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May 25th, 2023

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Open-invitation meeting for an LGBTQIA+ Ministry at St. Luke’s This Sunday

This Sunday, May 28th

The Upper Hall

Following Conclusion of Coffee Hour

Contact Orion Williams

Join Orion Williams in the Upper Hall this Sunday, May 28th, at the conclusion of Coffee Hour for an open discussion about beginning an LGBTQIA+ ministry. This is an all-ages, all-orientations (including allies) group, dedicated to exploring the intersection between being LGBTQIA+ and Christian, and supporting one another through our journeys of self-discovery and faith. For additional information or questions, e-mail Orion Williams

DaPonte String Quartet Performance at St. Luke's This Friday

This Friday, May 26th


The Cathedral Nave

Visit Here for Tickets

Lesser Chapter and Finance Committee Minutes

To read the most recent minutes from the Lesser Chapter Meeting held on May 17th,

Click here.

To read the minutes from the Finance Committee Meeting held on May 16th,

Click Here

New Hearing Assistance Devices Available

The Cathedral has new devices for anyone who needs hearing assistance during our worship services. Please ask an usher for help getting started, and let us know how they worked for you. With any additional questions or to give feedback please email Sam Allen or Jack Swanton.


The Young and the Restless

Memorial Day Picnic

Contact: Shana Rose

The Young and Restless will be having a Memorial Day picnic this Sunday, May 28, 2023, at 3 pm as their next get-together at the lovely Roberts’ home (65 Drew Rd South Portland, Maine 04106)!

Come on out and bring your favorite drink, desert, and side dish to share. The church will take care of the hamburgers, veggie burgers, and chicken cutlets. If you would like to go swimming Willard Beach is about a 10 min walk away. Hope to see you there and don’t forget to let Shana know you’re coming and what you want to bring!!


The St. Luke's Public Policy

and Environmental Action Team Meeting &


The St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental Action Team will meet Tuesday June 13 from 6-7 PM. 

All are welcome. Click here to join us. 

For more information email Sarah Braik

PPEAT Eco-Tips

Portland’s BTS Center equips faith leaders of all traditions, lay and ordained, to provide effective and faithful ministry in a climate-changed world. Its mission is to catalyze spiritual imagination with enduring wisdom for transformative faith leadership. They offer a huge variety of programs, virtual and in person, many at no cost. Even if your leadership role is a small one, you will find opportunities to explore the intersection between faith and environmental justice, find renewal for your soul and revitalize your ministry.

Portland’s BTS Center (https://thebtscenter.org/.) equips faith leaders of all traditions, lay and ordained, to provide effective and faithful ministry in a climate-changed world. Its mission is to catalyze spiritual imagination with enduring wisdom for transformative faith leadership. They offer a huge variety of programs, virtual and in person, many at no cost. Even if your leadership role is a small one, you will find opportunities to explore the intersection between faith and environmental justice, find renewal for your soul and revitalize your ministry.

Join The Young and the Restless

Contact: Shana Rose

St. Luke’s 20-30-year-old ministry. We are an active group at the cathedral and also get together outside of the church.

Join us as we go hiking, ice skating, play trivia, or just enjoy each other's company! If you are new to us, welcome! We meet the second Tuesday of each month at Rising Tide, 6-8 pm in Portland. 

Other events happen sporadically throughout the month, however second Tuesdays at Rising Tide is a great place to meet us if you're joining us for the first time. 

Please contact Shana Rose at <shanaro931@gmail.com> to be added to the group Discord channel to stay up to date with group activities and information.

Clynk Bags Available in the Nave and around the Cathedral

Contact: Shana Rose

 St. Luke’s participation in the Clynk Initiative Program helps to support our young adults ministry, The Young and the Restless.

Additional bags have been made available at both entrances of Nave with barcodes that correspond to the Cathedral’s account.

Anyone is welcome to take a bag and are encouraged to bring it to a local redemption center or grocery store that accepts Clynk. Thank you for your support!

A Note about our Liturgy Team and Pastoral Presence

 During this time of transition to a new Dean we want to explain to the congregation the ways that St. Luke’s Cathedral is providing a clergy presence. We have assembled a team of clergy who will be responsible for organizing and celebrating worship services. This team consists of the Reverends Suzanne Roberts, Anne Fowler, and Christopher Worthley. They will be assisted from time to time by guest preachers and celebrants. Rev. Fowler and Rev. Roberts are available to any congregants who have need of pastoral care. You may reach Rev. Fowler at (617)548-4783 and Rev. Roberts at (207)749-4166.

The Rev. Christopher Worthley is not available for on-call pastoral care due to full-time employment outside of his ministry,  however he is active in care for our neighbors at 75 State Street.


Hold the Date! Parish-Wide Picnic After the Service on June 11th

Additional Volunteers to Help Needed!

Sunday June 11th, 2023

The Park Street Parking Lot (Rain Location in Lower Hall)

Following the 10AM Service

Menu: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Vegetarian Options, Salads, and Ice Cream

Volunteer: contact Sarah Dowling

Join us for a parish wide picnic following the service as we conclude Sunday School for the summer, recognize our graduating high school seniors, and note the end of the season for the Cathedral Choir.

The picnic will take place outside in the Park Street Parking Lot (rain location is the Lower Hall).

The menu will include hamburgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, salads, and ice cream.

