Monday, July 24, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 30 July 2017


Saint Matthew as Scribe
Lindisfarne Gospels, c. 700

FROM THE RECTOR

In this Sunday's Gospel our Lord tells his disciples a series of "Parables of the Kingdom," culminating in his intriguing dictum "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the Kingdom of Heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure what is old and what is new." What is the old and what is the new? Join us this Sunday as we explore what it means to be a "scribe trained for the Kingdom of Heaven."
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 12, Year A
1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Organist – Please welcome Jeffrey Mills again this morning, as he fills in for James Busby, who is on vacation.

Summer Patronal Festival – on Thursday 3 August at the 12:10 am Low Mass, we will celebrate the Feast of the Finding of the Relics of Saint Stephen. For churches such as our own dedicated to Saint Stephen, this feast sometimes serves as a second patronal festival in addition to Saint Stephen's Day on December 26th. Those who desire to venerate the Relic will have the opportunity to do so following the Mass.

Society of Mary – will meet this Saturday 5 August for 9:30 am Morning Prayer and 10 am Mass, followed by recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is invited.

Sunday 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.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Rollin Bartlett (30 July) and Nancy Anderson Gingrich (31 July).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Anillo William Esposito (31 July 1985); Esther Lahiff-Naylor (1 August 1989(, Theresa Jarvis (4 August 2011); Recently Departed: Yolanda Pisaturo.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Pennsylvania, The Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel; and Pittsburgh, The Rt. Rev. Dorsey W.M. McConnell; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of Amazing Grace at the ACI.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Torches L Hooks, R Noble
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – C Martel, S Brazil
Coffee Hour – E Hooks & L Latimer

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 5 August
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 30 July
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 12, Year One

Monday 31 July
Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus, 1556 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 1 August
Alphonsus Liguori, Teacher 1787 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 2 August
Feria (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 3 August
FINDING OF THE RELICS OF SAINT STEPHEN, 415 (R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 4 August
Jean-Baptiste Vianney, Cure d'Ars, 1859 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 5 August
Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642 (G or R)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 6 August
TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (6 August)

The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ
Exodus 34:29-35
2 Peter 1:13-21
Luke 9:28-36

Thursday, July 20, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 23 July 2017

The Devil Sowing Tares
Attributed to Abraham Bloemaert, 1566-1651

FROM THE RECTOR

Is the Church a society of saints or a hospital for sinners? Based on his reading of this Sunday's Gospel, Saint Augustine of Hippo in the fourth century described it as a "mixed field" of wheat and weeds (or "tares") growing together until the final harvest. Join us this Sunday as we engage this intriguing parable of our Lord. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 11, Year A
Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Organist – Please welcome Jeffrey Mills again this morning, as he fills in for James Busby, who is on vacation.

Saint James the Apostle (July 25) – a major feast of the church year, will be kept on Tuesday with Noonday Prayer at 12 noon, and Low Mass at 12:10.

Newport Fast Ferry Trip
– the Society of Mary is sponsoring a day’s excursion to Newport on the Fast Ferry this Saturday 29 July, departing Providence at 9:30 am, and departing Newport for the return trip to Providence at 5 pm. During our time in Newport we will attend at organ recital at St. John’s Church at 11:45 am. Then we’re on our own for lunch, sightseeing, and shopping for the afternoon. All are welcome and invited to join us: please make your reservations and pay for your tickets directly at www.seastreak.com.

