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In this season after Pentecost, we settle into the steady work of simple discipleship. Our worship is not punctuated for some six months with the commemorations of various events in the life of Christ - like his birth, or visitation of wise men, or baptism, or temptation in the wilderness. Instead we read through Matthew's gospel, listening to Jesus the teacher instruct us on how to lead a Christian life.
Of course we still celebrate the Eucharist, Sunday by Sunday, remembering that every Sunday is a commemoration of Our Lord's death and resurrection: a shadow of Easter. During the week we celebrate the Eucharist as well. The meaning of the midweek celebrations is intimately connected to and derived from the principal celebration on Sunday. That we pray the Sunday collect throughout the following week is an example of this connectedness. For those who occasionally or regularly attend mid-week services, it is simply more nourishment in the Eucharistic life-the Christian life of thanksgiving and gratitude-the principal nourishment being given at the Sunday celebration.
This ongoing celebration of the Eucharist derived from the Sunday Feast is punctuated by celebrations of the Eucharist in commemoration of the lives of holy men and women who are the best examples we have of Eucharistic lives - lives lived with thanksgiving and gratitude toward God.
This July we commemorate Benedict of Nursia (11th) who is the father of the Benedictines, a monastic order whose life has much influenced Anglican spirituality and liturgical practice; Macrina (19th) the sister of Gregory of Nyssa and Basil the Great the famous theologians of the fourth century-she was as devout as her brothers, and in fact is remembered as leading them into the faith, and into monastic life; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Bloomer, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Ross Tubman (20th); Mary Magdalene (22nd); St. James (25th); Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (26th); William Reed Huntington (27th) who formulated the Chicago-Lambeth Quadrilateral which is very important to this day in discussions of Church unity (BCP, p. 876) and he penned one of my favorite prayers in the entire prayer book: the collect used on Fridays at Morning Prayer and on Monday of Holy Week (BCP p. 168); and Mary and Martha of Bethany (29th).
If any of these heroes of the faith particularly inspire you or catch your imagination, come to the Oratory Chapel at 12:05 to celebrate the Eucharist in commemoration of their life. Or come anytime if you simply need bread for the journey toward deeper life in Christ.
The Rev. Ethan J. Cole
LIVING INTO THE DEACONATE
Bishop Fricker has asked both Mick and me to reflect on
our ministries as Deacons in the church. On May 6th, I celebrated my
5th anniversary as a member of the Sacred Order of Deacons.
Report from Down Here on the Ground 2005
Called by God. Wandered in the desert of the discernment process. Ordained by the Bishop. Work for God and the Bishop. Leann and I are truly blessed to be assigned to the Cathedral. If at any time Bishop Michael needs our skills elsewhere, he can assign us to another parish because Deacons work for the Bishop.
As per the Book of Common Prayer regarding the ordination of deacons, we are charged with a lot addressing the personal, spiritual and material needs of our selves and others. In particular we are to look out for others. As God commands us, we are placed to be our brothers' and sisters' keepers. It is our charge. We are asked 'to interpret to the Church the needs, concerns and hopes of the world.' And further 'to show Christ's people that in serving the helpless we are serving Christ himself.' If you haven't noticed, that is a tall order, but it is something that we as deacons are called to. I take that charge seriously using what talents and skills I possess to help whoever needs that help. I try to answer God's question posed in Isaiah 6:8, 'Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?' Then I said, 'Here am I! Send me.'
During the Viet Nam War, I was trained as an Air Force medic. Now, medics by training are a wee bit peculiar because we are trained to run TO the gunfire instead of away from it. Into harms way to help those who need it. As a deacon, I am still adhering to that vocation - running to the gunfire and rendering help and aid to whomever and wherever I can be of service.
There are seven Corporal Works of Mercy, which along with
my medic training help to define and make up a deacon's job description.
They are to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked,
visit the imprisoned, shelter the homeless, visit the sick and bury
the dead. Over time, I have done all of those things many times over.
Having done them leaves my job description open ended, and I am ready,
willing and able for more. Currently, apart from my liturgical functions
at the Cathedral, my ministry reflects those works of mercy. I volunteer
periodically at the St. Simon's Food Pantry where more than 100 families
are served weekly, the Lackawanna Food Pantry, and the mobile soup kitchen
Hearts for the Homeless, doing various things from lifting boxes of
food, being a 'gopher'(that's going for items to re-stock shelves) carting
in food deliveries, bringing in donations , making monetary contributions
and more. The giving of self for the benefit of others.
As a deacon, I face many challenges but like the scripture says, 'If God be for us, than who can be against us?' We serve an awesome God and whatever the challenges, I know He is with me. It is a privilege and an honor to be His deacon. To be continued.
