Algoma This Week

Good day!

Just one thing on the event calendar again:

Saturday, August 24th is the Church Closet in the parish hall of St. George, Echo Bay (159 Church St.); 10am-1pm.

A reminder…The Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s is coming in September!  I know that Holy Trinity, SSM; St. James, Goulais River; Holy Trinity, Jocelyn; and St. George’s, Echo Bay are participating. That’s fantastic! Hope to hear from more congregations in the deanery. 🙂

For Your Devotions:

Tuesday, August 20th is the memorial of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Doctor and Poet in France, died 1153.  Bernard is well known for his mystical writings on the love of God but he also was a strong supporter of the Crusades. He founded the Cistercian abbey at Clairvaux and then 70 more during his lifetime.  He was austere to the extreme, causing himself health issues with his excessive fasting and sleep deprivation but he was arguably the most influential Christians of his era. Here is one of his most famous quotes…“You wish me to tell you why and how God should be loved. My answer is that God himself is the reason he is to be loved”…  and here is where you can find more information on this colourful monk:  https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/moversandshakers/bernard-of-clairvaux.html

Saturday, August 24th is the Holy Day of St. Bartholomew the Apostle. Bartholomew is listed as one of the 12 apostles but, other than that, we don’t hear about him. Since Bartholomew is actually a surname (son of Tolmai), there is a theory that this apostle is Nathaniel – the one called with Philip – of whom Jesus says, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”(See John 1:43-50).  Legend says that Bartholomew was flayed and beheaded on the order of an Armenian king named Astyages. For more info:  https://www.britannica.com/biography/Saint-Bartholomew

Have a fabulous week!

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