Thursday, November 16, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 19 November 2017


FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday marks our ingathering of pledge cards for 2018. If you have received your pledge card in the mail, please remember to complete it and bring it to Mass this Sunday. If you have not received one, plenty will be available at church. And what better Gospel for Stewardship Sunday than the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)? We do well to dispose of our gifts in such a way that when the Lord comes he can say, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master." 
-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Twenty-fourth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 28, Year A

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Lou Harrison—Mass for St. Cecilia’s Day
Aaron Copland—Have Mercy on Us, O My Lord (Four Motets)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last Sunday's Altar Flowers – were given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Megda Hawkins, benefactress of the Altar Guild, and Ida Hawkins. We regret the omission of this announcement last week.

Thanksgiving Day Service – Mass for Thanksgiving Day will be offered on Thursday 23 November at 10:00 am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 am). It is fitting to begin our Thanksgiving Day festivities by coming to Mass to give thanks to God for our many blessings.

Advent Lessons and Carols – On Sunday 3 December at 5:30 pm, we will offer our annual service of Lessons & Carols. Seasonal readings and musical selections set the stage as we prepare for the coming of the Lord. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited to attend. 

Nave Flooring Project – 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, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Priscilla, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Arnold Friedman (Monday 11/20).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Florence Ingram (20 November 1998), Stanley Cozzens Bodell (20 November 2010), and Frederick Corcoran (24 November 2007); Recently Departed: Rick Hartley (Priest).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Uyo - (Niger Delta, Nigeria): The Rt Revd Prince Asukwo Antai; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Elizabeth’s, Hope Valley. 

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble; Subdeacon J Ihnen; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches F Pisaturo, R Callanan
Lector – E Alexander
Ushers – Zac Painter and Julia Steiny
Coffee Hour – Susan, Nancy, and Louis

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 25 November 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 19 November
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am 
Solemn Mass 10:00 am 

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 28, Year One

Monday 20 November
Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr, 870 (R)
Priscilla Lydia Sellon, Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Tuesday 21 November
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Blue)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 22 November
Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c. 230 (R) 
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Thursday 23 November
THANKSGIVING DAY (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Friday 24 November
Columbanus, Abbot of Luxeuil and Bobbio, 615 (W)
Marcellinus and Peter, Martyrs at Rome, c. 304 (R)
Chrysogonus, Martyr at Aquileia, c. 304 (R)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 25 November
Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century (R)
James O.S. Huntington, Monk, Founder of the Order of the Holy Cross, 1935 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 26 November
LAST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: CHRIST THE KING (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (26 November)

The Last Sunday After Pentecost: Christ the King – Proper 29, Year A 

Thursday, November 9, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 12 November 2017

Fortunio Matania, The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue de Bois (1916)

FROM THE RECTOR

The painting above depicts a Catholic priest on horseback -- notice his violet stole -- giving General Absolution to the soldiers of the Second Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers, an Irish regiment of the British Army, on May 8, 1915, the eve of the Battle of Aubers Ridge in France during World War I. The next day, the battalion suffered the loss of 600 of its 800 men. The painting was commissioned by novelist Jessie Rickard, widow of the battalion's commanding officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Victor Rickard (depicted on horseback at the right) who died in the battle. (For more information on the painting, click here.)

Printed in numerous newspapers, reproductions of the painting were displayed in many homes in Ireland for a time, but then disappeared as political attitudes changed. In the newly-formed Irish Free State, the sacrifices of Irish Catholic soldiers in the British Army during the Great War were systematically ignored and forgotten, while Irish Nationalists who fought and died in the 1916 Easter Rebellion and the subsequent War of Independence were remembered and celebrated. 

The point is that collective human memory can be enormously selective. We are prone to forget what we find unpleasant, painful, or disturbing. For several decades after Vietnam, America tried to forget -- as the currently airing PBS documentary series by Ken Burns makes clear. The goal of Remembrance Sunday, by contrast, is simply to remember. There is no political agenda for or against this or that particular war. The Church's only agenda in this commemoration is prayer: for the dead, and for peace. Please join us.

-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

Proper 27, Year A (at 8 am)
Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

Remembrance Sunday (at 10 am)
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 8:31-39
John 15:9-17

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Maurice Duruflé—Requiem, Op. 9

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Stewardship Sunday – is next Sunday, November 19th. Pledge cards have been mailed out, and you should be in receipt of them by now. Please bring them to hand in during Mass. (If you have not received a pledge form by then, you may obtain a blank card from one of the ushers on the day.)

