ANGLICAN CHURCH IN AMERICA

Diocese of the Northeast

Rt. Rev. Brain Marsh, Bishop

 

November 2010 Newsletter

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Blessings to you all as we approach the Advent Season!

Here is the monthly newsletter from DNE Central:

CLERGY NEWS


Last Sunday, November 14, Father Jeffrey Monroe was installed as the Fifth Rector of St. Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church in Conway , New Hampshire . The church was filled for this glorious and moving event. Father Monroe was presented with the key to the building, along with copies of the Book of Common Prayer, the Holy Bible and the Constitutions and Canons of the church. These symbolized his role as Rector of the parish and require him to safeguard God's holy church.

The event was followed by a festive gathering in Chamberlain Hall. At that gathering, Father Monroe's wife, Linda, presented him his certificate as Rector of the parish. This certificate bears the imprint of the diocesan seal, the impression of which is from the signet ring first worn by Bishop Chamberlain.  Several founders of the parish were in attendance at this event, which signals a joyous new beginning for the parish.

Deacon Frank Bartlett has passed his canonical exams for the priesthood. He has received the endorsement of both the Board of Examining Chaplains and the Diocesan Standing Committee.  Accordingly, he will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests after the first of the year. The date for his ordination has not yet been established. Please keep Frank and his wife, Geri, in your prayers.

Father Ted Bolduc continues in our prayers. He has been struggling with some serious health issues and will need our ongoing support. Please keep him on your prayer list. He and his wife, Deb, welcome prayer and other gestures of support - cards, letters, e-mail messages.

Three postulants have been advanced to Candidacy status. This is the next step toward ordination, which may happen as soon as six months after candidacy is granted. These three are: David Brennan of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Old Orchard Beach, Maine; Ron Furrer of Holy Cross in Webster, New York; Merrill Perkins of St. Matthias in Mystic, Connecticut.

PARISH NEWS


St. Luke's in Amherst , New Hampshire will soon be looking to recruit a new rector for the parish. A parish profile has been completed and the congregation has finished a year of interim clergy. Father Christian's term as Interim Vicar has been extended to May, 2011, during which time the parish hopes to call a new priest.

PRAYER BOOKS AVAILABLE

I am asked regularly about the source of good prayer books. Oxford University Press offers new copies of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. Used copies may often be found on sites like Amazon or Abebooks. Deus Books, a publishing group under the auspices of the Anglican Province of America, also publishes a good, leather bound copy of the 1928 BCP. These may be ordered for $25.00 from www.deusbooks.org.  For parishes, the Anglican Parishes Association publishes a BCP for $17.50.  You can order them at www.anglicanbooks.com/store/pc/home.asp .  Missions may get used Prayer Books from Yorkie's Closet.  Contact Fr. Monroe at mirage@maine.rr.com.

EPISCOPAL VISITS

Bishop Langberg will visit St. Lucy's in West Winfield, New York on the Feast of Christ the King.

Bishop Marsh will visit Trinity Pro-Cathedral on December 12, Rose Sunday. (NOTE: the date was incorrectly publicized as December 1 - mea culpa).

CLERICUS

By now, you have all received information about our upcoming Clericus. It will be held in Alfred , Maine on December 2 - 3. The cost of this Clericus is, joyously, UNDER $50.00. Father Hiles of St. Paul 's, Brockton , is our featured speaker on Thursday evening. Friday's presentation will focus on the role of the Deacon in the liturgical life of the church. This topic was suggested because of our great reliance on the work of Deacons in our diocese. We have, in fact, ordered six Deacons this year alone. The workshop should be a useful one for all who participate in and celebrate the Mass.

NORTHEAST ANGLICAN

The deadline for the next issue of the Northeast Anglican has passed. However, our editor, Ed Pacht, has informed me that the "drop dead" deadline has not yet been reached. Please send Ed any news that may be fit to print. The NEA is always eagerly anticipated. Many people do indeed read it cover to cover.

CONTRIBUTIONS TO DIOCESAN FUNDS

 

As the end of the year approaches, please keep in mind our Bp. Chamberlain Seminarian Fund, Halliwell Education Fund, IAF, Deo Gratias and Fr. York Memorial Mission Fund for annual parish and individual giving.  A copy of our fund descriptions is attached.

 

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This Sunday, the Sunday next before Advent, is called "stir up" Sunday because of the first words of the collect for that day.

 

STIR up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

It is also the Feast of Christ the King. However you and your parish celebrate the day, may your wills be stirred up to bring forth the good gifts of your faithful lives and be plenteously rewarded in the service of God's holy church.


My very best wishes, from my family to yours, for a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.


Your Brother in Christ,

+Brian