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New Year's Resolution: Strengthen Your Faith! Join Catechumenate for Newcomers starts January 23!

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Do you have deep questions about God, but aren't sure where or how to ask them? We invite you to be a part of CCC's Catechumenate, beginning Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.. The Catechumenate is a weekly gathering in the winter and spring for those who want to explore mature, adult faith in the context of open and gracious conversation. 

  

The word Catechumenate describes an ancient process in the early Church by which people came to faith. It was a process that relied on questioning. We still rely on questioning, but today question-asking is a two-way street. 

 

Want to know more? Visit our Catechumenate webpage.

 

Ready to sign up? Email info@cccindy.org. 


 

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Worship with us Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 
(Visitors and guests are most welcome at all of our liturgies.)

3 p.m. Children's Pageant of the Nativity and Holy Eucharist*
A child-friendly worship service led by the children of Christ Church Cathedral, who bring the drama of the Nativity to life. From shepherds leading their flocks by night, animals that sometimes escape the stable, and wise men (and women) who follow the leading of a bright star, everyone has a part to play. Walk-on roles are available for children who are newcomers or who are visiting. Simply see an usher prior to the service and come take your part in the liturgy when we invite all the stars to come forward to shine brightly upon the Christ child. This liturgy lasts approximately one hour. 

5 p.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols*
This Christmas Eve liturgy unites the beautiful readings of the Holy Bible that tell of God's redeeming love in the birth of Jesus Christ with classic, traditional hymns and festive choral anthems of the season. (Cathedral opens for early seating at 4:15 p.m.; early arrivals will be directed to the Parish Hall until the Children's Pageant and Eucharist concludes.) This liturgy lasts approximately one and a half hours.

7:30 p.m. Santa Misa (in Spanish) y Villancicos
This liturgy, conducted mostly in Spanish (though English-speakers are welcome and we offer bilingual bulletins), begins with the Hispanic custom of Joseph and Mary knocking on the doors of the church, seeking a place to sleep and rest for the night, as they find no room in the inn. The doors are opened and a festive celebration follows, with traditional Christmas readings, Christmas carols, and a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

11 p.m. Festal Choral Eucharist
The most festive of all of our Christmas liturgies, our Choral Eucharist offers a ceremonial procession, readings from Holy Scripture, a sermon, Holy Eucharist, and the customary candlelight singing of Silent Night. As a church in the heart of our city, we ring in the birth of Jesus Christ at midnight, offering hope and joy to the world. Bishop Catherine Waynick joins us as our Celebrant. 

*childcare provided at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. liturgies

Christmas Day, December 25, 10 a.m.
On Christmas morning, we offer a traditional Holy Eucharist with hymns. Visitors and guests are most welcome.


 

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Cathedral Choirs on WFYI on Christmas Morning!

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Tune in to WFYI-FM 90.1 Christmas morning at 11 a.m. to hear our Cathedral Choirs sing a very special holiday program offered from Public Radio International. Recorded at St. Christopher's in Carmel on Nov. 8, 9 and 10, the program "Glad tidings of great joy" marks a special collaboration between CCC Sacred Arts and the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, IU. This early-music-Christmas will also air in Bloomington on WFIU Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. From the chant Veni Emmanuel to Bach's Christmas Oratorio, this program offers some of the most splendid Christmas music ever to come from Northern Europe! Don't miss it!


 

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Need a New Year's Resolution? Deepen Your Faith in Catechumenate, starting Jan. 23!

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Do you have deep questions about God, but aren't sure where or how to ask them? We invite you to be a part of CCC's Catechumenate, beginning Thursday, January 23 at 6:00 p.m.. The Catechumenate is a weekly gathering in the winter and spring for those who want to explore mature, adult faith in the context of open and gracious conversation. 

  

The word Catechumenate describes an ancient process in the early Church by which people came to faith. It was a process that relied on questioning. We still rely on questioning, but today question-asking is a two-way street. 

 

Want to know more? Visit our Catechumenate webpage.

 

Ready to sign up? Email info@cccindy.org.   


 

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CHIP Homeless Memorial Service on Friday, December 20

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Christ Church Cathedral will host the Coalition to Prevent Homelessness’ Annual Memorial Service for all who have died on the streets of Indianapolis this year on Friday, December 20, at 11:00 a.m. Our Girls’ Choir will sing at this beautiful service of remembrance and inspiration, and you are warmly invited!

 

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Ask the deep spiritual questions! Catechumenate for Newcomers Coming Soon!

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Are you curious about faith? about God?
Do you have questions that seem to get in the way?
Your questions are not in the way.
Your questions are the way.
Explore those questions in the context
of a community of conversation and sharing.
Discover that God has always been found
not in having the right answer key
but among a community of disciples
who ask these questions of each other.
At this table, God will be present. 

