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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Easter IV
Acts 2:42–47; 1 Peter 2:19–25; John 10:1–10
Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Easter V
Acts 7:55–60; 1 Peter 2:2–10; John 14:1–14
Please note that 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.
Our Parish Community
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.
Did you know? The parish has a presence online and on social media, where we have photos, meditations, and announcements in shareable form (in case you want to share us with somebody … ). You can find us at:
Twitter: Follow @SMMToronto
Prayer Shawl Ministry Update: We had 21 prayer shawls blessed. As of last week we only had 2 left! Thank you to all who participated!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a sign-up sheet beside the kitchen door – please make use of it!
Spiritual Growth for Adults
Feast of Our Lady of Fátima, Saturday, 13 May. At the 10.00 am Mass we will observe the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s appearance at Fátima, Portugal, which occurred on this day in 1917. Join us for this celebration.
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 see 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 Mother Lisa or Mary Catherine Doyle.
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.
Quiet Day: “Behold Thy Mother: Understanding Guadalupe, Lourdes, and Fátima in Today’s World” Saturday, 20 May, 10.00 am–3.00 pm. In our Lady’s month of May, come join us for a quiet day in honour of our Mother Mary, and of the 100th anniversary of her appearance at Fatima, Portugal. We will spend a day meditating on three important apparitions of our Lady — Guadalupe (1531), Lourdes (1858) and Fatima (1917) — and how these events speak to us of God’s desire to heal a broken world. The day begins with Mass in the Lady Chapel at 10.00 am, followed by a light (continental) breakfast. Please bring a bag lunch. For more information, please contact Mother Lisa at email@example.com.
Spiritual Growth for Children & Youth
** Cancelled Games Night – Outing to Godspell instead. On Saturday, 13 May, young members of St Andrew’s and their friends, including our own Felicity Burbidge, will be putting on the joyful production of “Godspell!” This Broadway musical tells the story of Jesus’ ministry and teachings through songs, stories and dance, and our young people are excited to be presenting it to you! There is no charge to attend, but donations will be received at the shows to support the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Please speak to Mother Jennifer if you or your youth is interested in attending!
** Baseball Game – 4 June. The Anglo Catholic 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. Please speak to Mother Jennifer if you are interested to play ball!
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, St. Stephen, and St. Paul. The children are also continuing their work on the Lord’s prayer – working on both memorizing it and learning it in American Sign Language.
Easter Faith@Home: Symbols of growth and renewal have always marked the Easter season. This Easter Week as you continue to discuss the meaning of the resurrection with your family, think about growing some wheat seeds. Consider one of the best known Easter hymns “Now the Green Blade Rises”. Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain, wheat that in darkness many days has lain; love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again like wheat that springeth green. (CP 237). Wheat seeds will be available at the back of the church with growing instructions and a copy of the song.
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 12 May. Set-up begins around 4.30 pm, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Joan Porter at email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.