Announcements at Grace

Grace Episcopal Church

55 New Park Avenue

Hartford, CT  06106

Telephone 860-233-0825

Parish Office Hours: Monday & Saturday ~ Closed; Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday ~ 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Friday ~ please call

This Week at Grace


Sunday, March 18 The Fifth Sunday in Lent

8:00 a.m.: Low Mass

10:30 a.m.: Christian Education

10:30 a.m.: Solemn High Mass; followed by Laying-on of Hands for healing

12:45 p.m.: Vestry Meeting AT THE RECTORY

Tuesday, March 20 Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindisfarne, 687

5:30 p.m.: Low Mass in the Chapel

Wednesday, March 21 Thomas Ken, Bishop of Bath and Wells, 1711

7:15 a.m.: Low Mass in the Chapel, followed by breakfast at Effie's

1:30 p.m.: Set-up for "A Place of Grace" food pantry

7:00 p.m.: Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, March 22 James DeKoven, Priest, 1879

8:30 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m.: "A Place of Grace" food pantry groceries distribution

5:30 p.m.: Low Mass in the Chapel

Friday, March 23 Gregory the Illuminator,
Bishop and Missionary of Armenia, c.332

6:00 p.m.: Stations of the Cross and Benediction

The Eleventh Station:
Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The Twelfth Station:
Jesus Dies on the Cross

Palm Sunday,, Sunday March 25 Sunday of the Passion

Entry into Jerusalem; Limbourg Brothers

Distribution of palms and Reading of the Passion According to Mark at both services

8:00 a.m.: Low Mass

10:30 a.m.: Gather on the Grace Street porch; Blessing of the palms and procession (weather permitting)

Solemn High Mass; followed by Laying-on of Hands for healing


 Grace Episcopal Church

55 New Park Ave. Hartford CT  06106

860 233-0825

GRACE HAPPENS bulletin inserts for
Sunday, March 18, 2018

Read the March 5, 2008 Hartford Courant Feature by Susan Campbell about Grace Church


Holy Week & Easter at Grace


Palm Sunday, March 25 ~ Sunday of the Passion

Distribution of palms and Reading of the Passion According to Mark at both services

8:00 am: Low Mass

10:30 am: Gather on the Grace Street porch
Blessing of the palms and procession (weather permitting)

Solemn High Mass

10:30 am: Christian Education

Monday in Holy Week, March 26

5:30 pm: Online Evening Prayer

Tuesday in Holy Week, March 27

5:30 pm: Low Mass in the Chapel

Wednesday in Holy Week, March 28

7:15 am: Low Mass in the Chapel, followed by breakfast at Effie's

2:30 pm: "A Place of Grace" pantry set-up

7:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

Maundy Thursday, March 29

8:30-10:30 am: "A Place of Grace" food distribution

6:00 pm: Solemn High Mass

Stripping of the Altar and Night Watch in the Chapel of Repose follow

(Please sign up for your half-hour or more of devotion)

Good Friday, March 30

12:00 noon: Good Friday Liturgy and Veneration of the Cross

1:30-2:30 pm: Confession (Reconciliation of a Penitent) available

(Please make an appointment for confession with Rev. Rowena)

6:00 pm: Stations of the Cross

7:00 pm: Choir Rehearsal

Saturday in Holy Week, March 31

10:00 am: Proper Liturgy for Holy Saturday

Easter Eve

7:00 pm: The Great Easter Vigil and the First Mass of Easter

Gathering in Nason Hall following Mass ~ Potluck hors d'oeuvres and sweets

Easter Day, Sunday, April 1

The Feast of the Resurrection

8:00 am: Low Mass with hymns

10:30 am: Procession and Solemn High Mass

with music for organ, strings, and choir
featuring Mozart's Missa brevis in C major, K. 220 (The "Sparrow"), 'Regina Coeli, K. 321
and Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine






The First Station:
Jesus Is Condemned To Death

The Second Station:
Jesus Carries His Cross

The Third Station:
Jesus Falls the First Time

The Fourth Station:
Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

The Fifth Station:
Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross

The Sixth Station:
Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

The Seventh Station:
Jesus Falls A Second Time

The Eighth Station:
Jesus Speaks to the Holy Women

The Ninth Station:
Jesus Falls the Third Time

The Tenth Station:
Jesus is Stripped of His Garments


We are delighted to welcome The Rev. Rowena Kemp to be priest-in-charge of grace Episcopal Church

Please join us in welcoming her!

