February 9, 2024

From the Dean & Rector


is it just me or do the newer security measures for various websites and on-line activities make you crazy, too? It seems more and more sites are using two-factor authentication and I, for one, am tired of it. Mostly because I invariably don't have my phone right next to me to receive a text or, if it's a joint account with my spouse, the code goes to her phone and I have to interrupt whatever she's doing to get the code. Perhaps it's because I don't use the "hard" passcodes offered by most internet sites, preferring to use my own passcodes. Perhaps it's just because I'm 62 years old. Whatever it is, some days just seem harder than others in that regard.

All that gets me thinking about our faith (big leap but hang in there with me). How do we know what's real or genuine or true, or what is false, idolatrous, or sinful? What code can we use to discern such things? We are surrounded by false narratives of the Christian message. We also are witness to true narratives of the Christian message. How do we know which is which? How do we guide others into discernment around that?

We are living through some perilous times right now - domestically and around the world. False prophets have risen up claiming a faith based in discrimination, nationalism, oppression, and violence. Yet no matter how many times we try to "authenticate" that false narrative using the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we come up empty - site not found, incorrect log-in.

Thursday morning in our Morning Prayer service we heard these words from Paul's Letter to the Romans: "Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor...Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good." This, then, is the only password we ever need. Love. Now that is a password I can remember and authenticate!

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


Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events

Thank You

Thanks to your generosity, St. Paul's donated more than $5,000 in January to the following organizations:

King Street Youth Center

United Thank Offering (UTO)

UVM Home Health and Hospice

Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN)

Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA)

Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMO)

Migrant Justice

Spectrum Youth and Family Services

Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Warmth (CVOEO)

Lake Champlain Committee

Feeding Chittenden

Dismas House

This Week in the Adult Forum

Adult Forum this week prepares us for the days ahead as we investigate the Season of Lent. Why does Lent have more than forty days? From what exactly are we praying deliverance in the Great Litany? Come find out this Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Discussion is encouraged. All ages of adults are welcome.  

Lenten Dossal Going up This Sunday

We could use your help! Inviting folks to join the ‘Team’ in mounting the Lent dossal, this Sunday, February 11 immediately following the 11:00 service.

This takes about 30 minutes to accomplish and is definitely the easiest to do. Anyone wishing to help/learn about how this is done, just gather at the bottom of the steps and we’ll be happy to include you in the process! 

Thanks ahead of time. Judith 

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday with us!

We will celebrate Shrove Tuesday at St. Paul's this Tuesday, February 13. Historically, Shrove Tuesday was a day of indulging in the rich, fatty foods that were traditionally abstained from during Lent. Making pancakes was a way to use up butter, milk, sugar and eggs before the 40-day fast.


This year, we'll gather downstairs in the Parish Hall starting at 6 p.m. Our celebration will begin with prayers, singing, and the burning of palms, followed by a pancake supper and the burying of our Alleluias!


This year's celebration will once again feature Pam Van de Graaf ‘s “pamcakes” with butter and maple syrup, bacon and sausage, fruit cider and coffee/tea. This all depends on parishioners donating ingredients for the feast (see below). If you already signed up to bring something please bring it on Sunday, if possible. Questions: Penny Pillsbury 802 734-9349 or home 802 862-3585.

The Parish Hall fridge can house your donations CLEARLY MARKED "Shrove Tuesday." You can also bring in your palms from last year to be burned. Thank you!

Let the good times roll! 🎉

Shrove Tuesday Food Contributions - Where the Gaps Are

Thank you to all of you who have signed up to bring some of the feast to Shrove Tuesday’s “Pam cake” supper; however there are some food items still needed. 

Three pounds of sausage links (one could be vegetarian)

****NOTE TO THOSE BRINGING MEATS: If you're dropping off before Tuesday, place them in the parish hall fridge marked SHROVE TUESDAY OR hand them directly to Pamela Van de Graaf who will be cooking them at home. **


Juice or Cider 28 oz containers: Need four 

Large bag of Apples

2 Dozen Eggs

Questions or anything else: Penny Pillsbury 803 862 3575  


Ash Wednesday is February 14

On Ash Wednesday we will receive ashes, smudged on the forehead in the form of a cross - the ashes of those palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. If you have palms at home from last year's service, feel free to bring them to the church anytime between now and Feb. 13 to be burned to make this year's ashes.


