St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of January 7, 2018

Pictured above: A few of the many (23!) folks who came out to help with the "de-greening" of the church last Saturday
From the Rector

Dear Friends,

In case you haven't Canterbury we may be small, but we are mighty!  23 people showed up last Saturday morning to help with the "de-greening" of the church!  What a committed and energetic community.  HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to lend a hand! 

On Sunday we blessed three peregrinos (pilgrims) who are embarking on a "Camino at Canterbury" in 2018:  Marcus is preparing for Baptism; Alex is preparing for Confirmation; Elizabeth (who was sick on Sunday, so wasn't present for the liturgy) is preparing for Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows.  Dennis is serving as the companero (companion and guide) for all three of our peregrinos this year.  Please hold Marcus, Alex, Elizabeth, and Dennis in your prayers throughout the coming year. Then mark your calendars and plan to join them in celebrating on April 1st (Baptism at the Easter Vigil, 6AM) and October 14th (Bishop's Visit with Confirmations & Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows at 10AM)

May the journey that Marcus, Alex, Elizabeth, and Dennis are undertaking through their "Camino at Canterbury" inspire you in your own ongoing spiritual journey of growth and discovery through 2018!  

Enjoy and share...

Video of the Baptism of Jesus (Dramatized Gospel,  Sunday 10AM)

Morning Prayer, Monday-Thursday 7:30AM
In person at Canterbury and on facebook live at:

For a complete list of scheduled events at the church, including weekly 12 step meetings and outside groups, visit our Church Calendar Page

Wednesday, January 10th
11AM Prayer Group
Noon Holy Eucharist

Sunday, January 14th
11:30AM Finance Committee
3:30PM Growth Team

Tuesday, January 16th
1PM Organ Volunteer Workday

Wednesday, January 17th
10AM Free Community Breakfast at Canterbury
Volunteers needed to help with grocery shopping and clean up.  Contact Ramona (569-2639) or Sylvia+

Sunday, January 21st
9AM Baby Shower for Maxine Yazzie
11:30AM Vestry Meeting

Sunday, January 28th
9AM Liturgical Dance Rehearsal
11:30AM Potluck Lunch & Annual Meeting
ALL friends and members are encouraged to attend this important meeting where we elect vestry members & deanery delegates, present our annual budget, thank our ministry leaders, celebrate the year that's past, look forward to a new year of ministry together.  

Saturday, February 3rd
Organ Volunteer Workday (Place &Time TBA)

Sunday, February 4th
Sylvia away at Preaching Retreat
9AM Lenten Series Begins
11:30 Building & Grounds Meeting

Wednesday, February 14th: Ash Wednesday

Saturday, February 17th: Vestry Retreat
(Pictured above, from  Left to Right:
Marcus, Dennis, and Alex embark on their "Camino at Canterbury") 
CANTERBURY NEWS                  

    It Takes a Village...

    Baby Shower for Mama Maxine & Baby Moses

    Sunday, 1/21, 9AM   

     Maxine Yazzie (pictured below with her older sister, Johanna, at Canterbury's Christmas Eve feast) is expecting a baby! She's going to be one busy lady this spring--caring for a newborn and finishing high school! As they say "it takes a village..." let's show Maxine that Canterbury is ready to be her village!    Click blue link (above) for baby gift registry for Maxine & Baby Moses! You may buy a gift directly from the registry, or make a donation to St. Thomas of Canterbury (mark "Baby Moses" in memo) which we will apply to one of the items in the registry. Please join us for Maxine's Baby Shower, and bring refreshments to share! 

    Submissions Wanted for ​​​​​​​Canterbury's Creative Corner

    Seasonal Theme: New Beginnings

    Calling all artists, photographers, and writers!!! Please email your original photos, artwork, poetry etc. for Canterbury's Creative Corner to Sylvia+.  This season's theme: "New Beginnings".  

    This Week's Thanksgivings
    We all "make church together" each week at Canterbury, helping out in a thousand different ways, small and large! We give thanks for all your good work--especially the many good deeds that go unseen!   Whenever you catch someone doing a good deed for Canterbury, please mark it on the white board in the office, so we can say THANK YOU!

    This week we extend extra special thanks to:

    "Baptism of Jesus" Dance & Drama Team: Winona Poole (Director); Miller-Mutia Family, Preston Jones, Ruth Meredith, Warren Smith & AnneMarie Werner-Smith, Ramona Montoya

    De-Greening Team: Jonathon, Ramona, Bob H., Susan P., Fred & Steve Chreist, Barney, Dick, Pat & Bob E., Miller-Mutia Family, Emily, Nancy, Ken, Eileen, Anne, Ruth, Warren, AnneMarie

    Pastoral Care & Outreach: Nancy, Warren, Dennis

      PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOG YOUR HOURS OF SERVICE ON THE SHEET IN THE CHURCH OFFICE!  This helps us have a holistic picture of stewardship at Canterbury, and an accurate understanding of what it takes to run the church!  


