ANNOUNCEMENTS – 21 May 2017

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

Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Easter VII
Acts 1:6–14; 1 Peter 4:12–14; John 17:1–11

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.

Please note:
The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, 22 May, for Victoria Day.

Our Parish Community

** Parishioners are invited to bring in rose petals to be used for the procession of our Lady on 27 May. Speak to Veronica for more details.

** Ascension Day – Potluck Supper: Thursday, 25 May, we celebrate Ascension Day with a 6.00 pm Procession & Solemn Mass, followed by a pot-luck supper. As always we need help with set-up and clean-up: At least 2 more people willing to come before the start of the service to help with set-up (tables and chairs, taking delivery of early-arriving foods), and a few people to stay for clean-up (washing up, dealing with any leftover food). We also need food! Please bring your food ready-plated, and afterwards take your dishes home to wash – it makes clean-up much faster! If you are able to help, please let the Hospitality Team (Lynn Singer and Viola Lang – hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca) know as soon as possible. Please help out if you can; this kind of event depends so much on your generous and cheerful selves.

** The Spring Plant Sale will take place on Saturday, 27 May (10.00 am–1.00 pm), and Sunday, 28 May (after the 9.30 am Sung Mass). The Plant Sale is held every spring in support of parish outreach. If you can help out on the day of the sale, or if you have houseplants or perennials you would like to donate, please speak to David Greig or call him at 647-622-6831.

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 if you would like to read!

Yard Sale Volunteers: We will be distributing flyer to the local community, and need helpers to do this, as well as volunteers for the sale. Please sign up at the back of the church for any (or all) of these tasks. For more information, please ask any of the wardens.

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.

** Schola Magdalena Concert: 31 May 2017 at 7.00 pm at the historic St Anne’s Anglican Church. Schola Magdalena sings Gregorian chant, Hildegard, Machaut, Dunstable, Binchois and Dufay, as well as works by our very own Stephanie Martin. Schola will be joined by St Anne’s music director and organist, John-Luke Addison. This event is a fundraiser for the St Anne’s organ restoration project.

Spiritual Growth for Adults

** Movie: “Into Great Silence” – Saturday, 24 June, 3.00–6.00 pm. Join us for a screening of this remarkable film documenting the life of prayer at the monastery of the Grande Chartreuse. A unique and moving glimpse into the world of an ancient monastic community. For more information, please contact Joanne Christiansen at jo.m.christiansen@gmail.com.

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. Please note: We are NOT meeting on 25 May, because of the 6.00 pm Procession & Solemn Mass for Ascension Day.

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.

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. These may be highlights of what is in the bulletin, or important updates or requests that haven’t made it into the bulletin. They are not part of the liturgy, which is why they take place after most of the service is completed, and why the congregation is seated for the announcements. While they may sometimes seem superfluous, especially if the items are already in the printed materials, we 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 what is said. If you have difficulty hearing them, 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.

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

Baseball Game – 4 June. Please sign up if you are interested in participating in the parish softball game. We need to know numbers for lunch and snacks! 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. If you wish to grab lunch on your own and meet us at the field, the game will be played at Lithuania Park, 155 Oakmount Road. 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, and St Stephen. The children are also continuing their work on the Lord’s prayer – working on both memorizing it and learning it in American Sign Language.

Faith@Home: This week we studied the life of St Paul. At home, read dramatically this powerful story of Saul/Paul’s conversion, blindness and healing, as found in Acts 9:1–19. Ask family members to take the various speaking parts and another to read the non-speaking parts as the narrator. Be dramatic! Let non-readers take parts, too; coach them as appropriate when it’s their turn to speak. If this works well, continue with the story of Paul, Silas and the jailor, found in Acts 16:16–34.

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.

In the Wider Community

** Sunday, 11 June, 2.00–5.00 pm, PARA (The Palmerston Area Residential Association) will be hosting their annual neighbourhood party and fundraiser. We are looking for volunteers to help with set up, be a welcoming presence in the church, and to man a church information table during the festivities outside. If you are interested please speak with Mother Jennifer.

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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