St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of March 11, 2018

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

Did you know we have a "catechumenal" process at Canterbury for people who desire an intentional, communal season of formation in preparation for baptism, confirmation, membership, or some other significant spiritual milestone? We call our catechumenal process the Camino at Canterbury.  So far we have 4 "peregrinos" (pilgrims) participating in this year's Camino--Marcus, Jeremiah, Elizabeth, and Alex.  We also have  2 "companeros" (companions) providing guidance and support for our pilgrims on their journey--Dennis and Robert!  ​​​​​​​

In the early church, adult converts to Christianity were baptized at the Easter Vigil. This year at Canterbury we will welcome one of our peregrinos, Marcus Keithley, into the household of faith and the Body of Christ through Holy Baptism at the Easter Vigil.  Even if 5:30AM liturgy is not usually your thing, I hope that you'll make an exception this year, and join us in celebrating Marcus's baptism at the Easter Vigil!  (Sunday, April 1st, 5:30AM) 

Please join me in praying regularly for all our peregrinos and companeros!

Marcus ("peregrino"; candidate for Holy Baptism at the Easter Vigil): I grew up in New Mexico and Colorado. I love animals, and I like science fiction and fantasy. I felt called to the Camino at Canterbury because I wanted to become more involved in the Christian community, and I really like the sense of community here at Canterbury.
Dennis ("companero"): During the week I go to morning prayer at Canterbury, and I also participate in our contemplative prayer group on Tuesday evenings, and Sunday evenings I regularly attend and participate in Todos. I was invited to be a companion/compañero in our Canterbury Camino, a shared spiritual walk of preparation or reconnection with baptism at Easter and confirmation this fall.  I am enjoying our group of pilgrims/peregrinos and the companionship of my fellow compañero Robert Lauer and of Sylvia.  I see this as a sharing and enriching of our daily spiritual lives as we accompany each other in preparing for new sacramental steps or reconnecting in fresh and creative ways with what already lives in us.  We are building community as we grow individually, with the hope to concretely enrich our larger Canterbury community and the other communities Canterbury is part of.
Robert ("companero"): In early 2011, I came to Albuquerque in order to work as a physics researcher at UNM. Here I met Kristina and we got married in 2013 in the chapel on campus. We both love exploring the incredible natural environment that this area has to offer. I grew up in Germany in a catholic environment and have discovered many aspects of my Christian faith as a young adult, in particular while I was involved in a spiritual movement that bridges different denominations. I started attending TODOS at Canterbury in early 2017. Given the exciting interest of our Peregrinos to explore their faith, I felt called to join this group and support it based on my own experiences of being on a continuous journey with God.
Enjoy and share...

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

Monday, March 12th
12-2PM Grief Yoga
Join Canterbury's Bereavement Team as we preview/experience John Denniston's "Grief Yoga" DVD together.  Come give it a try!

March 13-17
Sylvia+ represents Canterbury & the Diocese of the Rio Grande at the Episcopal Evangelism Conference in Ohio. In case of pastoral emergency, please contact Fr. John at 505-254-4969

Tuesday, March 13th
6:30PM Contemplative Prayer Group
In lieu of our regular meeting at church this week, several group members will be attending a meditation session followed by a Dharma talk on the eight-fold path scheduled at the Insight Meditation Center at 200 Rosemont Ave NE (just north of Mountain and Broadway) . More info and RSVP at  

Wednesday, March 14th
NO Prayer Group
NO Noon Eucharist

Saturday, March 17th
9AM-Noon All Parish Workday 
All hands on deck as we sweep, polish, prune and shine the church building and grounds in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. Contact Dick Steele

Sunday, March 18th
11:30AM Vestry Meeting (library)
11:30AM Music Practice for Maundy Thursday (nave)
Find resources on Holy Week Music Page to help you prepare
4PM Music that Makes Community Song Circle

Tuesday, March 20th
1PM Homeless Hospitality Team Meeting
All are welcome.  If you can't make the meeting, but have hopes or concerns to share regarding this ministry, please contact our weekday outreach team liason Shelley, or our vestry liason for outreach Anne,

Thursday, March 22nd
8AM Office Team Work Party
Come lend a hand with folding, stapling, and other office tasks in preparation for Holy Week and Easter. 

