 6:12-23 

Saturday, June 13, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 14 June 2020

The Defenders of the Eucharist (17th century) by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640). Oil on canvas. John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS
 

Corpus Christi (Year A)
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17
John 6:51-58

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Herbert Howells (1892 – 1983)—Two slow airs: 1. Rather slow with gentle feeling

Improvisation on “Lauda Sion Salvatorem”

Herbert Murrill (1909 – 1952)—Carillon


A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

A WORD FROM FATHER LOCKE

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi, giving thanks for the gift of the Holy Eucharist and the Real Presence of Our Lord in the sacrament. The feast came into the Church in the 13th century as a way to more joyfully celebrate this gift apart from the solemnity of Maundy Thursday in Holy Week.

In our Gospel reading Jesus says he is “the living bread which came down from heaven”, and then shocks his listeners by telling them they must eat his flesh and drink his blood. Doing so is to abide - or as Paul says, participate - in Jesus. We are united with Christ, and with one another, as we take his very presence into our lives.

The current pandemic with its worship restrictions makes this a difficult, almost painful celebration this year. The prayer for spiritual communion in the Kalendar for this Sunday’s Mass reminds us that we can be joined to Christ through the offering of the Eucharist, even if we are not able to physically receive the Sacrament.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Virtual Offices and Masses – To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.


Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour tomorrow, 14 June, at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email (alisonhuff12@gmail.com), or Jacob Ihnen via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu). Thank you!

A Note About Easing Restrictions – While the Governor has issued permission for reopening churches to the public, we are intentionally going slowly for safety’s sake, following Bishop Knisely’s counsel. The participants you see at our online Masses may if they wish receive Holy Communion with the Priest/Celebrant. For the time being, we are limiting total in-person participants to five. Then we shall see about enlarging these numbers as we learn the various protocols for avoiding COVID-19 infections.

Monthly Commemoration of the Departed – whose year’s mind falls during June will be offered virtually this coming Saturday, 20 June, at 10 am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 am). If you have any names to add to those to be remembered, please let Nancy Gingrich know. This Mass is sponsored by the Guild of All Souls, St. Stephen Protomartyr Branch: all are welcome and invited to attend!

Recurring Email Scam – It has been brought to our attention that a common scam has returned where an email sent from someone claiming to be our priest asks for a favor. Please do not respond to this email if you receive it. For more information on this scam and how to report it, please see this article from the Federal Trade Commission.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Patti, Eli, Terry, Ethel, Chipper, Donna, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Charles, Lola, Ruby, Norman, John, Diana, Sarah, Shannah, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Dylan, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Beth, Sandy, Nancy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Empy, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Louis, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: Charles Andrews (Sunday 6/14), DeOnte Latimer (Sunday 6/14), Andrew Campbell (Friday 6/19), and Modu Johnson (Saturday 6/20).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Palmer Congdon (14 June 1989), Agnes McCoy (16 June 1984), J. Carter Brown (17 June 2002), Rafaello Fasano (17 June 1944), and John P. Ladds (18 June 2018). Recently Departed: Maxine Faith (Troyer) Bontrager (6/7/2020).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma): The Most Rev’d Stephen Than Myint Oo, Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for all retired clergy of our Diocese.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Saturday 20 June
Guild of All Souls  10 am

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 20 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* ALL IN-PERSON SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY SERVICES LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE TOTAL
* ALL SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS


Sunday 14 June
CORPUS CHRISTI (W)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 6, Year Two

Monday 15 June
FERIA (G)
Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 16 June
FERIA (G)
Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, 1752
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 17 June
FERIA (G)
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 18 June
FERIA (G)
Bernard Mizeki, Catechist and Martyr in Rhodesia, 1896
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 19 June
FERIA (G)
Gervase and Protase (Gervasius and Protasius), Martyrs at Milan, 2nd cent.
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 20 June
FERIA
Virtual Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Virtual Low Requiem Mass  10 am (Black)

Sunday 21 June
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (21 June)
Third Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Psalm 69:7-19
Romans 6:1b-11 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 7 June 2020

Holy Trinity, Central Panel from the High Altar of the Trinity Church, Mosóc (1471) by Master GH (c. 1400-c. 1500). Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Trinity Sunday (Year A)
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

J. S. Bach (1685 – 1750)—Choral “Nun freut euch, lieben Christen g’mein,” BWV 734

J. S. Bach—Fugue à la Gigue, BWV 577


A WORD OF WELCOME

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.


