Welcome to St. Aidan's Chapel

St. Aidan's Chapel is open on Sundays, from June 25 through Sept. 3, 2023

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St. Aidan's, an Episcopal summer chapel, is home to a devoted and vibrant community that welcomes warmly persons of all faiths to our services. For many people, St. Aidan’s is the alternative to their home church, to others, it is their only house of worship. Often churchgoers attend services while visiting family and friends on vacation. Celebrating Christ’s love and teachings in a charming and historic summer setting is only part of what makes St. Aidan's so unique.

We invite you and your family to worship with us this summer, including children of all ages. From listening to and praying with our accomplished and devout summer chaplains, to our commitment to bring God’s blessings to those in need in the Greater New Bedford area, St. Aidan’s is a joyful and nourishing experience.

We are inclusive to all, just as we believe God is inclusive to all. Please join us. Everyone is welcome!


Thanks to all of our clergy, Standing Committee, Corporation, volunteers, and friends who contributed to an outstanding season at St. Aidan's. We will convene again in June of 2024!  May the months ahead be healthy, happy and blessed until we meet again. Peace.

Food Insecurity: Martha's Pantry at Grace Episcopal Church and the Salvation Army in New Bedford are our targets this summer. Food insecurity is real and you can help!

Please remember to bring your canned goods (soups, stews, especially) to the Chapel donation box in the portico, through OCTOBER 9! If you are closing down your summer house for the season, what a great way to make your pantry keep on giving!

VOLUNTEER!: In addition to our clergy, volunteers make St. Aidan's the special place that it is. From the leadership committees to the many individuals who contribute to making our worship together beautiful and blessed, we depend on the community to make things happen.

Please contact the following people to learn more about how you can help:
Altar Guild: Helen Pennoyer (hpennoyer@hotmail.com)
Ushers/Readers/Fellowship: Pam McNamara (PWmcnamara@comcast.net)
Outdoor set-up: Jane Reynolds (janereynoldsweigel@gmail.com
Rectory: Tina Read (tparkerread@gmail.com)
Gardens: Tina Read (tparkerread@gmail.com)
Communications: Jane Reynolds (janereynoldsweigel@gmail.com)

Website Updates: This Website is updated regularly with helpful information regarding the summer of 2023 at St. Aidan's. Please get in the habit of checking the Announcements section for up-to-the-minute details regarding our worship schedules, bad weather contingencies, activities, events, and community needs.

Visiting Clergy Summer 2023

The Rev. Michael B. Dangelo
Officiating Clergy
Schedule: June 25; July 2; July 9; July 16

The Rev. Noah Van Niel
Schedule: August 6; August 13

The Rev. Kit Lonergan
Schedule: July 23; July 30

The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph
Schedule: August 20; August 27

Bishop Carol Gallagher
September 3

From The News

A Beautiful End to the Season

The first Sunday in September was the last of the season for the parishioners of St. Aidan’s Chapel. Labor Day weekend delivered perfect weather as folks gathered under the beech tree to attend the communion service and hear Bishop Carol Gallagher’s thoughtful sermon. Once again she concluded her comments with a gentle hymn, sung to…

Whom do you admire? [Bishop Carol Gallagher]

Bishop Carol Gallagher responded as follows: “I truly admire Bishop Tutu, who I was blessed to meet at my very first House of Bishops. He had lived a life of service and was often derided and abused, but he loved everyone he met and bubbled over with contagious laughter often.”

Consecration and Communion

The penultimate Sunday of the 2023 season was full of ceremony and heart as Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph presided over two communion services and the consecration of the newly expanded Memorial Garden. They were attended by parishioners who worshipped at two services held both inside and outside the Chapel. Once again, Alan Lauderdale supplied…

A Question of Love and Faith

The Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph, returning for her third summer at St. Aidan’s, offered a beautiful worship service under the sheltering beech tree in the Chapel garden. The weather was perfect as 85 (plus) parishioners were queried thoughtfully during Rev. Arlette’s sermon: “How is your faith walk going?” Such a simple question was compelling…

Whom Do You Admire? [Rev. Canon Arlette Benoit Joseph]

Hands down Mother Teresa. As a child, I admired her piety, humility, centeredness, and love of service and God. Through the lens of my adulthood for me, she emulated Christ’s love for this world and people through her acts of service. Her legacy is one of deep faith in God, steadfast courage, and fierce love.…

Summer Social Soiree

An enthusiastic group of community members gathered at the Salters Point Casino on August 18 to toast the 2023 season. Once again, the generosity of our corps of volunteers revealed their commitment to the common good. Thanks to the leadership of Marguerite Graham and Karyn Campbell, the party was a charming success. From set-up to…