Friday, March 23rd

Saturday, March 24th
9AM St. Martin's Prep Party (Parish Hall)
Contact Anne Miller at 505-463-0462
9AM Organ Volunteer Workday (Nave)

Sunday, March 25th
7:30AM Canterbury serves brunch at St. Martins
8AM Holy Eucharist
9:15AM Drum Circle & Blessing of the Palms at the UNM Duck Pond
10AM Procession to Canterbury for Holy Eucharist
12PM Music Practice for Good Friday & Easter Vigil (Nave)
Find resources on Holy Week Music Page to help you prepare
1PM  Camino at Canterbury Group Meeting

Thursday, March 29th
6PM Maundy Thursday Service
7:30PM-7:30AM All Night Prayer Vigil
Sign up for a 1 hour shift.  Canterbury member Warren Smith will be on site all night for the Prayer Vigil.  

Friday, March 30th
12-3:30PM Good Friday Meditations (In collaboration with Luther House)
6PM Good Friday Service (Book of Common Prayer)

Saturday, March 31st
12-3PM Easter Decorating & Set up
All hands on deck to prepare the church for Easter!  Contact Pat Eads.
3PM Liturgical Dance Rehearsal

Sunday, April 1st
5:30 AM Easter Vigil Service (with Baptism)
7:30AM Easter Breakfast
10AM Easter Day Service
11:30AM Egg Hunt
12PM Easter Luncheon 

  • Sunday, April 8th Ed Haddaway Art Show opens at Canterbury
  • Saturday, May 5th Election of our next Bishop
  • Sunday, May 13th Canterbury's Mother's Day Tea (Fundraiser)
  • Sunday, May 20th Pentecost, Potluck & Annual Outreach Celebration
CANTERBURY NEWS                  

    The Wardens are Calling!
    If you get a call from a church warden, DON'T BE ALARMED. They are not calling because you're in trouble. (Church wardens should not be confused with prison wardens.  "Warden" is just the old-fashioned Anglican word for key vestry leaders.) They are not calling to ask you for money.  They are not calling to recruit you for a committee. They are not even calling to scold you for missing church.  They are just calling to connect!  Our wardens, along with our entire vestry, believe that a healthy church is a connected church, and so they are eager to get to know each one of our members better in the coming year.  So if you get a call from Warren Smith (Sr. Warden); Dick Steele (Jr. Warden) or any of our other vestry leaders, please welcome their call, and be ready to share with them your hopes, concerns, questions, and dreams for our church! 

    Welcoming the Stranger: Outreach Team Meeting
    Tuesday, March 20th at 1PM
    Striving to respond faithfully to the needs and concerns of our members and neighbors experiencing poverty and homelessness while also honoring the needs and concerns of our housed neighbors and members is an ongoing challenge.  In 2016, when we as a parish decided to fence off the area behind the church that was being used for homeless 'campers,' we further pledged to redouble our efforts to address the root causes of homelessness and poverty.  Now we are making strides to address this issue as well as extending hospitality to people experiencing homelessness and others in crisis.  On Tuesday, March 20, 1 pm, we will meet at the church to discuss and further structure our ministry of hospitality.  Join our rector, our wardens, Outreach Vestry members Anne McCormick and Diana Melendres, Amy Malick and Shelley Drake and other  members of Canterbury's outreach team to share your hopes and concerns regarding Canterbury's ongoing and emerging ministries with members & neighbors experiencing homelessness, including weekday hospitality (coffee, pastoral care, and occasional meals at Canterbury). If you can't make the meeting, but have hopes and/or concerns to contribute to the conversation, please email our weekday outreach team liason, Shelley at or our vestry liason for outreach,  Anne at

