Thursday, June 22, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 25 June 2017

Baptism of Paul by Ananias
Palatine Chapel, Palermo, Sicily, c. 1140-1170

FROM THE RECTOR

This week we resume the Sundays of "the green season," also known (somewhat inaccurately) as "Ordinary Time." We have completed the annual cycle of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost; the task now is to live into the mysteries we have commemorated. The color green (used for the vestments and hangings at Mass) symbolizes growth and fecundity in the Christian life. This Sunday also marks two important annual milestones in our life together: Sunday School Recognition, and the Annual Parish Barbecue. We look forward to seeing you there. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Third Sunday after Pentecost -- Proper 7, Year A
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Ps. 69: 8-11 (12-17) 18-20
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome to all visitors and guests – we’re glad that you’re here. Please join us in our Great Hall after the 10 am Mass for our annual parish barbecue, graciously hosted by the Benziger and Rejto/Elliot families. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Sunday Morning Eight O'Clock Service – During the months of July and August, the Sunday 8 o'clock Mass will begin with an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer followed immediately by the Eucharist. (During this period Morning Prayer will not be said at 7:30 a.m.) Please make a note of the change.

Saint Peter and Saint Paul (June 29) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept this Thursday with Noonday Prayer at 12 noon and Low Mass at 12:10 pm.

Society of Mary – will meet this Saturday 1 July for 9:30 am Morning Prayer, 10 am Low Mass, then recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is invited.

Memorial Service at First Baptist – At 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 29, the First Baptist Church, 75 North Main Street, Providence, is hosting a memorial event for the 1,500 people who have died from opioid overdose. Sponsored by Faith Infused Recovery Efforts (FIRE), this event is entitled “United: An Evening of Remembrance and Hope.” All churches in the state have been invited to ring their bells at 8 p.m. to mark a three-minute moment of silence. For more information, please contact Event Coordinator Diego Arene Morley.

Sunday School Recognition – This morning at the 10 am Solemn Mass, we will recognize the students and teachers who participated in the Sunday School program this year. Please make every effort to attend.

Change to Daily Mass Schedule – Effective this Saturday 1 July, the schedule for Saturday and federal Public Holidays will shift back a half hour to Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Mass at 10 am. Please make a note of the change.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Louis Verdelotti (26 June) and Richard Viti (27 June).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Mortimer G. Hitt, Priest (25 June 1994).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in the Nyahururu (Kenya): The Rt. Rev’d Stephen Kabora Nyahururu Maralal Area (Kenya): The Rt. Rev’d Jacob Lesuuda; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of St. Peter's, Narragansett; and St. Peter’s & St. Andrew’s, Providence.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen SD D Malo; Thurifers J Starks; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches V Johnson, K Rejto
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – T Bledsoe, S Newby
Coffee Hour – ANNUAL PARISH BARBECUE

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Sunday 25 June
Annual Parish Barbecue (following the 10 am Mass)

Saturday 1 July
Society of Mary (following Mass and Recitation of the Rosary)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 1 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 25 June
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 7, Year One

Monday 26 June

John and Paul, Martyrs at Rome, c. 362 (G or R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 27 June

Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, 444 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 28 June

Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, c. 202 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 29 June
SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, APOSTLES (R)
[PATRONS OF THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, WASHINGTON, DC]
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

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

Saturday 1 July
Feria (G)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am
Holy Rosary 10:30 am

Sunday 2 July

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (2 July)

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 8, Year A
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Ps. 69: 8-11, (12-17),18-20
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 18 June 2017


FROM THE RECTOR

Corpus Christi Sunday marks the end of the 2016-2017 choir season at S. Stephen's with the annual celebration of our Lord's real presence in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood, featuring a Eucharistic Procession and Benediction at the conclusion of the 10 a.m. Mass. During the Coffee Hour following we shall be hosting a farewell gathering for Cory MacLean, who will be leaving her position as Parish Administrator later in the summer. Please do make the effort to be present if you are able. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ
Deuteronomy 8:2-3
Psalm 116:10-17 
1 Corinthians 11:23-29
John 6:47-58

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Schola Cantorum – Today will be the choir’s last Sunday until the Fall. Thanks to James Busby and the Schola Cantorum for another season of splendid liturgical music.

Welcome back – to the Rev’d Martin Yost, who is taking the morning off from his duties at St. John’s, Newport, to assist at the 10 am Solemn Mass – a fitting way to help round off the program year here at S. Stephen’s.

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (June 24) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept this Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9 am and Low Mass at 9:30.

Sunday School Recognition
– Next Sunday 25 June at the 10 am Solemn Mass, we will recognize the students and teachers who participated in the Sunday School program this year. Please make every effort to attend.

Annual Parish Barbecue – is scheduled for next Sunday 25 June in the Great Hall, immediately following the 10 am Solemn Mass. We need volunteers to coordinate, help set up, to bring food and beverages, to work the grill, and to clean up. Please sign up on one of the sheets available in the narthex and Great Hall, or speak directly with an adult member of the Rejto or Benziger families.

Change to Daily Mass Schedule – Effective Saturday 1 July, the schedule for Saturday and federal Public Holidays will shift back a half hour to Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Mass at 10 am. Please make a note of the change.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Modu Johnson (20 June) and Julia Steiny (24 June).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Terry Wilkes (22 June 1999), Dorothy Van Slyck Eagles (23 June 1997), and Alfreida Louise Moore (24 June 1996); Recently Departed: The Rev. Carlson Gerdeau, OGS.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in the Northern Territory (Queensland, Australia): The Rt. Rev’d Greg Anderson; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the campers, counselors and staff of the Episcopal Conference Center as they begin another summer of fun and faith.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble SD F Pisaturo; Thurifers Z Painter, L Verdelotti; Crucifer J Ihnen; Torches L Rejto, G Benziger
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – E Drew, C Martel
Coffee Hour – N Gingrich & S Brazil

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Sunday 25 June

Annual Parish Barbecue (following the 10 am Mass)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 24 June

Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 18 June
CORPUS CHRISTI (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 6, Year One

Monday 19 June
Gervase and Protase (Gervasius and Protasius), Martyrs at Milan, 2nd cent. (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 20 June

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

Wednesday 21 June
Aloysius Gonzaga, Jesuit, 1591(G or W)

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 22 June
Alban, First Martyr in Britain, c. 304 (G, W or R)
Paulinus, Bishop of Nola, 431;

Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Martyrs, 1535 (or July 6)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 23 June
The Sacred Heart of Jesus (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 24 June

THE NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST (W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration 10 am

Sunday 25 June
THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (25 June)

Third Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 7, Year A
Jeremiah 20:7-13
Ps. 69: 8-11, (12-17),18-20
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39

Thursday, June 8, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 11 June 2017

Albrecht Durer, Throne of Mercy (Detail), 1511

FROM THE RECTOR

The biblically-based doctrine of the Holy Trinity teaches that the mystery at the heart of reality is communion. The three divine Persons of the Godhead each have a distinctive identity yet are united in relations of mutual love; and this love sets the pattern for all creation. As human beings we each have our distinct identity as individuals yet find the fulfillment of our being in loving relations of mutuality and reciprocity. In other words, we are made for life in community, precisely because we have been created in the image of the Triune God. Come join in the Church's celebration of this great mystery on Trinity Sunday. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Trinity Sunday – Year A 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eucharistic Adoration – This Saturday 17 June, 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. 

Change to Daily Mass Schedule – Effective Saturday 1 July, the schedule for Saturday and federal Public Holidays will shift back a half hour to Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Mass at 10 am. Please make a note of the change. 

Sunday School Recognition – On Sunday 25 June at the 10 am Solemn Mass, we will recognize the students and teachers who participated in the Sunday School program this year. Please make every effort to attend. 

Annual Parish Barbecue – is scheduled for Sunday 25 June in the Great Hall, immediately following the 10 am Solemn Mass. We need volunteers to coordinate, help set up, to bring food and beverages, to work the grill, and to clean up. 

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Charles Andrews & DeOnte Latimer (14 June), Jason Ashley (16 June).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Warren Davis Phillips (13 June 1986), Palmer Congdon (14 June 1989), Agnes McCoy (16 June 1989), and J. Carter Brown (17 June 2002); Recently Departed: The Rev. Carlson Gerdeau, OGS.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Northern California (VIII, The Episcopal Church): The Rt. Rev’d Barry Beisner; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of Trinity, Cranston; Trinity, Newport; Trinity, North Scituate; Holy Trinity, Tiverton; and St. Barnabas’, Warwick.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil SD Z Painter; Thurifer D Malo; Crucifer L Verdelotti; Torches C Sylvia, R Callanan
Lector – M Johnson
Ushers – J Chamberlin, N Gingrich
Coffee Hour – P Fuller, T Oakes, & K Vorbeck Williams

