Friday, October 11, 2019

Sunday 13 October 2019

The Healing of Ten Lepers (between 1886 and 1894)
by James Tissot (1836-1902). Watercolor. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7
2 Timothy 2:8-15
Luke 17:11-19


J. S. Bach (1685–1750)—Alla breve, BWV 589

(ed. Denis Stevens (1922–2004))—A 14th C. English Mass

The Rev. William Fitzherbert (1713–1797)—Anglican Chant: Psalm 111

César Franck (1822–1890)—Hallelujah, Louez le Dieu

J. S. Bach—Pièce d’orgue, BWV 572


Welcome to S. Stephen’s – especially to our visitors and guests! We’re glad to have you with us. Please join us for Coffee Hour following the 8 am Mass in the Narthex and following the 10 a.m. Mass in the Great Hall upstairs. If you have any questions or special needs, please speak to one of the ushers, who will be glad to assist you.

Joining us with small children? – We are so glad you are here! Our Sunday School program and nursery are available throughout the program year, and the ushers would be happy to direct you.

My S. Stephen’s Ministry: Molly EllisHaving grown up attending S. Stephen's, our physical campus is as much a second home to me as any other space in my life. From the nave, the lady chapel, and the tower room to the Great Hall and the Sunday School classrooms, to the choir room and choir stalls where I have spent most of my Sunday mornings for over ten years, the physical elements of our space are very important to me. I joined the Buildings & Grounds Committee upon becoming a Vestry member in order to help steward this venue and ensure that it can be a haven for others the way it has been for me. Right now, we are working on bringing our heating system into the 21st century and planning some improvement projects in the Guild House. It's very satisfying to have an insider's view into the literal nuts and bolts of S. Stephen's physical vessel! If you are interested in getting involved with the B & G Committee, either speak to me after Mass or contact the Committee Chair Tom Bledsoe via email at

Molly Bledsoe

Visit from the new Canon to the Ordinary – Next Sunday, 20 October, the Rev. Canon Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew will be visiting Saint Stephen’s Church and will be leading a parish discussion at the coffee hour after Mass. Please give her a warm welcome and participate in the discussion, as you are able!

Street Closures this Sunday – Some street closures this Sunday may affect your normal route in getting to and from church. Two sections of Atwells Avenue (between Harris Street & Sutton Street and John Partington Way to Dean Street) will be closed at 10 am and will reopen at 3 pm. One section at Atwells Avenue (between Dean Street & Sutton Street) will be closed the entire weekend. Further, street sections at Harris Avenue (between Acorn Street and Eagle Street) and Sims Avenue (at Kingsley Street & Harris Street) will be closed at 8 am and will reopen at 3 pm.

College Ministry – The Episcopal Ministry at Brown and RISD (EMBR) will not be meeting this Sunday, 13 October, as many students have indicated that they will be away for the three-day holiday weekend. We will resume our normal meetings next Sunday. Safe and fun travels to all!

Public Holiday Schedule – On Columbus Day (Monday, 14 October), we will hold Morning Prayer at 9:30 am, with Low Mass following at 10 am.

Saint Luke the Evangelist (October 18th) – a major feast of the church year will be kept this coming Friday with Noonday Prayer at 12 noon, and Low Mass following at 12:10 pm.

Monthly Commemoration of the Departed – whose year’s mind falls during October will be offered Saturday 19 October at 10 am (preceded by Morning Prayer at 9:30 am). If you have any names to add to those to be remembered, please let Nancy Gingrich know. This Mass is sponsored by the Guild of All Souls, St. Stephen Protomartyr Branch: all are welcome and invited to attend!

Stewardship Program – If you have not yet done so, please consider making your pledge of financial contributions to S. Stephen’s for 2020 by filling out a physical or online pledge card. Physical pledge cards may be found in the Narthex or obtained from an Usher. If you would like to make your pledge online instead, you can do so by visiting the Give page on the parish website. The goal is to receive most pledges by November 24th. In the meantime, please consider prayerfully what you can offer; S. Stephen’s is counting on your support and generosity in this period of transition.

The Parish Directory – and other useful resources are available on the church website in the “members’ area.” To enter, click on "Log In" in the upper right corner of the home page and follow the directions to apply for a user account. For reasons of privacy and security, only parishioners and known members of the congregation will receive access.

Unable to get to Mass or want to review a sermon? – Sunday sermons are now available on the parish website in text and audio — check it out! While you are at it, spend a few minutes listening to "Mead's Meanderings,” two minutes of pithy observations made each week by our interim rector about S. Stephen's.


Prayers have been requested for: Virginia, Richard, Beverly, Maxcine, Ethel, Carl, Kade, Sherri, Norman, John, Shannah, Terri, Beth, Lynne, Gus, Harrington, Joan, Sandy, John, Phebe, Jack, Hunter, Richard, Ann, Sandy, Antonio, Emma, Olivia, Raphael, Kiersten, Katie, Beverly, Tom, Gail, Deborah, Tree, Bryan, Angela, Bobby, Beverly, Elizabeth, Carlos, Rhoda, William, Crystal, Roger, James, and Christopher.

Birthdays this week: Christine Sylvia (Wednesday 10/16).

The faithful departed: Year’s Mind: David W. Marsland (14 October 1993), Albert Croft (15 October 1984), and William N. H. Potterton (17 October 1997). Recently Departed: Michael J. DePetrillo and Charles Lopipero.

Anglican and Diocesan Cycles of Prayer – In the Anglican Cycle of Prayer, we are asked to pray for the Church of the Province of West Africa: The Most Rev’d Dr. Daniel Sarfo, Primate & Metropolitan, CPWA and Archbishop of the Internal province of Ghana and Bishop of Kumasi; in the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer, for the people and clergy of St. Luke's, East Greenwich and of St. Luke's, Pawtucket.


Acolytes – MC J Ihnen, SD B Rose, Th R Noble, Cr G Benziger
Lector at 8 am – A Wilson
Lector at 10 am – RG Noble
Ushers – Bobby Rose and Joy D’Ambra
Coffee Hour – Muriel Jobbers



Saturday 19 October
Guild of All Souls  10 am (Lady Chapel)


Friday 18 October
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) Meeting  4-11 pm (Great Hall)

Saturday 19 October
Epiphany Soup Kitchen  2:30 pm (Great Hall)


Sunday 13 October
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am

Daily Office Lectionary: Proper 23, Year One
Daily Mass Lectionary: Proper 23

Monday 14 October
Samuel Isaac Joseph Scherechewsky, Bishop, Translator of the Scriptures, 1906
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Mass  10 am

Tuesday 15 October
Teresa of Avila, Carmelite Nun, Teacher, 1582 (W)
Translation of the Image of Our Lady of Walsingham, 1931
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Wednesday 16 October
Gall, Hermit, 670
Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, Bishops, Reformation Martyrs, 1555

Evening Prayer  5:30 pm
Low Mass  6 pm

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

Friday 18 October
Noonday Prayer  12 noon
Low Mass  12:10 pm

Saturday 19 October
Frideswide, Abbess, Patron of the city and University of Oxford, c. 735
Morning Prayer  9:30 am
Low Requiem Mass for October Departed  10 am (Black)

Sunday 20 October
Morning Prayer  8 am
Low Mass  8:10 am
Solemn Mass  10 am
Evening Prayer w/ EMBR  5:30 pm


Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year C)
Jeremiah 31:27-34
2 Timothy 3:14-4:5