The Catechumenate (cat – he- CUE – men – it) is a weekly gathering in the Winter and Spring for those who want to explore mature, adult faith
in the context of open and gracious conversation. The word Catechumenate describes an ancient process in the early Church by which people came to faith.
It was a process that relied on questioning. We begin on Thursday, January 22, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
 
We still rely on questioning, but today question-asking is a two-way street.
 
Questions are welcome. Conversation is the norm. Everything is on the table.
Spiritual growth is the goal. For some, this process will result in a new faith commitment such as getting baptized or confirmed. Others will use this class to become a member of our community. No such commitment is required to participate. If you want to explore faith deeply, you are welcome.
 
Conversation will be facilitated by Stephen Carlsen, the Dean (senior pastor) of Christ  Church Cathedral, and by other clergy of the Cathedral.

Ready to learn more? Contact Ellen Shaughnessy at ellens@cccindy.org or 317-636-4577.

Check out the video here! http://vimeo.com/53176440


 

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Worship with us on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

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Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24 
(Visitors and guests are most welcome at all of our liturgies.)

3 p.m. Children's Pageant of the Nativity and Holy Eucharist*
A child-friendly worship service led by the children of Christ Church Cathedral, who bring the drama of the Nativity to life. From shepherds leading their flocks by night, animals that sometimes escape the stable, and wise men (and women) who follow the leading of a bright star, everyone has a part to play. Walk-on roles are available for children who are newcomers or who are visiting. Simply see an usher prior to the service and come take your part in the liturgy when we invite all the stars to come forward to shine brightly upon the Christ child. This liturgy lasts approximately one hour. 

5 p.m. A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols*
This Christmas Eve liturgy unites the beautiful readings of the Holy Bible that tell of God's redeeming love in the birth of Jesus Christ with classic, traditional hymns and festive choral anthems of the season. (Cathedral opens for early seating at 4:15 p.m.; early arrivals will be directed to the Parish Hall until the Children's Pageant and Eucharist concludes.) This liturgy lasts approximately one and a half hours.

7:30 p.m. Santa Misa (in Spanish) y Villancicos
This liturgy, conducted mostly in Spanish (though English-speakers are welcome and we offer bilingual bulletins), begins with the Hispanic custom of Joseph and Mary knocking on the doors of the church, seeking a place to sleep and rest for the night, as they find no room in the inn. The doors are opened and a festive celebration follows, with traditional Christmas readings, Christmas carols, and a celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

11 p.m. Festal Choral Eucharist
The most festive of all of our Christmas liturgies, our Choral Eucharist offers a ceremonial procession, readings from Holy Scripture, a sermon, Holy Eucharist, and the customary candlelight singing of Silent Night. As a church in the heart of our city, we ring in the birth of Jesus Christ at midnight, offering hope and joy to the world. Bishop Catherine Waynick joins us as our Celebrant. 

*childcare provided at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. liturgies

Christmas Day, December 25, 10 a.m.
On Christmas morning, we offer a traditional Holy Eucharist with hymns. Visitors and guests are most welcome.


 

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Celebrate Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe with us! December 11 at 10 p.m.

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The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of the Mexican people and patroness of all America, is one of the most highly honored festival days among the people of Latin America. Members of our Cathedral Hispanic Ministry invite you to celebrate this special day with us next Wednesday, December 11, at 10:00 p.m. We will have a procession on Monument Circle, traditional music, and a special Eucharistic Service; following, we will have a reception with delicious tamales and champurrado. Enjoy with us!
 

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Cathedral Overwhelmed By City's Positive Support after Cookie Sale!

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We at Christ Church Cathedral are overwhelmed by the positive response and support of the public, media and the leaders of Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. following the shutdown of our youth's fundraiser cookie sale on our church property during the lighting ceremony Friday night. Clearly, this action was an unintended consequence of ordinances intended to keep our public events from becoming a free for all of questionable vendors; this is an aim we strongly support as a stakeholder on Monument Circle.

As a cathedral with 175 years invested in our community, we take great pride and responsibility in ensuring that the circle of our common life includes not only commercial interests, but a future that embodies children and youth, helping the disadvantaged, and ensuring that the arts are a part of what makes Indianapolis a vibrant world-class city — and that our voices are heard. We ask that as leaders craft these measures and set city ordinances,  that groups with an established nonprofit aims or, in our case, a spiritual goal, continue to have a central place as partners in our public life in Indianapolis.
 
We have been moved by IDI and others who have reached out and offered support following Friday's event. There is no conflict here, just an opportunity to clarify how we believe our public spaces can be used well for the greater good of our civic and communal life. 


 

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Dean's Forum this Sunday, Dec. 8: St. Paul--Love him or leave him?

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Were the writings of St. Paul good for women? And how did Paul influence our society's views on slavery? Join us this Sunday for a provocative final look at Sarah Ruden's Paul Among the People at the Dean's Forum this Sunday, December 8 at 11:40 a.m. in the Parish Hall. Newcomers are always welcome!

 

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