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June 8th, 2023

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Performance This Saturday of

"A Slave Ship Called Malaga"

by artist Antonio Rocha

This Saturday, June 10th, 2023


The Cathedral Nave

Tickets available at the door, visiting the link here, or by scanning the QR Code Below

Adults (Ages 12+)- $10.00

(Photo credit: Coco McCrackin)

*Please note that the recommended age for attending this event is ages 12 +

Join us at 7:00PM this Saturday June 10th in the Cathedral Nave as we partner with Portland Ovations to host artist Antonio Rocha in his performance of "A Slave Ship Called Malaga."

Portland Ovations describes Rocha's work as the following:

"The Malaga Ship Story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale told from the perspective of the ship. The story vividly explores the reality and impact of the slave trade then and now through Antonio’s relationships to Maine and Brazil. Each performance is followed by a moderated conversation with a facilitator."

Visit the links below to learn more about the artist, the background of the performance, and to access educational resources.

Antonio Rocha

Performance Background

Learning resources

Tickets Are Going Fast!

Watch a Preview of Antonio Rocha's Performance Below


Join Us For the Parish-Wide Picnic After the Service This Sunday!

This Sunday, June 11th, 2023

The Park Street Parking Lot (Rain Location in Lower Hall)

Following the 10AM Service

Menu: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Options, Salads, and Ice Cream

Join us for a parish wide picnic following the service as we conclude Sunday School for the summer, recognize our graduating high school seniors, and note the end of the season for the Cathedral Choir.

The picnic will take place outside in the Park Street Parking Lot (rain location is the Lower Hall).

With any additional questions please contact Sarah Dowling

Congratulations to All Graduating

High School and College Seniors

The Cathedral Community wishes to congratulate all graduating high school and collegiate seniors from the parish.

We are proud of each of you for the individuals you have become, all of your achievements, and wish you success in all of your future endeavors.

St. Luke’s New Social Media Policy

With all the advances in social media technology and use, it is important for the Cathedral to follow the lead of other organizations and churches and establish a Social Media Policy, click here to read the full policy.

This policy applies St. Luke’s clergy, staff, and individuals in leadership roles.

Quoting from the policy document: “The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance for Cathedral personnel on the relationship between employment, volunteerism, and personal social media postings. The Dean, Wardens, and Vestry of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke’s seek to foster an environment that embodies our Baptismal Covenant and respect the dignity of every human being (Book of Common Prayer, page 304). Personal postings on any social media forum that relate to Cathedral life should reflect the covenant.”

Please email Senior Warden Sam Allen if you have questions about the new policy.

Parish Administrator Away for

Select Weeks in June and July

Parish Administrator, Avery Schott, will be out of the office during the week of Sunday, June 18th—Sunday, June 25th, as well as Friday, June 30th—Monday, July 10th. The office will be covered by a group of volunteer parishioners during this time.

All announcements for the bulletin and E-pistle for the week of June 18th, must be submitted no later than next Wednesday, June 14th to be included.

March With St. Luke’s in

The Portland Pride Parade

Join St. Luke’s new LGBTQIA+ Ministry, “Luke’s Garden” in marching in the Portland Pride Parade. The parade will take place next Saturday, June 17th.

For additional information about how you can get involved please contact the parish office or Orion Williams.

The Tuesday 12:10 Service to go on Summer Break after Next Week

The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist will go on summer break after the final service next week on June 13th.

Join The Rev. Anne Fowler and service participants for a meal following the service to express thanks for the ability to gather as a community.

Please email the cathedral office with additional questions.

The Young and the Restless Next Meeting June 13th!

Tuesday, June 13th


Rising Tide in Portland

Contact: Shana Rose

The Young and the Restless, St. Luke’s 20-30 year old ministry will be having their next meet up at Rising Tide in Portland on 6/13 at 6-8pm. Please contact Shana Rose for more information. We hope to see you there!

Join the Young and the Restless!

We are St. Luke’s 20-30-year-old ministry. We are an active group at the cathedral and also get together outside of the church.

Join us as we go hiking, ice skating, play trivia, or just enjoy each other's company! If you are new to us, welcome! We meet the second Tuesday of each month at Rising Tide, 6-8 pm in Portland. 

Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however second Tuesdays at Rising Tide is a great place to meet us if you're joining us for the first time. 

Please contact Shana Rose at <shanaro931@gmail.com> to be added to the group Discord channel to stay up to date with group activities and information.

St. Elizabeth's Pantry Update

The number of asylum seekers coming to St E’s continues to stretch our resources. One recent Tuesday, we served 363 neighbors, which is nearly double the number served a year ago. We distributed 7,224 infant diapers in one morning alone. A box of 78 size 3 diapers now costs $28. To meet this need, we’ve launched a diaper drive over the next few weeks. To help a baby or toddler stay healthy and to serve the rapidly growing population of mothers in need, please consider dropping off a package of diapers in the box by the rear entrance on Park Street or by donating online here.

Bishop Brown to Preach June 25th

The Rt. Reverend Thomas J. Brown, The Tenth Bishop of Maine, will be preaching in two weeks on June 25th, at the cathedral.