Sunday 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.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Prayers have been requested for: Townsend, Norman, John, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, Mark, Mettie, 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: Arthur Bledsoe (23 July). Birthdays last week: Ed Hooks (16 July), Luke Tessier (17 July), Fr. Harrington Gordon (19 July), Molly Bledsoe and Tatjana Johnson (21 July).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Helen W. Williams (28 July 1996); Recently Departed: Yolanda Pisaturo.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Osun North East (Ibadan, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Humphery Olumakaiye; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for rthe leadership and people of St. James, North Providence, St. James, Woonsocket, and St.Ann’s by-the-Sea, Block Island

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC Z Painter; Thurifer R Noble; Torches J Ihnen, L Rejto
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – P Barnes, L Verdelotti
Coffee Hour – N Gingrich, S Brazil

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 29 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 23 July
SEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 24 July
Thomas à Kempis, Priest, 1471 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 25 July
SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE (R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 26 July
Anne and Joachim, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 27 July
Feria (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 28 July
Samson of Dol, Bishop, Abbot, 565 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 29 July
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 30 July
EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (30 July)

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost  – Proper 12, Year A
1 Kings 3:5-12
Psalm 119:129-136
Romans 8:26-39
Matthew 13:31-33,44-52
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 16 July 2017

Vincent Van Gogh, The Sower, 1888

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's Gospel comprises the delightful Parable of the Sower. As Jesus interprets the parable, the seed sown is the Word of God; the types of ground on which it falls are the hearers who receive and respond to God's Word in different ways. The "good soil" is the one who "hears the word and understands it; he indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case, a hundredfold, in another sixty, and another thirty." Hearing, understanding, bearing fruit -- that is the threefold challenge of this Gospel parable for us today. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 10, Year A
Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:(1-8) 9-14
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene (July 22) – a major feast day of the church year, will be celebrated this Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10 am.

Newport Fast Ferry Trip — the Society of Mary is sponsoring a day’s excursion to Newport on the Fast Ferry on Saturday 29 July, departing Providence at 9:30 am, and departing Newport for the return trip to Providence at 5 pm. During our time in Newport we will attend at organ recital at St. John’s Church at 11:45 am. Then we’re on our own for lunch, sightseeing, and shopping for the afternoon. All are welcome and invited to join us: please make your reservations and pay for your tickets directly at www.seastreak.com.

Sunday 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.

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: Jason Ashley (16 July) and Modu Johnson (20 July).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: John Austin MacIntyre, Sr. (16 July 1992), Georgia Merrill Wray. (20 July 1983), James H. Hurn (20 July 1987), Louis Garland Davis (21 July 2009), and Houghton P. Metcalf (22 July 2003).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Ontario (Ontario, Canada): The Rt. Rev’d George Lindsey Russell Bruce; Coadjutor Bishop (Ontario, Canada): The Rt. Rev’d Michael Oulton; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for retired clergy of the Diocese.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble; Thurifer J Ihnen; Torches Z Painter, L Verdelotti
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – P Pettingell, J Steiny
Coffee Hour – Rejto/Elliot Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 22 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 16 July
SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 10, Year One

Monday 17 July
Feria (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 18 July
Elizabeth Ferrard, Founder of the Community of Saint Andrew, 1883 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 19 July
Macrina, Deaconess, Teacher, c. 379 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 20 July
Margaret of Antioch, Martyr, 4th century (G or R)
Bartolomé de las Casas, Bishop of Chiapas, Mexico, 1566

Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 21 July
Feria (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 22 July
SAINT MARY MAGDALENE (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 23 July

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

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (23 July)

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost  – Proper 11, Year A
Wisdom 12:13,16-19 or Isaiah 44:6-8
Psalm 86:11-17
Romans 8:12-25
Matthew 13:24-30,36-43

Friday, July 7, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 9 July 2017

"Yet Wisdom is justified by her deeds ..." (Matt. 11:19)
Kiev Icon of Holy Wisdom, c. 1812

FROM THE RECTOR

For many of us, perhaps, the summer represents a time of eagerly anticipated and well deserved rest. This Sunday's Gospel reminds us that our Lord is the source and goal of all true rest: "Come to me all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, and you will find rest for your souls. ..." Join us for this Sunday for Mass, where the sabbath rest of the People of God anticipates the eternal rest promised us in heaven. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 9, Year A

Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-15
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Newport Fast Ferry Trip
— the Society of Mary is sponsoring a day’s excursion to Newport on the Fast Ferry on Saturday 29 July, departing Providence at 9:30 am, and departing Newport for the return trip to Providence at 5 pm. During our time in Newport we will attend at organ recital at St. John’s Church at 11:45 am. Then we’re on our own for lunch, sightseeing, and shopping for the afternoon. All are welcome and invited to join us: please make your reservations and pay for your tickets directly at www.seastreak.com.

