April 2, 2021
Dear pilgrims of Holy Week,

Remembering those who’ve gone before is an obvious thing to do during Holy Week. It’s even more prevalent for me this year as I think about how I began with you all at this time last year, and the passing of beloved Lee Mommsen. So much has happened since then that a year sometimes feels like much longer.

The wonderful part is that our work together has yet to truly begin. Yes, the past year has felt like the longest Lent ever, we all feel it. And still, even in this Easter where we are being intentionally cautious, the signs of new life are springing up. The day is coming when we can join in happy hosannas together, we need only wait a bit longer. Please know that after Holy Week your leadership will enter more serious examination of when we might gather. Though nothing is certain yet, I don’t want to be denied the excitement, and neither should you! Much is left to be determined, but even our host congregation, Oceanside Sanctuary, is considering such moves. More news on this later in April, even if nothing is certain.

In the meantime, we must suffice with the livestreaming system we are so lucky to have. I know that sometimes the audio drops, or the video gets pixelated, but I’m grateful that those are the problems. Why do I say this? Well, we know that you’re participating with us, that’s truly a gift of the Spirit even with the hiccups. Please know that YouTube had several reports over the prior week about many issues, such as livestreaming. However, YouTube—which is how we get our video out to any platform—is by far the most used platform, and is where much of the younger generations lives online, so we will continue using it. Just like some scratchy video and audio over Zoom, we can only control so much. We graciously ask for your patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic paradigm, as it will be part of the of post-pandemic paradigm. Know that we will adopt a hybrid service, combining the online experience to our in-person worship once it gets going.

No matter how or when you choose to participate in our various Holy Week activities, I thank you for being part of this body of Christ, that we call Holy Cross. Jesus was willing to suffer on that cross to show each of us the new way, of servanthood, discipleship, and ultimately love for God and neighbor. Blessings as you walk this journey with us!

Yours in Christ,

Holy Week and Easter Schedule

Good Friday is a continuation of the service from the night before. It is the middle of the Triduum, (Three Days). The focus of this Liturgy is on the saving power and veneration of the Cross. The liturgy is solemn yet simple; dramatic yet understated. The service ends with the Lord's Prayer and concludes in silence as it is seen as a whole liturgical progression of the Paschal Triduum, which under typical circumstances culminates in the Easter Vigil and the first Eucharist of Easter on Saturday night.  PDF version of the service bulletin is here.
One candle burn brightly on dark background with text written Easter vigil.
Drawn from ancient sources, this is the most dramatic liturgy of the year. The progression of themes and moods played out on Palm Sunday are reversed. We’ll begin by hearing the timeless prophecies of hope. We say or shout the first “alleluia” of Easter. This year, while we cannot celebrate the Eucharist, we will instead feast upon the Word, the stories and prophets of ancient times, as we remember in our hearts why God has done what God has done in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. PDF version of the service bulletin is here. Service link below.
6:30 AM – Sunrise Easter Celebration at All Saints Chapel & Cemetery, 220 Peyri Road, Oceanside. (Outdoor in-person service). Reservations, masks, social distancing required. To reserve your space click here. There are 21 spaces remaining! IMPORTANT: You will need to bring a beach or lawn chair to sit in, a flash light as it will not yet be light when we first arrive, a warm jacket as it will be chilly at that hour and sturdy walking shoes as the terrain may be a bit uneven. Masks are required. Note: this service will not be livestreamed.
PDF of the service bulletin is here. 

...........................9:00 AM – Easter Celebration from Oceanside Sanctuary. This service. will be livestreamed. PDF of the service bulletin is here.
Livestream update: First, last night we encountered difficultly getting the service started. This was due to our earlier testing during the day - long story short we had to re-establish our online set-up so this delayed our being able to start the livestream of the service on time. We apologize. For those who missed the live broadcast, you will find the recorded video below.