Ashes are a primary, irreducible symbol of our mortality. Furthermore, there is a symmetry to this ritual act: Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent; Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week; what grew up and turned green came down, died, and was burned to ash. 


There will be two services on this day, at 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All are welcome. 


2024 Adult and Youth Confirmation Classes

We are still collecting names for those adults and youth (high schoolers ages 16 and up) for those from any background who are interested in taking the next step in their Christian walk.

Adult and Youth confirmation will meet separately, with schedules to be determined depending on the group's needs.

Youth confirmation will take place over two Sunday afternoons: Sunday, February 18; and Sunday, March 17. Both sessions will meet from 1:00 to 4:00, with food provided. The Confirmation class will be co-facilitated by Deacon Stan Baker and Rose Bacon. Confirmation will take place at the Easter Vigil, Saturday evening, March 30, by Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown. Please contact Deacon Stan Baker at for more information. 

We will read, pray, study, and reflect on our faith journeys as we explore the basics of the Christian faith and the Episcopal church. Those who want to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church will make their commitments at the Easter Vigil on March 30. 

If you are interested, speak to a clergy person, or email the Cathedral office at

Welcome Ministry Seeks Sub for Red Apron Duties

Dear 11 o'clock service attendees:

Would any one of you be available to help with the Welcome Ministry Red Apron coffee hour team on February 18th and again on a Sunday in March?

If so, please contact either Miriam or Penny 



Cathedral Office Closed February 26 - March 1

The Cathedral office will be closed February 26 through March 1 to accommodate staff vacations.

Recycle Your Wreath Ring

To those of you who purchased a wreath from this year's wreath project: Did you know that the greens are compostable and the metal ring is reusable?

Deconstruction is easy. Place a trash can or tub under wreath, find the hanging loop and untwist. Keep unwrapping, the greens will fall off into tub. You'll have a year's supply of florist wire, compost the greens. Bring the ring back to church, label "Penny P," and put under the Narthex table. Our wreath supplier loves to reuse them.

Join Our Team of Lay Liturgical Ministers

If you or your child are curious about becoming an acolyte, usher, verger, crucifer, reader, chalice minister or subdeacon, we invite you to consider how you might enjoy serving in the liturgy at St. Paul's.

We could use a few extra volunteers in each role, particularly at the 9 o'clock service. You can serve as frequently or infrequently as you like, and assignments are generated using an online scheduler, which makes the process easy and allows for last-minute schedule changes.

Please let us know if you are interested in learning more or signing up to participate. Most roles involve a brief training, which can be scheduled at your convenience.

Contact Jennifer in the Cathedral office at, or 864-0471.

Lenten Book Study Offering: Start Date CHANGED to February 20

Are you interested in learning how colonialism has affected the history of the Episcopal Church? Are you wondering if there is a way to make the Church more diverse and to attract new members? If so, you are in luck!

During Lent, St. Paul’s will be offering a zoom-moderated book study of The Church Cracked Open – New Hope for Beloved Community. The book is authored by The Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers who is a Canon to Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and spearheads Episcopal efforts around evangelism, racial reconciliation and creation care.

We pushed back the start date of this discussion group so as not to conflict with the Shrove Tuesday celebrations.

When: Tuesdays, February 20 - March 19, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Where: On Zoom! Registrants will receive the link a few days before the first meeting.

Who: Discussions will be moderated by the members of the initial Sacred Ground Circle: Miriam Burns, Ann Meyer, Mary Schreiber, Susan Stock, and Shannon Williamson.

How: To sign up or if you have questions, email the Cathedral office, or Susan Stock.

Reading The Church Cracked Open will give us insights about how we can follow Jesus' extravagant love by loving the face and voice of God which we see and hear in the presence of others. It will give us tools to trust the perspective and wisdom of people who are least respected. As we go from Lent to Easter, we will have gained additional skills to help us become a beloved community in Vermont.

The book is available on multiple platforms for ~$17.00 and there will be scholarships available if that enables you to attend. Please contact Jennifer Sumner at if you want to discuss a scholarship.  

