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MAY 2015

May 2015

A Section of the Anglican Journal


Youth Alpha

Submitted by

Rev. Randy Lockyer

Youth Alpha Program

Continues to be Fruitful
at Holy Trinity Church,
Grand Falls-Windsor.
Six years ago, it was
suggested by the Christian Education
Committee and
leaders of the adult
Alpha course, that
we offer Youth Alpha at Holy Trinity Church, Grand
FallsWindsor to
young people in
the parish and
f ro m o t h e r d e nominations in
town that would
like to participate.
Because the suggested time to offer the course was
just prior to the time
of Confirmation in our
parish, I recommended
that we would make it
a requirement of any
young person desiring
Confirmation to first do

Youth Alpha.
I can honestly say
that we have a wonderful group of leaders
who put a tremendous
amount of time and energy into preparing for
these young people to

come each year to do the

course. It is structured
very much like the adult
Alpha, but on a youth
level. Over 10 weeks,
they explore the basics
of the Christian faith

through song, video presentations, discussion,

Spirit weekend and, of
course, games and lots
of food. During these 10
weeks, we see a group of
young people and leaders bubbling over with
excitement and a
real desire to be
there each week. I
would recommend
the program to any
parish and, for us,
it really enhances
the Confirmation
preparation program. We say it
is part one of our
Confirmation program.
This year Aaron Brace, Kennedy Bulgin, Deitric
Cornect, Nathan
Hewitt, Eric Hewitt, Alexander Hewitt, Claire
Prince, Nicolas Rice,
Megan Rose, and Heidi
Rose participated in the

I am delighted to present
the 2015 Leave a Legacy
section (see pages 2 and 3) in
Anglican Life and my thanks
go out to Father Sam who,
as editor, has supported this
initiative each year. The Leave
a Legacy program is sponsored
by the Canadian Association of
Gift Planners and its purpose is
to raise the level of awareness
about the gift planning and its
many benefits both to donors
and charities. Each May, the
Anglican Church is a partner
with Leave a Legacy along
with many other charities in
Newfoundland and Labrador.
This edition features a
number of articles revolving
around the word Legacy and
asks questions such as what
will your legacy be, what happens when families disagree
or where does a legacy fit into
an estate plan. For that matter,
what is an estate plan? And,
we also look at the legacy of
plastic and how it will impact
the planet for years to come.
In my columns and talks
over the years, I have encouraged Anglicans to ensure that
they have a legal Will and to
prayerfully consider leaving
something in their Will for
their Church the local Parish,
the Diocese, General Synod,
or The Primates World relief
and Development Fund. From
my experience, 80-90% of
planned gifts that have been
made originate from bequests
in wills and the major beneficiary has been the local
parish. I have witnessed some
wonderful gifts. But, there is
much more that can be accomplished.
Good Works, a national
organization, recently asked
Environics Research to conduct
a poll among 1500 Canadians
and they found some very
interesting statistics about
legacy giving:

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Kevin Smith


1. Over 1.18 million Canadians have made bequests

to charities in their wills.
2. These bequests are
worth $165 billion
3. However, almost half
(46%) have not made their
wills yet.
4. This represents 9 million adults in this country.
5. This group were asked
how likely they were to make
a will and almost four in ten
(38%) say they are very likely.
Essentially if half our adult
parishioners do not have wills,
it is incumbent on us to encourage them to have a legal will. It
will give them enormous peace
of mind and at the same time,
hopefully benefit the church
as well. I have suggested that
parishes hold wills seminars
featuring local lawyers to explain the details about will
making and the results have
been very encouraging. However, legacy making is not just
for one month a year, it is a
year-round effort and certainly
worthy of consideration.
Kevin Smith is a gift planning consultant for the Anglican Church of
Canada. He can be contacted at
709 739-5667 or by email:

MAY 2015

Planned Giving

Straight Answers for Regular Folks

What is planned giving anyway?

1. Wills The cornerstone of any estate plan and the

most common method for assets to be transferred. The
main purpose of a Will is to describe how you want your
assets to be distributed.

Its planned because it takes some thought and preparation, and because you should consult a lawyer and your
financial planner about it. The easiest planned gift is part of
something you should have anyway: your Will.

