Good day to you!
Before I do my usual listing of events, I’m going to tell you a little about Bishop Rob Hardwick’s visit to our deanery…After meeting him and his wife on Saturday, June 23rd, my reaction is, “Wow!” I feel extremely blessed and inspired after meeting Bishop Rob and his wife, Lorraine, talking with them, and listening to Bishop Rob speak. What an amazing and dedicated journey of discipleship. They have decided to continue with their trip across Canada despite the road accident in which they lost their vehicle, their camper trailer, Bishop Rob’s spare cycle, and a lot of their belongings! Thanks be to God that Lorraine only sustained minor injuries in the crash. You can see pictures of the aftermath – and get more information about their ride for unity, healing, and reconciliation – on their Facebook page:
If you haven’t already done so, I hope you will join me in donating to this mission. You can donate at the link above. If you feel more comfortable sending off a cheque, here is the necessary info:
c/o Synod Office
Diocese of Qu’Appelle
1501 College Ave.
Regina, SK, S4P 1B8
Events this Week:
Saturday, June 30th is a busy day…The Church Closet, St. George’s, Echo Bay, is open from 10am-2pm…
…and St. James, Goulais River is holding their Strawberry Festival from 11am-1pm. There will be plenty of food, baked goods to buy, and LIVE MUSIC! (Can you tell that’s my favourite part?)
For Your Devotions:
Thursday, June 28th is the memorial of Irenaeus, Bishop Lyons. Irenaeus was one of the main opponents to Gnosticism (a heresy which threatened the early Church). Through his writings against Gnosticism, we have Irenaeus to thank in large part for our current creed, the canon of Scripture, and the authority of the episcopal office. He is thought to have been born around 120 A.D. and to have died about 203 A.D. Irenaeus knew Polycarp who, reportedly, knew John the Apostle…I think that’s cool! For more info: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Irenaeus
Friday, June 29th is the Holy Day of the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul. If your church is named after one of these saints, you can transfer this day to Sunday. Have you ever wondered why the two greatest apostles of the early Church share a Holy Day? This is because they are believed to have been martyred during the same persecution of Christians by Nero in 64 A.D. (They are celebrated separately, Peter for his Confession and Paul for his Conversion, on our calendar as well). There is a lot of information out there so I think the best site would be the Gregorian prayer offices which gives the run-down on these two great leaders when you click the red button beside, “Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Apostles” after you’ve selected June 29th: https://gregorians.org/office/
Have a blessed week!