AN INTRODUCTION BY FATHER LOCKE

 

Dear People of S. Stephen’s,

I am delighted to take on a new role here at S. Stephen’s as your Interim Rector. I join you in giving thanks for Fr. Mead’s leadership over the past year, and I am personally grateful for his invitation to me to be part of the weekday Masses since last June.

I have been engaged in interim ministry for the last several years, with S. Stephen’s now being the eighth parish I have served in that capacity. I find that I can draw on my experience of being a rector for nearly 20 years and bring that to the interim setting, which is at once a time of some stress and uncertainty as well as a time of anticipation and maybe even a new thing or two. Throw in now a pandemic and we find ourselves in interesting times.

I am glad to say that Fr. Pearson is continuing his involvement with S. Stephen’s by way of covering the Offices and Masses on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as assisting with pastoral care. His offering to our parish in this time of transition is invaluable.

Please feel free to be in touch by phone or email (421-6702; rector@sstephens.necoxmail.com). I eagerly await the time when we can easily meet in person.

Faithfully,

Fr. Locke

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

A Warm Welcome – to Fr. Bill Locke on his first Sunday at S. Stephen’s as Interim Rector!

Virtual Offices and Masses – To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

Fr. Mead’s Sendoff – Please join us virtually for a formally informal sendoff at this Sunday’s Coffee Hour on 7 June at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email (alisonhuff12@gmail.com), or Jacob Ihnen via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu). Thank you!

A Note About Easing Restrictions – While the Governor has issued permission for reopening churches to the public, we are intentionally going slowly for safety’s sake, following Bishop Knisely’s counsel. The participants you see at our online Masses may if they wish receive Holy Communion with the Priest/Celebrant. For the time being, we are limiting total in-person participants to five. Then we shall see about enlarging these numbers as we learn the various protocols for avoiding COVID-19 infections.

Recurring Email Scam – It has been brought to our attention that a common scam has returned where an email sent from someone claiming to be our priest asks for a favor. Please do not respond to this email if you receive it. For more information on this scam and how to report it, please see this article from the Federal Trade Commission.

Vestry Meeting – The Vestry will virtually conduct its monthly meeting this coming Tuesday, 9 June, at 7 pm.

Saint Barnabas the Apostle (11 June) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated this coming Thursday with Virtual Noonday Prayer at 12 noon and Virtual Low Mass at 12:10 pm.

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Patti, Eli, Terry, Ethel, Chipper, Donna, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Charles, Lola, Ruby, Norman, John, Diana, Sarah, Shannah, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Dylan, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Beth, Sandy, Nancy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Empy, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Louis, and Christopher.

Anniversary of Ordination to Sacred Diaconate: Fr. Norman J. Catir, Jr. (6/11/58) and Fr. Andrew C. Mead (6/11/71).

Birthdays this week: Jane Malone (Monday 6/8) and Althea Latimer (Saturday 6/13).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Arria Sargent Huntington (7 June 1996), Peter C. Barnes (10 June 1979), Warren Davis Phillips (13 June 1986), David Hale Baldwin (13 June 1999), and Maria DiMezza Nicolella (13 June 1968). Recently Departed: Maxine Faith (Troyer) Bontrager (6/7/2020).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico: The Most Rev’d Francisco Moreno, Presiding Bishop of La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico & Bishop of Northern Mexico; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of Trinity, Cranston; Trinity, Newport; Trinity, North Scituate; Holy Trinity, Tiverton; St. Columba’s, Middletown; and St. Barnabas’, Warwick.


THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S 

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 9 June
Vestry Meeting  7 pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 13 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* ALL IN-PERSON SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY SERVICES LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE TOTAL
* ALL SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS


Sunday 7 June
TRINITY SUNDAY (W)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 5, Year Two

Monday 8 June
FERIA (G)
William, Archbishop of York, 1154
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 9 June
FERIA (G)
Columba, Abbot of Iona, 597
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 10 June
FERIA (G)
Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon, 373
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 11 June
SAINT BARNABAS THE APOSTLE (R)
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 12 June
FERIA (G)
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 13 June
FERIA (G)
Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor, 1231
Virtual Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 14 June
CORPUS CHRISTI (W)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (14 June)

Corpus Christi (Year A)
Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
1 Corinthians 10:16-17 

Saturday, May 30, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 31 May 2020

Pentecost (1732) by Jean II Restout (1692-1768).
Oil on canvas. Louvre Museum, Paris, France.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Pentecost (Year A)
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 36
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Leo Sowerby (1895 – 1968)—Praeludium “Veni Creator Spiritus”
Based on a Hymn for Pentecost: “Come, Holy Ghost, our souls inspire, and lighten with celestial fire. Thou, the anointing Spirit art, who dost thy sevenfold gifts impart.” –Latin. tr. John Cosin (1594 – 1672)

Improvisation on hymn tune “Magdalen College”

Leo Sowerby—Toccata (1940)


A WORD OF WELCOME 

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.


FAREWELL TO S. STEPHEN’S FROM FATHER MEAD 

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

Whitsunday, 31 May, the Feast of Pentecost, is my last day as your Interim Rector. The Interim baton now goes to faithful Fr. Bill Locke, a friend and counselor whom I trust implicitly and who has taken a lion’s share of our weekday masses. Thanks to him, and to Bishop Knisely and Canon Dena, for this smooth transition. And a particular thanks to Fr. Michael Pearson not only for his help with Sunday and other masses but with pastoral care. I don’t know what I would have done without these two superb priests. Special thanks to Maestro Busby and Jacob Ihnen, to Susan Rozzero and Diamond Centofanti, and to our two Wardens Tom Bledsoe and Alison Huff and our treasurer Muriel Jobbers. Forgive me for stopping here, because my complete thank-you list is long, and already I am falling short.

I had hoped, as I told your Wardens a year ago, that I would “get you to Rector.” That would have happened were it not for the unforeseen tyranny of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus slowed things down, but this June – God willing – should be the time of final discernment as to whom the Lord is calling to be S. Stephen’s next Rector. Between the Call and getting the new Rector in residence, summertime will be needed to prepare for the Rector to move to Providence. Fr. Locke will have a secure hand on the tiller as S. Stephen’s sails into port. I am impressed by the parish’s Search Committee and its elected and appointed leaders in the most important decision any Wardens and Vestry, with the Bishop’s advice and requisite consent, will ever make, i.e., elect the Rector.

I addressed you as dearly beloved in Christ and I meant it. The past twelve months have bonded you to me in my thoughts and prayers. I have come to love S. Stephen’s flock and its leaders as I have become acquainted with the congregation. As I get out of the Responsibility Chair and return to full time retirement, I hope to visit S. Stephen’s and to stay in touch.

Even though I’m in South County, I’m not on another planet. The drive down I-95, Route 4 and Route 1 to our house takes 50 minutes if you obey the law. Come visit if you will. Canon Nancy Mead and I live at 321 Wandsworth Street, Narragansett. My email is AndrewCraigMead1@gmail.com. Our landline is 401-789-6786 and my mobile, on which I talk and text, is 917-592-5947. Don’t fear to contact me. Nancy and I want to invite you all down here for homemade Rhode Island Clear Clam Chowder or for a Brickley’s Ice Cream Social, or for both at once. Corona-tide won’t be forever, and we have enough land to afford physical distancing.

After I retired as Rector of Saint Thomas Fifth Avenue in 2014 and Nancy and I moved from Manhattan to Narragansett, I began to write Book Reports three times a year, emailing them to more than 300 of my closest friends (!) – seriously, for family and friends, clergy associates, and former parishioners. They have proved to be a rewarding way to stay in touch with people. I suspended my Book Reports for the past twelve months, because suddenly I had to write sermons each week for S. Stephen’s; but I’m planning to resume writing Book Reports this summer. If you would like to be a recipient of these, please let me know and give me your email address. The Constant Contact company requires that I have your permission to add you to their list of recipients.

