Christ Church

Christ Church 57 Main St. Swansea, Ma. 02777 

Invites you to Worship with us Sundays in September.

The Service times will change back to 8 am and 10 am

beginning September 18th.

Multi-Parish Retreat

will be held this year from October 14-16 at the Barbara C. Harris Camp. Folks from Fall River, Somerset, and Swansea parishes will, once again, get together for a relaxing time getting to know God and each other. Contact Gayle Velozo.


Time to change?

Sue Carvalho


           Christ Church has another Harvest Festival in the books and as I write this, I am not sure how much money was made but as always, the day was a success. The day was glorious. The weather was warm but not too warm, there were plenty of people and we saw young and old and families. There were changes this year and I am sure some were happy to see the changes and some weren’t. We published the Harvester for the first time and this was the first year without the White Elephant (yard sale). I was displaced this year as for every year that I have helped at the Harvest Festival I have worked at the White Elephant. I am not going to lie. I was disappointed about not working at the White Elephant but we have to be open to change at Christ Church in order to continue to thrive. I worked at the books table and had just as much fun as the other years. I do not read books anymore but it was wonderful to see the awe of all those who love to read books! The best part was the wonderment in a few teenagers who would rather read a book than play a video game. God, I love Christ Church.

           Christ Church now has a part-time instead of a full-time priest in order to try and balance the budget. Fr. Alan is now in the process of getting to know a new parish and all that entails. Change is not easy, but your attitude towards it is what is so important.

           Steve and I are getting ready to go back to Florida for the winter and we will be celebrating Thanksgiving there this year. That is a big change for me as I have hosted Thanksgiving in Massachusetts for what seems like forever. The crowds have been small and they have been large, but Thanksgiving has always been my favorite day of the whole year. This year one of my brothers who hasn't spent Thanksgiving with me in years will be able to join us Thanksgiving because we are in Florida. We will have people for Thanksgiving for the first time and depending on the crowd we may have to serve Thanksgiving under the carport. Time to change, traditions cannot last forever. We have to be able to change and adapt as life requests us to. It feels as if the world we are living in is changing in ways we are finding hard to adapt to. We have less money to spend, people are STILL getting sick with Covid and life is getting harder to navigate.

           What are the choices we have? We hold on to our faith and sense of community with one another. We voice our concerns and reach out as we can to help. We don’t give up and we find new ways to adapt and change. We are stronger than we know and we are survivors.

God, I love Christ Church and I love each and every one of you.

Our Veteran's Ministry

Around 80 veterans enjoyed a hearty breakfast in September. Pictured are our friends at the Harvest Festival. Breakfast is every first Saturday of the month 8:30-10am. Our next date is October 1st.

Sunday School

Our teachers are gearing up for another year. Please sign-up your children if you did not do so at the festival. Classes begin in October.

Went back and saw all the flags and new service holders … Took my breath away, really…  Looks beautiful and should be highlighted… Please use it on one of your covers. And also a big thank you to whoever did it… Let everyone know what is back there.. this picture does not even compare to its beauty…  Ty, Shirley


The Song of Simeon   Nunc dimittis  Luke 2:29-32

Lord, you now have set your servant free *

to go in peace as you have promised;

For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior, * whom you have prepared for all the world to see:

A Light to enlighten the nations, * and the glory of your people Israel.

All Saint's Day

November 6th is the next scheduled date for Baptisms. Contact Fr. Al if you or someone you know wants to be baptized.

We hope you have read the Harvester Booklet.

It has an abundance of information, not only about Christ Church and cemetery grounds, but also of our Historic Swansea Founders.

Many hands make light the load, they say.

I don't know about that but I do know there was some heavy lifting going on at the festival! Everyone pitched in to make it a memorable event. Shout out to Judy & Dave and the whole committee for a great time had by all! And let's not skip special thanks to Smokey the bear and Al Deston for getting the electrifying entertainment for the young and not-so-young that kept us rockin' the whole day!