The Bishop will be available to meet with parishioners at 8:45A.M. in the Upper Hall prior to the service. 

Bach Virtuosi Festival

June 20 - 27, 2023:

Concerts performed at St. Luke's Cathedral and Etz Chaim Synagogue

Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated as the creator of numerous masterpieces of church and non-secular music, both instrumental and with vocals. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. This year marks the eighth year that the Bach Virtuosi Festival will bring together world-class musicians to share the music of Bach. 

Visit https://bachvirtuosifestival.org/ to learn more about the repertoire and world-renowned musicians from the Bach Virtuosi Festival.

Bach Virtuosi Festival Artists Looking for Housing and Ushers

The Bach Virtuosi Festival is looking for housing for participating artists.

The festival also has a need for individuals who would volunteer to serve as ushers for concerts.If you or someone you know is interested in assisting in any capacity, please contact Administrative Director Megan Akers.

New Hearing Assistance Devices Available

The Cathedral has new devices for anyone who needs hearing assistance during our worship services. Please ask an usher for help getting started, and let us know how they worked for you. With any additional questions or to give feedback please email Sam Allen or Jack Swanton.

St. Luke's Monday Zoom Book Group on Summer Break

St. Luke’s Monday Zoom Book Group is on vacation for the summer. We’ll be reading Huston Smith’s Why Religion Matters in the fall. Please save the date to join us on Monday, September 18 for our next meeting.

St. Luke's Parishioners in the News

The Rev. Anne C. Fowler Writes Commentary in The Portland Press Herald

This past week, The Rev. Anne C. Fowler had a commentary published in The Portland Press Herald entitled

 "Commentary: Resistance to abortion rights is about keeping women down."

To read the full publication click here.

St. Luke's Parishioners Part of the

2023 Woodfords Community Garden Tour

This weekend, St. Luke's parishioners The Rev. Anne Fowler and Sam Allen will have their garden featured as part of the 2023 Woodfords Community Garden Tour. To learn more about the tour please click here

Ongoing Opportunities &

Community Resources


The St. Luke's Public Policy

and Environmental Action Team Meeting &


The St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental Action Team will meet Tuesday June 13 from 6-7 PM. 

All are welcome. Click here to join us. 

For more information email Sarah Braik

PPEAT Eco-Tips

The Public Policy and Environmental Action Team urges you to vote on June 13. On the ballot will be the Municipal School Budget Referendum and Citizens Initiative Question. For more information go to https://www.portlandmaine.gov/172/Elections-Voting. Requests for absentee ballots may be made up through June 8.

The St. Luke's Healing Team

The Healing Team will be serving on the Sundays of June and the first Sunday of July.

The team will meet July 3, 2023, to schedule the rest of the month of July, 2023.

6/11/23   Peter Carleton, Sara Schmalz

6/18/23   Mary Strnad, Elise Magnuson

6/25/23   Judd Hume, Sara Schmalz

7/2/23     Ruth Roemer, Oscar Mokeme

If you have questions about prayers of healing, please email Judd Hume or call (207) 773 - 5611.

A Note about our Liturgy Team and Pastoral Presence

 During this time of transition to a new Dean we want to explain to the congregation the ways that St. Luke’s Cathedral is providing a clergy presence. We have assembled a team of clergy who will be responsible for organizing and celebrating worship services. This team consists of the Reverends Suzanne Roberts, Anne Fowler, and Christopher Worthley. They will be assisted from time to time by guest preachers and celebrants. Rev. Fowler and Rev. Roberts are available to any congregants who have need of pastoral care. You may reach Rev. Fowler at (617)548-4783 and Rev. Roberts at (207)749-4166.

The Rev. Christopher Worthley is not available for on-call pastoral care due to full-time employment outside of his ministry,  however he is active in care for our neighbors at 75 State Street.

Clynk Bags Available in the Nave and around the Cathedral

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s participation in the Clynk Initiative Program helps to support our young adults ministry, The Young and the Restless.

Additional bags have been made available at both entrances of Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account.

Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Thank you for your support!

Happening in Diocese and the Wider Church Community

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Host

Four Days of Workshops

From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

"Join your fellow Episcopalians for four days of insightful workshops led by dozens of presenters; special speakers; and preachers, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who is beginning his final year as chief pastor of The Episcopal Church.


Don’t miss out on the great rates available NOW for this churchwide festival of worship, learning, community, and action July 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland."


  • Registration—for only $185 until June 1—includes the following:90+ workshops and sessions
  • 4 worship services
  • 3 days of learning
  • 2 lunches
  • Countless connections
  • Book now for great hotel rates: Hilton ($169 until 6/18)
  • Marriott ($149 until 6/12)

Register Here

Last Week's Service

Click the attached links to view the Livestream of Last Sunday's Service, and the Bulletin.

Click the attached links to view the Livestream of Choral Evensong and the service bulletin.

To View past services visit our Youtube Page or visit the archive page on our website to read past bulletins, sermons, and newsletters.

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

Click on the Episcopal Maine Logo to learn about all that is happening in the wider Diocese.




Physical Address:

143 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

Parking Available at:

134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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