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February 21, 2019 announcements
This Week's Commentary 
The Very Rev. Troy Mendez, Dean

February 21, 2019

"In our prayer, in which we look to the glory of the ascended Christ and realize our union with him, we see only as "in a mirror, dimly;" the Spirit fills us with the hope of seeing him as his is, face to face. As we follow the way of conversation, and surrender to the grace which changes us from one degree of glory to another, our longing to be wholly transformed into Christ's likeness deepens."                                                                          Rule of the Society of St. John the Evangelist, chapter 49

The time of transition is upon us. Our current bishop, The Rt. Rev. Kirk Stevan Smith, will be retiring soon, and his last official visit to Trinity will be on Sunday, March 3. Likewise, our Bishop-Elect, The Rev. Jennifer Reddall, will be consecrated as the 6th Bishop of Arizona on March 9. Tomorrow, you will be receiving an e-mail containing instructions for registering for tickets for the bishop's consecration.
In a similar way, the Epiphany season is in the final two weeks, and Lent is fast approaching. Our Sunday liturgies throughout February have been joyous and uplifting. My clergy colleagues and I have attempted to preach a Gospel of truly good news. Christ's light is continuously being revealed to the world, and we are all the better for it. Epiphany reveals a greater portion of that light when we most need it, during this darkest season of the year.
As Epiphany draws to a close and Lent begins, you'll begin seeing more and more information about wonderful opportunities to engage the Trinity Cathedral community, through worship, fellowship, and service. Our comprehensive Lenten program, "Walking to Jerusalem," will be rolled out over the next two weeks. In addition, our Invite-Welcome-Connect luncheon on March 10 will remind us how we are all called to champion the practice of actively engaging newcomers. Our community life at Trinity is rich and abundant, and we have so much to be excited about.
Please remember, too, to save-the-date for April 7 at 5 p.m. Trinity Cathedral will be celebrating with the entire diocese with a service of Welcoming and Seating the Bishop of Arizona in the cathedral. This will be an outstanding, celebratory service of music, readings, with a riveting sermon by our new bishop, and a wonderful celebration for the entire community afterwards -- in the Olney Gallery, in Atwood, and on the Labyrinth. This is an event not to be missed, so mark your calendars today!
We do all of these things because Christ continues to draw us closer to the very heart of God. With every engagement in worship, fellowship, and service, we see the presence of God among us more clearly. We allow ourselves to get lost into a presence of abundant and never-ending grace that changes our lives for ever.   
As we engage with one another, with our new diocesan leadership, and with our greater community, we begin seeing the presence of Christ in more and more places. We call one another beloved, and realize that we are all children of the same God -- not stepchildren, grandchildren, or cousins, but beloved children. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ to one another.
This great gift of Christ's hope and love is woven into the fabric of our lives. We are one body, Christ's body, given for the life of the world. There are so many reasons to celebrate, and we are grateful to be drawn up into this life of divine love with you.   
God bless you during this time. Christ is with us, in all times and in all places. Day by day, our longing to become more and more like Christ's likeness deepens.
In Christ's peace and love,

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

7:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes - Cathedral

12:10 p.m. - Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes - Cathedral

7:00 p.m. - Bilingual Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes - Cathedral
Second Half of Life Spirituality


The next Second Half of Life Spirituality session is scheduled for Saturday, February 23

Whether you attended a previous Second Half of Life Spirituality session or not...all who are 50 to 95+ are invited to join the group on Saturday morning, February 23, from 10:00 to 11:30 AM in the Auditorium.

Each session stands alone and you can easily fit right in to the discussion! We will continue to share stories about navigating the second half of life and discuss-"How, where and why do we achieve community-wherever we are? Wherever we may be going?"  Linda Williams, Co-director of the Second Half of Life Spirituality ministry for the Diocese, will lead the exploration.

Come and share this path with others asking the same questions you are and anticipate God with us on the journey. Call Linda at 480-688-5600 or email her at to let her know how many will be attending.
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.

