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Father Andrew Stoessel
Fr. Andrew Stoessel

From the Rector
As the large maple tree on the Summer Street lawn unfurls its leaves, I am again reminded of the gift and the richness of the liturgical seasons of the church year. The stark beauty of Lent—and for us in New England this year lots of snow and cold—leads into the journey of Holy Week and bursts in the joy of resurrection on Easter Day. That joy permeates Eastertide, the season of Easter of which we are in the midst. A new creation, renewed life of faith and community, and growing light are prominent symbols of this season. Forsythia, azalea and daffodil bloom, creation groans and sings with newness of the spring season.

And then half way around the world the earth shifts in Nepal, and 10,000 perish. And then simmering tension erupts in the aftermath of another death of a black man in police custody in Baltimore. And then in Marblehead an urgent and needed conversation ensues over the concern over a debilitating illness of a loved one; news is received of a tragic accident of a young man; cries of brokenness and loss and isolation are heard.
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Kelley Howells
Kelley Howells
From the Church School
In May, both Church School groups will be learning about the Ten Commandments through stories and lessons appropriate for their age group. We will also be participating in the many annual spring traditions. We will begin the month with a Children’s Chapel service officiated by Father Andrew and our Seminarian Eric Fialho on Sunday May 3rd at 9:30 am. Please arrive on time so that you don’t miss any of it! Church school will follow. The Intergenerational Service will be held on Sunday May 10th. Children will be given a special role to play in the service. ... Read more in the latest Church School Notes
Dr. Douglas Major
Dr. Douglas Major
From the Music Director
May brings two musical events to St. Michael's Church. On Sunday May 3rd at 5:00 pm, we hold Choral Evensong—with music by Herbert Brewer and Harold Darke. Dr. Darke was Organist and Choirmaster at King's College Chapel, Cambridge England, in the 1930s and 1940s, and was the teacher of my teacher, Ronald Arnatt. As one of my choir members called him, “Your Grand-teacher.” I never thought of it that way, but yes, that works!

On Sunday May 17th at 5:00 pm, we host David Carrier, one of Boston's finest organists. He has chosen a very interesting and entertaining program for us.
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Regular Worship Schedule
Holy Eucharist
Sundays at 8:00 am, Rite I
Sundays at 10:00 am, Rite II
Wednesdays at 9:30 am, Rite II

Child Care
downstairs each Sunday from 9:30–11:30 am

Choral Evensong
1st Sunday of each month at 5:00 pm
(Oct–May)

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Our Mission is to seek transformation in God's grace by worshipping God in prayer, song, and study; loving and serving our neighbor in and outside our parish Community; and being good stewards of God's creation.

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St. Catherine's Guild News
On Sun 5/3, we will host a Corporate Communion Breakfast following the 8:00 am service for Guild members. On Thu 6/4, we will hold our annual dinner at the Corinthian Yacht Club. Save the date!

Photos of the Steeple and more!
Check out our Flickr page to see photos of the Tercentenary Michaelmas Celebration with the Bishop of London, the Blessing of the Animals, the steeple raising, and more.


Sun 5/3 5 Easter
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I & St. Catherine's Guild Corporate Communion
9:30 am Children's Chapel and Child Care
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
5:00 pm Choral Evensong & Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Mon 5/4
11:00 am Prayer Shawl Ministry

Tue 5/5
5:00 pm St. Michael's Team at My Brother's Table (Lynn)

Wed 5/6
9:30 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II
10:30 am Bible Study
11:45 am Staff Meeting

Thu 5/7
4:45 pmYouth Choir
7:30 pm Adult Choir

Sat 5/9
10:00 am St. Michael's Team at Lifebridge (Salem)

Sun 5/10 6 Easter & Mother's Day
8:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30 am Church School & Child Care
10:00 am Holy Eucharist, Rite II Intergenerational Service

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May 2015
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