ANNOUNCEMENTS 19 November 2017

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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Pentecost XXIII
Judges 4:1–7; 1 Thessalonians 5:1–11; Matthew 25:14–30

Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11–16, 20–24; Ephesians 1:15–23; Matthew 25:31–46

Please note:
The Parish Office will be closed Thursday, 23 November, and Friday, 24 November, while the Parish Administrator takes a vacation.

Our Parish Community

** Our next pot-luck supper is for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on Friday, 8 December. A sign-up sheet is already set up in Hiscocks Hall. If you are able to help out with set-up or clean-up, please put your name down – if we don’t have enough people signed up, we can’t make it happen!

Please hold the date! The Annual Advent Bake Sale will be held in Hiscock’s Hall on Sunday, 10 December, after the 9.30 and 11.00 am services. Please see the Hospitality bulletin board to sign up to help out on the day, bring those specialties that come out of your kitchen and to order SMM favourites.

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. Put it in your calendars!

Get Involved

SMM Singers: All are welcome to join the SMM Singers in their musical offering at the 9.30 am Sung Eucharist. We rehearse at 9.00 am every Sunday morning and are always delighted to welcome new voices and instrumentalists.

Flowers: There are still lots of Sundays when we need flowers for the church! If you are interested in giving flowers, please fill out one of the forms under the roster in Hiscocks Hall, and either put it in the offering plate, or return it to Carolyn McIntire Smyth or to the Parish Office.

We’re looking for teams to help out with the coffee hours on Sundays. We would like to arrange for 4 or more groups to handle the 2 coffee hours every Sunday. If you would like to be part of a team of people (2–4) to set up and clean up please speak to a member of the Hospitality Committee. There would be help in learning the ropes! And the “old hands” would be around on a regular basis. Please give this your utmost consideration. This is a wonderful way to meet your fellow parishioners and to serve in a meaningful way in our community. For more information, email hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca. There is also a sign-up sheet beside the kitchen door – please make use of it!    

Spiritual Growth for Adults

The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We have finished reading Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper. Our next book is The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. 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.

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 Ecotheology, Tuesdays, 17 October to 28 November, 7.00–8.30 pm. A six-week program on the meaning and implications of ecotheology. 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 brian.gibson@utoronto.ca or Carole Giangrande at cgian@rogers.com. If you miss a session, notes can be found at www.stmarymagdalene.ca/christian-education/spiritual-growth-for-adults

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

** Christmas Pageant – We will be having a Christmas pageant again this year at the 4.00 pm Sung Mass on Christmas Eve, and as always we are looking for actors! Our director this year is Noura Kevorkian – another award winning Canadian director (SMM is blessed with talent!). Rehearsals will be Sundays at 11.00 am on 3 December, 10 December, and 17 December, as well as a dress rehearsal on Saturday, 23 December at 3.00 pm. 11.00 am children will be upstairs in time for the offertory each Sunday.

** We raised over $2000.00 at our fundraiser on 5 November! Thanks to everyone who came out – your support is greatly appreciated.

** PA Day Camp – 1 December, 9.00 am–4.00 pm (Before and After Care from 8.00 am–5.30 pm): Come join us as we explore the Christmas Story – including taking a trip to see the Christmas film The Star! Cost $20.00. Register now online at www.stmarymagdalene.ca/events!

** An All-Ages Night for Advent – Saturday, 2 December, 5.00–7.30 pm: Join us for a meal, songs, and stories, and make a wreath for Advent! $5.00/child, $10.00/adult, $25.00/family. If you made a wreath last year, bring your wreath form! Register now online at www.stmarymagdalene.ca/events!

This month in Sunday School: In preparation for Christ the King Sunday we will be following the Gospel readings and parables, exploring what it means to be in the Kingdom of God and to follow Jesus our King.

Faith@Home: Read together, either from a Bible, or a children’s Bible, one or more of the parables about the kingdom of God. Talk about the imagery in the parable(s): What does this tell us about God’s kingdom? How is our family like God’s kingdom? How is it not yet like God’s kingdom? Then try to think of your own images or picture for God’s kingdom, for example, “The Kingdom of God is like a picnic—everyone brings different dishes and we play games together.”

Outreach & Social Justice

** Community Dinner Outreach:Our next Dinner will be on Friday, 22 December, at St Thomas’, Huron Street.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, 19 December, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.

MURP Update

Household furnishings for refugee family needed! We are expecting our family of four to arrive sometime between late November and early January. We are going to need to set up an entire household for our new family. If you have furniture in good condition that you are looking to get rid of, please let us know! We also need kitchen utensils and small appliances, dishes, cookware, and so on. You can email info@murp.ca with the particulars. Thanks!

** Our new refugee family is still waiting for the administrative processes related to resettlement to be completed. The UN agency coordinating the issuance of visas is working with the family, so we hope we will be able to greet them at Pearson airport within the next two months. We have been looking for accommodation for them. This is difficult not only because of the vacancy rate and the affordability of rental accommodation, but also because many landlords simply don’t want to rent to people that don’t (yet) have jobs, in spite of rent guarantees by SMM. We are hopeful about a place we applied to last week, though, and by the time you read this, we’ll know whether we have it or not. If we don’t get it, the search will continue. If you happen to know of 2- or 3-bedroom apartments or houses that might be available as of January 1, please send an email to info@murp.ca.

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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