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 13 June
Vestry Meeting 7pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 17 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 11 June
TRINITY SUNDAY (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 5, Year One

Monday 12 June
Feria (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 13 June
Anthony of Padua, Priest & Doctor, 1231 (G or W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 14 June
Basil the Great, Bishop of Caesarea, 379 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 15 June
CORPUS CHRISTI (W)
Evelyn Underhill, Spiritual Writer, 1941
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 16 June
Joseph Butler, Bishop of Durham, 1752 (G or W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 17 June
Feria (G)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration 10 am

Sunday 18 June
TRINITY SUNDAY (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (18 June)

Corpus Christi Sunday 
Deuteronomy 8:2-3 
Psalm 116:10-17 
1 Corinthians 11:23-29
John 6:47-58

Friday, June 2, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 4 June 2017


Pentecost, Master of the Salem Heiligenaltar, end of 15th century
Warburg-Wolfegg Collection at Wolfegg Castle, Germany

FROM THE RECTOR

The Day of Pentecost marks the "birthday of the Church," when the Holy Spirit descended in tongues of flame alighting on the apostles and equipping them for their mission to the world. It is one of the principal holy days of the Church Calendar, a time of great rejoicing, and an opportunity to pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit's gifts in our own lives. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Whitsunday: The Day of Pentecost – Year A
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fr. Yost Farewell – Today we are bidding Godspeed to Fr. Martin C. Yost, SSC, who has been our Assistant Priest and Episcopal College Minister for the past two years, and who is now moving to Newport assist part-time at St. John’s Church. Please join us for a farewell presentation to him at Coffee Hour today following the 10 am Mass.

Society of St. Margaret Open House – The Sisters of St. Margaret invite the parish of S. Stephens for an Open House at their campus in Duxbury. All are welcome to come this afternoon from 3-5 pm to tour the Convent, Chapel and Farmhouse as well as the grounds and beach. Tea will be served in the Refectory and Evening Prayer will be sung at 5 pm in St. Margaret’s Chapel. We hope to see many of you this afternoon. Address: 50 Harden Hill Road, Duxbury, MA 02332, 781-934-9477 ext. 701.

Change to Daily Mass Schedule – Effective July 1, the schedule for Saturday and federal Public Holidays will shift back a half hour to Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Mass at 10 am. Please make a note of the change.

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

Sunday School Recognition – On Sunday 25 June at the 10 am Solemn Mass, we will recognize the students and teachers who participated in the Sunday School program this year. Please make every effort to attend.

Annual Parish Barbecue – is scheduled for Sunday 25 June in the Great Hall, immediately following the 10 am Solemn Mass. We need volunteers to coordinate, help set up, to bring food and beverages, to work the grill, and to clean up. We also need a dedicated individual to volunteer to provide overall leadership and coordination for this fun event. If you can step forward for this responsibility, please let Fr. Alexander or Cory MacLean know as soon as possible.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Jane Malone (8 June).

Ordination Anniversaries: The Rev. John D. Alexander (5 June 1993).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: William Milligan Sloan (4 June 1994), Cameron Duke Stebbins (4 June 1997), Sarah Elizabeth MacIntyre & Arthur Giglio (5 June 1990), and Arria Sargent Huntington (7 June 1996). Recently Departed: Carlson Gerdau, priest. Memorials: Nancy Donaldson Pettingell and Malcolm Donald Hyman, in whose memory the music of the Mass is given.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in North East India (North India): The Rt. Rev’d Michael Herenz; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of Church of the Holy Spirit, Charlestown; Grace Church, Providence; and St. Columba’s, Middletown.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC Z Painter SD J Ihnen; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer L Hooks; Torches G Benziger, V Johnson
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – P Barnes, K Benziger
Coffee Hour – T & C Bledsoe

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 10 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 4 June
WHITSUNDAY: THE DAY OF PENTECOST (R)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 4, Year One

Monday 5 June
Boniface, Archbishop of Mainz, Missionary, Martyr, 754 (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass (with prayers for June departed) 6 pm

Tuesday 6 June
Norbert, Archbishop of Magdeburg, 1134 (G or W)
Philip the Evangelist, Deacon, 1st century
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 7 June
Feria (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 8 June
William, Archbishop of York, 1154 (G or W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 9 June
Columba, Abbot of Iona, 597 (G or W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 10 June
Ephrem of Edessa, Deacon, 373 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Holy Rosary 10 am

Sunday 4 June
TRINITY SUNDAY (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (11 June)