All are welcome. In order to plan the discussion, we ask people to register by email ahead of time. You can reach Susan Stock and the rest of the facilitator group at our emails -,,,, and

Input Sought: Director of Music and Cathedral Arts Search

At the Annual Meeting last Sunday, we asked for your input on two sets of questions:

How does music intersect with your spirituality; that is, what does music bring (or not) to your relationship with God?, and;

Thinking about our music tradition:

  • What is one thing you wish would never change?
  • What is one thing you would like to or would be ok with changing?
  • What, if anything, could we let go of or let lie fallow for a while?

If you didn't attend the annual meeting or have thoughts about these questions, please email them to the Cathedral office: so that the search committee can take them into consideration.

Loving Creator, we know you to be with those who yearn for and find your presence in creative arts like music: Be with this Cathedral in our search for a Director of Music and Cathedral Arts and grant to those in the search process glimpses of your divine beauty, that they may discern and choose a candidate who will inspire our spirits and uplift our hearts in worship; we ask in the name of the Holy Name that has inspired unceasing hymns of praise. Amen.

Food Allergies at St. Paul's

We are so grateful to everyone who contributes to make coffee hour and our potluck gatherings festive. Did you know that within our community there are some members with food allergies?

Please keep contributing, but take a moment to label homemade or store bought items you bring if they contain peanuts or tree nuts.

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe and healthy!

Stuck in Vermont Features Deacon Susan McMillan's Vet Clinic

Check out this short video from Eva Sollberger's Stuck in Vermont featuring St. Paul's Deacon Susan McMillan's Vet Clinic, located in Burlington's Old North End!

Children's Corner

All children ages four to 11 are welcome to join us for Church School, which takes place this week between the 9 and 11 a.m. worship services downstairs in the Undercroft.

If you have questions, please contact Katie Gonyaw at


From Out of Vermont Kitchens: Recipe of the Week

I have never had orange pie, but citrus is abundant in the stores right now, and this sounds like an interesting recipe to celebrate the last weekend before Lent begins.

Fresh Orange Pie

Excerpted from the introduction of the 1990 edition of Out of Vermont Kitchens:

St. Paul's Cathedral published our first cookbook, Out of Vermont Kitchens, in 1939. The world and the small corner of it that is Vermont were very much different then, and yet some things stay the same. The values that first book represents - fresh ingredients cooked with pleasure and creativity for family and friends - are with us still today.

Vermont itself is a blend of old and new, a study in contrasts. It is still a rural state with many small family dairy farms and sugarbushes, but in recent years an influx of new residents from "down country" has brought us new life and richness with their interest organic gardening, sheep raising, and the production of a variety of cheeses and homecooked products now sold far beyond our borders. While treasuring our wonderful maple syrup and dairy products, we also welcome the addition of a broadened range of produce, herbs and spices to our shelves.

Vermont is a place of distinct seasons and sometimes harsh climate, but always of outstanding beauty. Much of our life continues to involve church suppers, town fairs, country auctions, and rigorous outdoor activity, along with a penchant for self-reliance and the homegrown. Our more recent neighbors have often settled here because they too love these simper pastimes and values. Those of us fortunate enough to live here wouldn't be any other place.

So come into our kitchens. Sit down and browse awhile through our recipe files and well-thumbed favorites. Then join us around the table to share a dish that, in the universal spirit of kitchen creativity, you have made your own.

Join Us For Worship

Join us for our Worship, in person or via our Live Stream on YouTube.

Sunday, February 11: Holy Eucharist, 9 a.m. in person and 11 a.m. in person and online.

Wednesday, February 14: Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes, 12:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. In person.

You can view or download the order of worship 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.

