Wednesday, March 22, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 26 March 2017

Christ Healing the Man Born Blind
Russian (?) Wall Painting, location & date unknown

FROM THE RECTOR

The Fourth Sunday in Lent is variously known as Laetare ("Rejoice") Sunday, Rose Sunday, Mid-Lent Sunday, and Mothering Sunday. The mood of the liturgy lightens a bit as we pause before the final weeks of Lent leading up to Holy Week. The Gospel narrative of the Healing of the Man Born Blind emphasizes that Christ is the source of all true enlightenment and understanding. It is a great joy and privilege to be able to join in the Church's worship; let's make every effort to take advantage of the opportunity to do so. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year A 
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Series – continues today with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, Supper at 6, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism.” Tonight we are joined by Richard J. Mammana, Jr., Archivist of The Living Church Foundation and Director of Project Canterbury; who will give a talk entitled “Grafton and the Blessed Sacrament: A Transatlantic Chapter.” Each evening will conclude by 8 pm. For the remaining weeks, please let the parish office know if you plan to attend by calling 421-6702, ext. 1 or by email. If you are able to help with set-up, clean-up, and food preparation, please fill in the sign-up forms available at each evening. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Stations of the Cross – continues this Friday evening. We gather in the Lady Chapel at 6 pm. All are welcome and cordially invited to participate in this moving devotion.

Society of Mary – will meet this Saturday 1 April for 9 am Morning Prayer, 9:30 Mass, and recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is invited.

Easter Flowers – If you would like to make a flower offering at Easter – in thanksgiving or in memoriam - please fill out the enclosed envelope and either put it in the offering plate or return it to the parish office no later than Tuesday 4 April.

Acolyte Rehearsals for Holy Week and Easter – The schedule of rehearsals is as follows. Acolytes: please check your assignments on the rota and make sure to mark on your calendars the following rehearsal days and times:

     Liturgy                   Date of Service        Rehearsal
     Palm Sunday           4/9/17                     Sat. 4/8 at 10:00 am
     Maundy Thursday    4/13/17                   Mon. 4/10 at 6:30 pm
     Good Friday            4/14/17                   Weds. 4/12 at 6:30 pm
     Easter Vigil             4/15/17                   Sat. 4/15 at 9:00 am
                                                                   (Includes helping set up)
     Easter Day               4/16/17                  Sun. 4/16 at 9:00 am

Robert Hale Ives Jr. Legacy Society -- We are pleased to report that so far we have received enrollments from the following individuals: Fr. Norman and Zulette Catir; Brian Ehlers; Beverly Myers; Phoebe Pettingell; Frank R. Pisaturo II. If you submitted an enrollment form and your name does not appear in the foregoing, please accept our apologies and let Fr. Alexander know right away. Brochures explaining the Society's purpose and containing enrollment forms are available in the Narthex.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, William, James, and Weldon.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Bette Drayton (26 March 2004), Dorothy Adams Bellman (27 March 2005), Mary Weis (29 March 1993), Charles John McCloughan (30 March 1998), Elizabeth Kershaw (31 March 2007), and Richard Sherman Nutt (1 April 2006); Recently Departed: Jeannie Duquette, Joy Swatos, and the Rev. Douglas Woodridge, SSC.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Mexico: The Rt. Rev’d Carlos Touche-Porter; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for those called to serve God and God’s people as deacons and the many ministries that they support.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil SD D Malo; Thurifer Z Painter; Crucifer R Noble; Torches L Rejto, R Callanan
Lector – M Johnson
Ushers – F Pisaturo, B Lennihan
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 26 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

Saturday 1 April
Society of Mary (following Mass & Recitation of the Rosary)

Sunday 2 April
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 1 April
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 26 March
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT (Rose)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Week of Lent IV, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Week of Lent IV


Monday 27 March
Monday in IV Lent (V)
(Charles Henry Brent, Bishop of the Philippines, and of Western New York, 1922)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 28 March
Tuesday in IV Lent (V)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 29 March
Wednesday in IV Lent (V)
(John Keble, Priest, Tractarian, 1866)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 30 March
Thursday in IV Lent (V)
(Innocent of Alaska, Bishop, 1879)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 31 March
Friday in IV Lent (V)
(John Donne, Priest, Poet, 1631)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Stations of the Cross 6 pm