Message us on our Walking to Jerusalem FB page beginning next Sunday (March 3) or reach out to Canon Holly Herring at or on FB for more information. Our Journey with BEGIN on Ash Wednesday (March 6)! Please join us!
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)
Important Upcoming Dates

* Bishop Smith's Last Visitation: Sunday, March 3 (8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. services)

* Ash Wednesday: Wednesday, March 6, services at 7:00 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

* Bishop Reddall's Consecration: Saturday, March 9 at Church of the Nations
tickets - TBD

* Bishop Reddall's Enthronement: 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7 at Trinity Cathedral
First Friday

March 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Music at Trinity presents First Friday performances featuring the Arizona School for the Arts Guitar Ensemble and ACTES Dance Ensemble; Miranda Coby, voice and guitar.
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. 
Blood Drive to Save Lives

blood drive

There will be a Cathedral Blood Drive on Sunday, February 24, 2019 from 9am until 1pm.

The Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services) Bloodmobile will be parked in the Cathedral's East Parking lot for scheduled donations.

Contact Cathedral member Robert Hagerty to sign-up at (602) 828-9989 or visit (sponsor code: trinitycathedral).

Eligibility questions?  Call 1-877-258-4825, option 1.
Oh, the Places You Will Go...

OH, the places you will go...

March 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Garfield Elementary School.
Read Across America
Love Dr. Seuss? It's time to get
your reading glasses cleaned and practice
reading out loud. It's Dr. Seuss's
birthday. Interested? Email: or
sign up at the welcome desk.

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

Black History Month Guest Preachers

In celebration of Black History Month, Trinity Cathedral invites you to the Black History Month Guest Preachers at 12:10 p.m. each Wednesday of February in the Cathedral.

Wednesday, February 27

The Rev. Bruce A. Jackson (rector of St. John the Baptist: Glendale) : celebrating Frederick Douglass
Absalom Jones Event

A Celebration of the Life of the Reverend Absalom Jones

11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Trinity Cathedral, Phoenix

The Union of Black Episcopalians and the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, in conjunction with the 2019 Province VIII Black African Ministries Conference, invite you to this special service with The Rev. Hershey Mallette Stephens, guest preacher.
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

The art of Cristina Cárdenas and Dora Hernández explores their personal histories as immigrants. 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.

Dora Hernández is an immigrant from Cuba, her immigrant experience permeates her dramatic 2D/3D clay sculptures. Hernández expresses the push and pull of two different cultures with bird imagery and unexpected patterns in the clay. She shares, "Cuba's rich red soil has influenced me subconsciously. My latest work with red clay reflects that experience." Hernández work was published is in the book, Cuban Artists Across the Diaspora by Andrea O'Reilly Herrera.

PLUS! Performances in the Cathedral featuring
the Arizona School for the Arts Guitar Ensemble
and ACTES Dance Ensemble; Miranda Coby, voice and guitar.

First Friday reception, March 1, 2019, 6:00pm -9:00 pm

On Exhibit: February 22 - March 27, 2019
18th Annual Self-Guided Ceramic Studio Tour

ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center presents this free self-guided tour on Saturday, February 23 & Sunday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  This tour features the artwork of Cathedral member Halldor Hjalmarson.

Visit Halldor and his wife Gail at The Hjalmarson Studio (45 W Lynwood, Phoenix) or for more information, visit
This Week at Trinity
Saturday, February 23
10:00am - Second Half of Life Spirituality - Auditorium
11:00am - UBE Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
Sunday, February 24
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
11:15am - Trinitas
11:30am - Cathedral Chapter meeting - Conference Room
Wednesday, February 27
12:10pm - Holy Eucharist - Cathedral
6:00pm - St. Nicholas Choir rehearsal - Auditorium
6:30pm - Cathedral Choir rehearsal - Cathedral
8:00pm - N.A. - Atwood Hall
Friday, March 1
6:00 - First Friday Art Opening - Olney Art Gallery
Saturday, March 2
9:00am - Trinity Quilters - Atwood Hall
Sunday, March 3
Bishop Smith's Last Visitation
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
11:15am - Trinitas
Prayers of the People

Commended to our prayers: Bell family, Bradley family, Susan & Robert, Meredith, Ellyn & family, Pat, Tim, Marty, and Jaclyn.
Birthdays: Nina Susich (2/24), Nick Dean (2/25), Nancy Kinney, Byron Sampson, Jim Champlin, Ron Archuleta (2/26), Logan Marshall (2/27), Don Marshall, Emilio Armand (2/28), Jim Warden (3/1), and Rob Groover (3/2).
Anniversaries: Cindy Troxler & Gail King (2/28),
Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: St Philip's in the Hills, Tucson.
Anglican Cycle of Prayer: The Anglican Church in Central America.
Community Prayers: All who serve the nation, especially those in the armed forces. All those affected by natural disasters and civil unrest.