Anglican Church in America
ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA
Diocese of the Northeast
Rt. Rev. Brian Marsh, Bishop
Diocese of the Northeast

 

 

Northeast Anglican, September 2016, Presynod Issue


From the Bishop’s Chair


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I pray you have all had a blessed and restful Summer. We are now ready to resume our labors and work to build God's kingdom. But perhaps we have been doing that – even while on vacation.

Even while on vacation … Here is a little story about Christian witness that happened to me while on our Summer holiday. This past July, Ljuba and I chose to visit Portugal. We had never been there and decided we would take a river cruise on the Douro River. The Douro winds its way through Spain and Portugal, meeting the Atlantic Ocean at the delightful city of Oporto. And so, we booked passage on a ship of the Viking River Cruise line. We chose Viking for three reasons:

1. We had never been to Portugal and wanted to see something of the country;

2. We liked the idea of traveling in a new boat and the reviews were very good;

3. We received several brochures from Viking every week and thought that taking a cruise might just reduce the number of mailings (guess what, it worked – at least partly).

There were only eighty-seven passengers on the ship and we got to know several quite well. We became particularly friendly with three other couples. Two couples were from New Jersey, another from Yorkshire, England. We shared most of our meals together and our mealtime conversations were lively and filled with laughter. Once the others discovered I was a clergyman, the questions about God and church polity came my way with regularity. One man, a retired executive named George, identified himself as a staunch Presbyterian.

Presbyterians, of course, do not have bishops; that jurisdiction is governed in a manner that defies my understanding. But George did know his Bible quite well and over dinner we shared many interesting discussions about Scripture. George was a little mystified by the idea of bishops, so I told him: “You know George, where the bishop is, there is the church.” George thought for a long time before he said: “I don't get it.”

One morning, I excused myself from breakfast and announced that I needed to say the daily office. This prompted a question: what, my companions wanted to know, is the daily office. After I explained the requirement that clergy must pray Morning and Evening Prayer each day, one of the group asked if I would like an audience. Many times, I explained, clergy recite the office privately, particularly when they are away from their churches. This seemed to satisfy everyone's curiosity, but I was aware that at least one of our group was interested in joining in prayer. Later that day, I approached her and asked: “Carolyn, I think you were asking to join me in prayer. You are always welcome.” She thanked me and said she would like to do just that. We planned to say Morning Prayer together the following day.

Word spread! Morning Prayer was being said in the (floating) “episcopal palace”. The next morning, all eight of our little party crowded into the living room of our cabin. The ship's staff photocopied pages from the Book of Common Prayer and our “congregation” read the daily office together. Afterward, members of the group spoke about how meaningful the experience had been. George, of course, offered his perspective: “I still don't get this thing about bishops.” “Well, George,” I responded, a bishop can issue licenses. He can license preachers. In fact, next Monday Ljuba and I are celebrating our thirty-ninth wedding anniversary. I would be delighted if you would preach.”

George was completely taken aback. He said he would need to think about this. But he had, I knew, already made up his mind. Later that day, one of his friends told me that George was thrilled that I had asked him.

On Monday, July 25, Ljuba and I began our day in the company of new friends. We celebrated Morning Prayer. We heard a delightful homily preached by a Presbyterian layman on board a ship plying the Douro River. It was a truly memorable – and very moving – occasion. We all thanked George for his homily. He responded: “I think I may be getting this bishop business.” (John Knox take notice!)

George has since received his one-day lay preacher's license, issued over my signature and the diocesan seal. George will soon celebrate his ninetieth birthday. I was very pleased to provide this memento of a delightful time spent with faithful Christians.

Our tiny mission on the Douro River had exactly eight members. It lasted for four days. Prayers were said. The Word of God was preached. The love of God was shared. Wonderful memories, indeed! The kind of memories that no doubt sustained St. Paul on his journeys.

Your Brother in Christ, +Brian

Notes from the Secretary

 

Greetings! Hope you’ve all had a chance for some R&R over the summer. Russ and I drove to Texas to celebrate our son’s 50th birthday (are we really that old!). Our daughter joined us from Florida and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them – even did some Texas two-stepping in the old dance halls!

I know you’re tired of hearing this from me so I’ll keep it brief. The Diocese and National Church need your support to grow and carry out the works of the Church. Please make every effort to meet your financial obligations in support of both of these entities as specified in the canons (see my article in the May 2016 issue of the NEA for more details). Contact me or Kathy Lippman if you have questions. Special circumstances should be communicated to Bishop Marsh.

The Standing Committee met in May and we had the pleasure of meeting Fr. Matthew Mirabile, the new rector at Trinity, Rochester. Fr. Matt jumped right into the fire by offering to direct the summer youth camp in August. I’m sure Fr. Matt will have much to tell us about his experiences with the kids. Thank you, Fr. Matt and all of the clergy and laity that helped at camp this year. God is at work in each one of you as you reach out to the youth in our diocese and beyond.

The Synod is approaching quickly and I’m not sure whether the hard copy of this issue of the NEA will reach you before that. If so, by now you should all know that it will be held in Mystic, CT, October 20-22. I hope by the time you read this you will have made your hotel reservations and sent in your registration form and payment (made out to DNE Synod) to St. Matthias, the host parish.

At the Standing Committee meeting it was noted that various booklets or programs (e.g., missals, missalettes, Anglican service book, service outlines, bulletins, etc.) are used by different congregations within our diocese. If you use materials such as these in your parish, we’re suggesting you bring a copy to Synod and we’ll set up a display table where the examples can be shared with others.

I’m looking forward to seeing you in Mystic where, God willing, we will also elect a Bishop Coadjutor. Safe travels to Synod.

-----Peace to all of you,

Linnea


News Notes

 

Missions

St. Peter's Mission is holding weekly services at Wooster Chapel in Deep River, Connecticut.

A mission is being planned for the Lewiston, Maine area. A first service is planned for the First Sunday in Advent. We do hope to welcome representatives of this mission start-up at our upcoming synod. We pray that we may admit this new mission officially into the diocese at our 2017 synod.

St. Paul’s in Brockton, Mass., has moved into the new church building. I had hoped for pictures for this issue, but they haven’t arrived. Hopefully next time.

 

Anglican Church in America

The House of Bishops and Executive Council will meet at Trinity Anglican Parish in Overland Park, Kansas. September 20-22.

Both the House of Bishops and the Executive Council will likely spend considerable time discussing possible adjustments and/or expansion of the Marriage Canon. A committee chaired by Bishop Stephen Strawn and including our own Wally Jones and James Audiffred has spent considerable time and energy exploring the need for changes to our present marriage canon. We pray that our discussions lead us to a decision that is pleasing to God. In any case, the Executive Council will study the canons and after a time of prayer and discernment, make a recommendation to the 2017 General Synod regarding any canonical changes.

 

2017 Joint Anglican Synod

The Anglican Church in America, the Anglican Catholic Church, the Anglican Province of America and the Diocese of the Holy Cross are, as most of you know, planning a “Joint Anglican Synod.” The tentative dates are: October 2-6, 2017. Concurrent synods of the four jurisdictions will be held in the Atlanta area. While business meetings will be held separately, worship, fellowship and a festive banquet will be held in common. This promises to be a historic event and I encourage all to attend. Coincidentally, the synod will be held exactly forty years after the Congress of St. Louis. The Anglican Continuum came into being at that meeting.

 

Traditional Anglican Communion

The College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion will meet in Lincoln, England, October 13-16. The last official meeting of the College of Bishops was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in February, 2012. At that time, Archbishop Samuel Prakash, by right of seniority, was named Acting Primate.

The agenda, which is still being developed, includes: a report on the ratification of the Concordat; the election of a new Primate; Inter-church relations; marriage licenses and clergy serving as agents of the state; TAC finance committee; IAF; goals for the TAC and education. Other items will likely be added to this agenda. We ask your prayers as the College of Bishops meets to transact the important business of the communion..

 

Diocese of the Northeast

The synod of the Diocese of the Northeast will be held in Groton, Connecticut on October 20-22. The host parishes will be St. Matthias in Mystic, and St. Peter in Deep River.

From Bishop Marsh: “One of the features of this synod will be an episcopal election. Such elections are always filled with great anticipation. We pray that synod may discern God's will in this matter and the right clergyman will be elected to become bishop.

Calling for an episcopal election has made many people wonder if I am planning to retire. I have no immediate plans in that regard. I am still four years away from the date on which I must submit my resignation to the Standing Committee. As long as I believe myself able to fulfill my responsibilities as your bishop, I will continue to labor for the kingdom of God.

I am, however, mindful of the fact that the House of Bishops needs able and well qualified bishops to serve the Church. It is my fervent prayer that Almighty God will help us to call the right man to serve this diocese and, by extension, the Anglican Church in America and the Traditional Anglican Communion.”

Clergy

  Please keep Father Bob Ley and Father Jeff Monroe in your prayers. Father Bob suffered a moderate stroke a week ago and, after a short stay in the ICU, he has been transferred to a rehab facility. Father Bob has served St. Elizabeth faithfully over the years and we pray for his recovery. Please keep Father Bob and his wife, Pat in your prayers.

Father Jeff is recovering from hernia surgery. Under doctor’s orders, he was required to do nothing for the next two weeks. Those of us who know him find that hard to believe. At any rate I presume that

He is back in action at this time.

Father John Bassett, a former Episcopal priest from the Diocese of Albany, has been licensed to assist St. Thomas of Canterbury church in Halfmoon, New York. We welcome Father Bassett and his wife, Teri, to the service of our newest parish in the Diocese of the Northeast.

Father Robert Ludwig, a priest resident in the Diocese of the Eastern United States, offered a series of meditations at our recent clericus gathering in Alfred, Maine. Father Ludwig has also made himself available to serve St. Elizabeth's church in Tuxedo should the parish wish his services. We certainly pray for Father Ludwig and St. Elizabeth's at this time.

As we all know, Bishop Jim Hiles underwent knee surgery in May. He reports that the surgery went perfectly for which we praise God. +Jim also reports that he has returned to Saint Paul's Parish, but has sat "on the bench." That is a sports metaphor, no doubt a holdover from the bishop's college career as a fullback.

(the foregoing compiled by ed from Bp. Marsh’s newsletters)


Fall Schedule

September 19. Episcopal Visit. St. Paul's, Portland, Maine. Bishop Hiles.

September 20. House of Bishops meeting, Trinity Anglican Parish, Overland Park, Kansas.

September 21-22. Executive Council, Trinity Anglican Parish, Overland Park, Kansas.

October 9. St. Luke's, Amherst, New Hampshire. Episcopal Visit. Bishop Marsh

October 14-16. College of Bishops. Lincoln, England.

October 20-22. Groton/Mystic, Connecticut. Diocesan Synod.

November 13. Concord, New Hampshire. All Saints. Episcopal Visit. Bishop Marsh


Around the Diocese


Camden, Maine

Resurrection

 

ed note: I was delighted and a little saddened to receive the following letter from a humble and unassuming man of God that I have long admired. Fr. Frank Gray has labored long and faithfully, well into his eighties, and has finally found it necessary to retire. May God richly bless his remaining years.

 

After ten years and two months I made my last trip to Camden to serve the people and God there. This was a very sad day for me, for I have learned to love the people there and it has been a great honor for me to carry Holy Communion to those very faithful people of God.

I didn't start the work in Camden. A layman by the name of Richard Feldborg has to be given credit for that. I first met Rick when he and his wife, Lynn, came to Ellsworth for Mass at St. Thomas. This was about a sixty mile trip for them. Rick became very active at St. Thomas, and soon became a lay reader. He must have been active in Camden also, for it wasn't long before there were many more people in Camden that wanted Anglican services there. The time soon seemed to be right for a priest to be called to serve them. A priest by the name of Fr, Brooks was chosen. Services were held in many places, in homes, in a restaurant and a Legion hall. I don't know all that happened during this time.

About this time Rick Feldborg was killed in an auto accident. That was a great loss for all. not only Camden but for St Thomas also.

Father Brooks left in 2006; that is when Bishop Langberg sent me there. I was just a Deacon, and what an experience. I had been a deacon for a while, but I had always served at St. Thomas. I carried the Reserved Sacrament from St. Thomas to Camden to bring the Sacrament to those people. I hope that it was as fulfilling for the people of Camden as it was for me. They were very warm in the way they treated me. We held services in homes until our ninety year old Organist, Ann Springer, became sick. Ann became a resident of Windward Gardens, a nursing home in Camden. That is when we went there for services so Ann could be with us or rather we could be with Ann. After Ann died we continued to hold services there.

Oh, yes, in 2008 Bishop Marsh ordained me to the sacred priesthood. What an honor that was. What privilege it is to be able to say the Mass.

On August 7, 2016 Dean Logan came to Camden and celebrated Mass. He was sent there by Bishop Marsh as I had asked the Bishop to relieve me of the duties there, for in November I will have my eighty-seventh birthday and it has become very tiring for me to make that trip. It is a two hour plus trip each way.

So it is with a very sad heart that I say so long and the very best to the people of The Anglican Church of the Resurrection. The peace of the God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord: And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost be amongst you, and remain with you always. Amen.

 

The work in Camden continues, as a mission of St. Paul’s in Portland. ---ed.


Portland, Maine

St. Paul

 

As has been said  before, St. Paul’s is in a unique position in the inner city of Portland. Many very poor and some of the wealthiest people in the city are within walking distance of the church.  You may wonder what we do about   all of this.   Our main goal is to worship God by our beautiful sung service.  By offering this service up to God week after week we hope, I suppose, to gain his favor for the many things we pray for- the many Christians persecuted throughout the world, and the souls of those who do the persecuting, and the many unchurched people living in our neighborhood, some of whom are burdened by alcohol and drugs, and, of course, anyone who comes through our door with the intention of worshiping or learning is welcome.  We do not have enough money to do much more.  But in one endeavor we have been very successful.  We rent out our buildings to organizations who are trying to help the poor and the weak and the lost, and we make a little money in doing so. Here are the examples -- three different AA groups, two different Al Anon groups, and one startup African church.  From these we get almost $700 a month.  There are other things we would like to do and we are always thinking about how to afford them, the most important being the unchurched that surround  us. Please pray for us and we will pray for all of you.  

-----John Serrage

 




Raymond, Maine

Our Benedictines

 

   We were delighted to have Fr. Christian Tutor as a visitor to the Priory at the beginning of the month. He was happy to see the place and be introduced to some of the animals who were also happy to see him.

    Fr. Kevin continues to send out his weekly internet Meditation to a constantly growing membership. There is always something to think about and a cause for soul searching, words of the Fathers and Saints, a weekly calendar, sometimes stories from the imagination about the adventures of some wayward creatures and updates and news about our animals here at the Priory. This is a free labor of love which continues to be well received and shared by many. Anyone interested in receiving the Meditation can simply send us your email address at

klamarre@maine.rr.com

and you will receive the next one that comes out.

   The weather in Maine has been hot and humid for a long time now but we are well aware that winter will be at our door before we know it.  We need your help to get these animals happily through the winter months and deeply appreciate any support as do the animals. Donations are tax deductible. Please make checks out to Servants of the Holy Family and note “for the animals”. Regular benefactors are welcomed as are all others and no donation is too small. We all work together to make a happy life for these animals who were so cruelly treated and handicapped and we thank you for your part in it.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR ANIMAL ANGELS…… Our coffers for the animals are very low. If you or someone that you know who loves animals feels so inspired to help out, please make your tax deductible check out to Servants of the Holy Family and note “for the animals” on your check. Winter is coming and will be here before we know it. Any amount, small or large is gratefully received and greatly appreciated…We are also looking for regular benefactors for these creatures. Every cent goes 100% to the animals for their food and upkeep. We are honored for the privilege of serving these animals and giving them a life. Please help us to help them….the least of these…..Thank you!

-----Sr. Mary Benedict, OSB 


Webster, N.Y.

Holy Cross

 

Annual English Tea

The morning of our annual English Tea dawned cloudy, yet warm for the 21st of May. Under the auspices of Paula Mahoney and a cadre of experienced St. Martha’s Guild workers the various card tables were set with lace cloths, flowers, China tea cups with saucers, lemon wedges, and sugar. A pot of freshly brewed tea by Holly Hoyen sat on each table. Bridget McNamara and William Bowen were among the servers that circulated to refresh each delicately decorated tea pot. The uniqueness of the mixed and matched saucer, cups, and pots added to the festivities and acted as an ice-breaker for the conversations to begin among old friends, new friends, and friends-to-be, men women, and children.

  Another topic of conversation was the variety of hats several of the attendees wore. Among them, Miss Marguerite Bowen’s broad brimmed straw hat that was tastefully trimmed with a simple, dark band.

Patrons selected from the many finger food items gracing the buffet table; from Jeanne Hoose’s crustless chicken salad sandwiches to Marjorie Osterhoudt’s outrageously delicious nut bars, and everything in-between. Several of the delicacies were made by St. Martha’s members from their cookbook “In St. Martha’s Kitchen…”.

Wendy Hall again worked her magic in getting many interesting items for the raffle display. Karen Haggas’ knitted garment of hand-spun alpaca yarn items were most admired, along with dangle earrings, an Avon basket, a chocolate cake, a pie, and Heritage vegetable plants. The drawing took place the next day, immediately after our service, so the whole congregation could participate.

  Attendance at the tea was a gentle ebb and flow of guests. Judging by the smiles and sated friends, our annual English Tea can be considered a success. Kudos to St. Martha’s Guild workers, friends and patrons.

Rector Search

Canon Webb met our Elected Vestry on June 18 to inform them on the correct process to begin a rector search for a dedicated, part-time Rector.

Spring Clean-up

A handful of energetic parishioners spent several hours raking, clipping, planting, and beautifying our grounds, as our carpet was shampooed inside our church. Our congregation is pulling together to embody the Holy Spirit that founded Holy Cross in Webster, NY. If you can’t visit us in person, visit us at: http://acanedio.org/parishes/HolyCross

 

Photo: Harry Hoyen plants a new rose bush that will welcome parishioners and friends for years to come.

 

 In Memoriam: Bill Birkett

William H. Birkett, known to all simply as “Bill,” died on Saturday morning, August 13, 2016. His wife, Barbara, was with him.

Bill spent many long hours as our volunteer church treasurer. Even after his term ended, he continued to assist as our consultant.

Bill grew up in Oak Park, Illinois, and attended the University of Illinois where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education and became a Certified Management Accountant. Bill’s career life was entirely connected with the printing industry. At 13 years old, he bought a printing press and began printing business cards and other small jobs in his home. Then at 17 years old, he bought the Oak Park Printing and Stationery Company.

After earning a MBA, Bill sold his business and began a teaching career in printing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY. Bill wrote a book, Graphic Arts Estimating, that was published by Printing Industries of America. He also developed a computerized estimating program whose coding was done on an early HP programmable calculator.

A loving husband and father and always a true friend, Bill’s gentleness and kindness will be sorely missed by his family and his friends at Holy Cross.

-----Kate Chamberlin, NEAnglican correspondent

 

Kate Chamberlin also submitted the following notes of interest:

 

Lay Canon

Canons are usually priests, though there is a very old tradition of Lay Canons. This is an honorary title given to a lay person as recognition of prominent service. It is not an ordained ministry in any sense. Almost (but not quite all) Lay Canons through the ages have been men, but there have been a few exceptions. Our Diocesan Secretary, Linnea Shaver (Bishop Langberg's sister) has served the diocese well and with great effort for many years. Bishop Marsh honored her by awarding her this well-deserved honorary title. This, however, does not make her an ordained minister.

So, a Lay Canon is not the same thing as a priest who is also a canon.

