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PARISH NEWS - 18th October 2021


We hope this does not last much longer, but while we are on the current directions from the Diocese, we ask that you please reserve a space using the website or by calling the office … before the end of the day on Thursday, so that the list can be prepared for the greeters. Please register … it helps to make the process of contact tracing and entry to the church easier.

If you cannot attend in person, you will also be able to “tune in” and watch, engage and enjoy the service, beginning at 10 a.m. on YouTube. The link is provided on the parish Facebook site and website. Many thanks to Frank Rinaldo for his dedicated commitment in assisting with the broadcast of the service.

Happy news!! The 45th HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR will take place on December 4th.

We will follow all Public Health COVID guidelines, and all participants will be required to show Proof of Vaccination.

We have five beautiful homes, and our florists and ticket outlets are eager to be part of our “return.” If you are interested in being part of our team, please step forward! We will need more greeters at each house, more hands on deck at the church, people who love to bake, people who are willing to set up and take down, people who are willing to assist in the kitchen, with the raffle, take charge of the jams and jellies table, people who will put up signs – this list goes on. Please leave your name and number at the office and your job preference, if you have one! No experience needed!! Join the fun and celebrate our church!!

Food Sale

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in Friday’s St. James Food Sale. $750 was raised and everyone had fun preparing, buying, and enjoying the “made by St. James” food choices. Many thanks to Jill R. and her team for organizing this successful event.

Garage Sale On Saturday October 23rd

On Saturday Oct 23rd, a St. James Garage Sale will be held outside in the parking lot.

Drop off your donation (to be sold for no less than $5) on Friday between 2 - 4 pm or on Saturday between 8-10 am. Items will not be individually priced but instead batched on $5, $10 etc. tables.

All unsold items will be packed up and removed from the church on Saturday afternoon.

A boot/trunk sale spot may be purchased for $10 if you want to sell your own items.

Volunteers are needed on Friday afternoon from 2 to 4 pm to move items from the basement, on Saturday morning from 8 to 10 to set up tables, from 10 until noon on Saturday for the sale and at Noon to pack up the unsold items.

Contact Lynn D., Terese H. or call the Parish Office if you can help 905-627-1424

Volunteers Needed for Outdoor Clean Up

It is that time of the year. Fall is here and winter is on its way. A morning of yard work is planned for October 30th from 9 am to noon. if you are able and interested in helping with the leaves, weeds and general tidying of the church property please contact Terese H. or call the Parish Office 905-627-1424


The next Parish Council meeting is next Tuesday, the 26th at 7.00 pm. All parishioners are welcome to sit in this ZOOM meeting.

Topic: Parish Council

Time: Oct 26, 2021, 07:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 840 0720 8532

City Council Meeting Concerning Urban Expansion There is an important meeting of Hamilton’s City Council on October 25, 2021, concerning the expansion of Hamilton’s urban boundaries and how the City will accommodate city growth in the coming years. If you feel so inclined, you may want to make your City Councillor aware of your views on this topic and watch the livestream meeting through the City Website.


The ZOOM coffee hour has taken a short hiatus and will resume on the 21st of October.


Jazz Vespers has resumed at St. Paul’s Anglican Church Westdale. There is a capacity limit of 50; tickets are available for the next concert on October 24th at 4.00 p.m. The featured artist is Alison Young on sax.


MILK BAGS - outer plastic Milk Bags (clean) which are then up-cycled. Please call the office for more information 905-627-1424

POSTAGE STAMPS and EYEGLASSES - used postage stamps for the leprosy mission and used eyeglasses for medical mission. Please call the office for more information 905-627-1424

BATTERIES - We have a box in the narthex to collect used batteries for recycling.

FOOD BANK DONATIONS - We have a new collection point in the narthex with labelled drawers for donations to local food banks. We regularly need pasta, baby food and other baby care essentials, toiletries and hygiene products, jam and peanut butter, canned meats, canned fruit, and canned vegetables. Please call the office for more information 905-627-1424


It is said that before entering the sea, a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has travelled, from the peaks of the mountains,

the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And, in front of her she sees an ocean so vast that to enter there sems nothing more than to disappear forever. But there is no other way … the river cannot go back.

Nobody can go back. To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean because only then will fear disappear, because that’s where the river will know …


Kahlil Gibran

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