The Chimes

A monthly newsletter of Christ Church

September 16th, 2023

Sunday Morning September 17th

we will resume two services 8am & 10am.

Grief and Loss

Just Breathe

When you lose your soulmate only then do you realize what being alone truly means .. When that love of your life leaves only then do you know what a broken heart feels like.. no one can do anything to fix it.. people grief in different ways and that is fine .. mine is to be alone and let time heal..My friends know I hear them and are grateful for all of their support.. This summer has been very tough for me and I still need that alone time so do not think I am hiding from you........ I am trying to just breathe.

To my Christ Church family thank you for your support and being there for me.. Shirley

It is not our custom to post obituaries, however, Rick was our former Warden and an ally in the community and so, many of you have contacted the office asking for information. Our Christ Church family shares in this time of grief and loss. Crawford N. “Rick” Kirkpatrick III died peacefully on August 27, 2023 with his family at his side. Rick was known for his good humor, and being a kind and compassionate man. He served the community by his decades long service in Swansea and on the Vestry of Christ Church, including serving as Warden. Please respect the family's time of mourning as they, too, try to just breathe. A Celebration Of Life will be held at 11 AM on October 14th at Christ Church, Swansea. There will be no calling hours (wake). In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Amos House, Providence, RI, Christ Church, Swansea, MA, or The Eagles Mere Conservancy, Eagles Mere, PA.

From the Diocese

The Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop asks the church to join it in prayer for the discernment and election process. It has offered the following prayer, which members hope Episcopalians will use in the Prayers of the People during worship, as well as in their personal devotions:


Almighty God, source of all wisdom and understanding: Look graciously on your church, and so guide the hearts and minds of those who will choose our next presiding bishop, that we may receive a faithful pastor who will care for all of your people, equip us for our ministries, and proclaim your word to us and to the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training will be offered via Zoom on two consecutive weeknights (you must attend both). Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration required. To be licensed by the bishop as a lay eucharistic visitor, one must complete training, be up to date with Safe Church training and have signed authorization from their congregation’s clergyperson. The application for licensing is online or Contact Martha Gardner with questions or for more information.

Calendar of Events


17th Sunday, Pentecost 16th Proper 19 8am & 10am

18th Monday Yoga 6-7:15pm.

21st Thursday Women’s AA (closed meeting 6:30).

22nd Saturday Church School Gathering, 6-9pm. 

24th Sunday, Pentecost 17th Proper 20 at 8am & 10am.

25th Monday Yoga 6-7:15pm.

26th Magic Show, 6:30 

28th Thursday Women’s AA (closed meeting 6:30).

30th-Yoga 9-10


1st Sunday, Pentecost 18 Proper 21 St Francis Sunday

2nd Monday, Yoga, 6:15pm

5th Thursday, Women’s AA (closed Meeting)

6th Friday, Meal Ministry

    at Church of Our Saviour Somerset.

7th Saturday Veteran’s Breakfast 8:30-10am

7th Saturday, Dinner & Show at Holy Spirit Fall River 6:30 pm. 

8th Sunday, Pentecost 19 Proper 22

9th Monday, Yoga, 6:15pm

10th Tuesday, vestry meeting 6:30

11th Wednesday, outreach meeting 6pm. 

12th Thursday, Women’s AA (closed Meeting) 

13th Friday, Building Bridges Fire Initiative gathering for 

      veterans fire pit from 5-7 pm, (closed Meeting)

14th Saturday, Celebration of life 11 am. 

15thSunday, Pentecost 20 Proper 23

16th Monday, Yoga, 6:15pm

19th Thursday, Women’s AA (closed Meeting) 

20th Friday, Game Night! 6pm.

20-22 Weekend Multi-Parish Retreat.

22ndSunday, Pentecost 21 Proper 24

23rd Monday, Yoga, 6:15pm

26th Thursday, Women’s AA (closed Meeting) 

27th Friday, Halloween Gathering

27-28-Diocesan Convention

28 Saturday, Library Race, Canteen Christ Church

29thSunday, Pentecost 22 Proper 25

30th Monday, Yoga, 6:15pm

31st Boo!

Highlights from The Harvest Festival 2023

For more exciting pictures, please check out our Face Book Page

Vestry Members

Jennifer Valiente, Co-Warden [email protected]

David McCarthy, Co-Warden [email protected]

Sue Sheppard, Treasurer [email protected]

Susan McMullen, Clerk [email protected]

Julie Baker [email protected]

Judi DeMello[email protected]

Joan Padrenoss [email protected]

Leslie Burrell [email protected]

Jennifer Braga [email protected]


Convention Delegate Julie Sanders

Summer Worship

Sundays 9am

Office Hours Tuesday~Wednesday~Thursday 10am-3pm


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 [email protected],

Al Deston III, Music Director

The Rev. Philip C. Jacobs, OGS, Priest Associate, retired 617-285-1627

The Rev. Alan R. Hesse, Rector;

508-505-5668 cell, [email protected],