        Pastoral Needs and Ministry Opportunities

    Help Wanted: Grocery Shopping and/or Dishwashing
    Canterbury Member Ramona Montoya is hosting a Free Community Breakfast at Canterbury on Wednesday, January 17th from 10-11AM.  We welcomed and fed ~20 guests (students and homeless neighbors) at our December Community Breakfast.  Ramona can take care of the cooking, but we need help with grocery shopping (see list, below) and clean up (afterwards.) Please contact Ramona (569-2639) or Sylvia+ if you can help.
    January Community Breakfast Shopping List
    5 lbs bacon
    2 lbs margarine
    2 loaves bread
    5 dozen eggs
    5 lb potatoes
    2 gallons OJ
    Pancake Mix
    (Note: Funds are available in the Good Works fund to reimburse shoppers for groceries. Please save your receipts.)

    10AM Coffee Hour Coordinator
    As of January 1st, Edwina Beard will be retiring from her role as "Coffee Hour Coordinator" for the 10AM service.  If you feel called to help coordinate this important ministry of hospitality, please contact Edwina or Sylvia+.

    Pictured above: Maxine Yazzie and her big sister, Johanna, enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner at Canterbury.  Maxine is expecting the birth of her baby mid-March. We'll have a baby shower for her at Canterbury on 1/21 at 9AM.

    Community Groups at Canterbury
    Canterbury offers a space of spiritual refuge and healing, not only for our members, but for many others in our community including those who come for:
    AA (Sundays & Thursdays, 7PM)
    DA (Mondays, 5:30PM)
    ACOA (Wednesdays, 7PM)
    SLAA (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7PM)
    NA (Saturday, 5PM)
    NA-Young People (Saturday, 8:30PM)

    Regular Weekly Schedule for Sylvia+

    Sundays 7AM-8PM
    Monday 7AM-1 PM
    Tuesday 7AM-8PM
    Wednesday 7AM-1PM
    Thursday 7AM-1PM

    Please Note: While I am engaged in church business during these hours, I may not always be in the office, as I am often meeting with parishioners or involved in other off-site meetings and events. The best way to contact me during my office hours is text or call the church office at 505-247-2515 or email    If you need to contact me  on URGENT business or in case of PASTORAL EMERGENCY outside of my office hours please text or call me at 510-932-1315.


    Pastoral Care at Canterbury

    Each week we bring communion from our Sunday Eucharist to the sick and homebound.  If you would like to join our team of Eucharistic Visitors, or if you desire a visit or other pastoral support, please contact Sylvia+ by email (   or phone/text at the church office(505-247-2515) during regular office hours (Mon-Thurs 7AM-1PM)  so we can help connect you with the support you need.  In case of urgent pastoral emergencies, please text or call Sylvia+ directly (510-932-1315).

    Canterbury Prayer Requests

    To submit a prayer request to the Canterbury Prayer Group, simply email  To join the group and receive weekly prayer requests by email, simply email and ask to be added to the group.   

    Rota (Schedule of Lay Leaders for Sunday Services)

    It takes many hearts & hands to make our liturgies happen each week!  EVERYONE--newcomers and experienced leaders, youth and adults--is welcome and encouraged to get involved.

    Simply sign up  on the schedule posted in the entryway.  Add your name wherever there's an opening.  If you need information or training for any ministry, just ask!


    Canterbury Communications

    Canterbury Communications is published each week. The document is sent to the parish family via e-mail.  A few printed copies are also available each Sunday. The deadline for submitting articles or information to be included in the publication is Sunday at Noon.  Email

    Vestry Business

    Links to recent vestry meeting minutes, financial reports, and committee reports to the vestry can be found on the website at the top our Vestry Page. Current info about  church finances can be found on our Stewardship & Finance page.


    St. Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church
    425 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM  87106
    Call/Text: 505.247.2515
    Office Hours
    7:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday through Thursday
    Closed Friday and Saturday


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    Our Mission

    We are a reconciling community of Christians who are nurtured at the Lord's Table, grounded in the truths of Scripture and the traditions of the Church, and sustained through prayer. We are called by God and empowered by the Holy Spirit to:

    Celebrate the joy of God's presence
    Feed the hungry, heal the wounded, and welcome the stranger
    Cherish diversity and strive for unity as one family in Christ
    Engage in active ministry to the UNM and CNM
    Honor God in all Creation