    Feed the Hungry: St. Martin's Prep Party
    Saturday, March 24th at 9AM
    On Sunday, March 25, we will be serving brunch down at St. Martins.  Instead of the usual hot, cooked meal, we will be preparing and handing out sack lunches. We invite you to donate cold cuts, sliced cheese, fruit cups, bags of chips, granola bars, and shelf-stable containers of juice or milk.  Please see the sign up sheet in Becket Hall. On Saturday, March 24 at 9AM we will meet in Becket Hall to make sandwiches to include in the lunch bags.  If you can come and help, please add you name to that sign up sheet. Contact Anne Miller at 505-463-0462 if you have questions or need additional information.

    Invite your friends & neighbors to
    Celebrate Holy Week & Easter at Canterbury!
    Whom will you invite to celebrate Holy Week and Easter with you at Canterbury this year?  Please take a stack of fliers from the church entryway to share with friends and post around town.  And share these events on facebook:
    This is the "high point" of the Christian year!  Let's reach out and welcome others to join us in celebration! 

    Wanted: Easter Eggs
    Pat Eads is collecting plastic easter eggs (empty OR filled) to use for this year's Easter Day Egg Hunt. Please leave your eggs in the blue bin near the "Children's Chapel Altar" in the atrium. Contact Pat Eads with questions, or to volunteer to help with this year's Egg Hunt. 

    Canterbury Shares Bedtime Stories & Prayers 
    on Facebook in Lent
    Join us on facebook for  "bedtime stories and prayers" from 6:45-7PM (MST) each night  throughout Lent.  Wanna share a story? You can sign up here to lead "bedtime stories & prayers" on Facebook Live. Contact Sylvia+ with questions.

    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!

    Sam Beard (Labyrinth Banner Repairs)
    Emily, Dennis & Nancy (Misc. Office & Housekeeping)
    Elizabeth Maynard (Office Organizing)
    Fred & JoAnn Chreist (Front Yard Flower Garden)

      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

    Looking for a house sitter?   Contact Canterbury member Ruth Meredith 358-5772;

    Housewares Needed. Last Tuesday, Canterbury Member Ramona Montoya moved into a small apartment not far from the church.  Ramona could use some items to help "set up house": towels, wash rags, frying pans/cooking pots, groceries, and curtains (60"x 60" and 32" x 32"). She may also still be in need of a full sized bed.  If you have an item to donate, please contact Ramona directly (569-2639) or text Canterbury member Nancy Rogers (266-8823). 


    Hildegard Center offers Healthy Living Workshops
    Liliana Maria Restrepo (MPH) is our newest community partner at Hildegard Center at Canterbury.  She will be offering a series of workshops aimed at helping empower people to live happier, healthier, more wholesome lives. Upcoming Workshops include:
    • Saturday, April 14th at 1PM (topic TBA)
    • Saturday, April 28th at 1PM (topic TBA)
    For more info or to register, visit Liliana's website  or text/call 505-545-1999; email LM@InfinitePossibilities.World

    Day of Centering Prayer
    Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
     9:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
    Santa Maria de la Vid Norbertine Abbey (5825 Coor Blvd SW)
    During your Lenten Journey and preparation for Passover consider a quiet day in the beauty of the NM Desert Landscape. Contemplative Outreach of NM will facilitate a Day of Centering Prayer at the Norbertine Abbey in South Albuquerque on March 24, 2018. The day includes periods of Centering Prayer, time for meditative walking, time for solitude and chant. Suggested Donation: $35 includes lunch. To reserve your space contact Denise Tierney at or 505-328-8300

    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-5PM
    Wednesday 7AM-1PM; 5-7PM
    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


    Other Links

    Diocese of the Rio Grande
    In the Loop: 

    The Episcopal Church

    The Anglican Communion

    The Lectionary page (To find the Sunday Scripture Readings)
    (We are using "Track 2" readings at Canterbury)

    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