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Posted on May 29, 2020
This week we celebrate Pentecost—the day Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to the disciples as in a rush of wind, and to all the peoples of the world as tongues of fire. To read more, please click here to the current issue of our newsletter.
Posted on May 22, 2020
This week, we are delighted to focus on some good news! First up, Mother Wendy is a grandmother! Her son and his partner have a daughter, born today (May 22). To continue, please click here to our latest newsletter.
Posted on May 15, 2020
As we approach the end of Eastertide, we have several special services coming up. This week on Sunday we will mark Rogation Sunday with special prayers and reminders of our home church and traditional procession. To read more, please click here to our newsletter.
Posted on May 8, 2020
This week, on May 12, our liturgical calendar commemorates Florence Nightingale, the founder of the modern nursing profession, which gives us a wonderful opportunity to offer thanksgiving and prayers for our nurses, doctors and other public health workers. It’s also Mother’s Day this Sunday, and we wish everyone celebrating a wonderful day! To continue reading, please click here to our latest newsletter.
Posted on May 1, 2020
In St. John’s news this week, we are very pleased and proud to congratulate one of our own, Susan Searle, who will be graduating from The Montreal Diocesan Theological College with a Diploma in Ministry this coming Monday. To read more, please click here to our latest newsletter.
Posted on April 24, 2020
Hi to all! This week’s newsletter features another take on Spiritual Communion, this time a video from Bishop Stephen Cottrell of the Diocese of Chelmsford in England. Click here to view the new issue.
Posted on April 17, 2020
Hello everyone and welcome to Eastertide! Thank you to everyone who joined us and participated in last Sunday’s online Easter service of morning prayer. Our new newsletter can be accessed here.
Posted on April 10, 2020
Welcome to the Good Friday edition of our parish newsletter (please click here). We hope that those of you who were able to attend the online service of matins for Good Friday earlier today found it helpful.
Posted on April 3, 2020
We are pleased to bring you the latest weekly parish bulletin (please click here). We are coming up on Holy Week, so please read for more about the parish offerings planned from now through Easter, as well as other news and resources.
Posted on March 27, 2020
Dear St. John’s people,
As you know, we have temporarily suspended gatherings and our physical presence at St. John the Evangelist.
We now know that our community will be a diaspora for a while longer—at least until early May, but we need to be prepared that it might be longer. The good news is, our parish has already begun to find new ways to connect and support one another through this situation, and there are good reasons to think we will be stronger for it in the end.
Our second edition of the weekly parish bulletin is now available for download in our Weekly Newsletters section.
Please read and share – and if you would prefer to receive this newsletter in one long email in future, rather than as an attachment, please e-mail us.
Stay well everyone, please take care of yourselves and each other, and God bless.
Beth Reed (Warden, Church of St. John the Evangelist)
Posted on March 23, 2020
From the Rector: Prayers taken from the A Form of Spiritual Communion by Cecil John Wood, Bishop of Melanesia
In union, O Dear Lord, with the faithful at every Altar of Thy Church, where Thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving. I present to Thee my soul and body, with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to Thee. And since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, I beseech Thee to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to Thee, and embrace Thee with all the affections of my soul. O let nothing ever separate me from Thee. Let me live and die in Thy love. Amen.
Grant, O Lord Jesus Christ, that as the hem of Thy garment, touched in faith, healed the woman who could not touch Thy Body, so the soul of Thy servant may be healed by like faith in Thee, Whom I cannot now sacramentally receive; through Thy tender mercy, Who livest and reignest with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost ever one God. Amen.
Posted on March 13, 2020
Temporary closing of the church (from Sunday, March 15 until further notice)
From the Rector:
Dear St. John’s people,
As most of you will know, our city, with most of the rest of the world, is grappling with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The province of Quebec has ordered the closure of schools and public institutions and banned large gatherings for the next two weeks, and is encouraging all of us to avoid unnecessary contact with others, in order to slow the spread of the virus and allow our public health system to cope.
We have decided that to do our part in this effort, and to best protect our community and the community of St. Michael’s Mission, we will cancel all masses, meetings, and events at St. John’s for the next two weeks.
We will make an announcement before Friday, March 27 about what our plan is after that. In doing so, we are following on closures in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal and several other downtown churches, and many other organizations. We are all following the advice of public health officials as best we can.
While we are not gathering together in person for the next little while, our church community is not closed. We will check phone messages at the office and email, and our clergy will be available to talk on the phone. We encourage you to continue to be in touch with each other and check on each other, and if you need extra help during this time please let us know.
And don’t forget, that when you stay at home, you can pray at home! We invite you to say morning prayer at home this Sunday at our usual meeting time of 10:30. Read and reflect on the lectionary passages for the day. The table of lessons is located at the front of the Prayer Book; for Sundays we are in Year II, and this is will be Lent III. The BCP can be found online at http://prayerbook.ca/resources/bcponline/ .
And know that your St. John’s community is praying with you, gathered in spirit if not in body.
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