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Help for Victims of the Sonoma and Napa Counties Fires

The Episcopal Church is providing direct assistance to those affected by the fire disaster, in the form of gift cards for gas, food, and other necessities.  You can support this ministry by donating to:


Upcoming Events at St. John's:

Roots of Wisdom
presented by Kayleen Asbo

Thursdays, 11:15-12:30
Norm Cram Hall, Petaluma
December 14 (last session)

Six week exploration into the myths, music, art and rituals of the Ancient world, from the Pythia of Delphi to Pythagoras.

​6 week series for $150
$30 per drop-in class 

Session One:  Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia 
November 2: Jewish Prophets and Pagan Sibyls 
November 9: Wisdom of Mesopotamia: Inanna, Isis and Osiris
November 16: Moses, Miriam and the beginning of Egyptian Alchemy 

Session Two: Wisdom of Ancient Greece
November 30: Mysteries of Grief and Transformation in Ancient Greece: Ariadne and Dionysus
December 6: Orpheus and the Eleusinian Mysteries 
December 14: Pythagoras:  The Harmony of Spheres

For more information and to register, click here.


Sacred Circle Dance

Wednesday, December 20
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
In the Parish Hall

No partners or experience needed.The circle is your partner and all dances are simple and taught first. Music comes from around the world. A donation is requested.


The Raphael Madonnas

A Contemplative Viewing with Musical Accompaniment

Saturday, December 30
4:30 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

This progression images of the Holy Mother and Child by the great painter Raphael, were found by doctors in Europe to have a healing influence on the souls the patients in their clinics. Most appropriate for viewing in the midst of the Holy Nights


Three Days of Celebration
In Memory of John O'Donohue

Documentary Film
Thursday, January 4
7:00 p.m. in Norm Cram Hall

Taize with Readings from John O'Donohue's poetry
Friday, January 5
7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

Epiphany Labyrinth Walk
and Blessing Ceremony
Saturday, January 6
7:30 p.m. in Norm Cram Hall

About John O'Donohue

Priest, poet, philosopher and Celtic scholar John O’Donohue is one of the saints of our time, a teacher of unbridled spirit and generous heart whose radiance touched the lives of all who encountered him in person or through his writings. His labyrinth walk at Chartres Cathedral, when he was the keynote speaker for a Veriditas pilgrimage, was the source of inspiration for some of his last writings found in To Bless the Space Between Us. His works are a cornerstone of the Celtic Evensong here at St. John’s and our “Heart of Chartres” labyrinth is dedicated to the memory of this great human being.


Poetry Circle: Living Word | Creative Spirit

January 11, 2018
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

The Living Word/Creative Spirit Poetry Circle is on the Second Friday of each month from September thru June.


Benedictine Group

Friday, January 26, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join us as our contemplative Benedictine Study Group continues. Our gatherings will continue throughout the rest of the summer and year. Laurie Warren and Kayleen Asbo offer an evening of prayer, singing and study, with: Vespers (a service of psalms, prayers and readings with Gregorian Chant), a simple soup supper, Lectio Divina, a reading and discussion on the Rule of St. Benedict, study of Benedictine Spirituality, and Compline, a brief but beautiful musical close to the day. Everyone is welcome-please let us know if you will join us. For more information, contact Laurie Warren:



Friday, February 2, 2017
7:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

St. John’s has been hosting Taize services in Petaluma on the first Friday of the month since 2009. These candlelit services of contemplative chant and song offer participants an alternative worship experience to the traditional Sunday morning church service. The Taize service is ecumenical, providing a quiet space for spiritual communion with no preaching, no doctrine, just a calm environment for meditation and for song led by a cantor to the melodious tones of piano and cello.

A donation of $10 is requested, but not mandatory.


Celtic Evensong

5:00 p.m.
In the Sanctuary

Join Kayleen Asbo and friends for a contemplative evening of poetry, Medieval music, Taize chant and meditation on the theme of compassion. Special featured guest artists will be the Braslavsky Ensemble from Paris, internationally lauded musicians renowned for their haunting and evocative renditions of Hildegard of Bingen, world chant and pilgrim music from the Camino Santiago; poetry of John O'Donohue, David Whyte, Naomi Shahib Nye and Rumi.

$20 suggested donation, no one turned away.


















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