For Sunday, June 16th

This Week’s Message


We now find ourselves in the Church Year in what is known as the “Season after Pentecost” or sometimes known as “Ordinary Time.” The Great Fifty Days of Easter are over as of Pentecost, the Feast of the Holy Trinity is on the following Sunday, and then we quietly slip into a more normal routine as the days of summer come upon us. The next 6 months or so will seem more low key, even as we journey toward the fall and eventually begin the Church year again with Advent. (Notwithstanding a few special high points like All Saints, Thanksgiving, etc.)

In following the rubrics of our Prayer Book, which is our primary source and guide, several minor adjustments signal this new time of “ordinary” liturgical practice. The Easter Greeting at the beginning will be replaced by the general one for the year, the General Confession will re-appear, and the two “Alleluias” at the dismissal will go away. The tradition that goes back a long way is that the added alleluias are added at the end for the Season of Easter, in particular to highlight the joy and celebration of the Fifty Days. Then in the Spring (like the bloom of the desert flowers) they return once again when we shout anew that “Christ is Risen!” I know it has been a habit in many places to keep on saying these double alleluias throughout the year which tends to diminish their power when the real season of Easter comes around. (Be assured there are many places in the Liturgy where we get to say or sing “alleluia” all year– except, of course, in Lent.)

But Ordinary time is not necessarily dull or without purpose! The green color scheme for this long season (“after Pentecost”) is suggestive of growth—how living things grow and mature in nature (grass, trees, plants) – and is thus very important, even if not dramatic or exciting. And so it should be with us as well as St. Paul’s, that we enter a time of growth or “transition.” This is a time, in a slow and easy way, to discover who we are and to expand the possibilities of our gifts and ministries as we slowly prepare for the next stage of the journey with a new rector. This kind of growth is by nature slow and methodical—it isn’t necessarily dramatic. But it is important. It is a time, without a permanent or full-time pastor, to stretch our spiritual muscles and become more confident in our leadership and sense of ownership for our parish and its mission.

So maybe this isn’t “ordinary time” after all for St Paul’s and all of us here—maybe this is “extra-ordinary time” where wonderful things can happen and reveal themselves that might never have shown up otherwise. The Spirit, as celebrated on Pentecost is already with us and we have not been left as orphans! The Risen One is in our midst and is beckoning us to go forward with confidence and joy, knowing that, yes, Easter and “Alleluias” will indeed come again!.

The Rev. Canon David Caffrey

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, Bishop-Elect

The Rev. Canon Susan Brown Snook, Bishop-Elect

Consecration and Ordination

The Diocese of San Diego will welcome our Fifth Bishop on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego. The Diocese is providing free bus transportation to the Cathedral.

If you would like to reserve a space on the bus traveling to the service, please do so online at You are strongly encouraged to take the bus or carpool because parking at St. Paul’s Cathedral is limited. The maximum capacity on the bus is 55 people, so please RSVP today:

Sending Correspondence to Susan Green

Those wishing to send cards and best wishes to Susan Green should use this address:

2004 E. Calle Lileta
Palm Springs, CA 92262-7136

Women’s Sacred Circle

Women of St. Paul’s are welcome to join the Sacred Circle, which shares and studies women’s unique place in Christ’s Kingdom through scripture, prayer, contemporary and historical literature. Meetings are on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM – locations vary.

Please call Audrey Spencer 760.835.5506 or Sharon Strong 760.285.8910 for more information and the location of the next meeting.

Parish Life Book Club

Parish Life Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM in the Library. New members are always welcome!

For July 2, 2019, Book Club has selected The Second Mountain by David Brooks. Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The Second Mountain explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world. Book Club is a group of people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they read. The Book Club will not meet in August.

