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PARISH NEWS - 27th September 2022


SUNDAY, October 2 (Pentecost 17) – 10.00 a.m. Parish Eucharist with Children’s Program. 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.

The third Mission Action Plan meeting follows immediately AFTER the service for one hour after which time snacks will be provided.

Sunday, October 2 – 4.00 p.m. at the Cathedral - You are cordially invited to attend a special celebration of ministry to induct and Install Tim Dobbin as Dean of Niagara and Rector of Christ's Church Cathedral. The service will also include the licensing of our new assistant bishop, Archbishop Colin Johnson, the collation of archdeacons, as well as the installation of honorary canons (which includes CANON LESLIE GERLOFS!) and the canon pastor, Matthew Griffin. A light reception will follow. If you are not able to attend in-person, the service will also be live-streamed via the diocesan YouTube channel.

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.

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


So, you missed a session … or … you still have a question you would like answered before the final meeting … PRIORITIZING THE PARISH MISSION ACTION PLAN on October 16th? Join the committee for a one hour meeting so that you are fully cognizant of the process and what we have learned about ourselves so far! We will NOT discuss where we should be going in the future – that is the function of the final meeting … but just clarifying the process and answering questions about what we have found out so far.

By the 2nd of October conversations will have included …

- Adult Faith Formation

- Reshaping Parish Culture to Enable Ministry

- Fullness of Life in the Neighbourhood.

The date, time, and ZOOM coordinates for the ‘Catch Up’ meeting will be shared in the e-blasts of October 4th and 11th

The meeting on October 16th is to prioritize activities based on the feedback from the previous three sessions.


Monday, September 26 – Wednesday, September 28

There is a film crew in the building from Monday morning until Wednesday evening – please plan your visits to the church with this in mind. The parking lot, Parlour and Dundas Room will be used by the crew.

Friday, September 30

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. St. James will recognize this day with prayers and ritual action symbolizing our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation process. Meet on the front lawn at 11am weather permitting or in the sanctuary if the rain is heavy.

Saturday, October 1st – Tea and Treasures from 10 a.m. to 3.00 p.m.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to Tea and Treasures. If you still have a treasure or baked goods to donate, they are needed in the church on Friday morning. We have some lovely items and need buyers so please tell friends and neighbours about this event.

Sunday, October 2nd – the 3rd Missional Action Plan Meeting, after the regular service on Sunday – Fullness of Life in our neighbourhood (one hour)

Sunday, October 2nd – 4.00 p.m. Cathedral Service for Canon Leslie’s Installation

Tuesday, October 4th – 4.00 p.m.

St. Francis of Assisi Day – bring your pets and meet on the front lawn for a blessing. Since St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, there is no better day to care for animals as he taught us to do! Whether this is adopting a stray, donating to a shelter, or giving your own pets some extra caring, animal care is a great way to honor this saint.

Saint Francis of Assisi, the acclaimed Catholic friar, philosopher, mystic, and teacher, is celebrated by the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi every October 4. He founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor and the women’s Order of Saint Clare, among many others. He led a colourful and interesting life before devoting his life to God and becoming one of the most renowned Christians of all time. To celebrate him and commemorate his journey to the afterlife, the town of Assisi lights oil lamps for two days.

Wednesday, October 5 - 7:00pm

Bishop’s Company Fall Event

Dr. Katherine Hayhoe will be joining Bishop Susan Bell for a not-to-be-missed conversation to be shared at our upcoming fall Bishop’s Company online event. As a Christian, a Canadian, and a climate scientist, Dr. Hayhoe is doing her best to tackle the climate change crisis in grounded conversations that seek to galvanize humanity into collaborating to save our planet and preserve a future for our children and grandchildren. For more information, please be in touch with Mary Anne Grant 905-527-1316 or check the Diocesan website

Saturday, October 15 – Trivia Night – details will emerge shortly.

Sunday, October 16 – 4th Missional Action Plan Meeting after the regular service on Sunday – Prioritizing our Mission Action Plan (one hour). We will use this Sunday to Prioritize our Mission Action Plan, choosing which parts of the plan to engage.

The 148th Synod of the Diocese of Niagara

November 4 and 5th

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.

I Worried


Mary Oliver

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers

Flow in the right direction, with the earth turn

As it was taught, and if not how shall

I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,

Can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows

Can do it and I am, well,


Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,

Am I going to get rheumatism,

Lockjaw, dementia?

Finally, I saw that worrying had come to nothing.

And gave it up. And took my old body

And went out into the morning,

And sang.

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