Good day! I’m in sunny South Porcupine, Ontario (and still feeling full from a bounteous Thanksgiving dinner with my parents last evening)!
Thursday, October 17th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave); 10am-1pm.
Friday, October 18th and Saturday, October 19th Colin Walsh is in concert at St. Luke’s Cathedral; Bach on Friday, French Romantics on Saturday; both concerts begin at 7pm. For more information please visit our website: https://algomadeanery.com/st-lukes-cathedral/
Saturday, October 19th is our Deanery Council meeting; gathering at Zion Lutheran beginning at 9:30am; Lunch will be provided in celebration of your baptismal ministry, giving your time and talents for the Church.
A heads Up: Holy Trinity, SSM, is having their Turkey Dinner on Nov. 8th. This is a very popular event that sells out quickly so get your tickets ASAP. Take out is available too. Tickets are available from any member of their men’s group and also a number of the ladies of the parish. Here is the church # for you to call to get you started… 705-254-1692.
Tuesday, October 15th is the commemoration of John of the Cross, mystic and spiritual teacher who died in 1591. Born in Spain, John experienced self-sacrificing love in the example of his father who had been disowned by his wealthy family after marrying a poor weaver. John became a Carmelite and, at the request of St. Teresa of Avila, began helping her with reform of the order. Feeling threatened by reforms (aimed at returning the order to a life of prayer), monks of the order kidnapped John, hid him in a small 6 x 10 foot cell and beat him three times weekly. It was in this cell that John wrote his spiritual poetry that has nourished Christians ever since. A life of poverty, hardship, and service to those with incurable disease and mental illness could have produced a bitter man but, instead, John experienced the joy of communion in God’s love. To read more of his escape from his cell, etc., check this out: https://www.ccel.org/ccel/john_cross
Thursday, October 17th is the memorial of Ignatius of Antioch, Bishop, martyred around 115 AD. Actually, most experts place his death at least five years before that. Ignatius was born about 35 AD – just a few years after the crucifixion of Jesus and so he lived at the same time that many of the apostles were still alive! Being a church history geek, I find that really exciting. On the way to his death, Ignatius continued to write to fellow believers and it is in these letters that we find extremely early records of our three-fold church structure (i.e. bishops, presbyters, and deacons) already in place. In these letters we also find his arguments against the Docetists who claimed that Jesus’ human form was only an illusion and therefore his sufferings weren’t actually real. Some people say calling Ignatius a martyr is not accurate because he actually wanted to die in order to be with God and to become a word of the Lord instead of just another human voice. To read more: https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/martyrs/ignatius-of-antioch.html
Friday, October 18th is the Holy Day of St. Luke the Evangelist. The link I’ve provided has a great video that provides many fascinating facts about this man who is believed to be the Luke – the beloved physician – mentioned in Paul’s writings and who was the only one who remained with Paul to the end. Because of our modern concept of ‘physicians’ we think that Luke must have been independent and well-off but, it was actually common at that time to train household slaves in medicine so that the family would have access to their own private doctor. For more info: https://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=76
Saturday, October 19th is the memorial of Jean de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, and their Companions who were missionaries and martyrs in New France in 1642-49. The link provides an astounding story of eight Jesuit priests who journeyed to Quebec to proclaim the gospel among the Hurons but were captured by other nations. Father Jogues did manage to escape his captors after 13 months of torture. He received a hero’s welcome home in France where Pope Urban VIII gave him permission to celebrate the Eucharist despite his mutilated hands (a number of his fingers had been cut off, chewed off, and burnt off). You would think he would have stayed in France but, no, he could not resist the call to mission and went back. By the way, Jogues and others actually visited the Sault area in 1641! To read about the people named as the first Canadian martyrs, go here: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-isaac-jogues-jean-de-br-eacute-beuf-and-companions/
Have a great week!