Thursday, April 20, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 23 April 2017

The Risen Christ Appears to Doubting Thomas
Newly restored mosaic in Basilica of the Holy Nativity, Bethlehem, c. 1155

FROM THE RECTOR

Easter is not over; it has just begun. Easter Day marks the start of a season of Fifty Days (or, in some reckonings, Forty Days), during which the Church engages in a prolonged meditation on the meaning and significance of Christ's Resurrection. On the Second Sunday of Easter (also known as Low Sunday) the Gospel reading always features the Apostle Thomas, who is absent at the first appearance of the Risen Christ to the disciples, and who disbelieves their report, declaring, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my fingers in the mark of the nails, I will not believe." A week later, Thomas has the opportunity to do just that, exclaiming "My Lord and my God" when he encounters the Lord. Jesus then proclaims blessed all those who believe without seeing. Please join us this Sunday as we explore the implications of what it means to believe without seeing in our own time and place. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Second Sunday of Easter, Year A
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Altar Flowers today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Jeannine Lennihan Firestone, by Bruce and Sharon Lennihan.

Saint Mark the Evangelist (April 25) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated this Tuesday with Angelus at 12 noon and Low Mass at 12:10 pm.-

Society of Mary Annual Mass and Meeting— will take place at All Saints’ Church, Ashmont (Boston), on Saturday 6 May at 11 a.m. The preacher is Fr. F. Washington (Tony) Jarvis. Suggested donation for lunch is $10. For more details, please visit the Society of Mary American Region website at www.somamerica.org. (If anyone is interested in carpooling from S. Stephen’s, please contact Fr. Alexander or Phoebe Pettingell. We will be leaving at approximately 9:30 a.m.)

Dwyer Organ Recital – On Sunday 7 May at 5:30 pm, Mark Dwyer, Organist & Choirmaster of Church of the Advent in Boston, will perform an organ recital featuring works of J. S. Bach, G. F. Handel, Dan Locklair, and C. Villiers Stanford. A reception follows in our Great Hall. Please join us for this special musical event. All are welcome.

Confirmations at St. John’s, Newport – We are pleased to announce that Bishop Knisely will be present at our two parishes’ joint celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday 31 May) and will be available to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation and/or receive members of other Communions into the Episcopal Church. If you would like to be confirmed or received at this service, please let Fr. Alexander or Fr. Yost know right away so that we can make the necessary preparations.

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, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Leonard Gaucher (23 April).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: William Brazil (24 April 1995), Kenneth Raymond (24 April 2010), Hazel G. Wyss (25 April 1991), and Jeannine Lennihan Firestone (25 April 2013).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church of Muranga South (Kenya): The Rt. Rev’d Julius Karanu Wa Gicheru; and in the Diocesan Cycle of prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of San Jorge’s, Central Falls and for the leadership and students of St. George’s School, Newport and for the people and clergy of St. Mark’s, Warwick.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil SD D Malo; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer F Pisaturo; Torches K Rejto, l Rejto
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – J Steiny, N Gingrich
Coffee Hour – The Rejto Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 29 April
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

23 April
THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Week of 2 Easter, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Week of 2 Easter

24 April
Monday in Easter II (W)
Mellitus, Bishop of London, first Bishop at Saint Paul’s, 624
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

25 April
SAINT MARK THE EVANGELIST (R)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

26 April
Wednesday in Easter II (W)
Cletus, Pope and Martyr, c. 89
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

27 April
Thursday in Easter II (W)
Christina Rossetti, Poet, 1895
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

28 April
Friday in Easter II (W)
Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

29 April
Saturday in Easter II (W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration 10 am

30 April
THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
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 (30 April)

Third Sunday of Easter, Year A
Acts 2:14a,36-41
Psalm 116:1-3, 10-17
1 Peter 1:17-23
Luke 24:13-35

