ANNOUNCEMENTS – 19 February 2017

Please note:
The Parish Office will be closed on
Monday, 20 February for the Family Day holiday, and on
Friday, 24 February, while the Parish Administrator has a day off.

Upcoming Events
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Scripture readings for this Sunday Epiphany VII
Leviticus 19:1–2, 9–18; 1 Corinthians 3:10–11, 16–23; Matthew 5:38–48

Scripture readings for the following SundayLast Sunday after Epiphany
Exodus 24:12–18; 2 Peter 1:16–21, 16–23; Matthew 17:1–9

Our Parish Community

** Annual Vestry Meeting! Next week, 26 February. Said Mass at 8.00 am and Solemn Parish Mass at 10.00 am, with the Vestry Meeting to follow. We need finger food! If you can bring room-temperature nibbles to sustain us through the discussion, we would be very grateful. Please speak to Lynn Singer or Viola Lang if you have any questions about food, or email hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca

Tax Receipts are ready! Please pick yours up at the back of the church, and save us the cost of postage!

Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, 1 March: Said Mass at 7.15 am & 10.00 am; Penitential Rite & Solemn Mass at 6.00 pm. The imposition of ashes will take place at all masses. Please bring in your palms from last year and place them in the basket at the back of the church. They will be used to make the ashes for Ash Wednesday.

Ashes to Go: We will, once again, take ashes “to the streets” on Ash Wednesday, 1 March, first, from 8.00–9.00 am in front of the church, as students and parents walk to school; then from 12.00 noon–1.00 pm at the corner of College & Euclid. We will offer prayer and the imposition of ashes on the forehead of anyone who desires it. We need at least two other people at both times to help provide a friendly presence. Will you join us? Please let Fr David or Mother Jennifer know. For more information, see www.ashestogo.org.

Weaving the World: Schola Magdalena welcomes Darbazi Georgian choir, Saturday, 4 March, at 8.00 pm. Medieval liturgical music entwines with the earthy tones of Georgian folk music. Hildegard, Dunstable, Dufay, Georgian traditional chant, Appalachian folk song, and brand new music. Come as you are; pay what you can.

Through the Eyes of Mary Magdalene

Through the Eyes of Mary Magdalene: A five-part Lenten series involving mindfulness, prayer … and theatre! Beginning Saturday, 4 March, for two hours (1.00–3.00 pm), each week we will read and reflect on scenes from the Bible and then “table read and workshop” them theatre-style. The focus is Mary Magdalene and her experience of our Lord and his earthly ministry. We are not creating a formal play, and absolutely no theatre experience is required! All activities will take place in a supportive environment that will help us come to know each other better as part of God’s family. Everybody is welcome! You may want to come as a group with friends or family members. For details, please speak to Conrad Bergschneider, Elizabeth Rael, or David Greig.

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 see 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 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.

** Collegium Magdalenae: Welcome to Christianity. Tuesday evenings, 17 January to 21 February, 2017, 7.00 pm–8.30 pm, in the lounge. This is a gentle six-week introduction to the core elements of the Anglican faith: God, the Bible, Jesus and the Christian Church. You are encouraged to bring any questions you have. All of your questions are good questions! This week’s topic: Where do I fit in? For more information, please contact Joanne Christiansen at jo.m.christiansen@gmail.com

** Collegium Magdalenae – “Engaging Questions: An Introduction to Christian Apologetics”: Join us this Lent for a five-week introductory course on Apologetics, in which (with the help of Christian apologists C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and D.L. Sayers) we will explore the ways in which we define our beliefs to others, and to ourselves. Tuesday evenings, 7 March to 4 April 2017, from 7.00 pm–8.30 pm, in the lounge.

Lenten Retreat: The SMM Lenten retreat (31 March to 2 April) is now full, with all fourteen slots spoken for. That said, the Convent has indicated that they could accommodate up to two more people, so if you missed your chance and are interested in joining members of the parish for a weekend of prayer, rest and reflection, please speak with me. David+

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

This month in Sunday School: Jr. and Nursery: This month in the Nursery and Jr. Sunday school we are continuing to follow the lectionary, which focuses on the sermon on the Mount for most of February. Sr. Sunday School: The second Sunday of each month continues with Fr David in the hotseat with “Big Questions with Fr. David”. All other Sundays will be a study of the Book of Revelations led by Mother Jennifer and the Sr. Sunday school teaching team. Youth are invited to come out and explore what this books says, and why it is important. Please note that there will be no Sr. Sunday school on 19 February.

Loving our neighbours: This month in Sunday school the children at 9.30 and 11.00 am created Caring Bags to be distributed to those who are sick or feeling under the weather. We need your help to distribute them! Do you have a friend, co-worker or neighbour who is feeling unwell and needing a little pick-me-up? If so please take one of the bags and give it to them as a gift from you and the children of the parish.

Ash Wednesday Day for Youth, 1 March, 8.30 am–3.30 pm: Youth ages 9+ are invited to join us as we team up with St. Anne’s Anglican Church to explore what Ash Wednesday is all about. We’ll have a mid-day service, burn palms and spend time volunteering. RSVP with Mother Jennifer.

All Ages Games Night! Saturday, 18 March 5.00–9.00 pm: This March Break, people of all ages and stages are welcome to come out and play games, socialize and eat! Fr David will be hosting a Bridge game in the lounge, the Greigs will be overseeing a ping pong tournament, more card and board games will be out, including life sized games! Pizza, snacks and drinks will be sold for a small cost. Come out and play with us.

Children and Spirituality – A listening workshop for parents and children, Sunday, 26 March, 2.00–5.00 pm: We all have an inside story that needs more than just our ears to hear. Parents can help their children listen to their inside story in a gentle and affirming way. Children are incredibly resilient – even more so when parents and care givers offer them a caring way to help with their difficult emotions. And when we listen, we learn something. Come join us to learn how to listen to your child in a new and meaningful way.

Faith@home: As Valentine’s day approaches, think of creating a “kindness box” out of an old kleenex box to measure love given and received by good deeds. Each day members of the family write down something kind that happened that day and put it inside the box. This could be something you did for someone else, or something you witnessed or a kind act someone did for you. At the end of the month open the box and read together all the things inside, and give thanks for the gift of kindness.

Outreach & Social Justice

Community Dinner: Our next Community Dinner will be on Friday, 24 February. Set-up begins around 4.30 pm, at St Thomas, Huron Street. We are switching over to our hot meal program. If you can help with rich comfort food like scalloped potatoes, chicken, ham, or beef, vegetarian dishes, and casseroles, 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, 28 February, at 2.30 pm. Our services at the O’Neill Centre are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, speak with Father David or Mother Lisa.

Our Prayer Shawl ministry continues. For more information about this project, or to pick up some yarn, please speak to Lynn Singer at any time or email her at hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca.

Social Justice Vestry Motion 2017: Continuing the Call to Reconciliation. As part of our Church’s efforts to respond to Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), the 2017 social justice vestry motion will once again focus on addressing these Calls to Action by encouraging parishes to carry out reflection and study within their congregations as well as calling on the government to implement one of the key elements of the TRC’s calls. More information will be distributed as an insert in your bulletin in the coming weeks. Or you may also visit: www.toronto.anglican.ca/parish-life/social-justice-and-advocacy/social-justice-vestry-motion/

Financially Supporting SMM

The ministry of this parish costs about $1400 per day, and relies on the financial support of those who worship here. We invite you to support SMM through regular financial contributions. If you would like more information about making monthly pre-authorized donations, or weekly or monthly offering envelopes, please contact the parish office at 416.531.7955 x 2 or office@stmarymagdalene.ca

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