On the good news front, we conducted many troubleshooting tests yesterday and are cautiously optimistic that we isolated the problems we have been experiencing. We have made bandwidth adjustments which we hope will reduce the video drops. We also found we were experiencing RF interference that was causing the audio signal to drop on our sound board and made a change to the frequency our mic's operate on.

Our livestream last night (once we were up and going) was much smoother than the past several Sundays! Prayers for our system to operate smoothly for the remainder of Holy Week and Easter. A special thank you to Jack, Rev Richard, and Andrew Seegers, friend of Holy Cross and tech consultant, for their time and efforts on this.
(PS: if you want a bit of fun, head over to our YouTube channel and listen to Rev Richard's running monologue on the April's Fool test video from yesterday! It has the video/audio issues we've been experiencing but you will have some fun listening to him describe the stained glass windows in the church along with all kinds of other liturgical and non-liturgical stuff!!)

When you experience sound quality issues, please know that our audio stream on Mixlr is almost always unaffected. You may listen to the audio stream here and may do this while watching the video (you will likely experience a short lag between the audio and video).

We are deeply grateful for your patience and understanding. Technology is a wonderful blessing but it comes with challenges that sometimes requires the patience of Job!
Watch the Maundy Thursday service video below:
Watch the Palm Sunday service video is below. You may listen to the audio only recording of Rev Richard's sermon here.
All past service video's, including all of Holy Week, are archived on our YouTube channel here.
Parish Staff and Volunteers taking a little "down" time
the week following Easter

In order to rejuvenate and re-energize following all of the activity leading up to and through Easter Sunday, parish staff and volunteers will be taking some time off in the coming days:

  • Rev Richard will be take a vacation day on Monday, April 5th. If you require assistance please contact our Sr Warden, Karen Sanchez at seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org or 808.494.0558. Richard+ will be available for pastoral emergencies.
  • Rev Richard, Jack - tech guru extraordinaire, our readers and altar guild will be taking next Sunday, April 11th, off as we join Church Anew and St. Andrew's Lutheran in Eden Prairie, Minnesota for worship - see below.
  • Karen - Senior Warden, will be out-of-town from Tuesday, April 6th - Wednesday, April 14th. Please contact Katie Ho, Jr Warden, or Rev. Richard in her absence.

Thank you to all who have participated in Holy Week, we could not have done this without you!
Worship at Holy Cross
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Worship NEXT Sunday, April 11th
Second Sunday of Easter
9 AM
The service will be video livestreamed
(No Drive-In/In-person Church at this time)

PLEASE NOTE: For the second Sunday in Easter, your priest and tech wizard will be putting up their feet to enjoy a service with you all! We will be joining with Church Anew and St. Andrew's Lutheran in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for a joy filled liturgy very similar to that of our own in the Episcopal Church and great music you'll likely know. Additional information will be provided in next weeks newsletter.

Midweek Online Worship
Evening Prayer
Wednesdays - 7 PM 
on Zoom

Rooted in ancient monastic tradition, this is a perfect way to end the day.

Watch for our mid-week check-in newsletter with the service links.
Christian Formation
Sunday Forum
Sunday's 10:30 AM
on Zoom
on hiatus this Sunday and next Sunday
Resumes April 18th

Bishop's Committee

Bishop's Committee ("BC") meetings are now held the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. The next regularly scheduled BC meeting is Thursday, April 15th via Zoom. If there is something for which you wish to bring to the BC's attention, you may reach out to our Wardens, Karen Sanchez and Katie Ho, or any BC member. Their contact information is in the church roster or you may reach them at the church office: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org.
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Pastoral Care
Whenever you have a concern or problem you would like to discuss confidentially, when a loved one is ill or has died, or whenever a visit with someone from Holy Cross may be of help to you, please contact Rev. Richard at 715.492.0297. Our clergy and members of our lay Pastoral Care team are commissioned to bring God’s grace and offer a time of listening, companionship, and prayer with those who are unable to attend worship or otherwise are in need of receiving such care. Short-term counseling, crisis intervention, and referral to other social service providers are also available.
Please hold all on our prayer list in your prayers:
If you would like to be added to the Prayers for Comfort, or would like to add someone else (please get their permission first) or add a family member to the Prayers for the Departed, please contact the church office at: email holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org or 760.930.1270. Please mention 'Prayer List' in the Subject line and include whether the prayer request is for "Comfort" or for the "Departed".

