Thursday, September 21, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 24 September 2017

The Prophet Jonah Asleep under the Vine
Detail of Manuscript Illumination
Menologion of Basil II, Eleventh Century

FROM THE RECTOR

God's generosity can be outrageous, even scandalous. That's how the prophet Jonah sees things in this Sunday's Old Testament reading when God forgives the inhabitants of Nineveh and spares them destruction for their sins. The workers who have toiled all day in the vineyard in this Sunday's Gospel similarly grumble at their employer's generosity to those who worked only part of the day. These readings explore the balance between God's justice and God's mercy, and warn us against envy at God's blessings bestowed on others. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20, Year A

Jonah 3:10-4:11
Psalm 145:1-8
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choir Season – begins on Sunday 1 October with the Feast of the Dedication. Brochures listing the music of the 2017-2018 Choir Season were mailed out this past week. Extra copies are available in the narthex. Please take and distribute them freely.

Recital for Organ and Voice – On Sunday 22 October, there will be a recital for organ and voice featuring our own James Busby and a visiting voice artist, Maggie Finnegan. Flyers for the event are included in this Sunday’s Kalendar. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief
– to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and in Florida, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development by following this link. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" or “Hurricane Irma Relief” in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Mexico Earthquake Relief – Episcopal Relief & Development has reached out to church partners after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rocked the central part of Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, causing major damage and destruction. This is the second major earthquake to hit Mexico this month. Donations to the International Disaster Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development support people impacted by these two earthquakes in Mexico. You can donate by following this link.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Nave Flooring Project
– We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays: William Ripley (Saturday 9/30)

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Ernest A. Elderkin (24 September 1991), Ann Marie Starks (25 September 2010), and Donald B. Ward (26 September 1996); Recently Departed: Derek Hall.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Southeast Florida: The Rt Revd Peter David Eaton; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Michael's, Bristol.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble; Thurifer Z Painter; Torches K Retjo, G Benziger
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – Frank Pisaturo and Louis Verdelotti
Coffee Hour – Ed, Leana, and Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 30 September
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 24 September
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

Monday 25 September
Sergei of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher, 1392 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 26 September
Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 27 September
Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 28 September
Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, Martyr, 929 (G or R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 29 September
SAINT MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 30 September
Jerome, Translator of the Scriptures, Teacher, 420 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 1 October
THE FEAST OF THE DEDICATION (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (1 October)

The Feast of the Dedication
1 Kings 8:22-30
Psalm 84:1-6
1 Peter 2:1-5, 9
Matthew 21:12-16
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Friday, September 15, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 17 September 2017

Icon of the Patriarch Joseph

FROM THE RECTOR

Forgiveness is one of the most challenging demands of the Christian life. How do we overcome the instinct to seek retribution for injuries suffered? In this Sunday's Old Testament reading the Patriarch Joseph forgives his brothers who sold him into slavery in Egypt many years before. In the Gospel Jesus tells Peter that he must be willing to forgive "not seven times, but seventy times seven," and then tells the parable of the Unforgiving Servant as a warning against failure to forgive. Please join as at Mass this Sunday as we explore this theme together. 
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19, Year A 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Choir Season – begins on Sunday 1 October with the Feast of the Dedication. Brochures listing the music of the 2017-2018 Choir Season were mailed out this past week. Extra copies are available in the narthex. Please take and distribute them freely.

Hurricane Harvey and Irma Relief – to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast and in Florida, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development by following this link. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" or “Hurricane Irma Relief” in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays: Dolores Bliss (Friday 9/22)

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Hana Widmer (21 September 2010) and June M. Gaudet (23 September 2000); Recently Departed: Derek Hall, Phebe E.A. Jacobs, and Stephen Powers, Priest.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Sodor & Man (York, England): The Rt Revd Peter Eagles; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of Sts. Matthew and Mark, Barrington and of St. Matthew's, Jamestown.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Torches G Benziger, V Johnson
Lector – M Johnson
Ushers – Phoebe Pettingell and Zac Painter
Coffee Hour – Modu and Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 23 September 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 17 September
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

Monday 18 September
Edward Bouverie Pusey, Priest, Tractarian, 1882 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Tuesday 19 September
Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury, 690 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 20 September
John Coleridge Patteson, First Bishop of Melanesia, and Companions, Martyrs, 1871 (G or R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Thursday 21 September
SAINT MATTHEW, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST (R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 22 September
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 23 September
Linus, Pope, c. 78 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 24 September
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Sung Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (24 September)

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 20, Year A 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 10 September 2017

