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Catechumenate Forming at CCC

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Do you have questions about your faith? Would you like to explore your spirituality? Think about joining us for the Catechumenate, a weekly gathering in Winter and Spring that helps us come to faith. 

 

For some, this process will result in a new faith commitment, such as getting baptized or confirmed. Others will use this class to become amember of our community. No such commitment is required to participate. If you want to explore your faith deeply, you are welcome! 
  • Thursdays, beginning January 8 - April, 2015
  • Beginning with dinner at 6 p.m.
  • Ending promptly at 8:30 p.m.
  • Free parking provided
Ready to learn more or to sign up? Contact Meghan McConnell at meghanm@cccindy.org

 


 
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Twelfth Night Celebration: Jan. 5

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CCC's Twelfth Night Celebration is a holiday tradition. Held on the Twelfth Night of Christmas, Monday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m., this festive, medieval service is sung completely by candlelight. The clergy and people of Trinity, Indianapolis will join us as our guests this year. Afterwards, there will be a sumptuous feast in the Parish Hall. 

 

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LGBT Outreach Meeting: Jan. 13

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On Tuesday, Jan. 13, CCC will host an LGBT Outreach Meeting. Join us for dinner at 6 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by conversation and activity in the Eli Lilly room at 6:30 p.m. All LGBT persons are welcome! We are a safe environment, and the privacy of members will be maintained. Free parking is available in the Express Park/EZ Park Garage, located at the corner of Market and Pennsylvania St. 

 

Come join us in fellowship! For more information and to RSVP contact Kennet Gencks or Reverend Canon Zoila Manzanares-Cole.


 

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Greening of the Cathedral: Dec. 23

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Volunteers are needed to help green the Cathedral for Christmastide. We will start at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23 and should be finished by noon.

JoAnn Bailey, a parishioner for over 40 years, has been helping decorate Christ Church for Christmastide most of that time. She and her husband, Joe began by helping Bill Stone fireproof the fresh greenery (a laborious process, to be sure!), and eventually JoAnn headed up the whole project. From her first visit to Christ Church she was awed by the beauty of the building and the services. Helping to green the church, she feels a personal feeling of giving to others (both parishioners and visitors); helping them celebrate this special time in the life of the church.

"It is wonderful to make others especially welcome at Christmas," shared JoAnn. "There is a real sense of accomplishment when such a large job is complete." Although JoAnn no longer leads the greening, she will be at CCC on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 9:30 a.m. wiring spruce branches to the crèche.

Please come and help JoAnn and all the volunteers as we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation of our Lord.

 


 

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Reflections on Catechumenate

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Bill and Marcia Gray approached me about attending Catechumenate one chilly day in January 2014. I, like the Grays, was displaced when First Lutheran Church closed it's doors and was visiting Christ Church Cathedral while "church hopping." I had attended services several times but just wasn't ready to let go of the past and move forward in my spiritual journey. "There's no commitment to become a member," I remember Marcia saying as she handed me the brochure that stated, "Your questions are not in the way, your questions are the way." on the cover. This was the sign I was praying for.

Catechumenate is a community of fellow seekers, facing themselves with the support of others, on the path to deeper spiritual understanding and faith. Though different, everyone's road has lead those that choose to join the table into open dialogue.  Lay-volunteers and clergy shepherd the Catechumenates, as they question, converse and grow. At the weekly gatherings questions are addressed - "What is Faith?," "What does it mean to be Anglican?," and "Who is Christ Church Cathedral?" The Holy Scriptures, The Book of Common Prayer, and Church rites and practices are also discussed. Each session begins with a new form of prayer.

Empowered with a greater understanding of the Church and the Christian life of prayer, study and service I was received into and am now a member of the Christ Church Cathedral community. It is now my turn to pass on the gift that the Gray's gave me. If you, or someone you know, are seeking a deeper understanding of faith, share the spiritual journey with others by becoming a participant in Catechumenate.  

-written by Elaine Klemesrud

Click here to learn more about Catechumenate.

Ready to learn more or to sign up? Contact Meghan McConnell at meghanm@cccindy.org


 

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Worship: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Schedule

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We especially welcome visitors and newcomers to be with us on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24, 2014

3:00 p.m.: Children's Pageant of the Nativity and Holy Eucharist*
A child-friendly worship service. From shepherds watching their flocks by night to animals that sometimes escape the stable to wise men and women who follow a star, everyone has a part to play. Walk-on roles are available for children who are newcomers or are visiting. Simply see an usher prior to the service. This liturgy lasts one hour and child care is available.

5:00 p.m.: A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols*
This Christmas Eve liturgy unites the beautiful readings of Holy Scripture with classic, traditional hymns and anthems of the season. (Cathedral opens for early seating at 4:15 p.m.; early arrivals will be directed to our Parish Hall until the Children's Pageant concludes.)

7:30 p.m.: Santa Misa (in Spanish)*
This liturgy, conducted in Spanish (though English speakers are welcome), begins with the Hispanic custom of Joseph and Mary knocking on the doors of the church, seeking a place to sleep for the night, as they find no room in the inn. The doors are opened and a festive celebration follows, with festive readings from Scriptures and Holy Eucharist.

11:00 p.m.: Festal Choral Eucharist
The most festive of all our Christmas liturgies, our Choral Eucharist offers a ceremonial procession, readings from Holy Scripture, a sermon, Holy Eucharist, and the customary singing of Silent Night by candlelight. As the church in the heart of our city, we ring in the birth of Jesus Christ at midnight, offering light and hope and joy to the world. Bishop Catherine Waynick will be our guest preacher and will offer the traditional Pontifical Blessing at the end of the liturgy.

*Nursery care available at the 3:00, 5:00, and 7:30 p.m. liturgies.

Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2014, 10:00 a.m.
On Christmas morning, we offer a traditional Holy Eucharist with hymns. Visitors and guests are most welcome for this one hour service.

Where do I park? Free parking is available for all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at the Express Park/EZPark Garage, located at the corner of Pennsylvania and Market Streets. Bring your ticket to the service and an usher will validate it for you.

 

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Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe: Dec. 11

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Christ Church Cathedral celebrates the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe Thursday, Dec. 11, 10:45 p.m. Come celebrate this beautiful Hispanic festival remembering the Virgin Mary's appearance to Juan Diego, an Aztec Indian, near Mexico City in the early morning hours of December 1531. We'll have beautiful music, flowers, an outdoor procession (bring your coat!), and afterwards, a delicious feast in the Parish Hall. 

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Armchair Theologians Gathering: Dec. 16

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Our Armchair Theologians are gathering again on Tuesday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Library (2nd floor). We're reading Nadia Bolz-Weber's book Pastrix: the cranky, beautiful faith of a saint and sinner. Nadia is a Lutheran pastor in Denver at the House for All Saints and Sinners. You can learn more about that community here. This should be an interesting read.

 

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