St. Paul's Members Discern Ordained Vocations
St. Paul's is a community rich with spiritual gifts. There are many here who as baptized persons minister in Christ's name both within and without the walls of this place. These ministers are acolytes, vestrypersons, hospitality volunteers, committee members, Sunday school teachers, pastoral visitors, and on and on. One piece of evidence that the Holy Spirit is here, moving and working through our baptism, is the number of people who are discerning that their form of baptismal ministry is as an ordained person.
Among these folks discerning ordained vocations from our community are Leyla Kamalick, Cathy Dempesy, and Michael Strzalka.
We just bid farewell to Leyla Kamalick, a newer addition to the St. Paul's family. Even though she is currently away, teaching Arabic in Middlebury, Vermont, she is still part of our community and sponsored for ordination to the priesthood by us. After her year in Middlebury, Leyla plans to attend seminary.
Cathy Dempesy's discernment committee is just now being called together. Of late, she has been perceiving that God is calling her to ministry other than the many ministries she already exercises at St. Paul's in her roles as Christian educator and vestryperson. Cathy has been a member of St. Paul's for 3 years, having relocated to Buffalo from Chicago. A lifelong Episcopalian she has been involved in many areas of church life, from church school to acolyte to LEM to vestry. She is a mental health counselor with a private practice and a long-time position with an Employee Assistance Program.
Please pray for these folks as they continue to discern God's calling to them, and pray always that God refreshes the ranks of those in ordained ministry with new and vibrant vocations.
O God, you led your holy apostles to ordain ministers in every place: Grant that your Church, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may choose suitable persons for the ministry of Word and Sacrament, and may uphold them in their work for the extension of your kingdom; through him who is the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. (BCP, p. 256)
The June 21st vestry meeting was opened by Bishop Fricker
with a brief devotion and prayer of appreciation for Mary Templeton
who has been a good friend, fine lady and loyal parishioner of St. Paul's.
She will be missed by many of us.
This meeting was brief and consisted more of updates of parish activities than new business. Roger gave the vestry a report of the work of the Search Committee and where it currently is in the process of finding a new Dean for St. Paul's. The process is moving along as expected and at this point we are studying more closely the resumes of about 28 viable candidates. There is still much to be done.
Bishop Fricker updated the vestry on the status of our trial service time changes. He brought a proposal to the table regarding the end of this trial and action was taken by the vestry. Bishop Fricker will communicate that action to the congregation.
The vestry was informed that St. Paul's has realized an increase of 50 new or increased pledges totaling $36,000.
Barbara Hole informed us about some September plans for the Shelton Society. You will be hearing more from her.
Brevity was the order of the night so the vestry was sent away, earlier
than usual, with a prayer led by Kristen Looney.
St. Paul's Chicken Barbeque to benefit the Hungry. Proceeds to benefit
the WNY Food Bank and Friends of the Night People. Advance tickets of
$8.00 on sale in Cathedral office in August. Date: Wednesday, Sept.
14th from 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. in Cathedral Park. Volunteers are needed.
Contact Greg Kay, Bob Ludwig, Judy Metzger if interested.
Letter of Thanks.
My dear Bishop, fellow Acolytes and Cathedral family,
Web SitingsThe tour of the Cathedral on the web site has been expanded with close-ups of the 10 lancet windows in its south wall. For the next few weeks, you can access the windows from the site home page; thereafter go to About St Paul's Cathedral > Tour of the Cathedral > Windows > South Windows.
Also available on the web are close-ups of the five windows in the
north wall, the clerestory windows, and the windows in the Cathedral's
north porch. A caveat: The file-size of these images is large, so it
may take a while for them to load.
Women's Retreat a Success!
On Friday evening, eighteen women from St. Paul's arrived at Camp Weona, a YMCA camp in Varysburg, NY. Despite the very warm evening, a gentle breeze and gorgeous array of stars lifted our spirits. The purpose of the retreat was to take some time out of our busy schedules to reflect on our lives and to ask the question: Where is God in the midst of our busy lives?
During our Friday evening conversation what struck me was the amazing diversity among the women at St. Paul's, diversity in upbringing, religious backgrounds and occupations, and yet the piece we all held in common was a longing for community, a yearning to see the Holy Spirit working in our lives.
It was almost midnight when we finally said Compline around the fire. Then we started singing songs, songs from our childhood, songs from camp, hymns from church, and we laughed and laughed, ate s'mores and talked long into the night.
The next morning Barbara Hole led several of us on a nature hike down to the lake to say Morning Prayer. This set the tone for the day. Our next two sessions focused on finding the Spirit in the lives of Biblical women, in our own lives. We then explored new paths for the Spirit through writing, art, and music.
Between sessions, women went swimming, joined a yoga class, enjoyed
a massage, went hiking, or worked with clay and pastels in the Art Barn.