2. Joint ownership Registration of assets in joint

ownership is one of the simplest ways to transfer assets.
Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship, when one party dies, ownership is automatically transferred to the
surviving party. Although useful for avoiding probate
taxes, other tax and legal complications can arise.

Planned giving is a phrase that charities use often and donors almost never say! In a nutshell, it means you create a
charitable gift now that goes to the organization you love in
the future, usually when you die.

Sounds like a lot of work. Is it complicated?

Submitted by

Janet Gadeski

Janet Gadeski was President

of Hilborn, a publisher
sharing the knowledge that
charities and their leaders
need to change the world,
and Editorial Director for
PGgrowth, a consultancy
that helps charities inspire
donors to include charitable
bequests in their Wills. This
article, previously published
as a blog, was printed with

Strategies for
Transferring Assets

Its not really a lot of work. Everyone, regardless of income

or assets, should have a Will, and everyone should prepare
that Will with the help of a lawyer and a financial advisor.
Including a charitable gift adds a few minutes to those conversations and just a few sentences to your Will.

Why should I consider it?

A gift in your Will lets you make the gift of a lifetime to a

cause you believe in a gift you might not be able to afford
while youre alive. Heres the compelling explanation from
Colleen Bradley, my colleague at PGgrowth and a lifetime
specialist in Wills and estate planning.
People think that leaving money to a charity will diminish
what they can leave to their kids. But because of Canadas
tax regulations, you can give money to a charity that you
would otherwise give to Canada Revenue Agency in taxes.
And if your net income in the year of your death is lower
than the amount you give, your executor can claim a rebate
against your previous years income and add that to your

3. Gifting assets before death Without doubt the easiest way to transfer assets is to give them away while
youre alive. While gifting to charitable causes can lead
to tax benefits, other gifting can create tax liabilities.
4. Testamentary trusts A testamentary trust takes
effect at death and becomes part of the Will. It allows
ownership of assets to be transferred while control of
the assets is determined by the provisions of the trust.
5. Living trusts A living trust is created while you are
alive and there are many reasons why they are used. But
they serve the same basic purpose of transferring ownership of assets while retaining control.
Source: RBC

What should I tell my family?

Talking it through your with kids is a crucial step, Colleen

advises. Explain that your charitable donation will offset taxes on the estate. Theyll be happy to see it go somewhere
other than the tax collector!
And even if they arent, she says, its your money. You have
the right to give it to charity.

How does it benefit the charity I care about?

That charity probably struggles to support its current programs, launch new ones, renew buildings and equipment,
perhaps take a risk on something promising but untried.
When it receives a gift through someones Will, the charity can use that gift for something special something it
couldnt do otherwise. Or it can save and invest the gift so
that the yearly interest goes on supporting programs youve
been giving to year by year. Talk to the charity you love
about using your bequest in the way youd like it to be used.

I want to learn more about

Leave a Legacy

Please send me:

A free brochure on writing a will
A quote on a Gift Plus Annuity
Information on other ways of giving
I have already remembered my church in my will

Name _______________________________________
Address _____________________________________
Postal Code ___________ Telephone ______________
Date of Birth (for annuity quote)
If you are Male ________________________________
If you are Female _______________________________

Anyone can make a bequest. The amount doesnt matter

but supporting a cause you cherish, leaving a legacy of values as well as financial disbursements, matters a lot. Its one
of the most important things you can do to build the world
youd like to see.

anglicanlife in Newfoundland&Labrador

Mail to: Kevin Smith

Regional Gift Planning Consultant
Anglican Church of Canada
10 Strawberry Marsh Road
St. Johns, NL A1B 2V4

MAY 2015

Where there is a Will

There is a Way

How do you arrange your estate?

In Newfoundland, your estate can either be organized as set out by

the terms stipulated in a valid will or by provincial regulation. A will
gives you some control over what happens to your estate after you
die. You can know that your things will go to the people who want
to have them. However, if you die without a will, or intestate, your
estate will be divided among according to the Intestate Succession
Act which may not have been what you would have wanted.

What are the requirements for a will?

Submitted by

Hilary Wicks

Many Newfoundlanders and

Labradorians apparently do
not have a legal will and this
can cause some serious issues
in a family situation. To address this issue, the Parish of
the Good Shepherd in Mount
Pearl held a wills seminar in
March. Invited along for the
evening was Kevin Smith,
Diocesan Planned Giving
Consultant and Hilary Wicks,
an Associate with Roebothan,
McKay and Marshall. Ms Wicks
covered a number of areas
of interest. The following list
some of the points she raised.

A will must in writing (typed or handwritten). The person making the

will (the testator) must be 17 years of age. The will must be signed
before two witnesses, both present at the same time of signing. The
witnesses cannot be beneficiaries. All pages of the will must be initialed by the testator and the witnesses. The testator must make the
will free from pressure from other people. Finally, the testator must
have legal capacity. This means the testator understands what he or
she is doing, the type and the amount of property being given and
that the will is benefiting certain people and excluding others.

What are the contents for a will?

The current date must be included. If you have more than one will,
this will make it clear which is your most recent will. An executor
should be named who is responsible for proving your will is valid
by having it probated, filing your final income tax return and distributing your estate to your beneficiaries. It is often useful to appoint
an alternative executor in the case where your executor is unable or
unwilling to act.
Guardianship is important too. If you have children under the age of
majority or adult children with disabilities for whom you are responsible, you can identify who you want to be responsible for caring for
these children. Your will should also contain clear instructions as to
who you want to get your specific possessions, property and other
financial assets after you die. You should also name your beneficiary
who will receive all or a portion of your estate after distribution.
Note: Because of space requirements, we could not include all the points raised
by Ms Wicks. A follow up will be included at a later date.


A win-Win Planned Gift

A charitable gift is something that you give to an organization you believe in and wish to support. An annuity
is a fixed sum of money that is paid to you each year. Put
them together and you have a charitable gift annuity
the gift that pays you back.
Rita Jackson (not her real name) wanted to do something for her parish church in a small community in the Diocese of Central Newfoundland. The 87 year old wanted
to make a substantial gift to her church and at the same
time increase her cash flow. She funded her gift annuity with $50,000 from her savings and receives guaranteed annuity payments that are significantly higher than
the interest she had been receiving. Whats more, in her
case, these payments are 100% tax free.
In Ritas situation, she receives $4585.50 annually from
her annuity and these payments are guaranteed as long
as she lives. A tax receipt of $13,213.73 was also delivered to her from this transaction.
The parish church in her community has always been
very special to Mrs. Jackson and her family and she feels
that this gift will benefit her parish greatly. Upon her
passing, the principle will be gifted to the parish. It is Ritas wish that the amount, 80-90% of the original amount
be invested and the interest used annually to support
her parish.
Diocesan Bishop David Torraville was pleased to hear of
this gift saying, This is a wonderful way for Mrs. Jackson
to support her church after she passes. We are greatly indebted to this wonderful lady for her generous support.
Bishop Torraville also encourages others to prayerfully
consider making a similar gift to their church.

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MAY 2015

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I am visiting with a
parishioner at a hospital
and I am about to pray
with the person when
in walks the doctor and
his team. I am prepared
to step back and allow
the doctor to speak with
his patient. Instead, recognizing my collar and
that I am a member of
the clergy he signals for
me to continue, and I do.
After I finish praying with
the parishioner I turn
to the good doctor to
let him know that I am
done. He affirms what
I did with a nod of his
A couple of things
happened here in my exchange with the doctor
and his medical team.
First of all, as a secular
professional helper, the
doctor respects what I
do as a Christian caregiver. And secondly, he
recognizes that I bring
something distinctively
Christian to the healing

For almost twenty

two years now as an
ordained priest I have
provided Christian care
to people in all kinds
of circumstances. But
it was only recently that
I realized how unique,
distinctive and important it is what we as Christian caregivers offer. Up
until now I was just doing what I always did
and thought no more
of it. But there is much
more to it than that.
In some sense I (we),
whether clergy or lay are
Christian therapists. A
therapist rightly understood from the Greek
therapeau as a person
whose relationship with
others is characterized
by service and caring.
As Christian caregivers
we prepare the ground
for the Great Cure-giver.
That is to say, through
the use of such tools as
prayer, the use of the Bible offering a Word of
hope blessings, active
listening, and even hearing a confession and
offering forgiveness, we
create a therapeutic situation and then wait on
the Lord expectantly to
provide the cure.
The point is that we
are not just being nice
people and what we
are offering is effective
Christian care. All too
often as Christians we
discount what we do
as important. We go to
church, we get involved
in church serving on
committees and boards,

we take part in the congregations program

of visitation to shut-ins
and hospitals, we serve
on food banks, participate in other charities
and when asked what
we do most Christians
just shrug it off. I just
try to help out where
I am needed. Being
nice and being modest,
fitting in with the crowd,
thats what we do. Christ
had no problem being
distinctly Christian.
But it is not only what
we do but why we do it.
When asked why he was
a psychologist, Lutheran
Pastor Kenneth Haugk
responded: The reason
I am a psychologist lies
in my faith in God and
what God has done for
me in Jesus Christ. I
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for me so much that he
was willing to give his
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MAY 2015

Cursillo Triennial Conference

Submitted by

space there filled with CursillisEmmie Marsh

tas and their friends for the Grand
Ultreya on Saturday August
The Diocese of Central New- 29? (Ultreya is a Spanish word
foundland has been chosen to of encouragement; meaning
host the upcoming Canadian onward and upward.) The space
Anglican National Cursillo Tri- can seat 1000 so theres room for
ennial Conference and General everyone! One need not have
Meeting, August 28 - 30, 2015. attended a Cursillo Weekend
We look forward to welcoming to attend this Saturday evening
delegates from across the coun- gathering. Everyone is welcome!
try to the scenic Lewisporte area. The planning committee has
The chosen venue, Emmanu- been working diligently and
el Camp and Conference Centre, preparations are well in place.
Cursillo has been active
offers beautiful accommodations, a glorious worship space in the diocese since the mid
and ultra- modern kitchen and -eighties. Cursillo has the overdining room. Wouldnt it be sight and strong support of the
wonderful to have the worship Diocesan Bishops. Always, there

is a Bishop present at a Cursillo

Cursillo weekends bring
Christians together to commit or
recommit to the realities of what
it means to live a Christian life. It
is a movement within the Church
with a method which enables
people to live a life in Christ by
supporting and encouraging
one another through prayer and
planned action (individually
and collectively). Thus, being
cognizant of the needs of others,
we move forward to change the
world for Christ following the
Cursillo motto: Make a Friend,
Be a Friend and bring that Friend
to Christ.

You are who I am

Rev. Canon Gerald Westcott


In March of this year I completed the second residency in

a two year program offered by
Shalem Institute in Baltimore,
titled Transforming Community:
Leading Contemplative Groups
and Retreats.
This has been a wonderful opportunity of deepening
contemplative practice in community, and of stretching my
experience with new and varied
meditative practices. The objective of meditation is to help open
up our ego personalities and
our thinking minds, in order to
become aware of and live out of
that deep well of living waters
within. Our deepest and truest
self is our spiritual heart made
in the image of God and is in
absolute and undivided union
with Divine. This deep and loving
union cannot be merited, bought
or won; it simply is. Jesus says I
am in the Father and the Father
is in me; I am in you and you are
in me. St. Paul says that it is
no longer I who live, but Christ
who lives in me. Christ calls us
to learn to live and love more

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deeply out of our spiritual heart.

One of the meditation exercises that we did while in
Baltimore, was to sit knee to knee
with another person, and to look
directly into their eyes for 10-20
minutes. Where am I seeing that
person from within myself? And
what is it that I am seeing in the
other person? If I am only seeing
from my ego or thinking mind, I
cannot know deep union with the
person. If I am only seeing their
personality or how they think and
behave, I cannot know deeper
union with the person. But if I am
gazing from my spiritual heart, I
am going to see the person as
God sees them. I will see past
what separates us, and will experience a deeper soul union with
the person. Cathy was the person
who I sat with for this exercise. A
sophisticated and bright mind
who works for Congress in Washington, and is gay. As we sat in
silence gazing upon one another,
what I saw in her was not her
personality or sexuality, not her
intelligent thinking mind, but I
saw myself in her. My spiritual
heart gazing upon her spiritual
heart. The same Spirit lovingly
gazing upon the same Spirit. It
was a holy Communion.
There is a beautiful Sufi mystical song that says I am who I
am, thank God I am. I am who you
are, looking back. You are who I
am, can you imagine that. There
is one God, that is a fact. This is
simply another way of re-framing
what Jesus also teaches. The call
on the human spirit is to learn to
live from a deeper place within
our soul, where there is no judging or separating, only unitive
conscious love in God.

MAY 2015

Anglican Foundation gives boy

some new wheels
Submitted by

Anglican Foundation

When Anglican
Foundations Executive Director received
a request from Rhonda Noseworthy, social
worker at the Janeway
Childrens Health & Rehabilitation Centre in
St Johns, NL, she was
quick to respond with
a generous gift from
the Foundations Kids
Helping Kids Fund.
The gift fully paid for
a manual wheelchair
for James Renouf, a
young boy who, with his
family attend St Marks
Anglican Church in St
Johns. Ten-year old
James has Duchenes
muscular dystrophy,
a condition that leads
to progressive loss of
muscle function and
weakness. A special
wheelchair will make it
possible for James to
stay active and go on
school outings.
Executive Director,
Judy Rois visited James
with his mom, physiotherapist and social

worker at The Janeway

Centre in March where
James enthusiastically
showed her a photo of
his new wheelchair. He
also was very happy to
receive a Hope Bear,
the mascot for the Kids
Helping Kids Fund.
The gift relieved the
Renouf family of one
of many financial costs
that accompany this
kind of medical diagnosis.
When James and his
mom Nancy hugged
Rois with gratitude, she
said the Foundation
considered it a privilege to ease the financial stress. Everyone
had tears in their eyes,
but the best part was
the gratitude evident
in the big smile on the
face of a 10-year old
The Foundation invites Anglican youth to
collect toonies to contribute to Kids Helping
Kids so that young people across Canada are
able to receive funds
when they need a helping hand.

The Revd Canon Judy Rois (left) Executive Director of the Anglican Foundation presented
young James Renouf (centre) with the gift of a new wheelchair from the Foundation. Also
pictured is James mother Nancy Renouf (right) Photo: Anglican Foundation

Western Diocesan
PWRDF coordinator

The Anglican
Foundation of Canada
thanks every parish in the
Dioceses of Western Newfoundland,
Central Newfoundland, and
Eastern Newfoundland & Labrador
for your continued memberships.
Your donations allow AFC to help build
strong faith communities every day.
Together we can do things that matter

Thank you!

During her first Lenten season as PWRDF coordinator, Mona Edwards had the
privilege of sharing with several parishes in the Western Diocese as they lived
out their Baptismal covenant in service to others. All Saints Church in Corner
Brook hosted a soup and sandwich luncheon following their morning service
March 1st with a free-will offering donated to PWRDF. The Cathedral of St. John
the Evangelist in Corner Brook hosted a beans and touton lunch March 7th
and donated the proceeds to PWRDF. The Parish of Bonne Bay North hosted
weekly lunches following their Wednesday Lenten services with free-will offerings donated as well. If any parish in Western Diocese would like to Mona
to speak about how your generosity is helping others, please contact her at
709-635-4606 or email: monacedwards@nf.sympatico.ca

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MAY 2015

150th for St. James, Carbonear

Submitted by

Judy Finn

St. James Anglican

Church Completes its
150th Anniversary Year.
2 0 1 4 m a r k e d th e
150th Anniversary of
the consecration of St.
James Church. The Gothic Revival style
wooden structure
features a high
lancet arch roof
system with studded walls and
timber floors on a
stone foundation.
T h e ro o f c o n struction, which
was unusual for
the time, allowed
for the absence
of supporting pillars thus giving
the congregation
an unobstructed
view of the chancel. This imposing and intricate
structure was
built on an exposed hillside by a workforce composed largely
of fishermen and has
withstood the elements
for 150 years. It became
a Registered Heritage
Structure on September
15th, 2001.
The celebration of
the 150th anniversary
has been a yearlong
event beginning with a
visit from Bishop Peddle
in January 2014. The
Bishop officiated at a
church service which was
followed by a social hour
in the Church Hall.
Februarys planned
event was rescheduled
due to inclement weather and March was also
uneventful but on April
23rd a Gospel concert
previously planned for
February went ahead at
The Sheila Na Giera Theatre. The entertainment,
provided by local talent,
was well enjoyed by all
those in attendance.
St. James CLB arranged for a visit from
the CLB Regimental
Band on April 26th. The
band performed a Saturday night concert in
the Church. Visitors from
around the area attended the concert and the
band stayed overnight in

the Church Hall.

Mays special event
was a visit from the choir
from the Cathedral of St.
John the Baptist in St.
Johns. The service was
conducted by The Very
Revd Josiah Noel, Dean
and Rector of the Cathedral, assisted by Rex Cot-

ter, Liturgical Lay Minister. A wonderful evening

of song and praise was
thoroughly enjoyed by
all who attended this
special service.
The Vestry of St.
James organized a very
successful Take-out Turkey Tea which took place
on June 4th.
On July 27th, a Walk

tures, memorabilia and

other interesting items
depicting the history of
St. James. Visitors from
near and far enjoyed a
guided tour followed by
Augusts event was a
community Jiggs Dinner
held in the Hall on the
4th. This
event was
in conjunction with
Day Celebrations.
J a cobs Passage from
St. Augustines
Church in
St. Johns
paid us
a visit on
September 28th
and they,
as well as
Hulan and
Scott Cooper, presented
a very enjoyable evening
of Gospel music and
The Sunday morning service on October
19th was designated as
a Youth Service. The
young adults of our parish participated in most
aspects of this service.
It was wonderful to see

Hymn Sing which took

place on November 2nd.
As a special commemorative keepsake, the ladies
had a beautiful memorial
booklet printed which
included the order of service, hymns, memorials
and a message of thanks
and recognition to past
and present members of
the church whose contributions are part of our
Throughout the year
former parish rectors
accepted our invitation
to conduct services or
preach. We were happy
to see them again and
appreciated that they
returned to help us celebrate our 150th year.
The most challenging
event taken on by the
150th Anniversary Committee was the Anniversary Service and Dinner
which took place on November 9th. The service
began at 3:00 pm with
some special visitors in
attendance: The Bishop
of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador the Rt.
Rev. Dr. Geoffrey Peddle,
The Lieutenant Governor
of Newfoundland and
Labrador His Honour
Frank Fagan and Her
Honour Patricia Fagan,
former St. James Clergy
and other Civic, Fraternal
Organizations as well as

Down Memory Lane

was organized by a small
group of enthusiastic
ladies who prepared the
church, hall and cloister
with many artifacts, pic-

them involved as greeters, readers, collection

takers and music providers for this special event.
The ACW organized a
very successful Memorial

Provincial and Municipal

Government representatives. The celebrant for
the service was Rev. Morley Boutcher, a retired
priest and faithful mem-

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ber of the St. James

congregation. Following
the service, a banquet
was held at the Knights
of Columbus with 175
people in attendance. An
Anniversary Booklet was
given to everyone. This
booklet included greetings from dignitaries,
congratulatory messages
from local businesses,
interesting facts and a
brief history of St. James
and the parish of Carbonear as well as a little
Church humor. A 150th
anniversary cake was officially cut by Mr. Ruben
Buckle, a senior member
of our parish, assisted
by Their Honours, Lieutenant Governor and
Mrs. Fagan. A power
point presentation on
the construction of St.
James Church 150 years
ago was prepared and
presented by Rex Cotter
and Dawson Higdon. Following the official closing
of the banquet with a
prayer by Rev. Ken Penney, Priest in Charge of
St. James, many people,
including Their Honours,
stayed for a while to
mingle and share in fellowship with each other.
Other projects undertaken during the year,
with Vestrys help, were
the improvements and
repairs of the physical
structure of the church.
The chapel window has
been repaired and will
be reinstalled once the
weather improves.
The final project of
the year was not completed until January,
2015. A time capsule,
prepared by the Anniversary Committee and
including memorabilia
from members of the
parish, was sealed and
placed underneath the
font at the morning service on January 11th.
This capsule will be
opened on the occasion
of the 175th Anniversary
in 2039.
Thanks are extended
to all members of the
committee and the many
other parish members
who worked so diligently
to make our 150th Anniversary a tremendous

