May 152015


Deanery Quiet Morning

with Eva Black, Spiritual Director from

Temiskaming Deanery

An opportunity for Prayer, Silence,

Reflection, Worship & Fellowship

Wednesday June 10th ~ 9:00am – 1:00pm

Church of the Ascension

Registration, includes lunch, $20


Contact Archdeacon Anne for more information or to register at 705-566-2790 or

“You are in the

Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you”

Romans 8:9

Worship This Week

Bishop Tom will be preaching and presiding at all services as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension

 Saturday, May 16th, 2015: Spoken Eucharist 5:00pm


Sunday, May 17th, 2015: Spoken Holy Eucharist (BCP) 8:30am

Sunday, May 17th, 2015: Choral Eucharist (BAS), 10:30am



Events This Week:

(Bold = Parish Event, Regular Text = Groups Using Church Facilities)




Big Book (AA) 7:00pm (Algoma Room)


Women’s Bible Study 12:00pm (Algoma Room)

Karate 7:00pm (Phoenix Hall)



AA 11:00am (Algoma Room)

Ladies Exercise Group 11:45am (Phoenix Hall)



Karate 7:00 (Phoenix Hall)
Thursday 21st Needles & Threads – Quilts & Crafts 9:30am (Phoenix Hall)

Ladies Exercise Group 11:45am (Phoenix Hall)



AA 7:00 (Phoenix Hall)





Parish Announcements

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The TRC will hold its final event over four days, beginning Sunday, May 31. Our Primate, ++Fred and National Indigenous Bishop, +Mark have written an important letter detailing the Anglican Church of Canada’s response to the conclusion of the TRC, called “22 Days Of Prayer and Renewal”. Please see the letter posted in the Algoma Room for more information.


Algoma Anglican/Anglican Journal Updates: It’s that time of year again. The Circulation department of the Anglican Journal recently sent us a copy of their subscription list to be updated. If you are currently receiving the Anglican Journal and Algoma Anglican, and wish to cancel your subscription, if you want to begin a subscription, or if you have moved in the last year, please speak to Marion Collinson.


Elevate Sudbury: “Love in Motion”, has projects planned by churches and community in most of our Greater Sudbury’s twelve Wards during the week of May 17-23.   All are invited to Celebrate Elevate on Sunday, May 24th, 2015, from 6-8:00 pm at the Glad Tidings Church Auditorium. Videography of the projects will be featured.  For full information:

Our ward project will again be working together with the Louis Street Community Association, this time to put on a free community yard sale, as well as help them with planting their community gardens. Donations for the yard sale are being accepted and can be dropped off either at 159 Louis Street (please call Elizabeth at 705-988-4730 to arrange a time), or, if more convenient, at 177 Claudia Court (please call Rachel at 705-690-1192 to arrange a time). If you are available to volunteer on May 23, please get in touch with Rachel Perry ( or 705-690-1192).


Primates World Relief and Development Fund: is responding to the Nepal earthquake through the ACT Alliance and its members.

A second earthquake measuring 7.4 struck north-east of Kathmandu on May12 and has caused an increase in landslides. At least 64 people were killed and 2,000 people injured. This figure is likely to rise as rescue services gain access to those affected.

ACT member Lutheran World Federation (LWF) Nepal is sending an assessment team to the affected districts of Dolakha, Rasuwa and Sidhupalchowk, to identify the level of damage and emergency needs. More than 8,000 people died in the initial quake.

Thanks to the generosity of concerned Anglicans and others, PWRDF has collected $167,937 for Nepal Earthquake Relief to date.  These gifts will be matched by the Canadian government, doubling their impact.

There is still time: All donations to PWRDF between April 25 and May 25, 2015 for the Nepal earthquake relief efforts will be matched, dollar for dollar, by the Government of Canada into their Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund, which will be used to provide humanitarian relief.


The Catholic Diocese: invites all Greater Sudburians to a free Indigenous celebration, Saturday, May 23, 5:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Fielding Park in Walden. The intent is for all to learn, through this intercultural event, the contributions of our Indigenous peoples and to experience their unique expressions of spirituality. For further information, please contact Roland Muzzatti at

Deanery Digest: For more Deanery news and events, be sure to check it out on the Deanery Website, by clicking here.

 Posted by at 11:51 AM
May 092015


The Diocese of Algoma gathered in Synod at the Watertower Inn in Sault Ste Marie from May 13-16, 2015. It was blessed time.

The Synod began with an opening service at St. Luke’s Cathedral in which James Mosher was ordained to the diaconate and Charlene Scriver was ordained to the priesthood. Our Primate, ++Fred Hiltz preached and +Stephen celebrated Holy Communion. This was my first Book of Common Prayer ordination service and I experienced it as very beautiful and serious.

The second day (and first full day) of Synod began at 8:00 with worship led by the Rev. Ed Swayze and with Primate Fred delivering the homily. The Primate was simple and searching in his reflection on Matthew 6, and Jesus’s injunctions on fasting, prayer and almsgiving. The Primate focused on the relationship between authentic gratitude and humility. It was an excellent orientation to a full day.

