On the afternoon of the third Sunday in February every year, the streets of downtown South Bend are teeming with people who have come to walk a mile in the shoes of many women for whom walking is the only means of transportation. The Winter Walk is a major fundraiser for St. Margaret’s House, a day shelter serving the needs of women and children in our community for over twenty-seven years.
The Cathedral of Saint James proudly houses St. Margaret’s House in the building behind our church, and right now, SMH is returning the favor by housing our offices on the third floor while our building is being renovated. Some come on! Let’s support the Winter walk more than ever financially and with our feet.
Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. and walk at 2:30 p.m. from the County-City Building. Plan on hot chocolate, cookies, and popcorn at St. Margaret’s House following the walk!
The Cathedral of Saint James is hosting the monthly meeting of the South Bend chapter of Americans on the Camino, a group of people who gather to learn about and share experiences of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. We will meet at First Presbyterian Church on Thursday, February 21, beginning at 7 p.m. for a movie night. All are welcome to attend!
Set-up at 4 p.m.; Doors open at 5 p.m.; Awards at 7 p.m.
Get out those chili recipes, grab your wooden spoon, and fire up the crock pot! Saint James Annual Chili Contest is coming to First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, February 2. Challenge friends and neighbors! Presbyterians and Episcopalians! Challenge anyone who makes a tasty bowl of winter blues-chasing chili!
How It Works
Contestants make a pot (about a gallon) of their best chili, carry it to the FBC Social Hall in a crock pot or other similar self-warming apparatus, decorate a table, and prepare to serve. We provide the sampling cups, bowls, and utensils.
Guests (not cooks) pay an admission fee ($7 per person), sample all of the chili they care to, and cast ballots for their favorites. At the end of the evening, the ballots are counted and winners receive not-quite-valuable prizes. Beer and wine—we’re checking on that. Soft drinks are available for purchase. Water is free. Antacid is negotiable.
Habitat for Humanity
It’s all for a good cause! Proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County’s Matthew 25 House Build. So come on out, tantalize (or terrorize) your taste buds, and help us help Habitat for Humanity in their outstanding mission to provide quality, affordable housing for those in need.
The Annual Meeting is not only a business meeting at which we review parish finances and elect leadership, it is also an opportunity to reflect on and hone our mission and vision. The Cathedral Chapter is currently considering, pondering, mulling, and praying over the information garnered from the Start From Zero open conversations this past summer, as well as the listening sessions conducted in an every member canvas in 2016. As we look forward to opening renovated facilities in 2019, we also pray for renewal in our mission and ministry, in our congregation, and in our lives.
Is God calling you to a ministry of leadership and service on the Cathedral Chapter? Are you interested in representing our faith community at the annual convention of the Diocese of Northern Indiana? Please speak with Canon Christopher Hillak or send him an email.
Anyone is invited to join the monthly game night group. This month, the group will be doing an escape room hosted at the home of Karen and Frank Gray. Please RVSP to Karen Gray by January 16 and ask for directions to their home.
6 p.m. - Group One begins the escape room
7 p.m. - Fellowship in-between groups. Please bring a snack to share with the group.
7:30 p.m. - Group Two begin the escape room
Bishop Doug Sparks will make his official visitation to the Cathedral of Saint James on the Feast of the Epiphany. This is a traditional baptismal feast, so anyone wishing to be baptized or to have a child baptized should speak with Fr. Brian as soon as possible. The Bishop’s Visitation is also an occasion for anyone wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation, to be received into the Episcopal Church from another tradition, or to make a formal renewal of the Baptismal Covenant to do so. Again, please speak with Fr. Brian at your earliest convenience to let him know you are interested.
Stewardship University returns to the Diocese of Northern Indiana on Saturday, December 8. The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombek, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving in the Diocese of Arizona, will engage those who attend in transformative ways of approaching stewardship in their own lives and congregations. Canon Dombek will lead us in three conversations:
How to Talk about Money
Gift Planning for the Future of the Parish
Canon Dombek, formerly of the Cathedral of Saint James, is offering Stewardship University as a gift to the Diocese of Northern Indiana in thanksgiving for raising him up for ministry. The only cost to attend is for lunch. So please get a group together from your congregation and come to Stewardship University! Register here.
