Latest News:
UPDATE - In-person Worship at 10:15 am
With updates to the Partnership Dioceses' precautionary measures in response to COVID-19, we have been able to lift certain restrictions.
Here's a summary of what will remain the same
  • mask wearing inside the buildings of the SPC campus regardless of vaccination status
  • social distancing of at least 6' 
  • contact tracing measures including registering for a given service 
  • limiting the number of participants to allow for social distancing 

Please note the following changes: 
  • mask wearing is optional for fully vaccinated individuals at outside worship services and events and required for unvaccinated individuals 
  • participants are no longer required to have their temperature taken upon check in 
  • participants can sit in any available numbered pew according to household and fully vaccinated participants can sit with other fully vaccinated participants from other households based on their respective comfort level 
  • Communion will be received and consumed in the context of worship -- participants will consume the elements after they return to their respective pews 
  • congregational singing with some limitations will resume 
  • pew cushions have already been returned and the worship books will soon return 

For additional information about current worship practices, please click here.
NEW - Confirmation Course for
High School Students
The sacramental rite of confirmation is offered to those who are ready to adopt for themselves the Baptismal Promise made on one's behalf at Holy Baptism. To prepare for this rite of passage, candidates for Confirmation participate in a formation experience with other candidates to explore multiple topics including the fundamentals of Christianity, the characteristics of the Episcopal Church, the role of scripture and identity development. St. Paul's will be partnering with other churches to offer a confirmation preparation class via Zoom on Sundays at 6:00 pm, June 13-August 22). Dean Derrick will be one of the facilitators. In addition, we will meet in person two or three times to build community among the St. Paul's participants. This experience promises to be engaging and fun-filled. Dean Derrick is working with the Bishop's office to determine a date when the Bishop can be with us to confirm our confirmands. That will most likely take place in the Fall or early Winter If you have any questions, please contact Dean Derrick (dean@spcbuffalo.org). After you register by using the following link, please email Dean Derrick to let him know you are participating in the course. 
Dean Derrick, Jamie and Mari Away June 2nd - 7th 
To attend a family wedding in Memphis, the Fetz family will be on vacation June 2nd - 7th. Canon Barbara Price will preside and preach on June 6th. Canon Robert Duerr will lead worship. In the event of a pastoral emergency, please contact Canon Barbara Price (716-440-2950) or Canon Robert Duerr (212-246-8876).
NEW - Registration for 10:15 am Worship on June 6th
The deadline to sign up is June 4th at 9:00 am. 
St. Paul’s is pleased to resume in-person worship inside our sacred space where generations of the faithful have gathered in the context of community to be formed by God’s Word and the sacraments! It will be a joy to welcome everyone back. For those unable to physically be present, the service will be live streamed – please go to SPCBuffalo.org for more information. If you'd like to register by phone, please call the Cathedral office at 855-0900 or click on the link below.
NEW - Sundays 9:00 am: Speaker Series starts June 6th
“Voices from Around the Anglican Communion"   
We have engaged a wonderful array of speakers who, via Zoom, will tell us what is happening in their part of the Anglican World, what is exciting, and what is challenging. There will be time for questions! This is sponsored by Lifelong Formation at St. Paul's Cathedral, led by Canon Earle King. 

The speakers include:
June 6 – The Rev. Nael Abu Rahmoun, a Palestinian priest who is the Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church, Nazareth, Israel

June 13 – The Rev. John Edgar Freeman, a native of Liberia currently serving as Priest in Charge at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Millington TN

June 20 – The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, the first indigenous (Cherokee) female Bishop in The Episcopal Church, currently serving in the Diocese of Massachusetts

June 27 – The Rev. Canon Dr. James Rosenthal, an English priest who formerly was the Director of Communications for the Anglican Communion
 
