Maundy Thursday
April 13, 2017
Bishop's Holy Week Message
Social Justice Commission, Bishop send joint letter to Governor of Arkansas
Stop government-sponsored killing
The letter clearly outlines the Episcopal Church’s condemnation of the death penalty in any circumstance.  The Episcopal Church in Arkansas has been mobilizing to raise awareness and create opportunities to pray for death row inmates and for the families of their victims .  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts does not permit state-sponsored execution but many states still do. 

Adding their voices to the cry for mercy, this letter to Little Rock comes with the prayers of the Church in Western Massachusetts. “We understand that each man has been found guilty and sentenced to die in accordance with the laws of Arkansas.  We ask that you consider the mercy that Jesus offers all sinners, a mercy transcending human understanding and the inevitably imperfect system of human justice.” READ THE LETTER
Christ Church Cathedral

Friday, May 19, 2017 

6:30 pm

Christ Church Cathedral

35 Chestnut Street

Springfield, MA  01103 

Clergy are invited to vest and process.

The liturgical color of the day is red.

Reception to follow with live music and dancing!
April 24 -- Deadline for Regional Confirmations
Pioneer Valley:        
Saturday May 6th,  10:00 a.m.
Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield

Saturday May 20th,  11:00 a.m.
All Saint's Church, Worcester

Thursday May 25th,  7:00 p.m.
St. John's Church, Williamstown

Got Confirmands?

Please  email  me the number of confirmands so I may send you the correct number of confirmation certificates in advance of the celebration. Please refer to the  diocesan website  for guidelines and prerequisite forms. If I can be of assistance as you prepare for these celebrations, do not hesitate to contact me.


Jill K. Senecal
Executive Assistant to the Bishop

May 20 -- Stewardship & Racial Justice Events
Holy Currencies Workshop
Join Bill Kruse and  the Rev. Cricket Cooper

Saturday, May 20
St. Philip's Episcopal Church

Cost: $15
Lunch included

Talking race in safe space
St. Stephen's, Pittsfield

Our day will include prayer, presentations, small group discussions, short videos, lunch, and Holy Eucharist. Each parish is encouraged to send at least one clergy or lay leader, and group size is limited, so please register early! Childcare and/or a children’s component is available with participant interest.

Facilitator Team from the Social Justice Commission: Lee Cheek, Lisa Green, Harvey Hill, Alexizendria Link, Peter Swarr, Maggie Sweeney

Is Renewalworks for you?

Register by August 13
  RenewalWorks  will inspire your congregation and leadership to rediscover who Jesus is and what it means to follow him. Through a guided methodology of self-reflection, sharing, and workshop discussion, it will help you refocus on spiritual growth and identify ways that God is calling you to grow   READ MORE

When:  September 10, 2017 
( must sign-up by August 13, 2017 )

Cost:  $250  
(The cost for the program is actually $500 but our diocese is subsidizing it by half for parishes that make the commitment to participate)            REGISTER
MDI Grants
Round 2 NOW OPEN
 Deadline to apply: 
6/28 (Don't be Late!!)
C'mon--put your thinking caps on. Make a 'Wish List' of ministries and projects you've been dreaming about. Or, simply start dreaming!

The Ministry Grants team wants to give away money (well, with some limits of course)!
Our budget for 2017 is $80K, and $31,182 has been awarded to date. Here's the plan: Begin asking around...what new ministry have you been wanting and hoping to start, that hasn't yet happened?

Safe Church trainings
Does your staff need Safe Church?
  • Volunteer & Full Day, May 13, 9-3 @ All Saints' Church, South Hadley
  • Volunteer, May 31, 6-9 p.m. @ Christ Church, Rochdale
  • Volunteer, June 15, 6-9 p.m. @ All Saints', South Hadley
For more information or to register please visit  our webpage.
Social Justice & Creation Care

Creation Care = Climate Justice
Social Justice Commission
Enrichment and Education

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