November | Sundays | 9:15 a.m.
Christian Education Forums this fall will deal with two sections of the Bible we seldom study. From two Greek words opposite in meaning – Apocrypha, means to hide or obscure; Apocalypse to uncover or reveal. The Apocrypha are writings books of the Hebrew Bible whose inspiration has been contested in both Judaism and Christianity. Apocalyptic literature, such as the Book of Revelation, also called The Apocalypse, uses fanciful imagery to convey a deep meaning. Ironically, these images seem to cover up the true meaning rather than uncover it. Fr. Mark Kowalewski leads this forum every Sunday from 9:15 – 10:30 September 30 through December 9, except for October 28. A list of readings will be available online at stjohnsla.org and on the welcome table.
November 4 | Sunday | 11:00 a.m.
A Day of Remembering - On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Church celebrates the ancient Feast of All Saints. Both All Saints Day (Nov. 1) and All Souls Day (Nov. 2) have their roots in the Celtic cultures of Britain and Ireland and in the native Mexican culture, where the Christian feast was wedded to pre-Christian practices and the celebration is called El Día de los Muertos - the Day of the Dead. In Celtic lore it was believed that this was the time when the veil between the physical world and the world of those who had died was very thin. Thus the day came to be associated with remembering those who have been parted from us by death, those whom we love but see no longer. On that Sunday, Nov. 4, we will remember in a special way all those who have left this world and whom we hold dear in our hearts. Everyone attending the 8am and 11am Masses may bring a picture or memento of a loved one and place it on the High Altar near the Blessed Sacrament. After the service, you may choose to leave your mementos and photos for the month of November, where they will be placed on a special altar of remembrance in the style of Mexican folk culture, or take them with you.
November 17 | Saturday | 10:00 a.m.
Turkey Time: Thank you for your continued support of the Food Pantry and the community at large. This month we are requesting a special monetary donation in the amount of $15 to provide turkeys for families in need this Thanksgiving season. Please note this on your donations or use the turkey envelopes on the welcome table. Turkeys will be given out at the Food Pantry on November 17.
November 17 | Saturday | 5:00 p.m.
Choral Evensong: The Choir of St. John’s Cathedral will offer a service of Choral Evensong on Saturday, November 17, 5:00pm. Music by Noble, Leighton, and Moore. The Rev. Canon Mark Weitzel, guest homilist. Free valet parking and reception to follow. All are welcome.
November 21 | Wednesday | 7:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Eve Service: Wednesday, Nov. 21, 7pm. Let us give thanks, as members of St. John’s, for all of the blessings God has bestowed on us. Come celebrate mass in the choir, with well-beloved Thanksgiving hymns.
November 25 | Sunday | 12:30 p.m.
Cathedral Tour: Take a closer look at the art and architecture of St. John’s as the Cathedral Docents lead a tour of our historic building. The tour will meet at the altar platform after the 11 o’clock service, about ten minutes after the end of the postlude.
Saturday, December 8th – Holiday High Tea
Sundays, December 2, 9, 16 – Alternative Christmas Shopping
Saturday, December 15 – St. Lucy Cookie preparation
Saturday, December 15 – Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 16 – Guadalupe Sunday
Sunday, December 16 – St. Lucy Cookie Sale
Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve service
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day service