If you plan to attend worship in person at 10:15 am, you are welcome to arrive beginning at 8:45 am and participate with others in the first floor conference room of the Flickinger Ministry Center (office building). No need to bring an electronic device -- a computer will already be connected to the projector and speaker system! 
Speaker Spotlight for June 6th: 
The first speaker in our June series is the Rev. Nael Abu Rahmoun, the Rector of Church Episcopal Church in Nazareth, Israel. We are delighted to have a Palestinian voice to open our June series. Fr. Nael is a native of Raineh (near Nazareth), and ordained to the priesthood in Jerusalem in 2007. Before coming to Christ Church, he served on the staff of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and then as Vicar of St. Andrew’s Church in Ramallah and St. Peter’s Church in Bir Zeit (both in the West Bank). He and his congregation regularly are involved with pilgrims to the Holy Land, which is how the warm friendship has developed between Fr. Nael and Canon Earle King. With the Holy Land so much in today’s news, we believe that Fr. Nael will be a great opening to this series. 
Celebrating Pride Month at SPC 
St. Paul's and the wider church are blessed by its LGBTQ+ members! In honor of Pride Month (June), we will have a special prayer on June 6th at the 10:15 am service. Stay tuned for more ways SPC will be participating in Pride Month! 
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies
and the Justice of God
On Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm beginning June 3, Dr. Gabrie'l Atchison will lead a discussion of "Black Bodies and the Justice of God" by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. In the book, Douglas, who visited Buffalo in 2018 to help relaunch the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, examines the myths and narratives underlying “stand-your-ground” culture. Learn more about the book and order it online. Register online by June 3 to receive Zoom information and updates.
Celebrating Juneteenth at SPC 
In honor of Juneteenth and SPC's commitment to building God's Beloved Community by dismantling racism and building bonds of peace among all people, the readings, prayers and other worship components at the 10:15 am service on June 20th will incorporate the themes of freedom, equality, and diversity. To get a sample of a Juneteenth liturgy and to learn more about it, please click this link. Come celebrate AND commit to working for justice among all people! 
NEW - Welcome Lily Lane,
Director of Children and Youth Formation 
St. Paul's is pleased to share that Lily Lane will be serving as the quarter-time Director of Children and Youth Formation at St. Paul's effective immediately! The permanent position has been vacant since Canon Jason Miller was called to serve St. Michael and All Angels last October. Please join us in giving God thanks for Chase Slother's leadership as the interim over the past several months and for Kathy Reiss and Tabatha Clark who are constantly supporting the faith formation of our young people. Chase will continue to help with our children's programming along with Kathy Reiss, Tabatha Clark, Noel Fazzino and Sam Holden. In addition to having experience with children and youth, Lily is familiar with St. Paul's. She sang in our Girls' Choir while in high school and her brother Tim and her father Steve have been associated with our music program and involved in other ways over time. Lily will be working with her team to resume in-person nursery and Sunday School. We plan to welcome SPCKids back beginning June 13th! More details about that will be released soon. Please join us in giving God thanks for Lily and her new ministry among us! 
Life Groups
As we discussed at last year’s Annual Meeting and Creating Our Future Together Gathering #4, we will be offering small groups to build faith and community at St. Paul’s. Life Groups are small groups of up to 12 people, including a convener, that meet monthly for prayer, fellowship and a discussion or activity related to the group’s purpose. Due to precautionary measures associated with the pandemic, Life Groups will begin meeting virtually using Zoom or some other virtual platform. The Book Discussion Life Group and Contemplative Prayer Life Group will begin soon. If you have additional ideas for specific Life Groups and/or you wish to serve as a Life Group convener, please contact Sonja Slother, Director of Communication and Ministry Development (sonja@spcbuffalo.org).  
Giving:
Thank you to those who have already made a 2021 pledge commitment to St. Paul's Cathedral! To date, we have 66 households that have made pledge commitments totaling $163,484. It's not too late to make a pledge! Please use this link to submit an electronic pledge card: www.spcbuffalo.org/pledge.

If you do not wish to pledge, you can still give a one-time gift or a series of gifts in a variety of ways:
1) Send a check made out to St. Paul’s Cathedral to 4 Cathedral Park, Buffalo, NY 14202
2) Work with your banking institution to set up an automatic transaction
3) Use our online giving system and pay using your credit card
4) Text your gift to: 84321
Thank you for your support!
Prayer List:
Short Term
Mari & Rob
Long Term
Caroline, Ethan, the Hickey Family, Pauline, Erin, Florence, Donald, Joann, Henry & Susan
Remembering all those who have died:
Donald Joseph Magro, June 3, 2000
To submit prayer requests, please go to: SPCBuffalo.org/prayerrequest 
Opportunities for Communal Prayer & Community:
Please note that all the offerings listed below,
unless indicated otherwise, will take place with this Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 716 855 0900
Password: 4cathedral