Deaconess

A deaconess is not the same thing as an ordained deacon, though in a well-organized church she does have a role equal in importance to the deacon. In fact, deacons and deaconesses worked in tandem in the Early Church to minister to the members of their congregations.

There are some in our sister jurisdiction APA and our own Logos House (whose president is from APA) has a Deaconess training program.

Deaconesses are a part of our Anglican family and actually have been since about the mid-1800's,” e-mailed Dss. Annette M. Johnson, B.S., M.A.R. “Deaconesses are part of a religious Order, similar to Deacons and Priests, and have been around since the days of the Apostles. In other words, we are an Apostolic Order, too. However, Deaconesses are not considered to be in Holy Orders in the same way as Deacons, Priests, and Bishops are. We are ordained to our particular Order and Set Apart to our particular Office to serve the Church. Our main function is to assist the clergy; but, we are not clergy per se.

For administrative purposes within the ACNA, we are listed as Vocational Deacons. However, the service of Setting Apart of a Deaconess is not the same as that of the Making of a Deacon in the Ordinal.

As with any Order, religious or otherwise, there are certain boundaries and stipulations which define who we are and govern our activities.

Generally speaking, a Deaconess' duty is to assist in the ministry of the Parish, Mission, or Institution to which she is appointed under the direction of her Rector and/or Bishop. From a functional standpoint, that includes serving those who are sick or in need, giving instruction in the Faith, preparing candidates for Baptism and Confirmation (Catechist), assisting in the administration of Baptism (which was the main function of Deaconesses in the days of the Apostles), and to organize, superintend, and carry out the Church’s work among women and children.

She may also lead Morning and Evening Prayer, and the Litany, or act as a Lector if called upon.

A Deaconess may also be a social worker or teacher, with a responsible part in the education and welfare of women and children, if so licensed. She also adopts a Rule of Life comparable to that of the clergy.

In modern times one of the more serious aspects of a Deaconess’ ministry is to be called upon to counsel women and children. She is very likely to be asked to sit in on counseling sessions between the Priest and a woman or child. In these situations she can offer a woman’s perspective to the situation; but, most importantly, she acts as a witness and accountability person so that no false accusations come forward. By virtue of her Office, she is required to be “under the seal” just as the Priest or Deacon would be. Also, she often accompanies the Priest or Deacon on visitations to women parishioners, or she does those visitations herself.

I was Set Apart in 1993, and in that time I have worn many different hats. Most of my duties have been of an administrative nature such as serving on Standing Committees, Executive Boards, and as Parish and Diocesan Secretary. Currently, I serve as the Administrative Assistant to The Most Rev. Royal U. Grote, who is the Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) branch of ACNA. However, I have also worked as a youth group sponsor, Sunday School teacher, Catechist, Altar Guild Directress (which I still do on the diocesan level), Day School Director, and in various women's ministries including leading Retreats and Bible Studies. I am considered an ex officio member of the parish Vestry. In addition, I serve as a member of the faculty at Cranmer Theological House in the Deaconess Studies Program.

Being a Deaconess is a full time, life-long vocation, though it may entail a professional occupation as well. Classically, Anglican Deaconesses were required to be licensed as nurses, social workers, or teachers. (I am a licensed teacher.) That is not necessarily the case these days. Though most Deaconesses operate at the parish level, we have some who are involved in missionary work, prison ministries, school administration, and various other endeavors. Those who feel called to ministry as a Deaconess must be recommended to and vetted by the Bishop Ordinary and approved by the Diocesan Standing Committee to become a Candidate for the Office. Then, when her studies are completed, the Candidate must pass her Canonical Exams for Deaconess in order to be given permission to be Set Apart.

The Anglican Deaconess Association was organized in 2008, under the auspices of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas (FACA) to help facilitate the ministry of Deaconesses across various Anglican jurisdictions. Today, there are 24 Deaconesses and 5 Candidates on the roster. They represent the APA, EMC, DHC, and REC. Additionally, Deaconesses have been recently Set Apart in the Missionary Diocese of All Saints in the ACNA. See the ADA website for more information at http://www.anglican-deaconess.org/.

 

NOTE: Dss.Johnson was the first Deaconess to be Set Apart in the ACA after its formation in 1991. Her parish voted to join the REC in 1995, and her credentials were transferred along with the parish. With that transfer, she became the first officially recognized Deaconess in the REC.

For more information, please visit: dssaj@rechurch.org

 

Ellsworth, Maine

St. Thomas

 

Let me start with a few recollections of the installation of Father Ed to our parish Saturday, June 4th. It was a pretty spring day that allowed for easy travel for our many guests coming from near and far, but still, it was a long trip for some, like Bishop Marsh and Canon Webb. We appreciate the support that we had from clergy and friends that day as Fr. Ed was installed. Our 24-year-old parish has been putting down roots with the help of the priests the Lord sends our way. Here are Father Ed’s own words about the day. “I deeply appreciated the sense that the installation was accomplished in due time. It wasn't rushed, nor an end to be justified by any means to achieve it. It was the culmination of a deliberate process requested by the diocese, but also very much in our best interests. Some blooms can be "forced", but for some, it's best to wait until they reach their beauty in their season. Doing business this way, within the Church, leaves us with a clear conscience.  They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength... (Isaiah 40:31).

  Prayer and patience!”

A few green thumbs have been working together to create a new garden around our church sign. (Sometimes it’s good to be all thumbs.) It has been well-planned to deliver changing colors throughout the year. Dave Simmons dropped 10 yards of loam on our gravel, then he and Ellen planted perennials in front of and under the sign that will bloom brilliant blues and purples in late spring and remain green all year round; Valerie and Mike McCadden purchased a wide variety of beautiful plants and have planted them behind the sign. With skillful planning, Val arranged the flowers, grasses, and shrubs so that they yield continuing surprises of color from spring to fall and textures that offer interest all year long. Margie Sweet and I did a fair amount of weeding and the mulching. He gave us beauty for gravel, the joy of living plants for stones, that He may be glorified.

What rhymes with blooms? Tomes, of course. It has been great to have Joyce Barr, the Logos House librarian, back with us this summer. She continues to work at cataloguing and the many details of making books available to the students of Logos House, our parish, and the community. The link is, http://lht.ind.opalsinfo.net/bin/home, in case you care to browse by subject, author or title. It’s really very easy. To date, 3,000 of the 10,000 books have been catalogued. She envisions this treasure house of learning being used more and more.

Because we are located in an attractive summer vacation area, we happily receive visitors “from away” worshiping with us throughout the summer. Some choose to remain incognito, but some return every year and we get to know them during refreshments. It reminds us of the real connection we have to other parishes.

On August 14th, one year after the joyful reunion of the Mihanda children with their parents, they came for a visit. Fr. Amos celebrated the Eucharist with us and spoke about the miracles that God does. Four of his daughters and one friend, dressed in traditional African costume, sang hymns, danced, and thanked us for our financial and prayerful support. It was so good to talk with them and get acquainted. We were able to give them a gift toward the children’s needs of green cards.

Our annual meeting was held on August 28th followed by a picnic at the marina in Ellsworth. How do you say thanks to someone who has put countless hours into the care and stewardship of parish operations over many years? We don’t know, so we presented our resigning senior warden, David Simmons, with a card of grateful sentiments and a pair of mugs featuring pictures of our church. Our new senior warden, yours truly, is excited as she anticipates a movement towards outreach and growth at St. Thomas.

As summer turns to autumn my attention is drawn to the changes we go through in life. Change is inevitable and we may loath it, yearn for it, or say “it is what it is.” It may bring a heavy loss of some sort, just as the followers of Jesus must have felt after Jesus was taken from them. Their hopes for a redeemer had been dashed upon the cross. It took time for them to realize that their Savior was still with them. It wasn’t until he broke the bread that their eyes were opened and they recognized him. Then they returned to Jerusalem to tell the others, “It’s true! The Lord has risen!”

-----Shirley Landmesser


White River Junction, Vt.

Trinity

 

After two ordinations and a busy year of study in mission and evangelization, Trinitytide has been relatively peaceful for Trinity Church. The summer months have offered us the needed time to return to a regular rhythm of prayer and work. Like all of creation, we too require respite to recharge. It’s worth noting that our “new” location is air conditioned, allowing us to recharge comfortably during the hottest summer on record.

We’ve also taken steps to make our “new” location more permanent. The vestry has been working through the process of getting road signs put up to direct people to the church. This is one aspect of our local outreach. We pray that our neighbors will take notice and join us for worship.

Taking notice is after all one of the great spiritual disciplines we can undertake as we enter into Autumn. Gerard Manley Hopkins has a wonderful poem, “Harrahing in Harvest”.In it Hopkins describes a particularly beautiful walk home one Fall day, coming to this truth: “These things, these things were here and but the Beholder wanting.” It is a powerful lesson for us. Noticing the engracement of creation by God’s love did not alter the things Hopkins encountered, but it transformed Hopkins. We might similarly pray that our noticing – our spiritual paying attention – will transform us into beholders capable of seeing God’s grace and love in and for the world. And may our transformations become an attraction for others.

-----Fr. Steve Rugg

Hurrahing in Harvest

Gerard Manley Hopkins

 

Summer ends now; now, barbarous in beauty, the stooks rise
Around; up above, what wind-walks! what lovely behaviour
Of silk-sack clouds! has wilder, wilful-wavier
Meal-drift moulded ever and melted across skies?

I walk, I lift up, I lift up heart, eyes,
Down all that glory in the heavens to glean our Saviour;
And, éyes, heárt, what looks, what lips yet gave you a
Rapturous love's greeting of realer, of rounder replies?

And the azurous hung hills are his world-wielding shoulder
Majestic—as a stallion stalwart, very-violet-sweet!—
These things, these things were here and but the beholder
Wanting; which two when they once meet,
The heart rears wings bold and bolder
And hurls for him, O half hurls earth for him off under his feet.

 

Scarborough, Maine

St. Augustine of Canterbury Church

 

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,

do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)

 

Hello, Fellow Anglicans!! Well, as usual we have been very busy people working for the glory of God here in Scarborough. We’ve been in our new church building (sharing with the Methodists) since May and it’s all very comfortable now. We’ve gotten used to the new routine and are now getting back to our usual parish activities and we’ve had a very busy summer.

When we moved out of our previous location we had a lot of belongings to consider – an altar, an organ, Sunday school supplies, etc. – that we couldn’t take to our new home. We spend some time in July finding a new home of all of those belongings and spent a very hot day moving them. Thank goodness for moving men! We included in our move the inventory of Yorkie’s Closet which we help house.

For some time now a friend of the parish has wanted to have a yard sale. He had a houseful of belongings from a family member and said if we helped with the family yard sale the proceeds would be donated to our Building Fund. So we spend much of July putting price stickers on all sorts of items. This turned into a multi-family yard sale and we had more than a double garage full of items. We held the sale over two full weekends and were able to collect a nice little sum for our Building Fund. Thank you, Patrick Desrosiers and family!

In the midst of all of this moving and shaking we had a surprise visit from the Bishop! We’re still not sure if he really wanted to visit us or if a beautiful day in Maine in August and the promise of a lobster roll didn’t have something to do with it! He celebrated a beautiful Communion service and we followed it up with a nice time of fellowship over lunch. We were sorry that his visit couldn’t be longer but he promised to come back soon.

Since the Bishop’s last visit last fall we have been working on our Parish Profile. This, as many of you know, is our first step toward finding permanent clergy for our parish. We completed a parish survey to clarify what kind of clergy we were looking for – strengths, abilities, interests – and now are able to incorporate that information into our draft profile. The is just a little more work needed to put the final touches on that document but it will be ready for our Vestry’s review and forwarding on to the Bishop by this fall. It was a big job but a worthwhile job.

Yesterday Vine and Branches, our outreach committee, delivered seventy-two backpacks stuffed with school supplies to three area school districts. This was enough to provide 100% of the homeless students in those districts with supplies to start the school year. We want to thank Lily and Danny, friends of the parish, for all of their hard work helping us to fill the backpacks while they were on their vacation. Job Well Done!! We appreciated all of the hard work you did - and we certainly appreciate all of the interest and support that we get from all of our supporters. Now - the next job!!

In the foreseeable future we have three more fundraising events coming up. In a week or so Vine and Branches will hold a Bottle Drive at the church. This is how they raise most of their funds, although they did just receive a very nice grant to help with the Bicycles for Foster Children project this coming Christmas. Also, for the first time, we will try an electronic recycling event in October. This apparently is a fruitful fundraising activity and we would

like to try it and see how we do. Finally, in December we will have our Annual Christmas Fair. That remains unplanned but it’s sure to be a great success.

We at St. Augustine’s hope you are all having a wonderful summer and are looking forward to a pleasant fall. We are only half-way through Trinity but Advent will be here sooner than we realize with all of its promises. Until then …. Peace to you all!

 

Behold, how good and pleasant it is

when brothers dwell in unity! (Psalm 133:1).

 

-----Valerie Kazarian

Conway, New Hampshire

St. Margaret Anglican Church

My, has the summer almost gone by already? Seems like only yesterday we were spreading the spring fertilizer on the grass. Now we are looking carefully at the trees to see if there is any sign of that famous New England color.

St. Margaret’s always finds a reason to celebrate. In May, we recognized Sea Sunday, with a special sermon based on Psalm 107, “For those in peril on the sea.” As a former able bodied seaman himself, Fr. Monroe always brings a special touch of authenticity and humor to his sermons. The choir also did a lovely rendition of “You’ll never walk alone”. The following Sunday there was a special Mass celebrating all veterans, MIA’s, and those who gave a full measure of themselves in service to their country.

In June we had a special Service of Christian Burial for Mr. Richard Eastman Paige. “Dickie” was the son of our talented choir soprano, Corinne. Although born with developmental disabilities, Dickie worked most of his adult life, and was a joy to his family and friends. A lunch was provided by the ladies of the church after the service, which was attended by numerous friends and relatives.

The summer was challenging for several of our members in terms of health. Miriam Todd, Carol Legal, Greg and Carol Davis, Charlotte Whiting and our wonderful organist Tracy Gardner all received our prayers for healing and most are back and on the road to recovery. We again thank Judith English, another talented local musician, for stepping in for Tracy.

Our snowbirds have returned as well from warmer climes. We are always happy to see Noreen and Al Frizelle and David and Chris Dilley, as well as Phil Fauntleroy. We also caught up with Phil recently in Harrison, Maine, taking in the final show at the Deertrees Theater. For a gentleman who is 90 years old, he surely gets around, and thoroughly enjoyed the Black Eagle Dixieland Jazz Band.

Father and Linda, along with John and Kathy Kropac made a special visit recently to the home of Julia Ruth Stevens to celebrate her 100th birthday. She is the daughter of the famous baseball legend, Babe Ruth. How exciting to have a family member of such a sports great in our church.

Once again, our most generous fellow Anglicans, Rebecca and Jim Harrington opened their home for a Meadow Mass and cookout. I was out of town, but heard

it was a grand time, with food, camaraderie and lawn games as well. Subdeacon Patrick Desrosiers ably assisted Father, and Rebecca Harrington provided musical accompaniment on the accordion. Who knew the lady had this talent!

August also saw a special reception for Father Don Gauthier, pastor of Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church in North Conway. Father Don has recently retired after many years as a faithful servant of Christ. He and Father Jeff have become good friends, and his retirement could not go unrecognized. Many from Our Lady’s came to celebrate with us at St. Margaret’s. Godspeed, Father Don. You have earned your rest.

On Saturday Sept 3, the parish held its annual yard sale. Not only was this a chance to generate some income, but also perhaps to generate interest in learning more about St Margaret’s, Anglicanism and Jesus Christ. According to organizer Rebecca Harrington, we garnered a goodly sum!

We hear that St. Augustine’s over in West Scarborough has kidnapped our Deacon Wellsman. We have not seen him in, lo, these many weeks, but have heard that he is being treated so well there he may never come back. Well, that’s what happens when folks get hold of a good man!

We now look forward to that colorful time in New England which those who are “from away” spend big bucks to come and see. We see it for free! For that, and the rest of the Lord’s blessings and bounty, we give thanks and wish a beautiful season to all our friends.

-----Blessings, Maureen Ferguson

 


From the Quarterdeck

Maritime, Port and Veterans Chaplains

 

The chaplains have been busy over the summer with a number of veterans’ events.  Ida MacRae has been appointed the new Operations Manager for Seafarer’s Friend, covering the Ports of Boston, Portsmouth, NH, Portland, Searsport and Eastport, Maine.  She will coordinate the various church bodies and chaplains that provide services and ship visitors in those ports.  The chaplains also assist with military activities.  Everett Dewitt, US Army Air Corps veteran of World War II passed away in August and the chaplains will handle his funeral in September with full military honors. He was 92. 

On a happier note, in July, Chaplain Jeff Monroe baptized Charlotte Elizabeth Beaudoin, daughter of US Army Captains 

Marc Christopher Beaudoin and Morghan Elizabeth (McAleney) Beaudoin, both graduates of West Point and now serving in the JAG Corps.  The baptism took place on South Beach on Long Island, Maine on the shores of Casco Bay.  The Beaudoins were married by Chaplain Monroe, who also baptized their first child, Marc Jr.  Plans are now underway for November’s Veterans Day events as well as other veterans oriented activities in the fall.  Ship visits are down with fewer vessels calling on all of the New England ports but activity is expected to increase in the next several years.  While there have also been several fishing vessel sinkings and accidents, no fatalities were suffered by the fleets during the summer.

-----Linda Mallik

 

Deep River, Connecticut

St. Peter's Anglican Church

and Mystic, Connecticut

St. Matthias Anglican Church

 

The past few months have been a busy time for us at St. Matthias, and now also at St. Peter's:  After a year-and-a-half of prayer and preparation, plans to expand the outreach of Traditional Anglicanism in southern Connecticut came to fruition on June 26, when the first service for St. Peter's Anglican Church was held at the Wooster Chapel in Deep River.  With Bishop Marsh's gracious permission, Father Merrill conducted the Office for the Opening of a Church, blessing various furnishings, altar linens, and other appurtenances for worship in that place, and making the dedication to Saint Peter.  

His Grace made his visitation to St. Peter's on July 10, consecrating the altar and chapel for Christian worship, and celebrating the Holy Eucharist.  

Approximately 20 souls attended each of those services, the regular Sunday attendance has been averaging a dozen or so, with some local folks joining in worship as well. A small beginning, but look at what was done when a dozen men followed Jesus!

Recently we were blessed with the donation of a c. 1890-1910 Weaver Pump Organ.  A couple in a nearby town were downsizing, and hoped to be able to find a good home for it.  What better home than a chapel from about the same era?  

On August 30, Richard Hamar, Chuck Wonneberger, and Father Merrill picked up the organ, and drove it to the Wooster Chapel in Deep River, where people from the Fountain Hill Cemetery Association helped with offloading and getting it inside, then Richard gave a short recital.  It is glorious having a real organ instead of getting by with the "Church Organ" setting on an electronic keyboard!

Services are still being conducted under the name of St. Matthias Anglican Church, with Evening Prayer two Sunday afternoons per month at the Olde Mistick Village Chapel.  We are giving prayerful consideration to adjusting the service times in Mystic, any such change(s) will be broadcast throughout the diocese.

We sent two young people, Sean and Bridget Kennedy, to St. Luke's Camp in August.  We expect to have feedback from them for the December NEA.

In a rather unexpected turn of events, St. Matthias and St. Peter's Churches will be hosting this year's Synod, which will be held October 20-22.  Accommodations, and most Synod events, will be at the Groton Inn & Suites, 99 Gold Star Highway, in Groton, CT; this location is about 7 miles from the Olde Mistick Chapel.  For those who may be coming a day early, there will be a service of Holy Communion held at the Wooster Chapel, 57 High Street in Deep River, at 4:30 PM on Wednesday, Oct. 19; the Synod Eucharist on Friday morning, the 21st and the Morning Prayer service on Saturday, the 22nd will be at the Olde Mistick Village Chapel. The Wooster chapel at Deep River will be open afterwards for those who wish to see it

.  Full Synod information, and registration forms, have been distributed to Clergy and Delegates; if anyone wishes to attend as a visitor, please contact Fr. Merrill at 860-581-0484 / e-mail to saintmatthiasmystic@yahoo.com, and he will see that you get that information.  We of St. Peter's and St. Matthias look forward to again serve our brothers and sisters in this fashion! 

-----Faithfully, Father Merrill Perkins

 


Charlestown, NH

Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd

 

The summer has been an active one for Good Shepherd. We participated in the July Charlestown yard sale by manning a table in front of the church and selling lemonade and cookies. This resulted in brisk sales of items we put out to sell. Many people stopped by just to say hello or to look at the church.

In August, we had our third annual Vacation Bible School called “Summer Thunder.” This weeklong event was held each morning with the assistance of the Child Evangelism Fellowship of New Hampshire who provided three very enthusiastic youth ministers and an adult leader. Each day, we lighted the altar candles and said the shorter form of Morning Family Prayer using the Book of Common Prayer. It was a wonderful experience to see children learn about God and have fun at the same time.

We completed our detailed study of Genesis at the end of August and are now beginning a study of Jesus as portrayed in the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

This summer, Fr. Art and Fr. David alternated holding Morning Prayer each Sunday at the Fort at No. 4 in Charlestown. Due to the warm weather, we held the services in the parlor of the Parker House, the most elegant of the rustic houses that form the fortified village. Most days there was a cool cross breeze through the room. After the services, we changed to a negligé cap and banyan – a cap and colorful gown to wear in place of wig and coat while at home – and received visitors. This provided us an opportunity to display our reproduction 18th c. Bible and Book of Common Prayer.

We are now preparing for fall. We recently had a successful inspection and cleaning of our elderly oil furnace overseen by our Junior Warden, Phil Turner and Treasurer, John Ilves. Phil reported that the service man arrived on site, and as they descended into the depths of the cellar, he revealed that he was a lapsed Roman Catholic and eager to share his perspective with people like us whom he could regard as English Catholics.  But he's descended from Irishmen who don't have a lot of affection for the English.  He asked what I thought of the new pope, Francis.  I said I founded him fresh and interesting.  He assented and said he really liked him.  He instantly made a $20 donation to our church!  So over the course of the two-hour labor he performed on our furnace, he talked about his education under monks and nuns, and the various theories about ‘how to get to Heaven’…Anyway, he proclaimed the boiler as old, but operating within its design specifications.” Sharing our faith can occur even in the dark of cellars while cleaning furnaces! Bishop Marsh noted that this was “the most complete - and entertaining furnace cleaning story I have ever heard.” Phil and John predict that the furnace will last another year. Praise the Lord!

On Saturday, October 1, Fr. Art Bennett will “Bless the Badges” at the Charlestown Fire Department and distribute St. Michael and All Angels’ medals to participants from police and fire departments and emergency rescue squads from surrounding towns. People have been invited to come and show their support for those who risk their lives daily to protect us from harm.

Perhaps inspired by the cleaning of our furnace, we have planned the parish annual retreat to Weston Priory for Saturday, October 8. It is always a joy to visit the priory Fathers and Brothers and to join them in worship in the beautiful hills of Vermont. It is a spiritually refreshing and renewing experience. Good Shepherd will also participate in the town Fall Harvest Walk, which in the past has raised thousands of dollars for the Fall Mountain Emergency Food Shelf, and Harvest Thanksgiving Service held the Sunday before Thanksgiving in November. We look forward to seeing our friends at the DNE Synod at the end of the month.

-----Submitted by the Rev. David W. Moody

 

Ed Boadway passed to eternal life on June 29 at his home in Claremont, New Hampshire. Ed was a longtime resident of Claremont, New Hampshire, where he maintained a business specializing in the repair and renovation of church organs.

During his long career as an organist, Mr Boadway played for churches throughout the region. He was particularly fond of traditional Anglican music and specialized in the performance of Anglican chant settings. He served as organist for many special occasions in the Anglican Diocese of the Northeast and he will be deeply missed by all who knew and worked with him.

Mr. Boadway left no immediate relatives. He is in the care of the Roy Funeral Home in Claremont, New Hampshire. Burial will be at the family plot in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Details are, at present, incomplete, but a memorial service is being planned at The Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd in Charlestown, New Hampshire, where he was a parishioner. "Rest eternal grant him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him."

 

Amherst NH

St Luke

 

We had a wonderful time and a wonderful turnout for the St. Luke's booth on the Amherst Green for the annual 4th of July parade!   Our thanks to Laurie DiPietro for her great organizational skills which made the day such a success and also thanks to Ed Fasci, our Junior Warden, for securing such wonderful cupcakes on sticks which all the kids thoroughly enjoyed.

Tuesday night bible studies ran during the summer and occasionally Joe and Nemo hotdogs for dinner were substituted for our normal soup supper, which seemed to have been met with praise!  The study for Tuesday night has been First Corinthians and Saturday studies are focusing on the Revelation to John.

Summer vacations are over and the kids have returned to school and college and we get ready to move on to Synod in October.

-----Submitted by Lee Garre

 

Brooklyn, New York

St. Joseph

 

Greetings in the name of the Lord from St. Joseph’s Anglican Church in Brooklyn, NY.

I am writing to you on behalf of the congregation of St Joseph’s Anglican Church.

We are doing well here having just come off of Summer break. Summer break is that time of the year in which the clergy is given a break and we do morning prayer or Deacon’s Mass. We are lucky to have 2 Deacons and a skilled layreader to take the reins during the summer. Many thanks to Mr. Earl Morris, our organist, choirmaster and layreader for all of his support.

Our prayers go out to Ms. Alice Trapp and her family for the loss of their loved one, Cathy Coleman, who after a 6 year struggle went to live in one of the many mansions that were promised to all of us. May the Holy Spirit comfort them in their time of need.

Our prayers also go out to the families and survivors of the shootings that occurred during the J’Ouvert / Labor Day festivities.

With that being said, the Vestry and Congregation of St. Josephs wish all a happy and healthy Trinity Season. Sincerely submitted,

-----Rev. Mark Black, Deacon & Webmaster.

 

Tuxedo, New York

Saint Elizabeth’s

 

We hope you had ample opportunities to share happy occasions with friends and loved ones during the summer - how quickly it went by! Earlier sunsets and cooler nights gently remind us that the beautiful season of autumn is on its way. I love the fall and have included a poem expressing this – enjoy!

Our lawn sale on June 4th & 5th at St. Elizabeth’s was a great success, thanks to parish volunteers and the patronage of supportive friends and neighbors. The showery weather cooperated as well, allowing us to pack up everything left over after the sale ended, just before a heavy downpour ensued - praise God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Marsh visited St. Elizabeth’s on Sunday, June 26th, to confirm Julia Flanagan, Madison Madera, Jackson Brooks and Kevin Struble. We pray that they will be filled with the Holy Spirit as they continue their walk with Christ in the years ahead. Bishop Marsh delivered a beautiful and inspirational sermon message to the children and congregation. We are so blessed to have such a spirit-filled, gifted leader in our Diocese. After the service, Bishop Marsh joined us for a lunch of delicious homemade goodies to celebrate the occasion - a joyous day, indeed!

In spite of busy days filled with many summer events, our St. Elizabeth’s volunteers again ensured that the local food pantry had adequate help throughout the summer months. We are so grateful for their year-round dedicated service in this outreach program.

We are also grateful for all of the staff volunteers from throughout the diocese who gave of their time this summer to help with St. Luke’s Camp. We hope the staff experienced a wonderful week sharing God’s love with the campers while they studied His words, worshipped together, and enjoyed fun times in creative activities and team sports. We are truly thankful for all volunteers who share their time and talents in doing God’s work for others – kudos to all of you!

We don’t have Sunday services at St. Elizabeth’s during August, and our parishioners who aren’t trekking off on vacation during that time typically attend worship services at neighboring community churches. We enjoy this great opportunity to share in worship and praise with Christian friends and neighbors we don’t normally see on Sunday mornings.

On a more serious note, we are praying for our dear Father Bob Ley, who suffered a stroke just a few days after the Bishop’s confirmation visit. His recovery is progressing, with noticeable improvements in his speech and mobility, but the recovery is a slow process that will require extended therapy and, also, a lot of faithful patience on Fr. Bob’s part, as he is very used to a life typically filled with plenty of activity and conversation. Fr. Bob is currently at the Christian Care Center in Wyckoff, New Jersey. However, if you’d like to send him well-wishes, it’s probably best to mail them to his home address and Pat will see that he gets them, since the timeframe for his stay at the current location is uncertain at this point. The Ley’s address is 81 Choctaw Trail, Ringwood, NJ 07456, and we know he loves to hear from folks. Please keep Father Bob and Pat, as well as their children and grandchildren, in your prayers during this difficult time. We realize that all things are in God’s hands and we pray that He will bless Fr. Bob and his family in the days and weeks ahead.

As most of you are aware, we are facing major changes at St. Elizabeth’s. Bishop Langberg retired last fall and Fr. Bob, even before this current health setback, had also expressed his desire to retire in the not-too-distant future. During the present situation, Bishop Langberg has offered to assist us with Holy Communion services when available and our licensed lay readers, Michael Collins and George Kress, will lead us in Morning Prayer on other Sundays as needed, while we prayerfully search for new pastoral leadership for our congregation. Our relatively small-sized active congregation and location in a very high cost of living area make this task particularly challenging and we ask you to keep us in your prayers as we proceed. We look forward to seeing many of you at Synod in October. Blessings to all……

----- Ingrid Magar

 

AUTUMN REFLECTIONS

By Ingrid Magar

 

The summer days are memories,

‘Tis autumn once again.

I sense it in the cooling breeze

that whispers through the glen.

 

The days grow short, the air is crisp,

but sunshine warms the chill.

And though each year the show repeats,

I marvel at it still.

 

The deep, rich greens of summertime

begin to lose their hold,

and mountaintops are all ablaze

in fiery hues of gold.

 

I’ve often thought, if trees could talk,

they’d tell me – in the fall,

“You’ve picked a fine time for your walk.

We’re dressed for the autumn ball!”

 

In crimson gowns and golden vests,

Oh, what a sight to see!

Designs just right so colors blend

in perfect harmony.

 

But as I gaze at skies so blue

and trees with colors grand,

I realize that man can’t do

all things – he needs God’s hand.

 

His loving touch is everywhere,

His gifts are giv’n to all.

Take time to feel His presence there

in this beauty known as “fall.”

 

Concord, N.H.

All Saints

 

At the Lamb’s High Feast! The Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated as the Paschal Season is ending and Trinity-tide begins. For the Parish of All Saints in Concord, NH, it has become the jewel of the liturgical year in which a full flowering of solemnity and praise manifests in rich ceremony and procession. This year, Fr. David Moody of Good Shepherd in Charlestown, NH, again joined in the feast. The parishioners revel in the atmosphere of joyous anticipation for Corpus Christi, for this celebration is only a foretaste of the eternal Banquet of the Lamb.

To teach at the prestigious St. Paul’s School (Episcopal) in Concord at the summer session by invitation of a harried professor, can be a challenge. Fr. Christian and Jane Cormier, both in the administration of New Hampshire Right to Life, were called to give a rationale of Life, as it pertains to ethics in biological science. 32 students from around the State of New Hampshire attended the class: the best and brightest in their districts. In an extended seminar, Fr. Christian started with a basic question: ‘What are ethics?’ Many and varied answers came and were written on the dry erase board. Next question ‘What actions are wrong?’ The answers were more precise: ‘killing,’ ‘stealing,’ ‘lying,’ etc. most agreed that the answers given were against ethical behavior. Asked ‘where’ did these ideas of right and wrong come from, most students did not know an answer of Natural Law that is informed by Divine Law. Students from a public system had no idea that the 10 Commandments were the basis for our governmental law! The seminar was a shock period of instruction for these student scholars who looked wide-eyed when told that an informed ethical decision is not based on ‘feeling’ alone but on a well- formed conscience. Jane and Fr. Christian doing the tag team approach, which suited this seminar best, were able to at least start the wheels turning in the minds of the young. A follow-up email from the class professor told them that: ‘your presentation moved some to confirm their stance on the primacy of a life option.’ One child at a time is all it takes to change the world.

St. Charles’ Children Home, celebrated its 20th Anniversary Labor Day Road Race on September 5. The Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love, have been ministering to the needs of disenfranchised children for 50 years at the Rochester, NH Home. The Sisters started the Road Race as a way to “focus” the energies of the children in a positive and healthful way, and allowing the general public to participate in a worthy fundraiser. Fr. Christian has been helping the Sisters at the Children’s Home for the last decade, and has seen the children mature and go to loving families, but on the day of the race, all the former residents of the Home can come back to St. Charles for a homecoming: and they do in grateful numbers. In a society that promotes a throw-away culture, St. Charles has proven that the individual is important, and that to love and save one child is paramount to saving the world.

The end of the Summer brought the Parish Supper that was held at the White Rock Community Room in Bow, NH. The event was a rousing success with parishioners new and old enjoying a wonderful potluck. Organizational kudos go to the Vestry for arranging the event which now has precedent and will become a staple on the All Saints map!

 

Ed Note: I, too have long appreciated the sisters at St. Charles, and wrote this for them back in 1998.

 

CHRISTMAS AT CHARLIE'S PLACE

 

I'm only a kid,

no place to go.

Was it something I did?

I'll never know.

One day the tears ran down my face

and somebody brought me to Charlie's place.

Who's this Charlie? I couldn't guess,

but one of his sisters in a long, long dress

opened the door to let us in-

to the big, old house so they could begin

to settle me down,

me and my frown

and my teary red eyes,

and my wise guy disguise.

 

After a while, living there,

I began to know that the sisters care

a lot, and love all the kids that stay

in that house, and for them they pray

and hurt, and wipe their tears,

and calm their fears, and work.

 

I never met Charlie, he's a saint, they say,

but I've met his sisters, and I know the way

they live and love and take care of me,

and if they're like him, then surely he

must be one and that's what I see.

 

Hey, I'm not the only one

whose life has been torn:

Look where God's only son had to be born.

Wouldn't you think God would be able

to pick something better than a dirty old stable?

And then there's that king, afraid of a child

who chased Him to Egypt, wasn't he wild!

And then came the day when, beginning to roam,

Jesus was preaching without any home.

He preached the truth and made them mad,

And so they killed Him, wasn't that sad!

They killed Him and gave Him a grave for a bed,

but, Wow, golly gee, He wouldn't stay dead!

Sister, hey Sister, I figured it out!

Now I know what it's all about!

Though I've never seen His face,

Jesus lives in Charlie's place.

 

by ed pacht



Rochester, N.H.

Trinity Anglican Church

 

Trinity in Rochester is off to a great year with our new Priest, Father Mirabile who is without a doubt, firmly at the helm! This past quarter Trinity’s Vestry authorized and implemented a separate committee from regular church operations specifically for church growth. Known as the “Growth Committee”, this committee is responsible for building an Esprit de Corps of God’s love both internally with the congregation and externally with the community. Currently the committee is working on plans for “Focus Months” where we designate a month for Veterans, and another for Law Enforcement, another for Medical Professionals, for examples. The idea is to say to the community, “God loves you, we honor you, we are a church for you”. Whilst the committee is still new, we have already seen excitement within our parish as members step up to contribute time to this committee, plus we have seen rare summer growth with several new families attending!  -----Michael J. McKinnon Dane, Junior Warden

 

Trinity has a new stained glass window, the second of a projected series for the main church. This window of St. Luke was donated to the glory of God by Gary and Liz Temple. ----ed

 

West Seneca, N.Y.

St. Nicholas

 

Summer seems to be a quieter time for most congregations than the rest of the year, but not so for St. Nicholas! We have had a very busy season here that began this July with a collaboration with our sister parish, Covenant United Methodist Church. Each week in July St. Nicholas Anglican Church, Covenant Methodist and New Hope Methodist Churches met in joint worship and fellowship. It was a wonderful way for the congregations to become more familiar and to learn more about each other, our differing traditions and customs. Many were surprised to learn that Methodists receive their heritage from the Anglican tradition.

The people of St. Nicholas also came together for the annual parish picnic held at in Machias, NY. This was a wonderful time of worship and fellowship!

We also had the opportunity to celebrate wonderful new beginnings at St. Nicholas. In August we welcomed new members into the Christian family with the baptism of Maximus John Masocco and Vivian Rose.

We also celebrated new beginnings with the marriage of Don and Marie Smith!

In the coming weeks we look forward to the several special events that are planned and to the return of our Choir who have been missed through the summer (and the cooler weather).

Peace and All Good – Dcn. Phillip Cunningham


Canandaigua, New York

Holy Redeemer Anglican Church

 

PASSAGES:      Summer is usually marked by vacations:  various trips, escapes, adventures, and paths to different places than we normally enjoy.  No matter how carefully we plan our travels, an unexpected turn in the road may appear.  Even a deliberate diversion may alter our itinerary as much as a serendipitous one.  Life is like that.  No matter how carefully we plan our lives, an unexpected turn in the road may appear.  It may change our lives for a moment, or for a lifetime.  Ultimately, we travel the path that God chooses for us.  And we are changed forever. 

I have been blessed in many ways, and my mother’s love is one of the greatest blessings I have ever known.  She departed this earth on June 26th, one day after we had finished visiting her in Florida, and two weeks short of her 97th birthday.  I will be forever thankful for that last visit with Mom.  We had made plans to visit cousins in North Carolina for a week.  But we made a last-minute change in our airline reservations, to extend our vacation by several days first to see Mom and my brother’s family in Florida.  We decided to surprise Mom.  I will remember always the look of sheer delight on her face as she discovered us hiding in her living room.  We had no idea then how special the surprise would be.  The following day, things changed, and, our visit during the next few days was spent mostly in the hospital, as she received extra antibiotics and oxygen for her pneumonia.  We knew there were risks because of her age, but her health began to improve, so we were hopeful that she would recover fully.  Even 97 years is never enough!  But God had different plans.  We felt His love embrace us, and we were comforted by the blessings received in a lifetime of motherly love.  She was known as Florence, but Mom’s baptismal name, Providence (Providenza, in Italian,) means the benevolent guidance and protection of God, and preparation for the future.  A mother’s love is like that. She guided us and protected us, and prepared us for the future.  That all-encompassing love, God’s, and Mom’s, and our family’s, and our friends’, brings me comfort and peace. It diminishes my sadness, and it helps me to remember how we are all connected to God, and to each other, by that invisible, indestructible, infinite thread:  love.

Several weeks later, Randy Magin also lost his mother, and he traveled to Virginia to mourn with his six siblings.  She, too, lived a long life, 96 years, and she touched many lives. We pray for Dorothy, and for Randy and his family.  May they feel the comfort of infinite love.

August marks for our parish the passing of two of our former rectors:  Fr. Herb Tietjen, who died on August 14, 2006, and Fr. James Ayers.  So, on the second Sunday in August (the 14th,) we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Fr. Herb’s passing.  Two weeks later, the last Sunday of August, was bittersweet, as we celebrated the first anniversary of the death (August 30) of Fr. Jim.  We sang his favorite hymns, including all eight (8) verses of “For All The Saints.”  The framed photograph of Jim (shown here) was placed in front of the podium on that day.  He looked out at the congregation, with that great smile, and I felt his joy as we sang with great vigor, and I remembered the many blessings that he bestowed on us during his years as our rector.  Jim wrote wonderful, inspiring sermons, and when he became too debilitated to deliver them personally, God used our voices to carry Jim’s messages to the congregation.  Later, at the coffee hour, we looked at the many photographs depicting Jim with his family during many occasions in his life, and we laughed with Cindy and David at the many humorous moments that their family shared.  We now have in our vestibule framed photographs of each of these two special men, who shaped the course of our parish and its parishioners.

CHURCH PICNIC:     Ours has been a hot and sultry, nearly-rainless summer.  We are in a severe drought, almost six inches below normal rainfall.  So the chances of a beautiful day for a picnic were pretty high.  Unfortunately, the Sunday of our church picnic was filled with rain!  We drove 30 miles of back country roads in our beautiful Finger Lakes region to the home of Lee and Dick Rice. We admired the vineyards and the cornfields, and we reminded ourselves that they really did need the rain!  But the weather could not dampen our spirits as we gathered in the house, eating lots of delicious goodies.  Then the rain stopped, and allowed us to grill our hot dogs and hamburgers, to fish in the pond, and to enjoy the beautiful misty farmland, as the dogs romped excitedly and the horses nosed up to the fence to satisfy their curiosity about all of the activity.  It was a delightful afternoon, and we were thankful for a beautiful day.

ST. LUKE’S CAMP:     In early August, Cameron and I attended our 7th annual St. Luke’s Camp in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains.  [See separate reports and photographs.] 

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! After a very long time, and much hard work, we finally completed our Mission Statement!  Special thanks to Randy, who spearheaded this project and inspired us to stay on track to complete it!  -----Diane S. Jones

 

St. Luke’s Camp


Cameron and I attended our seventh annual St. Luke’s Camp in August.  Since he was nine, we have always enjoyed this tradition.  During our almost-five hour drive, I ban electronic devices, and we enjoy the scenery and some wonderful mother-son conversations that can only take place on a long drive without any distractions.  I must confess that, for the first time, I was not looking forward to this trip. I had been having a very stressful summer.  The stress began with my mom’s passing exactly six weeks earlier.  (Besides the expected stress of that, we spent 5 of those 13 days flying back and forth around the country.  Then, 5 days after returning home, we packed for yet another week’s vacation! 

I lost track of the count of laundry loads.)   It continued with too many “Do” items not crossed off my list.  It was followed by my realizations that my friend Nurse Judy had retired as nurse/camp counselor after last summer; that we were getting a new camp director; and that I might be the only “veteran” counselor there this year.  And it culminated with weeks of hot and humid weather, which usually makes me cranky after only a few days.  So, after a little “verbal venting,” (okay, maybe a lot of that!) and lots of patience and encouragement from my husband and son, I calmed down.  Cameron and I packed the car, and left Canandaigua on an absolutely beautiful morning. 

Sunny, blue skies were filled with enormous white clouds of unusual shapes that would entertain us for hours.  Despite the heavy traffic, I finally began to relax, watching the panorama before me, and to feel God’s presence, and I became excited once more about going to camp.

We arrived late in the afternoon, and it was great to be back.  We were greeted by Bishop Marsh, and Deacon Dave Koller, and by some veteran campers, as well as Camp Ashmere’s director, Justin Lawrence.  It was a great family reunion. Then we met our new St. Luke’s Camp director, Fr. Matt Mirabile, and his sons, Mattias and Francis, our two new counselors, and three new campers.  And it was still like a family reunion, with old and new family members getting to know each other.  Everyone got settled into their cabins, and the girls (especially this one!) were very pleased to get the big cabin with indoor bathrooms!  There was a brief crisis when our youngest member locked herself in the bathroom, and we couldn’t get her out; but Fr. Matt and his trusty toolbox came to the rescue, and the crisis passed.  Then, much energy depletion took place on the lawn, with lots of running and whooping and hollering and general good fun, followed by our first meal together.  We expressed our thankfulness for various blessings, including the food, and the week began.

 

It was filled with so many “Wonderfuls :” 

 

The Camp Director, Fr. Matt:  Our new director was outstanding!!!  Everyone liked the fun, more relaxed and flexible schedule.  We learned a lot, and had a great time throughout the week.  Fr. Matt has the gift of a spirituality enhanced by manifold traits and talents which I deem essential to a camp directorship:  he is patient, kind, compassionate, tolerant, respectful, encouraging, fun, energetic, firm, fair, competent, understanding, empathetic, and humble.  (I could go on, but he only paid me to say this much!)   Some of my favorite examples of his gifts:  He jumped right in to counsel campers who needed some spiritual guidance to resolve some issues.  He gave mini-lessons in martial arts.  He talked about how to have a dialogue with God: “like you talk to your best friend; regard Him with awe and majesty.  Pray every day.  Take ten minutes, and find a place and talk to God.”  Then he asked us to do that now.  So we all went outside and found quiet spots to pray for ten minutes.  In the stillness and warmth of a beautiful summer day, with blue sky and blue water, fluffy white clouds, and green grass, in only ten minutes, I found a peace and serenity that I had not felt in a while, despite frequent daily prayers.  We learned some beautiful praise music, with recordings that Fr. Matt had brought.  His woodworking lesson was very well-received.  His Sermon on the Rock is another favorite.  We were all at the beach, and the kids climbed the huge boulder next to the dock.  The early evening sun shone on them, and I was taking some photographs, when he remarked on how perfect that was for his lesson.  So he stood on the dock, and preached his Sermon on the Rock!  And, of course, he will be remembered forever for introducing us to the most fun event of all:  The GREAT WATERMELON CHALLENGE!

Bp. Marsh:  His newest play, “St. Paul’s Letter to Spot, Fluffy and Finley” was amusing.   St. Paul’s followers wanted a new letter from him, but he was suffering from writer’s block.  They decided to help him by praying to God for an idea.  God answers Paul, telling him that He is disappointed that Paul has not recognized the gifts that God has given him.  At first, Paul doesn’t understand God’s message, so God has to be more specific, using the example that Andy, Carly and Paulie do not seem to appreciate their pets, which are gifts from Him.  The followers chime in, loudly, saying, “Every good gift comes from God.  Remember that!”  And Paul begins to write furiously another letter.  The letter says that “Each one of us has unique and special gifts.  And we should always thank God for the gifts we have received. . . . And we (should) thank God each day of our lives.”  Everyone had fun acting, making costumes, and making props.  Special kudos to Dave, Paige, Margie, and Roni for great props and costumes!  And thank you to Bishop Marsh!

Stump-the-Bishop:  Everyone managed to stump the bishop at least once (you wouldn’t believe some of the questions!) but Emma and Margie were tied with the most “stumps.”  Tied for second place were Bridget, Mattias, Ruthie, and Sean.

 

The counselors: 

\Mattias Mirabile, Francis Mirabile, Dave Koller, Julie & Margo Gulemi, and Diane Jones.

 

The lessons

Julie spoke to everyone about self-esteem and identity, and revealed her personal spiritual transformation, which resulted in a new ministry for her.  Julie, a former model, spoke about the brutal culture of the modeling industry:  being forced to lose too much weight, to the point of being unhealthy; being told that her efforts were not good enough, and then believing herself not beautiful.  She became sad and depressed.  Then she received a message from God:  “What voice are you listening to that tells you that you are not beautiful?”  She realized that she was listening to two voices:  God’s, and Satan’s.  Her life began to change as she heard God’s voice speak louder.  She learned that Satan comes to hurt us, to make us think that we are not perfect.  And when others tell us we’re not good enough, God’s heart breaks.  He created us in His image.  He created us carefully and specifically; “every freckle and hair were put there on purpose.”  God gives us the Bible.  He tells us that we are beautiful, and that we are loved.

The next day, while the boys were designing and making wooden crosses with Fr. Matt, 

Julie & Margo spoke to the girls about self-esteem, self-respect, and inner beauty.  Their messages:  “Be kind to each other, and don’t make fun of each other.”  “God made us.  We’re all different.  We compare ourselves to others, but no matter what our hair looks like, or what clothes we’re wearing, we have other gifts.”  Some of the girls spoke about being bullied, or not being one of the ‘popular’ girls, or having friends turn against them.  One girl spoke about being bullied at a new school, and then defending another classmate who was being bullied.  Julie and Margo reminded the girls that “it is not okay for others to hit you, or to say mean things about you.  God protects you, and hurtful words cannot take away your strengths and talents. It’s all about love – God’s love.”  Then the girls did a craft project, decorating a Prayer Journal for God.  “Tell Him how you feel every day.  God talks back.”

Mattias spoke about the moments that God puts in our lives, the hard times, to remind us that we need Him, and that we must remember to ask God for help before doing everything.  If we have a hard time listening to our parents, or focusing in school, then we must pray to God.

Dave spoke about the Parable of the Watermelon (er, Mustard) Seed. While we sat outside near the cross at the lakefront, he passed around some seeds to identify.  They were watermelon seeds, and they represented the seed of faith.  This lesson was followed by the wildly popular, first annual event, “The Great Watermelon Challenge!” (The pictures of this event say it all!)

Other highlights:    T-shirts:  This annual event brought out the creativity in everyone, marred only by the oppressive heat and humidity, which challenged the paint-drying time on some shirts. 

