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March 7, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

March 7, 2019
When we on earth pour out compassion and mercy
from the depths of our hearts and give to the poor
and dedicate our bodies to the service of the broken,
to that very extent do we resemble the Holy Spirit.   
                                    --  Mechtilde of Magdeburg

Yesterday was a tremendous outpouring of ministry at Trinity Cathedral. Your bishop and clergy, along with dedicated volunteers, took Ashes-to-Go to many parts of central Phoenix. Every TV network in the valley covered this important work of taking the church's ministry directly to the people, wherever they may be. People responded by the hundreds, and throughout the entire experience, the message of Jesus and his way of love was shared. Our cathedral has important work to do, and our Lenten season began exactly as it should have begun.

Lent is a time that the church calls upon us to rest, reflect, and renew. It can be an entrepreneurial time, imagining how our lives can become more a part of the Kingdom of God, but the real heart of Lent is all about returning to God and finding forgiveness, acceptance, and love. We often imagine ourselves unworthy to receive God's love, but Lent calls upon us to go towards God, not away from God. The call to repent is a call to go towards the very presence of God.  
This may seem hard, and many people get distracted by scrupulosity. That is, people try to be better than their old selves through their actions alone, and they often resort to harsh judgment when they can't maintain their own perception of their perfect selves. While the new habits might form new behaviors for the short-term, long term transformation and amendment of life only comes when our habits and behaviors interact with our hearts. The work of cultivating our hearts -- our inner lives -- is absolutely vital in engaging the transforming power of God's blessing during Lent.
Here at Trinity, there are a number of new ways for you to engage the body, mind, and spirit connection. One of our primary offerings this Lent is our program, "Walking to Jerusalem." Anyone, regardless of ability, can participate in this program, where we collectively compile our prayers, our walks, our daily activities into a pilgrimage of journeying together in the Lenten season. A more full description of this program is detailed in this e-news, and you can easily obtain a "Walking to Jerusalem" packet at any of our entrances at Trinity.
In addition to this program, you're invited to engage with your fellow parishioners in reading "Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy" by Anne Lamott. We'll discuss this book on four Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., beginning on March 21.   Order your book from Amazon or your favorite retailer. (You can order at this link: We read and discuss this book together, because Lent calls us to explore how we truly cannot live without an abundant share of God's mercy, which is absolutely everywhere. Our work is to recognize it and be thankful.
Finally, my friends, remember that on Sunday, March 10, we will host an Invite-Welcome-Connect luncheon after the 10 a.m. service.  We need your ideas how Trinity can continue to practice hospitality that helps connect visitors and newcomers into the life of our community. Your ideas are valuable, and we need to hear from you!
Above all, know that you are loved by your clergy and staff.  Lent is a time when many of us need prayers, so we want you to know that we pray for you every day. If you have specific prayer requests, or would like to set up a pastoral meeting during the Lenten season, please call the office at 602-254-7126. Know we are here for you!  
God has poured compassion and mercy upon us, and we respond in love from the depths of our hearts. May this Lent help us all remember the poor, the broken, and those who mourn. May our ministry be lifted up by prayer and action to resemble an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Wishing you a holy Lent,

Walking to Jerusalem


Are you looking for some inspiration to get healthy (body, mind, and spirit) in 2019? Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will begin Walking to Jerusalem on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and will continue through Holy Saturday (April 20). Walking to Jerusalem is a virtual journey from Trinity Cathedral to Jerusalem that encourages us (walkers, runners, wheelers, cyclers, gardeners, prayers) to increase physical activity, spiritual growth, and cultural awareness through a virtual tour to Jerusalem.

Here is the link to where you will log your activity: 

Our Journey will BEGIN on Ash Wednesday (March 6)! Please join us!
Dean's Lenten Book Study
"Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy" by Anne Lamott

Four Thursdays at 7 p.m. beginning March 21st.   Join the dean on a our Thursday nights "Walking to Jerusalem" at 6:30, and continue our time together around 7 each Thursday evening examining how God calls us to be merciful towards others.

Order your book from Amazon (link  or your favorite retailer and join the conversation.

Laughter and enjoyment guaranteed!
Telecare is Coming on March 26-28

What is Tele-Care you ask? This is when a loyal group of volunteers gather in the evening from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to make phone calls to all our members. This is not a solicitation of any kind. The call is simply to say "hello," to let you know you are a valuable member of our community, and to find out if there is anything we need to know about you or your situation such as a prayer request or even an updated email address or cell phone number. So please be expecting a call from the Cathedral next week.
Community Brunch on March 10


Invite Welcome Connect community brunch - On Sunday, March 10, we welcome you to join us for a community brunch and brainstorming about how we build on the foundation of hospitality and authenticity that is characteristic of the spirit and culture that exists in our community; specifically in how we "connect" who are on the journey to seek a deeper relationship with God, right here at Trinity! Please plan on joining us after the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist.

