December Events at St. John's

Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday Evening Eucharist: Join us Wednesday nights in Advent to celebrate the mass with special guest speakers from among our congregation.

Sundays | 9:15 a.m.

Christian Education at 9:15: Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning to uncover or reveal. 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. Our culture is fascinated by apocalyptic imagery. Come see how the real Apocalypse can give us hope instead of despair! Fr. Mark Kowalewski leads this forum every Sunday at 9:15 through December 9. A list of readings will be available online at and on the welcome table.

Sunday | December 2 | 8:00 p.m.

Compline at the Cathedral: A 30-minute service of candlelight, stillness, prayer, and song, followed by simple food and fellowship.

Sundays | December 2-16 | 8:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Alternative Christmas Fair: Worship fully. Spend less. Give more. Love all. This year our donation selections are St. John's Food Pantry, Laundry Love, Episcopal Relief & Development/Clean Water. The Fair will be open after the 8am and 11am services. Today, Sunday, December 2, Virginia Classick and her original handmade articles will be available. The Fair will be open December 9th and 16th. On Sunday the 16th we will feature Fr. Mark’s jams, Fr. Dan’s decorative planters, and our St. Lucy’s cookies. "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Saturday | December 8 | 9:00 a.m.

Advent Quiet Day: Saturday, December 8: As Episcopalians, we come to Advent to reflect upon the coming of Christ and to remind ourselves that He made a promise to come again. For some, the Advent season is a time of meditation, soul-searching, and hurried joy. For others, the season is a reminder of aspects of our lives which no longer exist along with loved ones lost. This Advent, the Writer’s Group invites you into a sacred space wherein you are welcome no matter what your situation. We recognize that Christ comes in the midst of our excitement—the midst of our sadness—the midst of our pain—and in the midst of our hearts. Come as you are this Advent season.

Tuesday | December 11 | 6:00 p.m.

6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence (over 50K in 2018). Join us to hold a Vigil of Light at St. John's on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00pm. We'll display our signs and use our cell phone flashlights rather than candles. Following the Vigil, the Evening Prayer service will join in the national commemoraton of the 6th anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Holiday Worship

We warmly welcome you to join St. John's for all of our Holiday worship! See the event time and descriptions below. If you have any questions feel free to email us at

Saturday | December 15 | 1:00 p.m.

St. Lucy’s Cookies: Please donate your homemade, bakery, or store-bought cookies for the St. Lucy’s Cookie Day sale. Bring your cookies to the office by 12 noon on Saturday, December 15. Please join us at 1:00pm to assemble the plated cookies. The sign up is available in the usual place. We need you!

Saturday | December 15 | 3:00 p.m.

Holiday High Tea and Carols: Join us on Saturday, December 15, at 3:00pm, for festive fellowship, delicious tea delicacies, and the joyful singing of our favorite Christmas carols. Hats and gloves are encouraged, yet optional. Fun is mandatory! The sign up is available in the usual place. You don’t want to miss this!

Saturday | December 15 | 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Lessons & Carols: The Choir of St. John’s Cathedral presents beautiful lessons & carols for the season of Advent and the Vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The service begins in darkness and moves toward resplendent light at the high altar, featuring music by Palestrina, Willcocks, Tavener, Howells, and others. Complimentary valet parking and warm reception to follow. All are welcome.

Sunday | December 16 | 11:00 a.m.

Gaudete Sunday is a special celebration of our Latin heritage and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Please join us in a celebration following the 11am mass. Bishop Diane Bruce presides at both 8am and 11am services.

Monday | December 24 | 5:00 p.m.

Family Christmas Service: Familiar carols followed by a Christmas party and children’s piñata.

Monday | December 24 | 10:30 p.m.

Solemn Christmas Mass: The Choir and Chamber Orchestra of St. John’s Cathedral playing Vaughan Williams Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, Lauridsen’s O magnum mysterium, and traditional carols of the season. Music starts at 10pm.

Tuesday | December 25 | 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Mass with joyful carols.

Tuesday | January 1 | 11:00 a.m.

New Year's Day Mass: Begin the New Year celebratingthe Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. Traditional hymns and carols.

Tuesday | January 1 | 4:00 p.m.

Open House at Clergy House: On January 1, consider celebrating the new year with your family and friends from St. John’s! All are welcome to attend an Open House at Clergy House between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. Street parking is limited; taking a ride share service like Lyft is encouraged. Please RSVP, here.


A note from the cathedral treasurer: Pledging members of St. John’s Cathedral are reminded that weekly pledge gifts for the month of December, and any financial gifts intended to catch-up or complete a year 2018 pledge, must be received in the offering plate or church office by Sunday, December 30. All financial gifts received on or after January 1, 2019, even though clearly marked or intended as a year 2018 pledge, must be recorded and reported as given in the year 2019.

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