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 16 April 2017

Ambrosio de Stefano Borgognone, Resurrection (detail), 1510

FROM THE RECTOR

At the heart of the Church’s Easter celebration is the proclamation of good news: “Alleluia, Christ is risen!” “The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!” The truth of this proclamation changes everything: our attitudes to life and death; our relationships with God, our neighbors, and ourselves. Love’s victory over death and the grave sets us free to give ourselves to God and one another wholeheartedly in Christ’s name. And just as Christ is risen from the dead never to die again, so he offers all of us a share in his eternal life. Come join us Easter Day as we celebrate this joyful hope. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Sunday of the Resurrection: Easter Day

Low Mass 8 am
Exodus 14:10-31, 15:20-21
Psalm 114
Romans 6:3-11
John 20:1-18)

Solemn Mass & Procession 10 am
Acts 10:34-43
Colossians 3:1-4
John 20:1-18)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to all visitors and guests
– we’re glad that you’re here. Please join us for a reception in the library following the Great Vigil Mass (Saturday evening), or after the 10 am Mass (Sunday morning) for coffee and refreshments in the Great Hall upstairs.

Easter Egg Hunt – On Easter Sunday (April 16th) there will be an Egg Hunt following the 10 am Mass for young children (pre-K through grade 3). Please meet in the library immediately after the service.

Cappella Artemisia at S. Stephen’s – This week, S. Stephen’s will host Capella Artemisia, an all-female Italian vocal ensemble specializing in singing works written by 17th century Italian nuns. Their concert, “INVINCIBLE!” will be held in our Lady Chapel on Thursday evening 20 April at 7:30 pm, and is the culmination of a conference sponsored by Brown University, entitled “Living in the Choir: Silence, Music, and Play in Early Modern Italian Convents”, which will be held in our Great Hall earlier in the day, from 12:30 to 5 pm. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Eucharistic Adoration – This Saturday 22 April, 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.

Confirmations at St. John’s, Newport – We are pleased to announce that Bishop Knisely will be present at our two parishes’ joint celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday 31 May) and will be available to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation and/or receive members of other Communions into the Episcopal Church. If you would like to be confirmed or received at this service, please let Fr. Alexander or Fr. Yost know right away so that we can make the necessary preparations.

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, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, William, and James.

Birthdays this week
: Rhoda Steinhart (16 April), Susan Brazil (18 April), Frank Pisaturo (19 April), Barbara Osborne (20 April), Gail Finch (22 April).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Cristine Marie Parrillo (17 April 1989), John Rankin Laird (19 April 1991), Winifred D. Bonner (20 April 1983), Frances Cecilia Jarvis Hall (20 April 1987), King David Stamps (22 April 1985).

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble SD F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer K Hooks; Torches R Callanan, G Benziger
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – T Bledsoe, P Pettingell, G Ryan, B Lennihan
Coffee Hour – T & C Bledsoe

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Saturday 15 April
Reception (following the 7:30 pm Easter Vigil)

Sunday 16 April
 
Acolyte Rehearsal (for Easter Day) 9 am

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Thursday 20 April
Cappella Artemisia Symposium 12:30 – 5 pm (Great Hall)
Cappella Artemisia Concert 7:30 pm (Lady Chapel)

Saturday 22 April
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

16 April
SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION: EASTER DAY (Gold)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass and Procession 10 am

Daily Office Lectionary: Easter Week, Year A
Daily Mass Lectionary: Easter Week, Year One


17 April
MONDAY IN EASTER WEEK (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

18 April
TUESDAY IN EASTER WEEK (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

19 April
WEDNESDAY IN EASTER WEEK (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

20 April
THURSDAY IN EASTER WEEK (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

21 April
FRIDAY IN EASTER WEEK (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

22 April
SATURDAY IN EASTER WEEK (W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration 10 am

23 April
SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER: LOW SUNDAY (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (23 April)

Second Sunday of Easter, Year A
Acts 2:14a, 22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1:3-9
John 20:19-31

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 9 April 2017

Fra Angelico, The Entry into Jerusalem, 1450

FROM THE RECTOR

The drama of Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday with the crowds welcoming Jesus to the Holy City with acclamations of "Hosanna to the Son of David!" Before long, those same crowds are crying out, "Crucify him!" The day's liturgy -- really two liturgies -- invites us to enter into the contemplation of the mighty acts by which our Lord has won for us life and immortality. We welcome our King in the hope that one day he will welcome us as well. -- Fr. John D. Alexander 

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

PALM SUNDAY

Liturgy of the Palms
Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm 118:19-29

Liturgy of the Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16 (BCP)
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:36—11:54

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bring your bells – Traditionally, bells are rung at the beginning of the Gloria in excelsis at the liturgies of both Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil. If you have a bell at home, please bring it and join in.

