Church of the Holy Family
THIS WEEK @ CHURCH OF THE HOLY FAMILY
Pastoral Care, Liturgy, Youth & Children, Visibility
A New Rector for Church of the Holy Family !
The Vestry and Search Committee are excited to announce that through careful prayer and
discernment, Rev. Rachael Gregory has been called as the next Rector for Church of the Holy Family..
Rev. Gregory holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and completed her Masters' of Divinity
in Theology/Divinity from the University of the South School of Theology. She most recently has
served as Curate at Christ Episcopal Church in Waukegan. Prior to that she was a hospital Chaplain at
Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines.
Continuing a Holy Family tradition Rev. Gregory began her service as our rector on All Saints Day.
Holy Family is now using Pura Vida Create Good and Bishop's Blend coffees for our
fundraising program for our Outreach Ministries. 15% off all Bishop's Blend coffee and tea
ordered through this link to Bishop's Blend will come back to our Outreach Ministries for SE
Mexico and Sudan. Thanks again for using supporting Holy Family's Outreach Ministries and
the Episcopal Relief & Development by using Bishop's Blend !
|Please join us as we celebrate Advent Lessons and Carols December 8, 4:00 PM
Reception to follow. Please invite your family and friends.
A Brief History of THE FESTIVAL OF LESSONS and CAROLS
The carols sung at the Advent service of Lessons and Carols, and throughout the subsequent liturgical seasons of Christmas
and Epiphany, have deep roots in the tradition of Christian worship. Because the origin of carol-singing is pagan (the
derivation of the word may be koros: the circle of dancers and singers that complemented the dialogue of Attic drama), it was
only by the grudging consent of the medieval Catholic Church that Christian carols took root in Europe. However, by the
beginning of the fifteenth century, carol-singing had become an integral element of season-al worship. Though carols, indeed
the celebration of Christmas itself, were banned in England by the Puritan regime of Oliver Cromwell during the seventeenth
century, they were preserved and augmented in the New World, and eventually restored as a beloved tradition in Britain.
While the terms “carol” and “hymn” may occasionally overlap, the two genres are, in fact, different. Hymn texts tend to
didacticism; while the purpose of the carol - one that stems from its medieval analogue, the mystery play - is narrative. For
unlettered folk of the Middle Ages, the carol, like a stained glass panel or a fresco tableau, depicted the momentous event of
Christ’s Incarnation. And, in honor of the saint who may well be called the father of the Christian ode to joy, Francis of Assisi,
the nature of most carols is both “hilarious” (joyous) and reverential.
The tradition of the “Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” was established in England - as the adaptation of an earlier
service - on Christmas Eve, 1918, in the chapel of Kings College, Cambridge University, for the university community and for
the City of Cambridge. The Kings College service was first broadcast by radio in 1928; and, excepting the year 1930, these
broadcasts have continued (for seventy years internationally) to this day. This wonderful tradition, moreover, has been
duplicated in cathedrals and churches throughout America. It is in keeping with this spirit that the Anglican Singers, artists-in-
residence at St. James Episcopal Church in New London, some years ago established the custom of performing Our Music of
Lessons and Carols at St. James on the first Sunday in December, in thanksgiving for the impending Incarnation, and as an
offering of appreciation for both its “home” church, St. James, and the City of New London.
This year’s Festival of Lessons and Carols will take place at Holy Family on Sunday, December 8th, at 4:00 in the
afternoon. Selections sung by the Choir will be interspersed with congregational hymns and scriptural readings by community
members. While there is no charge, free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted. Please join us for this joyous, seasonal event
Milton Smith reports that PADS is in need of comforters and blankets. Please bring your donation to the church
and place in the narthex. Holy Family will continue to host PADS on Christmas Eve and New
Year’s Eve, which fall on Tuesday this year. Milton Smith is seeking additional volunteers to assist and
serve our guests. . Even if you are not a “regular” PADS volunteer, your presence will be greatly appreciated.
Some of our PADS guests do not have enough warm clothing for the colder days approaching. We invite you to
knit, purchase, or offer contributions for, new hats, gloves/mittens, and scarves for our guests. Please leave the
items in the container in the narthex, and they will be distributed Tuesday evenings when Holy Family hosts PADS
guests. Thank you for your generosity.
Mother Gina’s sermons can now be listened to at any time. Simply go to the Holy Family Facebook and click
on the link, which can be found on the homepage in the lower left hand side. Her sermons can be downloaded from
SoundCloud.com at no charge. The audio recording is very clean and easy to listen to.
