Small people have a chance to learn about creation on most Sundays in July and August. We have moved our class outside to a tent - which protects us from the sun as we enjoy our craft creations.
Don't miss the fun on the weekend of our Patronal Feast on July 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We ordered the Pirate Ship Bouncy Castle, we have planned the Fair Games, and we are getting the feast ready to serve a free BBQ lunch for all guests, around the noon hour.
Back by popular demand, we have a Crafts station, Giant games & bubbles, and the Scavenger hunt too! And if you show up early at 10:30, we will have a Fire Truck for children to sit in on hand. Let's hope the firefighters aren't called away too soon. Come and join in the fun and meet some of our wonderful neighbours.
There is a wealth of activities for children and youth all summer. We don't take a holiday at SMM. Sunday school moves outdoors. Our community fun day for families is approaching on Saturday, July 21 and you can find out more about it here. Volunteers are also welcome to help out and you can contact the parish office if you are interested. Our summer camp happens at the end of August and you can register here. Other events for young people appear on our event calendar.
Three masses this morning had a common element - saying thank you and farewell to Mother Jennifer Schick as she completes four and a quarter years of outstanding ministry at SMM and becomes priest in charge of St. Bede's in the east end of metro Toronto. We have valued her time with us and been inspired by the wide range of programs that she has initiated and fostered. Gifts and tributes, thanks and cakes were all part of an eventful morning. Thanks to Jennifer and Shane, Nolan, AJ and Emily Grace. We have all been enriched by your presence.
On February 25, Father David made the following announcement:
It is with deeply mixed feelings that I announce that Mother Jennifer has been appointed the full-time priest-in-charge of the parish of St. Bede’s in Scarborough and will be concluding her ministry here at SMM on Sunday April 8th. I say with mixed feelings because Jennifer has made a profound and, I hope, lasting impact on the life of this parish over the last four years here, enhancing and enriching our ministries for children and youth, sharing in the priestly ministry of liturgical leadership, preaching and pastoral care. She has challenged us and shown us how to engage in new ways in our community. We will miss her deeply. But, at the same time, I have thought over the whole time she was with us, and have often said to her, that Jennifer has all the gifts and skills to be a wonderful and effective leader in a parish, and I know that now is the right time, and this is the right opportunity, for her to exercise those gifts. I hope you will join me in congratulating Jennifer on her new appointment.
We had an excellent turnout of neighborhood families to enjoy a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper - complete with sausages, crispy bacon and even a pink sauce as an alternative to maple syrup. We then departed to the back yard for a traditional burning of last year's palms to make this year's ashes for Ash Wednesday. Some of the same kids returned the next morning for a special program to begin the season of Lent. Ashes to Go were distributed to neightbours in the early morning in front of the church - and down the street at Euclid and College to a wider public.