"Invite Welcome Connect (IWC) is a ministry of relational evangelism and congregational empowerment allowing churches to become places of genuine connection for inviting the faith journeys and stories of everyone, enabling deeper journeys of Christian discipleship and enabling the Spirit of Christ to be at the heart of each church's hospitable mission of spreading the Good News." (from Mary Parmer of Invite Welcome Connect)

Here is the link for people to sign up to bring something or to serve before or after the lunch:
April 7 Guest Preacher

The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata
The Rev. Dr. Christopher D. Girata is the eighth Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX, founded over 70 years ago, and where today 6,500 parishioners of diverse ideologies worship and serve together in more than 100 distinct ministries.

Previously, Chris served as Rector of Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, TN, Associate Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Birmingham, AL, and as a seminarian at The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and at St. John's Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, MD.  Chris holds degrees from Stetson University, Emory University, Virginia Theological Seminary, and Duke University.  He is a recognized leader in the Episcopal Church, presenting regularly at church-wide conferences, including Virginia Theological Seminary and Jubilee Park & Community Center, and writes regularly for publications such as Katy Trail Weekly and The Dallas Morning News.

Chris and his wife, Nicole, have three children.
Welcoming and Seating of the Bishop


By the grace of God, the Wardens, Chapter, and People of Trinity Cathedral cordially invite you to  the Welcoming and Seating of the Bishop in the Cathedral for The Rt. Rev. Jennifer A. Reddall, VI Bishop of Arizona on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 5 o'clock in the evening at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Your prayers and presence requested.

Reception to follow.                                                     Clergy: Cassock, surplice, tippet, and hood
Holy Baptism

Whenever it happens, whether as a baby, child or adult, baptism is at the heart of our amazing journey of faith as disciples of Jesus Christ.

You are never too old to take this step, and being baptized as an adult is a wonderful experience.  If you are an adult who is seeking to be baptized, we're excited to invite you to join us at our annual Easter Vigil.  This year our vigil will be at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, April 20.

If you would like to know more about the Christian faith, and are ready to be baptized, please contact Canon Holly Herring at to begin exploring what it means to be a Christian. 
Habitat for Humanity Workday

Cathedral volunteers are sought to work on a new build by the Episcopal Habitat Coalition (EHC).   We will be working with folks from St. Stephens and St. Matthews in Glendale.

As always, no specific skills are required just a desire to fight homelessness, join this good cause, and have a great experience.

Our workday is Saturday, March 16th, and the address is 5327 West Orangewood, Glendale 85301.

Please contact Joe Harte for more information or with questions.  Cell/text: (602) 621-3673 or email:
ICM Food & Clothing Bank

ICM Food and Clothing Bank serves the working poor six days a week. Volunteers at ICM are the foundation of the organization! Trinity Cathedral folks your help is needed, please sign up to become a regular volunteer to help the least of those in our community:

Please contact Abby Loza at or call her at (602) 254-7450 ext. 4 and leave a message. Questions or concerns email The Rev. Myra Kingsley, Deacon at
Foundations- Children, Youth and Family Ministries

On Sundays we have Christian education and formation for ALL ages. All children and youth are encouraged to attend our offerings from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. There will be opportunities for fellowship and service throughout the year for all ages. Calendars of events will be provided and daily information will be posted on the Children, Youth, and Family Ministries white board in Olney Gallery.

Wonder- The Nursery at Trinity opens on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and is available until 1:00 p.m. (closing by 12:00 p.m. if no children have joined us) in our nursery facility adjacent to our Godly Play model classroom in the southeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Wonder is available for infants to the 4th birthday and offers loving care to children, in order that their parents (and adult caregivers) may attend worship, education and Christian formation, and my participate more fully in the life of the Cathedral. Each of our paid staff is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities. Summer hours continue through this Sunday (9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.).

Godly Play- I Wonder occurs  from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in our Godly Play model classroom (the Atwood wing) in the southeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Godly Play is available for all children age three (3) through the 6th grade. While Wonder is available through the 4th birthday, and Trinitas is available to youth beginning in the 6th grade, families with children and youth are encouraged to self-select attendance in Godly Play instead, as they may deem helpful, developmentally. Godly Play helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience through wonder and play. Based on Montessori principles and developed using a spiral curriculum, the Godly Play method serves children through early, middle and late childhood and beyond. We welcome four (4) new storytellers this year, to include Jana Sundin, the Canon for Children's Ministries for the Diocese of Arizona. Godly Play is provided in English for children from our English and Spanish-speaking services. Each storyteller and door helper is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities.

