From the Bishop:
I write to ask for your help in making Cathedral Sunday 2017 an even more special day. We have long encouraged the people of our diocesan community to think of Trinity Cathedral as their second spiritual home. Cathedral Sunday, now an annual occasion, gives real substance to this by encouraging representatives of churches throughout the Diocese to make Trinity Cathedral their place of worship on that day and to participate in a unique Flower Festival Eucharist.
Sunday, June 11th, Trinity Sunday, is the day designated as this year’s Cathedral Sunday. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. I will be the celebrant, and the Very Reverend Marshall Shelly, Dean of the Northern Convocation, will preach. Our usually beautiful worship will take place in your Cathedral magnificently adorned with floral arrangements created by parishioners from across the Diocese. In addition this year, I am delighted also to be performing Confirmation of those who seek it.
The Cathedral Major Chapter invites everyone to join them immediately following the service for a lunch specially prepared by some of the Cathedral’s partner organizations in Trenton. After lunch, expert guides will be on hand to give short, informal tours of the Cathedral that tell its story and illuminate its splendors. This also offers a relaxed opportunity to enjoy the wonderful floral displays.
Preparing for Cathedral Sunday holds another fabulous opportunity for your congregation. On Saturday, June 10th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. your Altar Guild or flower ministry (or any parishioner with a floral yen) is invited to come to a Flower Arranging Workshop in Synod Hall at Trinity Cathedral, to help create the many spectacular flower arrangements that will decorate the cathedral sanctuary the next day. Flowers will be provided, as will lunch. Expert help will be on hand to help both experienced arrangers and newcomers decorate the church. No matter what the level of expertise, all are welcome. Indeed, this may be a valuable means of starting or renewing a flower ministry in your church.
I am asking for your help in a few specific ways. Please announce this event in newsletters and on websites throughout May and early June and at services. A sample announcement is available for you to customize and use. Please also discuss this among Vestry and various ministries (certainly floral ministries) with the goal of expressly inviting a few of your people to make Trinity Cathedral their place of worship on June 11th. Finally, if you have a congregant seeking confirmation, please contact Patrice D’Angelo in the Cathedral Office by e-mail: email@example.com or call: 609-392-3805 x 100 no later than May 31st.
Thank you for your attention to this appeal and for your support for this wonderful day. I look forward to the largest participation yet. For further information and participation in the Flower Festival, please contact Patrice D’Angelo by e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 609-392-3805 x 100.
The Right Reverend William H. Stokes, D.D.
12th Bishop of New Jersey
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