St. Thomas of Canterbury
Episcopal Church

Canterbury Communications
Week of February 11, 2018

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

This week we begin our Lenten Journey with the imposition of ashes and the reminder of our mortality: "Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return."

Join us for ASH WEDNESDAY:
7:30AM Morning Prayer & Imposition of Ashes (Atrium)
9:30AM Canterbury Communion Service + Ashes at Atria Senior Living 
12PM Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (Nave)
2-4PM "Ashes to Go" by Duckpond Clock @ UNM
5PM Ash Wednesday for Children and Families (Atrium)
7PM Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes (Nave)
(Our 7PM service will include special prayers for those making their Camino at Canterbury this year.) 

Visit our Lent page for a variety of resources to inspire and support your Lenten Practice. 

May you feel yourself held and guided by the Spirit of Love as your journey with Jesus into the mystery of death and resurrection to new life this holy season.

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

Tuesday, February 13th
10AM Bereavement Team Meeting

Wednesday, February 14th
Registration Deadline for Spring/Summer Couples Class
7:30AM Morning Prayer & Imposition of Ashes
9:30AM Canterbury Communion Service + Ashes at Atria Senior Living 
12PM Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes
2-4PM "Ashes to Go" by Duckpond Clock @ UNM
5PM Ash Wednesday for Children and Families (Atrium)
7PM Holy Eucharist & Imposition of Ashes

Saturday, February 17th 
8AM-4PM Vestry Meeting & Retreat  (offsite at 620 La Jolla Pl. NE)

Sunday, February 18th

Friday, February 23rd
5PM St. Martin's Prep Party (light supper provided)
5:30PM Drum Circle

Sunday, February 25th 
7:30AM Canterbury serves breakfast at St. Martin's
11:30AM Easter Day Planning Meeting
4PM Music that Makes Community (Paperless Singing Practice Group)

Saturday, March 3
9AM Organ Volunteer Workday

Sunday, March 4
11:30AM Camino at Canterbury Group Meeting
3:30PM Couples Class

  • Saturday, March 17th Parish Workday 
  • March 25th-April 1st Holy Week
CANTERBURY NEWS                  

    St. Martins Prep Party

    Friday, February 23 at 5PM

    Join us in Becket Hall to share a light supper and prepare casseroles, cut up ham, crack eggs and fold tortillas for our St. Martins brunch on Sunday, February 25.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Please see the sign up sheet on the bulletin board in Becket Hall or call Eileen Lambert at 265-2269 for more information.

    Calling Coffee Hour Hosts

      Do you like to prepare light snacks for folks to enjoy while they visit?  Would you rather be the one who does the visiting instead?  In either case, we would love for you to join the team that hosts Coffee Hour after the 10:00 AM service!  If you are interested in finding out more, please call Eileen Lambert at 265-2269.

    Spring/Summer Couple's Class at Canterbury

    Deadline for Canterbury's Spring/Summer Couple's Class is February 14th (Valentine's Day!) Do you know a couple looking for a Valentine's Day gift that will last a lifetime? Canterbury's Couple's Class might be just what they're looking for!  Info and registration at

     Lenten Adult Ed Series 

    Sundays, 9AM (2/4-3/18) in the Library

     Anne McCormick & Fritz Frurip will lead this year's's Lenten Study on "The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach about Jesus's Final Days in Jerusalem" by Jesus Seminar scholars Marcus Borg & John Dominic Crossan. Even if you haven't done the reading, you are more than welcome to sit in on the discussion! All are welcome.

    Canterbury Shares Bedtime Stories & Prayers and Compline

    on Facebook in Lent

    We're inviting Canterbury members & friends to lead  "bedtime stories and prayer" from 6:45-7PM (MST) each night and Compline (night prayer) from 9-9:15PM (MST) on Friday and Saturday nights throughout Lent.  Sign up here to lead "bedtime stories & prayers" or Compline in Lent on Facebook Live, then set up an appointment with Sylvia+ to answer any questions you might have. 

    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:

    EVERYONE who pitched in to help prepare the church for Lent, especially Dick Steele who "wrangled" the troops!

      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

    Rest in Peace, Rise in Glory: Michael Rivers, a former parishioner at St. Thomas of Canterbury, has recently died. A  service for him will be held at St. Michael and All Angels on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2:00 p.m.with a reception to follow.


    Art Workshops (Mandalas) w/ Ruth Meredith
    In February Canterbury Member Ruth Meredith will be teaching 2 Saturday workshops at the Raven Art Center which is located at 301 Washington SE [burnt orange building on the SW corner of Washington and Mesa Grande]
    2/4  Cut Paper Mandalas
    2/24  Hand Drawn Mandalas
    Each workshop fee is $40 payable through Raven Art Center

    New Feldenkrais Class at Canterbury's Hildegard Center
    Mondays, 12:45-1:45PM
    7 Week Session: 2/19-3/26 
    At any age or any condition you can learn how to improve your daily activities,
    move with ease and grace, reduce aches and pains, improve co- ordination and balance. The Feldenkrais Method brings flexibility and awareness to our movement habits offering access to new options, improved organization and self-use, and greater freedom in our everyday functions. Click here for an article on Feldenkrais for chronic pain. 
    Suggested donation $12/class.  For more info or to register, contact or 505-899-0180.

    Book Signing feature Canterbury Member Chandra Bales
    Saturday, February 24th, 10AM
    The Grief Resource Center is hosting a book-signing event on Saturday morning, February 24 from 10:00 to 12:00. Canterbury member Chandra Bales is one of thirteen authors who have written poetry and prose to express the deepest longings of grief, and finding a way to hope.  Register at  Located at the Grief Resource Center : 1113 University Blvd NE (Behind French Funerals & Cremations)

    End of Life  Issues Workshop
    Saturday, March 10th, 10AM-Noon
    First Congregational United Church of Christ
    RSVP by 3/7 to George at 505-239-1879
    An educational presentation and conversation to guide you with "End of Life" Care issues, including: In home care, Assisted Living, Living Will, POA, Hospice & Palliative Care, Family mediation, Prearranging Funeral Protocol, Disposition and Memorialization, Veterans Burial Benefits, Bereavement. 

    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-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


    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