June 17, 2022
From the Deacon
This Sunday is Juneteenth, recognizing the day that news of emancipation reached Texas, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Enslaved people in Texas received the news of freedom on June 19, 1865. This Sunday, let us all – in addition to honoring our fathers for Father’s Day – also honor the history, struggle, and courage of those enslaved people, forbearers in the march to freedom, on whose shoulders stand current struggles against oppression, and whose courage in the face of racism inspires us to this day. Racism has not been vanquished, and many of the problems we face today are the result of our country’s history of oppression. As Christians it is our bounden duty to witness and work for dignity, freedom, and justice. Juneteenth is a day for witness, education, and action as well as celebration.

Canon Walter Brownridge will preach and preside on Sunday, bearing witness to Juneteenth and the struggle of oppressed people, then and now. He will also be offering remarks at an online Vermont Interfaith Action Juneteenth Prayer Breakfast, taking place Sunday at 7:30 AM. Use this link to get to the VIA website to register for the Prayer Breakfast: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtfu6spz8oE9EpxJq8K3Db-4zZKHrbPNxp

After our single service on Sunday, we will have our Black Lives Matter Vigil at 1:00. As we vigil, Juneteenth activities will begin across the street in Battery Park – featuring music and rousing speeches. For this Vigil we will gather as a group on the corner facing Battery and Pearl Streets for better visibility from the park. Please join us at our 107th Vigil on this important day, showing those in Battery Park that we support them. After the Vigil, make your way to the park to join the celebration of freedom, sponsored by Burlington’s Racial Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Office. The celebration will feature music, food, and education for change. Here is the link to Juneteenth activities in Burlington, including what is happening at Battery Park starting at 1:00: https://www.btvreib.com/about-4

Susan McMillan prepared a Juneteenth history and fact sheet. Copies will be available on the Narthex table, or you can read it at the link here.
Cathedral Church of St. Paul News & Events
Thank You
Thank you to Gerry and Sharon Viens for their work cleaning up and planting in the garden beds near the front door. It looks beautiful!

Thank you to John Montross, Keith Pillsbury, Judith McManis, Penny Pillsbury, and Julie Longchamp for their work taking down the Easter dossal and installing the patchwork dossal in the Nave.

Thank you to everyone who helped with our spring cleaning at the Cathedral last week. Your assistance and input was appreciated.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in our collection to benefit Cathedral Square in May. We received a note of gratitude from Kim Fitzgerald, CEO for our ongoing support of their mission.
Justice Speaks: Summer Reading
Looking to add to your never-ending stack of reading? Consider adding Caste: the Origin of Our Discontents by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabelle Wilkerson to your list.
 
In this book, Wilkerson analyzes the US caste system and how this man-made system has put black and brown people at the bottom of the social hierarchy in the United States. Wilkerson explains common aspects of caste systems by using the caste systems in India and 1930s Germany as examples.
 
One of the author’s helpful analogies when describing caste is one of an inherited old house. Those who inherit the property have had nothing to do with building or maintaining the house, but the house is now theirs. The house has cracks in the foundation and other flaws that make it undesirable. The end result: it is now the responsibility of the new owners (those that received the “gift”) to use their resources and influence to repair the house. 
 
If you do not have time to read the book, an internet search will take you to a host of interviews about it you can watch. Trevor Noah’s interview with author Isabelle Wilkerson is especially meaningful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m49DT8pPe0.
Weekly Silent Vigil and Witness Against Racism to Begin at Noon Starting June 26
Beginning next Sunday, June 26, the weekly Vigil and Witness against racism will begin at 12 noon each Sunday. This is to accommodate our summer service schedule.

We hope you will join us!
Spring Cleaning at the Cathedral
We recently completed a clean-out of our closets and office space and moved some things around. If you are looking for a particular item and can't find it in its usual spot, reach out and ask!

Thanks to all who helped with this project.
Presiding Bishop Calls Episcopalians to a Season of Prayer for Revival
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry invites Episcopalians everywhere to mark the season after Pentecost with 30 days of prayer leading up to and encompassing the 80th General Convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

A Season of Prayer for Revival—from June 12 through July 11—will feature daily prayers drawn from the Book of Common Prayer. Individuals can sign up online to receive the prayers and inspirational messages via email. The prayers will also be posted daily on social media accounts for The Episcopal Church and Forward Movement.

“As we move toward and adapt to a shorter, smaller General Convention, I invite every Episcopalian—whether you’re in Baltimore or Alaska or Honduras, whether you’re a deputy, a bishop, or a new member sitting in the pews—I invite all of us to pause each day just for a moment to pray for the expansive, reviving power of the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts and minds,” Curry said. “We are people of common prayer; may we embrace this season as an opportunity for us all to become a church that truly lives, looks, and loves like Jesus.”

You'll find printed inserts of the daily prayers in our Sunday bulletins for the next several weeks. The 80th General Convention is scheduled for July 8-11.
English Choir to Sing; Hospitality Sought
On Friday evening, July 22, Cathedral Arts will present the choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, in a special concert as a part of the choir’s U.S. tour. This ensemble has sung for us twice before, under the direction of David Rowland; each concert was given to a full and enthusiastic house.

