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Nove 28th:

The Feaste of the Nativity needs your help!
 
Sign up using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050c4caea82da2f49-feaste 
You'll find opportunities to help us set up, tear down, and help with everything from jousting to King Craig's Cafe to keeping our bathrooms clean.  The Feaste runs from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, Dec. 11, and we half shifts available for every activity during the day.
 
The timeline for the day:  10am -- The Feaste of the Nativity begins
1pm -- Pageant in front of the church, on the plaza
1:45 -- Ye Royal Ceremony of Hail and Farewell at the Kings' Table, featuring     King Craig and King Mike
2:15 -- Costume Contest in the The Royal Courtyard, King Craig and King Mike     to judge
2:45 -- The Royal Raffle
   3pm -- Pageant in front of the church, on the plaza 
 
Peace and all good,  Joseph Byrd   jbyrd@sipdx.org 

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October 2021

Wes Hale and huzzah!     A few new items for your consideration, my dear Feasters!

· Anyone interested in singing in the pageant at the Feaste, we'll be rehearsing on Tuesday, November 16 and 30 at 7pm, as well as on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10am.  There are five songs (three of which I can almost guarantee you already know, as in "Deck the Halls" but with slightly different words).  You will have music in your hands!  In other words, no memorizing needed.  Let me know if you're interested in joining us for this.  There are two pageant performances on the day of the Feaste -- Saturday, December 11, at 1 and 3pm.

· Your generosity is astonishing, and most welcome!  I'm afraid we will have quite a few warrants out for your arrest at the Feaste, as so many of you are guilty of Overwhelming Generosity.  Truly -- thank you.  And if you'd still like to give, we will be most grateful.  See our sponsor categories below.

· We still need pop-up tents!  As one of the lyrics in our pageant song goes, “Dark and dull night, fly hence away, And give the honour to this day, That sees December turned to May.”  That is our prayer, and we have lots of people praying it.  And, we’ll be ready for whatever the Lord blesses us with, so if you’ve a tent we can borrow, I’d be much obliged.

· We’ll need help setting up that morning prior, on Friday, Dec. 10 at 9am.  I have some folks who’ve said they can be here, and will gladly welcome more!

As I mentioned in my Realm e-mail, we’ll be honoring Fr. Craig with a goodbye and Fr. Mike with a hello at the Feaste, with a Kings’ Table along with ceremonial blessings and fun.  Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Here are ways you can give:

· Write a check, payable to St. Ignatius Church, with “Feaste of the Nativity” in the memo line.  Donate online through Realm.   https://onrealm.org/sipdx/-/give/now is the link you can use.  Just press the “down arrow” to the right of Sunday tithing and you will see “Feaste of the Nativity” fund.Sponsor Categories 

Sponsor one (or more!) of the following, and we’ll print your name in our pageant program, as well as posting your name on our “WANTED: for EXCESSIVE GENEROSITY!” posters for all to see as they roam the grounds during the Feaste.

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Dear friends of the Feaste of the Nativity,

 

Happy first weeks of school – at least, here at St. Ignatius.  Here’s a quick note to say that:

· To those that volunteered already, I have your name in my book!  Very grateful for your willingness to help make the Feaste a reality. 

· This week, we’ll be finalizing the “what” and the “where.”  We will be turning the grounds around the church and the parish office into a Medieval Village.   Nancy Ocks, our formidable Events coordinator at the parish, and my right-hand helper in this, is helping me plot out our stations and activities

· After that, I will be contacting each of you to say “Here’s what you’ll do --- and where you’ll do it!” Quite a few of us will have multiple roles; helping here and there, while being dedicated to a particular spot or activity.  I’ll be working with you to make sure it’s a good fit – because we’re going to have a lot of fun

 

· We're taking applications for Exhibitors and Food Vendors, too, and those can be found above .  We're coordinating what kind of food we'll have available, so that we don't repeat ourselves and have pizza and pizza and then more pizza (which honestly would be fine by me, but probably not the best for the Feaste!) 

So – tell your friends and your neighbors!  Recruit whoever you can to come help us (and send them my way).  Signs will go in the ground and up on the doors and walls of campus this afternoon, and here is a poster/flier for you to share.  Send it to all your friends! 

 

More info very soon, with more specifics.  But for now, pray for us as we all work to get the Feaste on its feet.

 

I will announce some in-person and some Zoom meetings very soon to talk through what the Feaste will be, and to have some fun making it all come to life.

So – tell your friends and your neighbors!  Recruit whoever you can to come help us (and send them my way).  Signs will go in the ground and up on the doors and walls of campus this afternoon, and here is a poster/flier for you to share.  Send it to all your friends! information, contact:

Joseph Byrd at jbyrd@sipdx.org or 503-777-1491, ext 238

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August 22, 2021

Sponsor a Candle or a King! --

Supporting the Feaste of the Nativity 2021

This is your Feaste, St. Ignatius!  We can’t do this without you. 

Would you be willing to sponsor a candle?  A king?  Or more?  Can you help us as we start from scratch, and try to make this a yearly tradition?

Part of our celebration will include:

Saying thank you and farewell to Fr. Craig Boly, SJ, as he leaves for his sabbatical, and

Saying welcome to Fr. Mike Moynahan, SJ, as he begins his work here as Pastor

Here are ways you can give:

Write a check, payable to St. Ignatius Church, with “Feaste of the Nativity” in the memo line.

Donate online through Realm.   https://onrealm.org/sipdx/-/give/now is the link you can use.  Just press the “down arrow” to the right of Sunday tithing and you will see “Feaste of the Nativity” fund.

Sponsor Categories

Sponsor one (or more!) of the following, and we’ll print your name in our pageant program, as well as posting your name on our “WANTED: for EXCESSIVE GENEROSITY!” posters for all to see as they roam the grounds during the Feaste.

 

Candle $20

Angel $100

Donkey $150

Jester $200

Shepherdess $250

Wise Man $300

Wise Woman $500

King $1000

The Holy Family $5000

The Star of Bethlehem $7500

August 15, 2021

Personnel needs:

Town Criers (I’ll take as many as I can get!  Some will walk the campus and share information about the Feaste, scheduled events, joke with Feaste-goers [I’ll provide a scipt], and promote good cheer.  Some will be stationed in the open windows of the Parish Office, throwing candy out to passers by, and making comments of the season [Wes Hale, good lords and ladies fair! Etc.] Think “Pirates of the Caribbean” where, on the Disneyland ride, folks are hanging out of the shop and ship windows, having fun talking with each other, and to those walking below.

 

Char-men, and Char-women (These are our lowly servants, and they’ll have fun with the crowd, helping pick up trash, sweeping up behind Feaste-goers [and having fun while they do so.  “Look what Mr. Collins left behind him here, my dearies!” etc.]  Interacting with our Feaste-goers and providing some on-the-spot conversational fun

 

Poets and Music-Makers. (At various stations around the church and the court yard, these folks will sing, play, read poetry [I’ll provide this] and/or write poems and make ups songs on the spot about those who come near.  Donations toward the Feaste will be welcomed by them!

 

Jugglers, unicyclists, sword swallowers, jesters.  (This category explains itself.  Do you juggle?  Come join us!  Do you unicycle?  Bring your wheel.  Swallow swords? [I’d be shocked if this happens, but the Spirit provides, right?]  Jesters are a large part of the Medieval/Renaissance tradition.  There is even some sturdy theology about being a Fool for Christ, or even Christ being the ultimate Jester [Surprise…risen from the dead!].  The point will be to have fun with people, and do your thing, whatever that may be, in the name of celebrating the Feaste

 

Lords and Ladies (This one explains itself.  Come dressed in your finery and help make the Feaste that much more festive.)

 

On the nuts and bolts side, we’ll also need:

 

Greeters and Ushers (Folks who will help get people in and out of the Church for the pageant, as well as help direct people outside)

 

Set-up and Clean-up crew

 

Security (It would be great to have plenty of folks who could be on walkie-talkie, watching over the event before and during)

 

Prop masters (We will be needing things to be created/built, especially for the pageant.  Things like a cardboard rainbow, or a wreathe of holly, or a pop-up manger, etc.  I will be clearer on this as we enter September, and folks return to School and to the campus, and as I craft our script)

 

Costumers (We’ll encourage folks to come in costume, but for anyone who would like to help us sew, we’ll be grateful!  Costume suggestions can be found for great prices at  various locations,

Questions?  Call Joseph Byrd,  jbyrd@sipdx.org

503-777-1491, ext. 238

August 8, 2021

What will we need from you? – Anything you’re willing to give and/or do!

Instead of coming in with an idea of “how” we should do this (and I’ve done plenty of Feastes before!), I wanted to start now and ask “What would you like to have happen at St. Ignatius’ Feaste of the Nativity?” and I’m receiving wonderful ideas and volunteers.  Here’s what I know will happen for sure:

We’ll have a pageant inside the church, at 1 and at 3pm.  With music from the Oxford Book of Carols which I’ve sequenced/orchestrated, and a script that I will be writing, we’ll celebrate the season in song, movement, and delight.  In September, I’ll put out a Casting Call for all who are interested, and lay out some of the details of what we’ll need in order to participate in the pageant.  We’ll need singers for sure, as well as people who would like to read lines, and/or help with the “back-stage” work.

Outside and around the church, under awnings and tents (which we’ll be needing!), we’ll have an assortment of activities and people and ministries and whatever else people are willing to host and/or share.  In the style of a Renaissance Fair, it would be great to have wreathe making or a place with warm drinks.  And this is where you come in: what would you like to help us have or do? Do you juggle?  Can you ride a unicycle?  Would you host Ye Olde Poem Corner, and read lyrics of the time period to people as they near?  I have more ideas than this, but do contact me if you’re interested, or inspired.  More clarity on all these things will come soon.

And we’ll need your support.  Can you sponsor a candle?  A king?  Could you sponsor a tent – or gift us with seed money, to help us make the Feaste a reality?  More and clearer details on how to do this will come soon!

 

Meanwhile, let me know if any of this sparks your interest – and I’ll write your name down, as I’ve been doing throughout July!  We’ve a great crew of folks already willing to help.  Can I add your name to this wonderful list?  Anything you’d like to do – big or small – will be most welcome.  A list of needed personnel is on the way.

Joseph Byrd,  jbyrd@sipdx.org,  503-777-1491, ext. 238

 

Why the Feaste, with an e? -- Essentially, the Feaste of the Nativity derives from the Middle Ages, that time when the 12 days of Christmas were actually celebrated, instead of the rush up and toward Christmas Day itself.  And while our Feaste will happen before Christmas, the Middle Ages knew how to celebrate Advent and Christmas as a time where everyone and everything belonged, integrating old, pagan rituals without scorn or differentiation, into this season where what once was an emblem of Druidic sacrifice (the holly and its red berries) turned into something we now regard as part and parcel of our celebrations, e.g. “Now the holly bears a berry as blood is it red, Then trust we our Savior, who rose from the dead.”  The Middle Ages were thus a time of transformation, and such stuffs are often messy.  But as one of my teachers said, it’s always transformation before transition, which leads to transcendence.  And if it doesn’t happen that way, don’t trust it.  The Feaste will help us find the Light of the World in the messes of our everyday lives, especially as we move out of the pandemic.  Transformation is messy work, and the Middle Ages were often just that, with all the formation of people and places and languages being laid out and moving toward so-called “modernity.”  The Feaste of the Nativity will be a fun, friendly, family-oriented time reminiscent of what it means to find meaning in the midst of real renewal, following in the steps of the Holy Family, of which we are all a part.

August 1, 2021:

Anyone up for some Christmas in July?

 Dear parishioners: I know it's early, but please hold this in your prayers.  I'm putting together "The Feaste of the Nativity," a pageant/concert/festival to take place here, at and in  St. Ignatius Church.  The best part of any event, whether it be a movie, or a novel, or a story, is to leave you wanting more.  So!  Let this announcement be just that.  I will need your help, of course!  Singers, costumers, food, logistics, set up, rehearsal support, sound and tech assistance, fund raising models, ushering -- you name it.  And in particular, I need your prayers.  More info to come, as we walk through these summer weeks, especially in light of the pandemic, and the many other considerations that come up when working through and toward something like this.  It is, however, the best part of most things, when one has some anticipation and some hope of what is to come.  And after the year+ that we've lived through, that is a joy for me.  Interested?  E-mail me at jbyrd@sipdx.org or call me at the parish office.  And, as you will hear us say, come December: Wes hale, Good Lords and Ladies fair, we bid thee welcome we bid thee share! Come join us in our Feaste, where all are welcome, from richest to the least.   

-- Joseph Byrd,

Music Director and

Pastoral Administrator