The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin
The Friday Reflection Title


October 18, 2013




The more we are drawn into the mystery of our Lord Jesus Christ, and are daily filled with His Divine Life (that we may dwell in Him, and He in us)…….the more we will magnetically be drawn into His mystical presence in our very midst in the Holy Eucharist.

We must be filled daily, and daily renewed with God’s grace, only to be emptied out on the Altar of Sacrifice for others that we may be filled again and again.

Our lives must be Christ’s broken bread and our love His outpoured wine, that we might be drawn into the Mystical Body present in the world, which is most evident when we gather together and receive Christ’s broken Body and drink His Precious Blood outpoured in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

It has been stated “You are what you eat,’ and if that is true, we are most truly who we are gathered around the Lord’s Table being filled with God’s life that we might go out into the world to be the Church.

Re-phrasing a statement from ‘A RULE FOR A NEW BROTHER’

( The Brakkenstein Community of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers in Holland)


“By the grace of God you have been called to a life in which everything is inspired by the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. You must grow in daily knowledge of this Mystery, and in a greater love for the Lord who gives Himself in it.


The celebration of the Holy Eucharist is the center of your life. It is the strongest support ofyour life in community. It is the beginning and end of your actions; the source and consummation of your service to God.


The celebration of the Holy Eucharist would be nothing but a romantic or aesthetic sensation should you forget that the heart of it is the self-giving of Jesus.


The sacrifice of yourself for the sake of others is the single foundation of every Christian. Unite yourself with the Lord, then in a fruitful and acceptable offering for the life of the world.


Each time we are nourished at the Lord’s Table and filled with His riches.   …….so be ready to break the bread of your life for the poor, the hungry, the neglected, the unloved, everywhere in the world and everywhere about us. In them we must see Jesus.


Keep nothing for yourself, but share with others all that you have received from God’s tenderness.


In the Bread of the Holy Eucharist and the Cup of Blessing the presence of Jesus Christ is revealed at its most intense.


Let your life be permeated with a tremendous reverence towards this Mystery of Faith.”


Father John H. Shumaker

Saint Matthew’s Church, San Andreas


“Participating in God’s Reconciling Love”

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The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin

54th Annual Convention

October 25 and 26, 2013

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Modesto

Participating in God’s Reconciling Love

” So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.”

- Matthew 5:23-24


Click here for Registration Form


Special Request For Convention:


Each year at our Diocesan Convention we include a necrology of those people who have died since the previous convention that you would like remembered in our prayers. If you have names to be included, please email them to me by October


Thank you in advance for your assistance with the necrology.


Canon Kate

Book Sale at Convention to Benefit Postulant Book Fund


Our diocese is looking to create a fund to help out our postulants with books costs. In the last few years a growing number of people are discerning vocations to the ordained ministry. Some of these are now in training. While this can be a joyful and enriching process, it can also be a costly one. Moreover, the majority of those being trained in our diocese will be moving into non-stipendiary positions. They will be serving our diocese and its people with very little financial remuneration. We are hoping to off-set some of these costs by creating a book grant fund to which all postulants will have access, and that’s where a book sale comes in. This year at convention we will be holding a book sale; and while the books will have no set price, donations will be taken for any books you might want. It’s a simple and straightforward approach – books for books. Please come prepared with ready cash – that rare, out-of-print book you have may looking for may already be waiting for you. If you are interested in helping further with this project, please get in touch with Fr Luis Rodriguez ( We need people to help with the table, and if you have any books you would liketo bring along to donate, they will be happily received. Our postulants give and will be giving so much to our diocese; let’s show them our thankful support.

Fr Luis+

From The Haiti Task Force …

Dear Friends,

I thank you all for your efforts on behalf of our partnership with the Diocese of Haiti.  We forged that friendship because we are a diocese which has suffered pain and loss just as they have.  Our suffering of loss had to do with internal church strife and the departure of property and other resources.  In the Diocese of Haiti it was fire, political upheaval, earthquake, and hurricane.  But there is a point of identification that we have with each other.

We have channeled our support primarily through Foyer Notre Dame and the Sisters of  St. Margaret.  Who work with some of the most indigent people of the country.  Sister Marie Therese of Foyer Notre Dame will be with us at our convention next week as we highlight our friendship with the Diocese of Haiti.

I ask for the continued support of the people of our diocese for the people of the Diocese of Haiti.

+Chet Talton

For Clergy…



This is a friendly reminder to those clergy who are not canonically resident but are licensed by the bishop to officiate in the diocese. Clergy licensed to officiate are asked to report once a year by letter to the bishop regarding their pastoral and sacramental activities during the previous year. The letters are due to the bishop by the Diocesan Convention scheduled this year for October 25 and 26. Thank you in advance for your compliance.





We are pleased to announce that Sr. Ellen Stephen (Sr. ES) of the Order of St. Helena has agreed to be our retreat leader for the Fall Clergy Retreat. The retreat will be held from 4 pm on Sunday, November 3 through lunch on Tuesday, November 5. A description of the retreat and a biography of Sr. ES can be found  here.


The Fall Clergy Retreat will be held at St. Anthony’s Retreat Center in Three Rivers. A registration form can be found here and is due back to the Diocesan Offices by October 18, 2013. Please mark your calendars and register now for this fall gathering of the clergy of the diocese.


For Deacons…

San Joaquin Community of Deacons


There will be a meeting of the Community of Deacons at 4:00 p.m. or thereabout on Saturday, October 26th, 2013, at St. Paul’s in Modesto. This will occur right after the close of Convention, which is the reason for the “thereabout.”


All deacons, those in the ordination process, and those who may be contemplating entering the ordination process for the diaconate are invited.


The meeting will be primarily for the purpose of acquainting each other with ourselves, our current ministries, our interests and dreams for future ministries. It also satisfies canonical requirements that we meet from time to time.


Feel free to contact me with any questions or agenda suggestions


Carolyn Woodall+


From the Diocesan Office…

                                      October 20, 2013


Spirit Day is approaching quickly. In October of 2010 the observance of Spirit Day was celebrated with the wearing of purple in Canada to show support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgender (LBGT) young people who were the victims of bullying. Bullying, in any form or against anyone, is obviously contrary to the Gospel of Jesus.


The color purple was chosen from the purple stripe of the rainbow flag and the color purple was defined by the creators of the rainbow flag to represent “Spirit.” Bishop Talton has approved the use of liturgical purple instead of liturgical green for this day in our churches onOctober 20, 2013, the first Sunday following the nation-wide observance of Spirit Day onOctober 17th.


The observance of “Spirit Day” was inaugurated as a response to the rash of widely-publicized bullying-related suicides of gay students. Bullying has been a major problem in schools, and not just LGBT students are the victims. Even those who may be perceived as LGBT, but are not, have been bullied. Those suicides are not as widely publicized now, but they are still happening.


It is hoped that by raising awareness of the bullying of the students among all of us, perhaps even our own children and grand-children, that we might prevent future tragedies among our young people who are being bullied each and every day among us.


From the Diocesan Office…

  • 54th Annual Convention, October 25-26, 2013, St. Paul’s, Modesto
  • Joint Meeting: Standing Committee and Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013,Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Standing Committee Meeting, November 23, 2013, Holy Family, Fresno, TBD
  • Diocesan Council Meeting, November 23, 2013, Holy Family, Fresno, TBD


Do you wish to see what else the Diocese is up to? Click here for The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin calendar.


From our Parishes and Missions…


2nd Annual Harvest Soup Cook-Off

To Benefit the Episcopal Church of the Saviour Soup Kitchen



Saturday, October 19, 2013

519 N. Douty Street

Hanford, CA


Soup tasting begins at 2:00 p.m.


Cook Teams are now forming!


For more information contact:

Terry March, Event Chairperson

or 559-584-7706




Music at St. Anne



Carlos McCoy & Friends

A Spicy Evening of Hot Latin Jazz

7:30 p.m., Friday, November 1

Tickets: $15

Available at Sunday services, or the door.

For more information, call 209 598-0648.

Come… Dance… Enjoy

For our Diocesan Prayer Calendar…. click here

Bishop’s and Canon’s Calendars…

Bishop Talton’s Calendar



October 25-26                     St. Paul’s, Modesto, 54th Annual Convention


November 3-5                     Clergy Retreat




Canon Cullinane’s Calendar


October 25-26                     St. Paul’s, Modesto, 54th Annual Convention


November 3-5                    Clergy Retreat



Keep up to date on news and events with the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin website www.diosanjoaquin.orgClick here: Our Website
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phone: 209-576-0104

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