Tuesday - Friday at 8:30 a.m. in person

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: Lyn Burns, Keith Pillsbury, Joy Slobodzian.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: Debby Galbraith; Stan Walker; Katie and baby; Betsy M.; Phil Ortega; Aimee Viens; Steve Savage; Delores and Vaughn Altemus; Sandy Nicholson; Tom Ely; Alice Van Buren; Keith Pillsbury; Sasha; Jasper Davies; Jim and Linda Larson; Joseph and Abby Gonyaw; Gina Hilo; Nancy Bloomer; Ben; Alex Versaw; Steve Burns; Barbara; Genevieve; Terrence; Jaya and Abby Kelly; Fran Carlson, Devin Starlanyl; Karin Davis; Laura Macke; Jay Slobodzian; Thomas McGrade; Ashton Christy; James Booze; Jennifer Jenkins; Michael Fay; Henry Maciejewski; P.J.; John; Lindsey Fay; The Anthony Family in Moscow, Russia; Marie Cole; Kim Martin; Helene; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Ella Baskett; Mary Magot; Jean Erno; Jackie; Lillian Robinson; Peter Adams; Elizabeth Webster; Pat Barra; Debbie Altemus; Vaughn Altemus; Naomi Hodgett; Helen McGrath; and Mary Carter. For Ukraine and those fleeing its borders and for the people of Russia, and the ongoing wars in Sudan, Myanmar and Ethiopia. For peace in Jerusalem and between Israel and Palestine. For all victims of gun violence. For all who grieve.

We pray for those who are in the discernment process, Henry Kellogg; and for Trinity Fellow, the Revd Nitano Muller.

We pray for the repose of the souls of those who have died: Jane B.

Quote of the Week

"Seeing the sun, the moon and the stars, I said to myself,

‘Who could be the Master of these beautiful things?’

I felt a great desire to see him, to know him and to pay him homage."  

-- St. Josephine Bakhita

Lessons for February 11: The Last Sunday After the Epiphany

The Collect

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant to us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; 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

Weekday Celtic Prayer with Anam Cara Sojourners

Beginning Ash Wednesday, February 14, the Rev. Kim Hardy and the Rev. Dr. Fred Moser will lead reflection, prayer, and music on Mondays through Fridays on Zoom at 8:30 a.m. with Anam Cara Sojourners.

The resource for this season of reflections is Being Here: Prayers for Curiosity, Justice, and Love, which is available at your local booksellers or online.

In Being Here, acclaimed poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama offers a thoughtful collection of prayers and essays to focus attention in a world full of distractions. Featuring thirty-one collects—an ancient five-fold form of prayer—this unconventional devotional invites readers into a daily rhythm of connection and creativity.  

RSVP to to receive the Zoom link. All are welcome.

Voices From Ukraine Free Community Events

Voices from Ukraine VT (VFU-VT) is a volunteer-led, month-long collaboration among Vermonters and Ukrainians overseas to introduce community members to the art, images, stories, culture and food of Ukraine, a sovereign nation invaded by Russia in February 2022.

Activities: Ukrainian participants sharing their art and stories include children, teens and adults currently living in Krakow, Poland, as refugees and Ukrainians who remain in their country despite Russian occupation and bombardments. Library activities, tailored to children, youth and adults, include story times, films, hands-on art activities, live video discussions with Ukrainian participants and a Ukrainian Children’s Art Show Opening Reception at the FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. including food highlighting flavors of Ukrainian culture.

Schedule/event info:

Film Series: VFU-VT is hosting four, free film screenings with cookies and short film discussions during February. The curated series, designed to foster audience members’ understanding of Ukraine’s historical experience with Russia, features:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10th, 12:00 p.m.

Mr. Jones (2019) by Agnieszka Holland

118 minutes (Ages 14+)


180 Market St., South Burlington, VT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17th, 12:00 p.m.

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (The Maidan Uprising in Kyiv) (2014)

102 minutes (Ages 14+)


180 Market St., South Burlington, VT

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24th 12:00 p.m.

20 Days in Mariupol (2022)

94 Minutes (Ages 14+)


235 College St., Burlington, Vermont

Questions: Katherine Stamper, volunteer,, 802-825-5983

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

The Very Rev. Greta Getlein, Dean and Rector

The Rev. Canon Dr. Robert K. Leopold, Canon for Adult Formation

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

The Rev. Deacon Susan F. McMillan, Cathedral Deacon and Diocesan Liaison

David Neiweem, Interim Director of Music

Jennifer C. Sumner, Office Administrator

Barbara F. Comeau, Financial Administrator

Katie Gonyaw, Children's Formation Coordinator

Ian Lawler, A/A & Social Media Coordinator

Adam Skiff, Property Steward