ANNOUNCEMENTS – 14 May 2017

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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Easter V
Acts 7:55–60; 1 Peter 2:2–10; John 14:1–14

Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Easter VI
Acts 17:22–31; 1 Peter 3:13–22; John 14:15–21

Please note that our rector, Father David, is currently on sabbatical. He will return to the parish on 18 August. If you are in need of a priest in the event of a pastoral emergency, please call the parish office at 416.531.7955 and listen for the instructions to reach the priest on call.

Our Parish Community

** Pentecost Readers! Every year at Pentecost we read the first lesson in as many languages as we can. If you can speak another language, we would love to have you participate – we need readers at both the 8.00 am Said Mass and the 10.00 am Solemn Parish Mass. Please contact Mother Jennifer or the Parish Office if you would like to read!

** Yard Sale Volunteers: We will be distributing the flyer that was in your leaflet this morning to the local community, and need helpers to do this, as well as volunteers to help us with the sale. Please sign up at the back of the church for any (or all) of these tasks. If you have questions, please ask any of the wardens.

** Announcements at Services: At the end of each Sunday service, a member of the clergy will make announcements, occasionally joined by members of the congregation. Sometimes these are highlights of what is in the bulletin, and sometimes they are important updates or requests that haven’t made it into the bulletin. Announcements are not part of the liturgy, which is why they take place after most of the service is completed and only the dismissal and recession remain. This is also why the congregation is seated for the announcements. While the announcements may sometimes seem superfluous, especially if they are repetitions of what is already in the printed materials, it is important to recognize that different people receive information in different ways, and that while some parishioners prefer to read their announcements, others prefer to hear them. The acoustics of the building can sometimes make it difficult to hear and understand what is said. If you find that you are unable to understand what is being said at the lectern, please feel free to ask a member of the clergy, a warden, or the speaker for a repetition or a clarification of the announcement after the service.

** Mother Lisa’s Last Sunday: 28 May will be Mother Lisa’s last Sunday with us at SMM. We will have a reception following both the 9.30 and 11.00 am services on that Sunday to recognize and thank Lisa for her extraordinary ministry here for the last three years.

SMM Pins: It is our custom at our Patronal Festival (Sunday, 23 July, this year) to present SMM pins to parishioners marking their 25th and 50th anniversaries as part of this community. If you are eligible this year, please inform the Parish Office as soon as possible so we can ensure that we have an adequate supply of pins.

Property Wish List – two items donated! Many thanks to a generous parishioner who has volunteered to donate two items from our Wish List. Steps are being taken to purchase and install: 1. Hooks to hang coats/purses and 2. A shelf for purses/books etc. in the women’s washroom downstairs northwest corner (at foot of stairs). 

Spiritual Growth for Adults

The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. The group is currently reading the Gospel of John, using a study guide by N.T. Wright. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

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 a video (Centering Prayer: Opening to the Presence of God) and discussion. For more information please speak with Mother Lisa or 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 Mother Lisa or Leslie Anne Chatterton.

Quiet Day: “Behold Thy Mother: Understanding Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fátima in Today’s World” Saturday, 20 May, 10.00 am–3.00 pm. In our Lady’s month of May, come join us for a quiet day in honour of our Mother Mary, and of the 100th anniversary of her appearance at Fatima, Portugal. We will spend a day meditating on three important apparitions of our Lady — Guadalupe (1531), Lourdes (1858) and Fatima (1917) — and how these events speak to us of God’s desire to heal a broken world. The day begins with Mass in the Lady Chapel at 10.00 am, followed by a light (continental) breakfast. Please bring a bag lunch. For more information, please contact Mother Lisa at lisa@stmarymagdalene.ca.

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

Baseball Game – 4 June. The Parish of St Martin-in-the-Fields has challenged SMM to a fun and light hearted competitive baseball game after Mass on Pentecost. They will also provide a light lunch for us all prior to the game. We need youth and adult players to participate; spectators and supporters for the stands are welcome too! There will be activities for younger children as well. We will leave here after mass and travel to St Martin’s via TTC. Directions can be given to those who wish to drive. Please speak to Mother Jennifer if you are interested to play ball!

** Sunday, 25 June – Sunday School picnic: All children and their families are invited to join us after the 9.30 mass on Sunday, 25 June, for a Sunday school picnic – pot luck style – as we celebrate the end of the school year, and the warm weather in fellowship together. We will meet Healey Willan Park, just behind the church.

** Saturday, 22 July, 10.00 am–2.00 pm – Community Fun Day: On the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene we will be reaching out to our neighbours to celebrate our parish with the wider community with our 3rd annual Fun Day. Games, free food, crafts and more! Come and be part of showing our wonderful hospitality to the neighbourhood.

This month in Sunday School: Jr. and Nursery: We continue to follow the lectionary. In Easter we will focus on the Book of Acts, and the spread of the Gospel specifically focusing on early church leaders such as St. Paul, St. Stephen, and St. Paul. The children are also continuing their work on the Lord’s prayer – working on both memorizing it and learning it in American Sign Language.

Easter Faith@Home: Symbols of growth and renewal have always marked the Easter season. This Easter, as you continue to discuss the meaning of the resurrection with your family, think about growing some wheat seeds. Consider one of the best known Easter hymns “Now the Green Blade Rises”. Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in darkness many days has lain; love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. (CP 237). Wheat seeds will be available at the back of the church with growing instructions and a copy of the song.

SMM Summer Camp: Children 4–12 are invited to join us from 28 August to 1 September, 9.00 am–4.30 pm, with after care offered from 8.30 am–5.30 pm. Our theme this year is Rome – Paul and the Underground Church. We will spend the mornings in first-century Rome, to learn how the church got its start, with rotating stations which include drama, crafts, games and more. In the afternoons we will go out and explore our city including a visit the ROM. To register or for more information visit stmarymagdalene.ca/camp

Outreach & Social Justice

Our annual parish FaithWorks campaign is on now! Information and donation envelopes are on the table at the back of the church. FaithWorks is the annual appeal of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, supporting 18 Anglican-affiliated ministries that offer help and hope to people in need (regardless of church affiliation) throughout south-central Ontario and around the world. These FaithWorks Ministry Partners provide assistance to thousands of individuals and families facing homelessness, domestic violence, illness, poverty and addiction, as well as to communities throughout Canada’s far north and the developing world. Your gift makes a difference! For more information, visit faithworks.ca.

** Community Dinner: Our next Community Dinner will be on 9 June. Set-up begins around 4.30 pm, at St Thomas, Huron Street. We are now switching over to our summer sandwich program. If you can help by making loaves of sandwiches (tuna, peanut butter and jam, ham and cheese), hardboiled eggs, and vegetables, or with set up or clean up, please contact Brian Clarke at b.clarke@utoronto.ca or Joan Porter at porter.joanm@gmail.com. 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, 23 May, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, speak with Father David or Mother Lisa.

Become a regular donor!

The ministry of this parish costs about $1,400 per day. To find out more about offering envelopes or about pre-authorized monthly giving (bank transfer/credit card), please contact the parish office at 416-531-7955 x 2 or office@stmarymagdalene.ca.

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