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Observing a Holy Lent, Springing Forward
eNewsletter from St. Mark’s Niagara-on-the-Lake



Observing a Holy Lent

Springing Forward



Dear test email,


How appropriate that we begin with ‘March Forth’ this month (although the editor will want to correct the double entendre). We may not exactly be marching but with all that I am experiencing and seeing around St. Mark’s we are moving forth and forward into promising times. A new Bishop is being elected. A new Music Director is starting, A new Lenten Study book, Fr. Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward gives us new insights. A new governance team on Corporation and Parish Council is meeting to begin work for growing ministry n and from tis sacred place.


And yes, a new spring is in the air to give birth again to the fruit of the land and of our shared Christian Faith as Easter People.


Join us for this remarkable month in this historic church as together we march forth and forward into the second half of our lives.



Sunday and Midweek Services in March
Sunday March 4: Welcoming Jim Bourne, new Director of Music


This third Sunday in Lent, we welcome Jim as he begins his new ministry with us. His resume and picture you can see here. The Rector and Lay Delegates will also report out on the election of our new Diocesan Bishop.


After the 10:30 service, sherry will be served for the first Sunday of the month


Wednesday March 7

8 am Men’s Communion and Breakfast

10 am Communion with readings from ‘Falling Upward’


Sunday March 11: Springing Ahead (clocks as well!)

8:30 and 10:30 services with reflections on the ‘Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life’. Further discussion after both services.


6 pm Sunday Night Stew. The Rector’s Moroccan Mint Lamb for 12 will be followed by discussion of ‘Falling Upward’.


Sunday March 18: Lent V with St. Patrick

8:30 and 1030 services with Celtic songs and symbols

6 pm Sunday Night Irish Stew for 12 followed by discussion of’ ‘Falling Upward’.


Sunday March 25 Sunday of the Palms and the Passion

10:30 service with the dramatic reading of the Passion of our Lord to begin Holy Week

4 pm Our Stained glass windows on the Gospel

6 pm Sunday Night Stew, Spanish Paella with lots of saffron


Holy Week Services

8 am Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Morning Prayer in the side chapel with readings from ‘Falling Upward’.


Maundy Thursday

Passover Seder for 12 at the Rectory at 5

Celebration of the Last Supper at 7 pm


Good Friday at St Vincent de Paul at 10 am with mixed choirs


Holy Saturday: Keeping Vigil at 7 pm


Easter Sunday April 1st

8:30 and 10:30 with special music, flowers, and celebrations

Sherry following in Addison Hall

Easter brunch for 12 at the Rectory. RSVP



Governance Matters


Thanks to the many who came to the Annual Vestry Meeting Feb 18. Copies of the 2017 Vestry Report and Financials are available at the Church office. The Rector’s and Corporation Reports you can access by clicking here.

The Corporation for this year consists of the Rector, Allan Magnacca as Rector’s Warden and Gary Zalepa as Deputy. Lynne Legallais has stepped up to be People’s Warden and Andrea Douglas as Deputy. You can read their brief bios and plans moving forward in this month’s Wardens’ Report.


The members of Parish Council for this year are: Lay Delegates – John MacBeth and Doug Hunter; Donna Belleville, Nancy Bongard, Anne Denny, George Robinson, Joy Rogers, Gene-Ann Smith, Mary Webster, Bob White. Sally Mitchell continues as Treasurer.


The next Parish Council meeting with the new team is scheduled for Tuesday March 20 at 7 pm.


At the Vestry thanks were given to many who served St Mark’s so ably over the past years. Here are some of the photos taken by Gary Zalepa:


Thanks to Yvonne Playle
Thanks to Joy Rogers
Thanks to Anne Lindsay


Thanks to Marilyn Robson
Thanks to Wendy Steele
Thanks to All



Additional News, Events and Happenings this Month
Charitable Tax Receipts

Thanks to our treasurer Sally Mitchell and Gillian MacKay and volunteers, all should have received your Charitable Tax Receipt for the generous gifts given to St Mark’s in 2107. THANKS TO ALL. As you file your deductions for income tax return, if you have any questions contact the office. Please consider increasing your pledge of financial support of the wide range of ministries at St Mark’s in 2018.


Bravo Concert March 10 at 7:30

Just 22, Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki has won acclaim for his extraordinary interpretive maturity, distinctive sound, and poetic sensibility. The New York Times has called him “a pianist who makes every note count”.Lisiecki’s insightful interpretations, refined technique, and natural affinity for art give him a musical voice that belies his age.


Ecumenical Lenten Service and Lunch Friday March 23

Our annual hosting of ministers and members of the Old Town Churches (St Andrew’s, Grace United, St Vincent’s) for a prayer service at noon followed by a light lunch. All welcome.


Sunday Night Stews at the Rectory

As noted above, the Rector is hosting Sunday Night Stews on March 11, 18 and 25. There is room for 12 around the table and for the discussions afterward. Please let him know which eveing you would like to join in.


Sundays @4 March 25 for Holy Week

St Mark’s Stained Glass Windows on the Gospel

With our historic and beautiful stained glass windows, this Sundays @ 4 afternoon, all are invited to come to learn more about their provenance and the Biblical stories they tell. A fitting way to begin Holy Week.


Spring Clean Up will be held on Saturday April 21st. Please save the date and arrive at 9am with your rakes etc., we need many volunteers as the Bonsai Group have moved to St. Catharines and are unable to help this year.




Lenten Study with Father Richard Rohr’s

Falling Upward


Father Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Franciscan Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Centre for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque New Mexico.


For Lent we will together focus on his writings and insights especially this book Falling Upward: Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life.

Plans for a St Mark’s Tour to Havana and our Partner Diocese of Cuba this November


With our many contacts in Havana and our Partner Diocese of Cuba, the Rector is planning a week-long tour there this November. It will be an educational as well as recreational time to take in the sights and sounds of the culture and people, as well as meeting with those working in churches and in communities of this fascinating Island. Details are still be worked out in discussions with Parish Council and others to make it affordable and enjoyable for all. If interested speak and contact the Rector.




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