No more labels Spring cleaning

The Rt. Rev. David Torraville


Central Newfoundland

So often we view the world

as geography, with resources,
with boarders, with geopolitical
challenges. We fall into viewing the world as a dualism: our
friends and our enemies; those
who are with us and those who
are against; those who share our
values and those who do not;
our ally or adversary. Our present
political situation makes this all
the easier and more attractive.
Over against this is my memory of another time, an even more
frightening moment. I remember
the week I spent at Mint Brook
immediately following 9/11 with
passengers from a plane stranded
in Gander. One of the memories I
cherish is the kindness shown by
two young Muslim men to a small
group of elderly French nuns.
There was not a lot of conversation
and almost no physical contact
but the young men seemed to
hover in the background, ready to
fetch a blanket, move a chair, return empty plates. Small almost
unnoticeable kindnesses which
established respect and perhaps
even affection. The Muslim men
and the Catholic nuns were not
simply categories, but people, not

potential enemies but tentative

Just recently Canada agreed
to attack Syria after bombing in
Iraq. While we cannot be so naive as to believe that the terrible
violence in the Middle East can be
ended by good intent or rhetoric,
whether hawkish or pacifist, neither can we as Christians, absolve
ourselves by claiming we bomb
an abstract concept whether that
be a country or a terrorist organization.
As Christians we can never
forget, whatever the label people
are assigned, they are people. As
difficult as it is, we are called to
love our enemies and when we
demonize them we not only dehumanize them we dehumanize
One of the great struggles of
faith is how we deal with evil but
even in the battle with principalities and powers we do indeed
deal with flesh and blood, and
we can never forget that. People
of faith; Muslim or Christian alike
cannot let the other be caricatured
in a way that makes violence
We need to support the innocent, the victims maimed in
body and spirit, of all sides, of all
faiths of all sects. We need to be
discontent with simple answers.
We need to be a voice for justice
and peace even when we may be
uncertain as to what justice and
peace may finally be, even when
they may seem impossible to
establish; even if all we can do is
assert that the final answer is not
May God bless all the leaders
of nations and of peoples with
wisdom to turn from self-interest
and sinful pride to generous
peace. May we see in each other
that which God created in us. May
God through us be with the victims, and may God show us a way
toward peace and justice for all.

Allison Billard

As I write this we are seeing

the first signs of spring after some
late winter storms and I can feel
the change in the air. Not just outdoors, but inside as well. At home
and at work the atmosphere is
just a little bit lighter, smiles a
little brighter, tasks a little easier.
Winter is hard on us, people get
grumpy and pessimistic but as
spring seeps into our environment our moods get springier
as well.
Spring often makes me think
about Noah and his ark. A friend
and I had talked about this previously, but as I was reading a
Noahs Ark storybook to my three
year old one day it occurred to me
how frightening that story really
is. My son was following along
in the story and pointing out the
things he saw in the pictures and
he asked what happened to all the
people after the animals went on
the boat. I didnt know how to tell
him that they were washed away
in the flood. I didnt know how to
explain that all the animals were
saved along with Noah and his
family, but not the people.
Now I know my toddler likely would not understand the
magnitude of such revelations

even if I could find the words. My

adult understanding of the story
is beyond what his developing
brain can infer. And I did my best
to explain that God was unhappy
about people being mean to each
other and wanted to start over and
make everyone be nice again.
These things he understands,
since we talk about naughty vs.
nice behaviour 24 hours a day.
But he seemed very concerned
about all the people left behind,
and I worry that I did not do the
story justice.
As in life the Bible offers us
many teachable moments. Raising two kids in a secular world and
trying to make sure they develop
Christian values and understanding is a daunting task. I am glad
there are so many resources to
help, and a faith community to
support us in this task. As Spring
washes away the last vestiges of
winter, I will be spring cleaning
our habits and focusing anew on
leading and teaching by example
what it is to embrace our faith in
the day to day, including facing
the tough questions head on.
Like many conversations I
will have with my children as
they grow up, the Noahs Ark discussion made me uncomfortable.
The Bible always challenges me,
my assumptions, my understandings, my interpretations. But I
think that if I was comfortable
with what the Bible was saying, I
would be reading it wrong. Isnt
the message all about doing what
is right even when your instinct
is to do otherwise? Listening to
God and following His will rather
than your own? I believe we grow
in faith when we embrace that
which makes us uncomfortable
and welcome the change that is
needed to deepen our relationship with God.
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MAY 2015

