“After Labor Day,” we say during the summer, “not until after Labor Day.” Well, it’s after Labor Day now! The program year here at Christ Church Cathedral officially begins on Sunday, September 11, with what we call “Rally Day.” That is the day that we come back from our summer recreations and gather to begin the work of a new year of ministry together. Sunday School and youth groups begin again for our young people, and we organize ourselves for what the year holds in store.
This year holds a great deal. After worship on Rally Day, we will gather in the Chapter House for an informal parish meeting. You will hear an update on the progress of the steeple restoration project, and there will be information for parents about some innovations in our Christian formation programs, as well as a report and sign-up opportunities for the ministries of the Episcopal Church Women.
The centerpiece of this meeting will be a presentation about the primary work of the year ahead. This fall we will be engaged in a feasibility study to determine how best to move forward with the completion of the master plan for our facilities, which was approved in 2009. Jim Barganier, of Barganier Davis Sims Architects, the designer of the master plan, will be present to explain the remaining elements of campus renovation and improvement. Tom Hanrahan, president of Southeastern Advancement Services, will explain the process of the feasibility study to take place this fall. You will all be receiving further information about this process via mail and email, and more information will be published in upcoming Messengers.
With the setting of our massive steeple and the completion of the Mardi Gras Park in front of Christ Church, we are beginning a new era of visibility and connection to downtown Mobile. I believe our call at the present moment is to consider prayerfully how best to open ourselves to the community and the opportunities around us, so that we can share God’s love through the beauty of art and worship and the gift of this historic property. Please pray for our faithful fulfillment of this obligation.