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Weekly News Update

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 24, 2024, 8:00 am Said Holy Eucharist: Rite I (in the Lady Chapel)

Sunday, March 24, 2024, 10:00 am Sung Holy Eucharist: Rite II (in the Sanctuary)

In-Person and Live Streamed on YouTube | Service Leaflet

Vestry-On-Call: Mr. Rick Nordin

Interim Dean and Priest-in-Charge's Note

Soon, very soon we will celebrate Easter – the glorious day when Jesus becomes known to us in new life-giving ways that transcends life and death, giving love.

But before we get to the “He is Risen” part of this sacred story, you are invited to draw near as we recall the final week of his life, find ourselves in the story, walk with Jesus, wash and break bread together, watch, wait and recall all that was given so that we may have new life. For who wouldn’t make time to spend with a loved one, if only we had known that death was near, or that such a gift of love would be given for us all.

To experience the fullness of this gift of love, please join us as we journey through Holy Week to Easter and beyond. This Sunday, 3/24, we will sing joyfully and wave palms as we walk with Jesus. Then on Wednesday, 3/27, at 7pm we will move from lightness to dark through spoken word as we draw near. On Thursday, 3/28, at 7pm, we will gather to wash feet and remember the last meal that Jesus shared with his friends. To then be present on Friday, 3/29, at 12:10pm (principal service) and 7pm for the Stations of the Cross with reflections written by Bob Bowen, as we wait with Jesus through his death on the cross.

For it is through giving that we receive God’s gifts of new life and love. Easter is this celebration! Celebrations begin on Saturday, 3/30, at 7pm with the Easter Vigil Service, which is when we will light the Pascal Candle with new fire, hear stories of salvation, discover the empty tomb, ring bells, and baptize new members of God’s church in the name of Christ rejoicing together. Then, on Sunday 3/31 at 10am, we will celebrate a joyful Easter morning with The Rt. Rev. John H. Taylor as presider and preacher this day.

We do know it’s possible to skip right over Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday and Easter, and missing out on everything in between. Yet ironically, it is the living of life in between and through the challenges and transitions of life that we meet Jesus, entering into relationship with him. For many, this is when we need God the most: when life isn’t so easy, when confronted with uncertainty and loss, when we are alone, when hungry, when yearning for more than the riches of life can give, knowing and believing that there is something more than we can experience on our own – through the love of Christ.

I hope you will join us for Holy Week and Easter at St. John’s Cathedral. Let us find the time in our busy lives to journey together with Jesus through his life and beyond the cross. Let us draw closer to God. For it is through giving that we receive God’s gift of new life and love. May we receive this life-giving, loving gift of Easter once again, and grow in faith, love and hope through Christ.

With love and blessings,



Cathedral Campus Closure

The cathedral grounds and office will be closed April 1st through April 5th for a partial observance of the Easter Octave, celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord.


Sunday Morning, 9:00 am to 9:45 am

Are you new to the Episcopal Church and want to know more? Or maybe you're a long-time member but just have a few questions. The Inquirer’s Class is a small group setting where participants have an opportunity to explore what the Episcopal Church is all about and to look at their faith in the context of their past experience, what they’ve been taught, and what the church believes and teaches. Participants have an opportunity to ask questions and share responses in an open, warm, and welcoming environment. Please sign up with The Rev. Mel Soriano.

Spring Newsletter 2024

The latest edition of Cathedral Life, a quarterly publication of St. John's Cathedral, is now available. In this issue: a message from the Senior Warden on the status of the interim, walking through the music of Lent with our canon musician, updates on formation offerings and parish life from Assisting Priest Melvin Soriano, and much more!

Additional information about services for Holy Week has also been included with this edition.

Click here to download your copy

St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Beautification

Saturday March 23, 9:00 am to 11:30 am

Please join us Saturday morning, March 23 for the St. John’ s Episcopal Cathedral Beautification project. This project is part of USC’s annual Alumni Day of SCervice & is co-hosted by USC alumni, Heather Kelly & The Rev. Mel Soriano. The project will include some light cleaning, organizing, & a little gardening to spruce up St. John’s in preparation for spring & Easter. 

Whether you are a student, alumni, family member or friend of a Trojan, we hope that you will join us. All are welcome! 

Please note, registration as an alumni or guest is required by EOD Wednesday, March 13.

You can find more details and register by following this link.

Preparation for Baptism

Holy Baptism is full initiation by water and the Holy Spirit into Christ’s Body the Church. Are you interested in baptism, for yourself or for your children? Our next baptism will be held on Saturday, March 30 during the Easter Vigil. Please contact The Rev. Mel Soriano  to prepare yourself and your children for baptism.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation is the sacramental rite in which the baptized Christian expresses a mature commitment to Christ and receives strength from the Holy Spirit through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Are you a member of St. John's and interested in the sacrament of confirmation? Our diocesan confirmations will be held on Saturday, May 11. Classes in preparation for confirmation will be held on Sunday mornings from 9 am - 9:45 am starting Sunday, April 14. Please sign up with Rev. Mel Soriano.



Please continue your spiritual practice of supporting the Good Friday Offering, which provides critical support to the dioceses of Jerusalem and the Middle East, by using your smartphone to text ‘GFO’ to 91999 (messaging and data rates apply) or visiting

Camp Stevens summer camp registration open

Registration is open for summer sessions for children at Camp Stevens, the diocesan facility in Julian, California.

Camp sessions will be held the following weeks:

Session 1: June 23 – June 28, ages 8-15

Session 2: July 7 – July 12, ages 8-15

Session 3: July 14 – July 19, ages 8-15

Session 4: July 21 – July 26, ages 8-15

Session 5 (International Odyssey): July 28 – August 3, ages 12-17

For full information and registration, visit the website. Counselor Training, for campers age 16 and up who would like to be considered for summer camp counseling positions, will be held June 16 - 21. Information and application forms are here.

Date set for 2024 Episcopal-Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium

Episcopalians are invited to join their Lutheran siblings at Episcopal-Lutheran Night at Dodger Stadium on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. 

The Dodgers will play the Cleveland Guardians. Tickets will be $35. Fireworks and a drone show are scheduled after the game. 

More information will be available after Easter. Contact the church office if you are interested! 

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