Walmart stores around Rhode Island have unloaded an ocean of beautiful palms- two varieties, about 4-5 feet tall in plastic pots. Palms make great backdrops for bulbs, nice vertical space-fillers for the Maundy Chapel of Repose, and of course, best of all- ideal decoration for next Sunday- Palm Sunday. The best part is the price TEN- that’s $10 per pot. Hurry on down today because I will bet they will be a hot sale item over this weekend. After Easter potted palms look stately in your guild hall, flanking a podium, a stage, next to the piano in a handsome cachepot, lounging in the rectory by the fireplace, or having a summer vacation in their pots outside. This is a great bargain- don’t miss it!
Have you ordered your Paschal Candle? We’ve been busy in the sacristy these days, cleaning up after the Christmas- Epiphanytide, burning palms for Ash Wednesday, ordering two new fair linens, a case of wine, baking altar bread, confirming our palms order, etc. The kitchen still smells faintly of Shrove Tuesday pancakes. It is a busy time, taking stock, getting in order, replenishing supplies, and preparing for the great feast of Easter, both spiritually and practically.
We had hoped to have our fair linens in by Easter, but it takes time to get things back from Madeira where the embroidery is done. After much comparison, we did select Mary Moore through Almy. Did you know that you can request fabric samples from the company? After comparing Irish and Belgian linens, the Belgian linen had a nicer weave and so we are ordering Belgian this time!
Also some news to tell you- the Diocesan Directory is now online. This lists all of the churches as well as Diocesan offices, addresses, clergy, emails and all sorts of helpful information. You may access the pdf file at this link http://www.episcopalri.org/Portals/0/Uploads/Documents/Directory/Web%20Directory%20Feb%202010.pdf or from the contact link on the Diocesan web site www.episcopalri.org
Any photos to share from your parish?
January 16th re: The Sisters of St. Margaret
. . ..So far we know the Episcopal Church in Haiti has lost a cathedral, the Society of St. Margaret Convent, Holy Trinity Complex, College St. Pierre, and a Jubilee Center. The Bishop is alive, but has no place to live. The four missionaries are all accounted for – Mallory Holding, Jude Harmon, Oge Beauvoir and his wife Serette. The three sisters of St. Margaret who were at the convent are also alive, unhurt, and doing what they can to help in the football field of what used to be College St. Pierre.
How can Rhode Island help?
- Join us for “Music and Prayers for Haiti; A Benefit for Earthquake Relief” at 4pm on Sunday January 24th at the Cathedral of St. John, 271 North Main Street, Providence, RI. The evening will include music from a variety of Episcopal Choirs and brief comments from two Haitian speakers. Donation offerings will be collected, make all checks out to Episcopal Charities, with “Haiti” noted on the Memo line. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All proceeds will go to the earthquake relief initiatives of Episcopal Relief & Development and the Society of St. Margaret in Haiti.
Recommended Places to Donate:
- Donate to Episcopal Relief & Development online at https://www.er-d.org/donate-select.php or by calling 800-334-7626 ext 5129. ERD has a four star rating on Charity Navigator and meets all 20 standards of the Better Business Bureau.
- Donate to The Episcopal Charities of Rhode Island’s Haiti Fund by calling (401)-274-4500 x234 email@example.com
- Donate to the Sisters of St. Margaret, http://www.ssmbos.com/Pages/Haiti.html or mail a check to The Society of St. Margaret, 17 Highland Park Street, Boston, MA 02119
Raise Awareness in your parish and beyond:
- Place a link to Episcopal Relief & Development on your congregation’s home page. http://www.er-d.org
- Check for updates on the Haiti page on Episcopal Relief & Development website http://www.er-d.org/HaitiEarthquakeResponse and our Diocesan blog www.episcopalri.blogspot.com
- Share this information on Sunday and in your bulletin inserts. Bulletin inserts from Episcopal Relief & Development are available in both Spanish and English. http://www.er-d.org/BulletinInsertsCT/
- Please do not encourage anyone to travel to Haiti, as priority must be given to first responders and a few relief agencies so as not to over-burden the already compromised infrastructure.
Thank you for all that you do in our Church.
Peace, Ruth Meteer
The Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island
275 North Main St
Providence, RI 02903
Some altar guilds in the state have ordered small linens from the Sisters of St. Margaret in Haiti. The convent motherhouse is in Massachusetts with a special mission in Haiti which has helped the local neighborhood by teaching sewing skills. Sister Adele was usually the contact for ordering the small linens, all beautifully hemmed and embroidered. The letter below from our bishop gives an update on their situation there.
We have all heard the devastating news from Haiti, and I’m sure that you prayed for the people of the country and the Diocese of Haiti. I have just (11AM) received news that St. Margaret’s convent, school, and orphanage have been destroyed, along with the Cathedral and Bishop’s residence. There is no word about the three sisters stationed there, the children at the orphanage, or the bishop and his family. If any of you receive word, please contact me as soon as possible.
Some of you have asked about donations. I have just received an SOS from Episcopal Relief and Development, and from the Society of St. Margaret. In the name of the diocese I will forward immediately, $3,000 to ERD and $2,000 to the sisters. Further contributions can be made to these entities, earmarked for Haiti. Funds sent to the Diocese, earmarked for Haiti or ERD, will be sent to ERD, as soon as possible. Please see below for information on how to make a donation.
Please keep me in your prayers as well, for one of the sisters in Haiti is a very close friend of mine.
