On Sunday, June 5 at 10 a.m., St. Michael's will celebrate the Day of Pentecost with an Ante-Communion Service (the liturgy of the word from the eucharist without the Great Thanksgiving or communion of the people). The Rev. Deacon Cathy Kline will preside and preach. The service will be followed by Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall where we will serve cake to celebrate the birthday of the Church.
The term pentecost means “the fiftieth day.” It is used in both the OT and the NT. In the OT it refers to a feast of seven weeks known as the Feast of Weeks. It was apparently an agricultural event that focused on the harvesting of first fruits. The term is used in the NT to refer to the coming of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:1), shortly after Jesus' death, resurrection, and ascension. Christians came to understand the meaning of Pentecost in terms of the gift of the Spirit. The Pentecost event was the fulfillment of a promise which Jesus gave concerning the return of the Holy Spirit. The speaking in tongues, which was a major effect of having received the Spirit, is interpreted by some to symbolize the church's worldwide preaching. In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is now the seventh Sunday after Easter. It emphasizes that the church is understood as the body of Christ which is drawn together and given life by the Holy Spirit. Some understand Pentecost to be the origin and sending out of the church into the world. The Day of Pentecost is one of the seven principal feasts of the church year in the Episcopal Church (BCP, p. 15). The Day of Pentecost is identified by the BCP as one of the feasts that is “especially appropriate” for baptism (p. 312). The liturgical color for the feast is red.
God Willing and the People Consenting
The Right Reverend David Cappel Rice
Bishop of San Joaquin
José Antonio Álvarez
Luke Aaron Martínez
To the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One, Holy,
Catholic and Apostolic Church on
Saturday, the Eleventh of June Two Thousand Twenty-Two at
Ten O’clock in the Morning.
St. James Cathedral
4147 E. Dakota Ave.
Fresno, CA 93726
Your prayers and presence are requested
To RSVP: https://www.diosanjoaquin.org/deaconordination
Led by Deacon Cathy.
On May 17th, St. Paul's Book Group begins a new session with a book chosen specifically to coincide with Immigration month in June, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez: A Border Story. (Available at Amazon.com)
What happens when an undocumented teen mother takes on the U.S. immigration system?
When Aida Hernandez was born in 1987 in Agua Prieta, Mexico, the nearby U.S. border was little more than a worn-down fence. Eight years later, Aida's mother took her and her siblings to live in Douglas, Arizona. By then, the border had become one of the most heavily policed sites in America.
Undocumented, Aida fought to make her way. She learned English, watched Friends, and, after having a baby at sixteen, dreamed of teaching dance and moving with her son to New York City. But life had other plans. Following a misstep that led to her deportation, Aida found herself in a Mexican city marked by violence, in a country that was not hers. To get back to the United States and reunite with her son, she embarked on a harrowing journey. The daughter of a rebel hero from the mountains of Chihuahua, Aida has a genius for survival--but returning to the United States was just the beginning of her quest.
Taking us into detention centers, immigration courts, and the inner lives of Aida and other daring characters, The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez reveals the human consequences of militarizing what was once a more forgiving border. With emotional force and narrative suspense, Aaron Bobrow-Strain brings us into the heart of a violently unequal America. He also shows us that the heroes of our current immigration wars are less likely to be perfect paragons of virtue than complex, flawed human beings who deserve justice and empathy all the same.
Again the first of the four sessions is Tuesday, May 17, and each session begins at 3.30pm. You can access the Zoom session by clicking here and the passcode is 581362.
May 17 Part One: No Country for Young Women. Chapters1-9
May 24 Part Two: Trauma Red Chapters 10-16
May 31 Part Three: Slipknot Chapters 17-23
June 7 Part 4: Going Away to Come Back Chapters 24-29 (and Epilogue)
SJRAISE, the Diocesan Immigration Commission, will again be sponsoring Immigration Month this spring focused on immigrant and refugee voices in our midst. On four successive Wednesdays (6:30 - 8:00 PM) members of some of the diverse immigrant communities in our midst will be sharing their experience of being immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley.
May 25: Afghan Voices
June 1: DACA Voices
June 8: Asian Voices
June 15: Voices of African descent
All sessions will be held via Zoom. We hope you will join us! To receive the Zoom link for these sessions please register on the diocesan website: diosanjoaquin.org/immigrationmonth
At the conclusion of the month’s activities the Diocese will be inviting us to contribute to the work of SJRAISE and their partners: Faith in the Valley, Episcopal Migration Ministries, and Episcopal Relief and Development. Funds gathered will be divided equally between them. Thanks in advance for your generous support.
Your Bishop's Committee met on Sunday, March 27.
Coffee Hour Lenten Bible Study
Sundays in Lent, March 6, 13, 20, 27, and April 3
Starting at approximately 11 a.m.
Please join us as we study the appointed Sunday passages during coffee hour.
The Sunday Readings during Lent
Wednesdays during Lent - Bible Study: Scripture with the Saints
Please join the people of St. Michael's as we join St. Paul's Bakersfield for this Zoom Bible Study.
As Christians we are not the first to walk the path of faith, and we are blessed to have been preceded by many people who we now call Saints, Church Fathers or Mothers, or great Christian thinkers. These individuals lived exemplary lives of faith that gave them special insights into Scripture and our traditions. This Lent, Luke Martinez is leading a Bible Study as we walk with some of these saints and read Scripture alongside them. We will learn about their lives, read their study of Scripture, and reflect on what that means for us. In doing so, we can join with those blessed generations that came before us as one community that bridges time and space.
The study will meet via Zoom for the five Wednesdays of Lent beginning March 9 at 6 pm each time for Evening Prayer followed by the Bible Study.
March 9 Irenaeus (The Gospels)
March 16 Julian of Norwich (St. Paul and the Psalms)
March 23 Thomas Cranmer (Old Testament)
March 30 Therese of Lisieux (Matthew and Isaiah)
April 6 Simone Weil (Letter to the Romans)
The Zoom link can be found here.
Meeting ID: 86184998917 | Passcode: 573597
What is Lent?
The word Lent comes from an old English word meaning spring. Early Christians observed “a season of penitence and fasting” in preparation for Easter. This fast became attached to, or overlapped, another fast of forty days, in imitation of Christ's fasting in the wilderness. Lent was especially important for converts to the faith who were preparing for baptism, and for those guilty of notorious sins who were being restored to the Christian assembly.
In the western church the forty days of Lent extend from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, omitting Sundays. All Christians are invited “to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word.”
Across American academic and popular culture, Black intellectuals are reshaping conversations on race in America. Now seven of those preeminent voices share their insight on the reckoning with race in America in three parts: past, present, and future. During February, Black History Month, MasterClass is making this unprecedented three-part class is available for free. MasterClass has also teamed up with Amazon to make the class available to stream for free on IMDb TV and available for all U.S. Prime Members on Prime Video. The entire class can be viewed here .
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