From Mrs. Beverley Sailer
Annual Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale
Beginning November 24, the sign-up sheets for the 5th Annual Holiday Cookie and Candy Sale will be
on the Narthex table. Please sign up to help at the sale and / or to bring baked goods for the sale. Those
planning to bake for the sale will find the letters of information on the Narthex table. The sale will be
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. We need volunteers to man the table to pass out
gloves and boxes, the weight table and the pay table. One person per table is needed to work throughout
the sale. If you can work at least one hour per table it will be appreciated. Bakers need to deliver their
goodies to the Church on Friday evening.
St. Margaret’s Christmas luncheon will be held December 31 at 12:30PM at the home of Beverly
Sailer, hostess. This is not a pot-luck so participants will only need to bring their Christmas spirit and joy!
This month the item for the Rich Township Food Pantry is protein products such as canned tuna,
salmon, chicken, etc. The Pantry and their clients are grateful for our generosity.
Cathedral Shelter Christmas Gifts
This year we do not have a family from Cathedral Shelter of Chicago to support with gifts and gift cards.
Cathedral Shel-ter is one of the agencies of Episcopal Charities and Community Services. We will,
however, accept donations to purchase grocery gift cards for them to hand out to families that need
them. Holy Family has been very generous in the past and, we are confident, will this year, too. You can
do this by adding an amount to your regular offering and noting it on the "Special" line on the envelope,
or you can put your cash or check donation in the marked envelope on the black table in the narthex.
Thank you very much.
Pledge Sunday - Stewardship Ingathering
November 16-17th was Stewardship Weekend. Parishioners were asked to bring their completed pledge
card and place it in the offering plate. If by chance you misplaced your card, extra cards are available on
the narthex table. Please be generous. Thank you again for your faithful commitment and support of the
ministry at Church of the Holy Family. May God continue to bless us, as we serve the world in His
Advent Offerings at Church of the Holy Family
Holy Waiting - Contemplative Prayers for Advent Each Tuesday evening in Advent, Mother Rachael
will offer a contemplative Evening Prayer service with an Advent Reflection at 7 PM. This 45 minute
service is suited for members of all ages; quiet activities will be provided to help direct the prayers of our
The Sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation will be offered on Saturdays, December 14 and 21st
from 4-5 PM. If you wish the receive the sacrament and are unable to make this day and time, please
speak with Mother Rachael to arrange for an appointment.
Resources for your personal daily reflection. These will be placed in the Narthex on Sunday December
Living Love: Journeying Toward Christmas with All your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind A reflective
daily Reading Guide with suggested prayers and spaces provided to journal.
Welcome a Mighty Savior: Family Prayers for Each Day of Advent. A reflective advent activity for
families with children.
Advent in Action: Daily Devotions and things to do for Teens and Young Adults. For our young
persons who are beginning to incorporate faith into their daily lives.
|How to contact Mother Rachael:
email: email@example.com 847-951-2796
Mother Rachael's General Office Hours*
Tuesday 9:30 am -12:30 pm and 4 pm -7 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Other hours by appointment
*These hours may be amended due to diocesan responsibilities
and/or pastoral emergencies
| Refreshments with the Rector
In order for Mother Rachael to continue to get to know the members of the parish better, several small group gather-ings have
been arranged over the course of the next few weeks for refreshments and fellowship. Some will be held at the church, others
will be held in parishioners homes. Please check your calendar, and plan to participate in one of these casual get-togethers.
Sign up via the sheets in the narthex or by emailing the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name,
phone number, and number of persons attending:
Upcoming dates include:
Friday, December 13th 7PM At Church Bridget & Emmanuel Imoukhuede, Hosts
Saturday, December 14 7PM At Church Nancy Shaulis & Joan Gibson, Hosts
Saturday, December 28 7PM At her Home Lisa Meridith, Hostess
Sunday, December 29 4PM At her home Beverlly Sailer, Hostess
Friday, January 3 7PM At Church Anne Leonas & Caroline Lippert, Hosts
Saturday, January 4 7PM At their home Richard & Elizabeth Cox, Hosts
Sunday, January 5 7PM At their home Bob & Linda Reiff, Hosts
In order to better coordinate the calendars of all the parish ministries, the church email is being changed to
email@example.com. This new email address is already operational; we will, however, keep the old email address
functioning for the next two months to make sure that the conversion is complete. Please change the address in your email
|Volunteers are needed to assist with folding of the parish Mass bulletins. Please call the office or email
firstname.lastname@example.org if you could fold and collate bulletins on Friday, December 20. Thank you.
Christmas Flower Donations and Remembrance envelopes are now in the narthex. We have a Christmas tradition of
donating toward the Christmas flowers while remembering our loved ones. Simply complete the envelope and indi-cate
the name of the person you would like to remember. All names will be published in the Christmas Mass bulletins. The
suggested donation for flowers is $20.00 for potted plants. The two altar sconces are $30.00 per container. Thank you as
we wait for the coming of the Savior.