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FLOWERS ON THE LADY ALTAR throughout the month of May are given in honor of Our Lady by an anonymous donor.
RESUMPTION OF WEEKDAY EVENING SERVICES
On Monday, April 18, we resumed a full normal weekday service schedule: 6:45 a.m. Morning Prayer (Chapel), 7:00 a.m. Low Mass (Chapel), 5:30 p.m. Shrine Prayers (Lady Altar) and 6:00 p.m. Low Mass (Chapel). (On certain major feast days, as announced, evening Mass will be at 6:45 p.m. at the High Altar.)
Thursday, May 5 is the Feast of the Ascension of our Lord, a “Principal Feast” of the Church (see BCP, p. 15), and will be celebrated with a Procession and Solemn Mass at 6:45 p.m. The Parish Choir will sing music of Harold Darke and Charles Villiers Stanford.
DIOCESAN RETREAT AT ST. PAUL’S
The Episcopal Diocese of Washington (“EDOW”) Diocesan Retreat Committee invites you to join us for a Quiet Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016 here at St. Paul’s! The Rev. Dr. Francis Wade will lead us to reflect upon Easter Aftershocks: Meditations on the Action-Packed Story in the Book of Acts. The day begins at the 9:30 am Low Mass and ends at 3 pm. A light lunch will be served. The cost is ‘pay what you can.’ Register by May 15. For more information and to register, contact Lesley Krauland at edowsilentretreat [at] gmail.com.
Easter Aftershocks: Meditations on the Action-Packed Story in the Book of Acts
The ultimate theological question is always: So what? The great events and understandings of our faith must make a difference beyond mere knowledge. They impact the way we live or else they are little more than Jeopardy answers or pious daydreams. Jesus’ resurrection is the central event of the Gospels but the ‘So what?’ is explored in Luke’s great sequel, The Acts of the Apostles. In that action-packed story, the former disciples (followers) become apostles (sent) and must struggle with a new vision, new power, a new concept of community, new mistakes and new responsibilities. These are the “Aftershocks of Easter” we will explore.
The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade is known to EDOW as the former Rector of St. Alban’s Parish on the grounds of Washington Cathedral. He served that congregation from 1983 until his retirement in 2005. He is a frequent contributor to Forward Movement publications including Forward Day by Day. Fr. Wade is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Theological Seminary and has taught Pastoral Theology at both General and Virginia Seminaries. In 2012 Fr. Wade served as Interim Dean of Washington Cathedral. In 2013 he received an honorary doctorate from The Virginia Seminary. He continues to serve as a consultant to a variety of congregations and church institutions.
PROVISIONAL VOTERS’ LIST FOR THE 2016 ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
The Provisional List of “Qualified Voters” has been posted (as required by parish by-laws) and, along with the relevant by-laws provisions, is located on the Vestry bulletin board in the Pillsbury House hallway. This year's Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. following the evening Mass. As the by-laws state: "Each parishioner is responsible for verifying the presence of his/her name on both the provisional list and the final list, and bringing any questions to the attention of the Rector, the Secretary of the Vestry, or the Treasurer if there is any discrepancy." If you have any questions about this notice, please contact a Vestry member.
NOMINEES FOR THE NEXT VESTRY
Four members of the parish will be elected to the Vestry at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The following persons are members of the Vestry Nominating Committee for 2016: Remington Gregg, Susan Granum, Allen Payne, Katherine Britton, Paul McKee. Please contact any of these members before May 15 if you would like to nominate a parishioner as a candidate. The parish by-laws require that to be eligible for election to the Vestry a person must be 18 years or older, a communicant in good standing of the Episcopal Church, and a current pledger at St. Paul’s. The candidate must also, of course, be willing to serve!
MOTHER MIRIAM IS COMING!
On Pentecost Sunday, May 15, 2016, Mother Miriam, Superior of the Community of St. Mary (CSM), Eastern Province, will be our speaker at the Rector's Forum, and preach at both the 9:00 and 11:15 a.m. Masses. During the forum, Mother Miriam will discuss her most recent visit to Luwinga, Malawi, where the CSM established a convent in 1999. As many parishioners know, St. Paul's Commission on Mission has supported this convent for nearly a decade, including their work among Malawi's many children who have been orphaned as the result of AIDS. Due to our support and help from other like-minded parishes, the convent has opened a nursery school for these children, and even established an "Orphans' Choir"! Please mark your calendars for this important parish event.
St Paul's parishioners are encouraged to regularly make their confession, especially during Eastertide: an opportunity to die to our sins, and receive God's great gift of new life. Confessions are heard on Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., or by appointment with one of our clergy.
If you have never made your confession before open the Book of Common Prayer at page 446 to learn more of what is involved; clergy are always happy to answer questions and aid preparation. And remember the great Anglican aphorism: all can, none must, some should.
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.
The Grate Patrol is recruiting volunteers to deliver breakfasts on Sat and Sun mornings to approximately 200 homeless persons sleeping under bridges, on park benches and in doorways of downtown Washington. We need both one time helpers and “experts” - those who want to go out once a month, learn one or both of our delivery routes and accompany new volunteers. Delivery takes about 3 hours (5:45 to 8:45 am) using two cars with at least two persons per car. New volunteers are accompanied and/or trained by experienced “Patrollers.” This is an appropriate activity for parents and children. Please contact Glenn Marsh gmarsh338 [at] outlook.com to sign up.
Rector’s Forum continues meeting on Sundays in the Guild Room/Library at 10:30 a.m. Dates and topics are as follows:
May 1st - My Life in Prayer (Paul Moberly)
May 8th - The Syrian Crisis: A Call for Interfaith Positive Action (Fr. Hual)
May 15th - Mother Miriam CSM, Superior - Community St Mary (Eastern Province)
We welcome back Mother Miriam, and look forward to hearing news of her community and their work in Greenwich and Malawi.
May 22nd – "Dancing with the Trinity” (Fr. Strout)
ADULT DISCUSSION GROUP
The Adult Discussion Group meets at 10:30 a.m. Sundays between the two principal masses and has recently begun a study of St. Luke's Gospel.
HIC ET NUNC
Hic et Nunc now meets only on the first Monday of the month. The next gathering will be on Monday, May 2. 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.
SERMO TUUS VERITAS EST
Sermo Tuus Veritas Est, a new Tuesday Night Bible Study aimed at young adults / young professionals has begun here at St Paul's. 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: