Chronicle

Saints in May

1 Philip and James, Apostles
2 Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher of the Faith, 373
4 English Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era
8 Julian of Norwich, Spiritual Writer, c.1417
12 Gregory Dix, Priest, Monk, Scholar, 1952
14 Matthias the Apostle
16 Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
19 Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, Restorer of Monastic Life, 988
20 Alcuin of York, Deacon, Abbot of Tours, 804
21 Helena, Protector of the Holy Places, 330
24 John and Charles Wesley, Evangelists, Hymn Writers, 1791 and 1788
25 The Venerable Bede, Monk at Jarrow, Scholar, Historian, 735
25 Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne, 709
26 Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
26 John Calvin, Reformer, 1564
26 Philip Neri, Founder of the Oratorians, Spiritual Guide, 1595
28 Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, Scholar, 1089
30 Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
30 Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
30 Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist in Central Africa, 1933
31 The Visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

( You can find this list and links to factual information on wikipedia.)

I have researched some of the life and work of Apolo Kivebulaya. In the list of saints for May he appealed to me as one of the many missionaries about whom we in Western Europe do know not enough about. Those missionaries were born in Africa and carried out their mission in that same Africa. I think we should honour their work more and especially, more knowingly.

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AGM 2018: reports/review of 2017

Chaplain’s Report

Such a lot has happened at St. Mary’s over the past year, adjusting to a new Chaplain, a somewhat different role for the Chaplain, and considering how to best serve the congregation of St. Mary’s as well as the surrounding community. With the advent of programming for teens and the launch of the student group The Anchor (run in conjunction with the SICR and IFES), we are seeing renewed possibilities. Attendance is up slightly, and special programs such as the Lenten Study have been well received.

At the same time, St. Mary’s is facing the same hard truths being faced by congregations all over Europe: general church attendance is down, donations are down, and our buildings and congregations are aging. Society is rapidly changing, giving the Church an almost constant turn over in challenges to reaching out. And yet, this is exactly what the Church is called to do: reach out, serve, share, minister, bless. How do we do this effectively?

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The Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday April 29th following the service. Please make a note of this! Childcare will be provided. This is a very important meeting for everyone who attends St. Mary's. We will be discussing not only reports from the past year, but our beginning Mission Action Planning, and our financial situation. Please make plans to attend and participate if at all possible.

April

In the April list of saints of the Church of England there are many famous saints, and if not famous, at least well known ones. From the names of the saints who are totally unknown to me, I picked out one, the Pandita Ramabai, because I was interested in finding out how a Hindu woman made it to the list of Anglican saints.

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