It’s not quite Spring, however this is the weekend that Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins as we turn our clocks forward one hour. Officially, clocks move forward at 2am Sunday morning. You’ll have to wait until Nov. 6 to get that lost hour of sleep back.
No need to register for in-person worship this Sunday at 9:30am DST
Plan on joining us at 9:30am this Sunday for in-person worship. The usual COVID-19 precautions will be in place, wearing masks (preferably medical or KN95 N95), social distancing, and communion with wafer only. The Diocese recently issued requirements for re-opening of the Anglican Churches of Niagara, including:
- “Well-fitted masks, preferably medical masks or respirators, must be worn by all people over 2 years of age when indoors and when physical distance is difficult to maintain”.
- “The names and contact information of those attending worship services, office appointments, and any other in-person gathering are to be maintained and kept for 30 days to assist with any necessary contact tracing.”
St. Simon’s will keep track of people attending and keep the list, however there’s no longer a need to pre-register for regular Sunday services. For those who are unable or do not feel comfortable attending in-person worship, we will continue to provide an online worship experience on YouTube. You can view last Sunday’s service by Clicking Here .
Church office hours are Monday thru Wednesday 10-2 pm, by appointment only. To make an appointment, contact Chris firstname.lastname@example.org
World Day of Prayer
World Day of Prayer is tomorrow. The Women’s Inter Church Council of Canada is planning an online service and you can read about it by clicking here. There is a resources tab where you can read about it and download their material.
St. Simon’s Lenten Online Community Breakfast is March 26, 9:30am
Please mark your calendar for our annual Lenten Community Breakfast. In keeping with the season, the theme will be service and sacrifice. As part of the morning program, Melissa Foley, a representative for Habitat for Humanity, will be our guest speaker. She will talk about how the organization services the needs of our community. A reminder, along with the ZOOM link, will be emailed closer to the date.
Helping Our Four-legged Friends
The Oakville Humane Society needs old towels, blankets, and yes….even fur items to line the animal cages in their facility. These items can be dropped off at the church any Sunday or at the church office during the week by arranging a convenient time with Chris, our Parish Administrator. There are two black, labelled collection bins in the Narthex all through Lent to receive your donations. The Community Cluster members will transport all donations to the facility.
There is a bin in the narthex to collect food. Any food collected between now and Easter will be donated to a local food bank.
Tribute to Ellie Johnson
In case you haven’t seen it, the latest Anglican Journal has a lovely tribute to the late Ellie Johnson. Click Here Ellie passed on in January.
You might already know this, but just in case:
This week someone asked: “How long should we retain the blessed palms that we receive on Palm Sunday and how are we to respectfully dispose of them? (I have quite a collection of them spanning many, many years.)” Fr Malcolm responds:
“Traditionally, the ashes used on Ash Wednesday are made by burning the palms blessed the previous year on Palm Sunday. Many of the suppliers of imported palms for churches will now also provide ashes, so not every church or every priest will actually have experience in burning palms on Shrove Tuesday. In my last parish, we used to set out a basket a week or two before the beginning of Lent for people to return their palm crosses.
The custom of blessing palms, of course, is in imitation of the Gospel accounts of the crowd strewing the road in front of Jesus with Palm branches. The practice of folding crosses from the palms is more recent, but very widespread.
In the days before high speed transportation infrastructure, churches would use local plants in place of palms. I recall former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow talking about his childhood on the west side of Saskatoon in the 1940s, and gathering pussy willows on Palm Sunday before going around to the homes of Ukrainian friends and neighbours to sing a traditional Palm Sunday / Spring carol.
In New Zealand, churches would use the local flax called harakeke (phorium tenax), which was also used for weaving mats, baskets and other goods in Māori culture. Part of the unique experience of my time in Aotearoa is that burning harakeke smells a little like a certain plant commonly burned for more recreational purposes. I often wondered what the neighbours thought I was up to in the vicarage garden on Shrove Tuesday.”
Last week in church, it was announced that we didn’t have someone to ring the bell. Actually Pat Roberts has been ringing the bell in addition to recording attendees at church. Thank you Pat, and sorry about that! If you too would like to be a Campanologist please contact Fr Malcolm.