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PARISH NEWS - 6 September 2020


Subject to Diocesan approval, our re-opening team is aiming for our first in-person service at Saint James on Sunday 4th October. More information will be coming via email and post in the coming weeks. Please note that attendance is limited to no more than 50 people in the building at any one time and seats will need to be reserved either online (via our website) or via phone for those without internet by Thursday. This is just one of the ways church will be different during the ‘Amber Stage’ of our reopening and it will take some time for us to get used to this new way of being together. Please keep the reopening team in your prayers with the many new systems and plans they need to address so that we can safely be together again and let us look forward to that reunion with joy!


St. James is making Masks as a fundraiser.  If you are a sewer we have a job for you!  The masks being made are from very attractive fabric.  Sewers are making male, female, adult and child sized masks. Thanksgiving masks and Christmas masks are available-a great pandemic gift.  We are selling them at $10.00 each  (they take a half an hour to make). We will also be making masks for the Monday night community dinner guests and will need 20-25 masks for these folk.

We need:

1. More sewers

2. Donations of fabric and elastic -- please do not go out and buy fabric we have had some excellent donations and want to keep the project low cost-those scraps you could not bear to throw away make excellent masks-elastic. Smaller is better but we can find a home for all elastic.

3. Orders we can often accommodate size and colour requests-if you have a special-order ex. a mask made from a specific motif -we may be able to fill this.  We have filled VW van fabric, golfing fabric, farm animals for children, etc.

We have hardly gotten started but have gotten significant orders quickly.

For more information call the church office at 905-627-1424 or email


Mike continues to offer the office of Compline (Night Prayer) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm live on our Facebook page throughout September. As we return to in-person worship this will be reviewed.


Sunday worship with Bishop Susan will move this coming Sunday to 2pm in the afternoon and will be live-streamed from the Cathedral on the Diocesan Facebook.

You can find the Diocesan Facebook page here:


Our weekly podcast can be heard by clicking on the link on the front page of our website or by visiting our channel on sound cloud:


For those who keep their pattern of daily Bible readings and reflections, the Bible readings for this coming week are below. The suggested readings are the Gospel reading appointed in the daily lectionary for the celebration of the Eucharist. This week:                   

Monday 7th September           Luke 6.6-11    

Tuesday                                   Luke 1.26-33 (Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Wednesday                            Luke 6.20-26

Thursday                                 Luke 6.27-38

Friday                                      Luke 6.39-42

Saturday                                  Luke 6.43-49

Sunday                                   Matthew 18.21-35


Oh, Lord my God.

You called me from the sleep of nothingness merely because in your tremendous love you want to make good and beautiful beings. You have called me by my name in my mother’s womb. You have given me breath and light and movement and walked with me every moment of my existence. I am amazed, Lord God of the universe, that you attend to me and, more, cherish me. Create in me the faithfulness that moves you, and I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.


—Joseph Tetlow, SJ


What is occurring:

60-minute walk on the beautiful trails in Hamilton. Together, we're raising awareness, speaking for people who have little or no voice and who often get left behind or ignored. And by fundraising, we're supporting a charity who is bringing hope and refuge to those same people. Join us! #ride20.

The walks will be led by a fabulous person, Kat Clewley of Hamilton Fitness Community. Individuals can register for one or both of the walks:

September 18th 11:00 am - Bruce Trail (registration:

October 3rd 11:00 am - Cootes Paradis (registration:

Once walkers are registered, more information will be shared on the exact meeting locations and what to bring/wear. We will be adhering to the social distancing requirements.

How to make financial donations and to sponsor our Arise and Shine Team:

Individuals can make donations through credit card or Paypal:    (tax receipt emailed for donations of $20+)


The Ride for Refuge, a family-friendly fundraiser that helps support charities who provide refuge and hope for some of the most vulnerable people on earth. We are supporting Primates World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) in this initiative as it strives to be part of the outreach ministry of every Canadian Anglican parish and an expression for all Anglicans of their baptismal covenant to strive for justice and peace and to respect the dignity of every human being.

PWRDF connects Anglicans in Canada to communities around the world in dynamic partnerships to advance sustainable development, to respond to emergencies, to assist refugees, and to act for positive change. PWRDF receives funding from Anglicans across Canada as well as non-Anglicans, Global Affairs Canada and other institutional donors. Volunteers promote PWRDF programs in churches and communities, to raise money and awareness about the needs of vulnerable people around the world.

St. Jude Family Projects in Uganda will be the beneficiary of the donations raised through 2020 Ride for Refuge. This will continue to support the incredible work of St. Jude’s of improving food security, increasing income through farm entrepreneurship and teaching agricultural conservation techniques to cope with climate change.

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