August 5, 2022
From the Dean & Rector

Yesterday I met with friends from the Vermont Health Equity Initiative to discuss possibilities of next things after our wonderful partnership with the BIPOC vaccination clinics. After our conversation and as we were saying our goodbyes, one of the members of VHEI turned to his colleagues and said, "These people, these people at this place are real. They have been standing out there every Sunday for two years with their Black Lives Matter signs. Every Sunday. So many others have moved on. The streets were raging and they aren't anymore. But these people. These people are real."

That's you. Your dedication to creating a more just society by standing outside for 30 minutes every Sunday makes a difference. A real difference. There are places in this state, in our neighborhoods, where BIPOC folks don't feel safe or welcome. But this place. This place of worship, work, and beauty, is not one of them. Thanks be to God. And thanks be to you for making it real.

Beloved, you are beautiful. I love you, and God adores you.

Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Second Sunday Supper August 14
Sunday, August 14, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a delicious dinner and great conversation. Feel free to bring a main dish, a side or dessert. Your presence, however, is what is most important! There is no need to RSVP.

If August 14 doesn't work for you - mark your calendar! We'll have potluck suppers on Sundays October 9, and November 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Plan to enter the building through the lower entrance. To cut down on dishes, please bring your own plates, flatware, and cups. We'll have paper plates available if you're unable to or if you forget.
Chair Movers Needed
Thursday, August 11, 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

The Dean could use some assistance transforming the space from forward facing (for a wedding on August 6) back to in the round for our worship on August 17. If we have a few folks, it shouldn't take us more than 30 minutes.

Thank you for making it possible for us to host weddings, funerals, concerts, and such!
Cathedral Arts Presents: Bach in Church
The Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and Cathedral Arts Present Bach in Church at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul.

Thursday, August 25 at 12:00 p.m.

Join us for this popular annual free event featuring works by Bach, Vivaldi, and 20th Century composer Florence Price.

Fantasia in G major, BWV 572

Florence Price 
Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet

Trumpet and Organ Concerto in D major, BWV 972

Soovin Kim, violin
Edward Arron, cello
Emi Ferguson, flute
Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
Mark Howe, organ
Catalyst Quartet

*There will be another opportunity to help move chairs for this concert. Stay tuned for details!
Justice Speaks: Feast of Saints Mary and Martha July 29
On this date in 1974, eleven women - already deacons in the Episcopal Church - were ordained by three retired bishops, several priests and about 2,000 others gathered at the Church of the Advocate in North Philadelphia.

But this was called by the Church an “irregular ordination." Why?
While no canon law forbade the ordination of women, the Church had established that ordination of men was “the norm.” But women were exploring ways to increase their participation in the life of the Church. Women could serve as deaconesses in the late 1800s through the 1960s. 
It wasn’t until 1970 that lay women were finally seated and had votes at General Convention. Canon law establishing deaconesses was eliminated to treat male and female deacons as equal. But ordination of women was voted down that year.
Serving as deacon at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Susan Hiatt declared that women deacons felt their calling was not to continue pleading for ordination, but to actually be ordained and to serve as priests. Her rector, Rev. Paul Washington, a Black civil rights leader in Philadelphia, understood the connections between the liberation of women and the struggles of the Black people his parish served. The three retired bishops who officiated at this momentous ordination were the Rt. Revs. Robert DeWitt of Pennsylvania, Daniel Corrigan of Colorado, and Edward R. Welles II of West Missouri. They were chastised somewhat by the President Bishop for their unorthodox action. Much disagreement within the Church followed this event.
At General Convention in 1976, the Church passed the resolution to accept ordinations of women to the priesthood and as bishops. Thanks be to God for those determined and brave people at various levels of authority acting in prophetic ways for opening the way for women to serve at all levels within the Church.

To learn more:
Sylvia Knight, for Jubilee Justice 
Children's Corner
Click here to view or download The Sunday Paper for the ninth Sunday after Pentecost. The Sunday Paper is a weekly publication for children that includes Scriptural images, and stories that relate the Gospel to the Old Testament, the life of the church, and their own lives.

