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The Reception of the Body of Mary G.A. Brown will take place in the nave of the church on Friday, July 29 at seven thirty in the evening, followed by sung Compline and a recitation of the Holy Rosary.
A Solemn Requiem Mass will be celebrated for the repose of the soul of Mary G. A. Brown in this parish church on Saturday, July 30, at three o’clock in the afternoon, to be followed by a reception. Mary was a long-time member of the parish and a former Senior Warden and former Director of the Altar Guild. She died a few days into her hundredth year; and, an autobiographical article she wrote on the occasion of her ninetieth birthday is available online in this month’s Epistle, or in a printed version of the Epistle available on the tract rack at the back of the nave. May she rest in Peace and rise in Glory.
A tea in Mary’s honor will follow the Requiem Mass. If you are able to contribute a savory or sweet finger food or are available to help with set up, serving, or clean up, please contact Anne Windle at (202) 699-0806 or annetwindle [at] gmail.com. Cash donations are also welcome. Please make checks payable to St. Paul’s Parish, memo line: Brown reception.
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF MUSIC TO SERVE ON STAFF OF ROYAL SCHOOL OF CHURCH MUSIC CONFERENCE
Interim Director of Music, John Bradford Bohl, is away this Sunday serving on the staff of the Royal School of Church Music’s King’s College Course in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Our thanks to Honorary Assistant Director of Music, Bob Motes, for playing and conducting the choir on July 24th.
ARCHIVES HELP NEEDED
Calling all historians, museum specialists, visual display artists, or others interested in helping us create fascinating historic displays for our 150th anniversary. Work will begin in August to sort, arrange, and display items and stories from our archives. Please contact Linda Wilkinson immediately at ljwilkinson2 [at] gmail.com to express an interest and find out more.
SATURDAY LOW MASS ACOLYTES
We urgently need to add new faces to our pool of Saturday 8:00 a.m. Low Mass acolytes. This is not a weekly commitment - we ask for monthly or "as required" volunteers. Training is provided. Please talk to Fr. Richard or Fr. Shawn. This is a great opportunity to help support our Anglo-Catholic identity, and to keep the daily Mass tradition alive and well.
DAILY MASS AND SUNDAY EVENSONG UPDATES
Sunday Evensong & Benediction has been suspended during the months of July and August. Regular weekly Sunday Evensong & Benediction will resume on Sunday, September 11, when we welcome back our choristers.
Evening Masses: Evening Prayer and Low Mass are now offered only on Wednesday evenings. Additional weekday evening Masses will be added on feast days and before evening meetings, such as Vestry and Hic & Nunc, and announced via the weekly calendar and website. We encourage all who look for weekday evening worship to support this Wednesday provision.
Mass will continue to be celebrated Monday-Friday at 7:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 6:45 a.m.
Saturday Low Mass will now be celebrated at 8:00 a.m., preceded by Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m., starting June 4.
Parish Requiem will be celebrated monthly on the fourth Saturday of each month.
Confessions will be heard Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Unction will be offered weekly at the Tuesday 7:00 a.m. Mass.
The Holy Rosary will be recited on the second Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m., following Low Mass at 8:00 a.m.
FOOD PANTRY DONATIONS
Your gifts of non-breakable, nonperishable items will help keep local families fed this fall and winter. It's an easy way to make a difference and an ideal way to introduce children to the importance of helping those in need. The donation basket is located at the baptismal font.
Grate Patrol Friday Food Prep: With the universities closed and summer vacation season starting, Grate Patrol is short on volunteers for Friday afternoon sandwich making. Could you drop by once or twice over the summer months? Do you know kids who are trying to fulfill school mandated service hours?
Food prep begins at 2 pm each Friday in the dining hall. With 8-10 people, it takes less than 90 minutes to produce the 400 bag breakfasts that other volunteers deliver on Saturday and Sunday mornings. St. Francis taught that we should "preach the Gospel at all time, use words only when necessary." How better to honor that teaching!
Sunday Forums continue this summer. Our summer series is “Faith and Everyday Life.” We are exploring topics where faith meets everyday life, and we have some excellent speakers to facilitate our conversations. Also, we are expanding our forum time to forty-five minutes over the summer. So, Sunday Forums begin at 10:15 and end at 11:00. I would greatly appreciate your feedback on this experiment as we may continue it into next year if it works well or go back to our thirty minute sessions if that is preferred.
In August, we will finish up our series “Faith and Everyday Life” with Dr. Simona Murnick, a board-certified psychiatrist and St. Paul’s parishioner. Many of us here at St. Paul’s are involved in a number of volunteer and charitable activities both in the parish and in our communities. Also, many of us are taking care of sick or disabled family members. This level of care can sometimes lead to burnout. On Sunday, August 7, Simona will speak on “Compassion Fatigue and Self Care,” where she will talk about how to know if we are experiencing burn out in our lives and ways to take care of ourselves as we care for others. This discussion is much needed in every parish.
I hope that you can join us for our summer series “Faith and Everyday Life.” It should prove to be a powerful and important series. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me (strout [at] stpauls-kst.com).
Faithfully, Fr. Shawn
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group will not meet during the summer; we plan to re-convene after Labor Day to continue our discussion of the Gospel of St. Luke. During the interim our members are encouraged to attend the Sunday Forums.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc meets on the first Monday of the month. The next meeting will be on Monday, August 1. At that time the group will gather at 6:30 in the dining hall for supper, followed by discussion of monastic spirituality and disciplines, and ending with sung Compline.
YOUNG ADULT BIBLE STUDY
A Tuesday Night Bible Study aimed at young adults/young professionals meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Common Room. The group is looking at the Gospel of St John. Each session includes time of teaching and reflecting on the Scriptures, with emphasis on their applicability to our daily lives. The group is led by Dr. Ryan Danker of Wesley Theological Seminary.
This week we pray: