Dear Friends of St. Aidan’s

Dear Friends of St. Aidan’s,

We are anxiously anticipating the Chapel’s opening for our 104th season! Our first worship service is scheduled to take place on June 27th and I hope to see many of you in attendance throughout the summer. We have modified our worship service protocol from last summer to better align with the further reopening of activities across Massachusetts and the Diocese, while at the same time addressing the ongoing risks of COVID -19. Specifically, on Sundays we will continue to hold a 9 am outdoor spoken worship service, assuming fair weather. If it rains, we will hold the 9 am worship service in the Chapel. Regarding outdoor services, masks will not be required, but they are recommended for those who have not yet been vaccinated and for those who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask. Masks will be required for all parishioners when we worship inside the Chapel. Social distancing will not be required; in fact, unlike last year, we will be able to gather in fellowship after the service – hooray! We will be celebrating Holy Communion (host only) at every Sunday service and we have extended the season to the second Sunday in September. Hopefully, in 2022 we will be back to our pre-pandemic schedule of both an 8 am and 10 am service inside the Chapel.

We have five outstanding clergy lined up for this summer. Our Vicar, the Rev. Michael Dangelo, Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, MA will be with us for the first four Sundays of the summer season. Next, the Rev. Noah Van Niel, Associate Rector at The Chapel of the Cross in Chapel Hill, NC will join us for two Sundays taking us into early August. We are welcoming two new (to St. Aidan’s) clergy to be with us during the month of August. The Reverend Kit Lonergan, Rector of St. James’ Church in Groveland, MA will be with us for the first half of the month. The Rev. Canon Arlette D. Benoit Joseph, Canon for Transition in the Diocese of Pennsylvania will be with us for the second half of the month. The Rev. Dr. Maribeth Conroy, Rector of St. Philips Episcopal Church, Coral Gables, FL will be with us for the first two weeks in September. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful clergy lead our worship services.

Over the winter, Jane Reynolds Weigel led a team of very dedicated parishioners in an effort to completely revamp the St. Aidan’s website, which can be found at staidanschapel.org. Many thanks to Jane for the numerous hours she spent on this effort! I would highly recommend that you save this website in your “favorites” as this site will be our principal mode of providing updated information to parishioners going forward. A full schedule of events for the summer season is included on the website.

Because of your generosity, we are able to worship at St. Aidan’s Chapel in the summer months. I hope you will continue your support by making a contribution to fund our ongoing ministry and annual community outreach by either submitting your contribution in the Sunday offering plate or sending a check or contributing securities to St. Aidan’s. Checks, made out to the St. Aidan’s Chapel, can be sent to the attention of Karyn Campbell, our Treasurer, at 185 Smith Neck Road, South Dartmouth, MA. Karyn can help with security transfers as well. Many thanks in advance for your generous support of St. Aidan’s!

I look forward to seeing you all this summer. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me. My email address is sfhatfield@comcast.net and my mobile phone number is (617) 733-9688.

Sincerely and on behalf of the entire Standing Committee,
Steve
Stephen F. Hatfield, Chairman, Standing Committee