ANNOUNCEMENTS – 5 November 2017

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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Pentecost XXII
Joshua 3:7–17; 1 Thessalonians 2:9–13; Matthew 23:1–12

Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Pentecost XXIII
Joshua 24:1–3a, 14–25; 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18; Matthew 25:1–13

Our Parish Community

** 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.

** First Annual SMM Art Show & Silent Auction On the evening of Friday, 17 November, SMM will be holding its first annual Art Show & Silent Auction from 6.30–10.00 pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at the office. We need your help with: 1) donations of items and services to be auctioned – art, crystal, china, silver, rare books, small antiques, vacation rentals, tickets to cultural and sporting events, and other such items; 2) team members to help us plan, organize, and run the show; 3) contributors to provide hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages to be served during the event; 4) attendees! To volunteer, please speak to David Greig or Elizabeth Salvaterra, whose contact information you can find on the back of your leaflet.

Corporation would like to consult with you about staffing levels for 2018! With Mother Lisa’s departure, we have moved from 2.5 clergy positions to 1.5. Our operating deficit has been reduced but not eliminated. Should we look at staffing a new clergy position? Half-time? Full-time? Or leave staffing alone for 2018? A series of Town Halls has been scheduled to discuss this issue and hear feedback: 1) Monday, 6 November, 7.00 pm. 2) Saturday, 11 November, 11.15 am. 3) Sunday, 12 November, 10.45 am and 12.45 pm. Information about our present finances and possible staffing options and costs will be available as of 29 October. Everyone is encouraged to review this information and attend a Town Hall to ask questions and state their views. If you can’t make it to a Town Hall, you can tell us what you think using an online form. All input will be considered as Corporation draws up a staffing plan and budget for 2018.

Household furnishings for refugee family needed! We are expecting our family of four to arrive from Syria (via Malaysia) sometime between late November and early January. The last person we resettled lived in furnished accommodations for his first year, but we are going to need to set up an entire household for our new family. If you have furniture that is in good condition that you are looking to get rid of, please let us know! We also need things like kitchen utensils and small appliances, dishes, cookware, and so on. You can email info@murp.ca with the particulars. Thanks!

Camino Talk: Fr David will be giving a talk on his experience walking the Camino de Santiago this past spring on Wednesday, 15 November, from 7.30 to 8.30 pm. Come to hear about his experience and see some photographs.

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!

Spiritual Growth for Adults

The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. We are 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 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.

Saturday, 18 November, 9.30 am–4.30 pm: Introduction to Centering Prayer. At St John’s Convent (233 Cummer Avenue). $30.00 if you bring a bag lunch; a hot meal is an additional $15.00. Registration deadline, 11 November. Email foodforthesoul@ssjd.ca.

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 NOTE: This week’s session was postponed to accommodate Hallowe’en – an extra session will be added on 28 November to make it up!

Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth

** TODAY! Fundraiser! On Sunday, 5 November, during coffee hour, please come and support the Children & Youth ministry as well as the need for clean water in Pikangikum. For sale will be cakes, jams, Christmas ornaments, food for lunch and much more. Bring your appetite as we raise funds for these important causes.

** 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.” 

Diocesan Youth Retreat

Last weekend I had the privilege of traveling to Muskoka Woods Camp with five youth from the parish for a weekend of fun, fellowship and learning with 140 youth from across the diocese. The theme of the weekend was “Agents of Change” and our speaker, the Rev’d Sheila Ashworth, challenged us to be agents of change by deepen our relationship with Christ and living out our baptismal covenant to be the light of Christ in the world. We had times of prayer both collectively and individually ranging from games, to times of silent prayer and meditation, to finishing the weekend with a Eucharistic celebration. In our free time there was skateboarding, rock-climbing, and archery, and time for getting to know and enjoy the company of other youth in the church. Jennifer+

Outreach & Social Justice

Community Dinner Outreach: Our next Dinner will be on Friday, 24 November, 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, 21 November, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please speak to Fr David.

Thank You!

** Thanks to all who made the All Saints’ Day potluck supper such a success – especially all of you who helped tidy up and wash the dishes with no hot water! You are true heroes! 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 – it makes it much easier to plan these events when we know who will be there!

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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