Mass Schedule – Week of Trinity XVIII (October 19, 2014)
20, St. Frideswide, Abbess 735 AD
25, St. Crispin & Crispinian Martyrs 320 AD
+ St. Frideswide was born in 650. She founded a priory with the help of her father while she was very young. What is today Christ Church Cathedral began as a Saxon monastic church founded in the 8th century by St. Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford. Frideswide was a Saxon princess who committed herself to chastity and became a nun, fleeing the marital advances of King Algar of Mercia. Nothing remains of her original church, but a Saxon cemetery was recently discovered beneath the cloister. The present church was constructed between 1160 and 1200 by Augustinian monks and called the Priory Church of St. Frideswide. In 1180 the relics of Frideswide were transferred to the new church, which attracted pilgrims throughout the Middle Ages. One pilgrim was Catherine of Aragon, wife of King Henry VIII, who came to pray for a son in 1518. It was in the cloister of Christ Church Cathedral that Thomas Cranmer was “degraded” – his vestments stripped and his head was shaved. He was imprisoned at St. Michael’s at the North Gate and then burned at the stake on Broad Street.
+ The Monday morning Bible study has begun a six week study entitled “Rising to the Call of Leadership” by Kay Arthur and others of Precept Ministries. As we mature as Christians, God calls each of us to be leaders – in our homes, in our communities, in our churches, in our world. But what does God expect of those He places in positions of leadership? This study explores the lives of four leaders in the Old Testament, some good, some not. But by looking at them, we will get a clear picture of God’s requirements for leaders.
+ Saints Crispin and Crispinian are the French patron saints of cobblers, tanners, and leathers workers. Born to a noble Roman family in the 3rd Century the twin brothers fled persecution and ended up in Soissons in Northern France. There they preached Christ to the Gauls and supported themselves by making shoes at night. Their success in preaching the Gospel enraged the Roman prefect, Rictius Varus, who had them tortured and thrown into a river with millstones tied around their necks. Though they survived that ordeal, Roman authorities had them beheaded in the year 286. You may recall the name, Crispin, from the famous “St. Crispin’s Day Speech” delivered by Henry V just the before the Battle of Agincourt in Shakespeare’s The Life of Henry the Fifth.
+ This coming Wednesday is Agape & Christian Education and I hope you all can come out as well as bring a friend. Thanks goes out to all our cooks, teachers, and helpers and especially to Jackie Jamison for her leadership in organizing and developing our Wednesday Agape. Jackie says, “Things will proceed similarly to last year with three classes led by the same teachers (Sr. Lynda for the preschoolers, me for the elementary kids, and Charlie for upper elementary and middle school). I want to encourage parents to encourage kids not to “age up” to Charlie’s class before fourth grade. Even though that class right now is small, if we let the age creep downward, it won’t serve its purpose as a place for older kids who do end up coming!
Another thing that hasn’t changed is our need for a second adult volunteer in each of the three classrooms. I have made a schedule for the first two weeks (see below) that is just parents, and during that time we will recruit non-parent volunteers as well. Two changes are planned: First, we will have a member of the choir run the communal music time at the beginning of the children’s classes each week. I think the plan is for that time to sometimes include a short bit of musical instruction, and then learning a song together. And secondly, we will ring the church bell when the classes start at 6:30 so all kids will know when it’s time to head to class. Please tell your kids that the bell ringing means they need to be in Sr. Lynda’s classroom!”
+ Daily mass is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 12:15 p.m. You and your family members are all remembered by name at the Altar of God every week. Please take an All Saints parish prayer list home with you & remember your fellow parishioners in your prayers.
+ All Saints Men’s Group will meet tomorrow, Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 a.m. in the undercroft.
+ All Saints parishioner may obtain a Mass card from the Church office. A Mass card is a greeting card given to someone to inform him or her that a deceased loved one or friend was remembered and prayed for at a weekly Mass. It is a specifically Christian way to express one’s love. Call Julie McDermott at the Church office (434-979-2842) and she will help you fill out the form. The celebrant will sign the card and we will mail it from the Church to the family of the loved one.