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Betty Coale Young Musician Scholarship

We welcome today Sarah Beth Dudley and Rhiannon Harris, recipients of the Betty Coale Young Musician Scholarship.

Sarah Beth Dudley is a rising senior at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School where she is the soprano section leader in the McGill-Toolen Chamber Choir under the direction of Ms. Beth Haley. Sarah Beth is also in the Concert and ENCORE choirs in Mobile Singing Children under the direction of Mrs. Susan Hoitt. She takes voice lessons with Mrs. Tammy Nicholas. Sarah Beth is involved in many activities including flag football, theater, and volunteering and loves reading mysteries in her free time.

Rhiannon Harris recently graduated from McGill-Toolen Catholic High School where she served as the soprano section leader in the McGill-Toolen Chamber Singers directed by Beth Haley. She also has been a member of Mobile’s Singing Children for the past 10 years. She will be attending the University of Southern Mississippi this fall to study music education. Rhiannon also cantors at both St. Ignatius and St. Matthew Catholic Parishes.

We are deeply thankful for Harwell Coale’s generous donation in memory of his late wife and for their long-standing support of the music ministry at Christ Church. Betty Coale was a cherished member of the Christ Church choir, and we are grateful that her memory lives on in the support of education and performance opportunities for Mobile-area music students. The Betty Coale Young Musician Scholarship grants financial awards to promising middle and high-school instrumentalists and singers. Recipients of this scholarship are featured during Christ Church Cathedral’s summer services.


Join the Cathedral Choir

All adults 18 and up are invited to join our Cathedral Choir. Cathedral Choir members sing regularly in Sunday morning services and will have the opportunity to participate in Amahl and the Night Visitors and Dubois’ The Last Seven Words of Christ, among other programming.  Rehearsals kick off with our choir workshop on Saturday, August 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., where we will preview the season’s repertoire and enjoy fellowship together. Regular Wednesday evening rehearsals begin on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:00 p.m. Rehearsals are typically 60-75 minutes. The choir also gathers at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday morning to warm-up and rehearse.  Email Elizabeth Gatter at to RSVP to our choir workshop or for any questions. Attendance at the choir workshop is not mandatory to participate in the choir.

10 Parables of Jesus in  10 Sundays

Come join our Cathedral Sunday School this Summer—June 2 through August 4!

This week in Vacation Bible School we will look at one of Jesus’s most famous parables, The Parable of the Prodigal Son.  Join us at the back of the church before worship as we process upstairs to our tent where we will read and share the story.  An sculpting project will help us better understand God’s ever present grace in our lives. The Nursery is open from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for our youngest members. Youth are invited to the FUN CLUB above the chapel right after worship for air hockey, snacks, and discussion with Miss Julia.

Quarterly Statements Sent

Second quarter statements were sent electronically this week.  If you did not receive one or if you have questions, please contact Brenda Stanton, Financial Secretary. 

Operation Backpack 2024

Deacon Pratt Paterson is working with local agencies to determine school supply needs.  Look for details on what to purchase.  If you don’t wish to shop, a cash donation is greatly appreciated, and we will do the shopping for you.  If you are making a monetary contribution, please make your check payable to Christ Church Cathedral with Operation Backpack on the memo line.  If you would like to volunteer to assist Pratt, please call the Cathedral office at (251) 438-1822, and he will be back in touch.

Save the Date for the Diocesan Choir Festival

Saturday, August 17 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The 2024 Diocesan Choral Festival serves as an opportunity for enthusiastic singers and directors across the region to gather together to sing, learn, and worship. Under the direction of guest clinical Kyle Ritter, Canon for Music at All Souls Cathedral in Asheville, NC, this Festival encompasses rehearsals of Anglican classics, fellowship, and workshops for choir directors. It concludes in a communal worship service. You can register on our website.

We are looking for volunteers who can help with registration and hospitality.  Please use the sign-up on the website or weekly emails to help. 

Cursillo 171: September 12-15

Cursillo is a three-day weekend that introduces people to simple methods for nurturing and growing their relationships with Christ. It provides an experience of living in a Christian community centered in worship, prayer, study of scripture, and interaction with other Christians.  The cost is free, It is fun and relaxing, and a rare opportunity to listen to what God has to say.  For information on attending, please call Saylor Wiley at (334) 797-2964.

Cathedral Office Summer Schedule

For June and July the Cathedral office will open Monday through Thursday

from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and closed on Fridays. 

Christ Church Cathedral is on:
Contact (including media inquiries)

Carolyn Jeffers // 251.438.1822 // email

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