With the calendar pages turning, and August 15 upon us, a decision needs to be made about moving forward with Vacation Bible Camp.  While we have children signed up, we do not have any adult/ young adult volunteers.  As a result- we will not be able to offer camp.  It is a difficult decision to make, but the idea is not off the table for the future.  We will be exploring Bible Camp and other learning opportunities for the children.  In the meantime- we will be preparing for our upcoming season of Sunday School.  

-- Katie Gonyaw, Children's Formation Coordinator
Coffee Hour
We will gather for coffee hour downstairs in the Parish hall throughout the summer. We hope you will join us for a quick cup of coffee, or, if you have the time, a longer conversation with old friends and new ones.

We are always seeking volunteers to contribute a snack, to make coffee, or to help set up or clean up. You can volunteer using our online signup here, or let a member of the welcome ministry know.

As long as we can safely do so, it is our plan to continue this important ministry, to welcome newcomers, and stay in touch with everyone who is a part of the St. Paul's family. To learn more, please get in touch with a member of the Welcome Ministry

Penny Pillsbury, Chairperson, Welcome Ministry
Join Us For Worship
Join us this Sunday, August 7 as we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at 10:00 a.m. in person and live streamed on the Cathedral's YouTube channel for those who would like to join us virtually.
Please see the schedule above or visit the Cathedral website for other worship at St. Paul's.

You can view or download the order of worship for the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist on our website.
Other Regular Services
All are welcome to join us for our weekday services:
Morning Prayer, Monday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. on Zoom.
In person Tuesday - Friday at 8:30 a.m.

Compline, Sundays and Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. on Zoom
For Our Prayers This Week
We pray for blessings and joy for those who celebrate birthdays this week: Philip Wagner, Chuck Bongiorno, Nickie Morris.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Bob Wright; Michael Fay; Henry Maciejewski; P.J.; John; Antonia; The Rev. Bob Leopold; Lindsey Fay; The Anthony Family in Moscow, Russia; Nancy Bishop; Marie Cole; Kim Martin; Helene; Jay Vos; Martha Ladue; Karin Davis; Karen Lewis; Sandy Nicholson; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Ella Baskett; Mary Magot; Jean Erno; Jackie; Lillian Robinson; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Elizabeth Webster; Pat Barra; David Glendinning; Debbie Altemus; Vaughn Altemus; Marion Montross; Naomi Hodgett; Helen McGrath; and Mary Carter.  For all those suffering from COVID-19 in our country or around the world. For those who have died from COVID-19 and for the grief of those who loved them. For Ukraine and those fleeing its borders and for the people of Russia. For all victims of gun violence.

We pray for those who are in the discernment process: Kenzo An; and for our seminarian, Susan McMillan.

We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died: Michael Fernandez.
Quote of the Week
"God places us in the world as his fellow workers-agents of transfiguration. We work with God so that injustice is transfigured into justice, so there will be more compassion and caring, that there will be more laughter and joy, that there will be more togetherness in God's world."

--Desmond Tutu
Lessons for August 7: The Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday's Collect
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Community News & Events
Courage, Justice and Hope: The Inclusive Paintings of Janet McKenzie
Opening and artist talk
Saturday, August 13, 3:00 p.m.
Reproductions, signed books, and cards available.

August 13 - September 4, 2022. Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Village Meeting House - United Church of Christ
4355 Main Street, Waitsfield, Vermont

For more information:, 802-496-3065 or, 802-723-4122.
Diocesan Convention is October 8 and 13
The 2022 Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont will be held in two parts:
The Bishop’s address, worship, and other programming will take place in person on Saturday, October 8 at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Burlington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration and time for fellowship will begin at 9 a.m.
The business portion of diocesan convention will be held online via Zoom the evening of Thursday, October 13 beginning at 6 p.m.

The deadline for submission of resolutions to the chair of the Resolutions Committee is September 2. Resolutions should be submitted using the online form.
Please email Anne Brown, chair of the Resolutions Committee, at with questions, or call her at 802-353-1182 (cell).
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.

The Right Rev. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of Vermont

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Ven. J. Stannard Baker, Cathedral Deacon and Diocesan Archdeacon

Mark A. DeW. Howe, Canon Precentor and Director of Music

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator

Katie Gonyaw, Children's Formation Coordinator

Grace Jack, A/V and Social Media Coordinator