Announcements for the week beginning April 30, 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.

Welcome Deacon Pat – The Rev’d Patricia Masterman, a vocational deacon, will be joining the Holy Faith clergy team May 1 in a non-stipendiary capacity. Deacon Pat has recently relocated to Santa Fe, having most recently served at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church in Albuquerque. The role of a deacon is to bring the needs of the world to the consciousness of the Church and to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the world. You will see this carried out in Deacon Pat’s commitment to outreach and, liturgically, when she proclaims the Gospel, leads the Prayers of the People and Call to Confession, prepares the altar for the Eucharist, assists in the distribution of the elements, and gives the dismissal to send us back into the world to continue God’s work and share Christ’s love.

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.



Caregiver Training – Training for Faith Family caregivers will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, in the Kinsolving Room. For more information, contact Steven Hecht at

Theology Discussion Group – Our next meeting will be on Thursday, May 4, from 2-3 p.m. in the Campbell Room. We plan on discussing the final two parts of Bonhoeffer’s Letters and Papers from Prison. We will also be making our final decision on our choice for the next book. The group meets every other week on Thursday at 2 p.m. For further information please contact Jim Gilson at (515) 267-0717 or Steven Hecht at 930-5617 or Please join us for a lively and thought-provoking conversation.

Book of Acts next for Bible study – The Men’s and Women’s Bible Study Groups are on break this week, and will next examine the Book of Acts, beginning May 10. The men’s group normally meets every Wednesday at 3 p.m. and the women’s group normally meets every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Youth Room upstairs in Conkey Hall.

Interfaith Community Shelter Appeal for the Women’s Summer Safe Haven – Copies of the Shelter’s appeal letter are available in the parish office.

United Thank Offering – The UTO spring program begins April 30 and continues through the Ingathering on May 14.  Since 1899, members of the church have shown their thanks for blessings by filling UTO boxes and envelopes twice a year. These contributions are given directly to programs that have received grants. It has supported children’s ministries, community programs, schools and many other ministries in the U.S. and worldwide, including our own Diocese of the Rio Grande. Beginning on April 30 envelopes and boxes can be found in the back of the church marked UTO. Please join us by giving generously to this important ministry. For more information, contact Chris Frenk at

Annual Bishop’s Visitation and Confirmations – On Sunday, June 18, The Right Reverend Michael Louis Vono, Bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, will make his annual Episcopal Visitation to Holy Faith and confirm those wishing to make a mature confession of their faith and join the Episcopal Church. Confirmation/Inquirer’s Sessions will be offered in preparation for all persons desiring to receive either the Sacrament of Confirmation, to be received into the Episcopal Church, or to reaffirm their Confirmation vows. These sessions are also for people interested in learning more about the history and theology of Episcopal Church and Holy Faith Parish, even if you are already members of the Episcopal Church. Inquirer’s Sessions begin with the Adult Forum on May 7 and continue weekly, ending on June 17. If you are interested in being confirmed, or if you were confirmed into the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, or Swedish Lutheran Church, and wish to be received into the Episcopal Church, please contact Donna Lukacs at, or 982-4447, ext. 100 to register.

College Books Scholarship – Members of Holy Faith who are enrolling in college are eligible to apply. The application deadline is May 15; applicants will be notified by June 1 of the committee’s decision. Applicants are eligible to reapply each year (for a total of 4 years of undergraduate study) using the Renewal Application. Applications are available in the parish office.

The Bishop Search Committee Needs You! – Part of calling the right bishop for the Diocese of the Rio Grande is to be able to tell candidates who we are and what we expect from a bishop. We are eager to hear from all interested parishioners. We will publish a survey in late May asking specific questions from the members of the diocese. But, before we finalize that survey we need your input on the questions for the survey. Our goal is to get input from everyone, either face to face or electronically. Please do your best to attend one of the Town Hall Focus Groups sessions listed below so you can give us the guidance we need. NE Deanery – May 6 at 10 a.m. – St Bedes, Santa Fe; NW Deanery – April 29 at 10 a.m.- St Mary’s, Albuquerque. Finding the right bishop is critical for the future of the Diocese of the Rio Grande and each of our parishes.

Holy Faith Singles – May will be a busy month for the Holy Faith Singles. On Monday, May 15, at 6 p.m. Elaine Pinkerton Coleman will launch her new book, All the Wrong Places, a suspense novel set in New Mexico, at Collected Works Bookstore. The Singles will meet there to listen to her read from her new book. Afterward we will walk up the street to Pasqual’s for a late supper. Please email Rebecca Tobey at if you will be joining the group so that she can make the dinner reservation. And then on Thursday, May 18, at 6 a.m. (that’s 6:00 in the morning!) we will meet at Feeding Santa Fe at 1222 Siler Road. Feeding Santa Fe is a drive-through pantry located in the front of the building opposite Kitchen Angels. The volunteer entrance is at the rear end of the left side of the building. We will help fill bags of food to hand out to the hungry. When we have finished, we will go to the Plaza Cafe Southside for breakfast.  Please contact Rebecca Tobey at if you plan to help.

Men’s Grief Group – Losing a loved one, or friend, usually brings a flood of emotions and memories. We invite all men who have experienced such a loss, recent, or not, to join one another as caring, supportive, companions in a six-week exploration of loss as a transformative experience. As a starting point, we will be using C.S. Lewis’ short book A Grief Observed, his personal reflections after the death of his wife, Joy. Starting May 17 and running through June 21, the group will meet every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Kinsolving Room in Conkey House. There is no charge. If you would like to register, or have any questions regarding this or any future Grief Ministry offerings at The Church of the Holy Faith please contact Randall Hayden at (216-0895) or Steven Hecht at (930-5617).

A Day in the Country – Mark your calendars for our fifth annual Day in the Country in the beautiful mountains and meadows of Camp Davis. Saturday, June 3, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fishing in a stocked pond, hiking to see the horses, parachute games and a real country cookout! All families with children are welcome. Please register with Ann MacVicar at 982-4447, ext. 119.

Retablo / Ex Voto Workshop – The March Ex-Voto Workshop was successful and the Grief Ministry will repeat the hands-on workshop on Sat., June 3, 9a.m. to 4 p.m., Guild Room, Palen Hall. You will produce a finished folk art picture that tells a personal story of loss, healing and gratitude. Retablos and ExVotos are personal expressions of devotion that are part of New Mexico heritage and are found in all ethnic cultures through history. Juanito Jimenez, a Santa Fe santero artist will lead the workshop. A $50 fee to Jimenez covers all materials. Limited to first 15 persons registering with Molly Lott at or 983-6424. You will receive information to help you prepare for the workshop.

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

More books needed – The literacy fair at St. Paul’s Peace in Las Vegas, N.M., went so well, according to The Rev. Madelynn Johnston, priest-in-charge, that the church wants to hold another one this summer. So the Rev. Johnston is asking for more books for children. This fair will focus a little more on younger children, she said, but is still reaching out to children of all ages, toddlers to teens.

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.