Siena Sage
A publication to promote our mission: "In community, love God, love others, serve both."
Physical address: 10435 Double R Blvd. • Reno, NV 89521
Mailing address: P.O. Box 17831 • Reno, NV 89511-1033
January 2021
Many ways to observe the Principal Feast of Epiphany

The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is on 6 January 2021. (The feast technically begins at sundown on 5 January and continues until midnight on 7 January).

Epiphany is one of the seven Principal Feasts observed by The Episcopal Church, along with Christmas Day, Easter Day, Ascension Day, the Day of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and All Saints’ Day. A service will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, 6 January, via Zoom. Further information will be provided in Daily Emails.

Additional ways to observe the Epiphany at home include:

1)  Move the Magi to the Nativity Scene
Between Christmas and Epiphany, move the Wise Men closer and closer through your home toward the Nativity Scene. Have them arrive on the Twelfth Night or Eve of the Epiphany (5 January). It is traditional to display the Nativity Scene until the Eve of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple (2 February).

2)  Chalk your front door
Father Tom will bless chalk at the Sunday service on 3 January and will be on hand at the church to distribute it afterwards between 11:45 am and 1:45 pm. Come by!

Then, on the Twelfth Night or Eve of the Epiphany (5 January), chalk your front door with the traditional inscription: “20 + C + M + B + 21.” The crosses stand for Christ, the numbers at the beginning and end signify the current new year, and C, M, B are the traditional initials of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar) as well as the abbreviation for the Latin blessing, “Christus mansionem benedicat” (May Christ bless this house). It is a beautiful way to consecrate your home and family to Christ for the upcoming year.

3)  Have a Twelfth Night Celebration (a COVID-friendly one limited to your immediate family) on 5 January including one or more of the following:

  • Wassail: You can find recipes online (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

  • Meal: Choose any British entree, such as roast beef, or opt for a Southern American specialty such as gumbo in honour of Mardi Gras season, which officially begins on Twelfth Night (5 January) and ends on Shrove Tuesday (16 February)

  • King Cake: Follow the Twelfth Night and Mardi Gras traditions of serving King Cake (recipes also online, or pre-order from a bakery), with a bean or plastic baby baked inside and frosted with purple, green and gold icing.

  • Give gifts: In honour of the magi bringing gifts, this traditionally was the time gifts were exchanged. If, post-Christmas, you do not want to give serious gifts, consider small gifts such as gold-foil medallions, beaded necklaces, and homemade decorations or toys.

  • Take down Christmas decorations: (The Twelve Days of Christmas having ended). Alternatively, if you prefer, leave them up until the Eve of the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple (2 February). Such was customary until the Victorian era, although Christmas decorations were much simpler and more understated back then relative to our standards today.

  • Literary events and games: In honour of traditional Twelfth Night "mumming," a kind of pantomime play based on the story of St George and a dragon, read the story aloud or create a Twelfth Night table centrepiece based on the festive hats worn by the play's characters. As an alternative literary activity, read from William Shakespeare's play "Twelfth Night," or play charades, acting out Shakespearean play titles.
St. Catherine's financials update from our Treasurer
Revenue --> Nov. 2020: $13,724; Jan.-Nov. 2020: $160,571

Expenses --> Nov. 2020: $15,128; Jan.-Nov. 2020: $173,789

Net --> Nov. 2020: (--$1,404); Jan.-Nov. 2020: (--$13,218)

(Without $4,000 PPP grant, net would have been --$17,218.)
Many thanks to the Rev'd Laurie Chappelle, founding Rector of St Catherine’s, who donated a goat in the name of St Catherine’s through the Episcopal Relief and Development’s Gifts for Life Catalogue (click to see: support.episcopalrelief.org//gifts). Thanks to gifts such as this, families and communities worldwide are empowered to transform their lives in lasting ways.
Book Club opening its meetings with a healing service

By Lajuana Bryan

What a year we have had with 2020. We are still "zooming" our way through our books. We will next meet, via Zoom, at noon on Jan 12 to finish the Ruth Bader Ginsburg book. What a woman -- and we have learned so much about the Supreme Court.

The next book we've chosen to read is Inner Compass: An Invitation to Ignatian Spirituality by Margaret Silf, beginning Jan 26.

Please join us for community on Zoom and healing prayers ... We continue to open our meetings with a healing service at the request of our members. 
Contact Us

Please feel free to call St. Catherine's at (775) 851-4168 to let us know how we might respond to your needs. Even during the church's temporary closure, this phone line is still being answered. If you leave a message, your call will be returned promptly.

St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church

Phone: 775-851-4168 
Physical address: 10435 Double R Blvd. Reno, NV 89521
Mailing address: PO Box 17831 Reno, NV 89511-1033

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