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|Read the Easter newsletter from Bp Richard HERE|
The season of Lent commences on Ash Wednesday which falls on 26thFebruary this year. In previous Lenten Letters I have referred to Pancake Tuesday, also called Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday in plain English and Carne Vale – Goodbye to Meat also in plain English.
However the Season of Lent is more than denying oneself some of the so-called pleasures of life, it is a period of preparation for Easter, the most important Festival in the Church Calendar. To be effective the forty days of lent must involve more than abstaining from culinary delights. Mental and spiritual preparation are much more important – and much more difficult to undertake.
To help us in the process of preparing ourselves the first five Sundays of Lent have an intent for the day and on the sixth Sunday – Palm Sunday – we are commemorating Our Lord’s Triumphal Entry to Jerusalem. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.
When calculating the 40 days of Lent the Sundays are not counted because, although solemn, they are days when we are celebrating the presence of the Living Christ. Lent ends three days before Easter.
Might I suggest that attending church during Lent would be an excellent preparation for the most important festival in the Church Calendar?
Love and Blessings
|Richard will run four interactive seesions on Tools for Living in the 21st Century at the Gold Coast campus of Griffith University in November for staff, students and anyone else who cares to join. For some tiime now he has led meditation seesions at QUT on Friday mornings. |
|The Church of St John the Beloved hosted Knights Templar on Sunday 25 August. Read more about this fascinating order from the time of the Crusades on Wikipedia.|
|Bishop Richard Taylor had the opportunity in August to vist Presiding ArchBishop William Downey in Ojai, California.|
|Dear Parish members and friends,|
This is to let you know about an exciting event that will take place on Sunday 25th August at our parish church in Melbourne, to which you are all invited.
This is known as the Knight Templar Church Parade.
At our usual service of the Holy Eucharist at 10.30 am, a large number of visitors will be in attendance.
The Celebrant is our Vicar, Very Rev Fred Shade. Visitors will be members of the United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta.
All are very welcome as we share our facilities with a wider group.
|Does science have all the answers? Read more about the spiritual path in Bp Richard's latest newsletter at www.smlcc.com.au.|
|The Very Rev. Fred Shade tells us about the early days of the LCC church in Melbourne. You can read this interesting story in his Whitsunday Sermon 2019 which you can find under Parishes/Melbourne News.|
|Issue 3 2018 of the Communion Magazine is now available. You can find it under the banner NEWS AND EVENTS.|
|It is my sad and solemn duty to inform you that our dear brother and co- worker in Christ’s Catholic Church has been called home and now rests in the arms of his Lord and Master. Bishop Graham passed into the Light at 6:30 AM local time at home and in the presence of his loving wife, family and friends.|
Our dear Brother in Christ offered his life in service to our Lord and His Church and to the service of Humanity. He served nobly as our Presiding bishop for the better part of thirteen years. A good example of the “awakened man” as described by our founding bishop JI Wedgewood as one who “seeks to unite himself with the current of the Divine Purpose and Will”.
He has left us on this physical plane But he remains ever within our hearts. May he rest ever peaceful in the Lord.
|Another fascinating newsletter from Bp Richard at smlcc.com.au.|
|At a recent visit to the Church of St Thomas in Canberra we saw some beautiful "stained glass windows". They are batik designs on thin material so that the light from the window can shine through. Ibu Maria is a batik from Indonesia and St Francis was made by Bea Evans in the ACT in memory of Fr Harry Pringle.|
|St Michael's has been transformed into a beautiful wedding venue for up to 80 guests. Have the wedding ceremony upstairs and the reception downstairs where huge deck looks out over the lawn leading down to the canal. Inside there is a spacious lounge and a modern kitchen.. Contact Penelope on 0404 266 822.|
|Bp Richard celebrated at St Francis, Gordon and at the LCC Chapel in The Manor, Mosman.|
|Timeless and beautiful words for us all. Yesterday was a day of the Holy Spirit as the fire of love.|
|Join us on Christmas Eve at 6pm for carols and readings followed by refreshments.|
|Regionary Archbishop Graham Preston visited St John The Beloved, Melbourne on All Saint’s Day, 5th November. Pictured are deacons Rev. Russell Cole and Alan Davis and the Vicar Fr Fred Shade.
This year, three of our Bishops journeyed onwards into the Light.
Bishop Ian Hooker (b. 25/12/1930), 9th Presiding Bishop of our Church, passed into a higher life of service on 26th January. Bishop Ian was consecrated on the 3rd June 1990 at Sydney, Australia.
Bishop Alfred Lambden (b. 11/03/1926) passed into a higher life of service on the 31st January. Bishop Alfred was consecrated on the 25th May 1980 at Auckland, New Zealand.
Bishop Robert McGinnis (b. 4/08/1925) passed into a higher life of service on the 12th June. Bishop Robert was consecrated on the 22nd June 1979 at Ojai, California.
The Synod is highly appreciative of their dedication, their work, and their lifelong commitment to the very soul of our Church.
May they rest in peace and Light perpetual shine upon them.
On behalf of the General Episcopal Synod, I am pleased to announce that there have been three Services of Consecration to the Episcopate this year.
On Saturday the 3rd of June, Thomas Robert MILLER was consecrated as a Bishop of our Church and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop for the Province of the United States of America. The service took place at our Church of St. Gabriel & All Angels, at Fairfield, Iowa, U.S.A. The service was conducted by me, with Archbishop William Downey and Bishop Lloyd Worley as my Co-consecrators and with the further assistance of Bishop Gaspar Torres.
On Sunday the 8th October Goran SVRDLIN was consecrated as a Bishop of our church and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop for Croatia. The service took place at our Pro-Cathedral Church of St. Michel de Paris, Paris, France. The service was conducted by me, with Archbishops Christian Schoch and William Downey as my Co-consecrators and with the further assistance of Bishops Athanase Kaba, Richard Bayly and Thomas Miller.
Rear: Abp. William Downey; Bp. Goran Svrdlin; Abp. Graham Wale; Abp. Christian Schoch.
Front: Bp. Thomas Miller; Bp. Richard Bayly; Bp. Athanase Kaba.
On Sunday the 15th October. Ferenc HEISZER was consecrated as a Bishop of our Church and appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop for Hungary. The service took place at our Pro-Cathedral Church of St. Michel de Paris, Paris, France. The service was conducted by me, with Archbishops William Downey and Bertil Mebius-Schroder as my Co-consecrators and with the further assistance of Archbishop Christian Schoch and Bishops Francis Vinkler, Athanase Kaba, Richard Bayly and Thomas Miller.
Rear: Abp. Bertil Mebius-Schroder; Abp. Graham Wale; Bp. Ferenc Heiszer; Abp. William Downey
Front: Bp. Thomas Miller; Bp. Richard Bayly; Abp. Christian Schoch; Bp. Francis Vinkler; Bp. Athanase Kaba
We look forward “unto many years” of service for and with our new Bishops.
Feast of All Souls, 2017
A new parish sign was installed outside the church in September 2017.
Libby Shade (Secretary) and Fr. Fred Shade (Vicar) pictured here, admiring the results.
|Have you seen the gorgeous stained glass windows in the Church of St Francis and St Alban in Sydney. It's worth a visit?|