Advent Lessons and Carols – On Sunday 3 December at 5:30 pm, we will offer our annual service of Lessons & Carols. Seasonal readings and musical selections set the stage as we prepare for the coming of the Lord. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Nave Flooring Project – 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, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Priscilla, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Karl Benziger (Friday 11/17).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Alison Morgan Henning Stebbins (12 November 2012), Eric Ernest Bernard Hall (16 November 1987), and Alice Esposito (18 November 1994).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Ughelli - (Bendel, Nigeria): The Rt Revd Cyril Odutemu; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Martin’s, Providence.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Subdeacon F Pisaturo; Thurifer Z Painter; Crucifer NONE; Torches L Verdelotti, C Sylvia
Lector – T Oakes
Ushers – George Ryan and Chris Martel
Coffee Hour – Modu and Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Monday 13 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen Board Meeting 7:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 18 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 12 November
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST / REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am Proper 27, Year A (G)
Solemn Requiem Mass for Remembrance Sunday 10:00 am (Black)

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 27, Year One

Monday 13 November
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 14 November
Samuel Seabury, First Anglican Bishop in North America, 1796 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 15 November
Albert the Great, Dominican Friar, Bishop, Teacher, 1280 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 16 November
Margaret, Queen of Scotland, 1093 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 17 November
Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 18 November
Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, 1231 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 19 November
TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (19 November)

Proper 28, Year A
Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18
Psalm 90:1-8, 12
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 5 November 2017

Contemporary All Saints Icon

FROM THE RECTOR

The Feast of All Saints -- kept on November 1st and the Sunday following -- is not only a celebration of the countless holy men and women who lived and died in Christ in the past and who continue to watch over and intercede for us as we follow in the way that they have gone before us; it also affords us a glimpse into heaven, a glimpse into the future, our future, the eternal future into which Christ calls us. The feast calls our attention to the social dimension of heaven: not just "me and Jesus" but all the Church's members together finding the ultimate fulfillment of all our longings and desires in the direct presence of God the Holy Trinity. Join us this Sunday as we rejoice in the vision of All Saints gathered about the heavenly throne. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Sunday After All Saints Day
Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10,13-14
Psalm 149
Revelation 7:2-4,9-17
Matthew 5:1-12

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Tomás Luis de Victoria—Missa O quam gloriosum est regnum
C. Villiers Stanford—Justorum animae

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monthly Requiem – for the departed of this parish whose year’s mind falls during November will be offered tomorrow, Monday 6 November at 6:00 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. See GAS announcement below.

Guild of All Souls: St. Stephen, Proto-Martyr Branch – S. Stephen’s celebrates a parish Requiem Mass on the First Monday of most months at the 6:00 pm Mass. Departed members of the parish whose anniversaries fall during the month are remembered in prayer, and anyone may submit additional names of the departed.

Veteran’s Day Observed (November 10) – As it is observed as a Federal Holiday on Friday, the Low Mass will be offered at 10:00 am, preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 am.

GAS Requiem – The Annual Requiem Mass of the American Branch of the Guild of All Souls will take place at Church of the Resurrection, 119 E 74th St, New York, NY, at 11:00 am on Saturday 11 November 2017. Fr. Alexander will be attending in his capacity as a member of the GAS Council; all interested parishioners are encouraged to attend. If you need or can volunteer a ride, please talk to Fr. Alexander.

Stewardship Sunday
– will be November 19th. Parishioners will be receiving pledge cards soon; please bring them to hand in during Mass. (If you have not received a pledge form by then, you may obtain a blank card from one of the ushers on the day.)

Advent Lessons and Carols – On Sunday 3 December at 5:30 pm, we will offer our annual service of Lessons & Carols. Seasonal readings and musical selections set the stage as we prepare for the coming of the Lord. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. All are welcome and invited to attend.

Nave Flooring Project
– 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, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week:
Albert Ferreira (Sunday 11/5), Leana Latimer (Thursday 11/9), Peter Gibson (Friday 11/10), and Klara Benziger (Saturday 11/11).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Gilbert Jarvis (5 November 1999), Joseph James Bodell, Jr. (5 November 2006), June Littlefield (6 November 1983), Chester Arthur Files (9 November 1987), Lillian A. Crumby (9 November 1997), and Helena Crosslin (11 November 2007).

