Sunday, January 17, 2021

 Wednesday, January 20

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

 

Friday, January 22

Fr. Jamie’s day off

  

Sunday, January 24

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Deacon John, assisting

James Mackay, organist

Michelle Gelinske, cantor

 

There will be no Wednesday night masses January 27, February 3, and 10. 



Currently, our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services are open to public worship to limited capacity. We will be following strict protocols regarding worship. (See information below for details.) In addition, masses will continue to be livestreamed.   

Livestream:  St. Stephen's Episcopal Church - Fargo


Or posted to our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

Mark your calendars:

Jan. 24 – Annual Meeting 2:00 p.m.

Jan. 25 – Feb. 16 – Fr. Jamie on vacation

Due to Covid, we will not be offering a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper this year.

Feb. 16 – Burying the Alleluia

Feb. 16 - Palm burning 6:00 p.m. (In front of the church, outdoors.) Please bring last year’s palms from Palm Sunday for burning.

Feb. 17 – Ash Wednesday

 

Public Worship Protocol:

St. Stephen’s resumed public worship on Sunday, January 10th. We ask that anyone planning to attend Mass, please follow the guidelines listed below. These guidelines are temporary, but they are essential as we move forward.  

We are limiting attendance to 12 units of people currently. Policies for Resuming the Celebration of the Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Beginning on Sunday, January 10, we will again resume public Celebration of the Eucharist in our church building. However, there are several changes to how we worship that we will be following.

Here are the parameters for worship for the next few months:  

*  Following 6foot spacing, we can use 6 pews. This would allow for 6 related units or 12 unrelated people or some combination thereof.

*  All those attending Mass are expected to wear a face mask. Please bring your own mask. You will be expected to always wear your mask during the Mass.  

*  There will be hand sanitizer at the entrance and in each open pew.

*  Holy Communion will be served in one kind only (only the Host will be distributed; the Cup will not be offered to the congregation at this time). The Priest will use hand sanitizer before and after distribution. There will also be an effort made to not touch hands when distributing the Host.

*  There will be no kneeling at the altar rail for Holy Communion. People are expected to stand in line maintaining a six-foot distance from those around them and receive the Host from the priest at a single station before the altar rail.  

*  There will be no shaking of hands at the Exchange of the Peace. All are invited to use a noncontact way of greeting.  

*  The entire liturgy will be printed in a disposable booklet. The copies of the Book of Common Prayer in the pews will not be used.  

*  If you are sick, if you have any preexisting conditions that might be an issue, or if you have a fever or a cold, we ask that you not attend Mass.

*  All our liturgies will continue to be livestreamed.  

*  There will be no coffee hour at this time.  

Please be aware that all these policies are in line with both CDC and Diocesan standards for public worship.   If you are concerned by any of these policies or if you are in any way uncomfortable about attending public Mass at this time, please continue to join us through our livestreamed Mass.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

This week at St. Stephen's

 Wednesday, January 13

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

 Friday, January 15

Fr. Jamie’s day off

Sunday, January 17

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

Deacon John, assisting

James Mackay, organist

Michelle Gelinske, cantor

 

As of January 10th, our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services are open to public worship to limited capacity. We will be following strict protocols regarding worship. (See information below for details.) In addition, masses will continue to be livestreamed.   

 

Livestream:  https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

Or on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

Or posted to our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

Mark your calendars:

Jan. 24 – Annual Meeting 2:00 p.m.

Jan. 25 – Feb. 15 – Fr. Jamie on vacation


Fast Fact:

What is a proper in the Episcopal Church?

The proper (Latin: proprium) is a part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date, either representing an observance within the liturgical year, or of a saint or significant event. ... Propers may include hymns and prayers in the canonical hours and in the Eucharist.

 

Public Worship Protocol:

St. Stephen’s resumed public worship on Sunday, January 10th. We ask that anyone planning to attend Mass, please follow the guidelines listed below. These guidelines are temporary, but they are essential as we move forward.  

