Announcements for the week beginning March 26, 2017

Nursery – A Nursery for children 4 years and younger is available in Conkey House on Sundays from 8:15 am through the 11:00 am service, and on Tuesdays from 5:45 pm during the Taizé Eucharist. For more information, please call Ann MacVicar at 982-4447, ext. 119.

Children’s Chapel – All children 3½ through 11 years old are invited to Children’s Chapel in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd each Sunday at 8:30 a.m. for Bible stories, prayers, singing, and art projects. Children will process into the Nave at the Peace to join their parents for the Eucharist. If you are a family with children you are encouraged to be seated in the first four rows reserved especially for you.

Hospital Notification – Holy Faith Parishioners admitted to the hospital are encouraged to contact one of the Holy Faith Clergy. Due to HIPAA restrictions, hospitals are not authorized to release patient information, and therefore our Clergy are often unaware when a parishioner has been admitted to the hospital. We take our pastoral responsibilities seriously and want to bring the ministry of prayer and healing to our parishioners.

Illuminated Manuscript Workshop – Artist, iconographer and teacher Susan Kelly vonMedicus returns to Holy Faith for a workshop on June 9, 5-8 p.m., June 10 and 11, 1-5 p.m. Students will learn the Italic alphabet and then make an illuminated page with large Alpha and Omega gilded initials and decorations and lettering of biblical verse. Decorations will be made using mineral pigments and 23K gold leaf in the manner of the scriptorium of the middle ages. The total cost for the workshop is $225 per student ($190 tuition plus $35 materials). Registration with $125 deposit is needed to hold your place. Questions? Email Please send registration including your name, email, phone number and deposit to: Susan Kelly vonMedicus, 408 Skippack Pike, Fort Washington, Pa. 19034 or paypal accepted at email: No artistic experience is necessary, all materials will be provided.



Adult ForumContinuing the series on the riches the Prayer Book, on Sunday, March 26, at 9:50 a.m. we will explore the provisions for Communion under Special Circumstances.

Wednesday’s Lenten ReadingPlease read pages 89-119 (Part III: The Father) for week four of our Wednesday Lenten book study of Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. The 6:30-8 p.m. study will be preceded by the Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m. and a soup supper at 5:45 p.m. A nursery will be available from 5:15-8:15 p.m.

Books for Lent Reading – Fr. Robin and Fr. Jim have suggested 5 books for Lent reading: Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Brant Pitre; The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard; Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin; Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense by N.T. Wright. During Lent these books will be available for study and reading IN the Library on a cart near the desk. After Easter they will be shelved for lending. Please, come and enjoy a sunny hour reading in our beautiful Library. Joke Cinader.

Holy Faith Library – Another new book! Loving the Questions: An Exploration of the Nicene Creed by Prof. Marianne Micks. This book explores an early statement on faith, the Nicene Creed, (325 AD) which we recite each Sunday. Major portions of the Creed are analyzed from a historical, philosophical and theological perspective. For those of us who need to balance Faith and reason it is a valuable study that deepens our understanding of what we profess. J. Cinader.

How to get a Prayer Shawl – Do you know someone who needs a prayer shawl? It’s easy to get one: 1) Open the top doors of the big cupboard in the Kinsolving room. 2) Pick the right shawl for the recipient. We have adult, child and pet sizes, and many different colors to choose from. 3) Write your name, the recipient’s name, the date and the prayer intent (so we can pray for the recipient) on the clipboard. Done! There is, of course, no charge for these shawls.

Theology Discussion Group – On March 30 we begin our study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison. Please read at least the first 100 pages. The preferred text is the Readers Edition, 2015, though if wishing to use an older edition, one should read the letters in chronological order. Due to Holy Week we will meet again on Thursday, April 6; the group always meets at 2 p.m. in the Campbell Room, normally every other week. For further information, please phone Jim Gilson at 466-3477 or Steven Hecht at 930-5617 ( Join us for a lively and highly thought-provoking conversation.

Children’s Lenten Adventures – Save the date for the upcoming Children’s Lenten Adventures on March 28. The children will learn about the Stations of the Cross, the last supper and foot washing. For more information and to register, contact Ann MacVicar at 982-4447, ext. 119.

Library Open House – “Writing Biography from a Personal Point of View” is the topic to be presented by Sallie Bingham, member of HF and author, at the next Library Open House. The date is Monday, April 3,  at 3 pm. Refreshments in the Kinsolving Room will follow Sallie’s talk.

Holy Faith Singles – On April 9, Palm Sunday, the Holy Faith Singles plan to eat at Upper Crust Pizza and then at 2:30 walk over to the Santa Fe Playhouse to see the 3 p.m. performance of 1984, from the George Orwell book by the same name. Please RSVP to Rebecca Tobey at or 986-1309 if you’re interested in coming so that we can get tickets.

Pilgrimage to Chimayó – Deepen your Holy Week experience by walking the pilgrim’s path to The Sanctuario de Chimayó on Wednesday, April 12. Meet at the Nambé Church parking lot on the High Road at 8:45 a.m. The walk leaves at 9 a.m. and will include pausing each mile to pray the Stations of the Cross. The pilgrimage concludes with an outdoor Eucharist beside the chapel. The walk is about ten miles, ending at approximately 3 p.m. Transportation back to Nambé is provided. Please RSVP to Donna in the parish office or sign up on the sheet at the front desk. Questions? Call Eleanor Ortiz at 670-1089.

Baptisms – If you are interested in Baptism for yourself or your child, please contact a member of the clergy at 982-4447. The next Rite of Holy Baptism will be during The Great Vigil of Easter on April 15.

The Benedictine Experience – The Friends of St. Benedict is proud to announce the 2017 Benedictine Experience at Bishop’s Ranch in Healdsburg, CA, June 19-25. The theme, Rediscovering Benedictine Wisdom in a Time of Turmoil, will be presented by Brother Bede J. Healey, OSB Cam., of Incarnation Monastery, Berkeley, CA. Attendees participate in an ordered day of prayer, study, work, and leisure. The framework of each day will be the Opus Dei – the daily corporate worship of God – including prayer offices that begin with Morning Prayer, followed by the Eucharist, Evensong, and Compline. Morning lectures will be given by Br. Bede, followed by discussion. Afternoons allow time for rest and study, and participants have opportunities to take part in work projects and small group discussions. Evenings allow time for silent meditation in the chapel, the service of Compline, and the beginning of the Great Silence. Special consideration will be given to the creative role sacred music plays in building a Benedictine spiritual consciousness.  For more information go to

Additional Parking on Sundays – First Citizens Bank, a 2-minute walk from Holy Faith, is graciously allowing parishioners to use its parking lot Sundays. The bank is at 700 Paseo de Peralta. Its lot is at Marcy and Cienega streets. Parishioners should enter the lot off Cienega Street, opening an unlocked gate. The bank asks that parishioners always close the gate after them. Parishioners also can use the Peyton Wright Gallery parking lot, which is accessed off Paseo de Peralta.