Saturday 1 April
Saturday in IV Lent (V)
(Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, Teacher, 1872)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Holy Rosary 10 am

Sunday 2 April
THE FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT (V)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (2 April)

Fifth Sunday in Lent, Year A
Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 19 March 2017

Guercino, Christ and the Samaritan Woman at the Well, 1640-1641

FROM THE RECTOR

In the traditional Rite of the Western Church, during the Season of Lent, the Gospel readings were taken from the Gospel according to St. John and involved themes of repentance, enlightenment, conversion, and new life. Year A of the Revised Common Lectionary follows this ancient pattern, giving us on the Third Sunday of Lent St. John's account of Our Lord's meeting with the Samaritan woman at the well. After her conversation with Jesus, she tells the townsfolk of her city: "Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did." The encounter with Jesus is life-changing. Come, see ... -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Preacher – This morning we welcome the Rev'd Steve Rice, Rector of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fr. Rice gave the addresses at our Lenten Quiet Day yesterday. We are very glad to have him with us.

Lenten Series – Our Lenten Series continues today with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, Supper at 6, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism.” Tonight we are joined by the Rev'd Andrew C. Mead, Rector Emeritus of St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, NYC. Fr. Mead served as Rector of the Church of the Advent, Boston, from 1985 to 1996; and his talk is on "Grafton the Parish Priest: Native Son of Boston and Fourth Rector of the Advent 1872-1888." Each evening concludes by 8 pm. For future weeks, please let the parish office know if you plan to attend by calling 421-6702, ext. 1 or by email. If you are able to help with set-up, clean-up, and food preparation, please fill in the sign-up forms available at each evening. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Annunciation (March 25) – This Saturday morning, March 25th we will offer Sung Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation at 11 am. (Please note that Morning Prayer will be said at 9 am as usual, but 9:30 Low Mass will be replaced by the 11 am service.)

Stations of the Cross – continues this Friday evening. We gather in the Lady Chapel at 6 pm. All are welcome and cordially invited to attend and participate in this moving devotion.

Easter Flowers – If you would like to make a flower offering at Easter – in thanksgiving or in memoriam - please fill out the enclosed envelope and either put it in the offering plate or return it to the parish office no later than Tuesday 4 April.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Jeannie, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, William, James, and Weldon.

Birthdays this week: Betty Jane Berberian (21 March), Ernest Drew III (22 March), and Barbara Viti (22 March).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Edna Brazil (19 March 2008), Richard A. Mayforth (22 March 1998), Corinne Esther Joslin (23 March 1984), and Virginia Marie Disley (24 March 1990). Recently Departed: Joy Swatos.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Mbale (Uganda): The Rt. Rev’d Patrick Gidudu; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of the Church of the Beloved, Pascoag.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC  F Pisaturo; SD W Dilworth; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer L Verdelotti; Torches K Rejto, C Sylvia 
Lector – RG Noble
Ushers – L Verdelotti, S Brazil
Coffee Hour – P Fuller, T Oakes, K Williams

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 19 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

Sunday 26 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 18 March
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 19 March
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT (V) 
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Week of Lent III, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Week of Lent III

Monday 20 March
SAINT JOSEPH (Transferred) (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 21 March
Tuesday in III Lent (V)
(Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1556)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 22 March
Wednesday in II Lent (V)
(James de Koven, Priest, 1879)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm 

Thursday 23 March
Thursday in III Lent (V)
(Gregory the Illuminator, Bishop and Missionary of Armenia, c. 332)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 24 March
Friday in III Lent (V)
(Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvator, Martyr, 1980)
(Gabriel, Archangel)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Stations of the Cross 6 pm

Saturday 25 March
THE ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W or Blue)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Sung Mass, 11 am

Sunday 26 March
THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT (Rose) 
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (19 March)

Lent 4, Year A
1 Samuel 16:1-13
Psalm 23
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

Thursday, March 9, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 12 March 2017

Patriarch Abraham
Wall or ceiling panel, provenance unknown

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's readings emphasize the theme of faith and belief. At the Lord's Word, Abram goes out from his own country, trusting in God's promise that he will be the ancestor of a great nation in whom all the nations of the earth will be blessed. Paul comments, "Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." And Jesus himself declares: "God gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." The life of the Church is a journey of faith that we undertake together, in love for God and one another, and with hope in God's promise of eternal life for those who believe. Come walk with us on the journey.  --  Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Lent 2, Year A

