Master Gardener Talk on Pollinator Gardens - 1 June, 1.00-3.00 pm

Join us on Saturday, 1 June, from 1.00-3.00 pm for a talk on Pollinator Gardens by Toronto Master Gardener Joyce Tan.

As our church community begins to ‘green’ our yard by creating a native plant garden, we are keen to reach out to the greater community to let them know what we are doing with our space, and why. Joyce is very knowledgeable and passionate about this issue, and there is much that those of us who live in cities can do to help and support wild bees, butterflies, and other insects that keep our gardens alive.

Learn how to identify native pollinators and why they are important to the environment, what sort of plants are best to attract native pollinators, and how to make your garden more attractive and friendly to these helpful and beneficial insects.

The talk will take place in the church itself and there will be time for Q&A. Come yourself, and tell your gardener friends!

Rotary AIDS Walk

This coming Saturday, the St. Mary Magdalene Marchers are walking a very important 5k in support and alongside our friends from Latinos Positivos.  This year will be our 9th year of participation and our 8th year supporting Latinos Positivos! 

Some important facts about Latinos Positivos:

·  They are an organization that is 100% volunteer run.  They count St. Mary Magdalene as one of their main sponsors (meaning they rely heavily on the money we raise at this walk).

·  They provide services to the Spanish-speaking HIV/AIDS community in Toronto.

·  These services include counselling, translations, interpretation, settlement support, positive prevention, office services, the registration process (intake) and more.  

·  Currently, Latinos Positivos receives an average of one new HIV+ client a day!

Learn more about their mission in this presentation.

The attached presentation has more information about this life-saving and hope-bringing organization. Take a look through it to learn more.  

Some very exciting news is that Latinos Positivos has been named as the walk's residual beneficiary!!!  This means that in addition to the money we raise, a portion of all money raised by all walkers will go to Latinos Positivos.  

Please consider making a donation and/or join the team and walk with us! Our goal is to raise a minimum of $2,000, and we have currently reached just over 10% of our goal. 

Make a donation: 

Thank you in advance for your support!

Stations of the Cross for Families

On Good Friday we adapt this ancient ritual for our younger parishioners. Parents, chiildren and grandparents gather to hear the story, learn about the cross and its significance and walk through the events of the story. Because it was a rainy morning we started indoors and looked at the small Easter Garden we planted more than a week ago - and saw suggestions of the new life that will come We learned about the trial, carrying the heavy cross, the women who wept, a death, the tearing of the temple and the spices that were part of burial. The morning was quiet and reflective. We then went downstairs and decorated eggs for the coming Easter Day.


A Knight of Vigil

Every Maundy Thursday, from the end of 6.00 pm Solemn Mass to the beginning of the Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at noon, we keep watch at the Altar of Repose in the St Joseph’s Chapel.

For the past few years, we have been joined by a number of historical re-enactors (some of whom are members of our parish) who keep vigil with us from about 10.00 pm (after Tenebrae) until dawn, some of them in full armour!

The Guild of St Michael is an organization dedicated to finding ways for re-enactors and martial artists to help those in need. They are keeping vigil with us in order to raise money to support refugees and the homeless, including our own refugee sponsorship team (the Manning-Ulster Refugee Project) and our Community Dinner Program.

If you are interested in donating, or just want to know more, please visit A Knight of Vigil.

For a complete list of our Holy Week offerings, please see our Holy Week Schedule.

Stewardship at SMM

To the SMM Community:

As Christians and followers of Christ, our mission is to form and nurture a community of faith which worships God, seeks to deepen in faith, cares for one another, and acts in the world with love, mercy and justice. Indeed, these are the “currencies” of the kingdom.

To sustain the parish of St. Mary Magdalene, we rely on the generosity of those who call SMM home. The majority of our parish income of approximately $400,000 comes from parishioners who make regular contributions to the parish. This “currency” pays salaries and utilities, keeps the organ in tune and the building in good repair, and includes what we give to others in need in the community and beyond.

