St. Catherine 
of Siena
Episcopal Church

10435 Double R Blvd.
Reno, NV

A publication to promote our mission:
"In community, love God, love others, serve both."


Those on our prayer list include: Gary, Bob, Eric, Alan, Rick, Glenn, Butch, Maggie, Carol, Sharon, Georgia, Ed, Pat, Mark,  Connie, Peter, Elaine, Patty, and the Yakub family. Please keep them in your prayers. 

Family Gather Service: 9 a.m.

Godly Play for kids ages 5-10 :
10 a.m. on the 1st & 3rd Sundays

Adult Education : 10 a.m.

Traditional Service : 11 a.m.

March 3:  Baby Bundles collection (see article), 9:00 and 11:00 am

March 5: Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6:00 pm

March 6: Ash Wednesday, Imposition of Ashes  and Communion, noon

March 10: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS..."Spring forward"

March 12: Lenten Soup Supper & Conversation, 6:00 pm

March 13: Vestry Meeting, 5:15 pm

March 19: Lenten Soup Supper & Conversation, 6:00 pm

March 21: Quilter's Group meeting, 10 a.m.-noon

March 26: Lenten Soup Supper & Conversation, 6:00 pm

March 30: Northwest Mission District meeting (at St. Catherine's), 10 a.m.

March 31: Senior Bundles donations due back at church for blessing

April 2: Lenten Soup Supper & Conversation, 6:00 pm 

April 9: Lenten Soup Supper & Conversation, 6:00 pm 

April 14: Palm Sunday (we leave in silence), 9:00 and 11:00 am

April 16: No Soup Supper

April 18: Agape Supper; Maundy Thursday Foot  Washing and Eucharist, 6 pm

April 19: Good Friday Service and Stations of the Cross, noon

April 20: Candlelight Easter Vigil, 7:00 pm

April 21: Children's Easter Service, 9:00 am;  Egg Hunt & Brunch at 10:00 am;  Festal Easter Eucharist at 11:00 am
AA Men's Group: Meets at St. Catherine's on Wednesday evenings at  7 p.m.

The Rev. Peter Skewes-Cox,
    Associate Priest


Charlie Dickinson Sr. Warden
Liz Skogerson, Jr. Warden
Kevin Goss
Gretchen Korver
Carol Lacy
Peggy Manes
Mike Nusbaum
Donna Sanders, Clerk
Sally Dickinson, Treasurer

Prayer Ministry
Contact Joann McKeeman:

Coffee Hour Hosts,  Greeters
& Ushers
Contact Sharyl Milegich:
853-5016 or
Lay Readers
& Eucharistic Ministers 
Contact Anne Towner:
827-3784 or
Altar Guild  
Contact Linda Stetzell:
826-8585 or

11 a.m. Choir
Contact Molly Mitchell: 224-1156

Lap Quilts for Seniors
Contact Amy Heintz: 
851-1026 or

Children's Flannel Blankets
Contact Carol Dyer:  702-496-8595

Episcopal Recovery Ministry
Contact Joann McKeeman:
Help a young person with reading skills at our Partner In Education school: Double Diamond Elementary! Please contact Sally Dickinson at 853-7850 or to get involved; you can also l earn more by  visiting the 360Blueprint web site .  This is such an important and rewarding way to be useful to our community. Thank you!
Name Tag
Why wear a name tag?
  • Name tags encourage conversation;
  • Name tags promote an outward focus;
  • Name tags make guests feel more comfortable; &
  • Some folks aren't great at remembering names!
You can provide flowers for our  Sunday  services, and  also celebrate someone you love.

Flowers can be donated in the name of someone special for a birthday or anniversary; you can also dedicate the bouquet in memory of someone who's passed on, or to the Glory to God.

On the bulletin board by the coffee pot is a sign-up sheet where you can choose an open date.  The cost is $35.  A check for the cost can be dropped into the collection plate any Sunday with "Flowers" in the memo line.  Thank you!
A group from St. Catherine's meets to talk and make lap quilts, which we then donate to Manor Care, or to someone from St. Catherine's who might need a bit of TLC.  We always welcome anyone who might be interested in learning to make a quilt, or just to be a part of this ministry. No sewing experience is needed, just a pair or willing hands!   Want to help? This month's meeting is Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 a.m. at the church. Questions? Contact Amy Heintz at, or  Sally Dickinson at 853-7850, or .