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Series – Our Lenten Series continues today with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, Supper at 6, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism.” Tonight we are joined by Canon Matthew Payne, Historiographer of the Diocese of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, who will give a talk entitled “Grafton and Fond du Lac: Catholicity, Prayer, Will Power, and Money.” Each evening will conclude by 8 pm. For future weeks, please let the parish office know if you plan to attend by calling 421-6702, ext. 1 or sending email to office@sstephens.necoxmail.com. If you are able to help with set-up, clean-up, and food preparation, please fill in the sign-up forms available at each evening. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Stations of the Cross – continues this Friday evening. We gather in the Lady Chapel at 6 pm. All are welcome and cordially invited to attend and participate in this moving devotion.

Lenten Quiet Day – On Saturday 18 March, we will offer our annual Lenten Quiet Day, with meditations by The Rev. Steve Rice, Rector of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The day begins with Morning Prayer at 9 am, followed by Low Mass and a light breakfast. Silence begins at 10:30 am with Fr. Rice’s first meditation. Following a second meditation we will celebrate Angelus and Noonday Prayer at 12:15, followed by luncheon, a final meditation and tea and discussion at 2 pm. The suggested donation is $15 per person, payable on the day. Please let the parish office know in advance if you plan to attend; via phone 421-6702, ext. 1 or email office@sstephens.necoxmail.com. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Easter Flowers – If you would like to make a flower offering at Easter – in thanksgiving or in memoriam - please fill out the enclosed envelope and either put it in the offering plate or return it to the parish office no later than Tuesday 4 April.

The Annunciation (March 25) – On Saturday morning, March 25th we will offer Sung Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation at 11 am. (Please note that Morning Prayer will be said at 9 am as usual, but 9:30 Low Mass will be replaced by the 11 am service.)

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Jeannie, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, James, and Weldon.

Birthdays this week: Jon Berberian (18 March). 

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: George Freemont Bliven (13 March 1983), Elizabeth Grinnell Allen (13 March 1985), Eleanor Retallick (15 March 2009), and Betty Louise Claunch (18 March 1990). 

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Maseno South (Kenya): The Rt. Rev’d Francis Abiero; Maseno West (Kenya): The Rt. Rev’d Joseph Wasonga; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for clergy widows and widowers of the Diocese.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC D Malo SD F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer S Brazil; 
Torches V Johnson, L Rejto
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – TBA
Coffee Hour – K & K Benziger

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 12 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

Tuesday 14 March
Vestry Meeting 7 pm

Saturday 18 March
Lenten Quiet Day – 9 am to 2 pm

Sunday 18 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 18 March
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 12 March
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT (V) 
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Week of Lent II, Year One

Daily Mass Lectionary: Week of Lent II

Monday 13 March
Monday in II Lent (V)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 14 March
Tuesday in II Lent (V)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 15 March
Wednesday in II Lent (V)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm 

Thursday 16 March
Thursday in II Lent (V)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 17 March
Friday in II Lent (V)
(Patrick, Bishop of Armagh, Patron of Ireland, c. 460)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Stations of the Cross 6 pm

Saturday 18 March
Saturday in II Lent (V)
(Cyril, Bishop of Jerusalem, 386)
(Edward, King and Martyr, 978)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Angelus & Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Sunday 19 March
THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT (V) 
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (19 March)

Lent 3, Year A

Thursday, March 2, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 5 March 2017

The Temptation of Christ, from the St. Alban's Psalter
(Hildsesheim), 1120-1145

FROM THE RECTOR

The Season of Lent affords an opportunity to recommit ourselves to the basic spiritual practices of the Christian life: coming to Mass, saying our prayers, studying Scripture and the lives of the Saints, helping those in need. Our Lenten programs at S. Stephen's are designed to provide multiple opportunities for spiritual renewal and enrichment. If you have fallen away, this is your invitation to rejoin us as we undertake the Lenten journey. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

First Sunday in Lent, Year A
Genesis 2:15-17,3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commemoration of March Departed – Those on the parish Year’s Mind list whose anniversaries fall during March will be prayed for at the Mass tomorrow evening, Monday 6 March at 6 pm. If you have names of departed family or friends to be remembered, please send them to Fr. Alexander at rector@sstephens.necoxmail.com and come join us if you can.

