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8:30 a.m. 
Morning Prayer

6 p.m.
The Crossing 
Dinner followed at   
7:00 p.m. with Worship
(Sproat Hall)


12:30 p.m.  
Muslim Friday Prayers


10 a.m.  
Sunday Morning
Holy Eucharist

12:30 p.m.    
Chinese Ministry 
Holy Eucharist
in Chinese
(Lawrence Room)


1 p.m.  
MANNA Holy Eucharist
(Sproat Hall)


11 a.m.  
MANNA Christian Meditation


10:00 a.m.
Holy Eucharist
(Note: The 10:00 a.m. Eucharist is on hiatus until September)

12 p.m.
Santa Misa en Español (Sanctuary)

by Laurel Lee Lambert

I stepped into a puddle this morning.
Boy, did it feel good.
A throwback to my childhood.
Yes, I too was young once.

No more do I cry for you,
because you are resting peacefully,
dead in the clouds.
Yesterday was so long ago that I forgot to try.

I sometimes sit Indian style
outside of the drugstore, meditating,
with a bottle of water
and a pack of smokes,
dreaming my dreams of evermore.

We are saddened to report that John Hutchens died earlier this week. May his soul rest in peace.

The Pilgrim  is a literary magazine written by our friends of the  Black Seed Writers GroupSign up for an annual print subscription.

The church will be open for visitors during the following hours:

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mondays - Wednesdays
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Mondays - Thursdays
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

During the summer Friday is Dean Amy McCreath's day off. to reach her in case of a pastoral emergency during non-office hours, call:
617-482-4826 x204.


It is so hard to hold loss alone. One loss brings up memories of other losses. One loss can stir questions about meaning and identity. One loss can make us angry, fearful, or anxious. But when that loss is held in community, it can be made bearable. Sometimes, it becomes more than just bearable; it becomes the gateway into a measure of healing and a stronger capacity to love.
This photo shows a beautiful altar cloth made by members of the MANNA community and the Sunday morning congregation. It is the outward sign of an inward grief at the loss of a dear friend, John Hutchens. John was an integral part of our community who passed away unexpectedly recently, just before he had planned to travel to Washington DC to participate in a rally, as part of the Poor People's Campaign. The MANNA staff invited everyone to write a remembrance or prayer on the cloth, which will cover the altar at a memorial service for him next week.
I was deeply moved by the creative, pastoral ritual of creating this cloth. We all need something to do in the face of the loss of a loved one. Doing it with others is restorative. And in addition to the cloth, the MANNA team created space for people to share their feelings, their memories of John, and to acknowledge how this loss connected to their own individual journeys, fears, and faith. All of this will be brought to the altar - in the cloth, in hands outstretched to receive the assurance of life beyond suffering and loss that comes in the sacrament, and in the community formed through the conversations hosted by our skilled MANNA team.

As we each hold our personal losses, and as we as a society grieve the division and injustices that make necessary a Poor People's Campaign and more, I give thanks for the life of John Hutchens and the life of the faith community made richer through his presence.

Christ's peace to you,

Ministry of the Steps
Were you here for our premier program, Bingo on the Steps, last week? Our pilot program, a Ministry of the Steps, continues to bring us out to you! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays there will be a variety of events and activities, from music to "tabling" by non-profits, and all kinds of fun and interesting things in-between. We're still fine-tuning the program but keep an eye here as we unfold this new and exciting ministry.

This coming Wednesday, July 18, Dean Amy McCreath will lead an art project, "Art for Peace," beginning at 9 a.m., followed at 11:00 a.m. by members of the diocesan Hispanic Ministry on hand to share their ministry and how you can get involved.

Conscious Contact, Wednesdays 7-8 p.m.
This program, led by Deacon Cynthia Pape and Bill Comer and based on the 11th step of the Alcoholics Anonymous  program (improving conscious contact with God as we understand God...through prayer and meditation), continues every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the church. It's open to everyone.


Our Sunday Morning community gathers together to worship God, while honoring the traditions, styles, and desires of all God's people.

This Sunday, July 15
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
The Rev. John P. Streit, Jr., Preacher

  8:30 am             CoffeeKlatsch, Lawrence Room
10:00 am              Holy Eucharist, Cathedral nave
11:15 am             Special Coffee Hour, Sproat Hall
11:45 am             Faith Matters, Cathedral nave
12:30 pm             Sunday Morning Council, Library, 
                            The Paulist Center, 5 Park St.

We now have large-print copies of the bulletins available on Sunday mornings.

This Sunday's guest preacher will be retired Dean Jep Streit, who will also baptize Arinze Ibeabuchi
We are happy to welcome back The Rev. Jep Streit who will preach this Sunday and baptize Arinze Ibeabuchi, son of Chike. 

All the Ibeabuchi family and many friends will be on hand for Arinze's baptism, and they are also providing extra special treats for this Sunday's Coffee Hour, which for the summer is moved to Sproat Hall. 

Come and greet Jep, the Ibeabuchis, and our newest member, Arinze!