Think about beloved foods and meals and the stories of the people, places, and occasions that go along with them. If you wish, write down one or two of those recipes and stories and submit them to the Cathedral office so we can compile a Share What You Love book of recipes and stories that we will publish once we re-open Cathedral Hall in 2019.
In the meantime, on Friday, December 7, we will host a Share What You Love Dinner with our friends from First Presbyterian Church in the FPC Social Hall. Bring on of your favorite dishes and a store or two to share. We’ll begin at 6 p.m. and wraps things up around 8 p.m. Canon Timothy Dombek of the Diocese of Arizona, and once-upon-a-time of the Cathedral of Saint James, will join us for this fun and festive evening. Y’all come!
You’ve shopped for yourself and others over Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. Now, let’s give back to our community by donating on Giving Tuesday! This Giving Tuesday, please consider donating to the Cathedral of Saint James Quarterly Care & Share or to the Cathedral’s endowment fund through the Community Foundation of Saint Joseph County.
Care and Share:
The Cathedral of Saint James is honored to be the sponsoring parish for two extraordinary individuals preparing for ordination to the priesthood: Nicole Lambelet and Nathaniel Warne. While Nicole and Nate could certainly use all of the prayers we can offer as they learn and grow in their vocation, they cold also use our material support to help defray education costs, as well. Please give as you are able not only to support the Lambelet and Warne families, but also for those countless souls who will one day benefit from having Nicole or Nate as their priest. Donations can be made online or through the Givelify app.
Through the generous gift of an anonymous donor in 2016, the Cathedral of Saint James established an endowment fund through the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County. Contributions to the endowment fund can be made by clicking the link below, selecting “a favorite charity’s endowed fund” on the form, and choosing “Cathedral Church of St. James.” Click here to donate.
Nancy Demler entered the nearer presence of God peacefully early Saturday morning, surrounded by family. May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon her.
Funeral arrangements on Friday, November 23rd are as follows.
9:30-10:30 a.m. Visitation at the Cathedral of Saint James
11a.m.-12:30 p.m. Requim Eucharist at the Cathedral of Saint James followed by Committal in the Cathedral Columbarium. The Rt. Rev. Francis C. Gray, preaching and presiding. At the Demler’s request, there will be not be a reception following the service.
Please continue to pray for Nancy's husband of 58 years, Dan; for her daughter, Julie Martindale, and her husband, Doug; her daughter, Mary Luley, and her husband, Bill; for her son, Dan Jr., and his wife, Heather; and for all of Nancy's grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family does appreciate your prayers and support during this time.
Memorial contributions are welcome for the Heritage & Hope Building Fund for the Cathedral of St. James, Southern Care Hospice, and the Thomas J. DuRue Scholarship Fund through the Fraternal Order of Police.
To welcome and receive us as sisters and brothers in Christ as we begin our adventure in renewal, the congregation fo First Presbyterian Church invites the Cathedral of Saint James to worship with them on Sunday, November 11 at 10 a.m.
Pastor Dedie Kelso will lead the Liturgy of the Word. Dean Brian Grantz will preach and preside at the Eucharist.
John Tyler has fruitcake knowledge and expertise he is eager to impart, so let’s have dinner and learn how to make fruitcake.
Join us in the Cathedral kitchen on Wednesday, November 7 at 6 p.m. John has stockpiled all of the ingredients we need, so the church will provide a variety of items from the menu at China House restaurant in River Park for a shared feast. Please sign up on the appropriate list in the back of the church or email or call Fr. Brian Grantz to indicate your interest.
CROP, an acronym for Christian Rural Overseas Program, is a ministry of Church World Service to feed the hungry both locally and in places where the need is great around the world. CROP Hunger Walks have been held in the U.S. since October 1969. Twenty-five percent of all proceeds remain in the hosting community.
We invite you to don your red Saint James t-shirt (or whatever…) on September 30 and take a stroll through downtown South Bend with hundreds of others from our community who are raising money and taking time to tend to those who are hungry. Donations may be made directly to any of our walkers or online by searching for Cathedral of Saint James at crophungerwalk.org/southbendin. So sign up to walk or sign up to give as we follow Jesus’ admonition to feed the hungry.
Before hosting Diocesan Convention, we need to clean, weed, and declutter. Notre Dame football is out of town on September 22, so let's take advantage of a free Saturday to host Work Day #1. We'll have a dumpster and a plan...so all we'll need is lots of helping hands! A sign-up sheet will be posted soon!