Lenten Series – begins this evening. Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, Supper at 6, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism.” Fr. Alexander will launch the series with a talk entitled “Grafton and Religious Orders.” Each evening will conclude by 8 pm. For future weeks, please let the parish office know if you plan to attend and if you are able to help with set-up, clean-up, and food preparation, by calling 421-6702, ext. 1 or by email. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Stations of the Cross – continues this Friday evening. We gather in the Lady Chapel at 6 pm. All are cordially invited to attend and participate in this moving devotion.

Society of Mary – will meet this Saturday 11 March for 9 am Morning Prayer, 9:30 Mass, and recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is invited.

Lenten Quiet Day – On Saturday 18 March, we will offer our annual Lenten Quiet Day, with meditations by The Rev. Steve Rice, Rector of Saint Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The day begins with Morning Prayer at 9 am, followed by Low Mass and a light breakfast. Silence begins at 10:30 am with Fr. Rice’s first meditation. Following a second meditation we will celebrate Angelus and Noonday Prayer at 12:15, followed by luncheon, a final meditation and tea and discussion at 2 pm. The suggested donation is $15 per person, payable on the day. Please let the parish office know in advance if you plan to attend; via phone 421-6702, ext. 1 or by email. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Rector’s Book – After Mass Fr. Alexander will have copies of his recently published book of Lenten weekday homilies, Springtime of the Spirit, for sale at $10 each. (Cash is welcome, or please make checks payable to “John D. Alexander” – thanks.)

Easter Flowers – If you would like to make a flower offering at Easter – in thanksgiving or in memoriam - please fill out the enclosed envelope and either put it in the offering plate or return it to the parish office no later than Tuesday 4 April.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Jeannie, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, James, and Weldon.

Birthdays this week: George Ryan (6 March), Bill Dilworth (9 March), and Tom Oakes (11 March).

The faithful departed:
Year’s Mind: Josephine Garrett Brown (7 March 1989), Hilda Grace Stevens (7 March 1991), Ruth Hannah Godfrey (9 March 1987), Donald S. Chase (11 March 1998), and Frank Chace (11 March 1993). Recently Departed: Sally Hunt Cooper.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Marathwada (North India): The Rt. Rev’d Madhukar Kasab; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for those who are preparing to serve God as ordained ministers in the church.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble SD Z Painter; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches K Rejto, C Sylvia
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – B Lennihan
Coffee Hour – L Latimer & E Hooks

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Sunday 5 March

Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

Saturday 11 March
Society of Mary (following Mass and Recitation of the Rosary)

Sunday 12 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 11 March
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 5 March
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT (V)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Week of Lent I, Year One

Daily Mass Lectionary: Week of Lent I


Monday 6 March
Monday in I Lent (V)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass (with Commemoration of March Departed) 6 pm

Tuesday 7 March
Tuesday in I Lent (V)
(Perpetua, Felicity, and Companions, Martyrs at Carthage, 202)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 8 March
Wednesday in I Lent (V)
(Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, 1910)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 9 March
Thursday in I Lent (V)
(Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, c. 394)      
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 10 March

Friday in I Lent (V)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Stations of the Cross 6 pm

Saturday 11 March
Saturday in I Lent (V)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Holy Rosary 10 am

Sunday 12 March
THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT (V)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (12 March)

Second Sunday in Lent, Year A
Genesis 12:1-4a
Psalm 121
Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
John 3:1-17

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 26 February 2017

Transfiguration Apse Mosaic (detail)
Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai, c. 565-566

FROM THE RECTOR

In the 1979 Prayer Book calendar and the Revised Common Lectionary, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday (known in older traditions as Quinquagesima) commemorates the Transfiguration of Christ. Before we start down the road of Lent, the readings, prayers, and hymns for this Sunday remind us of the glory that awaits us at the end of the journey. In a time of anxiety and concern about the future, we need this reminder of our final destination. The glory revealed on the holy mountain is promised to us as well. Provided that we persevere in the faith, we shall see ultimately Christ as he is; and be transformed into his likeness from glory to glory. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2 or 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Flowers at the High Altar – are given today by Fr. John & Elizabeth Alexander in thanksgiving for God’s many blessings, and in loving memory of Harold R. Alexander.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Our annual pancake supper will be this Tuesday 28 February from 5:30 – 7 pm in our Great Hall. Tickets are $5 apiece, available at the door. Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling the parish office at 401-421-6702, ext. 1 or via email to office@sstephens.necoxmail.com. All are welcome. Come enjoy a final culinary indulgence before Lent, and join in the burning of last year’s palms to make new ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Services (March 1) – Morning Prayer & Blessing of the Ashes will be celebrated at 8 am in the Lady Chapel. (You may receive ashes at this service.) Solemn Mass will be celebrated with the Imposition of Ashes at 6 pm in the main church.