Let me bless you as I go, and I do with affection and gratitude for the privilege of serving as your Priest and Interim Rector:

May the holy guardian angels watch over you. May our blessed Lady Mary, Saint Stephen our patron and all the saints pray for you. And may Jesus Christ our Lord and God bless you with his grace, bring you to into the love of our heavenly Father, and strengthen you with the Spirit of truth and power, now and always. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Fr. Mead’s Sendoff – We invite you to tune into Fr. Mead’s last Mass as Interim Rector tomorrow, 31 May, at 10 am. Further, please join us virtually for a formal sendoff at next Sunday’s Coffee Hour on 7 June. 
For more information on the festivities, please contact Molly Ellis (molly.bledsoe.ellis@gmail.com) or Alison Huff (alisonhuff12@gmail.com). Thank you!

Fr. Locke to Serve as Next Interim – We welcome Fr. Bill Locke as our next Interim Rector starting on 1 June. Fr. Locke will be serving full-time. Meanwhile, Fr. Michael Pearson will be continuing as an assisting priest, with Fr. Gary Sturni and possibly others taking on the occasional weekday Mass.

Call for National Day of Mourning – Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has called for a national day of mourning on 1 June for victims of COVID-19. For more information about this initiative and how to join in, please see this article from the Episcopal News Service.

A Note About Easing Restrictions – While the Governor has issued permission for reopening churches to the public, we are intentionally going slowly for safety’s sake, following Bishop Knisely’s counsel. The participants you see at our online Masses may if they wish receive Holy Communion with the Priest/Celebrant. For the time being, we are limiting total in-person participants to five. Then we shall see about enlarging these numbers as we learn the various protocols for avoiding COVID-19 infections.

Recurring Email Scam – It has been brought to our attention that a common scam has returned where an email sent from someone claiming to be our priest asks for a favor. Please do not respond to this email if you receive it. For more information on this scam and how to report it, please see this article from the Federal Trade Commission.

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth (31 May) – a major feast day of the church year, is transferred and will be celebrated this coming Monday 1 June with Virtual Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Virtual Low Mass at 6 pm.

Society of Mary – will meet virtually this coming Saturday, 6 June, beginning with Holy Rosary following the 10 am Low Mass and a brief meeting. To join both the recitation of the Rosary and the Meeting, please click here. Please contact Jacob Ihnen at (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu) for the password to join. All are welcome and invited to participate!

Virtual Offices and Masses – To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour tomorrow, 31 May, at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email (alisonhuff12@gmail.com), or Jacob Ihnen via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email (jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu). Thank you!

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. You may contact Father Locke at 401-499-6921 or email him at frbill@cox.net. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS 

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Patti, Eli, Maxine, Terry, Ethel, Chipper, Donna, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, Lola, Ruby, John, Diana, Sarah, Shannah, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Dylan, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Beth, Sandy, Nancy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Empy, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Louis, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: Conrad Johnson (Thursday 6/4).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Grace Gerry Harris (31 May 1987), William Justice Cowperthwaite (1 June 2011), Agnes Zendzian Laird (2 June 1991), Rosamond Hine (3 June 1998), Janis Gay (3 June 1984), William Milligan Sloan (4 June 1994), Cameron Duke Stebbins (4 June 1997), Sarah Elizabeth MacIntyre (5 June 1990), and Arthur Giglio (5 June 1990). Recently Departed: Elizabeth “Betty” Anna Schumann.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Anglican Church of Melanesia: The Most Rev’d Leonard Dawea, Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Melanesia and Bishop of Temotu; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Charlestown and Grace Church, Providence.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Saturday 6 June
Society of Mary  10:45 am

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 6 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* ALL IN-PERSON SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY SERVICES LIMITED TO 5 PEOPLE TOTAL
* ALL SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS


Sunday 31 May
THE DAY OF PENTECOST: WHITSUNDAY (R)
Virtual Low Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionary: Proper 4, Year Two

Monday 1 June
THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY TO ELIZABETH (Transferred) (Blue)
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Tuesday 2 June
Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167 (Transferred) (R)
Blandina and her Companions, the Martyrs of Lyons, 177
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 3 June
The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-1887 (R)
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 4 June
FERIA (G)
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 5 June
Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary, Martyr, 754 (R)
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 6 June
FERIA (G)
Norbert, Archbishop of Magdeburg, 1134
Philip the Evangelist, Deacon, 1st century

Virtual Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Virtual Low Mass  10 am
Virtual Holy Rosary  10:45 am

Sunday 7 June
TRINITY SUNDAY (W)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (7 June)

Trinity Sunday (Year A)
Genesis 1:1—2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13 

Saturday, May 23, 2020

PARISH NOTES 
Sunday 24 May 2020

Christ Taking Leave of the Apostles (between 1308 and 1311)
by Duccio di Buoninsegna (1255-1319). Tempera on wood.
Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena, Italy.

