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Seeking the Welfare of the City of Dallas since 1857—Jeremiah 29:7

News and NotesMay 2015

Adult Education 
Beginning this Sunday, April 12, Bishop James Stanton will be presenting an Easter formation series on Resurrection: In Christ’s Life and Ours. Please don’t miss this exciting new series! Due to the large attendance, this class will meet in the Great Hall, Stage End

Parenting Class
New session of the Parenting Class at 9:30 in Room 204  in Garrett Hall. This class uses the ARK or Adults Relating to Children program for Christian Parents. The foundation of this program is unconditional love received by God and shared with each other. Topics for this session are, “Convening a Family Meeting, Setting Boundaries, Avoiding Over-Reaction, Instilling Responsibility, Focusing on Communication and Handling Sibling Fighting.” For more information contact Varita at 

Final Sunday for Fr. Stephen Setzer
Fr. Stephen Setzer has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector of Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, Delaware. His last Sunday will be May 3. He will preach at both services. Come wish him well and thank him for the positive impact he has made on all our lives.

Mother's Day
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10 – The Cathedral will give a carnation to each woman as she leaves the worship service. Come with your mom or bring your mom for a special Mother's Day Sermon by the Dean.

Bishop Election
Booklets giving bios and responses of the candidates for Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas are still available. They are found at the entrance to the Cathedral as well as in the Foyer of the Great Hall. Election will be held May 16 at the Episcopal School of Dallas. The Bishop Election website can be found here.

Peru Mission Team
Peru Mission Team meets Sunday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the Library.
Help the Cathedral Peru Mission Team with a special mission offering over the next several weeks.
We are very pleased to send eight people from the 10:30 and 12:30 congregations to Peru (including three youth) to help Padre Mesco in Via Ecologica (the place where our mission team has built a church over the past nine years!) to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to the community with Vacation Bible School, women's Bible studies, the Jesus Film, prayers for the sick, soccer balls, tooth brushes and more! Please make your offering and participate in this Cathedral mission to share with the poor the message of Jesus's love. Offering envelopes are provided. All contributions are tax deductible. Thank you!

Peru Mission Prayer Team.  One of the most important ways we support those who are going to Peru to witness Christ’s love is to pray for them. The Prayer Team members are given information and prayer requests from the Mission Team members. We pray at home each day, starting as they are preparing for their trip until they return safely home. If you would like your name added to the Prayer Team, please let Deacon Diana or Fr. Tony know. You can contact us at or or simply speak to us. Thank you.

Food Pantry Offering
Sunday, May 3 — Food Pantry Offering — The intake for food offerings will be next Sunday.  Thank you for your generosity to this very important ministry. Also, there is a need for monetary contributions to the Food Pantry at this time. 

New Parish Directory
The Cathedral is planning to publish an updated directory of names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of members and associates of the Cathedral community. If you do not want any part of your contact information published, please notify Peggy Dickson at

Staff Changes
Michie Akin will retire from his position as Director of music and Arts for St. Matthew's Cathedral on May 31. That will be his last Sunday as our organist and choir director. He will continue to be a parishioner of St. Matthew's and will travel a bit more and visit churches in the area, but St. Matthew's will remain his home parish. In the meantime, Keith Franks, our assistant organist, has agreed to serve as Interim Music Director. We will honor Michie with an appreciation reception after the 10:30 service on May 31.

Dr. Damin Spritzer, our organist and Artist-in-Residence, has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Organ at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK. We bid Damin a fond farewell and great appreciation for a job well done!

Varita Michell will leave her position as Director of Children's Ministries on May 31. She is leaving to devote more time to neighborhood ministry and will continue as Director of Summer in the City as well as working with the CREW kids. We will combine an appreciation reception for her and Michie on May 31st after the 10:30 service.

Fr. Stephen Setzer has accepted a call to serve as Associate Rector  of Christ Church Christiana Hundred in Wilmington, Delaware. His last Sunday will be May 3rd, and his wedding reception will serve as the time to express our appreciation to him for his ministry among us.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Logan Hurst has accepted a call to serve St. Matthew's full-time as Director of Children Ministries and Youth. Logan Hurst comes to the Cathedral from Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Georgia where is he currently the Director of Youth Ministry. Logan grew up in Murfreesboro, Tennessee where he attended Middle Tennessee State University, and met his wife Liz. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Basic and Applied Science in 2005. Logan has been ministering with youth for over thirteen years and is still having fun. Liz and Logan are excited and thankful for God’s call to minster with the people of the Cathedral, and relocating to Dallas this May with their two dogs, Clyde and Riley and are expecting their first child in November of this year. 

Keith Franks, our assistant organist, has agreed to serve as Interim Music Director. We will honor Michie with an appreciation reception after the 10:30 service on May 31.

Peggy Dickson has left her position as Administrative Assistant to the Dean. We will soon begin a search for a new Administrative Assistant. 

Good for your Soul
Now for something completely different. King's College, Cambridge, has had a difficult time getting tenors for their boys choir. It seems the voices keep deepening at puberty. Go here to see their solution. (Dean Michell) 


Our Mission

The Episcopal Book of Common Prayer says that the mission of the Church is to reconcile all people to God and one another through Christ.

This is also the mission of the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew. All aspects of the Cathedral's life seek to make the love and compassion of Jesus Christ known to all and to seek reconciliation among all people.

The three words that hold us together are Christ + Community + Compassion. These express our core values. We want to make Christ known to all. We also want to live as a community of compassion to one another and to the world around us, specifically to the East Dallas community.

While we have services in English and Spanish, we strive to be one congregation of diverse people. We believe there is room for all people in God's family and we welcome all to our community.

As the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Dallas, we are also the "Bishop's Church." St Matthew's is the oldest Episcopal Congregation in North Texas, and was the first church during the formation of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Bishop Garrett named St. Matthew's as his Cathedral in 1875 and we continue to be one of the leading congregations of this vital and healthy diocesan community. We host many diocesan events, and we offer the Stanton Center for Ministry Formation. This intensive center for study prepares diocesan deacons for ordination, and provides for in depth theological education for lay leadership of the Diocese.

The Cathedral Church contains some of the most beautiful stained glass and art work of any Texas churches. While we believe the Cathedral itself is a beautiful and holy place, we also strive to be an alive Christian Community of Sacrament and Word in the Catholic expression of the Episcopal Church. Join us for worship, fellowship, and service.


Sunday Services
      with Holy Communion

8 a.m. — Traditional Holy Eucharist (Rite 1 with music)

9 a.m. -  Breakfast - "Best Breakfast in Town" 

9:30 a.m. — Adult Class

10:30 a.m. — Holy Eucharist, Rite II, Full Choral

12:30 p.m. — Santa Eucarista (Spanish)

Workday Services

8:30 a.m.   — Morning Prayer

6 p.m.  — Evening Prayer

10 a.m. — Holy Communion

10 a.m. — Holy Communion and Healing Prayer

5:30 p.m. — Centering Prayer

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