We are currently limiting attendance to 12 units of people. Policies for Resuming the Celebration of the Eucharist at St. Stephen’s Beginning on Sunday, January 10, we will again resume public Celebration of the Eucharist in our church building. However, there are several changes to how we worship that we will be following.

Here are the parameters for worship for the next few months:  

 Following 6foot spacing, we are able to use 6 pews. This would allow for 6 related units or 12 unrelated people or some combination thereof.

 All those attending Mass are expected to wear a face mask. Please bring your own mask. You will be expected to always wear your mask during the Mass.  

 There will be hand sanitizer at the entrance and in each open pew.

 Holy Communion will be served in one kind only (only the Host will be distributed; the Cup will not be offered to the congregation at this time). The Priest will use hand sanitizer before and after distribution. There will also be an effort made to not touch hands when distributing the Host.

 There will be no kneeling at the altar rail for Holy Communion. People are expected to stand in line maintaining a six-foot distance from those around them and receive the Host from the priest at a single station before the altar rail.  

 There will be no shaking of hands at the Exchange of the Peace. All are invited to use a noncontact way of greeting.  

 The entire liturgy will be printed in a disposable booklet. The copies of the Book of Common Prayer in the pews will not be used.  

 If you are sick, if you have any preexisting conditions that might be an issue, or if you have a fever or a cold, we ask that you not attend Mass.

 Wednesday evening inperson Mass will also resume beginning on January 13.   

 All our liturgies will continue to be livestreamed.  

 There, of course, will be no coffee hour at this time.  

Please be aware that all these policies are in line with both CDC and Diocesan standards for public worship.   If you are concerned by any of these policies or if you are in any way uncomfortable about attending public Mass at this time, please continue to join us through our livestreamed Mass.  


Tuesday, January 5, 2021

 Wednesday, January 6

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher
Deacon John, assisting

 

Friday, January 8

Fr. Jamie’s day off

 

Sunday, January 10

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher
Deacon John, assisting
James Mackay, organist
Michelle Gelinske, cantor

 

Our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services are closed to public worship; however, our Masses will continue to be livestreamed.   

 

Livestream:  https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

Or on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

Or posted to our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

Mark your calendars:

Jan. 6 – Epiphany – Proclamation of the date of Easter /Blessing of Chalk

Jan. 24 – Annual Meeting

Jan. 25 – Feb. 16 – Fr. Jamie on vacation


What are Vestments?

Vestments are the distinctive garments worn by leaders of the church's worship. Many of the church's vestments are descended from the ordinary dress of the imperial Roman society in which the early church came into being.

Vestments worn by the celebrant at the eucharist typically include a stole, chasuble and alb. These vestments usually reflect the liturgical color of the day or season of the celebration. A stole indicates that the wearer is an ordained person. Bishops and priests wear the stole over both shoulders, and deacons typically wear the stole over the left shoulder. Bishops may wear distinctive episcopal vestments, including the rochet and chimere, and the miter. A purple shirt with a clerical collar usually indicates that the wearer is a bishop, and a black shirt with a clerical collar usually indicates that the wearer is a member of the clergy.


Tuesday, December 29, 2020

This week at St. Stephen's

 Wednesday, December 30

6:00 p.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/ preacher

Deacon John, assisting

 

Friday, January 1

Happy New Year 2021!

Fr. Jamie’s day off

 

 Sunday, January 3

11:00 a.m. – Holy Eucharist

Fr. Jamie, celebrant/preacher

James Mackay, organist

Michelle Gelinske, cantor

 

Our Sunday and Wednesday Eucharist services are closed to public worship; however, our Masses will continue to be livestreamed.   