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS 

Seventh Sunday of Easter (Year A)
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 32-35
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676 – 1749)—Suite du deuxième ton: 1. Plein jeu

Improvisation on hymn tune “Jam lucis orto sidere”
“O risen Christ, ascended Lord, all praise to you let earth accord, who are, while endless ages run, with Father and with Spirit, One.” –The Venerable Bede (673 – 735), tr. Benjamin Webb (1819 – 1885)

Louis-Nicolas Clérambault—Suite du deuxième ton: 7. Caprice sur les grands jeux


A WORD OF WELCOME

Welcome to Saint Stephen’s – S. Stephen’s Church is in the midst of Brown University and serves the communities of the East Side of Providence, North Providence, East Providence, and beyond. It is a parish of the Diocese of Rhode Island in the Episcopal Church in the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglo-Catholic tradition informs and shapes our life together. We are a diverse community uniting all sorts and conditions in the worship of Our Lord Jesus Christ and aim to offer up the best we have in liturgy, music, preaching, teaching, fellowship, and service.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

A Note About Easing Restrictions – 
While the Governor has issued permission for re-opening churches to the public, we are intentionally going slowly for safety’s sake, following Bishop Knisely’s counsel. The participants you see at our online Masses may if they wish receive Holy Communion with the Priest/Celebrant. For the time being, we are limiting total in-person participants to five. Then we shall see about enlarging these numbers as we learn the various protocols for avoiding COVID-19 infections.

Return of the Organ(ist) – It is a joy to welcome our Maestro Busby back to the keyboard this Sunday! For the time being, our music will be limited to the organ. As we go along, we will see what we can do about singing.

Requiescat in pace – We commend to the Lord the soul of Elizabeth “Betty” Anna (Hunt) Schumann, who died on 6 May. She was 102 and lived at Laurelmead on Blackstone Boulevard. A long-time member of S. Stephen’s, Betty served on the Altar Guild and was an enthusiastic supporter of the parish’s outreach to Brown and of its University Eucharist. May she rest in the peace of Jesus and rise with Christ in glory. To read her obituary, please visit here. –Fr. Mead

Betty Schumann, RIP

Fr. Locke to Serve as Next Interim – We welcome Fr. Bill Locke as our next interim priest starting on 1 June. Fr. Locke will be serving full-time. Meanwhile, Fr. Michael Pearson will be continuing as an assisting priest, with Fr. Gary Sturni and possibly others taking on the occasional weekday Mass.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 – Congratulations to Ensign Wesley Russell, who graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in mechanical engineering, and to Mr. Jason Simaan, who graduates this weekend from Brown University (with commencement celebrations postponed to next year) with a degree in economics. May God bless and keep you, now and always!

Memorial Day (May 25th) – We honor and mourn all those military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. “O Judge of the nations, we remember before thee with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” –from the ASB, p. 664

Virtual Offices and Masses – To access and view the LIVE (and archived) services, please visit the parish Facebook page here (you do not need a FB account to tune in). To access accompanying Daily Office and Low Mass readings and resources (as well as archived services), please visit the parish website sermon page here.

Virtual Coffee Hour – Please join us for our Virtual Sunday Coffee Hour tomorrow, 24 May, at 11:30 am. To attend, please click here. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact Junior Warden Alison Huff via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email at alisonhuff12@gmail.com, or me via call or text at 712-348-5848 or email at jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu. Thank you!