Faith Matters Reflects on The Sabbath
This Sunday after Coffee Hour our focus on The Sabbath in Faith Matters will continue with a discussion of "How I keep the Sabbath." Louise Mundinger will be our discussion leader. Beginning this Sunday, Faith Matters will take place in the church for the summer to accommodate the Chinese congregation worship in the Lawrence Room, and as always, everyone is invited to attend.

The Sunday Morning Council will meet this Sunday at 12:30 in the Library at The Paulist Center, 5 Park St. in Boston (a five-minute walk from the Cathedral).

Guest Preacher on June 22
We are glad to welcome as our preacher next week
the Rev. Dr. John Boopalan, who serves as Minister for Community Life and Theologian in Residence at First Baptist Church, Newton MA. John's teaching and writing explores liberation theology, and his work at First Baptist includes creating public forums on critical issues in living a theologically-grounded life. He is the author of the recently-published book,  Memory, Grief, and Agency: A Political Theological Account of Wrongs and Rites

Serving at Worship
Please speak to Jeffrey Seamans or  Deacon Cynthia Pape if you are interested in serving at the altar during our services, or serving with the Altar Guild  to assist with preparation and cleaning up after services.

Stewardship Pledge Update
To date $12,947 has been paid of $35,914 pledged for the support of the Cathedral by our Sunday Morning congregation. It's not too late to pledge: the Greeters always have extra Pledge Cards for 2018 on hand. And don't forget to keep up to date with your pledge payments. Thank you for your support.

Education for Ministry
What does it mean to develop a personal faith?
What does it mean to discern God's call in your life?
What do the Scriptures really say?
If you like to learn in community,
If you like good questions better than easy answers,
Then you may want to join us for "Education for Ministry."  
At Trinity Copley Square, Wednesdays 6-8:30PM, September to May.  For more information call Susan Butler at  978-912-1990  (cell) or write to EFMTrinityBoston@gmail.com  
Cards for Vinnie Panico 
Vinnie Panico, a  long-time and faithful friend of the Cathedral is in nursing care and  would like visits or to hear from us via cards and notes! Vinnie's at Milton House Center, 1200 Brush Hill Rd., Milton, MA 02186-2337. 


MANNA (Many Angels Needed Now and Always) is our ministry of and with the homeless in Downtown Boston. 

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Lawrence Room
The CoffeeKlatsch is a community that gathers weekly for support, accompaniment, coffee, and conversation. More...

Leadership Team
Mondays, 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Upper Sproat Hall 
The MANNA Leadership Team provides support to one another and to the broader homeless community.  More...

Monday Lunch Program
Mondays, 11:30 - 12:45 p.m.
Sproat Hall
The Monday Lunch program has been serving a freshly cooked hot lunch for anyone who desires it every week for thirty years.  More...

Homeless AA
Mondays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Lawrence Room
Open to all.

Black Seed Writers' Group
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Upper Sproat Hall
The Black Seed Writers' Group produces a steady stream of poetry, protest, memoire, prayer and reportage. The Pilgrim, is their renown literary magazine.   More...

Christian Meditation Group
Join a group of between 12 and 20 folks who meet each week to share in silent contemplative prayer, the first homeless Christian Meditation group in the U.S. The C hristian Meditation Group meets every Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. in the Sanctuary.  More...


The Crossing is our grassroots, justice-focused, do-it-yourself church community of hipsters, heretics, homeless, and other unlikely pilgrims. 

The Crossing recently bade farewell to their Priest, the Rev. Marsha Hoecker,  who retired on May 24th. We wish Marsha a fond farewell and thank-you for her guidance and enthusiasm for The Crossing's unique worship and fellowship.

In a recent letter to The Crossing community, Minister of Liturgical Arts Ashley Anderson has also announced her resignation effective mid/late July. In her letter Ashley wrote: "After a long period of prayerful discernment, I have decided to step down from my ministry at The Crossing. I give this news with sadness and also with hope for what The Crossing may become and grow into. I have deep gratitude for the radical welcome and blessed beauty of The Crossing. You all have taught me so much."

Ashley's last worship service with The Crossing will be July 26. Come and wish her well in her next chapter.

Thursday Worship in Sproat Hall
The Crossing is now worshiping in Sproat Hall every Thursday with dinner at 6:00 p.m. followed by worship at 7:00.

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on worship and other offerings of The Crossing,  subscribe to their weekly e-mail newsletterlike them on Facebook, and/or visit their website.

Our Episcopal Boston Chinese Ministry (EBCM) serves the Chinese-speaking community in Downtown Boston, hosting both traditional and contemporary worship services in Mandarin and Cantonese. More...

The Rev. Ryan Lun Joins EBCM Worship
The Rev. Ryan Lun will be serving as Interim Priest the first two Sundays of each month (the first three when there are five Sundays in a month). 


Our Cathedral serves as administrative, event and liturgical host to the  Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts  (DioMass).

Stay Connected
To stay up-to-date on what's happening in DioMass,  subscribe to their monthly e-mail newsletterlike them on Facebook, and/or visit their website.