February 13, 2015

Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico

My sisters and brothers in Christ:

¡Benediciones in Cristo! I write on our last night with our friends and colleagues in the Anglican Diocese of Cuernavaca, which has hosted us ten laypeople and clergy from the Diocese of Los Angeles for a Spanish language immersion and religious study pilgrimage. The three photos convey a small taste of what we’ve been up to these two weeks: Worshiping with thousands of Roman Catholics last Saturday at the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City, exploring one of three ball courts among the breathtaking, 1,300-year-old mountaintop ruins of the Mesoamerican city of Xochicalco, and (yes, it was a language study trip!) learning subjunctive forms of the Spanish verb. The center photo shows our pilgrimage leader, Bishop Mary Douglas Glasspool, the Revs. Barrett Van Buren and Michael K. Fincher (center rear), and me in our final grammar class this morning with one of our teachers, Jose Guillermo Estrada Correa.

I’ll have many more photos from our trip, including a presentation about how Mexicans observe Lent (or Cuaresma), next Sunday, Feb. 22 (the first Sunday in Lent) during the 9 a.m. Christian formation hour in the Bishop’s Room. Please join us!

In the meantime, a few notes about the ongoing life de la Iglesia y Escuela de San Juan Crisostomos en Rancho Santa Margarita.

We worship as usual this Sunday, Feb. 15 at 8 and 10 a.m., when we’ll hear about the Transfiguration of our LORD Jesus Christ (a moment of profound revelation which is intrinsically if distantly related to the feeling one gets upon realizing that he or she grasps the subjunctive). Please note that there is no service tomorrow — Saturday, Feb. 14.

This Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. is our annual Shrove Tuesday pancake supper, followed by a brief worship service and the world-famous burying of theAlleluia by the children of St. John’s. No sign-ups are needed. Just come and bring your family, friends, and neighbors. We’ll take a free will offering to help cover costs. Our thanks to the St. John’s men for supper. They can use a flapjack-flipping hand if you have some time Tuesday night. To join up, please write Gene Giordano at gvgiordano@gmail.com.

On Ash Wednesday — this Wednesday, Feb. 18 — imposition of ashes will be offered at services at 7 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m.

Please bring your food gifts to church this weekend to help supply the urgent needs of our neighbors in need who will visit the RSM food pantry this Thursday, Feb. 19. We especially need canned, protein-based items such as soup, chili, and beans; pasta and pasta sauce; peanut butter and jelly; and gift cards from grocery stores and Target. Our food pantry coordinator, Roger Bradshaw, also needs person-power at the food bank between noon and 5 p.m., whether you can serve all day or just for an hour or two. Write him at parisbradshaws@me.com for more details and to sign up.

Finally, if you haven’t inked the deal for “Let’s Go to the Movies,” our fellowship dinner next Saturday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Cardinal Gym, better do so this weekend before the director shouts “Cut!” It’s an adults-only event (although rated G) where the executive producers of the fellowship dinner ministry provide the starring course. Please bring something in a supporting role such as an appetizer, a salad, or a dessert — and, of course, a bottle of wine if you wish. You can sign up in the narthex this weekend or by writing to DJ Gomer at djgomer@cox.net.

Yours in Christ’s love,

Padre Juan

P.S.: Please note that the church office will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16 in recognition of Presidents Day.

P.P.S.: St. John’s School is looking for a few good St. John’s Church engineers to work with our students on STEAM Day — Thursday, March 5 beginning at 8 a.m. STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) has helped make St. John’s one of the most innovative independent schools in southern California. If you can help, please contact Cindy in the church office or just reply to this e-mail.