Trinity Sunday – Year A
Genesis1:1--2:4a
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13:11-13
Matthew 28:16-20
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 28 May 2017

Ascension of Christ
Benvenuto Tisi da Garofalo, 1510-1520
Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Antica, Rome

FROM THE RECTOR

On the Sunday after Ascension we celebrate and reflect on the great mystery that the One who came down from heaven to share our human nature and to participate in every stage of human life -- from conception and birth to suffering and death -- has now ascended into heaven to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. In him, human nature itself has been healed, restored, forgiven, resurrected, and glorified. Where he has gone before us, we in turn hope to follow; because he has shared in our life in this world we have the promise of sharing in his life in the next. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Easter 7, Year A
Acts 1:6-14
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brown Commencement Sunday – This morning we offer Morning Prayer at 7:30 am, followed by Mass at 8 am and 10 am. Please note there will be no Coffee Hour following the 10 am Mass due to a Brown departmental ceremony being held in the Great Hall.

Memorial Day (May 29th) – As on all public holidays falling on Mondays, Low Mass tomorrow will be offered at 9:30 am, preceded by Morning Prayer at 9 am.

Confirmations at St. John’s, Newport – We are pleased to announce that Bishop Knisely will preside and preach at our two parishes’ joint celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (6:30 p.m. this Wednesday 31 May) and will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation. We will be presenting Brown senior Jacob Ihnen, who has recently been serving in the Altar Party, to be confirmed. Please plan on joining us for this exciting event.

Visitation – Please note that this Wednesday, in lieu of Evening Prayer and Low Mass in the Lady Chapel, the Feast of the Visitation will be celebrated at St. John’s Newport.

Society of Mary – will meet this Saturday 3 June for 9 am Morning Prayer, 9:30 Mass, then recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is invited.

Society of St. Margaret Open House – The Sisters of St. Margaret invite the parish of S. Stephens for an Open House at their campus in Duxbury. All are welcome to come next Sunday, June 4 from 3-5 pm to tour the Convent, Chapel and Farmhouse as well as the grounds and beach. Tea will be served in the Refectory and Evening Prayer will be sung at 5 pm in St. Margaret’s Chapel. We hope to see many of you on June 4th. Address: 50 Harden Hill Road, Duxbury, MA 02332, 781-934-9477 ext. 701. For directions, please contact the parish office.

Sunday School Recognition – On Sunday 25 June at the 10 am Solemn Mass, we will recognize the students and teachers who participated in the Sunday School program this year. Please make every effort to attend.

Annual Parish Barbecue – is scheduled for Sunday 25 June in the Great Hall, immediately following the 10 am Solemn Mass. We need volunteers to coordinate, help set up, to bring food and beverages, to work the grill, and to clean up. We also need a dedicated individual to volunteer to provide overall leadership and coordination for this fun event. If you can step forward for this responsibility, please let Fr. Alexander or Cory MacLean know as soon as possible.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Nancy Figliolini (28 May 2006), Agnes Maud Cliff (28 May 1986), Shirley Cook (29 May 2014), Grace Gerry Harris (31 May 1987), William Russell Halliwell (31 May 1995), Agnes Zendzian Laird (2 June 1991), Rosamond Hine (3 June 1998), and Janis Gay (3 June 1984). Recently Departed: The Rev. Peter D’Alesandre, the Rev. Edwin S. S. Sunderland.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the work of the Anglican Centre in Rome; and for the Church in Nike - (Enugu, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Evans Jonathan Ibeagha; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for those in the Armed Forces who have died in service to our country.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil SD D Malo; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer J Ihnen; Torches R Callanan, K Rejto
Lector – RG Noble
Ushers – G Ryan, J Steiny
Coffee Hour – No Coffee Hour due to Brown Commencement

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Saturday 3 June
Society of Mary (following Mass & Recitation of the Rosary)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Sunday 28 May
Brown University Departmental Ceremonies 2:30 pm

Saturday 3 June
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

28 May
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Daily Office Lectionary: Easter VII, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Easter VII

29 May
Monday in Easter VII (W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am

30 May
Tuesday in Easter VII (W)
Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

31 May
THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY TO ELIZABETH (W)
[Solemn Pontifical Mass at St. John’s, Newport, at 6:30 pm]

1 June
Thursday in Easter VII
Justin, Martyr at Rome, c. 167 (R)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

2 June
Friday in Easter VII (W)
Blandina and her Companions, the Martyrs of Lyons, 177
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

