Week of April 1st in Algoma Deanery

Good day!

Wednesday, April 3rd the Lenten Lunches continue at Zion Lutheran (189 Upton Rd.); 12-1pm; free will offering being collected each week for Habitat For Humanity in support of our youth…The Anglican/Lutheran national joint youth project which is ongoing until the CLAY gathering of 2020 is called “Welcome…Home”.  This is an effort to raise money and awareness surrounding the increasing problem of homelessness in our communities.

Thursday, April 4th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave. E.); 10:30am-1pm.

Saturday, April 6th is the men’s breakfast at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave. E.) starting at 8:30am.

Saturday, April 6th is the St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliaries at the Cathedral (160 Brock St.); 12-1:30pm.

Coming Soon…

Saturday, April 13th is the Children’s Easter Party at Christ Church, SSM (585 Allen’s Side Rd); 11am-1pm for ages 9 and under. Check out our Event Calendar for more info:  https://algomadeanery.com/upcoming-events/

Monday, April 15th is the Holden Prayer Around the Cross at the Lady Chapel (Bishophurst, 134 Simpson St.); staring at 7:30pm. *Please note that this is a change in the start time originally posted.

By the way, we have a new Regional Dean…The Rev. Claire Miller, Incumbent of Holy Trinity, SSM, has agreed to assume this role. Thanks Claire!

This is a result of the departure of our former Regional Dean, The Rev. Rick Reed. He is leaving our diocese and heading, with his family, to a new ministry out west. We pray for God’s blessings to continue to surround them in this new adventure. Christ Church and St. Peter’s are planning a farewell dinner on June 4th at the Grand Gardens on Dennis Street. Please see the event calendar for more info and how to get tickets…  https://algomadeanery.com/upcoming-events/

Please stay tuned for information regarding a farewell dinner for The Rev. Pam Rayment and her family. Pam will be starting a new ministry in Toronto. We pray for God’s blessings to continue to surround her and her family as well.

For Your Devotions:

Monday, April 1st is the commemoration of Frederick Denison Maurice, Priest, died 1872.  Frederick began life as the son of a Unitarian clergyman, studied law but refused to accept the degree when it meant declaring himself to be an Anglican. He did, obviously, later convert to Anglicanism and was ordained. He gained some professorships (which he later lost because he was considered by some to be unorthodox in his writings – saying he didn’t believe in “the eternity of hell” for example).  Why do we celebrate him? Lots of reasons, actually.  Frederick believed strongly in the unity of the body of Christ – transcending the factions and partialities of humankind. He believed the liturgy to be beautiful and powerful (the meeting place of time and eternity, and the fountain of energies for the Church’s mission) but not something to be admired as an object…it is to be embraced in our lives and lived.  He is perhaps most well known for being one of the founders of the Christian Socialist movement and for his creation of the Working Men’s College. To read more:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Frederick-Denison-Maurice

Tuesday, April 2nd is the commemoration of Henry Budd, 1st Canadian Indigenous Priest, died 1875. Henry was born to a father of the Swampy Cree and to a Metis mother. He, of course, was not named Henry at birth. That name change came later…When his father died, Henry was given into the care of an English missionary (John West) who baptized Henry and gave him the English name.  Henry became a missionary to the northern Cree in Rupert’s Land and was so effective in teaching the faith – he was a powerful speaker in both English and Cree – that he was recommended for ordination (but was paid just half of what a white, married priest earned to support his family). To read more (and to find out what his Cree name was)… https://henrybuddcollege.org/about-the-rev-henry-budd-2/

Wednesday, April 3rd is the commemoration of Richard, Bishop of Chichester, died 1253.  This is a “rags to riches” story with a twist…Richard and his brother were left as orphans at an early age. Richard vigorously toiled to restore the family fortune that had been squandered by the incompetent uncle who had been appointed as their guardian. When he had restored the inheritance they’d lost, he handed it all over to his younger brother and left for Oxford. To make a long story short, he eventually became the chancellor at Oxford. He was ordained in 1243 and became bishop just a year later (things happened quickly in those days).  King Henry did not recognize that election – for political reasons and for money.  He locked Richard out of the bishop’s residence and pocketed the revenues, that should have gone to the church, for himself. A village priest invited Richard to live with him and, for the next two years – until King Henry was pressured into acknowledging Richard as bishop – he wandered barefoot around his diocese, holding up the faith and correcting abuses of the local clergymen.  To read more:  http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/139.html

Thursday, April 4th is the commemoration of Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, died 1826.  Reginald was born into wealth and culture and was quite a child prodigy…having read the bible so thoroughly by age 5 that he could cite chapter and verse for any scripture quoted to him. He wasn’t just distinguished academically though. He was also full of practical energy – he travelled extensively to spread the gospel, consecrate churches, found schools…He is probably best known today for the hymns he has written…perhaps “Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning” and “Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!” ring a bell. To read more:  https://theodora.com/encyclopedia/h/reginald_heber.html

Friday, April 5th is the memorial of Emily Ayckbowm, foundress of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, died 1900.  Emily founded this Anglican community in 1870 but she’d garnered attention long before that when she volunteered her help during a cholera outbreak in Chester in the 1860’s.  Emily believed strongly that spreading the good news also meant providing practical help to the marginalized (seems pretty obvious to us now) but she took a lot of flack for this stance in that time period. To read more:  https://www.anglican.ca/faith/worship/resources/ayckbowm/

Saturday, April 6th is the commemoration of John Donne, Priest and Poet, died 1631 (transferred from Sunday).  Donne is a famous English poet (perhaps, “No man is an island” sounds familiar) but we acknowledge him as much more.  He was born into a Roman Catholic family and had quite the wayward phase of wild living and religious doubting before converting to Anglicanism. Though he originally entered the priesthood simply as a means to earn a steady income, Donne became Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral and eventually wholeheartedly embraced “the crucified Christ who had embraced him.” He turned his brilliant mind and passionate poetry to the service of Christ and became a powerful preacher attracting great numbers to the cathedral. To read more see p.130:  For All the Saints

Have a wonderful week!

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