Vigil at the Altar of Repose – There is a signup sheet in the narthex for the Vigil at the Altar of Repose, which begins on Maundy Thursday, 13 April, after the completion of the 7:30 pm Liturgy, and ends at midnight. Come watch with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.

Good Friday Parking – We’ve arranged for emergency no parking on Good Friday (April 14) on George Street from Hope to Brown Street to allow space for parishioners arriving for Mass. We are providing dashboard signs for you to put in your car so you won’t be ticketed, which are available today in the narthex. You may also get one from an usher on Good Friday.

Easter Vigil Reception – Trays of ready-to-serve savory and sweet treats are needed for the reception following Easter Vigil (15 April) in the Library. If you can prepare something, please contact Cory MacLean at 421-6702, ext.1, or send email to the parish office at office@sstephens.necoxmail.com.

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
    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

Confirmations at St. John’s, Newport – We are pleased to announce that Bishop Knisely will be present at our two parish’s joint celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday 31 May) and will be available to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation and/or receive members of other Communions into the Episcopal Church. If you would like to be confirmed or received at this service, please let Fr. Alexander or Fr. Yost know right away so that we can make the necessary preparations.

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, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Kathleen Lester (11 April), John Chamberlin (12 April), Korrie Elizabeth Hooks (12 April), Fr. John Alexander (14 April), Brian Ehlers (14 April), Rhoda Steinhart (16 April).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Carl Randolph (11 April 1983), Doris Johnson 13 April 2004), Marie Lopez (14 April 1983), Steele Wade Martin, Priest (14 April 2005).

Anglican Cycle of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Jerusalem (Jerusalem & Middle East): the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC Z Painter SD D Malo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches V Johnson, K Rejto
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – N Gingrich, P Barnes, B Lennihan
Coffee Hour – Leana Latimer & Ed Hooks

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Monday 10 April
Acolyte Rehearsal (for Maundy Thursday) 6:30 pm

Wednesday 12 April

Acolyte Rehearsal (for Good Friday) 6:30 pm

Saturday 15 April
Acolyte Rehearsal (for Easter Vigil) 9 am
Orchestra Rehearsal 12:30 pm
Reception (following the 7:30 pm Easter Vigil)

Sunday 16 April
Acolyte Rehearsal (for Easter Day) 9 am

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 15 April
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 9 April
THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: PALM SUNDAY (R)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Liturgy of the Palms & Low Mass 8 am
Liturgy of the Palms & Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Passion 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

Daily Office Lectionary: Holy Week, Year A
Daily Mass Lectionary: Holy Week, Year One


Monday 10 April
MONDAY IN HOLY WEEK (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 11 April

TUESDAY IN HOLY WEEK (R)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 12 April
WEDNESDAY IN HOLY WEEK (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Thursday 13 April
MAUNDY THURSDAY (White)
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Footwashing, Stripping of the Altars, and Procession to the Altar of Repose 7:30 pm

Friday 14 April

GOOD FRIDAY (Black / Violet)
Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, and Mass of the Presanctified 12 noon

Saturday 15 April
HOLY SATURDAY (Violet / Gold)
Great Vigil of Easter: Lighting of the New Fire, Prophecies, Blessing of the Font, and First Mass of Easter 7:30 pm

Sunday 9 April
SUNDAY OF THE RESURRECTION: EASTER DAY (Gold)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass and Procession 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (16 April)


Easter Day, Year A

Low Mass 8 am                               Solemn Mass 10 am
Exodus 14:10-31, 15:20-21              Acts 10:34-43
Psalm 114
Romans 6:3-11                                Colossians 3:1-4
Matthew 28:1-10                             Matthew 28:1-10

