About Javier Almendárez-Bautista

Adult Confirmation and Enquirers’ Retreat

Adults are invited to take part in a one-day Confirmation and Enquirers’ Retreat on Saturday, October 1. This retreat is for those who wish to be confirmed or received in the Episcopal Church, as well as those who simply wish to grow deeper in their understanding of the Christian faith and Episcopal tradition.  

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Sunday Forums this Fall: The Symbols of the Faith

Beginning on September 18, join the clergy of St. Paul’s between 10:15-11:00 a.m. in the Chapel for an introduction to the core symbols of our faith. Think of it as a way to familiarize ourselves with the things we take for granted in the liturgy: just why is water so important to baptism? How, of all the things we could eat, did bread and wine become so essential to the core convening ritual of our faith? 

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Pastoral Response to Texas Elementary School Shooting

We, the clergy of St. Paul’s, are writing in light of yet another school shooting, this time in Uvalde, Texas. This one follows the massacres in Buffalo, NY and Laguna Woods, CA last week. Like many of you, we are filled with grief for the lives lost and for the families who mourn them. Our hearts go out to the many communities torn apart by such acts of wanton violence. 

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“Hope is a song in a weary throat.”

In this week’s Hope for the Journey, Fr. Javier reflects on the life and witness of the Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray: “Murray is a figure that represents so much to so many, and yet their story is undeniably human… In a world where we paint our public saints and heroes with a broad brush, Murray’s witness invites us to delve deeper.”

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Sunday Forums in May: Living into Easter Resurrection

Join us at St. Paul’s this Easter season as we explore how we are called to live into Christ’s resurrection in our world today. Sunday forums take place from 10:20-11:00 a.m. in the sanctuary, and you may join us in person at the church or online by registering at the link.

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Intinction

In this week’s Hope for the Journey, Fr. Javier reflects on the return of sacramental wine in our Sunday worship.

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