Many thanks to all who attended the retreat. Special thanks to all the
women who provided leadership: Cathy Dempesy, Kim Zittel, Barbara Hole,
Lauren Hole, Roslyn Fishbaugh, Pam Bartlett, and Vicki Fithian. I feel
that we left Weona with a greater understanding of God's presence in
our lives, and some new tools to add to our Spiritual Survival Kit!
We are planning another Women's Retreat in October. Stay tuned for the
SUMMER CAMPS OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF WNY
Don't forget to register your son or daughter for Summer Camp! Music, Art, and Drama Camp (Grades 4-7 and 8-10), August 7-13; Junior High Camp, August 14-20; Sleep Away Camp (Ages 8-12), August 17-20. For more information please see Canon Kristen or call Jay Phillippi, Diocesan Youth Missioner 483-6405. Camp scholarships are available.
Vacation Bible School: St. Paul's kids have been invited to attend Vacation Bible School at Parkside Lutheran Church (located at 2 Wallace Avenue), July 25-29, 9 a.m. to Noon. This is a great opportunity to learn some awesome Bible stories, have lots of fun, and make new friends. For more information, please contact Canon Kristen.
Our Summer Book Club will continue in July with Kite Runner, by Khaled
Hosseini. Kite Runner will be available for sale in the Walker Room
during Coffee Hour following the 10 a.m. Eucharist. Here's the schedule:
6-6:15 p.m. Evening Worship; 6:15-6:45 p.m. simple Soup, Bread, and
Salad dinner (catered by Josh Ingram); 6:45-7:45 p.m. Book Discussion;
7:45-8 p.m. Compline. Join us whenever you can during the evening. Folks
come and go as they need to, so don't be shy. Childcare is provided.
Last weekend, Lynn Brunner and Cathy Dempesy attended a three-day training on the new Church School Curriculum: Godly Play.
Through intensive workshops and experiential learning opportunities they returned from Annapolis as Accredited Godly Play Teachers. This accreditation allows Lynn and Cathy to train teachers here at St. Paul's and throughout the Diocese.
Godly Play is a Montessori-based curriculum which presents sacred stories, parables and liturgical events in a story telling format. After hearing the story, the children express themselves through various play settings.
Both Lynn and Cathy were thrilled to be given this opportunity and
are anxious to share their new skills. Ask them---they'd love to tell
you all about it! Keep watch as we introduce Godly Play throughout the
summer-in the Holy Spirit Chapel and during (shhh, it's a surprise)
Leann McConchie, our Canon for Pastoral Care, who faithfully gives our care to the sick and shut-in, needs some of her own medicine. Leann had emergency surgery a week ago. She is recuperating at home and is doing well. She will be off duty for about four weeks. Please remember her in your prayers and send her your get-well wishes to Leann McConchie, 119 E. Royal Parkway, Williamsville, NY 14221.
St. Paul's Seniors...
We will NOT be meeting in
Save the Date: September 21st
We are also planning a
Enjoy the Summer!
THE CHOIR TRIP
The Choir of Men & Boys will depart for their overseas tour on Friday, 15 July. The preceding two weeks are full of intensive rehearsal and we will sing a farewell Choral Evensong on Wednesday 13 July at 5:45 p.m.
We arrive in London early on Saturday morning, 16 July, and travel by coach to Salisbury where we will stay at Sarum College. After a tour of Salisbury Cathedral, we will visit Stonehenge before returning to Salisbury for Evensong in the Cathedral. Many of the boys have not experienced the service of Choral Mattins and we will have the opportunity to hear the Salisbury choir sing a Eucharist and Mattins on the Sunday morning. After lunch we will depart for Exeter Cathedral, where we will sing as the choir in residence for the week.
The Cathedral Church of St. Peter in Exeter dates from the 12th century and is famed for its Norman towers, decorated Gothic vault and imposing organ case. The cathedral has it's own choir school and we will be staying in the school accommodation in the cathedral close throughout the week. The boys will rehearse every morning at 9:30 am and Evensong is sung at 5:30 pm each day apart from Wednesday. But it's not all hard work! Much of our time will be taken up with sight-seeing, visits to museums, parks and castles and the boys will spend a day on Dartmoor with the Royal Marines. Our weekend commitments include Saturday Evensong at 3:00 pm and three services on Sunday - Choral Eucharist at 9:45 am, Choral Mattins at 11:15 am and Choral Evensong at 3:00 pm. We are hoping to see some familiar faces in the congregation!
On Monday morning, 25 July the coach leaves Exeter for France. We
will travel by ferry from Portsmouth to Le Havre and then begin a short
tour through three beautiful and historic cities in Normandy: Rouen,
Caen and Bayeux. The choir will present a concert in each city, singing
at the cathedral in Rouen (the subject of Monet's famous series of paintings
in the 1890s), at the Abbaye ax Hommes in Caen (built in 1066 to pacify
the Pope who had opposed the marriage of William the Conqueror), and
at the cathedral
Whilst in the capital city, we will sing three choral services, the
highlight of which will be Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral on Saturday
30 July at 6:30 pm. The following day, Sunday, we will sing at the church
of Notre Dame d'Auteuil on the Rue Corot at 11:00am and then present
Choral Evensong at the American Cathedral on Rue Georges V at 5:00 pm.
Notre Dame d'Auteuil is home to one of France's most famous organs by
the great builder Artistide Cavaille-Coll, and the American Cathedral
has been a centre of worship for English-speakers for more than a century.
GIRLS' CHOIR TRIP TO VIRGINIA
During the last weekend of May, the Girls Choir traveled to Virginia to sing at St. Paul's Cathedral in downtown Richmond. Steve the bus driver departed from Buffalo at 9:00 a.m. on the 27th, and the girls, along with chaperones Vera Kozak and Wendy Darling and choirmasters Drew Cantrill and Andrew Scanlon, settled in for a long ride. After more than 12 hours on the road (including numerous pit-stops), we parked in front of the St. Paul's courtyard and stepped out into the Southern heat. After unpacking our vestments, the girls were split into small groups and went home with host families for the evening.
On Saturday morning, we all met back at the church and set out for
Colonial Williamsburg, less than an hour outside of Richmond. Though
the weather was uncooperative at first, the morning turned into a fun
and exciting experience.
When we returned to the 21st century, the girls prepared for rehearsal
for that afternoon's concert. We were singing favorites like Poulenc's
Litanies a la Vierge Noir and Pergolesi's Stabat Mater as well as new
repertoire such as Ned Rorem's Alleluia. The concert was well attended,
and certainly well received by the audience. Afterwards, the girls returned
to their host families.
Sunday morning dawned hot and humid, and though no one was looking forward to wearing heavy vestments, we were excited to lead the congregation in worship. Immediately following the service, Steve helped the girls heave their luggage back onto the bus and after saying goodbye to our families, we headed home to Buffalo. We are all thankful for the hospitality of our hosts and the fellowship of the members of the St. Paul's congregation, especially the organist Grant Hellmers. Visiting Richmond was a great experience for all and a wonderful way to wrap up the choral year.
CONGRATULATIONS to Catherine Kiersz who has been made a Head Chorister in the Cathedral Girls' Choir. Catherine has been singing at the cathedral for six years and studies the organ with Andrew Scanlon. She attracted much attention when she sang soprano solos with Lydia Evans in the music program's recent performance of the Monteverdi 'Vespers'. Catherine is a junior at City Honors School in Buffalo.
Book of Remembrance
The Book of Remembrance is being resurrected after a long absence. The Book used to reside in a special display case located next to the baptistery under the arch to the north porch.
The format of the new Book of Remembrance will be slightly different from the old one. Each day of the year will have its own page in the book. Each day the page will be turned to the current day's page on which will be recorded the names of the dearly departed who entered into rest on that date. At one of the services each day, prayers will be offered for the departed who are recorded on that day's page.
If you would care to have a loved one memorialized in
the Book of Remembrance, please send their name, clearly spelled as
you wish it to appear, their date of death, and age, along with a minimum
contribution of $25.00 per name to the Cathedral office. Mark your envelope
"Book of Remembrance."
to the seven parishioners that took the 9-hour First Aid, Child, Infant and Adult CPR course on June 4th with Parish Nurse Diana Foster. They are Sharon Bass,Lynn Brunner, Lloyd Hunt, Bill Kraebel, Wendy Metz, Lisa Naylon and Mick Szymanski.
July 17 Forum: Lee Poole will speak on the life and times of Sheldon Thompson whose colorful career mirrored that of early Buffalo. He was a founding member of St. Paul's Church and rose to become the first popularly elected Mayor of the City. As part of his presentation Lee will show a number rare illustrations of early Buffalo. Be sure to join us for this interesting presentation!
Daniel Scarozza who sings alto in the famed choir of St Thomas Church,
New York City, will be presenting services of choral evensong on Mondays,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 20th until July 15th.
The Rev. Paul Lillie, appointed missioner to the Diocese of Jerusalem, and currently at the Cathedral Church of St. George the Martyr, Jerusalem, will be conducting workshops for three Wednesdays in August. There will be a 12:30 presentation as well as an evening presentation at 5:15.
The first week is entitled Spirituality and Ethics in the Workplace: Jerusalem and Beyond.
The second week is entitled Jerusalem meets Buffalo: Spirituality, Faith and the Workplace.
Week three is entitled Spirituality, Ethics and Faith in Our World: Life in a global context.
Paul will also be with us to preside and preach for two Sundays at both 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
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