The Rector, Mother Tracy, writes in an email 12/07/2017 that in order to be “technically” an Episcopalian, sometime in the past an Episcopalian bishop laid hands in a church service on the person. All who meet various requirements can vote Dec. 10 for elections to the church board.
Aptos Catholic christians also tighten their rules: The last to receive will be first now. Different housekeeping rules will be enforced at Resurrection Catholic Community. The order of who gets served first is one change.
Remember the bible verse, “The last will be first — and the first will be last”? [Matthew 20:16] It’s an apt summary.
The Eucharistic Ministers at Resurrection Catholic Community who assist with the service — these people who used to be the last persons to receive — will now be first persons to receive. Each Eucharistic Minister will receive from the Catholic priest prior to serving others.
It was stated that this is an “old” Catholic rule — one of many “shoulds” that need to be done — that now goes into effect at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos, CA. Further, the tender care with which any remaining Body and Blood is handled after everyone has received, those rules are tightened.
So — are there any Aptos Catholic christians who want to receive directly from their priest? Ask to serve and be trained as an Eucharistic Minister. The last to receive will now be first to receive at Resurrection Catholic Community in Aptos.
At St. John’s episcopal church all attendees standing in a circle receive the Body from the priest and then they receive the Blood from an assisting Eucharistic Minister.
Of most importance is participation as the Body of Christ. All are welcome at St. John’s episcopal and Resurrection catholic community.
Below are photos taken 12/10 on Voting Day at St. John’s episcopal. Great coffee!
Mother Tracy spoke: “The Celtic people speak of “thin places,” places where the distance between heaven and earth seems to disappear and the two worlds are able to touch one another.
“The church teaches that the Eucharist and the other Sacraments are some of those thin places where, however briefly, we can touch heaven, but the church’s sacraments are by no means the only means by which we can touch heaven.
“I’m sure that each of you could name other “thin places” in your lives where you feel the presence of God is particularly near to you.
“And so as we commend Geoff to God, I pray that each of you would know the comfort of touching those thin places – places where you may be still and rest in God’s presence, where you may even feel Geoff’s presence with you.
“And in touching those places, may you know in the depth of your souls the truth of the Gospel: that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
The above is a portion of the sermon given recently by Mother Tracy at St John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Aptos celebrating the life of Geoff Nickel, son of Suzanne Krakover-Nickel. About 200 people from the Aptos and Santa Cruz CA community attended the memorial service for Geoff.