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Toungoo - (Myanmar): The Rt Revd Saw Wilme; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of All Saints’, Providence and of All Saints’, Pontiac and for fair and just elections.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes
– MC F Pisaturo; Subdeacon R Noble; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches J Ihnen, G Benziger
Lector – P Martin
Ushers – Bruce Lennihan and Julia Steiny
Coffee Hour – Ed and Leana

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S


Saturday 11 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 5 November

SUNDAY AFTER ALL SAINTS DAY (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 26, Year One

Monday 6 November
Leonard, Hermit, 6th century
William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1944 
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6:00 pm (Black)

Tuesday 7 November
Willibrord of York, Bishop, Apostle of Frisia, 739 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 8 November
Saints and Martyrs of the Anglican Communion (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 9 November

Margery Kempe, Mystic, c. 1440
(W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 10 November
Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 461 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Saturday 11 November
Martin, Bishop of Tours, c. 397 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 12 November
TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST/ REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am (G)
Solemn Requiem Mass 10:00 am (Black)

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (12 November)

Proper 27, Year A (at 8 am)

Amos 5:18-24
Psalm 70
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Matthew 25:1-13

Remembrance Sunday (at 10 am)
Isaiah 2:1-5
Romans 8:31-39
John 15:9-17
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 29 October 2017

King David
Synagogue Floor Mosaic, 6th Century, Gaza
(The Hebrew letters at top right spell "David")

FROM THE RECTOR

In this Sunday's Gospel, Our Lord answers the question put to him by the Pharisees: "Which is the greatest commandment of all?" His answer is known as the Summary of the Law: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." In the Christian tradition, growth in the love of God, neighbor, and self is the threefold yardstick by which we measure progress in the spiritual life. Join us this Sunday as we explore the riches of this sublime teaching. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 25, Year A
Leviticus 19:1-2,15-18
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Uģis Prauliņš —Missa Rigensis
Thomas Tallis—Verily, verily I say unto you

ANNOUNCEMENTS

All Saints Day (November 1)
– a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept Wednesday with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Low Mass at 6:00 pm. (The propers and hymns for All Saints Day will also be used next Sunday, November 5, at both Masses.)

All Souls Day – Mark your calendars for Solemn Requiem Mass this Thursday 2 November at 6 pm for All Faithful Departed featuring the Missa Pro Defunctis of Frei Manuel Cardoso. The form to submit names of those you would like remembered is included in your Kalendar. Please legibly fill out the form, and either give it to an usher or slip it through the office door mail slot before you leave. Please return these forms by this Tuesday, at the latest. (Please note that on Thursday, Noonday Prayer will be said as normal at noon, but Mass will be postponed until the evening.)

Society of Mary
– will meet this Saturday 4 November for 9:30 am Morning Prayer, 10:00 Mass, then recitation of the Rosary. Everyone is welcome and invited.

Daylight Saving Time – ends next Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 am. Remember to set your clocks back one hour.

The S. Stephen – All Saints issue of the parish magazine is available for viewing and downloading here. You should have also received it via mail by this time. If you have not received a copy, extra copies are available in the narthex.

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, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays this week: Valexja Johnson (Wednesday 11/1) and Charles Rejto (Friday 11/3).

The faithful departed:
Year’s Mind: Heather A. Morgan (31 October 1997). Recently Departed: Michael Blackwood, Robert Greene, Priest, Margaret Sparrow, and the Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Dioceses of Thoothukudi - Nazareth - (South India): The Rt Revd Samuel Devasahayam Ebenezer Clement and Tirunelveli - (South India): The Rt Revd Jayaraj Christdoss; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for our upcoming Diocesan Convention, for those to be elected or appointed and for the many ministries we will celebrate.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC R Noble; Subdeacon J Ihnen; Thurifer Z Painter; Crucifer F Pisaturo; Torches G Benziger, C Sylvia
Lector – W Dilworth
Ushers – Nancy Gingrich and Susan Brazil
Coffee Hour – Society of Mary

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 4 November
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 29 October
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 25, Year One

Monday 30 October
FERIA (G)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 31 October

FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 1 November
ALL SAINTS DAY (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 2 November

ALL SOULS DAY (Black)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Solemn Requiem Mass 6:00 pm

Friday 3 November
Richard Hooker, Priest, Teacher, 1600 (W)
Martin de Porres, Friar, 1639 (W)
Malachy, Archbishop of Armagh, 1148 (W)

Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 4 November
Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, 1584 (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am
Holy Rosary 10:30 am

Sunday 5 November
SUNDAY AFTER ALL SAINTS DAY (W)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (5 November)