Stations of the Cross – will be offered on Fridays in Lent at 6 pm, beginning this Friday 3 March. We gather in the Lady Chapel. All are welcome and cordially invited to attend and participate in this moving devotion.

Society of Mary – will not meet this Saturday, but will meet Saturday 11 March for 9 am Morning Prayer, 9:30 Mass, and recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is invited.

Rector’s Book – After Mass Fr. Alexander will have copies of his recently published book of Lenten weekday homilies, Springtime of the Spirit, for sale at $10 each. (Cash is welcome, or please make checks payable to “John D. Alexander” – thanks.)

Lenten Series – Our Lenten Series begins next Sunday evening 5 March. Join us for Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, Supper at 6, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism.” Fr. Alexander will launch the series with a talk entitled “Grafton and Religious Orders.” Each evening will conclude by 8 pm. Please let the parish office know if you plan to attend and if you are able to help with set-up, clean-up, and food preparation for the coming weeks, by calling 421-6702, ext. 1 or email to office@sstephens.necoxmail.com. All are welcome and invited to attend.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Sister Carolyn, Jeannie, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, James, and Weldon.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Dorothy Belden (23 February 1997), Barbara Albee (26 February 2012), Robert Cartwright (28 February 1992), Jane Graves Raymond (29 February 1998), Flora Hilda Harding (2 March 1994), Alice Hunt (2 March 1998), and Mary Chase (2 March 1992).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Marathwada (North India): The Rt. Rev’d Madhukar Kasab; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for those who are preparing to serve God as ordained ministers in the church.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC Z Painter SD W Dilworth; Thurifer L Hooks; Crucifer F Pisaturo; Torches K Rejto, L Rejto
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – L Verdelotti, G Ryan
Coffee Hour – Alison Huff

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Tuesday 28 February
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper 5:30 - 7 pm

Sunday 5 March
Lenten Series (following 5:30 Evening Prayer and 6 pm dinner)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 4 March
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 26 February
THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary – Week of Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year One

Daily Mass Lectionary – Week of Last Sunday after Epiphany, Year One, and Lenten Weekdays following Ash Wednesday

Monday 27 February
George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 28 February
Founding of the Society of the Holy Cross, 1855 (G or W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 1 March
ASH WEDNESDAY (V)
Morning Prayer & Blessing of the Ashes 8 am
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Solemn Mass with Imposition of Ashes 6 pm

Thursday 2 March
Thursday after Ash Wednesday (V)
Chad, Bishop of Lichfield, c. 602
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 3 March
Friday after Ash Wednesday (V)
John and Charles Wesley, Priests, 1791, 1788
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Stations of the Cross 6 pm

Saturday 4 March
Saturday after Ash Wednesday (V)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am

Sunday 5 March
THE FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT (V)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (5 March)

The First Sunday of Lent, Year A
Genesis 2:15-17,3:1-7
Psalm 32
Romans 5:12-19
Matthew 4:1-11

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 19 February 2017

Carl Heinrich Bloch, Sermon on the Mount, 1877

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's readings juxtapose two parallel sayings. In Leviticus, the Lord tells Moses, "Say to all the congregation of the people of Israel, You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy." And in the Gospel from Matthew, Jesus says to his disciples, "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect." That may seem quite a challenge: to be like God. The underlying presupposition is that all the principles, rules, and precepts of Jewish and Christian ethics are predicated on the character of God, who alone is completely holy and perfect. To be in relationship with God, to belong to God's people, is to enter on a journey of being remade in God's image so that one comes more and more to reflect God's holiness and perfection in one's own life. This Sunday at the 10 am Mass, we welcome Noah Butler-Rose as he begins that journey in Holy Baptism. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Epiphany 7, Year A

Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23
Matthew 5:38-48

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Altar Flowers – today are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the baptism of Noah Butler-Rose, by parents Christopher Butler and Bobby Rose.

