This Week in Algoma Deanery

Good day, everyone! It’s a beautiful (slightly chilly, in my opinion) start to a September day!

Thursday, Sept.13th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM; 10:30am – 1pm. (352 Northern Ave. E. at the corner of Great Northern Road).

Saturday, Sept.15th The Church Closet at St. George’s, Echo Bay (159 Church St.) is ending their season with a huge “Bag Sale”. For $5 you can fill a bag with anything you’d like. For $10 you can fill three bags.

We are in the midst of a month of Sundays that can be used to support the Alzheimer’s Society’s fundraiser, “Coffee Break”.  Parish incumbents have the necessary info if you’d like to join in.

If there is anything else going on, please let me know. If you want to peak ahead at the October events you can follow this link:  https://algomadeanery.com/upcoming-events/

For Your Devotions:

Today – Monday, September 10th is the memorial of Edmund James Peck, a priest and missionary to the Inuit who died in 1924. His life in England got off to a rough start…When he was just 10 years old, his mother died and so he left school to work in a printing plant. He father died three years later. Peck joined the navy and eventually became a missionary headed for the Canadian North. He stayed among the Inuit from 1876-1884 then again in 1885-1892. His three children were born during this second stay. Peck is remembered not only for his evangelism but also for the Gospel texts he distributed in the native language of the Inuit. He notably chose many shamans to become the first Inuit ministers. For more info:  http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/peck_edmund_james_15E.html

Thursday, September 13th is the memorial of Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage, martyred in 258. Cyprian has a fascinating and complicated story but I’ll give you a few tidbits. He was born around 200 to wealthy pagan parents and practiced as a lawyer before his conversion to Christianity.  He faced several persecutions from Rome during his time as bishop – during the first one, Cyprian went into hiding and lost his authority and much of his credibility. However, he did redeem himself in the years that followed and in subsequent persecutions. Cyprian did much to establish our current views on the Church and he laid out a convincing position on the importance/authority of bishops within the Church. One of his most famous quotes is “He no longer has God for his Father, who does not have the Church for his mother.” This is found in his treatise On the Unity of the Catholic Church which was actually used later by bishops of Rome to support their jurisdictional prerogatives even though Cyprian had not supported that position. To read more:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Cyprian-Christian-bishop

 

Friday, September 14th is the feast of Holy Cross Day. (By the way, the 14th is the actual day of Cyprian’s martyrdom but we move it one day earlier because of the conflict with this Holy Day). Back in 335, the Emperor Constantine was building structures in Jerusalem on sites associated with Jesus’ crucifixion and tomb. Apparently, Constantine’s mother, Helena, discovered what was believed to be Jesus’ cross. To find out more about the history of this day – and why dishes heavy on basil are cooked today – you can go here: http://www.holidayscalendar.com/event/holy-cross-day/

Have a blessed week!

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