Trinitas - Youth at Trinity occurs  from 11:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in our youth room (adjacent to the Olney Gallery) in the northeast corner of our Cathedral campus. Trinitas is available for all youth grades 6th-12th. Trinitas offers youth opportunities to engage the "Teen Text" curriculum on Christian education Sundays and engage, inter-generationally, in service and fellowship Sundays as well. The lectionary-based Teen Text curriculum guides students into the text of scripture, and through a series of open-ended, text-related questions, as they begin to see the Bible as a vital, dynamic, relevant resource-one that can inform them throughout their lives. Teen Text helps youth to connect the text on the page with events in their daily lives. Youth are also encouraged to invite classmates and friends to join them for fellowship and fun throughout the year. Trinitas is provided in English for youth from our English and Spanish-speaking services. Each Trinitas mentor is certified in Safeguarding God's Children, as required by our Diocese and Cathedral communities.
Hospitality Ministry at Trinity

If you love connecting with fellow Trinity Members, welcoming our guests, and having great snacks for coffee hour - WE NEED YOU!

Join Trinity's TEAM HOSPITALITY! Ready to jump on board? Questions? Contact Laura Bardaweel or Danielle Lowe at
New Way to Contribute

Support Outreach!  Help those most in need! - Introducing a new way to contribute. At the back of the church, on the credenza in the narthex, you'll see a device called a "DipJar."  Many older/traditional churches have "alms boxes" in the back of the church, where people would drop in a few dollars to contribute to the church's outreach efforts.   Here at Trinity, we are inviting you to contribute to outreach using this new device.  Any major credit card will work with the DipJar, and the transaction takes less than 10 seconds.  This is a fun and easy way to give directly to those in our community most in need.  Any of the ushers can assist you.  Check it out today!
Stewardship 2019

Stewardship 2019: Make a pledge today!  In case you haven't yet made your pledge, you are invited to complete a pledge card online at It's fast and very easy to do. Every pledge is important to the life of Trinity Cathedral and 100% participation is encouraged. If you would like to discuss your pledge, or if you have any questions at all, please contact our dean, The Very Rev. Troy Mendez at: (602) 254-7126 ext. 308 or

March Art Show

Dora Hernández and Cristina Cárdenas explore their personal histories as immigrants.

Dora will be offering FREE ceramic tea cups with a donation to The Florence Immigrants & Refugee Rights Project (a non-profit organization that aids immigrants upon arrival in the US).

Dora Hernández is an immigrant from Cuba, her immigrant experience permeates her dramatic ceramic wall reliefs and sculptures. Hernández expresses the push and pull of two different cultures with bird imagery and unexpected patterns in the clay. Hernández work was published in the book, Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora by Andrea O'Reilly Herrera. Dora's work is also in the permanent collections of the City of Phoenix Sky Harbor program, the City of Glendale and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Tucson.

Artwork by Cristina Cárdenas speaks to Mexican immigration and its effects on culture and family. Living and working in the border region of Tucson for over two decades. Cárdenas shares her perspective as a woman artist born "al otro lado" (the other side). Her work is part of multiple museum collections including The University of Arizona Museum of Art, The UCLA Museum of Art and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.

Art Detour Third Friday reception, March 15, 2019, 6:00pm - 9:00 pm
Diocesan 2019 Summer Camp

Join us this year as we practice peace and justice, while exploring the outdoors and having fun. You'll experience arts and crafts, games, prayer, friendship, and more. With camps for everyone, from kindergarten through high school and even for the whole family, come see all that Chapel Rock has to offer at the Diocesan 2019 Summer Camps! There is a $20 Early Bird discount if you sign up by March 31!
This Week at Trinity

Sunday, March 10
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 1:00pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:00am - Invite Welcome Connect brunch - Atwood Hall
Wednesday, March 13
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
6:00pm - St. Nicholas Choir rehearsal - Auditorium
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. - Atwood Hall
Friday, March 15
6:00pm - 3rd Friday Art Walk - Olney Art Gallery
Saturday, March 16
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
Sunday, March 17
8:00am - Holy Eucharist (Spoken) - Cathedral
9:00am - Bible Study - Conference Room
9:00am - 1:00pm - Nursery available
10:00am - Holy Eucharist (Sung) - Cathedral
10:00am - Misa en Español - Auditorio
11:15am - Godly Play - Children's Center
11:15am - Trinitas - Youth Room
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: MaryCay, Meredith, Ellyn & family, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Wayne Triplett, Ellyn Galecki (3/10), Ocie Clark (3/11), Robert Hagerty (3/12), John Venckus, Nancy Weller (3/13), and Vince Anderson, Lisa Derrick, Todd Liolios (3/14).
Anniversaries: Susan & Robert Ashton (3/10), Anne Thompson & Gene Cohen (3/12), Nancy & Tom Weller (3/12), and Mary & John Agria (3/15).
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St. John's Episcopal-Lutheran Congregation, Williams.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church of the Congo.
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.