Following worship, the Bishop gave a charge to Synod oriented around building partnerships with the Diocese of Big Beaver House and Bishop Lydia, building partnerships with the Diocese of Tarime and Bishop Mwite, and the Lift Up Your Heart initiative following the conclusion of the strategic plan. There was far too much in each point to fairly summarize here. I am bringing home a copy of the charge to share with you and hope that I will have an electronic version to distribute broadly. Suffice to say that at each point we were called to an expanded vision of generosity, including (but certainly not limited to) our money. We will be implementing the Lift Up Your Heart initiative through the month of September. Please watch for special updates in ETW about this important initiative.

The morning concluded with a report on the Tarime trip made by a delegation led by +Stephen and Fawna and a final exercise from the Strategic Planning Committee to help them advise the Executive Committee on ways to continue developing the work begun with the S.P. as we move into the future.

After lunch, I attended two breakout sessions. One, again, dealt with the winding down of the current Strategic Plan and building on it for the future. The discussions were particularly concerned with Youth ministry and its ongoing importance in our deaneries. This will be an interesting conversation for Executive to take up. There seemed to be a consensus that Youth work should be funded, even as we also agreed that a uniform pattern of funding and job descriptions across the deaneries might not be the most effective way of ensuring the continuation of good ministries. We’ll see. . . . I also expressed a concern that at least some of the resources recouped from the closure of parishes and the sale of buildings be set aside for new ministries, and especially church planting. Again, we’ll see how that goes.

The second breakout session was led by +Stephen and was a reflection on the repeated cycle of sin–grace–faith in the Prayer Book Holy Communion service. It was, as you can imagine, an intense and important time to meditate on how the pattern of our worship is meant to inspire gratitude toward God for his great gift to us by the Spirit who draws us into the life of Christ. A particular stress for +Stephen (and following from his charge) is that the sacrament can never be divorced from Word read and proclaimed. Without the Word, the sacrament is a mute sign. I think he’s right.

The most difficult part of the day took place when I went with the delegates to Algoma U. for a tour of the archives, the residential school, and the chapel. It was a very good (and plain spoken) articulation of our history, warts and all. It is a dark part of our history, and the reconciling work is beginning, but it nowhere near finished. I was grateful to the organizers for this opportunity.

The second full day was filled with motions. The morning focused on canonical motions, which were variously defined as tidying and housekeeping and involved updating the canons, with the afternoon given to financial motions. There were no surprises here. The main challenge facing the Executive coming from the financial motions had to do with reviewing with a view to continuing the work done by the Programme Associates and Child and Youth workers in the five deaneries. There is a will to see ministry continue, even as Executive recognizes that the positions need to be reviewed with a view to what works in each deanery, and with a view toward flexibility.

The highlight of the second day, for me, was a visit from Bishop Mwite who arrived via Skype from his home in Tarime. He spoke in glowing terms about the good work—both evangelistic and social—that he has been able to undertake in part because of the partnership he has with the Diocese of Algoma. What was striking was that for him, there was no distinction between the two spheres of mission. Gospel proclamation and the building of churches was interwoven with education especially for girls, providing sources of clean water and so on. Jay’s presentation on the next steps after rationalization was also very good.

On the last day, we completed our motions. Highlights here were the motions following from the response to the bishop’s charge, and included an alteration to the constitution of the Diocesan Executive Committee so that the rep from the Anglican Indigenous Peoples’ Council (at present, the Rev. Chris Harper) has full privileges of the house in future meetings, a request that the Bishop begin to explore the creation of a school of preaching possibly through Thorneloe College School of Theology, and an endorsement of the Bishop’s concern that parishes have competent and continuous clergy leadership especially in times of transition.

The theme that united the three days was gratitude, under the banner “Lift Up Your Hearts.” You will hear more about this initiative in September and will involve applying in practical ways what has been discussed above, including, but not limited to, building relationships with the new Diocese of Big Beaver House, strengthening relationships with the Tarime, and helping train lay leaders and clergy to raise the level of pastoral care and preaching in parishes.

This was a wonderful, blessed time and I am grateful for the opportunity to have attended with Rachel and our tireless delegates, Gilles Tessier and Remi Ogundimu.

 Posted by at 9:54 PM
May 082015

Deanery Quiet Morning with Eva Black, Spiritual Director from Temiskaming Deanery An opportunity for Prayer, Silence, Reflection, Worship & Fellowship Wednesday June 10th ~ 9:00am – 1:00pm Church of the Ascension Registration, includes lunch, $20  Contact Archdeacon Anne for more information or to register at 705-566-2790 or  ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Worship This Week Saturday, May 9th, […]

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May 082015

1) Epiphany This Week will be sent via email and posted later than usual today. Look for it around 6:00pm (I’m away from my computer all day) 2) This Sunday is “Sudbury Rocks” race/run/walk for Diabetes. You may run into temporary road closures and/or delays as you make your way to church Sunday morning. ~Marion […]

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