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The high altar flowers are given by the Altar Guild to the greater glory of God and in thanksgiving for the 99th birthday of Mary Brown on June 30.
This morning, we welcome Fr. Will Brown, Rector, Church of the Holy Cross, Dallas, Texas as our guest preacher.
INDEDPENDENCE DAY HOLIDAY
Monday, July 4, is the Independence Day federal holiday. The Church offices will be closed on that day, and there will be Morning Prayer at 7:45 a.m. and Low Mass at 8:00 a.m. in the Chapel. There will be no evening services.
FIRST TUESDAY FELLOWSHIP
Tuesday, July 5, the First Tuesday Fellowship group will meet in the Carwithen Parlor from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. for food and fellowship. Please try to drop by and visit with old friends and perhaps make new friends. All are welcome!
Evensong and Benediction will be suspended during the months of July and August, with the exception of a special Evensong on Sunday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m. which will be sung by The Choir School of Newport County and the Adult Choir of The Zabriskie Memorial Church of Saint John the Evangelist, Newport RI (The Rev. Nathan J. A. Humphrey, Vicar, and Peter Stoltzfus Berton, Choirmaster) & The Bishop's Choir School and Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Springfield, MA (David Pullium, Director of Music). A festive reception will follow. Please mark your calendars and come to welcome Fr. Humphrey and his family back to St. Paul's. Regular weekly Sunday Evensong & Benediction will resume on Sunday, September 11, when we welcome back our choristers.
DAILY MASS UPDATES
Evening Masses: Effective Monday May 30, 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.
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.
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.
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 will continue this summer. Our summer series will be “Faith and Everyday Life.” We will explore topics where faith meets everyday life, and we will have some excellent speakers who will facilitate our conversations. Also, we will try expanding our forum time to forty-five minutes over the summer. So, Sunday Forums will 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 July, we will explore the topic of anxiety. In Scripture, Christ tells us to “Fret not.” And yet, that can be far more easily said than done. We will look at anxiety as a holistic condition that involves our bodies, minds and spirits. I will facilitate this conversation. On Sunday, July 10, we will explore the topic “Understanding Anxiety Holistically.” Then, on Sunday, July 17, we will continue with the topic “Holistic Strategies for Living with Anxiety.”
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 now meets only on the first Monday of the month. However, due to the July 4th holiday falling on the first Monday in July, the group will not meet in July. 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: