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The Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac will hold its annual Eucharistic Festival at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 51 West Division Street in downtown Fond du Lac, Wisconsin on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The Festival begins with a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 11:00 a.m. followed by the Bishop’s Picnic. The day ends with Evening Prayer and the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. The preacher will be the Very Rev. C. Patrick Perkins, Dean of the Cathedral.
The Eucharistic Festival was the vision of the Fifth Bishop of Fond du Lac, the Rt. Rev. William H. Brady. It is designed to draw people together each year to display unity in Christ and proclaim the Christian faith through recognition of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. A diocesan choir will lead congregational singing. There is no cost for the Bishop’s Picnic which include hot dogs, brats and ice cream.
“This Festival continues Bishop Brady’s vision of gathering together for worship and fellowship,” according to Bishop Matt Gunter. “It’s a great time to see old friends and make new ones while worshiping God.”
For additional details, visit diofdl.org/ef. All are welcome to join and there is no cost to attend or for the lunch. A freewill offering will be taken.
The Diocese of Fond du Lac Summer Camp is open to all ages to learn more about God, community and self with a lot of fun! Ages 4 through 12th grade are campers. Adults and older youth may serve as volunteer staff. All faiths are welcome to attend. diofdl.org/camp.
The Chrism Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the Cathedral of St. Paul, Fond du Lac. The Chrism Mass gathers the faithful at the mother church of the diocese to prepare for celebrations of Christ's Resurrection. More Information here.
A Gathering of People of Faith on Saturday, April 13, includes a personal appearance of award-winning film producer Katrina Brown. In seminary, Browne discovered her Rhode Island ancestors were the biggest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She decided to confront this painful past. The resulting award-winning film, Traces of the Trade (PBS: 2008, tracesofthetrade.org) follows her modern-day family’s journey of discovery as they come to grips with this buried Northern history and its ripples in the present day.
“As a white woman,” Browne shared in a recent interview, “I’ve come to feel called to this work of racial repair not out of guilt, but grief.”
The gathering starts at 10:00 a.m. at The Beloved Community of Intercession Episcopal and Redeemer Lutheran, 900 Brilowski Road on the east side of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. Registration is at diofdl.org/tott. It is open to the public.
Event planners from four area denominations are working cooperatively to promote healing across racial divides. The morning includes a viewing of Traces of the Trade followed by discussion led by Browne. The afternoon includes presenting information about Sacred Ground (episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground), a new free resource from the Episcopal Church which is a film-based race dialogue series for small groups in congregations.
The event sponsors include the Episcopal Diocese of Fond du Lac, the East Central Synod of Wisconsin (ELCA), the North East District of the Wisconsin United Methodist Church, and the Winnebago Presbytery. Denominational leaders meet regularly to discuss ways they can work together to enhance their ministry.
Additional details at diofdl.org/tott.
Anyone interested in becoming or is already an EfM mentor is encouraged to participate. The training does not require one to become an EfM mentor. Seminar groups work under the leadership of mentors who serve as guides and administrators and are not teachers (the role of the teacher is built into the program materials). A mentor facilitates rather than informs. Mentors may be lay or ordained persons. Criteria for mentors include: having experience in serious religious study, having a familiarity with methods of biblical scholarship, possessing a mature faith, being able to live with the ambiguity within the interpretations of the biblical tradition, possessing skills which help a group to develop its own life, and demonstrating a willingness to perform administrative duties. More here.