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News from Our Diocese

Statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Today we mourn the passing and celebrate the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. My prayers for peace go out for her, for her loved ones, and for all those who knew and loved her throughout the world. 

Her resilience, her dignity, and her model of quiet faith and piety have been—and will continue to be—an example for so many.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.


The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry

Presiding Bishop and Primate

The Episcopal Church

Bishop Allen Gates

We are excited to host confirmation on September 24th. Confirmands will come from the Church of Our Savior, Somerset, Epiphany Parish, Walpole, and St. Gabriel's, Marion. May the Holy Spirit bless them and give them wings to soar and fire in their hearts. Amen!

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Remembering the life and Quesof Queen Elizabeth II:

Old North Church welcomes all for remembrance and worship

In the Diocese of Massachusetts, memorial activities at Old North Church in Boston are the focus for public expressions of remembrance and worship, and Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris join Old North Vicar-in-Charge Matthew P. Cadwell in raising prayers and offering condolences on behalf of the diocese.

British Consulate's condolence book open at Old North through Sept. 14; Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m.

As the life and legacy of Queen Elizabeth II and her 70-year reign are being remembered around the world in the days following her death on Sept. 8 at age 96, tributes and services are being offered in numerous dioceses and congregations around The Episcopal Church.

"Her resilience, her dignity and her model of quiet faith and piety have been—and will continue to be—an example for so many," Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry said in a statement on the day of her death.

In the Diocese of Massachusetts, memorial activities at Old North Church in Boston are the focus for public expressions of remembrance and worship, and Bishop Alan M. Gates and Bishop Gayle E. Harris join Old North Vicar-in-Charge Matthew P. Cadwell in raising prayers and offering condolences on behalf of the diocese.

"While the Old North Church’s role at the start of the American Revolution is well known, we were established over 50 years earlier in 1723 as the second Church of England parish in Boston. Once the wounds of war healed, we re-established our close relationship with the British community in Boston and beyond. These bonds of affection have grown ever deeper and stronger throughout the reign of Queen Elizabeth II," Cadwell noted in a statement issued on Sept. 8. 

Archbishop of Canterbury Geoffrey Fisher offered a prayer he had written for the new queen during a visit to Old North on Sept. 7, 1952, and Old North later hosted the queen herself during a bicentennial visit with Prince Philip to Boston on July 11, 1976. In the years since, Old North has regularly celebrated the queen's milestone jubilees and has served as a gathering place for Boston's British community.

"At this time of significant loss, the people of the Old North Church offer our prayers and sincere condolences to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms, to our friends in the British community in Boston, and all those across the world who found the greatest inspiration in Her Majesty’s life and example. We hold most closely in prayer her beloved family, especially His Majesty King Charles III who now takes upon himself a singularly heavy duty. May His Majesty be guided and strengthened by the same steadfast faith as his mother," Cadwell said in his statement. "May Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace and rise in glory."

For those wishing to share remembrances and messages of sympathy, the British Consulate in Boston has opened its condolence book in the Old North Church sanctuary through Wednesday, Sept. 14. The church will be open for signing each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome. For those unable to come in person, virtual condolence books are open at and

Old North Church will offer a Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance this Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m., with the tolling of bells to follow. All are welcome, with advance registration requested. (Validated parking is available at the North End Garage, 600 Commercial Street, Sundays until 1 p.m.)

A Livestream of the service will be broadcast via YouTube.

Old North Church ( is located at 193 Salem Street in Boston.  

Vestry Members

Jennifer Valiente, Co-Warden

David McCarthy, Co-Warden

Sue Sheppard, Treasurer

Susan McMullen, Clerk

Julie Baker


Susanna Baker

Joan Padrenoss

Leslie Burrell

Shirley Stasiowski


We are a joyful community celebrating Jesus Christ. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey,
you are welcome here.

Christ Church
57 Main Street, Swansea, Ma 02777
Office: Sue Correira; 508-678-0923 or,
Deston III, Music Director
The Rev. Alan R. Hesse, Rector;
508-505-5668 cell,,