Algoma Deanery This Week

Good day!

Wednesday, May 1st is the Games Afternoon for Seniors (50+) at the Legion in Richards Landing, 1-3pm; hosted by the Parish of St. Joseph & St. George.

Thursday, May 2nd is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10:30am – 1pm.

Saturday, May 4th there are a few things:
1. Echo Bay for Sale: St. George’s Echo Bay (159 Church St.); 8:30am-2pm
2. St. Luke’s Junior Girls’ and Boys’ Auxiliaries at the Cathedral, 12-1:30pm.

3. Men’s Breakfast at Holy Trinity, SSM; starting at 8:30am.

Heads’ Up:

On Thursday, May 28th, noon at the Cathedral, there will be a service of Holy Eucharist in memory of Kevin Morrow; followed by the interment of ashes.

For Your Devotions:

Monday, April 29th is the memorial of Catherine of Siena, Reformer and Spiritual Teacher, died 1380.  Okay, I know it was a different world back then but, still, I find this amazing…Catherine was the 25th child born to her mother and her mother was just 40 years old at the time. Catherine was a twin, actually, but the other baby did not survive. From a young age, Catherine had religious visions and “entered” a Dominican monastery at 16  (She was a tertiary which means she took vows but stayed at home).  She secluded herself for the first three years and saw only her confessor. News of her visions spread and people began traveling to her for advice. She never learned to write but dictated her well-known Dialogues and many letters. Her death, at age 33, came as a result of a fast she held in reaction to the schism that arose when two “popes” both claimed the title. She was going to fast until the church became unified again. For more:

Tuesday, April 30th is the commemoration of Marie de l’Incarnation, Educator and Spiritual Teacher, died 1672.  After just two years of marriage, Marie’s husband died leaving her with their 6 month old son. She had mystical visions which called her to withdraw from the world. She put off joining a cloister until her son was 13. She decided her vocation was in the new world and travelled to Canada with two other Ursaline sisters to establish a school. They were, apparently, the first female missionaries in Canada. The rest of her life was dedicated to teaching young French and Indigenous girls and to writing theological and spiritual treatises. For more information:

Wednesday, May 1st is the Holy Day of St. Philip and St. James, Apostles. We don’t know much about either of these two men but we know that Philip answered Jesus’ call and then brought his friend Nathanael to meet Jesus as well. Of James, son of Alphaeus, we know that he witnessed the crucifixion at the foot of the cross. We do know that both men were dedicated to their Lord, Jesus Christ. To read more see p.158 of For All the Saints:

Thursday, May 2nd is the memorial of Athansius, Bishop of Alexandrea, Teacher of the Faith, died 373.  Athanasius is known as the “Father of Orthodoxy” as well as “Pillar of the Church”. He fought vigorously against the heresy known as Arianism (not believing that Jesus was fully divine as well as being fully human) and his was a strong voice at the Council of Nicea (which, of course, sounds familiar because that is where the affirmation of our faith known as the Nicene Creed was first formulated.)  For more info:

Friday, May 3rd is the Holy Day of St. Mark the Evangelist (transferred from April 25th). References to Mark – or John-Mark – are quite frequent in the New Testament. He is thought to be a cousin of Barnabas as well as a friend of both Paul and Peter. Early church tradition has ascribed our oldest gospel to this Mark. This gospel was written at a time when the young Christian church was experiencing its first persecution at the hands of pagan Roman officials. For more info, see p.152 in For All the Saints:

Have a blessed week.

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