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PLEASE NOTE as well that this week’s meeting of Pint of View has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a later date.


WE ALSO WISH TO INFORM EVERYONE that our Lenten Faith and Film series is being suspended. We hope to resume the series once COVID-19 matters have been resolved.


THE FAMILY OF LINDA THORNTON would like to alert the St. Mary’s Parish Family that Linda’s 70th Birthday Party on Saturday, March 21st has been postponed.


PLEASE NOTE: The Parish Breakfast that was scheduled for next Sunday, March 22nd has been cancelled. We hope to re-schedule it at a later time.


SAFE CHURCH GROUP TRAINING SESSION: The Diocese of Fredericton implemented the Safe Church policy in October of 2016. Under the policy, personnel in various leadership positions are required to undergo training on the policy as well as have police and vulnerable sector checks conducted each year. Additionally, the Diocese encourages all members of our faith to make themselves aware of the policy. Consequently, we will be conducting a training session on the Safe Church policy in St. Mary’s church hall on Saturday, April 4th, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Those who are interested in attending the session are requested to sign the sheet in the hall entrance.

Safe Church — To promote the mission of the church by providing
a safe and effective working, learning and spiritual environment.


THOSE OF YOU WHO HAD A CHANCE TO MEET the members of the refugee family from Liberia who were sponsored by the Anglican Parishes of the Archdeaconry of Fredericton in 2016 and 2017, especially when they worshipped with us here at St. Mary’s, will be saddened to know that Catherine Gmah, the daughter of Philip Weah and Esther Gmah, died this past Thursday following a long period of illness. Catherine, who turned 20 in January, was the beneficiary of a liver transplant a couple of years ago following a battle with cancer; but her death this week resulted from her body’s rejection of the transplant. Many celebrated with Catherine when she was baptised at Christ Church (Parish Church) in 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending but, in the meantime, please keep Esther and Philip in your prayers, as well Catherine’s friends and the members of the refugee support committee who worked so hard to help the family settle in their new home.

Rest eternal grant unto her, O Lord;
and let light perpetual shine upon her. Amen.
May she rest in peace. Amen.


THE CHOIRS OF HOLY TRINITY, NEW MARYLAND, CHRIST CHURCH (PARISH CHURCH), ST. PETER’S, AND ST. MARY’S are combining for a Service of Choral Evensong on Sunday, March 22nd, at 4 p.m. at the Parish Church. Everyone is invited. Choral Evensong is one of the great spiritual gems of the Anglican tradition: a beautiful blending of Scripture, music, and prayer that brings our day to a quiet and graceful close. Light refreshments will be offered following the Service.


EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED to spend time during the Season of Lent in the traditional Lenten exercises: prayer, self-denial and fasting, self-examination, and reading a meditating on God’s Word. Our Sunday morning discussion group, our Wednesday evening Celebration of the Holy Eucharist, our Friday morning Bible Study, our Friday evening Stations of the Cross can all be ‘taken on’ as part of your Lenten discipline.


ONE VERY HELPFUL EXERCISE THAT MANY CHOOSE TO ‘TAKE ON’ during the Season of Lent is the reading of a book that will help us to explore our relationship with Christ and his Body more deeply. Bishop Edwards has suggested that that we use an excellent small volume by an Anglican priest named Tish Harrison Warren entitled Liturgy of the Ordinary. The Rector very much endorses this text and has copies available for those who would like to read this during Lent. Please speak with him if you’d like to pick up a copy and get started.


PLEASE JOIN US EACH FRIDAY in Lent, at 7 p.m. starting on February 28th for the Stations of the Cross, which is a quiet reflective service in which we journey through Christ’s steps on the road to the Cross. This brief service is an excellent and hopeful mediation on what Christ was accomplishing on our behalf by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection.


THE ANNUAL BOWLING TOURNAMENT to Strike out Child Hunger in NB, organised by our friends at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Marysville, is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th, from noon to 4 p.m. We again hope to enter a team from St. Mary’s, so please give some thought to whether you’d like to be part of this fun and rewarding event. A signup sheet for St. Mary’s team is available on the table in the Narthex, so please add you name if you think you can help. Organisers would like to know the number of teams by March 1st, so please let us know by the end of the month.


Everyone is reminded that we have a weekly Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. If you’re ever concerned that winter driving conditions may make it difficult to attend one of the two celebrations of the Holy Eucharist on Sunday morning, make plans to attend on Saturday. Please plan to join us any Saturday evening if this time is more suitable for your schedule.


