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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Pentecost XVII
Exodus 17:1–7; Philippians 2:1–13; Matthew 21:23–32
Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Pentecost XVIII
Exodus 20:1–4, 7–9, 12–20; Philippians 3:4b–14; Matthew 21:33–46
Our Parish Community
Our Parish Community
** Potluck supper sign-up: We are trying a new strategy for the pot-luck supper after the 6.00 pm Mass on All Saints’ Day (1 November) – we are asking people to sign up ahead of time to ensure that we have enough help before and after. There is a sign-up sheet in Hiscocks Hall. If you can help, please put your name down. If we do not a full roster by Sunday, 22 October, we will know that we are not able to host a supper on All Saints’ Day.
** Camino Talk: Fr David will be giving a talk on his experience walking the Camino de Santiago this past spring on Wednesday, 15 November, from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. All are welcome to come to hear about his experience and see some photographs.
** Save the Date – Friday, 16 February 2018: That date is the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan, who served SMM as its organist and director of music from 1921 until his death. We are planning an event that evening which will celebrate Willan’s contribution to the musical life of this parish and the entire Church. We hope you will save the date and plan to attend.
** The Chant Club will begin its fall season on 8 October and meet weekly during October. All who are interested in exploring their inner chanter are welcome. We will be focusing on psalms, hymns, and the music for All Souls – some of the nicest chants in the repertoire. The Chant Club meets at 1.15 pm Sundays in the Gallery Choir Room
Whither Children’s Messiah? Some of you will have heard that the annual presentation by the Pax Christi Chorale of Children’s Messiah will not take place this December at SMM. Children’s Messiah was an initiative led by Stephanie Martin when she was our Director of Music. Last spring, Stephanie stepped down from her leadership of Pax Christi. The ensemble’s new director contacted me to say that he wanted to take Children’s Messiah in a new direction by focusing on it from a musicological perspective (i.e. looking at it as a piece of music). I expressed my openness to refreshing the presentation, and also that I felt that it was important that it continue to have an element of articulating the story of Jesus’s birth. I was disappointed to learn recently that Pax Christi has decided to go in a new direction and in a new location. But I do give thanks for the eight years of partnership and the important witness it was to our community and beyond. David+
1 October 2017, 3.00 pm – The Blessing of the Animals We celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi by welcoming animals and animal lovers to the church grounds for a time of prayer, song and blessing, with a short service that seeks to give thanks for all creatures and to remind us of the importance of all of creation. Refreshments for both our two legged and four legged friends served afterwards. Hope to see you there!
Sidespersons’ Luncheon, Sunday, 15 October, 1.00 pm. The annual Sidespersons’ Luncheon will be held at the Harbord House. Please see Veronica Allen to get your ticket!
Spiritual Growth for Adults
“Liturgy Moments” returns! Why do we ask the saints to pray for us? Join Fr David after each of the three masses on Sunday, 29 October (the Sunday before All Saints’ Day) for a ten-minute talk on the place of the saints in our liturgy.
The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We are reading and discussing the book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Fr David.
Centering Prayer Group: Join us every Thursday from 6.00 pm to 7.00 pm to learn and practice this form of Christian meditation. We gather for prayer in the lounge at 6.00 pm, followed by discussion. This fall we are reading The Heart of Centering Prayer by the Rev’d Cynthia Bourgeault. Anyone is welcome to join – we will give support for prayer practice and the text. For more information please speak with Mary Catherine Doyle.
The Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sundays after the 11.00 am Mass. Join us in this centuries-old form of meditation, which we pray in the company of Our Lady, who strengthens our faith with her own. Newcomers always welcome – rosaries (and instructions) are provided! For more information, please speak with Leslie Anne Chatterton.
Lenten Retreat: The annual Lenten Retreat at St. John’s Convent will be held from 4.00 pm on Friday, 9 March, until 2.00 pm on Sunday, 11 March. The retreat will be led by Sister Elizabeth, the Reverend Mother of the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine. The cost this year will be $220.00 per person, which includes simple accommodation and meals. There are thirteen spots available. If you would like to reserve your spot, please provide a $75.00 non-refundable deposit to Fr David with cash or a cheque payable to “SMM Discretionary Fund” (subsidies are available). For more information, please speak with Fr David.
