In honour of the upcoming season of Christmas, I have gone through the files that I have, and have pulled out some Christmas photopgraphs for you to enjoy. I hope that they bring back some happy memories for you all.
Fogo Island Christmas program on Christmas Eve
St. James’ Church in Botwood at Christmas
Bay de Verde’s ministry to people in the community
Christmas Carols in ther labyrinth, Good Shepherd, Mount Pearl
Holly Tea, St. Michael’s in St. John’s
Codroy Christmas pageant
Christmas pageant in Margaree-Fox Roost
Holly Tea in Topsail
The full article, by Karen Morris, will appear in the January print issue of Anglinan Life:
On June 5th, 2019, the combined choirs of St. John the Evangelist and St. Matthew’s held a fellowship evening which included a delicious supper, prepared by the St. John’s vestry. This was followed by a jam session of music and song by the choir members who were present.
On August 5th, St. John the Evangelist (Coley’s Point) held its annual Garden Party with breakfast and games for both children and adults in the afternoon. The day included a BBQ and finished up with a dunk tank, featuring our very own priest, Rev’d Kenute Francis as the main target.
On August 18th, our annual “outdoor service and family day” for our combined congregations (St. John’s and St. Matthew’s) was held on a beautiful Sunday morning. The day included the Holy Eucharist, followed by fellowship with a BBQ and games for children and adults.
On August 26 -30, we had Vacation Bible School with the theme ROAR: Life is wild: God is Good! Approximately 80 children attended, along with 30 volunteers from the surrounding community churches. St Matthew’s church was transformed into a jungle for the week as seen in the photo.
The full article by the Rev’d Steven Maki, will appear in the January issue of Anglican Life:
In honour of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Parish of Pasadena/Cormack celebrated the Blessing of Animals, and raised over $400 for local animal rescue groups. On the evening of Friday Oct 4th—St. Francis Day—parishioners and their pets gathered to receive a blessing on the rectory lawn adjacent to St. David’s. The next day we did the same at St. George’s in Cormack.
We prayed for all animal victims of violence and neglect, especially remembering a cat named Mittens who suffered unspeakable cruelty in Port Aux Basques this past September. We continued to pray for animals that are lost and lonely, for those who are ill, and for those who have passed from this life into God’s eternity.
Money raised in Cormack went to support Cormack’s Kitty Rescue, which is led by Glenda Hayes. Money raised in Pasadena went to the White Bay Scaredy Cat Rescue, which is led by Angela Wicks and Jocelyn Davis Power. Angela and Jocelyn invited us to come and see their work caring for outdoor cat communities at a closed town dump site outside of Pollards Point. This spot houses several cat colonies.
Nestled in the woods, past mounds of overgrowth, lies a shelter equipped with bedding and a wood burning stove for the warmth in the winter, which houses one entire cat colony. All but a few are left to be spayed or neutered. Sadly, most cats there have been dumped and abandoned by people. Despite the odds, they survive by the kindness of volunteers and a committed group of local caretakers.
Beyond the gatherings and blessings, and the raising of funds, my hope is to help raise awareness of God’s blessings upon all creation, including upon the animals. The very first covenant God makes with life on earth includes humans and animals alike: all with the breath of life. The sign of the rainbow marks an everlasting covenant between God and Earth’s creatures.