Weekly Choir Practices will now be held each Sunday shortly after noon, following Coffee and Conversation rather than on Wednesday evening. Singing is a great joy and a wonderful way to share God’s gifts. So, if you’re interested, come along and give it a try.


We invite all young people and their families to join us each Sunday morning, from approximately 9:45 and continuing until about 10:20, for an exciting, fun, and informative programme of Christian Education. Janice offers an interesting mix of crafts and instruction to help our young people to grow in their faith and to engage the Scriptures. Plan to join us as often as you can; and please invite your friends to come along as well. Everyone is welcome! And anyone who would like to share in this wonderful and rewarding ministry is encouraged to speak to Janice or the Rector.

And, while the children are learning in one part of the Parish Hall, all adults are invited to a conversation each Sunday with the Rector on matters of faith and life. Bring your thoughts and questions!


CHIMO IS A PROVINCIAL CRISIS PHONE LINE, accessible 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to all residents of New Brunswick. Their mission is to serve the community by providing a competent level of crisis intervention, referrals and vital information in a caring, confidential manner. They provide compassionate care and services to all callers, but find that we are needing assistance with the calls. They are looking for volunteers who are willing to give back to the community in a meaningful way, while upholding the organization's level of care and compassion. All volunteers are interviewed and trained beforehand. To volunteer, or if have questions, call 450-2937 or go to http://www.chimohelpline.ca/


EACH WEEK PRINTED COPIES OF THE HOMILY are available on the small table on the right hand side of the entrance to the church for anyone who would like to reflect further on the issues discussed. Please speak to the Rector if you’re not able to locate a copy.


IF YOU LIKE TO QUILT, our Thursday Quilters invite you to join them each week. They work from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., taking a break for lunch; and they welcome experienced quilters and novices alike. They’d also warmly welcome you to come by if you’d rather knit or crochet and just share in the fellowship. For more information please speak to Joyce Matthews or Doreen Lawrence.


IF YOU LIKE TO KNIT, ST. MARY’S MOTHERS’ UNION invite you to use up some of your surplus yarn and help a number of excellent projects. They have three different knitting projects: Comfort Bears for children at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, Knitted Hats for Newborns, and a request from Knitted Knockers of Canada in support of women who have had mastectomy surgery. Instructions have been posted on the Mothers’ Union bulletin board in the hall. Feel free to pick up some and get knitting!


If you’ve not had a chance to complete the personal information form that the Parish is using to update our records please pick up a copy in the Narthex and return it to me or to Thomas Geburt, our Parish Safe Church Officeras soon as possible. Please note that the form is designed to be filled out by everyone, even those who did not choose to have their pictures taken for our Parish Directory. The form seeks to gather a lot of information, but you are only being asked to provide as much (or as little) as you wish. There are, however, two sections that are essential to us: the personal contact section at the top of the first page and the permission section at the bottom of that page. Please note that your forms will be kept securely; and the information will never be shared in any way which violates your expressed wishes. Please speak to me or Thomas if you have any questions.


Hospice Fredericton is accepting referrals for the Adult Day Centre at 621 Churchill Row. They are open every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and welcome clients with cognitive or physical impairments of any kind that are 55 and older. The Centre offers a wide range of stimulating programs for memory loss, physical challenges, or social isolation. Activities will include music, games, trivia, bingo, and various exercise programs. For more information on their Adult Day Program contact Nicole Pike at 621 Churchill Row, by phone at 206-7955 or by email at hospiceadc@gmail.com

Letters, presentations, etc.

Renovation Project Update
(6 Jan 2019)

Chief Fitch's presentation (video)
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2FKHx7MgBI&t=455s

 

On-going

Like to sing along to the radio? Enjoy singing to your heart's content in the shower? Are hymns some of your favourite things to sing? Then you just may be a prime candidate for the Parish Choir! Weekly Choir practices will run each Sunday at noon following Coffee & Conversation and we'd like to invite all enthusiastic choristers to come out. We don't expect professional grade performances (but we'd welcome you if you can!); we gather each week to share the gifts that God has given us to praise Him in word and song; and we have a fun time too! So please speak to Rector if you're interested.


Hospital visiting is an essential part of parish ministry because spiritual health is a necessary part of our physical health; and the Rector is always willing to visit those in hospital at any time, day or night. Recent changes in the way in which religious affiliation is recorded when people enter the hospital system means that the Rector is significantly less likely to know when members of the Parish have been admitted. Please let the Rector know if you or another member of the Parish (with their consent) is in hospital, including, if possible, the room number, so that the Church can minister to our whole Parish Family. And, unless you wish not be visited while in hospital, be sure to indicate on admission that you wish a pastoral visit. Otherwise your presence in the hospital might not be indicated on the records available in the Spiritual and Religious Care office.


