Parish Notices for Week of October 15, 2017

Teresa of AvilaNotices: 15 October 2017, Proper 28, Feast of St.Teresa of Avila 
This Sunday we will be reflecting on the life and witness of St.Teresa of Avila, a 16th century mystic and reformer, who was passionately in love with the Love that is God, and who has much to teach us today about deepening in love and prayer.
Please consider the Primate World Relief and Development Fund for donations to relief efforts around the world.
The website for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund outreach for Christmas is
Lynn Clarke will give a short presentation on automatic deposit and the financial needs of the parish at the end of the liturgy.
We will be filming the liturgy and gathering over the next few Sunday in preparation of a parish video clip to use on social media.
Buffet Breakfast Saturday, October 21 from 8-11am in the Emmaus Cafe. All are welcome.
The Knit Wits knitting fellowship group has started at a new time on Wednesday’s from 1-3pm. All are welcome.
Buffet Breakfast Saturday, October 21, 8-11am.
Annual Memorial Hymn Sing, Sunday, 29 October at 7pm. To make donations in memory of loved ones, contact Melvin Piercey at or 528-4247.
If you would like to read a reading during the Sunday liturgy, or read the prayers of the people, contact Father Gerald.
Wednesday Community
9am Yoga
11am Holy Communion
12 to 2pm Scones and Tea
1-3pm Knit Wits
All are welcome!
On Wednesdays Holy Communion will be celebrated at 11am, followed by Scones and Tea. All are welcome.
Meditation: Is your mind working on overload? Do you go to bed at night with racing thoughts? Are you carrying your inner burdens and worries with you everywhere you go? Or maybe you would simply like to deepen your experience of life? Learning and practicing meditation is a means to bring inner peace, compassion and contentment into our lives as they are. If you want to learn more about this, a meditation group meets at 7pm on Sundays at the Parish of the Resurrection in South River. For more information, contact Father Gerald.
A new Pilgrim’s Course (this 6 week section is on the Beatitudes) has begun on Monday nights at 7:30pm in the St.George Conference room. For more info, contact Deacon Gladys or Father Gerald.
The Bereavement Course has begun on Thursday nights at 7:30pm in the St.George Conference Room. This is a 5 week program to help individuals understand and integrate their grief at the loss of a loved one. If you or anyone you know is interested, contact Deacon Gladys Harvey at or 683 2266.
The Gospel Reading for Sunday, October 22 is Matthew 22:15-21.
Preparing for Sunday Liturgy invites soul care. One of the ways to care for our souls is to daily and prayerfully reflect on the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. A recommended way to do this prayerfully  each day is:
  1. Listening – read the Gospel passage over slowly and twice. What ever word or phase shimmers or stands out for you, to stay with that word or phrase for a few minutes in meditation.
  2. Meditation – spend a few minutes thinking about what that word or phrase means for you and for the community.
  3. Thanksgiving – next, spend a few minutes in thanksgiving for whatever spiritual fruits that may have come out of your meditation.
  4. Contemplation – to conclude this time of prayer, spend a few minutes simply resting in your awareness of God’s love for you.
The Christmas Shoe Boxes are now available for those interested at the entrance to the oratory. They need to be returned on November 12 for the blessing.
Automatic deposit and Envelopes: Your responsible financial contribution to the parish is of course very important. Envelops are available on table at entrance to the Oratory.  For more information on automatic deposit, please talk to any of the financial team: Deanna Spicer, Terry Murphy, Winston Bishop, or Father Gerald.
Financial Report
3rd Quarter Summary:
Total in:
$66,204 free will (down $2044 over same period last year)
$40,060 Fundraising and other (down $2,004 over same period last year)
Total Income: $106,664 (down $4049 over same period last year)
Total out:
$100,876 Expenses (down $4168 over same period last year)
$8666 Mortgage
Net Position: $119 up over same period last year.
For our 3rd quarter of 2017, our free will offerings and total net income are down approx $4000 over the same period last year and we find ourselves running a deficit of approx $3000. On a positive note, our expenses are down by approx $4000 putting our overall net position on par with last year. However, a downward trend in income is always concerning and needs our attention to get us back on track for the last quarter of the year. Our parish continues to do great work in our region. Please consider direct deposit as a way to support our parish ministries. We thank you for your continued support. Finance team.
Ministry Schedule:
Breakfast and Bible Study: Sundays at 9am.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on Sundays at 11am.
Children’s Church: Sundays at 11am.
Community Lunch: Sunday’s at noon.
Pot Luck Lunch: Last Sunday of each month.
Christian Meditation: Sunday’s at 7pm
Pilgrim Course: Mondays at 7:30pm
Administration: Tuesday’s at 7:30pm.
Male Spirituality Group 1: 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Male Spirituality Group 2: 4th Tuesday of each month.
Yoga: Wednesday’s at 9am
Holy Eucharist Wednesday’s at 11am
Scones and Tea: Wednesdays from 1 to 3pm.
Knit Wits: Wednesday’s from 1-3pm.
Youth Choir: Wednesdays at 6:30pm.
Parish Band: Wednesday’s at 8pm.
Seniors Cafe: 1st Thursday of each month from 2-4pm.
Bereavement Support Group, 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.
Buffet Breakfast the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8am to 11am.
Father Richard Rohr is a contemporary leader in the deepening faith and spiritual practice movement throughout the Christian church. If you would like a little more help and encouragement in deepening your own faith and spiritual practice, in addition to what is available in our parish, go to, and at the top of that page, subscribe to Father Richard’s daily e-mails. I highly recommend it.