In Algoma Deanery This Week

Good day!

Thursday, January 24th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Rd.); 10:30am-1pm.

Saturday, January 26th is the ordination of Lana Grawbarger to the order of Vocational Deacon. This is at the rec centre in Garden River, beginning at 11:30am.

Saturday, January 26th is the St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliary at the cathedral (160 Brock St.); 12-1:30pm. Also, Sewing Lessons at Christ Church, SSM (585 Allen’s Side Rd.); 1-3:30pm.

Sunday, January 27th is The Ecumenical Service of Word and Prayer for Christian Unity at St. Andrew’s United Church, SSM (712 Wellington St. E.); at 2pm

Do you have your teams and/or plans in place for The Coldest Night walk? If you don’t have an event in your area, you can still raise money for a local shelter or foodbank by holding your own event (You can even stay warm by having an indoor fundraiser, drinking cider and hot chocolate). You are also welcome to donate online. You can search for our deanery and/or diocesan teams by going to  https://cnoy.org/search (Pssst…Trinity Trotters from St. Joseph Island & Echo Bay will soon be an option. I know Emmaus will likely put in a team as well. If anyone has a team already on the website, let me know by sending a message to algomadeanery@gmail.com.)

For Your Devotions:

Monday, January 21st is the commemoration of Agnes, Martyr at Rome who died about 304. The details of Agnes’ death are not concretely known but we do know that she died a virgin at the tender age of 12 or 13 for publicly proclaiming her Christian faith during a time of persecution of Christians. There are many legends that have sprung up surrounding her death – her would-be rapists were struck blind; the wood meant to burn her alive refused to burn and so she was beheaded, etc. Traditionally, in the Western Church, Agnes has been known as the Patron Saint of young maidens (and other things) and thus there is the belief that young girls who go to sleep without supper on the eve of St. Agnes’ Day will dream of their future husband that night. To read more:  https://www.thoughtco.com/saint-agnes-of-rome-542518

Tuesday, January 22nd is the commemoration of Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, who was also martyred in 304. (304 was a bad year for Christians!) Vincent is the first known Spanish martyr. He was brought to trial, along with his bishop Valerius, and spoke for both of them (apparently Valerius had a speech impediment). Vincent’s confident and fearless manner so angered the governor that, although Valerius was simply banished, Vincent was cruelly tortured to death. When Vincent at last succumbed to the tortures, his body was thrown out for the vultures and, legend says, was defended by a raven. To read more:  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/15434b.htm

Thursday, January 24th is the commemoration of Francis do Sales, the Bishop of Geneva who died in 1622.  Francis had a passion for God and a desire to be ordained that he kept secret from his disapproving family. (Dad wanted his boy to be a lawyer and politician). The story goes that, one day while riding his horse, Francis fell off three times. No, he wasn’t a poor rider. Francis believed God was speaking to him – each time he fell from his horse, his sword and scabbard came to rest in the shape of a Christian cross. Francis gained the courage to defy his father’s wishes and became a priest. For more about his devotional classic Introduction to a Devout Life and other accomplishments, check this out: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Francis-of-Sales

Friday, January 25th is the Holy Day of The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle.  Full disclosure – Paul is my biblical hero 🙂 (This is, of course, aside from the Holy Trinity).  Upon experiencing Jesus on the road to Damascus and being converted, Paul tirelessly and selflessly pursued the single goal of bringing everyone to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour. Paul’s faith in what God had accomplished in Christ and zeal for proclaiming the Good News is truly inspirational as are Paul’s various teachings. For more:  https://www.franciscanmedia.org/conversion-of-saint-paul/

Saturday, January 26th is the memorial of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Saint Paul.  Both Timothy and Titus were friends and fellow missionaries with Paul.  Paul frequently sent them off on important and difficult journeys to encourage and build up the churches that he (Paul) had founded. These men were dedicated to furthering the gospel and to supporting Paul through his troubles even when that meant trouble for them too. Traditionally in the West, Timothy and Titus are the Parton Saints of stomach disorders. Hmmm, could this have anything to do with 1 Timothy 5:23?  For more information:  https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saints-timothy-and-titus/

Have a wonderful week!

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