March 2019
The Rev. Peter Skewes-Cox
Rev. Peter's Message

Many thanks to all those who were able to participate in our farewell events for Rev. Laurie. From our first service on February 4, 2007 to her last service as our Rector on February 24, 2019, Rev. Laurie has faithfully walked together with the people of St. Catherine's through our shared spiritual journey. Many thanks and best wishes to Rev. Laurie as she appropriately begins the next part of her pilgrimage by sailing into the sunset on a 16-day cruise up the West Coast of Latin America. 

This Sunday, the season of Epiphany ends with our celebration of the Feast of the Transfiguration. We say good-bye to our Alleluias as we put them away for the season of Lent. We will celebrate the close of Epiphany at our annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, March 5. Please join us!

Lent is a time of spiritual preparation for Easter, where we intentionally change our lives, by adding new positive practices that draw us closer to the Holy, or by stripping away negative barriers that separate us from our deepest encounters with the One Who Loves Us. 

We can each make our own individual commitments based on where we find ourselves at this point in our journey.  As a parish, our collective Lenten spiritual discipline will be to grow in our knowledge of Jesus and each other at St. Catherine's through coming together at our mid-week events during Lent and Holy Week. In other words, we are all invited to "show up for Jesus and each other." This newsletter lists events for both March and April so you can put them on your calendar.

I am grateful to the people of St. Catherine's for the opportunity to walk with you as your Associate Priest during the coming seasons of Lent and Easter, as we work together to prepare to call and welcome a new priest to lead us.

Peter +

We say good-bye to Rev. Laurie

We gave a St. Catherine's send-off to Rev. Laurie at two events last month. 

On February 21, the Vestry invited Rev. Laurie to what she thought would be a small dinner at the Twisted Fork. When Rev. Laurie walked in, she was greeted by a crowd of 50 parishioners and Northern Nevada clergy colleagues. Surprise! And she was surprised. Not only by the crowd, but by a beautiful blessing from Rev. Rick Millsap of Trinity Cathedral who went through every step of priestly formation with Rev. Laurie, and words of appreciation from current and past Senior Wardens of St. Catherine's, including Charlie Dickinson, Joann McKeeman, Beth Osborne, Sally Dickinson and Mike Nusbaum. Mike had two more surprises for Rev. Laurie from individuals who wanted to give her a retirement gift: a Princess Cruises gift certificate for $2000, and because folks couldn't stop giving, another check for almost $4000. Thanks to all who participated and all who have supported St. Catherine's over the past twelve years.

On February 24, we said good-bye to Rev. Laurie at church. She presided and preached at the 9 am and 11 am services, and we enjoyed a beautiful brunch between the services. At each service, Rev. Laurie led us through a liturgy of leave-taking, which included her returning the Gifts of Ministry she had received from the people of St. Catherine's, saying, "At the beginning of my ministry, you gave me many things in trust and a charge as to how to use them. Now, I leave these and other things with you, the ministers of St. Catherine's, its congregation and lay leaders." 

At the end of the service, Father Jeff Paul, Rector of St. Peter's Carson City and Dean of the Northwest Mission District, asked us all, "Do you, the people of St. Catherine's Episcopal Church, recognize and accept the conclusion of this pastoral relationship?" With both joy and sadness, we all replied, "We do." Thanks to all who participated in these services, with special thanks to those who brought food and decorated the church for the brunch.

A big thank you also to Georgia Tachoires for taking these photos during last Sunday's 11 a.m. service.

Vestry Corner   

By Charlie Dickinson, Senior Warden

The St. Catherine's Vestry has been busy planning for our transition to a parish without a Rector.  During our Vestry meeting of Feb. 23, in addition to our duties of reviewing the financial status of the parish and discussing Ministry Reports of activities in the parish, we also moved forward on a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with our Associate Priest, The Reverend Peter Skewes-Cox.  

This MOU provides a framework for operation of the parish during the time that Rev. Peter will serve as our Associate Priest and details Responsibilities of the Vestry and the Associate Priest during the period of March 1, 2019 through June 15, 2019. 

The Vestry is continuing to work with the Diocese and Canon Catherine on the process to identify our next Rector/Priest in Charge Under Special Circumstances with the hope to have candidates identified by late Spring.  

Also on Feb. 23, the Vestry and Clergy held our Vestry retreat. The retreat provided an opportunity to welcome new vestry members and to develop our workplan for 2019.  During the meeting we discussed the Vestry Role during Clergy Transition and we brainstormed on opportunities that we see at St. Catherine's.  We discussed the Ministry areas of Evangelism, Christian Formation, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Worship and Administration, and had Vestry members look to how we might form teams of parish members who are interested in these Focus Areas.

