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Scripture readings for this Sunday – Pentecost VIII
Genesis 29:15–28; Romans 8:26–39; Matthew 13:31–33, 44–52
Scripture readings for the following Sunday – Feast of the Transfiguration
Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14; 2 Peter 1:16–19; Luke 9:28–36
Our rector, Father David, is currently on sabbatical. He will return to the parish on 18 August. During his absence, Mother Jennifer Schick and Father John Whittall are providing clerical leadership to the parish. As always, 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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 email@example.com. There is also a sign-up sheet beside the kitchen door – please make use of it!
Spiritual Growth for Adults
Summer Quiet Day: “For the Beauty of the Earth: God’s Revelation in the Natural World” – Saturday, 26 August, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. Join us for a summer Quiet Day as we reflect on how God speaks to us through the beauty of nature, and how living in the natural world can be a form of prayer. The location will be the East Room at the Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Sam Smith Park Drive (southeast corner of Kipling Avenue and Lakeshore Blvd.) It is easily accessible by subway and the Kipling Ave bus. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wednesday Morning Discussion Group meets from 11.00 am to noon following the 10.00 am Mass. The group has finished reading the Gospel of John, using a study guide by N.T. Wright, and is taking a break for the summer. We will start up again in the fall. In the meantime, you are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation in the lounge after mass. 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 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 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
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. Bursaries are available for those who need them. To register or for more information visit stmarymagdalene.ca/camp
Faith@Home this summer: Remember the 3 “P” of Vacation. 1) Pray: School is out and the weeks fill up quickly but don’t forget to make the time to pray. Prior to road trips pray for safety; if you see disruptions on the road or ambulances pass you by – say a prayer for those involved; pray for God to be with your child in the new experiences which summer sometimes brings. Say graces at meals, and if you are out of town, explore worshipping at another church. 2) Praise: In summer we have the opportunity to spend more time outdoors. 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. As you take in the wonders of the natural world, 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, 6 August, and Sunday, 3 September, (the long weekends). 11.00 am Sunday School will run on 16, 23, and 30 July, and 20 and 27 August, and start up again on 10 September.
Help us reach our fundraising goal for Pikangikum! The children are learning about the First Nations town of Pikangikum in June. (Read more about it on the back page!) To date they have raised $700! Please consider donating to help us reach our goal of $1000. It costs $22,000 to outfit a home so we know that this will only be a drop in the bucket – but we know that other churches are also helping and if everyone does something the situation can change!
Outreach & Social Justice
Community Dinner: Our next Community Dinner will be on 4 August. 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 email@example.com or Joan Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, 22 August, at 2.30 pm. Please consider joining this ministry of sacrament and presence. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.
In the Wider Community
Art Show: Ronald Malcolm Lambert – 27–30 July, 2017, at 1340 Queen Street West; reception on Saturday, 29 July, 2.00 pm. Mr Lambert is a Canadian abstract painter, who is celebrating his 90th birthday with a show of his current work. Lawrence Brissenden, an occasional visitor to SMM, is helping to organize the show, and invites you to come and see what an artist can do with form and colour.
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 email@example.com.