WEEKLY UPDATE
Deans' Note
March 28, 2021
We come to the culmination of our Lenten preparation and begin Holy Week this Palm Sunday. In particular, we move to the three holiest days beginning on Thursday evening after sunset, the start of Good Friday, then Holy Saturday, and Easter Day. 

The primary purpose of these liturgies is not to commemorate something that happened to Jesus long ago. Rather we walk with him to give thanks for what he did and experience how it impacts our lives and the future of the world. 

Jesus gives us the sacrament of his Body and Blood and teaches us about serving one another so that we have a physical sacramental sign of our connection to each other, to him, and the promise of the future new creation. We enter the mystery of the cross knowing the offering of his life opens the path to new life for us as he conquers the power of death. The cross is connected to our own death and to the font of Baptism where we enter into a new life with him through the resurrection.

These are themes of both cosmic and personal significance. We move from darkness to light, death to life. This year these themes hold even more weight and meaning as we are on the verge of moving into a new phase from loss and grief to hope and re-emergence from the pandemic, That's why our first in-person service in the Cathedral will not be the glory of Easter, but the hopeful waiting at the tomb looking for life to burst forth (See the video in this update).

We also may look at the world around us and struggle with hope when we see much that indicates the triumph of darkness, rather than the victory of light. The Church lectionary appoints Mark's Gospel to be read this year, and the Easter Gospel is appropriate to where many of us are. Mark doesn't end his Gospel in a blaze of glory. Women come early to the tomb just as the sun has risen and they experience disorientation. They hear the message of Jesus' resurrection but flee from in fear and disbelief. 

We believe that is not the end of the story, but this year, we may be having an Easter experience similar to those first women. We may find it difficult to see beyond the tomb, to experience the resurrection in our lives right now. Still, faith compels us to continue to search for the one who went out ahead of those women and who brought them to resurrection joy even through their struggles. So let's enter this week through night to day, through loss to life along with Jesus who points the way forward..


Special Easter Offering
for Flowers & Special Music
Even though we are digital, we want to enter into the joy of Easter with flowers and special music. We appreciate your generosity!

You can donate here.
Holy Week 2021
Palm Sunday
March 28, 2021

8 am
Mass In The Garden w/Bishop Diane Bruce
Reservation Required. RSVP here.

11 am
Online Service w/ Bishop Diane Bruce
on Facebook & YouTube
Maundy Thursday
April 1, 2021

7 pm
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper w/ Canon Melissa McCarthy
on Facebook and YouTube
Good Friday
April 2, 2021

12 pm
Solemn Liturgy
on Facebook and YouTube
Holy Saturday
April 3, 2021

12 pm
Indoor In-Person Service
Reservation Required. RSVP here.

8 pm
Diocesan Service: The Great Vigil of Easter
on Facebook and YouTube
Easter Sunday
April 4, 2021

(No 8 am Garden Mass)

11 am
Easter Day Festival Eucharist with Choir, Organ and Brass
on Facebook and YouTube
Community & Events
Returning To The Cathedral

We are conducting a survey about returning to indoor services. We would love to know your thoughts and opinions on this matter.

A link to the survey is right below. Please complete the survey, no later than Easter Monday, April 5, 2021.

COVID-19 VACCINE
Starting on April 1, anyone over 50 and over is eligible to receive the vaccine. April 15, anyone over 16.

The Covid-19 vaccine clinic at Kedren Hospital does not require appointments for anyone who is eligible but there is a special senior line.

Also, Kaiser Permanente allows persons 75 and over, outside their plan to get vaccinated by calling 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273).

Seniors who need to access other options can receive internet support, please contact Fr. Dan for more information.

Meet the Doctor Who Turned His LA Clinic
Into a COVID Vaccine Hub
Food Pantry
April 17, 2021 at 8:30 am

If you know a senior who is homebound and might need food delivered, please contact Fr. Dan.

Click HERE if you would like to donate a lenten offering to this ministry of loving our neighbors.
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Online Services

Services will continue to be streamed on our Facebook page here. Sunday morning mass is at 11:00 a.m. and Sunday night compline is at 8:00 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday. Tuesday and Thursday evening prayer are at 6:30 p.m., also on the Facebook page. The Sunday services are also uploaded to YouTube.
Online Giving

Giving is still important to the operation of the church in these interesting times. You can give online through our website donation platform here, or by the mobile version Give Plus on Android or iPhone. Checks made out to "St. John's Church" may be mailed to Clergy House; reply to this email for the address. You can also text STJOHNSLA to 44321 for a text-to-give option!