ANNOUNCEMENTS – 28 January 2018

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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Epiphany IV
Deuteronomy 18:15–20; 1 Corinthians 8:1–13; Mark 1:21–28

Scripture readings for next Sunday – Epiphany V
Isaiah 40:21–31; 1 Corinthians 9:16–23; Mark 1:29–39

Our Parish Community

** TODAY – 2018 Budget Preview: Sunday, 28 January, after the 9.30 and 11.00 am services. Review a draft version of the 2018 operating budget, ask questions, and give us your feedback! Electronic copies will also be available.

Candlemas, Friday, 2 February: 6.00 pm Procession & Solemn Mass, followed by a pot-luck supper. There is a sign-up sheet downstairs in Hiscocks Hall – if you are going to be there, please sign up for a little job so that we know we have enough people to run the pot-luck! Many hands make light work, and the more who help the faster it goes.

** Tuesday 13 February, 5.45–7.00 pm – Pancake Dinner! An all-you-can-eat pancake dinner the night before Lent. A small cost for dinner will be charged at the door. All ages welcome! The night will include a bon-fire as we prepare ashes for the next day’s Ash Wednesday services. Dinner will start being served at 5.45 so that we can invite the kids from ACTE (who use the basement on Tuesdays). Mass will be at 6.00 pm, and palms will be burnt at 6.30, after which we can all go for more pancakes!

** Ash Wednesday – Wednesday, 14 February: 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, 14 February, 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 know. For more information, see www.ashestogo.org.

Vestry Reports: Our annual Vestry Meeting will take place on Sunday, 25 February. Anyone submitting a report to Vestry is asked to please give it to the Parish Office by Monday, 12 February, so that we have time to assemble the Vestry Package. Please see the back page of these announcements for the Social Justice Vestry Motion for 2018.

Willan 50 Concert: Friday, 16 February 2018, 8.00 pm. Pay what you can at the door. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan, who served SMM as its organist and director of music from 1921 until his death. Put it in your calendars!

The Choirs of SMM are holding a reunion on 18 February 2018 as part of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Healey Willan. They will sing Evensong & Benediction that afternoon at 4.30 after rehearsing in advance with Giles Bryant. All parishioners are invited to attend the Evensong and reception. Choristers can register at Eventbrite/SMM Chorister Reunion (no charge) to help us prepare. For further information, please contact norahbolton@gmail.com.

Spiritual Growth for Adults

** RESCHEDULED! – Liturgy Moments: Our next Liturgy Moment (a brief talk on some aspect of liturgy or religious practice) will take place on Sunday, 11 February. Topic: The Eucharistic Prayer (or Canon) is the prayer that the celebrant prays at every mass which includes the narrative of the Last Supper. At SMM we use a variety of eucharistic prayers. Come to find out more about the history, structure, and meaning of these prayers.

“Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”: Wednesday evenings, beginning 21 February, 6.30–9.00 pm, at St Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Avenue. A six-week Lenten series of prayer and reflection on the Gospel of John, let by Bishop Jenny Andison. Begins with a light meal and ends with Compline. Free-will offering. Register at https://www.toronto.anglican.ca/about-the-diocese/area-bishops/york-credit-valley-2/ycv_events/

The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We are currently reading The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information, please contact Fr David.

Ecotheology Book Club: Come and explore creation as the primary revelation of God, and learn how our new understanding of the origins of life shapes our moral response to the natural world. We’ll begin by reading the first five chapters of Journey of the Universe by Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker (available at amazon.ca), as well as a short online response. Meetings will take place on the third Tuesday of the month, beginning 20 February, 7.00–8.30 pm. For more information, please contact Carole Giangrande (cgian@rogers.com) or Brian Gibson (brian.gibson@utoronto.ca)

** 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. In Lentwe are reading The Cloud of Unknowing, translated by Ira Progoff. 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.

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

Epiphany Faith at Home: “Chalking the door” is a way to celebrate and literally mark the occasion of the Epiphany and God’s blessing of our lives and home. It is an invitation for Jesus to be a daily guest in our home and lives. With time the chalk will fade. As it does we let the meaning of the symbols written sink into the depths of our heart and be manifest in our words and actions. Chalk was blessed at Saturday’s Epiphany Mass and can be found at the back of the church. How to Chalk One’s Home: A traditional way of doing this is to use chalk blessed during the Epiphany liturgy and write above the home’s entryway, 20 + C + M + B + 18. The letters C, M, B have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the three magi: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. They also abbreviate the Latin words Christus mansionem benedicat, “May Christ bless the house.” The “+” signs represent the cross, and 20 and 18 indicate the year.

Sunday School in Epiphany: Epiphany marks the beginning of the season of manifestation or recognition. The event we recognize at Epiphany is the Magi’s visit, but throughout this season we will also hear stories of Jesus’ baptism, many healing stories, and his transfiguration. In Sunday school we will be focusing on the Gospel stories each Sunday as we seek to better recognize and understand Jesus and his mission in the world.

** Wednesday, 14 February, 8.30–5.30 pm – Ash Wednesday Exploration Day at St James Cathedral. Children 6+ are invited to join Mother Jennifer at the Cathedral for a day of exploring the themes of reconciliation through engaging educational activities. Children can be dropped off at St Mary Magdalene’s at 8.30 am. We will travel to the Cathedral via TTC; aftercare will be offered at SMM until 5.30 pm.

Outreach & Social Justice

Community Dinner Outreach: Our next Dinner will be on Friday, 23 February, 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, 27 February, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.

MURP Update

Our new refugee family, who arrived in Canada at the end of November‎, are settling in very well. They have spent the last five years in sultry Malaysia, and so our very wintry December has been an adventure for them! They all have appropriate winter clothing, and have been enjoying typically Canadian activities with the help of the support group, members of the congregation, and our earlier Iraqi refugee! The family will be moving in the second half of January to an apartment at Bloor and Rusholme, at which point the children will begin attending school at Dewson. We are particularly grateful for the willingness of a member of the congregation to co-sign the lease, which allows the family to start building a credit history in Canada. Also because of the generosity and patience of the ‎congregation, we are in pretty good shape in terms of furnishing the new apartment. There are a handful of things they still need, and there will be some items that we need to purchase new. What is mostly needed at this point are gift cards for places such as IKEA, HomeSense, and Canadian Tire. Once the family is settled in their new apartment, they have expressed a desire to meet more formally with the congregation – stay tuned for a date in February or March when we will bring them in on a Sunday.

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