Sunday After All Saints Day
Ecclesiasticus 44:1-10,13-14
Psalm 149
Revelation 7:2-4,9-17
Matthew 5:1-12
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 22 October 2017

Peter Paul Rubens, The Tribute Money, c. 1612

FROM THE RECTOR

"Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." With these words our Lord sets the agenda for more than twenty centuries of Christian reflection on our obligations in the temporal and spiritual realms. How do our duties to political authority interact with our duties to God? In a time of deep ideological division in our country and communities the question is as urgent as ever. Join us this Sunday as we seek insights from Scripture and Tradition on this thorny issue. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 24, Year A

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Pierre Certon—Messe Sus le pont d’Avignon
William Byrd—Sing joyfully

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saint James of Jerusalem (October 23) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept tomorrow (Monday) with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Low Mass at 6:00 pm.

Saint Simon and Saint Jude (October 28) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept this Saturday with Morning Prayer at 9:30 am and Low Mass at 10:00 am.

All Souls DayMark your calendars for Solemn Requiem Mass on Thursday 2 November at 6 pm for All Faithful Departed featuring the Missa Pro Defunctis of Frei Manuel Cardoso. The sheets to submit names of those you would like remembered will be available next Sunday.

The S. StephenThe All Saints issue of the parish magazine is now available for viewing and downloading here. The hard copy edition has just been mailed out, and you should be receiving it shortly.

Episcopal Relief and DevelopmentIn the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

Nave Flooring ProjectWe 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, Shannah, Sister Carolyn, William, Gerald, Hannah, Kaitlyn, Mary, Gus, Leonard, Harrington, Joan, Katherine, Sally, Sandy, John, Ed, Virginia, Richard, Kiersten, Beverly, Deborah, Angela, Bobby, Douglas, Beverly, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Clifton Milner Fidler (28 October 1983). Recently Departed: Michael Blackwood, Zechariah Chafee, Jr., Robert Greene, Priest, Robert Honeysucker, Margaret Sparrow, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Westberg, and all those killed in the wildfires in California.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Temotu - (Melanesia): The Rt Revd Leonard Dawea; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for those who serve on the Diocesan Commission on Investments, Commission on Finance, Program & Budget Committee, congregational stewardship committees, treasurers, auditors, bookkeepers and all those who are stewards of the wealth God has entrusted to the church.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

AcolytesMC J Ihnen; Subdeacon Z Painter; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer F Pisaturo; Torches S Brazil, V Johnson
LectorM Johnson
UshersTom Bledsoe and Simon Newby
Coffee HourKarl and Klara

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S


PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 24 October
Vestry Meeting 7:00 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Saturday 28 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 22 October
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 24, Year One

Monday 23 October
SAINT JAMES OF JERUSALEM (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 24 October
Raphael, Archangel (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 25 October
Crispin and Crispinian, Martyrs at Rome, c. 287 (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 26 October
Alfred the Great, King of the West Saxons, Scholar, 899 (W) 
Cedd, Abbot, Bishop of the East Saxons, 664 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 27 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 28 October
SAINT SIMON AND SAINT JUDE (R)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 29 October
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (29 October)

The Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 25, Year A
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 15 October 2017

The Guest without Wedding Attire
Vincent Adriaenssen, 1595-1675
(Thanks to Ernie Drew for identifying the artist!)

FROM THE RECTOR

"The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son ..." The parable in this Sunday's Gospel demonstrates that we are all called to the heavenly wedding banquet. But not all choose to accept the invitation; nor is everyone found worthy to enter. Will we accept the invitation and clothe ourselves in the wedding garments of faith, hope and love? – Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 23, Year A
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

THIS SUNDAY’S MUSIC

Gregorio Allegri—Missa che fa oggi il mio sole
Edward C. Bairstow—I sat down under his shadow

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Saint Luke the Evangelist (October 18) – a major Holy Day of the Church year, will be kept this Wednesday with Evening Prayer at 5:30 pm and Low Mass at 6:00 pm.

Recital for Organ and Soprano – on Sunday 22 October, featuring our own James Busby and a visiting voice artist, Maggie Finnegan. Flyers for the event are in the printed Sunday Kalendars and are also sitting on the table in the narthex. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely.

All Souls Day – Mark your calendars for Solemn Requiem Mass on Thursday 2 November at 6 pm for All Faithful Departed featuring the Missa Pro Defunctis of Frei Manuel Cardoso. The sheets to submit names of those you would like remembered will be available next Sunday.

The S. Stephen -- All Saints issue of the parish magazine is now available online for viewing and downloading here. The hard copy edition will be mailed out within the coming week.