3 June
Saturday in Easter VII
The Martyrs of Uganda, 1885-1887 (R)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Holy Rosary 10 am

4 June
WHITSUNDAY: THE DAY OF PENTECOST (R)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (4 June)

Whitsunday: The Day of Pentecost, Year A
Acts 2:1-21
Psalm 104:25-35, 37
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
John 20:19-23 or John 7:37-39

Friday, May 19, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 21 May 2017

Saint Paul Preaching in Athens
Stained Glass, Cathedral of St. Giles, Edinburgh

FROM THE RECTOR

The Sunday before Ascension Day is traditionally kept as Rogation Sunday: a time of thanksgiving for God's Creation, recollection of our dependence on the cycles of the natural world, and prayer for rains and fruitful seasons. We take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to faithful stewardship of the Earth and all the natural goods that God has entrusted into our care. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome – to our guest celebrant and preacher at the 10 am Solemn Mass, Fr. Andrew, Mead, sometime Rector of the Church of the Advent, Boston, and St. Thomas, Fifth Avenue, New York City; and a long-time friend of S. Stephen’s.

Solemn Evensong & Benediction – This evening [Sunday 21 May] we offer Solemn Evensong & Benediction at 5:30 pm, with music of Harvey Burgett, William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, and Jehan Alain. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Ascension Evensong & Mass – Join us this Thursday 25 May at 5:30 pm, as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ with Evensong and Sung Mass in the Lady Chapel.

Brown Commencement Sunday – Next Sunday 28 May, we will offer Morning Prayer at 7:30 am, followed by Mass at 8 am and 10 am. Please note there will be no Coffee Hour following the 10 am Mass due to a Brown departmental ceremony being held in the Great Hall. You should be able to find parking within a few blocks of the church, but please note that there will be no parking allowed on George Street between Prospect and Thayer Streets. If you wish to drop someone off, please note that traffic on George Street will be one way from the west between Brown and Thayer only. The stretch between Benefit and Brown Streets will be blocked off, so you must approach from Brown Street.

Commencement Visitors – We are seeking volunteers willing to come on Friday 26 May and Saturday 27 May to sit in the church so that we may keep it open for visitors. If you would like to serve in this way, please let us know by sending email or calling the parish office at 421-6702, ext. 1.

Confirmations at St. John’s, Newport – We are pleased to announce that Bishop Knisely will preside and preach at our two parishes’ joint celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday 31 May) and will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please plan on joining in this exciting event.

Society of St. Margaret Open House – The Sisters of St. Margaret invite the parish of S. Stephens for an Open House at their campus in Duxbury, Massachusetts. All are welcome to come on Sunday, June 4th from 3-5 pm to tour the Convent, Chapel and Farmhouse as well as the grounds and beach. Tea will be served in the Refectory and Evening Prayer will be sung at 5 pm in St. Margaret’s Chapel. We hope to see many of you on June 4th. Address: 50 Harden Hill Road, Duxbury, MA 02332, 781-934-9477 ext. 701. For directions, please contact the parish office.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Davaughn Hooks (21 May), Bobby Rose (22 May), Rose Callanan (25 May).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Royal Martin Disley (21 May 2005) and Clinton Nickerson Williams II (21 May 1991); Recently Departed: The Rev. Peter D’Alesandre, the Rev. Edwin S. S. Sunderland.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Church in Ngbo (Enugu, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Christian Ebisike; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of Ascension/ la Iglesia de la Ascension, Cranston; Ascension Wakefield; and St. Augustine’s, Kingston.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble SD Z Painter; Thurifer L Hooks; Crucifer J Ihnen; Torches G Benziger, V Johnson
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – F Pisaturo, L Verdelotti
Coffee Hour – N Gingrich, S Brazil

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Sunday 21 May
Solemn Evensong Rehearsal (following 10 am coffee hour)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 27 May
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

Sunday 28 May
Brown University Commencement Ceremonies 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

14 May
THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Solemn Evensong & Benediction 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Easter VI, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Easter VI

22 May
Monday in Easter VI (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

23 May
Tuesday in Easter VI (W)
Vincent of Lerins, Priest, Teacher, 450
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

24 May
Wednesday in Easter VI (W)
Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States, 1870
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

25 May
THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm
Sung Evensong 5:30 pm
Sung Mass 6 pm

26 May
Friday in Easter VI (W)
Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, 1595
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