The Prophet Ezekiel
Theophanes of Crete
Fresco, 1535-1536, Pantrokrator Monastery, Mount Athos

FROM THE RECTOR

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have a good opportunity to recommit ourselves to faithful attendance at Sunday Mass during the coming program year. This Sunday's readings address the theme of reconciliation. The Prophet Ezekiel is sent to call the People of Israel to be reconciled to God. Jesus gives his disciples instructions on reconciliation when one brother or sister sins against another member of the Body. The Church is called to the work of the reconciliation of all people to God and to one another. No task is more urgent in our time.
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost  – Proper 18, Year A
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hurricane Harvey Relief – to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas/Louisiana Gulf Coast, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development by following this link. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Monthly Requiem – for the departed of this parish whose year’s mind falls during September will be offered Monday 11 September 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.

Weekday Mass Cancellations this Week -- Fr. Alexander will be out of town Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week attending (and giving the meditations at) the annual Synod of the Society of the Holy Cross in Belleville, Illinois, so the regularly scheduled Masses at S. Stephen's on those days regrettably must be canceled. However, lay officiants will conduct Noonday Prayer on Tuesday (the 12th) and Thursday (the 14th) at 12 noon; and Evening Prayer on 5:30 pm on Wednesday (the 13th). Those desiring to attend Mass for Holy Cross Day on Thursday 14 September are invited to St. John's, Newport, for Evening Prayer and Mass beginning at 5:30 pm.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

The faithful departed:
Year’s Mind: Mary J. Seamans (10 September 1987), Michele Leighton (11 September 2009), James F. Littlefield (13 September 1986), Margaret Chase (13 September 1998), and George R. Finch (13 September 2009); Recently Departed: Stephen Powers, Priest, and Phebe E.A. Jacobs.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for The Most Revd James Richard Wong Yin Song, Archbishop, Province of Indian Ocean & Bishop of the Seychelles; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of Holy Cross, Middletown and of Church of the Redeemer, Providence.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Thurifer Z Painter; Torches R Callanan, L Retjo
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – Bruce Lennihan and George Ryan
Coffee Hour – Karl and Klara

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS, & MEETINGS


Wednesday 13 September
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team 7 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 15 September
Reformed University Fellowship 5 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 16 September
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE


Sunday 10 September
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 11 September
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6 pm (Black)

Tuesday 12 September
John Henry Hobart, Bishop of New York, 1830 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Wednesday 13 September
John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407 
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm

Thursday 14 September
HOLY CROSS DAY
Noonday Prayer 12 noon

Friday 15 September
Our Lady of Sorrows (G or Blue)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 16 September
Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage and Martyr, 258, and Cornelius, Pope and Martyr, 253 (R)
Ninian, Bishop of Galloway, Apostle of the Picts, c. 432
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 17 September
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (17 September)


Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 19, Year A
Genesis 50:15-21
Psalm 103:8-13
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 3 September 2017

Contemporary Icon of Jesus and Peter

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's Gospel features the poignant exchange in which Peter remonstrates with Jesus for predicting that he must go to Jerusalem, suffer many things, be killed and on the third day rise again. Jesus responds harshly: "Get behind me, Satan," making clear that Peter's objection is nothing less than a temptation to abandon his mission. Then speaking to the disciples, Jesus utters his famous saying: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me." Preaching about the cost of discipleship is not often recommended as a strategy for evangelism and church growth. Yet the paradox of the Gospel is that we only gain our lives by laying them down in the Lord's service. Join us this Sunday as we explore this mystery of dying and rising in Christ. – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 17, Year A

Jeremiah 15:15-21
Psalm 26:1-8
Romans 12:9-21
Matthew 16:21-28

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Organist – We welcome Daryl Bichel at the organ again today while James Busby is on vacation.

Public Holiday Schedule – On Labor Day (Monday), we will hold Morning Prayer at 9:30 am, with Low Mass following at 10:00 am.

Monthly Requiem – Due to Labor Day weekend, the Monthly Requiem for the departed of this parish whose year’s mind falls during September will be offered Monday 11 September 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

Hurricane Harvey Relief -- to contribute to the Episcopal Church's relief operations on the Texas / Louisiana Gulf Coast, we are invited to donate directly online via the Episcopal Relief and Development website at http://www.episcopalrelief.org/hurricane-harvey-response. Alternatively, checks may be written payable to "Episcopal Charities Fund of RI" with "Hurricane Harvey Relief" in the memo line and mailed to Episcopal Charities, 275 North Main Street, Providence, RI 02903. Thank you for your generosity in helping those afflicted.

