Weekly Connector

Monday, February 5, 2024

Join Us for a Scrumptious Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, Feb. 11 | 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Banquet Room and Community Room

$5 per person, to support Youth Pilgrimage

Come indulge in a delightful breakfast experience! Our pancakes are the talk of the town, and we're excited to share them with you. Whether you savor the traditional goodness or need gluten-free or vegetarian options, we have something for everyone.

The menu includes delicious pancakes, savory sausage, and gluten-free/vegetarian options.

This event is not just about food; it's about community and togetherness. Your presence would make it even more special.

Don't miss out on this wonderful breakfast gathering! Mark your calendar for February 11 – we look forward to sharing this delicious morning with you. For more information, feel free to contact us at timk@ourcathedral.org.

Newcomers' Gathering

Sunday, Feb. 11 | Following 10:30 a.m. service

This 45-minute gathering is an opportunity for those who are new or returning to Saint Mark’s to meet other newcomers and some of the Cathedral staff and leadership.

It’s a chance to ask questions about the life of the Cathedral and to learn of opportunities for prayer, study, and service to encourage you on your journey of faith.

The gathering will be held in the Heritage Room which is on the Nave level. A brief tour of the building will be provided for those who are interested. Beverages and snacks will be available.

Absalom Jones Feast Day Service

Sunday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m. | St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul

Co-presented by Holy Trinity & St. John's

Holy Trinity and St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Churches invite you to join in a celebration of the Feast of Absalom Jones at St. John the Evangelist, 60 N. Kent Street, St. Paul. The Rev. Jeckonia Okoth, Missioner for Multicultural Ministries, will celebrate, with the Rev. Craig Lemming, Associate Rector at St. John’s, preaching.

A reception featuring sweet potato pie and other goodies will follow the service.

Absalom Jones was born enslaved to a wealthy Anglican planter in 1746 in Delaware. Following unsuccessful attempts to buy his freedom as a young adult, he was granted manumission in 1784. Jones became an active lay leader and preacher in the Methodist and Episcopal Churches. He went on to become the first person of African descent to be ordained priest in the Anglican Church, by Bishop William White in 1802. Known as “the Black Bishop of the Episcopal Church,” Jones was an example of persistent faith in God and in the Church as God’s instrument. Jones died on February 13, 1818.

Find the propers for Absalom Jones’ Feast Day here.

Ash Wednesday Service

Wednesday, February 14

Worship at 7 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m.

Ash Wednesday is the first of the forty days of Lent and is named for the custom of placing blessed ashes on the foreheads of worshipers at Ash Wednesday services. The ashes are a sign of penitence and a reminder of mortality and may be imposed with the sign of the cross.

While It Was Still Dark

Thursdays, February 15, 22, 29 | 12 p.m., online

Facilitator: The Rev. Mary Beth Farrell

Access the Zoom link here.

This small phrase from the Gospel of John has embedded itself into my heart and mind. It describes the resurrection morning when Mary went to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away.

We tend to think of Easter as bright sunlight, flowers and new life all around us. While that is not wrong, we need to remember that the resurrection occurred while it was still dark, while there was no Jesus, no sign of life and despair settled back in and seemed to remove all hope and light. 


I am always inspired by those whose faith remains, even when it is still dark. Even without reason to hope and be joyful. 

As we journey through lent together, I invite you to join me in looking at the stories of a few of those people. What did it look like for them to be able to say, "God is good, all the time", in words and actions, and what might we learn from their stories? 

We will gather on Zoom, over the course of 3 weeks, and do just that. How do we hold onto the promises of God when things on the outside seem bleak, and we can feel alone.


I look forward to facilitating this time of wondering, learning and listening, and I hope to see you there!

Saint Mark's Cathedral Choral Society

Weekly on Mondays | 7 – 8:30 p.m., Whipple Chapel

If you love to sing, can read music but hate auditions, this is the group for you!

Rehearsals for our concert on May 11 (Gloria/Poulenc, and Te Deum/Walton) have just begun. Contact Canon Musician Ray Johnston for further information at rayj@ourcathedral.org.

Upcoming Saint Mark's Music Series

Join us for the following recitals in Saint Mark's Music Series.

Admission is free!

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:30 p.m.

Organ Recital by Christopher Ganza

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2:30 p.m.

Piano Recital by William Eddins

Click here for more information about Saint Mark's Music Series.


Every Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

First Sunday: 

Youth Group, Adult Formation

Second Sunday: 

Godly Play, Youth Group 

Third Sunday: 

Godly Play, Youth Group

Fourth Sunday: 

Youth Group, Adult Formation

Every Sunday:

Fellowship (9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) in the Community Room 

Gospel Based Discipleship

Online Every Friday at 12:15 p.m.

We are a small group that meets to read a short passage from the Gospels and reflect on its meaning for our lives, both as individuals and as community.  Joining is as easy as clicking the Zoom link below!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 5391 5612

Connect with Interim Dean, Rev. Lane Hensley

Reach out to Rev. Hensley at 612-400-1205 or  laneh@ourcathedral.org. You can also schedule a conversation with him by phone, Zoom, in-person meeting at the Cathedral or elsewhere, or over a meal together by visiting https://lanehensley.org/meet.

Worship & Prayer

Worship & Prayer Schedule


5:30 p.m. Santa Misa en Español (Worship Service in Spanish)


8 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite I (Traditional Language)

10:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist Rite II (Contemporary Language) – In Person & Online

5 p.m. Choral Evensong – In Person & Online


8 a.m. Morning Prayer


12:15 p.m. Holy Eucharist

5 p.m. Evening Prayer


9 a.m. Contemplative Prayer


Special Needs 

Cindy Beukema, Michael Curry, Carl DiBella, Abby Galvin and family, Glen Hausfeld, Leah Myers and family, Suzanne and Joan Mitchell, John, Canyon


Ruth Catlin, James Biddle, Bruce Ray, Sue Slater, Dee Renner

Ongoing Prayers

Mary Jo Browne, Viola Bradshaw, Marc Cliplef, Bob Collier, Sally Cuningham, Richard Evans, Eldon Feist, Nancy Foster, Marie Irwin, Anneke Jessup, Carol Adele-Jewett, Robert Little, Ann Maas, Kathy Matt, Terry Schlink, Ella Slade, Donald and Dianne Sutton, Young Ja Lee


For those in discernment for the Priesthood or Diaconate in their journey of learning and spiritual formation

From the Book of Common Prayer

For Heroic Service:

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.



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