 

Livestream:  https://facebook.com/groups/52039214842

 

Or on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcdWKCnCHmviajkFX5p-xGg

 

Or posted to our webpage: https://ststephensfargo.org

 

Mark your calendars:

Jan. 6 – Epiphany – Proclamation of the date of Easter /Blessing of Chalk

Jan. 24 – Annual Meeting

 

Interesting Facts:

Epiphany is one of the Church's major and spectacular feasts. It occurs on January 6th, the final day of the 12 days of Christmas (in some locations it is transferred to the Sunday between January 2 - 8). In some places it is also called Twelfth night or Three Kings Day. This is the day the Church commemorates the Magi arriving to give homage to the newborn King of Kings with their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, symbolic of all the Gentile nations coming into the Kingdom of God. In many places around the world, this was the traditional day of gift-giving in celebration of Christmas.

 

BLESSED CHALK: There is a long-standing Epiphany tradition of marking churches, homes, schools, and other buildings with a special 'holy formula' over the entryway using chalk that has been blessed for this purpose on Epiphany. This formula includes the current year along with the initials C, M, and B in the order shown below.

 

20 + C + M + B + 21 

The C, M, and B are placed in between the numbers of the current year, with crosses in between each symbol. The three letters have two significations: the invocation Christus Mansionem Benedicat (Christ bless this house), as well as the first initial of the names of the three Magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.


Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Fr. Jamie's Christmas Letter

 

Advent-Christmas, 2020

 

My Friends at St. Stephen’s,

I think we all agree that this Christmas is not like any Christmas we have ever experienced. Most of us are physically separated from each other and from many of our loved ones. Of course, we gather virtually through Livestream and Zoom, but as we all know, these are sad replacements for real communion with one another.

As we near the birth of Jesus and prepare to celebrate all that that birth means to us,  we do so looking with hope to our future. The vaccine is now out, and will hopefully finally bring an end to this long and arduous journey we have been on for these last nine months.

I may be optimistic (I try to be anyway), but my hope is that we will be returning to “normal” worship possibly by the spring. By the latest, I hope we will be able to gather to worship, to have coffee hour, to actually greet each other in person by Pentecost. Don’t hold me to this. But it is a goal in which I am hoping

For now, however, we must simply do what is expected of us to make sure we keep one another safe. Sadly, St. Stephen’s remains closed to public worship for now. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Masses will be offered, as they have been, through Livestream. All our Masses will be uploaded to our website and to our YouTube pages. Please do join us for these masses. We now averaging about 77 people joining us for our virtual Masses. I am grateful for all those  who are joining us.

          For me, serving as St. Stephen’s continues to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of my priestly life even during these difficult times. I will admit: I despite preaching to an empty church. I miss your presence in the church. I miss our time of fellowship at coffee hour. I miss all of you, plain and simple.

As we move forward together into this future full of hope and potential reunion, I ask for your continued prayers for St. Stephen’s and your continued presence at our virtual liturgies.

Please know that I pray, as always, for each of you individually by name over the course of each week in my daily recitation of the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer). Also know that I also remember all of you at the altar during celebration of the Mass. Above all, know that I give God thanks every day for the opportunity to serve such a wonderful, caring and loving congregation of people who are truly committed to loving God and others, to growth and to radical hospitality.

My sincerest Christmas blessings to all of you and to all those you love during this season of joy, love and HOPE.

 

      PEACE always,

 

                                                           

Advent- Christmas, 2020  

at St. Stephen’s

 

Thursday December 24  - Christmas Eve

7:00 pm – Holy Eucharist

 

friday December 25    Nativity of Our Lord

10:00 am Holy Eucharist

 

Sunday December 27Transferred Feast of St. Stephen

11:00 am – Holy Eucharist

 

Sunday December 271 Christmas

11:00 am – Holy Eucharist

 

Wednesday December 30

6:00 pm - Mass of the New Year

 

All of our Masses are Livestreamed at our Facebook Group:

 

Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/52039214842

They are posted later to our Website: Ststephensfargo.org

And to our YouTube Channel; Youtube.com (“St. Stephen’s Fargo”)