Welcome to St. Bede’s Episcopal Church

We are a welcoming faith community as diverse as the many faces of Santa Fe. Honoring every person as a child of God, we seek to walk with Christ, to love and serve those in need, in our own community and beyond. We worship in the Episcopal tradition and are nourished by prayer, study, and fellowship.

Somos una comunidad de fieles en la que todo el que lo desea es bienvenido, una comunidad tan diversa como las muchas caras de Santa Fe. Al honrar a cada ser como hijo de Dios, aspiramos a seguir los pasos de Cristo, a amar y servir a los necesitados de nuestra propia comunidad y más halla. Adramos según la tradición Episcopal y nos nutrimos espiritualmente de oración, estudio y hermandad.

Consecration Sunday

Sunday, October 19, will be the culmination of the Stewardship season. There will be one service only, at 10:30 am, during which congregants will bring their pledge cards to the altar, and this will be followed by a catered celebratory luncheon.

From Our Rector

People who approach financial stewardship from a faith perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills. Rather, such people see financial contributions as a way to help themselves grow spiritually in their relationship with God, by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our stewardship education this year will emphasize the spiritual principles of generous giving. We will base this on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship, in response to God’s call to us. Our stewardship education culminates this year with special events scheduled for October 19, our Consecration Sunday.

During morning worship, which will be at 10:30 only, on Consecration Sunday, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s service, outreach, and educational ministries in this community and beyond.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We will do so in a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During Sunday worship we will hear some inspiring comments from a guest leader, climaxed by members placing their pledge cards on the altar, as a confidential act of worship.

I know you will find Consecration Sunday a great way to celebrate our relationship with our generous God.

Mother Catherine, Rector

Family in Need after Fire

Mr. Collins, Chaplain of the National Guard in Santa Fe, and his family have lost their home and all of their possessions in a house fire and need assistance. The family includes a teenager and two small children. We can help them with donations of essential items and with Target and other store gift cards. They need clothing, furniture, bedding, kitchenware and dishes until they can rebuild the house and get back on their feet. Please call Randa Phillips, 466-3839, for further detailed information on the family’s needs and to arrange delivery of items.

Adult Forum

Sunday, October 26, 9:15 am

As we approach the time of thanksgiving for all we have, we are reminded of those who have less. A top response in the recent parish survey indicates a concern for families who struggle to put food on the table. Learn what members of St. Bede’s and others are doing to alleviate hunger in Santa Fe. Susan Odiseos, president of Food for Santa Fe, will speak about widespread hunger among families and an increasing number of seniors on fixed incomes who face food insecurity.

Click here to visit Food for Santa Fe website.

Sunday, November 2, 9:15 am

Mother Catherine will lead the second in her seven-part series on “The Fundamentals of the Faith.” This Forum’s topic is the Book of Common Prayer.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Mark Your Calendars: Thanksgiving dinner at St Bede’s was such a success last year that we have decided to do it again. We will need volunteers to cook a turkey (last year we had three), mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, other veggies, biscuits, dessert, etc. As we did last year, there will be several boards in the Common Room for people to sign up. There will also be forms to sign indicating who will attend and how many guests they intend to bring.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic cooperation. Contact Bill Stewart, Jim Vandernaald, or Shirley McNally for more information.

Welcoming the St. John’s Bible to the Diocese of the Rio Grande

A special ecumenical service ‘Welcoming the Word’, celebrating the wonderful gift of the St. John’s Bible Heritage Edition, will be held on Sunday, November 9 at 3PM at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Albuquerque. This service will feature special readings and music from a variety of faiths, all appropriate to mark this beautiful gift.

The Cathedral is seeking individuals who wish to be a part of the massed choir to join them for a choral workshop on Saturday, November 8 from 9:30am-Noon in Kaseman Hall.  Coffee will precede the rehearsal and lunch will follow. For more information please email stjohnsbible@gmail.com.  There is a $10 participation fee payable to Friends of Cathedral Music.

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Book Group

It is not too late to join St. Bede’s Book Group. We will meet in the Library on Mondays at noon, starting October 13.

We have selected Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom by John O’Donohue. Anam Cara, Gaelic for “soul friend,” is an ancient journey down a nearly forgotten path of wisdom into what it means to be human. Drawing on this age-old perspective, O’Donohue helps us see ourselves as the Celts did: we’re more than just flesh, blood, and bone; we comprise individual worlds. The comprehension of the sublime architecture of the worlds we are born with will engender a new appreciation for the outside world and the way we contribute to its evolution. This book will challenge us to think differently about who and what God is.

Contact Judy Spain ASAP if you are interested in joining the book club.