Parishioners Joe and Phyllis Tracy, left, and Barbara Metcalfe, right, were drivethrough recipients on Ash Wednesday
Ashes and sackcloth were used in Old Testament times to symbolize our sinfulness and mortality. As Christian liturgy evolved, into the Middle Ages, the priest would sprinkle a small amount on the head of each person. It's unknown when the practice of forming a cross—or sometimes a smudge—took root. This year, because of the pandemic, priests of our diocese sprinkled ashes. While ashes are optional, the thoughts and prayers are a powerful reminder of the penetential season of Lent, 40 days before Easter (subtracting Sundays, the day of resurrection).
Above all, we pray you will stay safe. If you desire to join a maximum of 115 persons in our sanctuary Sunday morning, you must wear a mask and maintain physical distancing per the CDC guidelines. (Pews are so marked.) We must turn away folks if we reach that guideline number.
Please join us at 9 a.m. Sundays on YouTube, using your smart phone, computer or television set, by clicking here
To learn about our worship service and about the Episcopal Church, click here. And click on that shelf of red books to get a short, cute introduction to our time-honored Book of Common Prayer.
Our own Fr. Tom delivered a workshop for the Diocese of Southwest Florida entitled, "Baptismal Covenant: Five Questions." It can be viewed by clicking this link any time. Fr. Tom is well acquainted with the sacrament of Baptism, as he focused on it in the pursuit of his doctorate from Seabury-Western.
Note: Bible studies referred to below will resume next week (Feb. 23 & 24)
The Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening bible studies will resume after the new year, when anyone may join us, either Tuesdays at 1 p.m. or Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., in studying and discussing the Gospel of Mark.
Fr. Tom leads us in a conversation about the spiritual meanings of the gospel and how it is applicable in our lives today. Sessions are standalone, meaning that if you missed a session you may join the following week and fit right in. There is no prerequsite, no fee, and registration isn't required. Just click a link and be ready to absorb some new knowledge in 2021.
If you haven't used Zoom before, make that click an hour or so before the meeting, in case you need to download and install the program and test your sound and video.
Welcome to the easy in-and-out St. Paul's Farmer's Market! Stop by the hospitality pit and introduce yourself to new friends and have a hot dog, on us! The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Browse and buy books, jewelery and lots of produce. Masks and physical distancing are required.
For more information on the market, click here.
Episcopalians of the Naples Deanery have been supporting the children at a shelter in the Dominican Republic for the last 18 years. The Albergue el Buen Samaritano in San Francisco de Macoris, serves a hundred children who would be on the street were it not for the shelter. The kids arrive for breakfast, learn their abcs and social skills and get lots of love that may otherwise be missing in their young lives.
It is a ministry of love and affection, above all.
Dr. Susan Wilson, an English family physician, is full of energy and zealfor the Lord. She founded Tumaini (the word means "hope") Fund to put her faith to work in the AIDS-ravaged Kagera region of Northwest Tanzania. There she established an orphanage for thousands of children who lost their moms and dads to AIDS. In addition to monitary contributions, the ladies of our church, the ECW (Episcopal Church Women) have sewn numerous dresses for Dr. Wilson to distribute.
Parishioners Mike Moore and Roger Conant are directors for the fund in the United States.
Episcopal Relief and Development is a charity you can trust to use your resources wisely and lovingly. Click the logo at left to learn more and make a donation.