As in the past, we’ll need some hosts to accommodate these guests; this year, they plan to stay the nights of Thursday, July 21, and Friday, July 22. (On the choir’s previous visits to Burlington, they’ve enjoyed the area so much that this time they hope to have a free day here!)

25 or 26 singers, including the conductor, will be coming. Can you extend hospitality? Do you have a small place with an extra bed to accommodate one person? Do you live more palatially and have several beds? Past experience has shown that these students are congenial and friendly, so if you’d be interested in playing host you might enjoy the experience – whether you live right in town or outside Burlington. All they’d need is a place to sleep, a breakfast, and a ride to the Cathedral on the two mornings they’re here.

If you’d be interested in welcoming a member of the Christ’s College Choir on those two nights, please send me a note indicating how many you could accommodate. My e-mail address is mhowe@stpaulscathedralvt.org.
Sacred Ground: A Series on Race and Faith
Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith. Small groups are invited to walk through chapters of America’s history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.

The 11-part series is built around a powerful online curriculum of documentary films and readings that focus on Indigenous, Black, Latino, and Asian/Pacific American histories as they intersect with European American histories.

Sacred Ground is part of Becoming Beloved Community, The Episcopal Church’s long-term commitment to racial healing, reconciliation, and justice in our personal lives, our ministries, and our society. This series is open to all, and especially designed to help white people talk with other white people. Participants are invited to peel away the layers that have contributed to the challenges and divides of the present day – all while grounded in our call to faith, hope and love.

Limited space is still available. You are invited to be part of a Sacred Ground circle here at the Cathedral this fall. The group will meet on Wednesday evenings (dates below) from Sept - Jan. The Circle will be led by two facilitators with space for 10 participants. If you are interested, please contact the Dean by e-mail or phone (802-860-0480). The group will meet in-person at the Cathedral from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. on Sept 7, 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov. 9, 16, 30; Dec. 14; Jan 11, 18. We ask that you commit to attending all sessions. You can read more about Sacred Ground here.
Introducing Second Sunday Suppers!
It's time to bring back the pot-lucks!!

On the Second Sunday of most months, beginning this July, we will gather from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall with our offerings of food and friendship. Together we will set up, eat & talk, and clean up.

This is a great way to re-engage, to meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, and to enjoy good food and, I'm quite certain, much laughter!

Stay tuned for details about themes, but for now mark the dates of July 10, August 14, October 9, and November 13 in your calendars for good food and good fun!
Holy Eucharist: Bringing Back the Common Cup
In this season after Pentecost, we will partake of both the sacred bread and the sacred wine at our Eucharistic feast! This marks the end of a two-year fast from the cup and a celebration of being made new through the refining fire of the pandemic.

You may receive the wine in one of two ways:
  • You may drink from the cup, which will be wiped with a cloth (called a purificator) between each person, or;
  • You may touch the bread to the cup before placing the bread in your mouth
We will not be offering intinction (the act of dipping the bread into the cup) as a method of receiving the wine.
Coffee Hour to Continue Throughout the Summer
The Welcome Ministry would like to continue to offer 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
Children's Corner
Church School is on summer break. We are grateful to the kids and families of St. Paul's who participated in and supported this program throughout the year. We hope to see you back in the classroom in the fall!

Click here to view or download The Sunday Paper for the Second 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.
Join Us For Worship
Join us this Sunday, June 19 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.

Thursday Eucharist with the sacrament of healing, Thursdays at 12:15 in person in the chapel.

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: Lucia Campriello.

Let us name before God those for whom we offer our prayers: P.J.; Tim Parker; John; Antonia; The Rev. Bob Leopold; Lindsey Fay; The Anthony Family in Moscow, Russia; Nancy Bishop; Marie Cole; Kim Martin; Helene; Rob S.; Jay Vos; Martha Ladue; Karin Davis; Karen Lewis; Sandy Nicholson; Cole; Nancy Johnson; Ella Baskett; Mary Magot; Michael Hill; Jean Erno; Jackie; Michael Fernandez; Lillian Robinson; Emily Harwood; Peter Adams; Elizabeth Webster; Pat Barra; Margot (Lisa Schnell's sister); 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, and especially those from our own faith family who have loved ones at risk or are themselves at risk. 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 the congregation of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Alabama.

We pray for those who are in the discernment process: Kenzo An; and for our seminarian, Susan McMillan.
Quote of the Week
"Father! To God himself we cannot give a holier name."

--William Wordsworth
Lessons for June 19: The Second Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday's Collect
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your loving­-kindness; 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
Curious About JUMP Offerings?
Check out the link here to learn more about how the Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) is bringing needs and resources together in our community.

Whether you need diapers, haircuts, food, or emergency housing, JUMP offers resources to members of our community who need them.
Submission Deadline for St. Paul's eNews
This weekly e-newsletter is circulated on Fridays. Please have your pieces submitted to Jennifer Sumner at admin@stpaulscathedralvt.org by noon on Wednesday. Thank you.
Contacts:

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