Society of Mary -- This month's meeting has been postponed to this Saturday, September 9, beginning with Holy Rosary following the 10 a.m. Mass and a brief meeting to follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited to join us.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Sunday Eight O'Clock Service – During the months of July and August, the Sunday 8 o'clock Mass has begun with an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer followed immediately by the Eucharist. Regular attendees of the 8 o'clock Mass are welcome and invited to discuss with the Rector how they have found this change before we set about making it permanent. Fr. Alexander will be glad to hear thoughts about it following the 8 am Masses over the coming several Sundays.

Nave Flooring Project
– We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Malcolm Donald Hyman (4 September 2009), Alan Peter Maynard, Priest (7 September 2006); Recently Departed: Phebe Jacobs, Townsend Cass, Russell Langworthy, Jan Wantland, and Stephen Powers, Priest.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in San Diego: The Rt Revd James Mathes, and in San Joaquin: The Rt Revd Chester Talton and The Rt Revd David Rice; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for a blessing upon all human labor and for those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Thurifer J Starks; Torches F Pisaturo, K Retjo
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – B Lennihan, L Verdelotti
Coffee Hour – The Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS, & MEETINGS


Wednesday 6 September
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team 7 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 8 September
Reformed University Fellowship 5 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 9 September
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 3 September
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 4 September
Birinus, Bishop of Dorchester, Apostle of Wessex, 650 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 pm

Tuesday 5 September
Boris & Gleb (Romanus & David), Princes, Martyrs, 1015 (G or R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 6 September
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 7 September
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 8 September
THE BIRTH OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (W or Blue)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 9 September

Charles Fuge Lowder, Priest, Founder of the Society of the Holy Cross, 1880;
Constance, Nun, and Companions, 1878 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am
Holy Rosary 10:30 am

Sunday 10 September
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (10 September)

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 18, Year A
Ezekiel 33:7-11
Psalm 119:33-40
Romans 13:8-14
Matthew 18:15-20
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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 27 August 2017


Pietro Perugini, Delivery of the Keys to Saint Peter, 1480

FROM THE RECTOR

In this Sunday's Gospel, Peter confesses Jesus to be the Messiah, the Christ, and Jesus in turn proclaims Peter the rock on whom he will build his Church and to whom he will entrust the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Come join us at Mass this Sunday as we explore the implications of this exchange for the life of the Church in our own day. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 16, Year A 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Guest Organist – we welcome Daryl Bichel at the organ today while James Busby is on vacation.

Epiphany Soup Kitchen (ESK) Fundraiser – a gathering to generate publicity for ESK and raise funds towards purchase of a new freezer will be held at the Portuguese-American Social Club, 32 Sheldon Street, Providence, Thursday 28 September from 6 pm to 8 pm. The event includes appetizers and cash bar. Tickets are $20 and are available today from Susan Brazil or Bruce Lennihan.

Society of Mary – will meet on Saturday 2 September for Holy Rosary following the 10 a.m. Mass. A short meeting will follow in the Great Hall. (This meeting has now been postponed to next Saturday, 9 September.)

Sunday Eight O'Clock Service – During the months of July and August, the Sunday 8 o'clock Mass has begun with an abbreviated form of Morning Prayer followed immediately by the Eucharist. Regular attendees of the 8 o'clock Mass are welcome and invited to discuss with the Rector how they have found this change before we set about making it permanent. Fr. Alexander will be glad to hear thoughts about it following the 8 am Masses over the coming several Sundays.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

New Lights – Meanwhile, overhead, you may notice new lights shining in the hanging lanterns in the nave. These LED bulbs give increased light at greatly reduced energy usage and cost. We hope that they make an improvement.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Simon Newby (29 August)

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Eleanor Fayerweather (30 August 1992), and Robert Thomas McElligott (2 September 1989); Recently Departed: Townsend Cass, Jan Wantland.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Ruvuma (Tanzania): The Rt. Rev’d Maternus Kapinga; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for students and leaders of our campus ministries at URI and Brown/RISD.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Torches R Callanan, V Johnson
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – E Drew, T Oakes
Coffee Hour – The Rejto / Elliot Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 2 September 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 27 August
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 28 August
Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6 pm 

Tuesday 29 August
Beheading of John the Baptist (G or R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 30 August
Charles Chapman Grafton, Bishop of Fond du Lac, 1912 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 31 August
Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 1 September
Giles of Provence, Hermit, c. 710 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 2 September
The Martyrs of Papua New Guinea, 1942 (G or R)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 3 September
THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (3 September)

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 17, Year A 
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 20 August 2017

