Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


January 17, 2023

Video Resources for Wardens & Clergy

Have you missed the opportunity to join our monthly formation events?

You can catch up with the videos on the diocesan YouTube channel.

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Safe Church Trainings

The Rev. Tanya Wallace, our Diocesan Safe Church Officer, will be leading Safe Church training on the following dates:

Please consider your commitment as the space is limited in each Zoom session. Your parish will be billed for your registration.

For full details please visit our webpage. You may register by clicking on the date of your choice above. Thank you for helping to keep our churches safe.

Karen Warren

Administrative Assistant to the Canons to the Ordinary

Registration open for

Episcopal Youth Event 2023

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"The Episcopal Church Youth Ministries Office announces open registration for delegations of young people and chaperones planning to attend the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) July 4-8 at the University of Maryland in College Park. Volunteers are also sought for multiple roles.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2023, EYE is the church’s second-largest event after General Convention, drawing nearly 1,500 young people ages 15-19 from every province every three years. 

EYE programs focus on helping young people develop leadership skills, spiritual practices, and early stages of vocational discernment. In addition to meeting and socializing with other Episcopalians from around the world, EYE participants will spend time in worship, large-group presentations, small-group discussions, and workshops on a variety of topics."

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Daily Lenten Meditations

returns for Lent 2023

Lent invites us to reflect on our relationships with God, each other, and the Earth upon which all life depends. The Creation Care Leadership Circle invites you to sign up to receive an inspirational daily meditation during the Forty Days of Lent.

Our inaugural series in 2022 was so warmly received that we’ve prepared a fresh collection of quotes and images for 2023. The quotes come from many sources as we honor the wisdom of many voices and traditions.

Please join us as we contemplate the gift of the natural world and our calling to reconcile humanity with the rest of God’s creation.

Sign up here

Province 1: The Episcopal Church in New England

Conversations with Noted Speakers

The Province 1 Christian Formation Network is hosting a series of online conversations. On the third Thursday of each month, participants will have the opportunity to hear from people at the forefront of Christian Formation. Registration required.

2023 Schedule

  • Jan 19 - "Using Storywalks for an Intergenerational, Community Event." - Glenys Nellist
  • Feb 16 - "Supporting your College Students and Becoming a Supportive Congregation for College Students" - The Rev. Nancy Vogele
  • Mar 16 - "VBS on the go: How it worked in one church." - Sam Burton 
  • Apr 20 - "Interactive Family Church: an introduction to liturgy" - Dean Kristi Maulden and Becky Moseman
  • May 18 - "Confirmation: The Lost Sacrament Finds Fresh Purpose" - The Rev. Josh Hosler
  • Jun 15 - "Atrium for Everyone: Incorporating practices from Catechesis of the Good Shepherd or Godly Play into any program" - The Rev. Joyce Scherer-Hoock

Register here

WMA & MA Together

The Dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network invites everyone to a discussion of Bishop Steven Charleston’s book Ladder to the Light: An Indigenous Elder's Meditations on Hope and Courage  on Feb. 2, 2023, at 7 pm.

The Indigenous Peoples' Justice Network meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon. Contact Martha Gardner for meeting access.

The Creation Care Justice Network in Massachusetts is a group of Episcopalians from across our state who are committed to faith-based environmental justice and climate action. They draw upon the strong environmental messages from our bishops and The Episcopal Church as well as our diocesan mission to protect creation and seek ways to work collaboratively to address the climate crisis in a just and equitable way. 

The attend the next meeting e-mail [email protected] to confirm and to get the Zoom link.

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Book Study - We Cry Justice: Reading the Bible With the Poor People's Campaign. Wednesdays at 9 am on Zoom. To be on the weekly reminder email list, please email Amelia at [email protected]. Each week is self-contained and no prep work is needed so please join as often as you are able. 

Join the MAPPC Email List. If you do not already receive invitations, news, and updates from our Massachusetts PPC chapter, please sign up here: MAPPC Sign Up. The campaign is in a season of action around the election - voter and candidate education, registering folks to vote, and encouraging voter participation. Hope you can join in events! 

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Workshops & Resources

Pathways - Bexley Seabury

Spouses of Episcopal clergy gather for for connection, spiritual nourishment, and gifts discernmentthrough heart-to-heart topical engagements with our host and guestas we explore the challenge and the gift of being a clergy person's partner. December 5, 2022 (7:00pm CST) -Conversations on The Partner's Path with Awa Jangha - This workshop will highlight the practice of Visio Divina as a means of self-care.

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Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church - The Gathering 2023

April 26-29, 2023. Greenfield, NH.

"Come to the beautiful Monadnock Mountain region of New Hampshire and join with others from across the country for the three-day Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church Annual Gathering."

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Ministerio Hispano | Latino Ministries

Para conectar con las actividades de la Catedral mande un email a [email protected].

Para conectar con las actividades del Ministerio Hispano en Worcester visite el sitio web ministeriohispanoworcester.org o mande un email a [email protected].

Misa Dominical

Ministerio Hispano en Worcester:

  • 12:00pm en la Iglesia de San Marcos en persona

Ministerio Hispano en Holyoke:

  • 5:00pm en la Iglesia San Pablo

La Catedral:

  • 12:15pm en persona

Durante la semana

Ministerio Hispano en Worcester: 

  • Estudio Bíblico todos los martes a las 6:30pm por Zoom
  • Grupo de Oración todos los viernes a las 6:30pm por WhatsApp

Ministerio Hispano en Holyoke:

  • Sábado, Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Joel Martinez, @ 6pm en la Iglesia San Pablo

La Catedral: 

  • Estudio Bíblico (en persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm

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