The Vestry continues to count on the support of the congregation to keep our ministries and services running smoothly as we move through Lent and the Easter seasons.  I would encourage you to contact Vestry members with any questions relative to parish operations or activities. 

We are a strong body of Christ.

Reach out to seniors at Life Care Center

By Amy Heintz

It is now time to collect items for the seniors at Life Care Center.  The items will be collected in the month of March and blessed the last Sunday of March, the 31st.  A board with will be up on the first Sunday of March, the 3rd.  Please take those cards with the items listed and then bring the item/s back the following Sunday or no later than March 31st.

  • Greeting cards (such as get-well cards, birthday, sympathy, thank you and blank note cards)
  • Stamps
  • Body wash for men and women
  • Body lotion for men and women
  • Shampoo and conditioner for men and women
  • Shaving cream
  • Hand lotion
  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail polish (subtle colors)
  • Cotton puffs
  • Nail files
  • Patterned ladies and men's socks
  • Large size clothes for men and women (these may be gently used but clean)
  • Jewelry
  • Popcorn to be popped
  • Hard candy
  • Other snacks
  • Small knick-knacks
  • Small purses
  • Pictures and decorations that can be put on the walls or a shelf
  • Games and puzzles
  • Large print crossword puzzle books
  • Large print word search books
  • Coloring books with crayons
Thank you again for all that you do for these seniors to make their life a bit easier.
Baby Bundles

By Ann Crase

"Baby Bundles" is composed of and supported by members of St. Catherine's and Trinity Episcopal Churches.   With items donated by both congregations, volunteers assemble "Bundles" of layette items for St. Mary's and Renown hospitals. They are then distributed by hospital staff to disadvantaged new parents who have little or nothing for their newborn.  Any help with the following items would be greatly appreciated:

  • Unisex sleepers
  • Unisex hats
  • Unisex pants
  • Boys' afghans or quilts
  • Boys' bibs
If you'd like us to shop for you, monetary donations are always welcome, too. God Bless! 

Questions? Contact Susan Lombardi at 329-2044 or Ann Crase at 356-1155.
New spiritual book group forming

You will note a questionnaire on the countertop in our greeters' area regarding a new spiritual book group forming at St. Catherine's.  Headed by Lajuana Bryan and Rev. Peter, the new group will initially meet twice a month for prayer and conversation around a book chosen for its relationship to our spiritual lives.  You are being asked to give feedback on your interests, and options for meeting times.  Please make sure you take a look and give Lajuana your input so that this new offering can best address your needs and desires. Please contact Lajuana at 707-226-6809 or for further information.
Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola at Trinity Cathedral

The Rev. Julius M. Rogina, Ph.D., Priest and Clinical Psychologist, will offer a practicum in Christian prayer on Wednesdays from 5:30-7 p.m. March 13-June 5 in Classroom A at Trinity Cathedral. It will begin with a 30-min. orientation in Bishop Lewis Chapel on March 10, after the 11 a.m. service. This will be a personal and group experience of Ignatian practices of Christian prayer and self-awareness.

If you decide to embark on this journey of prayer, you are asked to: Commit yourself to the entire 13 weeks; contact one or more persons who went through the experience before to discuss the experience; spend at least 15 mins. in prayer daily throughout the weeks of the Exercises; buy Chris Webb's book, "God Soaked Life" (2017, Downers Grove: Inter Varsity Press), which can be purchased on Each participant will receive Fr. Julius's "Pilgrimage to Discipleship."

The cost is $95. Checks payable to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Some scholarships available. Need more info. or have questions? E-mail Fr. Julius at
New mailing address for the church

We've moved our mailing address closer to home at the McCabe USPS branch:  P. O. Box 17831, Reno, NV 89511.
Automatic bill pay for your pledge

Some St. Catherine's members have found it very convenient to use their bank's "bill pay" service to handle their pledge to the church.  You can instruct your bank to have a check of a certain amount generated on a certain date, which will then show up automatically each month at the church's P. O. box.  If you're interested in setting this up to save yourself the step of writing checks for your pledge, please talk to your bank or financial institution to find out the details. 

St. Catherine of Siena Episcopal Church |
 E-mail:  | Phone: 775-771-4168 
Physical address: 10435 Double R Blvd.  Reno, NV  89521
Mailing address:  PO Box 17831 Reno, NV  89511-1033