We offer our deepest thanks to our parishioners and friends who, together, allow SMM to be what it is. Thank you for your generosity!

We are inviting you, as a member of our community, to consider what financial support you are able to offer this year to support the parish and its ministries. There are several different ways to make regular contributions:

  • The Pre-Authorized Giving form allows you to make a monthly donation from your bank account or on a credit card.

  • If you have not done so recently, you can change your monthly donation amount using the attached form.

  • If you wish to receive weekly or offering envelopes to put on the collection plate, please call the parish office at (416) 531-7955.

  • Contributions can also be made through Canada Helps by using the “Donate” button on our website at www.stmarymagdalene.ca

We each offer our thanks to you for your support of SMM.

Yours faithfully,

The Reverend Canon David Harrison
Rector

Mark Harding                   Elizabeth Salvaterra
People’s Warden            Rector’s Warden

 David Greig                               Catherine Riddell
Deputy People’s Warden      Deputy Rector’s Warden

A Lenten Pastoral Letter from the Rector

The roots of Lent in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, and in the sacraments of the Gospel; the setting of Lent in the noble structure of the Christian calendar of worship and devotion; the demand of the Lenten message on our life and death -- these are great and mysterious themes that Lent forces on our attention.  Fr Eugene Fairweather

Fr Fairweather wrote these words in 1962 in his book The Meaning and Message of Lent, which is our Lenten study book this year. Lent does, or at least ought to, force our attention. It has a different vibe, a different feel. Purple becomes our liturgical colour, we don't utter the word "Alleluia", and the readings and the prayers and the music all draw us deeper into our spiritual lives, as a kind of "spring cleaning" before we open up to celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Indeed, the word "Lent" comes from an Old English word for "spring".)

At the liturgies of Ash Wednesday (March 6th) we will all be invited "to observe a holy Lent by self-examination, penitence, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the word of God." In these last days before Lent begins, may I invite you join me in contemplating what the shape of your own Lent might be, and how our parish life at SMM might be part of it.

On the eve of Ash Wednesday (Shrove Tuesday) we have the last great feast, a pancake supper (which begins at 5.35 pm). Prior to supper the last mass before Lent is celebrated upstairs at 5.00. At the end of supper we are invited to go outside and burn last year's palms, that they might be transformed into ashes for the next day.

On Ash Wednesday, mass will be celebrated at 7.15 and 10.00 am (said) and at 6.15 pm (solemn). At each mass ashes will be imposed on our foreheads to remind us of our own mortality and ultimate reliance on God. I will also spend time at 12.30 pm offering "Ashes to Go" at the corner of College and Euclid; please consider joining me.

And then Lent continues. In addition to our regular round of daily masses, the Stations of the Cross are walked every Friday night at 7.00 pm. This quiet and meditative observance (which lasts about 45 minutes) invites us to journey with Jesus to the Cross.

And, as we move through Lent, we are invited to read Fr Fairweather's book. A group is meeting each Wednesday from 11.00 am to 12.00 noon (following the 10.00 mass) to discuss the book. (The session on Wednesday evenings has been cancelled owing to lack of participants, but if there are a few who wish to pick up the study, please let me know and we shall!) Even if you aren't able to participate in a study, please consider picking up a copy of the book from me or the office and reading along with us.

What might your Lent look like? Might you consider adding a daily mass or the Stations of the Cross to your weeky routine? Or making a particular commitment to attend on Sundays? Or to provide additional alms (money) to SMM  (be on the look out for a special invitation from the wardens) or another charity? Or pursuing spiritual conversation or the sacrament of confession with one of the clergy (all you need to do is ask for our time)? Or refraining from a meal, or some food or drink, particularly on Fridays? These are just some of the ways in which we are invited to consider how to mark this holy season, how to allow our attention to be grabbed by it. So that, when Holy Week and Easter arrives, our minds and bodies and souls are made the more ready to celebrate the joyful mysteries of our new birth in Christ.

May we have a holy Lent.

David+