Collegium Magdalenae: An Introduction to Eco-Theology, Tuesdays, 17 October to 21 November. Join us for a six-week program on the meaning and implications of ecotheology. Topics may include creation as a means of loving and knowing God; the spiritual dimensions of evolution; the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the trinitarian structure of reality; and more. No previous background required. We will provide short readings, presentations and opportunities for discussion. Brian and Carole both hold Diplomas in Theological Studies from the University of St Michael’s College, Toronto. Both studied ecotheology, and Brian also holds a certificate from the Elliot Allen Institute in Ecology and Theology. For more information, please contact Brian Gibson at email@example.com or Carole Giangrande at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth
** Fundraiser! On Sunday, 5 November, during coffee hour, please come and support the Children and Youth ministry as well as the need for clean water in Pikangikum. For sale will be cakes, jams, Christmas ornaments, food for lunch and much more. Bring your appetite as we raise funds for these important causes.
** Friday to Sunday, 27–29 October, Youth Retreat “Agents of Change: Christ’s Heart in Action Nurturing Global Effect”. Tweens and teens ages 11 and up are invited to travel to Muskoka Woods Camp to join others from across the diocese to explore how are called to challenge injustice and bring change to the world. Find the registration link on our website under children and youth.
Halloween: Join us on Halloween from 5.30–8.30 pm as we greet children and parents in the neighbourhood with hot cider, yummy treats, and hospitality as they trick or treat. We are looking for donations of sweets, as well as volunteers to help out. Please speak with Norah, Alana or Mother Jennifer if you are interested or have questions.
This month in Sunday School: We are following the Old Testament readings of Moses and exploring the Israelites’ journey to freedom from Egypt to the Promised land. Their journey was not without problems! As we learn about their escapades and struggles we will also be exploring what freedom means to us and how faith can still help free us from some of the struggles of our lives.
Faith@Home: As a household, choose and research an area of the world where people are enslaved and/or in need of deliverance. Identify the place on a map. Learn about the people. How are they being helped? Is there a way you can help those who are trying to help? List the freedoms that you and your household members value. You could create a poster that both lists and illustrates these. When you gather for meals, review the list and offer prayers of thanksgiving for each of these freedoms. Add others as you think of them
** Save the Date: 1 November – All Saints’ Day school release date at The Church of the Redeemer. Come and explore the feast of All Saints and why this date is so important in our church calendar. All day programming for children 4–14. More information to come shortly.
Outreach & Social Justice
Diocesan Outreach Conference, Saturday, 4 November, 2017, 9.30 am–3.30 pm, featuring a keynote address from Dr Carl James of York University as well as a slate of workshops on various topics. Lunch and childcare provided. Cost $30.00 ($15.00 for students or unemployed). Please register at http://www.toronto.anglican.ca/parish-life/social-justice-and-advocacy/outreach-conference/outreach-conference-workshops/
Community Dinner: Our next Community Dinner will be on Monday, 9 October (Thanksgiving Day) at St Thomas’, Huron Street.We will be serving the second round of Thanksgiving dinner for the wider community. Service will start at 7.00 pm. We are expecting about 100 guests. If you can volunteer to help serve dinner and to prepare in advance ready-to-serve dishes of mashed potatoes, other starch, and vegetables , please contact Brian Clarke at email@example.com for further information and coordination.Financial contributions are always welcomed. Please mark “Community Dinner” on your envelope.
O’Neill Centre Nursing Home: Our ministry at the O’Neill Centre continues Tuesday, 24 October, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.
In the Wider Community
Tour of Historic Churches, Saturday, 14 October: Come on a bus tour to see beautiful sacred spaces and learn about how St Olave’s, St Chad’s, Holy Cross Priory and St John’s, West Toronto reach out into the community. $10.00/person. Presented by the Anglican Deanery of Parkdale West Toronto. Please contact the SMM Parish Office by Wednesday, 11 October, to sign up!
National Indigenous Bishop Mark MacDonald will be speaking at St Olave’s (360 Windermere Ave) on Wednesday, 18 October, at 6.00 pm. Bishop MacDonald will be giving a talk on reconciliation in Canada called “The Healing of the Nations.” Holy Communion at 6.00 pm, light supper at 6.40 pm, talk from 7.00–8.00 pm. All are welcome.
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