Saints in January

1 The Holy Name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
2 Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, First Indian Anglican Bishop, Dornakal, 1945
3 William Passavant, Prophetic Witness, 1894
4 Elizabeth Seton, Founder of the American Sisters of Charity, 1821
8 Harriet Bedell, Deaconess and Missionary, 1969
9 Julia Chester Emery, 1922
10 William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645
12 Aelred, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
13 Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, 367
15 (alternative date for Martin Luther King, Jr.; see April 4)
16 Richard Meux Benson, Religious, 1915, and Charles Gore, Bishop of Worcester, of Birmingham, and of Oxford, 1932
17 Antony, Abbot in Egypt, 356
18 The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle
19 Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester 1095
20 Fabian, Bishop and Martyr of Rome, 250
21 Agnes, Martyr at Rome, 304
22 Vincent, Deacon of Saragossa, and Martyr, 304
23 Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, 1893

24 Ordination of Florence Li Tim-Oi, First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion, 1944
25 The Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle
26 Timothy, Titus, and Silas, Companions of Saint Paul
27 Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, Witnesses to the Faith
28 Thomas Aquinas, Priest and Friar, 1274
29 Andrei Rublev, Monk and Iconographer, 1430
30 Charles, King and Martyr, 1649
31 Juan Bosco, Priest, 1888. Samuel Shoemaker, Priest and Evangelist, 1963

The Episcopal Church publishes Lesser Feasts and Fasts, which contains feast days for the various men and women the Church wishes to honor. This book is updated every three years, when notable people can be added to the liturgical calendar by the General Convention. On the 24th of January we should remember Florence Li Tim-Oi, who in 1944 became the First Woman Priest in the Anglican Communion. 

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Caring for Creation

During Creationtide 2018 at St Mary's the emphasis was on how fragile the earth has been in the last decades. Due to several polluters such as Fossil Fuels (CO2), Fashion, Transport, Agriculture, Deforestation, Chemical Fertilizers, Pesticides etc.

But Fashion as a high polluter, how is this possible?

Caring for Creation

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AGM 2018: reports/review of 2017

Chaplain’s Report

Such a lot has happened at St. Mary’s over the past year, adjusting to a new Chaplain, a somewhat different role for the Chaplain, and considering how to best serve the congregation of St. Mary’s as well as the surrounding community. With the advent of programming for teens and the launch of the student group The Anchor (run in conjunction with the SICR and IFES), we are seeing renewed possibilities. Attendance is up slightly, and special programs such as the Lenten Study have been well received.

At the same time, St. Mary’s is facing the same hard truths being faced by congregations all over Europe: general church attendance is down, donations are down, and our buildings and congregations are aging. Society is rapidly changing, giving the Church an almost constant turn over in challenges to reaching out. And yet, this is exactly what the Church is called to do: reach out, serve, share, minister, bless. How do we do this effectively?

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Annual General Meeting will be held on 29 April after the service

The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday April 29th following the service. Please make a note of this! Childcare will be provided. This is a very important meeting for everyone who attends St. Mary's. We will be discussing not only reports from the past year, but our beginning Mission Action Planning, and our financial situation. Please make plans to attend and participate if at all possible.