Individuals will remain on the prayer list for 4 weeks. Please contact the office if you wish to have someone added for another 4 weeks.
Prayer for Discernment:
Brian Petersen, Postulant for Holy Orders, as he continues to discern God's call for ordained ministry and as he attends seminary.

Prayers for Comfort:
Fr. Atwood, Bob, Randy, Art, Tom, Arlene, Ann, Paul, Jen, Ruth, Lupe, Mary & Ray, the Teitlemans, the McLevies, Dawn, Marilyn & Arthur, the Carlins, Georgia, Wendy, Barb, all who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus, and those who have no one to pray for them.

Prayers for the Departed
We commend to God all who have died, Margaret, Jeff, Mary, Wayne, Elaine, Ann, Laurie, those who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 virus, those who lost their lives in the mass shooting in Atlanta, and those who have given their lives for freedom’s cause.

Prayers for those celebrating Birthdays
Larry K, Tom M, Allen, Betty, Valerie

Prayers for those celebrating Anniversaries
none this week

Prayers for those Traveling
Larry and Sue Sebastian, Karen Sanchez
Notes of Care
Thinking of you. Humming bird watercolor card illustration
If you would like to be added, or suggest someone to be added (please get their permission first) to Notes of Care please contact the church office at: holycross@holycrosscarlsbad.org or 760.930.1270

Note: If you have lost a member of your family and would like us to include you and your family in "Notes of Care" please provide the name and relationship of your loved one, the date they entered into glory, and the address of where you would like notes of care sent.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers those who are unable to be with us in worship and reach out to them to let them know they are missed.

Fr. Theodore Atwood
c/o Nazareth House Room N130
6333 Rancho Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108
Tom Andreas & Wayne Kirts
1930 W San Marcos Blvd Spc 234
San Marcos, CA. 92078

Arlene Cull
4714 Athos Way
Oceanside, Ca 92056

Allen & Cathie Zych
4014 Layang Layang Circle #J
Carlsbad, CA. 92008

Staff and Leadership
Our Clergy
Bishop: The Rt. Rev. Susan Brown Snook ***
Vicar: The Rev. Richard Hogue - vicar@holycrosscarlsbad.org **
Associate Priest: The Rev. Theodore Atwood
Assisting Priest: The Rev. Walter Edelman
** office hours: Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 5pm. Fridays and Saturdays are his Sabbath days. Rev. Richard will always be available for pastoral emergencies regardless of the day, but asks that you understand he will not be responding to general emails, text messages or phone calls on his Sabbath days as he is trying to get the rest that God requires of all of us. As a reminder, Rev. Richard is 3/4 time with Holy Cross and 1/4 time with St. Andrew's and his work hours Sunday through Thursday will support both congregations.

Bookkeeper: Muriel Wahl

Leadership - Bishop's Committee ("BC")
Sr. Warden: Karen Sanchez - seniorwarden@holycrosscarlsbad.org
Jr. Warden: Katie Ho
Members at large: Mike Collier, Marci Stafford
Treasurer: Larry Sebastian
Clerk: Robyn Hill

Contact information:
Church office: 760.930.1270
To contact any of our clergy, staff, or BC members that do not have an email address listed above please use the church email address, your message will be forwarded to the individual. If you wish to contact them in confidence please indicate that in your message and we will ask the individual to contact you.

As a reminder, due to COVID-19, staff is working remotely. The office email is monitored regularly and office voice mail (phone) and mail is checked twice a week. In the event of a pastoral emergency please contact Rev. Richard directly.

*** To contact the Bishop's office or another member of the diocesan staff ("EDSD"):
EDSD phone: 619-291-5947
EDSD staff directory: https://edsd.org/staff/
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