11 Church News & Notices

Cathedral News

Gift Service: Members of the Mothers’ Union will be holding their Gift Service on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 4:30 P.M. 

Christmas Schedule of Services:

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24th
11:30 P.M. Holy Eucharist
Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25th
7:00 A.M. Holy Eucharist
9:00 A.M. Sung Eucharist
11.00 A.M. Choral Matins

Christmas Flowers: Donations of flowers are welcomed to decorate the church for Christmas. Please contact the Administrative Assistant to offer your donation.

Liturgical Year: On Advent Sunday, a new Church Year begins, Year C. For the information and convenience of everyone, the Sunday readings will be from Lectionary C, page 687; the Weekday Eucharistic Lectionary, Year 1, page 707; and the Daily Office Lectionary, Year 1, page 736 in the Book of Common Prayer.

Congratulations: Heartiest congratulations to Henderson and Heather Downes on their anniversary of marriage, and happy birthday to Henderson. Also, to Muriel I. Oxley in recognition of her birthday and Brenda Thompson for her fifty-first anniversary of confirmation. Donations of wine and wafers have been received in celebration of these events. May God bless you!

Thanks: The Fund-Raising Committee would like to thank all those who participated in making the Pre-Independence BBQ a success, and we look forward to receiving all outstanding ticket monies as soon as possible.

Flowers: Head of the Flower Guild, Mrs. Anita Yarde would like to thank the members for their generous donations towards flowers for their loved ones during the year and especially during the last three months, owing to which we were able to showcase some of our skills.

Advent: No Floral arrangements will be displayed during the Advent season; however, we are looking forward to your continued support and contributions towards beautifying the church for Christmas.

Confirmation Class: The confirmation class will be on recess for the month of December. Sessions will resume on Saturday, January 12, 2019.

Extravaganza: The St. Michael Centre for Faith and Action (SMCFA), in association with the St. Michael Parish Independence Committee hosted an Extravaganza in the Village Green, the Central Bank of Barbados, the city on Saturday, December 1, 2018, between 10.00 a.m. and 5.00 p.m


Tickets: Members are asked to note that tickets for the Nine Lessons and Carols, to be held on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. are now available at $30.00 each and can be purchased from the Administrative Office during office hours.

Flea Market: The Outreach Committee thanks all those persons who patronised the flea market thus making it a success on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

Newly Baptised: Congratulations to Quinzell T. N. Price and Andre J. R. Nicholls at the baptism of their daughter Amieah Quinn Nevaeha; and to Rashawn T. A. Miller and Charlene N. Medford at the baptism of their twin sons Kylian Che and Kiyan Rey Medford-Miller. May God bless all your families and give you strength to bring up your children, guided and protected by the light of Christ. 

Volunteers: The office of the Administration thanks you for your assistance once again in the cleanup of our church yard on Saturday, October 20th 2018.

A Cathedral Renaissance: Members are asked to complete the survey form which has been distributed; the questions are designed to help focus your thoughts on our ministries together.  Please return completed survey forms as soon as possible and place them in the box provided at the West Door.

Daily Offices of Morning and Evening Prayer as part of their growth in righteousness, and of having a right relationship with God and their neighbours. The Book of Common Prayer is a symbol of unity in the Church in the Province of the West Indies and we stand in solidarity with other believers from across the Anglican Communion. The Cycle of Readings for the Daily Office affords persons the opportunity to read significant portions of Scripture throughout the year.  Pray for grace at this time!

Thank You: Special thanks go out to Ms. Esme Knights who performed the duties of Administrative Assistant during the holiday of Ms Armel Marshall.

Festival Concert: Thank you goes out to the Organ/Choirmaster Mr. John Bryan, the Cathedral Choir, The Myriad Singers, Mrs. Gay Gajadhar, Wesley Morris, Geoffrey “Biggie Irie” Cordle and The Barbados Defence Force Band, for a fantastic performance and especially the patrons who supported this worthwhile concert yesterday.

Gifts, Memorials and Thanksgiving: You are invited to donate items for use in worship in memory of loved ones who have passed, and to celebrate birthdays, wedding and confirmation anniversaries and other achievements. Donation options may also include flowers to decorate the church on First Sundays or during the Church’s Festivals. To offer your donation, you may contact the Administrative Assistant.

Memorials and Thanksgiving: The following may be offered as a memorial or thanksgiving:
 Flowers $150.00 – $200 per week
 Wafers $ 55.00 per box
 Wine (case) $105.00 per case
If you wish to donate any of the above items in memory of your loved ones, flowers to decorate the church for First Sundays or for our Patronal Festival, which will be soon here, you can contact the Administrative Assistant, along with your donation.

Guild of St. Raphael: A branch of the Guild of St. Raphael was commissioned in the Cathedral on Sunday, December 03, 2017. The Convener is Mr. Darwin Clarke and the Secretary is Ms. Kurlyne Alleyne. Members observe a simple rule of prayer, study and work for this ministry, aiming always to promote Christ’s ministry of healing – healing of the whole person. The Guild will meet in corporate worship on the first Wednesday of each month at the Public Service of Healing.

Registration: Further to the appeal for a registration of all members of The Cathedral, please note that, so far, less than half of over a 1000 forms distributed have been received. The cooperation of everyone is required; please be reminded that the information is for Cathedral use only, and will be held in confidence.

 Photographs: Copies of the congregational photograph taken with Archbishop Holder and Mrs. Holder are available upon request at prices $10 for 4” X 6”, $15 for 5”X 7”, and $20 for 8” X 12”. Please see the notice board in the Northern Porch for the proofs.

Fire Wardens: Some measures have been taken to enhance the Safety and Security of the premises: the installation of Electronic Surveillance Cameras, Smoke Detectors, and Fire Extinguishers. The next phase is Emergency Management. Towards that end, the Church has invited members to serve as Fire Wardens in the event of an emergency. The following persons have indicated their willingness to service:
Mrs. Valdine E. Browne       Mrs. Judy King
Mrs. Juno Burrows               Mr. Trevor King
Mr. Goulbourne Drakes       Ms. Coral Riley
Mr. Paul Blackman               Mr. Stephen Smith
Mrs. Harriett  Blackman      Mrs. Margaret Watson
Mr. Keith Worrell


Bishop-Designate: Consecration and Enthronement Services
The Service of Consecration and Ordination of the Bishopdesignate, Senator, the Reverend Michael Maxwell, will take place on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, at 4.00 P.M. All are welcome.

The Enthronement Service for the Bishop will be held on Monday, January 28, 2019, in the Cathedral at 6.00 P.M.  Admission will be by ticket.

Bishop-Designate: The Cathedral joins with the Diocesan family in rejoicing at the news that after a process which started this year on April 25, a bishop for the Diocese has been identified. On November 16, 2018 Senator, the Rev’d Michael Bruce St. John Maxwell BSc., BA., MA., was unanimously selected by the House of Bishops of the Church of the Province of the West Indies to be the 14th Bishop of the Diocese. Fr Maxwell is married to Mrs. Dawn Holder-Maxwell and they are the parents of two teenaged sons, Michael and Christopher. The Bishop-Designate was ordained deacon on June 30, 1997 and priest on February 24, 1998. He served as Assistant Curate of St. John’s Parish Church, and Rector of St. Jude, before his current appointment as Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, St. Philip in 2008. Congratulations! God’s blessings and best wishes for a fulfilling Episcopate!