Cloister Gallery: The Art of Icons

An icon of the Guardian Angel

The Cloister Gallery will feature Houston iconographers and Cathedral members Bonnie Fairbanks and Wick Rowland in December. An opening reception will be held on Friday, December 5, from 6–8 p.m. The two artists “write” icons using the 15th-century Russian-Byzantine technique of egg-tempera painting, with ground pigments and 24-carat gold leafing. This technique encompasses the technical [read more…]

Longest Night service offers consolation, healing

One of the greatest acts of pastoral care in the Advent season is to offer a service for those grieving a loss. This year we will hold a service on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, Sunday, December 21, at 3 p.m. in Golding Chapel. This service acknowledges our suffering and grief [read more…]

Christmas at the Cathedral seeks volunteers

Serving line at Christmas at the Cathedral

The annual Christmas at the Cathedral event will be held this year on Saturday, December 13. Each year, members of the Cathedral come together to provide a wonderful holiday meal and gathering for our downtown neighbors who might otherwise not have this opportunity. There are many openings for volunteers to help make this a success, [read more…]

Mission trip to Costa Rica planned

The Cathedral is reestablishing its short-term international missions by teaming up with the Diocese of Costa Rica for a trip July 5–12, 2015. Fifteen high-school students and 12 adults will join Bishop Hectór Monterroso Gonzalez in Costa Rica for a multi-generational mission trip that will also serve as the summer’s high-school mission trip. At the [read more…]

Community of Hope training dates announced

The Community of Hope training program will be held on Thursday evenings, January 8 through April 9, from 6–7:30 p.m. This program provides 42 hours of training to equip laypersons to serve in a pastoral care ministry shaped by prayer and Benedictine spirituality. The deadline for registration is Monday, December 8. For information or to [read more…]

Poinsettia Christmas memorials at the rood screen

Christmas poinsettias at the rood screen

Memorial poinsettias can be given in memory or honor of someone special this Christmas. Make out your check for $10 per plant, payable to the Altar Guild, and mail it to Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave., Houston, TX 77002, Attn.: Altar Guild. Please note the name of those you wish to remember, indicating if [read more…]

Cloister Gallery: April Murphy

Detail of "The Treat Seat" by April Murphy

In November, the Cloister Gallery welcomes artist April Murphy, who will exhibit her brightly colored acrylic paintings of animals and other quirky subject matter throughout the month. An artist’s reception will be held Friday, November 7, from 6–8 p.m. Murphy injects whimsy and humor into her paintings, hoping to bring smiles and lighten moods. “I [read more…]

Dean’s Book Club selections

Cover of "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr

The Dean’s Book Club discusses a different book each month, including novels, nonfiction, and books on spirituality and faith. Books are selected by the group and are available for purchase from the Cathedral Bookstore. All are welcome. The club meets in the McGehee Conference Room from 6:30–8 p.m. as follows: Wednesday, November 5“No Great Mischief” [read more…]

How Goes the Vision? An Update on our Vision Action Plan (Video)

Dean Thompson stands behind a lectern

Dean Thompson reviews progress to-date and previews the exciting developments to come within the six initiatives of the Vision Action Plan developed earlier this year: Pastoral Care, Community Life, Welcome and Evangelism, Outreach, Worship, and the Spirituality Center. Watch on YouTube Download the Vision Plan (PDF)

Extended childcare available for Wednesday, Sunday evening classes

To allow families to more fully participate in Cathedral classes and events, we are now offering childcare on Wednesday and Sunday evenings and for special events, in addition to our regular Sunday-morning nursery hours. On Wednesday evenings, parents should drop off children at 6:30 p.m. in the Jones Building and then proceed [read more…]