In response to some members of the Parish who have indicated the challenges they face in hearing the homily because of hearing loss, we’re now producing a few printed copies each Sunday. If you would like to have a copy you’re welcome to pick one up from the small table at the main entrance to the church. Please speak to the Rector if you’re not able to locate a copy.


Have to be at work on Sunday morning? Have another engagement that will prevent you from attending? Not sure about the weather? Don’t forget that we now have a weekly Celebration of the Holy Eucharist on Saturday evenings at 5 p.m. throughout the winter months. Please speak to the Rector if you have any questions; and plan to join us any Saturday evening if this time is more suitable for you or anytime that your schedule makes Sunday attendance difficult.


E-OFFERING: Did you forget your envelope this weekend? Instead of digging in your wallet for collection why don’t you set up E-Offering and forget about the hassle. E-Offering is an electronic offering that debits from your bank account. It is easy, no fuss and customizable. You can set up weekly, monthly and with any amount. Adjustments are easy to make. Please pick up a slip from the table in the narthex if you are interested or speak to Allan Agnew if you have any questions.


Are you looking for a new opportunity to show your love for Christ and for His Church as we begin a new year? St. Mary’s Altar Guild faithfully prepares the Church for our weekly celebrations and invite all the members of our Parish Family to consider whether or not they’re called to share in this joyful work. Please speak to the Rector if you are interested or if you have any question.


Are you called to be a Reader? If you believe that you have gifts to contribute to this important ministry please speak to the Rector.


How can we help? Some of our seniors and shut-ins may be struggling with the practical necessities that arise with changing seasons. Do you know of someone who could benefit from a helping hand with some of the chores around the house or yard, or even things as basic as a drive to an appointment? Please speak to the Rector if there is someone in our Parish Family, or beyond, that is in need of compassionate, respectful ministry. And, if you’d like to volunteer your skills and talents, please let the Rector know.


Two Minute Opportunity: After any service, take a couple of minutes to speak to someone you don’t know. Make it an occasion to create friendships and demonstrate Christ’s hospitality.


Our ACW branch supports all sorts of things that generally go unnoticed. Did you know, for example, that they sponsor a foster child ($420/year), the Farraline Home downtown ($200), $100 each this year to Camp Medley, the DECH Hospital Foundation and Bishop McAllister School in Uganda (where Fr Paul Jeffries is head master)? At Christmas they give to Transition House and Grace House. They also support our parish in many and various ways, whether by contributing financially to several funds and activities or by working at receptions and other functions, and cooking for them all. To raise funds, they put on a bridge party, with the help of the choir; and they help the choir with theirs. They also contribute to the memorial fund in memory of any parishioners who die, and they send cards and flowers to the sick and shut-ins, as well as visiting those in hospital. That’s a lot of work for a small group. But they’d like to grow; so if you’re interested in finding out more about the ACW, just ask a member. Many thanks, girls, for all that you do in the Name of the Lord!


Some scented products — perfumes, deodorants, after-shaves, etc. — can cause serious problems for someone around us. It may not ‘smell’ dangerous to the user. In fact, after long use, the user can’t smell it as strongly as others, which could prompt us to use more of it. And that makes allergic reactions worse. A few people in our parish have allergic reactions to certain scented products. So perhaps we should all consider how we can go light on nice-smelling cosmetics.
Donations to the Food Bank are always welcome. Place items in the Food Bank box (the drawer in the middle of the bulletin table). These offerings will be presented at the Altar by the Sunday School children.
Our monthly Parish Shared Meal (= pot luck) is the first Sunday of each month (except for the summer), to which all are welcome. A basic rule of thumb is that if you bring enough for your crew and one extra person, there will always be lots for every-one, including unexpected guests.

St Mary’s Mothers’ Union meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month (Sept. to June at 7 p.m. — except for the winter months when they meet on the 3rd Saturday at 1 p.m.) All welcome. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Please speak with Shirley Hupman for more information.


Each Thursday morning the church is unlocked until noon for anyone who wishes time for private prayer or meditation. Morning Prayer will be said at 8:30 a.m. and those who wish to take advantage of this quiet may do so by dropping in for as little or as much time as they wish.


LIberty Lane is a safe housing and outreach centre here in Fredericton for women and their children trying to restart their lives free from the threat of abuse. Your support for their Kenny House Capital Campaign would be greatly appreciated. To donate or to learn about Kenny House, go to libertylane.ca or call 451-2120