ANNOUNCEMENTS – 27 August to 10 September 2017

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Please note: The Parish Office will be closed from Monday, 28 August, to Friday, 8 September, inclusive, while the Parish Administrator is on holiday. 

Our Parish Community

** A requiem mass for James Muir will be held at the Church of St-Martin-in-the-Fields (151 Glenlake Avenue, just north of the Keele subway station) on Saturday, 23 September, at 11.00 am. James, who died in June, was an indomitable presence at SMM over the past few years as part of the Wednesday discussion group, the Community Dinner, hospitality at the Community Fun Day, and many other activities. We mourn his loss. Fr David will be the preacher at the requiem.

Prayer Shawls: Summer has arrived, the perfect time to pull out those needles and crochet hooks to start making Prayer Shawls! Just think how wonderfully relaxed you’ll be as you sit in the shade of your favourite outdoor space prayerfully bringing into being a warm hug for someone in need. Wouldn’t it be great to set aside a few minutes each day to get in touch with your most prayerful self? Speak to Lynn Singer or email her at the Hospitality email address (hospitality@stmarymagdalene.ca) regarding yarn. She has quite a selection of colours to choose from. The funds to provide the yarn are donated, so if you are not a maker please consider a donation to this wonderful ministry. Or if you know someone who is looking to become part of this ministry, please let them know and we will be happy to have them join our SMM group!

Young people are an important part of our community! Our appeal in support of Children and Youth ministries is on now. Would you please consider making a special donation?

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. Beginning on 6 September, we will be 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 a video (Centering Prayer: Opening to the Presence of God) and discussion. For more information please speak with Mary Catherine Doyle. NOTE: Centering Prayer is on hiatus until 7 September – enjoy your summer!

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. 

Did you know?

** We have Wi-Fi downstairs! Check the sign on the wall in Hiscocks Hall for login information.

We have a wheelchair for anyone who needs mobility assistance while visiting SMM. It’s located outside the Sacristy – ask a warden or sidesperson for help if you need it.

We have a first aid kit in the kitchen, under the handwashing sink just inside the door.

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

Vacation Bible School Needs Your Help! Our children will be learning about St Paul and underground church in Rome. We are now accepting donations for the program: To decorate our space we need: Big floor pillows soft rugs, brassware, pottery, goblets, Roman posters, etc. We will take great care of these things and all will be returned after camp. We also need old bedsheets, pillowcases, or materials to make togas. Donations of food or small financial contributions will also be gratefully accepted: canned nuts, dried fruit, pita bread, crackers, etc. All items can be place under the table at the back of the church or given to Melisa Leyland or Alana McCord or brought in on 27 August. If you would like to go back in time with us there we can still use a volunteer or two. Please speak to Alana or Melisa for more information.

Faith@Home this summer: Remember the 3 “P” of Vacation. 1) Pray: Don’t forget to make time to pray. Prior to road trips pray for safety; if you see disruptions on the road or ambulances pass you by pray for those involved; pray for God to be with your child in the new experiences which summer sometimes brings. Say grace at meals, and if you are out of town, explore worshipping at another church. 2) Praise: Take time to enjoy the natural world and give praise for the bounty of the earth, be it the fruits of your garden, the flowers at the local park or new scenery on a vacation. Take time to count your blessings too! 3) Play: God commanded the Israelites to “Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). Use this time to unplug and rest. Spend time with families and friends. Play and have fun!

Save the Date! Baseball in the Fall – Sunday, 17 September: SMM will be taking on our neighbouring parish St- Martin-in-the-Fields for an epic outdoor baseball game. Players and cheerleaders welcome. Food and drink will be provided. Stay tuned for more details.

Sunday School in the Summer: We will continue to offer Sunday school at SMM over the summer months. 9.30 am Sunday School will run every week except for Sunday, 3 September, (the long weekend). 11.00 am Sunday School will run on 27 August, and start up again on Sunday, 10 September.

Outreach & Social Justice

** Community Dinner: Our next Community Dinner will be on 8 September. Set-up begins around 4.30 pm, at St Thomas, Huron Street. This is the last meal of 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. Our hot meal program starts up in October. 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 September, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

A Word from Fr David

** I’m extraordinarily grateful to have had the opportunity to take a sabbatical from SMM this spring and summer. It came at an opportune time after seven years as your rector, allowing time for rest, re-creation and refreshment. The highlight, to be sure, was walking the Camino de Santiago (800 km and no blisters!), but also time for continuing my Doctor of Ministry studies. I have one week left of vacation this summer and will be away from the parish from 25 August to 1 September, enjoying family time with Sarah and Rachel before they resume university. I’m deeply grateful to all of those who made this sabbatical possible, not least our wardens, Mother Jennifer, Father John and our other honorary assistants, Elisabeth and Andrew. Thank you!

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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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