Mission Matters
News from the
Episcopal Diocese 
of Western Massachusetts  


August 2, 2022

Creation Season begins September 1st

Creation Season begins on September 1st. It gives us, as people of faith, a unique opportunity to pray what we believe, to learn what can be done for the precious creation of which we are a part, to act to reduce our burden on the Earth, and to advocate for just solutions – all for the love of God.

This year, we invite your participation in new ways. As you make your way through the four pillars of this work, I pray that you will see something that stirs your imagination and lifts your heart. We need the moral imagination and prophetic power of religious leaders and communities as we lend our faith to the fight. God's creation is at risk. Every day must include consciousness of our interdependence with the rest of the natural world. May this intentional linking of the work to liturgical time be a blessing for your congregation. May we be a blessing for God's creation.

In faith and hope,


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NEW Liturgical Resource

For Creation Season 2022, the Episcopal bishops of both dioceses in Massachusetts have authorized for public use a new liturgical resource that is packed with prayers, readings, lectionary commentary, and more. 

In their introduction, the bishops state, “This anthology not only provides special liturgies for the season, but also suggests ways to expand our familiar Sunday liturgies and prayers so that they more accurately reflect the whole Gospel for the whole world. We commend it to you for both congregational worship and personal prayer. Simply reading this resource will be an education in eco-justice, but praying it will move mountains!”

Download here

Young Adult Ministry Network Retreat

Sep 27-29

Greenfield, NH

We are excited to welcome you to Barbara C Harris Camp in Greenfield, NH for our Young Adult Ministry Network (YAMN) in the Diocese of Western Massachusetts retreat.

Because this retreat occurs during the week, we are prepared to offer scholarships to young adults taking unpaid time off to attend. Please email Will Harron for more information.

We currently have space for 20 young adults 18-40 from within the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. Please register as soon as possible so we can be aware of any additional space needs and so that we may share accommodation requests with Barbara C. Harris camp in a timely fashion.

Register here

WMA & MA Together

The Creation Care Justice Network, the growing band of Episcopalians across Massachusetts, invites you to engage in caring for creation throughout the year. Summer is a particularly good time to enjoy and care for the natural world all around us. Take time to enjoy as you pray, learn, act and advocate!

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SAVE THE DATE – Indigenous People’s Day

The Office of Immigration and Multicultural Ministries and the Racial Justice Commission of the Diocese of Massachusetts, along with the Indigenous Peoples Justice Network of the dioceses of Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts, are pleased to share that the Rev. Canon Cornelia Eaton, Canon to the Ordinary in the Episcopal Church in Navajoland, has accepted an invitation to be in the Diocese of Massachusetts for Indigenous Peoples' Day weekend. 

On Sunday, Oct. 9, Canon Eaton will preach at Old North Church in Boston. On Monday, Oct. 10 at Christ Church in Plymouth, she will join with the bishops of both dioceses and Indigenous leaders from the Commonwealth for a morning of sacred listening and responding, lunchtime conversations and a worship service of lament and commitment. All are welcome. Details and registration will be available in September.

Questions may be directed to Margaret Lias, Assistant for Congregations and Grant Administration, Diocese of Massachusetts (mlias@diomass.org or 617-482-4826, ext. 229).

Bringing Gun Violence to Prayer

Saints James and Andrew, Greenfield

Ringing for Remembrance
 On the last Sunday of the month, our worship will begin at 10 a.m. with the clergy sharing the number of people who have died from gun violence in the last month. The congregation will then remember, grieve, and pray as the church bell is rung in remembrance of all who have died. Our data is collected from the Gun Violence Archive. We invite other congregations to join in this initiative, and ring your bells with us.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Lenox

Requiem for Victims of Gun Violence
First Saturday @ 8am online

From TEC

Episcopalians invited to apply for appointment to interim bodies

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At Lambeth, Indigenous Anglicans offer wisdom, heartache and a challenge to ‘sweep our house’

Workshops & Resources

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The Art of Iconography Retreat

Aug 23-25

Ossining, NY

Mariandale Center Retreat led by Fr. Peter Pearson

Peter Pearson has been studying and painting icons for more than fifty years and teaching others to do so for over half that time.

No previous experience or natural talent is required. We paint, pray, and follow the simple step-by-step instructions. Please join us to paint an image.

Learn more and register

Creating Racial Equity in our Communities and Congregations

Sep 24, 9am

Online or Glastonbury, CT

A gathering focused on devising strategies to confront racial inequity in local congregations and communities. 

Morning workshops will center on current and emerging issues of racial justice identified as priorities by SNEC members and congregations. Attendees will bring together their knowledge and experience to work on a plan for addressing each specific issue. 

Learn more and register

Save the Date - Next Gathering of the Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church 

April 26-29, 2023

Greenfield, NH

Theme: “From Basement to Sanctuary, Recovery and the Church”

Keynote speaker: Stephen R. Haynes, author of “Why Can’t Church Be More Like an AA Meeting? and Other Questions Christians Ask About Recovery

Ministerio Hispano

Latino Ministries

Para conectar con las actividades de la Catedral mande un email a tcallard@cccspfld.org.

Para conectar con las actividades del Ministerio Hispano en Worcester visite el sitio web ministeriohispanoworcester.org o mande un email a jreyes@diocesewma.org.

Misa Dominical
Ministerio Hispano en Worcester:
  • 12:00pm en la Iglesia de San Marcos en persona
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 for WhatsApp
La Catedral: 
  • Estudio Bíblico (En persona) Miércoles 6:00pm
  • Sabatina (Segundo, tercer y cuarto sábado del mes) de 10am a 12pm
St. Paul's, Holyoke:
  • Saturday, Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Joel Martinez, @ 6pm

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