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August 13, 2021

Introducing our new Canon for the Circle

I am delighted to announce that, with our Vestry’s unanimous consent, I have called Mariann Scott to join the Cathedral staff as our new Canon for the Circle (Director of Community Relations). As Canon for the Circle, Mariann will lead us in collaborating with our nonprofit neighbors and secular groups, in offering hospitality to and connection with the many people and groups who gather on our front doorsteps on Monument Circle, and in supporting our neighbors experiencing homelessness and the agencies who serve them.

Mariann has a true passion for community building and robust experience in conflict resolution. She has served over 30 years at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office, most recently as the Outreach Coordinator, and is a trained mediator, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs from IUPUI and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.  She is a life-long Hoosier and Episcopalian, serving as the local President of the Union of Black Episcopalians and on the Executive Council for the Diocese of Indianapolis and the Diocesan Racial Justice and Education Team. She is an Education for Ministry (EfM) mentor at St. Paul’s On The Way, a co-facilitator of the Sacred Ground program, and serves on the board of directors of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. In her spare time, Mariann enjoys gardening, reading, taking walks in the woods and trying out new ethnic restaurants. She is the proud pet mom of two dogs, Coco and Mitzie. She will begin her ministry with us on Tuesday, September 7. Welcome, Mariann!

– The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne, D. Min.

Blessing of the Backpacks


We wish all of our students a happy and healthy start to the school year and will offer a backpack blessing during our 10 am and 1 pm services. We invite students of all ages to bring their backpacks to church next Sunday so that we may joyfully send you off into the new school year!

Updates to our Regathering Policy

As the ground shifts with the COVID-19 Delta Variant and in compliance with our regathering policy, Christ Church Cathedral will move to the following gathering guidelines through Labor Day weekend (September 6, 2021):

  • We will continue requiring masks at all our worship services and limit attendance capacity to 75% of the Cathedral’s seating with social distancing requirements (approximately 80-85 people per service).
  • All staff will return to wearing masks during business hours.
  • Any congregational or community meetings held inside must be socially distanced, remain masked and with no offering of food. We highly encourage groups to meet outside or online.
  • We will refrain from congregational singing and move to having a quartet lead music in our worship.
  • As planned, our Strawberry Festival volunteers will be masked for their entire shift.

Changes to our regathering guidelines are made in consultation by our Dean and Wardens with the Diocese, and determined by Marion County Department of Health metrics.


Strawberry Festival Volunteers Needed


The Cathedral Women’s 55th Annual Strawberry Festival returns next month, and we need your help to make it happen! For one day each year, crowds flood Monument Circle in search of “The Works,” including homemade shortcake, vanilla ice cream, strawberries galore, and whipped cream. Will you help us serve?

Minimum shift times are 3 hours and those who serve 5 hours or more will receive a sack lunch. A variety of jobs are available during the day, and you will receive a message one week prior to the festival that contains details regarding check-in, parking, and more. Please consider offering your time and talent to this beloved community event!


CCC Concerts | Music in Bloom: Forward


The bloom is on! Come and experience a world of music born right here in Indiana and the Midwest. Whether you’re a classical music buff or new to musical performance, the innovative and engaging concert experiences of Music in Bloom, a 4-day music festival, deliver interactive opportunities for all ages.

Music in Bloom 2021 welcomes vocalist Amy Petrongelli, saxophonist Nick Zoulek, cellist Horacio Contreras, pianist Clare Longendyke, and percussionist Matthew Coley in performances that celebrate the diversity of people, cultures, and musical aesthetics within the city of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and the entire Midwest Region.

All are welcome to this FREE concert!


Family Fun: Pet Food Pantry and Ice Cream Party


Join us in volunteering at the Pet Food Pantry at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fishers. This unique establishment provides necessary supplies to anyone struggling to provide for their family pets. Our crew will volunteer to staff the Stable Pet Food Pantry before we pray the labyrinth and enjoy the beautiful gardens and playground. We’ll also enjoy an ice cream party to celebrate the start of school!

All ages are welcome! Parents should plan to supervise their children during the event. Masks and social distancing are required regardless of vaccination status.


Save the Date: Apple Picking at Anderson Orchard


The tradition returns! We’ll meet at the playground at Anderson Orchard in Mooresville and make our way back to the lake for a picnic. Pick a bag of apples for your family and/or to benefit CCC’s Sunday morning breakfast ministry for our neighbors experiencing homelessness and hunger. Get directions to Anderson Orchard.


CCC Seeking Canon for Spiritual Formation

Do you have a passion for spiritual formation? We’re looking for you!  The Canon for Spiritual Formation will work to renew and revitalize all aspects of the Cathedral’s formation and educational ministries, including our offerings for children, youth, and adults. In a post-COVID world, our new Canon is in a unique position to help us entirely reimagine formation in ways that are intergenerational, intercultural, bilingual, dynamic, experiential, and not necessarily experienced in a traditional classroom setting. This is a non-ordained position.


How Are You Called to Ministry?

At CCC we heartily believe that everyone is called to ministry in some way, whether your ministry includes preaching and celebrating the eucharist for hundreds of people, caregiving for an individual, or even just lending a sympathetic ear to a friend.

If you enjoy careful consideration of scriptures and other theological writings, Education for Ministry (EfM) may be your next step in your ministry journey. Developed and overseen by The School of Theology–University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, EfM is an in-depth study of scripture, church history, selected readings and shared theological reflection within a small community of people seeking to deepen their prayer lives and an awareness of God in their ordinary daily lives.

The CCC EfM group meets weekly September through May. EfM is a four-year certificate program, but because we know life sometimes interrupts our best plans, participants are asked to reaffirm their commitment each summer. Visit the EfM webpage to learn more or email Jude Magers or Theresa Stinson.


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