In Algoma Deanery This Week

Hi everyone!

Thursday, September 19th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10:30am-1pm.

Sunday, September 22nd is “Get ORGANized!” at the Cathedral (160 Brock St.); 7pm.  This is a free event…everyone is invited to experience the beautiful sounds of the new pipe organ.

Ongoing throughout September is the Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s.  It would be wonderful if congregations would collect loose change each Sunday at the post-service fellowship times and support efforts to compassionately care for the many people and families in our communities touched by this disease.  All you need to do is tell me the total you’ve raised. If you’re out-of-town, you can mail a cheque for the amount raised to:

Alzheimer Society of Sault Ste Marie & Algoma District
341 Trunk Rd
Sault Ste. Marie ON

P6A 3S9

I know of St. James, Goulais River, Holy Trinity, SSM, Holy Trinity on the Island, and St. George’s, Echo Bay. More would be nice…If you know that your congregation is participating, please let me know.

In addition:  Archbishop Anne, with the help of some ladies from the cathedral, will be hosting a Coffee Break for Alzheimer’s at the Synod Office on Friday, October 4th; 2-4pm.  If you’re in the neighbourhood, please drop in!

For Your Devotions:

Monday, September 16th is the memorial of Ninian, Bishop in Galloway, died c.430. Ninian was reportedly the son of a Christian Briton Chieftain but spent quite a bit of time in Rome where he was consecrated as a bishop.  Leaders of the Church didn’t think the people outside of the Roman Empire were worth the effort of converting but, thankfully, Ninian did not agree. He decided to ignore Hadrian’s Wall – an obstacle propagating the prejudicial attitude – and became a missionary in Scotland converting the Celts and, to a lesser degree, the Picts. For more info, see p.280 of For All the Saints

Wednesday, September 18th is the memorial of the Founders, Benefactors, and Missionaries of the Anglican Church of Canada. This is a really broad category and so I’ve decided to focus on the Diocese of Algoma and have provided the link to our history written by The Venerable Dr. Harry Huskins.  I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t until 1956 that our diocese became self-supporting.  According to the article, Algoma was originally intended to be the missionary diocese of the Ecclesiastical Province of Canada and thus its financial support was supposed to come from these dioceses.  The support was inadequate and so our diocese remained dependant on fund-raising in England. For more info:

Thursday, September 19th is the commemoration of Theodore of Tarsus, Archbishop of Canterbury who died in 690. Theodore is best known for organizing the church in England and establishing a school in Canterbury.  He was the surprise fill-in for the elected Archbishop who died before he could be consecrated. Theodore was actually a monk, not a priest, at the time, but he turned out to be great choice – he was energetic and enterprising, leaving behind a long list of accomplishments.  Theodore lived to be 88 years old – quite the feat in those days. For more info:

Friday, September 20th is the commemoration of John Coleridge Patteson, Bishop of Melanesia martyred in 1871. His ‘companions’ who were martyred with him are also remembered today. In those days, many white Europeans believed they were superior to other cultures and were doing these cultures a favour by introducing European materials, skills, and attitudes. John believed the Melanesians could benefit from European advances but this was not out of a sense of superiority. He also believed he could learn a lot from the Melanesians and worked at building an indigenous ministry. His death was a sad case of mistaken identity. To find out what I mean (and to learn more about this dedicated missionary), go here:

Saturday, September 21st is the Holy Day of St. Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist.  Matthew, generally thought to be a tax collector, was, in the opinion of many other Jews, one of Jesus’ questionable companions – tax collectors were seen as corrupt betrayers of the Jewish people working for the Romans. Being a tax collector earned him the designation of ‘patron saint of bankers’ in the Roman Catholic Church. Although his name is attached to one of the Gospels, scholars don’t believe it likely that he actually was the author. Attributing authorship to a well-known individual to give authority to a piece of writing was quite a common thing to do at that time. Tradition says Matthew died about 90 A.D but legends don’t agree on whether he died of old age or if he was martyred. For more info:

Have a great week!

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