27 May
Saturday in Easter VI (W)
Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am

28 May
THE SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (28 May)

Seventh Sunday of Easter, Year A
Acts 1:6-14
Psalm 68:1-10, 33-36;
1 Peter 4:12-14, 5:6-11
John 17:1-11
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 14 May 2017

Saint Stephen
Hans Memling, c. 1480

FROM THE RECTOR

Happy Mother's Day! At its best, this secular observance reminds us what the old manuals of moral theology called the virtue of "filial piety" -- expressing due respect and gratitude for the gifts of life, nurture, upbringing, and education given us by our earthly parents. Since Mother's Day falls on a Sunday, it reminds us also that the Church is our Mother; and since May is Mary's month, we remember also the spiritual Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary's for all who have received adoption as brothers and sisters of our Lord Jesus Christ in Holy Baptism. We have much to celebrate. Let us keep the feast. 
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Easter 5, Year A
Acts 7:55-60
Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14:1-14

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Altar Flowers – today are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Tyrone Gingrich by Nancy Gingrich, and Edna Brazil by Susan Brazil. Flowers at the Shrine of Our Lady are given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Olive Drew and Dolores Malone, by Ernie Drew and Jane Malone.

Eucharistic Adoration – This Saturday 20 May, 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.

Solemn Evensong & Benediction – Next Sunday 21 May we will offer Solemn Evensong & Benediction at 5:30 pm, with music of Harvey Burgett, William Byrd, Francis Poulenc, and Jehan Alain. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Ascension Evensong & Mass – Join us on Thursday 25 May at 5:30 pm, as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ with Evensong and Sung Mass in the Lady Chapel.

Brown Commencement Sunday – On Sunday 28 May, we will offer Morning Prayer at 7:30 am, followed by Mass at 8 am and 10 am. Please note there will be no Coffee Hour following the 10 am Mass due to a Brown departmental ceremony being held in the Great Hall. You should be able to find parking within a few blocks of the church, but please note that there will be no parking allowed on George Street between Prospect and Thayer Streets. If you wish to drop someone off, please note that traffic on George Street will be one way from the west between Brown and Thayer only. The stretch between Benefit and Brown Streets will be blocked off, so you must approach from Brown Street.

Commencement Visitors – We are seeking volunteers who are willing to come on Friday 26 May and Saturday 27 May to sit in the church so that we may keep it open for visitors. If you would like to serve in this way, please let us know by sending email or calling the parish office at 421-6702, ext. 1.

Confirmations at St. John’s, Newport – We are pleased to announce that Bishop Knisely will preside and preach at our two parishes’ joint celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (6:30 p.m. on Wednesday 31 May) and will be administering the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please plan on joining us for this exciting event.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Hope Morse (18 May), Noah Butler-Rose (19 May), Andrew Grover and Kathleen MacLean (20 May).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: David A. Ross and Elizabeth Kellum (18 May 1997), Janice Dobson (19 May 2000), Elise Jackson Steedman (19 May 1985), Tyrone Gingrich (19 May 2014), Martha S. Fearson (20 May 1987, and Allen Burnett Williams (20 May 2010); Those in whose memory today’s flowers are given: Tyrone Gingrich, Edna Brazil, Olive Drew, and Dolores Malone.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for New Jersey (II, The Episcopal Church): The Rt. Rev’d William Stokes; and in the Diocesan Cycle of prayer, please pray for the Diocesan Council, Standing Committee and those who serve on our diocesan governing committees.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC D Malo SD F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer K Hooks; Torches L Rejto, C Sylvia
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – S Brazil, B Lennihan
Coffee Hour – A Huff/Sunday School

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Sunday 14 May
Solemn Evensong Rehearsal (following 10 am coffee hour)

Tuesday 16 May
Vestry Meeting 7 pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 20 May
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

14 May
THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Evening Prayer with EMBR* 5:30 pm

Daily Office Lectionary: Easter V, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Easter V

15 May
Monday in Easter V (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

16 May
Tuesday in Easter V (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

17 May
Wednesday in Easter V (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

18 May
Thursday in Easter V (W)
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

19 May
Friday in Easter V (W)
Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
Angelus 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

20 May
Saturday in Easter V (W)
Morning Prayer 9 am
Low Mass 9:30 am
Eucharistic Adoration 10 am

21 May
THE SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (W)
Morning Prayer 7:30 am
Low Mass 8 am
Solemn Mass 10 am
Solemn Evensong & Benediction 5:30 pm

*EMBR=Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (21 May)

Easter 6, Year A
Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14:15-21