Sunday 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.

Change to Daily Mass Schedule – Effective Saturday 1 July, the schedule for Saturday and federal Public Holidays has shifted 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: Elizabeth Alexander (9 July) and Laura Rejto (15 July).

The faithful departed:
Year’s Mind: Marion Higgins (10 July 2000), and Hamilton Webb (11 July 2011); Recently Departed: Elizabeth Martins.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer
– In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Okinawa (Japan): The Rt. Rev’d David Eisho Uehara; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Congregational Development Commission and those in the diocese who work to support our congregations.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC Z Painter; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Torches L Hooks, J Ihnen
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – B Lennihan, G Ryan
Coffee Hour – K Vorbeck Williams, T Oakes, and P Fuller

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 15 July

Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE


Sunday 9 July
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 9, Year One


Monday 10 July

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

Tuesday 11 July
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot, Father of Western Monasticism, Patron of Europe, c. 550 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 12 July
Feria (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 13 July
Feria (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 14 July

Feria (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 15 July

Bonaventure, Friar, Bishop, Teacher, 1274 (G or W)
Swithun, Bishop of Winchester, c. 862
Vladimir of Kiev, first Christian ruler in Russia, 1015

Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 16 July

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

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (16 July)


Sixth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 10, Year A

Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm 65:(1-8) 9-14
Romans 8:1-11
Matthew 13:1-9,18-23
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 2 July 2017

Michelangelo, The Prophet Jeremiah
Sistine Chapel, 1508-1512

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's Scripture readings highlight the theme of prophets sent by God to speak his Word to the people. The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah presents a test of the authenticity of those who claim to be prophets: "As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it shall be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet." In the Gospel reading, commissioning his disciples to go forth and preach, Jesus affirms his presence in and with those whom he sends: "He who receives you receives me, and he who received me receives him who sent me." Together, these readings challenge us to examine with a discerning eye how we receive and relate to those sent to us in the Name of God. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fourth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 8, Year A
Jeremiah 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commemoration of July Departed – Those on the parish Year’s Mind list whose anniversaries fall during July will be prayed for at the Mass tomorrow evening, Monday 3 July 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.

Guest Organist – We welcome Jeffrey Mills as guest organist this morning, while James Busby is on vacation.

Independence Day – as on all federal public holidays, the schedule on Tuesday 4 July will be Morning Prayer at 9:30 and Low Mass at 10 am, so that those attending these services (or conducting them) may have the rest of the day free.

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.

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: Jack Tessier (5 July).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Georgiana Kincaid (2 July 2013), Charles A. Kilvert (4 July 2000), and Albert S. Cook (7 July 1998); Recently Departed: Elizabeth Martins.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Ogori-Magongo (Lokoja, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Festus Davies, and Ohaji/Egbema (Owerri, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Chidi Collins Oparaojiaku; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for our country, the President and all in civil authority, for Congress and the Courts of Justice, and for sound Government.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen; Thurifer J Starks; Torches L Rejto, C Sylvia
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – T Oakes, P Pettingell
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary


THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 8 July
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 2 July
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 8, Year One

Monday 3 July
Feria
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6 pm (Black)

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

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

Thursday 6 July
Thomas More, Scholar, and John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, Martyrs, 1535 (or June 22) (G or R)
Sexburga, Abbess of Ely, 699
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

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

Saturday 8 July
Aquila and Priscilla, Companions of Saint Paul, 1st century (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 9 July
FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (9 July)

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 9, Year A
Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm 145:8-15
Romans 7:15-25a
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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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 28:5-9
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
Romans 6:12-23
Matthew 10:40-42

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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