Phone: 929-205-6099
Access code: 716 855 0900
Password: 535 007 8352
Tuesdays at 12:00 pm: Noonday Prayer
All are invited to participate in this brief service (around 20 minutes in length) to remain in the spirit of prayer in the middle of the day. This service begins on pg. 103 of The Book of Common Prayer. If you don't have a copy, please consider going to BCPonline.org for an online version.
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm: Coffee & Conversation
Join Dean Derrick and Marcus Maltby for the first of several lectures titled "The Seven Habits of Highly Successful Churches." This lecture will be led by Marcus Maltby and is designed to help members and associates learn and develop key habits that can improve their lives and church. Don't forget to grab some coffee or tea before joining! Next series lecture: June 22nd
Tuesdays at 8:00 pm: Compline
All are invited to end their day by praying a simple service (around 10 minutes in length) of night prayer beginning on pg. 127 of The Book of Common Prayer. If you don't have a copy, please consider going to BCPonline.org for an online version.
Thursdays at 6:30 pm:
Racial Justice Book Discussion
Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God
On Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:00 pm beginning June 3, Dr. Gabrie'l Atchison will lead a discussion of "Black Bodies and the Justice of God" by the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary. In the book, Douglas, who visited Buffalo in 2018 to help relaunch the Commission to Dismantle Racism and Discrimination, examines the myths and narratives underlying “stand-your-ground” culture. Learn more about the book and order it online. Register online by June 3 to receive Zoom information and updates.
Thursdays at 8:00 pm: Compline
All are invited to end their day by praying a simple service of night prayer (around 20 minutes in length) beginning on pg. 127 of The Book of Common Prayer. If you don't have a copy, please consider going to BCPonline.org for an online version.
Fridays at 12:00 pm: Noonday Prayer
All are invited to participate in this brief service (around 20 minutes in length) to remain in the spirit of prayer in the middle of the day. This service begins on pg. 103 of The Book of Common Prayer. If you don't have a copy, please consider going to BCPonline.org for an online version.
NEW - Registration for 10:15 am Worship on June 6th
The deadline to sign up is June 4th at 9:00 am. 
St. Paul’s is pleased to resume in-person worship inside our sacred space where generations of the faithful have gathered in the context of community to be formed by God’s Word and the sacraments! It will be a joy to welcome everyone back. For those unable to physically be present, the service will be live streamed – please go to SPCBuffalo.org for more information. If you'd like to register by phone, please call the Cathedral office at 855-0900 or click on the link below.
NEW - Sundays 9:00 am: Speaker Series starts June 6th
“Voices from Around the Anglican Communion"   
We have engaged a wonderful array of speakers who, via Zoom, will tell us what is happening in their part of the Anglican World, what is exciting, and what is challenging. There will be time for questions! This is sponsored by Lifelong Formation at St. Paul's Cathedral, led by Canon Earle King. 

The speakers include:
June 6 – The Rev. Nael Abu Rahmoun, a Palestinian priest who is the Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church, Nazareth, Israel

June 13 – The Rev. John Edgar Freeman, a native of Liberia currently serving as Priest in Charge at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Millington TN

June 20 – The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, the first indigenous (Cherokee) female Bishop in The Episcopal Church, currently serving in the Diocese of Massachusetts

June 27 – The Rev. Canon Dr. James Rosenthal, an English priest who formerly was the Director of Communications for the Anglican Communion
 
If you plan to attend worship in person at 10:15 am, you are welcome to arrive beginning at 8:45 am and participate with others in the first floor conference room of the Flickinger Ministry Center (office building). No need to bring an electronic device -- a computer will already be connected to the projector and speaker system! 
SPCKids: Children's Formation
The SPCKids will be taking a break from the 11:00 am Zoom gathering. The SPCKids leadership team will be working on an in-person kids program to begin June 13th! Stay tuned for more details. In the interim, families are encouraged to attend in-person worship (see above for registration information) which will include a children's sermon and/or help with the Garden of Love Feeding and Clothing Ministry on Sundays (email derrick@spcbuffalo.org if you're interested in helping with this). 
Stay Connected:
St. Paul’s Call Tree
Members of the Clergy, Pastoral Care Team and the Vestry will be calling many of our parishioners once every two weeks to assess well being, ask for prayer requests and identify needs. A preliminary list of parishioners has been generated. However, it is not exhaustive. If you wish to receive a check-in call, please contact Dean Derrick (derrick@spcbuffalo.org or 855-0900).
Pastoral Care Team Is Ready To Serve You! 
Whatever life might be bringing you right now, please know you don't have to experience it alone! Members of the Pastoral Care Team will walk with you and lend a listening ear. In addition to Dean Derrick and Canon Barbara, Judy Elliott, Dee Doherty, Del Milander, Kathy Reiss, Jessy Alexander, Katharine Woodard and Marcus Maltby provide care to our community through phone calls, visits and notes. If you or someone you know is in need of pastoral care, please contact Judy Elliott at elliottking77@gmail.com or Canon Barbara at barbara@spcbuffalo.org.