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PARISH NEWS- 17 October 2022


SUNDAY, October 23 (Pentecost 19) – 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Children’s Program. We welcome back The Reverend Carol Overing as our Presider and Preacher this Sunday. If you are unable to attend, the service is live streamed. Links to the service and order of service are on our website and our Facebook page.

WEDNESDAY – COMPLINE - Compline is a short service of night prayer. The heart of Compline is the recitation of several psalms. There is a short reading from scripture, intercession, and time for reflection. It is a beautiful way to close out an active day. Compline is offered by St. James’ through Facebook to bring the community together. If you cannot join live, the service is available afterwards on St. James’ Facebook channel.

Canon Leslie will be out of the office from October 10 -24th inclusive and will be back October 25th … Nyle will be in the office MONDAY this week, not Tuesday.

New hours for the Parish Office Monday closed Tuesday 9am-4pm Wednesday 9am -4pm Thursday 9am-noon Friday 9am-noon


St. James will be well represented at the induction of ORDER OF NIAGARA members on the 30th of October at The Cathedral at 4.00 p.m. Two of the current wardens are being honoured – Gillian Hendry and Terese Herron. Both these individuals have served YOU and your PARISH with knowledge, skill, resourcefulness, and tireless energy … as well as a quiet solemnity mixed in with good humour. Please take a moment to celebrate with them in advance … and attend this wonderful service of appreciation.


Trivia Night was a great success! Great fellowship, wonderful pizza from Avesta Pizza on Upper James, libations from the SHED and its sister company Flat Rock Cellars, challenging trivia administered expertly by John Burgess … AND, tremendous organization by a group of St. James volunteers. Ticket sales were great, the 50-50 draw was won by a local hero of Hallelujah Chorus fame, the silent auction was well done. Bottom line … this was superbly organized … and the results showed! Figures are not in as yet, but the event has raised over $2000 for Barton 214 (the new apartment building being developed by St. Matthews House for black and indigenous people) and the Food Security Program of St. Matthews House! And … we may do it again!


We had our 4th meeting on Sunday (yesterday) and did our “voting” using coloured dots; the results will be shared with you next week.

However, a great deal of thanks should go to the Missional Initiatives Committee, under the leadership of Barry Shimmons. Members include: Janet C. Tom A.

Jackie D. Madeline R.

Lynn D.

If you see these folk in the next little while, please express your thanks to them for their commitment to the process (wonderful…), leadership, nurturing abilities, flexibility and overall knowledge about the culture of the parish.

Updates will be forthcoming about the process and its implementation.

MANY thanks to all of the members of the congregation who participated in the various segments of the process; the results are YOURS! Now, we just have to work on making sure that those that have been identified as key elements for our future are implemented. Many thanks also to those people who “attached” their names to the various areas as ones of interest for pursuing…..we shall be in touch.



We are making a change to this event to make things easier for our overworked volunteer chefs….whom we will be calling upon sometime in the future for their expertise and chef-person-ship! (whatever).

This Friday – Order – freshly made cabbage rolls from 6 – 8 p.m.

The sale – 3 large cabbage rolls for $10.

How to order … call the office before noon on Friday to get Auntie Jill's phone number. Ordering will take place between 6 and 8 pm THIS FRIDAY October 21st(not in the morning, thanks…in the evening!). Pick up will be at the church on Saturday morning between 11 and 12 am (yup…that’s the morning part). The cabbage rolls will be in a reusable container, which is dishwasher and microwave safe. Or…you can transfer the contents to a n oven-proof container, cover and heat for 30 minutes at 350 degrees … DELICIOUS! Note: if we get 100 orders, Jill will be cooking from 8 p.m. Friday until 11 a.m. Saturday….at least!

October 30 – Honouring the recipients of the Order of Niagara – at the Cathedral beginning at 4.00 p.m. Always a wonderful celebration to honour those who have worked so hard for the parish.

October 30 – if you cannot get a seat (or parking spot) at the Cathedral, you can join Jazz Vespers at St. Christopher’s in Burlington…4.00 p.m.

October 31 – Women’s Week-end Registration Closes

The Women’s committee would like to announce a cut-off date for registration for the Women's Weekend. All registrations need to be in by October 31st so we know how many women are attending the weekend.

And, this same evening we will probably by giving out treats at the door to all of those Hallowe’en Trick or Treaters.

November 4-5, 2022 - The 148th Synod of the Diocese of Niagara

The theme of this year's Synod is “God’s Church for God’s Mission," inspired by the recent Lambeth Conference gathering of bishops from around the globe. Please pray for Synod delegates. Our delegates include Mark M. and Sharon W.

One of the things we always hear from parishes is that they are “a welcoming community”. For newcomers, this might mean a visit to our website or a walk through the door. For new members … and for all our existing members … If hospitality is your thing, you might enjoy greeting folks as they arrive for worship. Or you might wonder what it's like to read, serve, or assist at the Eucharist. If this is you, please speak with Barb B. (greeters) or Canon Leslie (readers/servers/Eucharist Assistant) for information or call the office at 905-627-1424.

November 8 - 7.00 p.m. Parish Council ZOOM

Parish Council members – watch for the ZOOM coordinates for this meeting and for the proposed agenda. All members of the parish are welcome to attend. We have been trying to change the focus of Parish Council from a reporting of what is going on to a truly advisory body for the Corporation and the parish.


These reflections are meant to be just that! Not a statement about the tenets of our religion or, heaven forbid, a social justice or political stance of any kind … just a little tidbit to generate some thought … and perhaps some conversation with others within the parish family of St. James, and beyond.

Some reflective thought from some well-known individuals … and some not so well known.

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"The important thing is this: to be able to give up in any given moment all that we are for what we can become." – DeSeaux

"You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand." -- Woodrow Wilson

There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than then one you are capable of living – Nelson Mandela

"Today was a Difficult Day," said Pooh.

There was a pause.

"Do you want to talk about it?" asked Piglet.

"No," said Pooh after a bit. "No, I don't think I do."

"That's okay," said Piglet, and he came and sat beside his friend.

"What are you doing?" asked Pooh.

"Nothing, really," said Piglet. "Only, I know what Difficult Days are like. I quite often don't feel like talking about it on my Difficult Days either.

"But goodness," continued Piglet, "Difficult Days are so much easier when you know you've got someone there for you. And I'll always be here for you, Pooh."

And as Pooh sat there, working through in his head his Difficult Day, while the solid, reliable Piglet sat next to him quietly, swinging his little legs...he thought that his best friend had never been more right." -- A.A. Milne

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