Thursday, March 30, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 2 April 2017

Giovanni di Paolo, The Raising of Lazarus (Detail), 1426
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

FROM THE RECTOR

The Gospel of John's account of the raising of Lazarus, read on the Fifth Sunday of Lent in Year A, emphasizes the mounting tension between Jesus and the religious authorities that will soon lead to his betrayal, arrest, crucifixion, and death. One crucial point is that Jesus suffers not for wrongdoing, but for having done good deeds. This highlights not only that his suffering and death is unjust, but also that the price of doing what is right can be high indeed. Still, our Lord assures us that if we follow him faithfully, he will remain faithful to us, and bring us through whatever trials we must undergo on account of our obedience to him.
-- Fr. John D. Alexander


THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Lent 5, Year A

Ezekiel 37:1-14
Psalm 130
Romans 8:6-11
John 11:1-45

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Lenten Supper and Series – Our series of presentations on “Charles Chapman Grafton and the Genesis of America Anglo-Catholicism” concludes this evening. Following Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm, and Supper at 6, Phoebe Pettingell will give a talk entitled “Grafton and Father Fiske: S. Stephen’s, Sisterhoods, and Ritualism.” We will conclude by 8 pm.

Commemoration of April Departed – Those on the parish Year’s Mind list whose anniversaries fall during April will be prayed for at the Mass tomorrow evening, Monday 6 April 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.

Stations of the Cross – concludes this Friday evening. We gather in the Lady Chapel at 6 pm. All are welcome and cordially invited to participate in this moving devotion as we prepare for Holy Week.

Bring your bells – Traditionally, bells are rung at the beginning of the Gloria in excelsis at the liturgies of both Maundy Thursday and Easter Vigil. If you have a bell at home, please bring it and join in.

Vigil at the Altar of Repose – There is a signup sheet in the narthex for the Vigil at the Altar of Repose, which begins on Maundy Thursday, 13 April, after the completion of the 7:30 pm Liturgy, and ends at midnight. Come watch with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane.

Easter Vigil Reception – Trays of ready-to-serve savory and sweet treats are needed for the reception following Easter Vigil (15 April) in the Library. If you can prepare something, please contact Cory MacLean at 421-6702, ext.1, or send email to the parish office at office@sstephens.necoxmail.com.

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 with the 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, Kirsten, Beverly, Deborah, Yolanda, Angela, Bobby, Carlos, Rhoda, Ned, William, and James.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Roy Sumner Bent, Sr. (4 April 1986), Kathryne Farnum Ripley (6 April 1990), and Paul Joseph Conley (8 April 2000); 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 Mityana (Uganda): The Rt. Rev’d Stephen Kaziimba; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Bishop and members of his staff.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo SD R Noble; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches G Benziger, C Sylvia
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – C Martel, S Newby
Coffee Hour – M Johnson and family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


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

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Monday 3 April
Epiphany Soup Kitchen Board Meeting 7 pm

Saturday 8 April
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

April 2
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

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

April 3
Monday in V Lent (V)
(Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass (with Commemoration of April Departed) 6 pm

April 4
Tuesday in V Lent (V)
(Isidore, Archbishop of Seville, Teacher, 636)
(Martin Luther King, Jr., Civil Rights Leader, Martyr, 1968)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

April 5
Wednesday in V Lent (V)
(Vincent Ferrer, Priest, Dominican Friar, Missionary, 1419)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

April 6
Thursday in V Lent (V)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

April 7
Friday in V Lent (V)
(Tikhon, Patriarch of Russia, Confessor, 1925)
(John Baptiste de la Salle, Priest, Educational Reformer, 1719)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Stations of the Cross 6 pm

April 8
Saturday in V Lent (V)
(William Augustus Muhlenberg, Priest, 1877)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am

April 9
THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION: PALM SUNDAY (R)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Liturgy of the Palms & Low Mass 8 am
Liturgy of the Palms & Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Passion 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (April 9 – PALM SUNDAY)

Liturgy of the Palms
Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm 118:19-29

Liturgy of the Word
Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm 31:9-16
Philippians 2:5-11
Matthew 26:36—11:54
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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