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Good Word 12/10/2021

DECEMBER 10, 2021

What should we do?

The voice that cried out in the desert, proclaimed loudly what many felt at that moment: we must change; we cannot continue like this; it is necessary to return to God. What should we do? It is the question that arises in us when we hear a radical statement and we do not know how to answer. We may say “we are doing many good things”, but how realistic and effective are our efforts? On this third Sunday of Advent, let us search together for the answers that could take us one step further in our life as followers of Jesus.

The Rev. Canon Hipolito Fernandez-Reina

Festival Guadalupano


The Festival of Lady of Guadalupe, is a traditional Mexican devotion that includes prayer, serenade, and the Aztec Dance. This service begins with a procession around  Monument Circle (if the weather permits), followed by a Eucharistic service with music presented by Coro Latinoamericano and with the special presentation of the Aztec Dance during the service. After the service, there will be a reception in the Parish Hall where everyone is invited to bring something to share. Families and children are encouraged to dress in the traditional costumes of San Juan Diego or Maria. This service will be in Spanish.

Advent, a season of preparation, is a busy time at Christ Church Cathedral as we joyfully anticipate the celebration of Christmas and the coming of the Christ child. We know you’re busy preparing for Christmas too, and we hope you’ll make time to celebrate with us.


Last Covenant Grant Delivered to Exodus

We are thrilled to announce that your faithful giving has provided one final Covenant Grant this year. A $10,000 gift will be given to Exodus Refugee Immigration, an organization dedicated to the protection of human rights by serving the resettlement needs of refugees and other displaced people fleeing persecution, injustice, and war by welcoming them to Indiana.

CCC has been an active collaborator with Exodus Refugee Immigration through the Outreach Ministry Team’s efforts as well as individual parishioner involvement through mentorship programs. This fall, they were a featured organization in our Grateful Together, Giving Together, Growing Together campaign and visited us during services and forum hour.

We are grateful that your shared abundance has helped us provide this final gift of the year to a treasured community partner. Your generosity makes it possible for us to improve countless lives throughout the city and throughout our Diocese. Please continue contributions to our mission and ministry at 


Calling All Angels and Shepherds!

CCC’s annual Children’s Pageant of the Nativity will be presented Dec. 24 at 3 p.m. We will have one required rehearsal on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who can’t attend the rehearsal will be warmly welcomed as “stars” on day of the service. Questions? Email Anne Tordai.


Deadline Dec. 12: Adopt-A-Family’s New Partnership with Coburn Place Safe Haven

NOV. 19–DEC.12

This year, the Outreach Ministry Team is partnering with Coburn Place to support survivors of partner violence for Christmas. Coburn Place has been empowering survivors of interpersonal abuse – and their children – for 25 years. In lieu of the Adopt-a-Family process in years before, we’re adopting all Coburn Families! Contributions from CCC will be sent directly to Coburn Place. Take a look at their Amazon Wish List or simply contribute a gift card this year.


Songs of Surprise

SUNDAYS, DEC. 12 AND 19 AT 11:30AM

Looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the season and to ground yourself in hope and expectation? Plan to be with us in the Parish Hall on Dec. 12 and 19 at our 11:30 a.m. forum for an Advent Spiritual Refresher with longtime CCC friend and spiritual director Dan Hoffman.

Dan will guide us in exploring the Canticles of Zechariah and Mary that we sing during our liturgies in Advent. In the story of Jesus’ birth, the main actor is God. God upends the natural order of human existence through the birth of John the Baptizer to aged Elizabeth and Zechariah and through the birth of Jesus to a young virgin, Mary. The “Good News” of Luke indicates from its first verses that the in-breaking of God’s reign will be accompanied by divine actions of all kinds. Zechariah offers a song of praise in Luke 1:68-79 (the Benedictus), and Mary offers her song in Luke 1:46-55 (the Magnificat). We’ll take a deep look at these treasures of Scripture and liturgy through contemplative individual activities including music, journaling, art, meditation and prayer.