With any additional questions please contact Sarah Dowling

St. Luke's to host a Performance of

"A Slave Ship Called Malaga"

by artist Antonio Rocha

Saturday, June 10th, 2023


The Cathedral Nave

Tickets available here or scan the QR Code Below

Adults (Ages 12+)- $10.00

(Photo credit: Coco McCrackin)

*Please note that the recommended age for attending this event is ages 12 +

Join us at 7:00PM on June 10th in the Cathedral Nave as we partner with Portland Ovations to host artist Antonio Rocha in his performance of "A Slave Ship Called Malaga."

Portland Ovations describes Rocha's work as the following:

"The Malaga Ship Story is a tour de force performance by award-winning, and world-renowned storyteller Antonio Rocha. Using his entire body and voice, Antonio sings, dances, narrates, and mimes his way through this poetically toned historical tale told from the perspective of the ship. The story vividly explores the reality and impact of the slave trade then and now through Antonio’s relationships to Maine and Brazil. Each performance is followed by a moderated conversation with a facilitator."

Visit the links below to learn more about the artist, the background of the performance, and to access educational resources.

Antonio Rocha

Performance Background

Learning resources

Watch a Preview of Antonio Rocha's Performance Below

Bach Virtuosi Festival June 20 - 27, 2023

Concerts performed at St. Luke's Cathedral and

Etz Chaim Synagogue

Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated as the creator of numerous masterpieces of church and non-secular music, both instrumental and with vocals. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time. This year marks the eighth year that the Bach Virtuosi Festival will bring together world-class musicians to share the music of Bach.

Click here to learn more about the repertoire and world-renowned musicians from the Bach Virtuosi Festival. Take advantage of our 20% off Mother's Day sale

Bach Virtuosi Festival Artists Looking for Housing

Artists performing in the Bach Virtuosi Festival are looking for housing. If you or someone you know is able to host an artist, please contact Administrative Director Megan Akers.

Monday Night Zoom Book Group

Every First and Third Monday of the Month

6:00-7:00 pm

Location: Zoom

Contact: Linda Carleton

The Monday Zoom Book Group is reading Barbara Brown Taylor’s The Luminous Web: Essays on Science and Religion

Taylor suggests that we might close the gap between spirit and matter, between the sacred and the secular.”

The Jamestown Cross Book Review describes the book as “profound in its implications and a must-read for anyone seeking to reconcile the faith they cling to with the science they encounter.” The group meets on 1st and 3rd Mondays from 6-7pm. 

The Luminous Web is only four chapters and we’ll complete it in 2-4 weeks. Contact Linda Carleton if you’d like to join us.

The Healing Team

The Healing Team will be offering prayers of healing during the following Sunday services with the following Healing Team members offering prayers:

5/28/23 Betsey Deleuse and Judd Hume

6/4/23  Sara Schmalz and Oscar Mokeme   

If you have any questions, please contact Judd Hume by calling (207) 773 - 5611 or by email.

The Tuesday 12:10 Service to go Summer Break after June 13th

The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist will go on summer break after the final service on June 13th.

Join The Rev. Anne Fowler and service participants for a meal following the service to express thanks for the ability to gather as a community.

Please email the cathedral office with additional questions.

Coffee Hour Hosts Needed!

A big thank you to everyone that has hosted coffee hour this year, it has been very successful and creates an important time for fellowship. We need a few more people to host throughout June. You can view the schedule by clicking on this link. Please take a look and email me with your preferred date and I will add you to the schedule. 

Email Meredith Cough or call 207-415-8207 

Happening in Diocese and the Wider Church Community

Diocesan Listening Session Tonight!

Every faith community’s voice is necessary for us to have a diocese-wide vision! You're invited to attend at least one of the Diocesan Listening Sessions below:

This Evening: Thursday, May 25th, 6:30PMTrinity, Portland

Tuesday, June 20, 7PM via Zoom Passcode 461525

Watch the video below as Bishop Brown speaks about his hopes for these gatherings.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Host

Four Days of Workshops

From the Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

"Join your fellow Episcopalians for four days of insightful workshops led by dozens of presenters; special speakers; and preachers, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, who is beginning his final year as chief pastor of The Episcopal Church.


Don’t miss out on the great rates available NOW for this churchwide festival of worship, learning, community, and action July 9-12 in Baltimore, Maryland."


  • Registration—for only $185 until June 1—includes the following:90+ workshops and sessions
  • 4 worship services
  • 3 days of learning
  • 2 lunches
  • Countless connections
  • Book now for great hotel rates: Hilton ($169 until 6/18)
  • Marriott ($149 until 6/12)

Register Here

Last Week's Service

Click the attached links to view the Livestream of Last Sunday's Service and the Bulletin.

To View past services visit our Youtube Page or visit the archive page on our website to read past bulletins, sermons, and newsletters.

Weekly Ministries

  • The Food Pantry is open from 8 am to 11 am every Thursday.

  • Noon prayer is offered every Wednesday via Zoom.

  • The Tuesday 12:10 Eucharist gathers weekly in Emmanuel Chapel. Join via Zoom.

  • Contemplative Prayer is offered every Thursday at 4:30 pm via Zoom.

  • Compline is offered weekly on Friday from 8-8:30pm on Zoom. For additional details contact Ray Murdoch Curry

Click on the Episcopal Maine Logo to learn about all that is happening in the wider Diocese.




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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4141, Portland, ME 04101

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