Jesus and the Canaanite Woman
Serbian fresco, 14th century

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's Gospel (from Saint Matthew) features the Canaanite woman from the region of Tyre and Sidon who approaches Jesus seeking healing for her daughter. While many things can be said about this story, it is clear that Matthew holds up this woman as a model of perseverance in prayer. She persists in asking Jesus for what she needs in the face of his initial silence and then his apparent rudeness in refusing her request. In this way she challenges us to remain faithful in worship and prayer, confident that God always grants us what we truly need in the end. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 15, Year A
Isaiah 56:1, 6-8
Psalm 67
Romans 11:1-2a,29-32
Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saint Bartholomew the Apostle (August 24th) – a major feast of the church year, will be kept on Thursday with Noonday Prayer at 12 pm, followed by Low Mass.

A Gentle Reminder on Building Security – If you are working at the Church or Guild House in any capacity, please be sure to shut all windows and turn off all lights, fans, and other appliances in the areas where you have been working before you leave, and check to make sure doors are locked and firmly latched as you depart.

Sunday Eight O'Clock Service – During the months of July and August, the Sunday 8 o'clock Mass begins 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.

Nave Flooring Project – We are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Crystal Malone-Drew & Joel McCoy (21 August), and Patricia Barnes (26 August).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Frank B. Mauk (20 August 1987), Edith Woolsey Nutt (22 August 2005), Robert E. Latham (23 August 1999), Phoebe Robertson (23 August 2016), Thomas Edward Goode (24 August 1991), Florence Thorpe (24 August 1994), and Sheila Kathleen Beresford (26 August 1986); Recently Departed: Townsend Cass.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Rochester (USA) (II, The Episcopal Church): The Rt. Rev’d Prince Singh; Rochester (Canterbury, England) The Rt. Rev’d James Langstaff; and Rochester (Canterbury, England); and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for For the Commission on Ministry and members of our diocese who walk with those discerning the ministries to which God calls them.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC J Ihnen; Thurifer F Pisaturo; Torches V Johnson, C Sylvia
Lector – M Johnson
Ushers – T Bledsoe, S Newby
Coffee Hour – S Brazil, N Gingrich

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Wednesday 23 August
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Committee 7 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 26 August
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 20 August
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 21 August
Jane Frances de Chantal, Founder of the Order of the Visitation, 1641 (G or W)
Abraham of Smolensk, Abbot, 1221

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm

Tuesday 22 August

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (G or Blue)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 23 August
Rose of Lima, Dominican Nun, 1617 (G or W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 24 August

SAINT BARTHOLOMEW THE APOSTLE (R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 25 August
Louis, King of France, 1270 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 26 August
Dominic Barberi, Priest, Religious, Missionary, 1849 (G or W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 27 August
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (27 August)

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 16, Year A
Isaiah 51:1-6
Psalm 138
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 13 August 2017

Saint Peter Attempting to Walk on Water,
Cathédrale Saint-Louis, Versailles
François Boucher, 1766

FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday's readings describe crises of faith. The Prophet Elijah flees to Mount Horeb and complains to God that the nation of Israel has abandoned its religion and "I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life, to take it away." In response, God manifests his presence in wind, earthquake, and fire; but then speaks to Elijah in "a still, small voice." In the Gospel Jesus comes walking over the storm-tossed Sea of Galilee to his disciples in their wave-beaten boat, but when Peter gets out of the boat and attempts to walk on the water to Jesus his faith falters and he starts to sink beneath the waves, crying out, "Lord, save me." In both cases, the Lord gives decisive reassurance of his promises of salvation -- not only in the midst of the storm but even more in the calm that follows. Come join us at Mass this Sunday as we explore the drama of these crises and the peace passing understanding that only God can give. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 14, Year A 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Feast of the Assumption – This Tuesday 15 August, we will keep the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Evensong and Sung Mass commencing at 5:30 pm in our Lady Chapel as part of our series of joint celebrations with St. John’s, Newport. The preacher will be the Rev. Deacon Buck Close. All are welcome and invited to attend. Noonday Prayer will be said as usual at 12 noon, but the regularly scheduled 12:10 Low Mass will not be offered.

Nave Flooring Project -- we are pleased to announce that over the coming few months the entire tile floor under the pews will be covered over with a layer of birch paneling that will vastly improve the church's appearance and create a smooth surface underfoot. This project will not impact our Sunday worship schedule; but please exercise all due care and avoid any areas that have been cordoned off for this construction.

Sunday Eight O'Clock Service – During the months of July and August, the Sunday 8 o'clock Mass begins 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.