Visit to Christ Church, New Haven – Frank Pisaturo and Fr. Yost have organized a pilgrimage to Christ Church, New Haven, to attend their Compline service. Compline is a prayer office found in our Book of Common Prayer, typically done in the late evening. Christ Church is known for its beautiful sung services held throughout the semester. We plan to travel to New Haven this afternoon by car pool. We will leave S. Stephen's around 5:30pm, leaving ample time for travel. Compline service is at 9pm. If you are interested in joining, and/or assisting with carpooling, please see Frank.

George Washington’s Birthday (February 20) – As on all public holidays falling on Monday, Low Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 am, preceded by Morning Prayer at 9.

Saint Matthias the Apostle (February 24) – a major Holy Day, will be celebrated on Friday with Low Mass at 12:10 pm, preceded by Angelus at noon.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Our annual pancake supper will be Tuesday 28 February from 5:30 – 7 pm in our Great Hall. Tickets are available at the door. Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling the parish office at 401-421-6702, ext. 1 or via email to office@sstephens.necoxmail.com. All are welcome. Come enjoy a final culinary indulgence before Lent, and join in the burning of last year’s palms to make new ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Services (March 1)
– Morning Prayer & Blessing of the Ashes will be celebrated at 8 am in the Lady Chapel. (You may receive ashes at this service.) Sung Mass will be celebrated with the Imposition of Ashes at 6 pm in the main church.

Rector’s Book – After Mass Fr. Alexander will have copies of his recently published book of Lenten weekday homilies, Springtime of the Spirit, for sale at $10 each. (Please make checks payable to “John D. Alexander” – thanks.)

Lenten Series – Plan on joining us on Sunday evenings In Lent for Evening Prayer, Supper, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism” featuring various distinguished speakers – more details to follow.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Ketti, Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Sister Carolyn, Jeannie, Mark, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, James, and Weldon.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Frederick A. Starks, Sr. (19 February 1985). Recently Departed: Robert J. C. Brown, Priest, Kenneth Okkers, Priest, and Deacon Timothy Rice.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer
– In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Madi & West Nile (Uganda): The Rt. Rev’d Joel Obetia; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership, staff, and residents of Hallworth House.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes
– MC R Noble SD D Malo; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer L Verdelotti; Torches R Callahan, George Benziger
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – J Steiny, J Chamberlin
Coffee Hour – Cancelled due to floor renovations

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Tuesday 21 February
Vestry Meeting 7 pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 25 February
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 19 February
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass with Holy Baptism 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office & Mass Lectionary for VII Epiphany (Year One)

Monday 20 February
Feria (G)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am

Tuesday 21 February
John Henry Newman, Priest, Theologian, 1890 (G or W)
Peter Damian, Monk, Bishop, Teacher, 1072

Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 22 February

The See of Peter the Apostle (Saint Peter’s Chair at Antioch) (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 23 February
Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c. 155 (R)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 24 February
SAINT MATTHIAS THE APOSTLE (R)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 25 February
Ethelbert and Bertha, King and Queen of Kent, 616, c. 612 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am

Sunday 26 February
THE LAST SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (26 February)

Last Sunday after the Epiphany, Year A
Exodus 24:12-18
Psalm 2 or 99
2 Peter 1:16-21
Matthew 17:1-9
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Friday, February 10, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 12 February 2017

Sermon on the Mount
Contemporary Icon

FROM THE RECTOR

Years ago, an experienced older priest was addressing a group of clergy at a retreat. He offered one memorable bit of advice: "Sunday morning should be the day to which you look forward more than any other day of the week. When you wake up on Sunday, you should feel excited as you anticipate getting up, going to church, and worshiping with your parish community. The morning you don't feel that sense of joy that it's finally Sunday again, you know that something's gone wrong in your spiritual life that needs to be addressed." I'm happy to report that even after twenty-four years of priestly ministry, I still feel that sense of joyful anticipation every Sunday morning. Even when it's a bit muted by lack of sleep or worry about this or that situation--or even the odd "spiritually dry patch"--nonetheless it's still always there at some level. But that priest's advice holds good for all of us, lay and ordained alike. The ability to gather for worship on the Lord's Day is a great privilege, an incomparable joy, never to be taken for granted but always cherished as we faithfully take our part in the Church's offering of praise and thanksgiving to God the Holy Trinity. -- Fr. John D. Alexander 

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Epiphany 6, Year A
Deuteronomy 30:15-20 or Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-8
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
Matthew 5:21-37

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Altar Flowers – today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Alan Reniere by Brian Ehlers.