Society of St. Margaret
17 Highland Park Street
Boston, MA 02119-7120
Episcopal Relief and Development
P.O. Box 7058
A highlight for every parish each year is the annual visit of our bishop. We have received several inquiries about how the altar should be arranged at various times during the service, bulletins, and other pressing matters to assure the service flows smoothly. The link above (Bishop’s Visit) at the top of the page should be useful to clergy, parish administrator, hospitality coordinators and altar guilds.
Well, it’s September 1st and we’re back online from a busy summer. In my mailbox this month was a request for small-sized cassocks for a children’s choir. Does anyone have some tucked away in sizes 6-14? Red is preferred but black will do. We also are looking for the little white cottas in the same sizes. Please drop me a line at Revdma@aol.com and I can arrange to pick up these items!
I have worked for many years as a florist, managed a shop, and conducted training workshops for flower arranging for churches- but I must say I have never been so enlightened and amused by any publication as much as Gay Estes hilarious manual The Church Ladies’ Guide to Divine Flower Arranging. Ms. Estes lives in Texas and brings wit and humor and plain old practical common sense to the age-old issue of how to decorate altars on Sundays and holidays economically, artistically, and appropriately. The chapter titles will make you smile and the illustrations and diagrams are wonderful. This is a must-have for any flower guild and can be procured for about 8 dollars used on Amazon.com. Now that summer is here and our gardens are bursting forth for altar vases- let Gay help you arrange them in style! My favorite idea?- using upside tomato cages to make Christmas Trees by bagging potted poinsettia plants in “Baggies” and wiring them to the cage, rootball inside. Fabulous!
And while we are about flowers- don’t forget St. Columba’s Annual Garden Party and Flower Festival this coming Saturday.
The Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!
Please send photos of your altars on Easter morning, Chapels of Repose, or other Holy Week services to firstname.lastname@example.org Wishing you a peaceful, restful Easter Day with family and friends. Regulars site features and postings will return on Tuesday.
Hallelujah! Yes, the source is found for those lovely gold crosses. It has taken me awhile to find Mrs. Newell, who had the cross designed by a friend who was a priest. The company is in Rhode Island and still has the mold or die and will accept a minimum order of 100 pins. There is a small increase in price as the cost of the gold plating and buffing process has increased since 2005 (the year of the last order). The pins at that time sold for $4.50 each and I am glad to report that the new price is only one dollar more at $5.50 each.
This pin is apparently worn all over the Province I area, and not just Rhode Island, as I recently heard from our Provincial Directress, and is especially popular in Massachusetts. So, if you received the round parish guild pin at the Cathedral last weekend, I think we could wear that as a sign of our parish guild, and if you wish, the gold Diocesan cross above it. That’s what I plan to do. Now, the thing is to get together an order. I must have at least 100 pins to get an order together. If you wish pins for your guild-and this request goes out to ALL of Province I, please email me at Revdma@aol.com and let me know your church, city and how many pins you need. I think it will not take long to get enough for an order together. Stay tuned for updates!
The resource for altar guilds has been up and running for about 6 months (Sept 18,2008). This marks the 100th post, and today the daily number of visits touched 400 to this site’s topics, bringing the six month total to over 20,000. Thank you for your visits and comments, links, suggestions and encouragement. It is fun to hear from altar guild workers all over the country, and even a few from overseas. This weekend the parish guilds will converge on our cathedral in Providence for a special Eucharist and a social time together. It has been a very long time since this has happened and we are excited to finally all be together at worship and fellowship. Stay tuned for photos and if we miss you this time- I hope you will be at our next gathering! With thanks,
Email and questions are still coming in for our Altar Guild Gathering on Saturday, the 28th. If you are planning to have members receive their pins during the service, please come to the Cathedral early with your pins and give them to me at the back of the nave by 8:45 so they may be placed on the altar for the blessing and distribution.
Each church will be called up to the foot of the altar to receive their pin from the Dean and Bishop.
What to wear? Well, many but not all guilds wear a simple dark skirt and blazer with a white blouse and small cross when they assemble as a guild in public. You may wish to do this if it is you custom, otherwise, whatever you usually wear on Sunday morning to church will be fine!
Who is hosting the coffee hour? The members of the Cathedral Altar Guild and ECW.
Speakers: Mrs. Nancy Feid, Provincial Directress, Mr. Robert Egan,
Special tour of the cathedral and sacristy after the presentation will be given by The Very Rev. Harry E. Krauss- a tour which is NOT to be missed!
If your entire guild or directress cannot attend, think about sending one member to report on the event to your guild at its next meeting.
A Morehouse Publishing book and supply table will be set up at the coffee hour. Checks will be the preferred method of payment.
A selection of items for relocation (tippets, stoles, frontals, etc.) will be available for your inspection to be relocated to another Rhode Island altar. Please know your altar measurements if you are looking for a frontlet or frontal.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, and in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
The following parishes will be attending on March 28th. About 70 altar guild members and their priests are expected as of this date but it is not too late to email me at Revdma@aol.com if you plan to attend. The Eucharist for Altar Guilds begins at 9 followed by a social hour and silver tea and presentations by our provincial directress and Mr. Robert Egan. Surplus vestments will be on hand to “adopt” for your parish, and a Morehouse Publishing table of titles of interest to altar guilds. Hope to see you there!
St. Mary’s Warwick Neck
St. John’s Newport
Epiphany East Providence
All Saints Pontiac
St. Paul’s Pawtucket, Grace Church, Providence
St. Elizabeth’s Canochet
Cathedral of St. John, Providence