Thanks to the following members of the Grace Church Priest-in-Charge Interview Committee:

Tom Phillips, Ruth Mitman, Elizabeth Chicares, Elizabeth Rose, James Shafer, Charles Morse, Mark Lacedonia, Richard Burt, Elizabeth MacKiernan Miel, Barbara Rezner, Katharine Rovetti, Kathryn Jaeger

Children of Grace

Sunday Christian Education
will resume on September 10

Every Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Children are invited to create art projects linked to liturgy with Mr. John Pryor, in the parish hall, every Sunday at the start of the 10:30 a.m. High Mass, and reunite with their parents/guardians in the church service at the Peace. Please call 860-233-0825 for information, and to let us know that you are coming!

Come join in the fun!


Into the Silence

Contemplative Prayer Group

Our own Grace Church is hosting an ongoing Contemplative Prayer Group in collaboration with members of Christ Church Cathedral  every other Tuesday evening. Sessions will be an hour and a half in length, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please join us for meditation, centering prayer, personal experiences on the path into the silent land of contemplation, and lively discussions about the writings of ancient and modern contemplatives and mystics from the Desert Fathers to Saint Benedict, Meister Ekhart, Thomas Merton and others. It is recommended that participants purchase and read Into the Silent Land: A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation by Martin Laird, available from Amazon for around $12. For more information please contact Sarah Kieffer at

Parkville Classicals

Season  2017 - 2018

Our Twentieth Season in Parkville


POSTPONED TO JANUARY 6, 2018 December 9, 2017:  Novi Cantori


FRIDAY, February 16, 2018:  The Sebastians


April, 2018: Final date and artist to be announced soon!


June 30, 2018:  Musical Friends


All concerts free and begin at 7:30 p.m.


Grace Episcopal Church

55 New Park Ave, Hartford


 Limited seating

Reception follows to greet the musical guests

A Place of Grace” Food Pantry

"A Place of Grace" Food Pantry distribution is on Thursdays, at 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., except the First Thursday of each month

(set up on Wednesdays, at 1:30 p.m.)

Please consider joining our wonderful packing and/or distribution team as a new volunteer.

Ministry Opportunities

There are many opportunities for joyful service open in the parish:


Choir Spots Available

The Grace Church Choir is always willing to welcome new members. A reasonable singing voice and a desire to sing are the only requirements, but previous musical training and experience certainly helps. For those that are unable to commit to the full choral schedule of Sundays and Holy Days, it is possible to rehearse and sing select Sundays or a particular Feast. Anyone so inclined: please speak to me!

--Kyle Swann, Choirmaster and Organist

~We need your help to fill Grace Church with the beauty and fragrance of exquisite flowers! With your support, glorious flowers will “grace” our church all year long. Please consider contributing to the Flower Fund.

~Volunteers to help out in the parish office.

~Shoppers to help us keep our kitchen and cleaning closet well supplied.

~"Handy-folk" to do minor repairs at the church and rectory.

~The Altar Guild needs additional members to assist in preparing for both Sunday and daily masses, and in maintaining our vestments and linens.

~Greeters and Ushers are wanted to welcome visitors to the parish.

~Our food pantry welcomes volunteers both to pack groceries on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. (except the first Wednesday of each month) and to distribute them on Thursdays from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m. (except the first Thursday of each month)

~Coffee Hour Sign-up:  We have need for more people to volunteer to provide refreshments for the Coffee Hour after the 10:30 a.m. services in the coming weeks.  Please consider making this one of your ministries here at Grace.  There is a sign-up sheet in Nason Hall.  Thank you!

Please contact the rector if you feel called to serve in any of these areas;
the burden is light and the reward is great!


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