Great Hall Floor – Beginning tomorrow, Monday 13 February, we will be having the Great Hall floor refinished. Epiphany Soup Kitchen will serve sandwiches to go on the 18th, and there will be no Coffee Hour following the 10 am Mass on the 19th. By Sunday 26 February the room should be back in full use.

Eucharistic Adoration – This Saturday 18 February, the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament will sponsor approximately an hour of silent prayer and meditation in the Lady Chapel before the Blessed Sacrament, beginning shortly after the end of the 9:30 am Mass, and concluding by 11 am. All are welcome and invited to participate.

Compline at Christ Church, New Haven – Frank Pisaturo and Fr. Yost are organizing a pilgrimage to Christ Church, New Haven, to attend their Compline service. Compline is a prayer office found in our Book of Common Prayer, typically done in the late evening. Christ Church is known for its beautiful sung services held throughout the semester. We plan to travel to New Haven on Sunday 19 February by car pool. We will leave S. Stephen's around 5:30pm, leaving ample time for travel. Compline service is at 9pm. If you are interested in joining, and/or assisting with carpooling, please email Frank at pisaturof@gmail.com.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – Our annual pancake supper will be Tuesday 28 February from 5:30 – 7 pm in our Great Hall. Tickets are available at the door. Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling the parish office at 401-421-6702, ext. 1 or via email. All are welcome. Come enjoy a final culinary indulgence before Lent, and join in the burning of last year’s palms to make new ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday Services (March 1) – Morning Prayer & Blessing of the Ashes will be celebrated at 8 am in the Lady Chapel. (You may receive ashes at this service.) Sung Mass will be celebrated with the Imposition of Ashes at 6 pm in the main church.

Lenten Series – Plan on joining us on Sunday evenings In Lent for Evening Prayer, Supper, and the series “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism” featuring various distinguished speakers – more details to follow.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for:
Virginia, Martha, Donald, Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Peter, Sister Carolyn, Michael, Richard, Mark, Michael, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Stephanie, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, John, Ed, Virginia, Shane, Jan, Richard, Jerry, Joel, Sandra, Emily, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Katherine, Sally, Carlos, Loretto, Rhoda, Ned, Michael, James, Michael, Peter, and Weldon.

Birthdays this week: Alison Huff (12 February), Elizabeth Schumann (13 February), The Rev. M. P Schneider (14 February), and Lucas Bledsoe (17 February).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Thomas Greene Cure, Priest (13 February 2001), Alan Edward Reniere (15 February 2013), Christopher Dunstan (16 February 1994), Gary Lee Stamps (17 February 1991), James W. Randolph (17 February 1985), and John Walker (18 February 2008). Recently Departed: Kathleen Anderson, Robert J. C. Brown, Priest, Kenneth Okkers, Priest, and Deacon Timothy Rice.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer
– In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Lusaka (Central Africa): The Rt. Rev’d David Njovu; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for retired clergy of the Diocese.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil SD F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer R Noble; Torches DO Latimer, V Johnson
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – T Bledsoe, P Pettingell
Coffee Hour – Rejto/Elliot Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 18 February
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 12 February
THE SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office & Mass Lectionary Epiphany 6 (Year One)

Monday 13 February
Absalom Jones, Priest, 1818 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 14 February
Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs, Patrons of Europe, 869, 885 (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 15 February
Sigfrid, Bishop, Apostle of Sweden, 1045 (G or W)
Thomas Bray, Priest, Missionary, Founder of the SPCK, 1730
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 16 February
Feria (G)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 17 February
Janani Luwum, Archbishop of Uganda, Martyr, 1977 (G or R)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 18 February
Simeon of Jerusalem, 1st century (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration 10 am

Sunday 19 February
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass with Holy Baptism 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS

Epiphany 7, Year A

Leviticus 19:1-2,9-18
Psalm 119:33-40
1 Corinthians 3:10-11,16-23
Matthew 5:38-48
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