Bi-Monthly Blood Drive at CCC


Christ Church Cathedral has partnered with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to offer a blood drive every other month on the second Tuesday of the month. Their Bloodmobile will be parked outside the Cathedral, conveniently located on the circle.

We invite all of our neighbors in the area to take advantage of this opportunity to make a profound difference in a person’s life.

Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. A photo ID and proof of birth date are required for Versiti’s records.


Las Posadas

DEC. 16-23 AT 6PM

Christ Church’s annual Posadas celebration will run nightly from Dec. 16 through Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. During the Posadas we re-enact Joseph and Mary’s journey seeking shelter for them and the New Born King. We will meet at different homes, where everybody is invited to join in. If you are interested in participating, please email Verónica Godinez, and she will email you the full Posadas schedule. ALL ARE WELCOME!


Caroling at CCC

FRIDAY, DEC. 17, AT 6:30PM

Looking for a chance to sing your favorite Christmas carols? All are invited to come and sing joyful carols with members of the Cathedral choir on our lawn on Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m.  We will meet at 6 p.m. to rehearse. Please join us for a fun time of fellowship and hospitality for our downtown neighbors.

For more information or to confirm your attendance, email Canon Mariann Scott.


Stocking Elf Sign-up

NOV. 28 – DEC. 24

Once again, Cathedral Women and the Outreach Ministry Team are jointly supporting the Cathedral’s efforts to help our neighbors experiencing homelessness during the season of Advent. Six filled Christmas stockings are hung daily outside the Cathedral on the black fencing above the basement entrance. Volunteers are needed to help stuff and hang the stockings. Help us share the joy of the Advent Season with some of our less fortunate neighbors.


Green the Cathedral!


Just before Christmas Eve each year, CCC is beautifully transformed with greenery and decorations to celebrate the Christmas season. Helpers are needed for this fun tradition! Contact Anne Tordai for more information.


Celebrate Christmas at CCC!

DEC. 24, 2021-JAN. 5, 2022

In the flurry and celebration of the season leading up to Dec. 25, it’s easy to forget that Christmas Day, in fact, marks the beginning of the church’s Christmas season. At CCC we will kick off the season on Christmas Eve with our children’s pageant at 3 p.m.; Lessons & Carols at 5 p.m.; Santa Misa y Villancicos at 7:30 p.m.; and a celebratory Eucharist at 11 p.m. with a sermon by Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows. All services at 3, 5, 7:30, and 11 p.m. will be livestreamed.

On Christmas Day, we’ll ring in the season in joyous worship at 10 a.m., and we’ll close out the season on Wednesday, Jan. 5, with our traditional Twelfth Night service on the eve of the Epiphany.


CCC Emails and Devotions Winter Schedule

Please note the changes to our holiday communications schedule as we prepare for Christmas and briefly pause after. Good Word emails will be on hiatus beginning Dec. 24 and resume on Jan. 7. Weekly devotionals will pause beginning Jan. 5 and resume for Lent. We are excited to refresh our communications and allow our staff to rest after Christmas.

Save The Date: CCC Annual Meeting

SUNDAY, JAN. 30, AT 11:30AM

All members are invited to attend the Annual Parish Meeting, where – among other items of business – we will elect new Vestry members and delegates to the Diocesan Convention that will take place in November 2022. We are particularly looking forward to this annual meeting because, after a year of listening and processing, our Discernment Team will present focus areas for our upcoming ministry as determined by all of the input they received from our members and our neighbors.

Candidates for Vestry: Liliana Guzman, Andrea Hunley, Conner McNeely, Perry Mihalakos,Steve Whaley

Candidates for Diocesan Convention: Jeffry Guerrero, Elaine Klemesrud, Ewan McDuffee, Brent Leubcke (alternate 1), Milicent Wright (alternate 2)

Additional information about candidates will be released in January.

CCC Is Hiring!

As we look forward to 2022 in hopes of expanding our current ministries and opportunities, we will need additional staff help to realize our dreams. That’s why we’re seeking an experienced priest to help oversee day-to-day programming as well as a new sexton/hospitality ministry coordinator to assist in overseeing on-site activities and taking care of the building.


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