This Week in Algoma Deanery

Hi everyone!

Wednesday, December 11th is the Holden Prayer Around the Cross in the Lady Chapel at Bishophurst (134 Simpson St.); 7pm.  The liturgy we will be using is called “Be Not Afraid.”  Refreshments to follow.

Thursday, December 12th is the White Elephant at Holy Trinity, SSM (352 Northern Ave.); 10am-12:30pm.

TerraCycle….What?!  This is an amazing company who recycles the non-recyclable.  You may have started noticing their “loop” on some of the products you buy. They send containers for whatever “stream” of recycling you’d like to help with and you ship the full container back to them – for free! Cigarette butts, empty pens, plastic gloves, hazardous waste…There is a huge list of recycling streams at their website. Holy Trinity, SSM is participating in their cigarette waste elimination programme.(See the attachments).  And when you participate, you earn “bucks” for your favourite non-profit organization (that sounds like our church to me!)  Perhaps you’d like to investigate this further at your next Parish council meeting? Perhaps we could do this on a bigger scale – the Deanery? the Diocese? Here is their website:

For Your Devotions:

Monday, December 9th is the memorial of the Prophets of the Old Testament. These men and women were called by God and filled with the Holy Spirit to speak the message of God to the people. Many were persecuted and killed because that message wasn’t always welcome. Jeremiah, for example, was kept as a prisoner at the bottom of a well. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews provides more detail (speaking of the heroes and prophets of Israel): “…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, refusing to accept release, in order to obtain a better resurrection. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned to death, they were sawn in two, they were killed by the sword; they went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, persecuted, tormented— of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground (Heb.11:33:38).  For us, Christ is the final and complete Word of God…”In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:1-2a).  If you’d like to read more about the prophets, check this out…

Friday, December 13th is a Day of Discipline and Self-Denial.  All Fridays throughout the year – except during the seasons of Christmas and Easter and when feasts of the Lord fall on a Friday – are Days of Special Devotion in commemoration of the Lord’s crucifixion.  Fridays (other than the exceptions just listed) are days when you may choose to add more prayer to your day and perhaps fast (or at least not treat yourself). Here is a Collect for Fridays that you can add to your prayers: Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.


Saturday, December 14th is the commemoration of Simon Gibbons, First Priest from the Inuit, died in 1896.  (This has been moved from Sunday the 15th).  Simon was left an orphan at the tender age of six and spent the rest of his youth being cared for in an Anglican orphanage in Newfoundland. There he was educated and encouraged to seek ordination. He spent his first years as an Anglican presbyter being a missionary – regularly making the arduous 100 mile circuit – even during the frozen depths of winter – to hold services in isolated communities. Despite exhaustion and personal danger, Simon was always joyful in his service to the Lord.  These physically strenuous years took their toll on his health and he died at just 46 years of age.  To read more about this amazing individual, check out p.374 here:

Many Advent blessings to each of you!

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