Virtual Catechesis Class – Please consider joining Fr. Mead for his last Virtual Class, “Mead and Creed,” this coming Tuesday, 26 May, at 5:30 pm. To date, the class has featured items of Doctrine, the Creeds, and the Prayer Book Catechism. The classes have been within one hour in length. Special Note: For class this Tuesday on The Last Things: Death, Judgment, Hell and Heaven [Note the order!], please read pp. 861-862 (The Christian Hope) in the BCP. Those who are interested can contact Alison Huff with any questions or difficulties in joining via call or text at 401-465-8029 or email at alisonhuff12@gmail.com.

Mead and Creed Recordings – If you would like access to audio recordings of “Mead and Creed” class sessions, please contact Alison Huff or Jacob Ihnen via email.

Digital Spring Cleaning – I am in the process of tidying up our digital databases. If you think we might not have your most up-to-date contact information, please contact me with the correct information via email at jacob_ihnen@alumni.brown.edu. M
ore generally, please send your birthdays and wedding anniversaries in as well! We would love to commemorate them, but do not have as many on file as we would like. Thank you! – Jacob Ihnen

Exterior Architectural Lighting – If you drive by S. Stephen’s in the evening, you will now find it illuminated by lovely exterior architectural lighting. This lighting was given to the parish by an anonymous donor to the Glory of God and in loving memory of Fr. Alan Maynard, assisting priest at S. Stephen’s for many years. May he rest in peace. (d. 7 September 2006)

Concerning Pledges and the Sunday Offering – A key worry in this time of physical distancing is that our inability to gather as a church damages our income. We have heard nothing from the public health authorities about the risks of virus transmission through the mail, so feel free to mail your check to the church. Alternatively, it is quite straightforward to give online by clicking here to visit S. Stephen’s online giving page, where you can use the payment portal week by week or set up a recurring direct deposit program with your bank. We are grateful for your generous response to our appeal for pledges in this transition year. Now the challenge is for us to receive and collect these pledges. We don’t know how long this period of physical distancing will have to last. If you are experiencing financial difficulties which hurt your ability to keep a pledge you made before this crisis of the coronavirus, please do not hesitate to let us know. You may contact Father Mead at 917-592-5947 or email him at andrewcraigmead1@gmail.com. Thank you for your love of S. Stephen’s.


FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Patti, Maxcine, Ethel, Chipper, Donna, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Robyn, Sandy, John, Dylan, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Bruce, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Nancy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Susan, Beverly, Empy, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, Christopher, Beth, Sarah, Diana, Ruby, and Lola.

Anniversary of Ordination to Sacred Priesthood: Fr. Philip C. Jacobs (5/29/71).

Birthdays this week: Rose Callanan (Monday 5/25) and Grant Randall (Thursday 5/28).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Shirley Jeanne Miller Bledsoe (26 May 2019), Nancy Figliolini (28 May 2006), Agnes Maud Cliff (28 May 1986), and Shirley Cook (29 May 2014). Recently Departed: Elizabeth “Betty” Anna Schumann and Geraldine Millham.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for all members of the Anglican Communion around the world: for the Archbishop of Canterbury―the Most Rev’d Justin Welby, and all primates and bishops, for members of the Anglican Consultative Council, for the Secretary General―the Most Rev’d Dr. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, for the staff at the Anglican Communion Office in London, and the UN offices in Geneva and New York; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Augustine’s, Kingston, and for those in the Armed Forces who have died in service to our country.

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Tuesday 26 May
“Mead and Creed”  5:30 pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 30 May
Epiphany Soup Kitchen (Meal Pickup Only)  2:30-4:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

* ALL IN-PERSON SUNDAY AND WEEKDAY SERVICES CANCELLED
* ALL SERVICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS


Sunday 24 May
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Daily Office Lectionary: Easter VII, Year Two
Daily Mass Lectionary: Easter VII, Year A


Monday 25 May
NO SERVICES (Rest day for clergy and staff)

Tuesday 26 May
Tuesday of Easter VII (W)
Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, 1595
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 27 May
Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605 (W)
Virtual Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Virtual Low Mass  6 pm

Thursday 28 May
Thursday of Easter VII (W)
Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Friday 29 May
Friday of Easter VII (W)
Virtual Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Virtual Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 30 May
Saturday of Easter VII (W)
Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Virtual Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

Sunday 31 May
THE DAY OF PENTECOST: WHITSUNDAY (R)
Virtual Low Mass  10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (31 May)

Pentecost (Year A)
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:24-34, 36
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23