Parish Calendar -- the Programs and Events Calendar for 2017-2018 is now available online for viewing and downloading here. Hard copies will be mailed our soon.

Episcopal Relief and Development – In the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

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, 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, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Christine Sylvia (Monday 16/10).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: William N. H. Potterton (17 October 1997), Phyllis Hayden Potterton (20 October 1997), and Megda Dunham Hawkins (20 October 1984). Recently Departed: Zechariah Chafee, Jr. and Robert Honeysucker.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Swaziland - (Southern Africa): The Rt Revd Ellinah Ntfombi Wamukoya; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Luke's, East Greenwich and of St. Luke's, Pawtucket.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Subdeacon R Noble; Thurifer Z Painter; Crucifer S Brazil; Torches J Ihnen, G Benziger
Lector – J Steiny
Ushers – Karl Benziger and John Chamberlin
Coffee Hour – The Rejto Family

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS

Tuesday 17 October
Vestry (Library)

Wednesday 18 October
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team 7:00 pm (Library)

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Monday 16 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen Board Meeting 7:00 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 21 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm (Great Hall)

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 15 October
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 23, Year One

Monday 16 October
Gall, Hermit, 670 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Tuesday 17 October
Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c. 107 (R)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 18 October
SAINT LUKE THE EVANGELIST (R)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 19 October
Frideswide, Abbess, Patron of the city and University of Oxford, c. 735 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 20 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 21 October
FERIA (G)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 22 October
TWENTIETH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (22 October)

The Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 24, Year A
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96:1-9
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 22:15-2
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 8 October 2017

Parable of the Wicked Tenants
Codex Aureus Epternacensis, c. 1035-1040
(Click on image for full size view)

FROM THE RECTOR

Vines and vineyards figure prominently in this Sunday's readings (and Offertory Anthem). In the Old Testament, a vineyard typically symbolizes Israel; in the New Testament it typical signifies the Church, the Body of Christ. The test of whether the vineyard is fulfilling its true purpose is the kind of fruit it bears. We are the Lord's vine, the Lord's vineyard; the good fruit we bear consists of actions and deeds worthy of our calling. -- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 22, Year A
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-14
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

THIS SUNDAY'S MUSIC

C. Villiers Stanford – Communion Service in F
Heinrich Schütz – Ich bin ein rechter Weinstock

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Columbus Day -- As Monday 9 October is a Federal Public Holiday, our services will follow the Saturday and Holiday schedule of Morning Prayer at 9:30 am, and Low Mass at 10 am.

ESK Board Meeting – On Monday 16 October, the Epiphany Soup Kitchen Board will meet at 7:00 pm in the Great Hall.

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 will be placed in the printed Kalendars for Sunday and are also sitting on the table in the narthex. Please take these flyers and distribute them freely.

Episcopal Relief and Development – In the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

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, 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, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Jimmy Starks (Tuesday 10/10) and Deborah Abel (Wednesday 10/11).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Lester Wilkinson (9 October 1983), Elizabeth A. Olsen (10 October 1999), James K. Walker (11 October 2008), and David W. Marsland (14 October 1993). Recently Departed: All those killed in the shooting in Las Vegas.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of St. Albans - (Canterbury, England): The Rt Revd Alan Smith, St. Albans - Bedford - (Canterbury, England): The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson, and St. Albans - Hertford - (Canterbury, England): The Rt Revd Michael Beasley; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the members and ministries of the Episcopal Church Women.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC S Brazil; Subdeacon F Pisaturo; Thurifer L Verdelotti; Crucifer J Ihnen; Torches R Callanan, V Johnson
Lector – P Pettingell
Ushers – Julia Steiny and Tom Oakes
Coffee Hour – Tom and Cathy

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

PARISH PROGRAMS, EVENTS & MEETINGS


Tuesday 10 October
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team Meeting 7:00 pm

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Friday 13 October
Reformed University Fellowship 5:00 pm-10:00 pm

Saturday 14 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

Sunday 8 October
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 22, Year One

Monday 9 October
Denys, Bishop of Paris, and Companions, Martyrs, c. 258 (R)
Robert Grosseteste, Bishop of Lincoln, 1253 (W)

Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10 am

Tuesday 10 October
Paulinus, Bishop of York, Missionary, 644 (W) 
Thomas Traherne, Poet, Spiritual Writer, 1674 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 11 October
Ethelburga, Abbess of Barking, 675 (W)
James the Deacon, Companion of Paulinus, 7th century (W)

Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Low Mass 6:00 pm

Thursday 12 October

Wilfrid of Ripon, Bishop, Missionary, 709 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 13 October

Edward the Confessor, King of England, 1066 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 14 October
Samuel Isaac Joseph Schereschewsky, Bishop, Translator of the Scriptures (W)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am

Sunday 15 October

NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G)
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (8 October)

The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 23, Year A
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14
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Thursday, September 28, 2017

PARISH NOTES
Sunday 1 October 2017

Early 18th-century Russian Icon
of King Solomon with a model of the Temple


FROM THE RECTOR

This Sunday we welcome back the Schola Cantorum after the summer to begin the 2017-2018 Choir Season. And what better occasion to do so than the official celebration of the Anniversary of the Dedication of S. Stephen's current church building 155 years ago. (Just as the Queen of England has an "official" Birthday in the summer separate from her actual birthday, so with the Bishop's permission we take advantage of the ancient custom of celebrating the Dedication on the first Sunday in October, since the actual anniversary usually falls in Lent.) 

In the Old Testament reading appointed for the feast, King Solomon dedicates the Temple in Jerusalem, asking "But will God indeed dwell on earth? Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain thee, much less this house which I have built." Still, as the Ancient Preface of the Dedication reminds us, "these visible buildings are but the figures" of the true heavenly Temple where Angels and Saints offer unceasing praise to God Almighty. Come join in the celebration this Sunday! 

-- Fr. John D. Alexander

THIS SUNDAY’S READINGS

The Feast of the Dedication

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Welcome Back – to the Schola Cantorum, which begins its 2017-2018 choir season at today's 10 am Mass. Brochures listing the liturgical music of the program year were mailed out several weeks ago and 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. 

Episcopal Relief and Development – In the past month we've witnessed the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria on the Gulf Coast, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as repeated earthquakes in Mexico. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) aids people and congregations in disaster zones where help is most needed. Please visit their website by following this link to learn how you can help with donations designated for particular areas. Thank you for your care and generosity.

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.

October Requiem – for the repose of the souls of the Departed whose anniversaries fall during the month will be offered Monday 2 October at 6 pm in the Lady Chapel. If there is anyone you would like remembered, please email Fr. Alexander.

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, Allora, Carlos, Rhoda, William, and James.

Birthdays: Mason Butler-Rose (Tuesday 10/3), James Busby (Thursday 10/5), Devan Latimer (Friday 10/6), Devon Callanan (Saturday 10/7), and Joy D’Ambra (Saturday 10/7).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: Daniel Webster Latham (4 October 1986), Madge Lillian Hover Holmes (4 October 1992), and Lawrence W. Seamans (5 October 1987); Recently Departed: Derek Hall.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the Diocese of Southern Philippines: The Rt Revd Danilo Labacanacruz Bustamante; and in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, please pray for the people and clergy of St. Francis, Coventry.

THE SUNDAY ROTA

Acolytes – MC F Pisaturo; Subdeacon R Noble; Thurifer J Starks; Crucifer L Verdelotti; Torches V Johnson, C Sylvia
Lector – RG Noble
Ushers – Chris Martel and Patricia Barnes
Coffee Hour – Susan, Nancy, and Louis

THIS WEEK AT S. STEPHEN’S

EXTRA-PAROCHIAL EVENTS HOSTED AT S. STEPHEN’S

Monday 2 October
Frank Pisaturo Parish Discernment Team Meeting 7:00 pm

Saturday 7 October 
Epiphany Soup Kitchen 2:30 pm

LITURGICAL CALENDAR & SERVICE SCHEDULE

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

Daily Office and Mass Lectionaries: Proper 21, Year One

Monday 2 October
The Holy Guardian Angels
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm
Requiem Mass 6:00 pm (Black)

Tuesday 3 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12:00 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Wednesday 4 October
Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226 (W)
Evening Prayer 5:30 pm 
Low Mass 6:00 pm 

Thursday 5 October
FERIA (G)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 PM

Friday 6 October
Bruno, Founder of the Carthusian Order, 1101 (W)
Noonday Prayer 12 noon
Low Mass 12:10 pm

Saturday 7 October
Our Lady of the Rosary (Blue)
Morning Prayer 9:30 am
Low Mass 10:00 am
Holy Rosary 10:30 am

Sunday 8 October
EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST (G) 
Morning Prayer & Low Mass 8:00 am
Solemn Mass 10:00 am

NEXT SUNDAY'S READINGS (8 October)

The Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost – Proper 22, Year A
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