For more information please contact Alan Zimmerman at

Adult Literacy Program

The Adult Literacy Program is looking for new tutors for English speaking adults who want to improve their skills in reading, writing and comprehension. We have learners waiting for a tutor. If you would like to volunteer for this program, please call Gary Scott at 760-218-3180

Youth Ministry

On Sunday June 23, at 4:00 PM in the Parish Hall, Charlette Presler, Diocesan Missioner for Youth Ministry will lead a workshop to assist us in re-imaging our Children/Youth Ministry.

We are inviting families with children and those without children who may have a talent they feel they can bring to this endeavor or just a willingness and/or interest in participating in this Ministry. Feel free to invite friends who may not be members of our parish, but you think may be interested in our plans and goals for this Ministry. Children are welcome. There will be pizza following the workshop.

Please call the office to register, 760.320.7488 or email or

Annual Camping Trip

The Annual St. Paul’s Camping Trip will be August 9 to 11 at Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park. Join us for campfires, short hikes, and a great Saturday dinner. The stars will be great, and the temperatures will be cooler.

Contract Bonnie Stroock to RSVP at 760.324.7949

Pentecost Service 2019

Pentecost Sunday, 2019, with Interim Rector, The Rev. Canon David Caffrey and Assisting Clergy, The Rev. Canon Victoria Hatch.

Funeral Announcements

Anthony (Tony) Amato

There will be a Celebration of Life Service for Anthony (Tony) Amato on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 AM

Long time parishioner, Betty Berryman, died Tuesday, May 28, at Hallmark Assisted Living, Palm Springs.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.  May she rest in peace.

Adult Faith Formation

Sundays at 9:15 AM in the Library: The Episcopal Café
These sessions are designed to facilitate discussion of Sunday scripture readings.

6/16: The Trinity: A Reflection
Led by Jerry Di Noto

6/23: Transition Part 1
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

6/30: Transition Part 2 
Led by Rev. Canon David Caffrey

Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM, in the Library

6/18: Summer Recess begins and sessions resume Tuesday, Sept. 3rd

Coffee Hour after Services

We hope you will join us for coffee and conversation in the Parish Hall following our Sunday morning services.

This week, Jo Anne Adair is sponsoring the Coffee Hour after the 10:30 service.

Please consider volunteering to be a Coffee Hour Host sometime. It can be a great way to honor and celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special occasion. There are still many Sundays available. The Sunday Hospitality Sign-Up Book is on the table at the Parish Hall entrance.

Report clergy misconduct

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a safe haven for everyone, our diocese trains people in the prevention of misconduct and encourages all to report misconduct. All reported incidences are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly and confidentially. If you believe you have experienced misconduct of any kind, please contact John Seitman, 858-793-4555 or Equilla Luke, 760-583-0485.

Compassionate Care Task Force

Our diocesan task force on compassionate care for victims of clergy sexual misconduct seeks to connect with those who have experienced misconduct. If you have reported clergy sexual misconduct and have information about the reporting or post-reporting experience that could be helpful to their work, please refer to the task force members, all of whom are listed on the diocesan website: Task-Force. Information on how to report misconduct is available here.

Church Office Hours

Office Hours are 9 am – 4:30 pm Tuesday through Thursday and 9 am – 11:30 am Friday. The office is closed on Mondays.

Should you call on Monday or Friday afternoon when we are closed to the public, please leave a message. In case of an emergency, a priest will return your call.

Sunday Worship Childcare

Childcare is available during the 10:30 a.m. service.

Bullying Behavior Not Welcome Here

At St. Paul in the Desert we welcome all worshipers to a place that is free of violence and bullying.

Physical, verbal or emotional violence against others or against oneself is not acceptable because of our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus.  Please let Jesus’ command to love your neighbor as yourself be your guide.

“It Gets Better” is a series of video messages to encourage Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender youth and let them know that they are loved as they are.

“A Blessing for Those Who Are Bullied” was written by the Rt. Rev. Steven Charleston, a Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

It is not enough to say “NO” to bullies. It is important to stand up for people and to provide resources for those who have been the targets.

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