PWRDF is Helping Indigenous Communities – Here’s how you can help
COVID has hit a number of Indigenous Communities in Northern Manitoba. Click Here to learn how you can help by donating to the Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF) in purchasing and distributing face masks and supplies for cleaning and disinfecting. The items will be delivered to Sherridon, Pikwitonei, Thicket Portage, Grand Rapids, Wabowden, Cormorant, Easterville, Leaf Rapids, Lynn Lake, Moose Lake, Brochet and Thompson communities.
Please remember to pick up your pizzas, in the church parking lot, this Sunday between 2 and 3pm. Thanks to all those who ordered pizzas. A total of 372 pizzas were sold, netting a profit for St. Simon’s of $747.50; and a special thanks to Jennifer Mackenzie who organized the fundraiser this time around.
You might already know this, but just in case…
If we do something or say something in church and you’re not sure why, or what it means please respond to this email with your question and we’ll get an answer.
Last week a parishioner asked: “Why do we say “catholic” with a small “c” in our Apostles & Nicene creeds? Fr Malcolm provided this in response:
“The word catholic comes from the Latin word catholicus, which in turn comes from the Greek word καθολικός, meaning universal.
In the Nicene Creed, we affirm four things about the Church:
- it is One – while there is division within the Church, we hold that the followers of Jesus are one body;
- it is Holy – although we are not yet cleansed and free from sin, the Church and its members are nonetheless holy;
- it is Catholic – the Church’s proclamation is universal for the whole world (and indeed, though this would never have occurred to the Bishops at the Council of Nicaea, to the whole universe);
- it is Apostolic – the Church follows the steps of the Apostles (from the Greek ἀπόστολος, one who is sent) the original followers of Jesus, and like them we are sent to proclaim the Gospel.
At the time of the Reformation, for example, the Roman Catholic Church saw herself as the true Church – One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. But the Reformers likewise saw themselves as faithful members of the Church.
From an Anglican perspective, what happened in the 1500s was not a departure from the Catholic Church, but a reform of the Catholic Church in England. And we, as Canadian Anglicans, are heirs to that reform.
The late Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher, said of Anglicans: “We have no doctrine of our own—we only possess the Catholic doctrine of the Catholic Church enshrined in the Catholic creeds, and those creeds we hold without addition or diminution. We stand firm on that rock.”