†   Manhunt:  This night-time version of Hide-and-Seek is always a favorite, with flashlights and buddies and rules to keep everyone safe.  Talent show on the beach:  Bet you never saw Irish step-dancing on the beach!  But Bridget had a small platform to keep the sand from becoming a problem. We had skits and singing and music, and S’mores, and lots of fun! Unfortunately, the mosquitoes liked the show, too, and it got dark much earlier than we’d planned.  †   Good food: was provided by the Camp Ashmere staff (Thank you, Justin, Wayne, and Alex!)  From eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, cereal, fruit, oatmeal, French toast and bagels, to sandwiches, chicken fingers, hot dogs, salads, chicken, pasta and meatballs, and water and lemonade, and various desserts, we had lots of nourishment. And then there were a few other forms of nourishment:  some “not-quite-midnight snacks of Fluffernutter sandwiches and junk food (sorry, moms & dads!  They did brush their teeth a second time, though!)   †   GlitterWorld:  This magical world appeared, quite literally, overnight, after the fervent wishes and incredible imagination of Bridget.  Glitter sparkled everywhere, and brightened an otherwise gloomy, stormy day, magnified by the gift of love of the other campers and counselors who brought this world to light.

And some “not-so-wonderfuls:”   Thunderstorms  †  Reduced boating and swimming time  †  Hot, humid, STEAMY weather  †  T-shirt paint that wouldn’t dry in hot humid steamy weather  †  Forgetting ingredients for S’mores (okay, so we had to improvise with just marshmallows and bread!)  †  Some early curfews for younger campers  (“I’m mad!  Why can’t we play Manhunt, too?  I’m going home!”)  †  And having to return home and wait a whole year to see our friends and do this again!

This was a really long camp report, but I hope it gave you the flavor of what we experienced at St. Luke’s Camp 2016.  It was “Immensely More.” So, please start thinking about 2017!  

As our brochure says, it is “A week in the woods with God ~ A lifetime of grace and truth and memories!”                    -----Diane S. Jones

 

One Camper’s View

Well this year at St. Luke’s Camp, at Camp Ashmere in the Berkshires in Hinsdale, Massachusetts, was honestly like no other, some reasons were because we had a new camp director, Father Matt Mirabile, from the diocese. Also at camp there were some new faces, Dynasty, Emma, Zoey, and Chance. Also, there were two new male counselors, Francis and Matthias Mirabile. Then the old faces were Roni, Margie, Paige, Sean and Bridget. Then the really old faces, no offense to Mom on this… my mom, Diane Jones, Dave Koller, and me, Cam Jones, the camper writing this. Mom was once again the play director, appointed by Bishop Marsh.

This year had A LOT of free time incorporated into it, unlike the previous years. But not too much free time, there was a sturdy balance of both free time and classes, and swimming, and games, and manhunt just about every night, and craft work, and woodworking, held by Father Matt. I liked making the crosses. I wish we had more time to work on this project, because I would have made a better one. But the one I made was pretty cool, and the idea was great, and like no other. I also liked boating, but we only went out about an hour, so it wasn’t enough time. We had some thunderstorms that week, so we had to change our schedule a few times. One of the activities we did was The Great Watermelon Challenge, which was where a watermelon was cut in half and filled with watermelon balls, and the objective was to eat all the watermelon balls as fast as you could to win. It was really fun, and messy, and I was the first to finish. I felt pretty good, and pretty full! This was my favorite activity!

The low-ropes course was a team-building activity that teaches you how to work together, so that you can find your way with God; because if you fall off, you can always get back on. There are two ropes tied to trees like a tightrope; one is at shoulder level, and the other is about one foot off the ground. You have to walk the tightrope, holding on to the top rope, and keep your balance, while other team members walk along to help guide you and make sure you don’t fall.

At camp this year, we had a model, Julie, she talked to the girls, about beauty, and that kind of stuff. But she also provided a LOT of crafts, which included painting and drawing, and some talks. While that went on, the boys talked about status and popularity, and staying true to God, and not falling victim to drugs and alcohol; just because the most popular kids are doing it doesn’t mean that you should do it, and stuff like that.

Father Matt had a lot of good talks that were very relevant to today’s society, he talked about the sermon on the rock, while all of us were sitting on a huge rock by the lake. Then he said we would all have our Peter moments, but we have to go back to Jesus. What was the difference between Judas and Peter? Yes, they both betrayed Jesus, but the difference is Peter repented to Jesus and asked for forgiveness. He also talked about the 8 spiritual gifts, which is found in the Bible in 1 Corinthians 12. He had a lot of good things to say.

This year was really fun and I can’t wait till next year!!!

-----Cameron Jones

 

Stay tuned: The December issue will have more reports and more pictures.. And, please, please, please start thinking now about sending more kids next year! -----ed

 


Parishes and Missions

 

Connecticut

Mystic: St. Matthias—Through June19: Sun 10.30

Beginning in July, 1st Sun EP with HC 4pm ; 3rd Sun EP 4pm (at Old Mistick Village, Coogan Blvd.) Fr. Merrill Perkins 860-581-0484

 

Deep River: St. Peter-- Starting June 26:

Sun 10:30AM. HC (Wooster Chapel, 57 High St.) Fr. Merrill Perkins 860-581-0484

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Maine

Deblois: St. Francis

Fr. James Dumond 1069 Rt 193 (207)638-2441

 

Ellsworth: St. Thomas - Sat 3pm, Sun 10am

(373 Bangor Rd., Rt. 1A) (207)667-2001.

Fr. Ed Kalish, Fr. Frank Gray, Dcn Kevin Kelly

 

Portland: St. Paul

Sun 8 & 10 am (279 Congress St.)

(207)828-2012. Fr. Samuel Logan

Fr Amos Mihanda, Dcn Michael Cupoli

 

Raymond,: Our Lady of Seven Sorrows Priory

for service times call ahead (4 Shaw Road)

(207)655-4441 Rev. Prior Kevin LaMarre, OSB

 

Camden: Resurrection Mission (at members’ homes.) (207)607-1801. Fr. Samuel Logan.

 

Scarborough (formerly Saco): St. Augustine of Canterbury - Sun 10.30am, (United Methodist Church, 2 Church St.), (207)799-5141

Fr. Jeff Monroe, Fr. Amos Mihanda

 

Waterville: Holy Trinity - Friday 10am

as announced. Call ahead for dates.

Park Residences' Theater of Woodlands Assisted

Living, 141 W. River Road, Waterville Me

Fr. Samuel Logan (207)607-1801

 

Massachusetts

Belchertown: occasional services

at the bishop’s oratory (1 Main Street)

contact Bishop Marsh (413)323-7869

 

Brockton: Saint Paul's (affiliated) - Sun 8 & 10.30

(701 Pleasant St.) 508-588-7285

Bp. James R. Hiles, Dcn. Czarr Freeman

 

 

New Hampshire

 

Amherst: St. Luke - Sun 8.30 & 10am

(3 Limbo Lane) (603)672-6054.

Fr. Alexander H. Webb

 

Charlestown: Good Shepherd - Sun 9am

(20 Summer St.) (603)835-6279

Bishop Brian Marsh.

Fr. David Moody

 

Concord: All Saints’ - Sun 9am

124F Hall Street (603)545-9079

Fr. Christian Tutor OSA.

 

Conway: St. Margaret of Scotland - Sun 10am

(85 Pleasant St.) (603)447-2404

Fr. Jeffrey Monroe, Dcn Harry Wellsman

 

Lebanon - see White River Jct, Vt.

 

Rochester: Trinity - Sun 8 & 10am

(180 Rochester Hill Road) (603)332-4121

Fr. Matthew Mirabile

 

New Jersey

Elizabeth NJ: St. Augustine—Sun 10am

(55 Jefferson Ave.)

 

New York

Brooklyn: St. Joseph - Sun 11am (123-131

Arlington Avenue). Canon Neville Brathwaite

(718) 756-1258, Archdcn. Alan Koller

(845)496-2804, Canon Neville Brathwaite,

Dcn. Herby Rodney, Dcn Mark Black

 

Canandaigua: Holy Redeemer -Sun 10am

(4575 Rte 364 - East Lake Road).

Fr. Dale Bove (585) 905-3084

 

Halfmoon (Clifton Park): St. Thomas of

Canterbury—Sun 10am (242 Grooms Road)

Fr. James Hurd (413)273-1415

 

Tuxedo: St. Elizabeth - Sun 10am

(38 Chapel Turn, Eagle Valley)

Fr. Robert Ley (845) 753-5338

 

Webster: Holy Cross - Sun 10am

(615 Bay Road) . (585) 671-0411

Fr. Martin Mahoney

 

West Seneca NY: St. Nicholas. Sun 10am

(2784 Seneca St.) Fr. Edward Ihde 716-609-1919,

Dcn Phillip Cunningham

 

 

West Winfield: St. Lucy Mr. Greg Conklin, 145 State Route 51, West Winfield, NY 13491, 315-822-5314. Fr. Richard Dibble

 



Vermont

 

Wells: St. David: 1st Sun 9.30am. A house church, usually at 170 Mountain View Court.

Call Fr. Alexander Stringer (802)645-1962

 

White River Jct. (formerly Lebanon NH):

Trinity—Sun 11.15am

(At Valley Bible Church, 851 Fairview Terrace,) (413)323-6445.

Bp Brian Marsh,

Fr. Robert Philp & Fr. Stephen Rugg

 

 


Clergy Anniversaries

 

My list is woefully incomplete and probably inaccurate. Please help me get it right. ed.

 

Sep

08 - Fr. Kevin LaMarre OSB, P 2001

10 - Fr Rich Dibble, D 2000

20 - Bp. Owen Williams, birthday

24 – Dcn, Mark Black, birthday 1969

Oct

05 - Bp George Langberg, birthday

12 - Fr. James Ayers, birthday

12 - Dcn Harry Wellman Birthday

16 – Fr. Frank Bartlett, birthday

17 - Fr. James Dumond, birthday

17 – Fr. Ed Ihde. P 2012

19 – Fr. Alexander Webb birthday 1951

25 - Fr Rich Dibble, birthday

25 - Bro Dcn Ignatius OSB. D 2003

28 - Fr. Neville Braithwaite P 1979

Nov

05 – Fr. Frank Grey, birthday

07 - Bp Brian Marsh, birthday

23 – Fr. David Moody, birthday 1937