Friday, February 20, 2015

Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Sundays After Easter


As we begin Lent, I wish to share with you the message that I received this week from my home Diocese of San Diego. Bishop James R. Mathes has been my mentor and Bishop for more than 20 years.


We begin on this day the season of Lent remembering our mortality within the context of the Eucharistic feast, a feast of hope in the resurrection to eternal life. Within the holy space that is Ash Wednesday, we hold these two realities in tension. This world is temporal and fleeting; we are citizens of a different realm which is eternal and imperishable.

And just as Jesus left the mount of the transfiguration and set his face resolutely toward Jerusalem, the cross and the empty tomb, today we set out on a spiritual journey, "a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and mediating on God's holy word," (Book of Common Prayer, p. 265). On this path, we create different habits of the heart and soul.

I pray that you will nurture these habits for these 40 days. The grace that awaits us in an empty garden tomb is what gives us the courage on this day to go deeper, hear that we are dust and to dust we shall return, and live as mortals with an eternal promise.

May you have strength for your Lenten journey and walk with Christ toward a glorious Easter and beyond.”

Feb 18   Ash Wednesday
Feb 22   1st Lent

March 22     5th Lent   (Combined Service—Father Barker
Preacher and Celebrant
March 29       Palm Sunday  (Combined---Father Barker
                           Preacher:  Father Lin Celebrant)       
April 2             Maundy Service (Father Lin Preacher and
Father Barker Celebrant
April 3             Good Friday (Combined Service: Father Barker
Preacher and Celebrant
April 4             Easter Vigil (Father Barker Preacher 
Father Lin Celebrant
April 5    Easter   Father Barker  Preacher and Celebrant

April 12      2nd Easter

May 24      Day of Pentecost
May 31      Trinity Sunday

June 7       2nd Pentecost

June 28     5th Pentecost (My last Sunday before Summer Leave---June 29—August 24)
June 28   Combined Service  (I preach – Phil Celebrate?)

June 29    The Rev. Tom Reese   Arrives

July 5, 12, 19, 26  (covered by Tom Reese)
August 2, 9, 16, and 23  “What’s Your Story?”
Lay Witness Month and Lay Lead Service with Pre-consecrated hosts----no wine

English Congregation and Chinese Congregation’s Vestry Meetings for 2015

April 20:  June 22:  September 28:  November  23

Vestry Meetings for 2015

April 20:  June 22:  September 28:  November  23
Vestry Meetings for 2015