A Gentle Reminder on Building Security – If you are working at the Church or Guild House in any capacity, please be sure to shut all windows and turn off all lights, fans, and other appliances in the areas where you have been working before you leave, and check to make sure doors are locked and firmly latched as you depart.

FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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

Birthdays this week: Phoebe Pettingell (14 August), Patricia Fuller (15 August), and Bruce Lennihan (17 August).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: J. Thomas Kershaw (14 August 2001), C. Jane Latham (14 August 2016), Myra F. Craven and Naomi Lane Babson Grieder (15 August 1985), and Sybil Moss (16 August 2006); Recently Departed: Townsend Cass, Mettie Fisher, Russell Langworthy.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Remo (Lagos, Nigeria): The Rt. Rev’d Michael Fape; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of St. Mary’s, Portsmouth; St. Mary’s, East Providence; and for the leadership, staff, and students of St. Mary’s Home for Children.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble; Thurifer J Starks; Torches L Rejto, TBA
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – Z Painter, F Pisaturo
Coffee Hour – T & C Bledsoe

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 19 August
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 13 August
TENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

Monday 14 August
Maximilian Kolbe, Friar, Martyr, 1941 (G or R)
Jonathan Myrick Daniels, Seminarian, Civil Rights Worker, Martyr, 1965
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6 pm 

Tuesday 15 August
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
(Please note: no Low Mass at 12:10 pm)
Evensong 5:30 pm
Sung Mass 6 pm

Wednesday 16 August
Stephen, King of Hungary, 1038 (G or W) 
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 17 August
Feria (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 18 August
Feria (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 19 August
Feria (G)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 20 August
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (20 August)

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 15, Year A 
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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 6 August 2017

The Transfiguration
Contemporary Coptic Orthodox Icon


FROM THE RECTOR

In The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, when a major feast falls on a Sunday, it is normally transferred to the first open day in the week that follows. The reason is that the celebration of the Lord's Day normally takes precedence over anything else. But the Transfiguration (August 6) is one of the three major feast days that take precedence over a Sunday on which they fall. (The other two are The Holy Name and the Presentation.) These rules may seem arcane but they are the Church's way of telling us that something not-to-be-missed is being commemorated on these days: something more important and exciting than anything else that might be going on.

At the Transfiguration, Jesus takes his disciples Peter, James, and John up on a mountain to pray. There they witness his appearance changed as he shines with the light of divine glory. The Old Testament prophets Moses and Elijah appear with him,  and a voice from heaven proclaims "This is my Son, my Chosen, listen to him!" This revelation of our Lord's divine glory is certainly something exciting, something not to be missed. Please join us as we celebrate this wonderful mystery this Sunday.
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ
Exodus 34:29-35
Psalm 99
2 Peter 1:13-21
Luke 9:28-36

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Commemoration of August Departed – Those on the parish Year’s Mind list whose anniversaries fall during August will be prayed for at the Requiem Mass tomorrow evening, Monday 7 August 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.

Assumption – On Tuesday 15 August, we will keep the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Evensong and Sung Mass commencing at 5:30 pm in our Lady Chapel. All are welcome and invited to attend.

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

Birthdays this week: Catherine Bledsoe (12 August).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Frances Cecilia Lawton (9 August 1983); Recently Departed: Townsend Cass, Mettie Fisher, Yolanda Pisaturo.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the church in Puerto Rico (XI, The Episcopal Church): The Rt. Rev’d Wilfrido Ramos Orench; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the leadership and people of Church of the Transfiguration, Cranston, of Christ Church, Lincoln, and of Christ Church, Westerly.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Thurifer Z Painter; Torches C Sylvia, L Verdelotti
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – S Newby, N Gingrich
Coffee Hour – M Johnson & Family

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

Monday 7 August
John Mason Neale, Priest, Scholar, Hymn Writer, 1866
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6 pm (B)

Tuesday 8 August
Dominic, Friar, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 9 August
Herman of Alaska, Missionary, 1837 (G or W)
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Nun, Martyr, Patron of Europe, 1942

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass with 6 pm

Thursday 10 August
Lawrence, Deacon at Rome, Martyr, 258 (R)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Friday 11 August
Clare of Assisi, Founder of the Minoresses (Poor Clares), 1253 (G or W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 12 August
Hippolytus, Priest, Teacher, Martyr at Rome, 235 (G or R)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Sunday 13 August
ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8 am
Sung Mass 10 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (13 August)

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost – Proper 14, Year A
1 Kings 19:9-18
Psalm 85:8-13
Romans 10:5-15
Matthew 14:22-33
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