Saint Lukes
to host estate
Submitted by

Robert Sexty

Dont wait, estate

planning for seniors
should be done before a
life changing event.
As part of its 50th
year celebration, Saint
Lukes Homes is organizing a half-day conference
for seniors and families
about financial and funeral planning. The focus
will be about wills, taxes,
the role of executors,
power of attorney, and
funeral planning.
The conference will
be held on May 8th from
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at
the Corpus Christi Catholic Community Centre on
Waterford Bridge Road.
The conference is tailored to anyone with an
interest in or questions
about end-of-life financial and funeral planning.
The featured speakers
bring a wealth of knowledge and experience:
Pamela Earle, Senior Will
and Estate Planner, and
Craig Bishop, Financial
Consultant, both of Scotia Private Client Group;
Archdeacon Sandra Tilley, of the Anglican Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador;
and John Anderson, Jr.,
of Cauls Funeral Home.
They will address
many of the questions
you have and some you
may not have yet thought
of. Questions like: What
is estate planning? How
do I avoid probate? How
do I protect my money
for the ones I love? Does
my family know the kind
of funeral I want? If the
answers to these questions are not completely
clear, then this conference may be for you. Our
presenters will answer
them in a clear and concise manner, giving you
the tools and confidence
to make important decisions affecting you and
your loved ones.
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St. Philips hosts World Day of Prayer

Submitted by

St. Philips ACW

Photo: Rev. Ed Bonnell

The first Friday in March

is known as the World Day Of
Prayer. On Friday, March 6th the
ladies of the community of Portugal Cove - St Philips gathered
at the Church of St. Philip for this
special service.
The theme of this years service was Jesus said to them, Do
you Know What I have Done to
You? The service was prepare by
the World Day of Prayer Committee of the Bahamas. The service
was well attended by women
,men and clergy of the various
churches in the community.
The guest speaker for the
service was Mrs Joyce Fewer-Keeping. Joyce shared with
the people that gathered for
this service about the Bahamas

saying that the Bahamas consist of over700

islands, scattered over
100,000 square miles
in an arc just north of
Cuba between the Florida Keys and Haiti. Only
23 of the seashell strewn
islands are inhabited
with a populationlittle
over350,000 people.
On Friday March
6th, an estimated 3 million people, in over 70
countries are gathering
to observe this World
Day of Prayer to act in
solidarity with the people of the Bahamas.
The ladies of the
Bahamas have incorporated the
theme into their service called
Radical Love based on the reading from the Gospel of St. John,

Chapter 13, verses 1- 17. From

this service came an invoking
question for all of us, What are
some services we can perform
in our community that might be

perceived as true radical love?

In conclusion to the talk,
Joyce ended with the prayer by
Kathleen Skinner, Chairperson
of the International Committee

for the 2015 World Day of

Lord Jesus, as you
washed your disciples feet,
bathe us in your refreshing
spirit. As you wiped away
the dust of the road, wipe
away our days accumulation
of stress and tiredness. As
you took the towel to dry
sore feet, soothe the sore
pieces of our lives; so that
replenished, renewed and
restored, we are ready to
follow your way of servant
love. Amen
Following the service
a lunch was prepared by
thewomen of St. Philips
Parish. The local committee
would like to thank the ladiesfor
sharing in this special serviceof
worship as we honor the ladies
of the Bahamas.

Ive lived 100 years!

Ron Clarke


No! I havent actually

lived 100 years, though I often feel that way. Ive lived 86
years though. How much has
everything changed during
86 years? So much so that,
to me, the differences are
My earliest memories
are of living in Chance Cove,
a small fishing village in Trinity Bay- population less than
200. We were all interrelated
there, a family village. Everyone over 40 were our uncles and aunts. Like family
members, we took good care
of each other. Whenever a
woman got ill every other
woman came to her rescue.
A sick fisherman had his nets
tended to, his firewood replenished, etc.

Our homes would, today,

be considered absolutely
crude. No insulation, for example, single glass in the
windows. A lone wood stove
in the kitchen lit only during
the day. Water buckets in the
porch, that always froze solid
in the winter nights, were
for drinking and washing.
Imagine when large families
often used the same water in
the same pan. Buried under
several home-made quilts,
we were warm in the winter
nights. Open windows, and/
or doors, in summer attracted
swarms of hungry flies.
The church was certainly
the very centre of our cultural
lives. Since our minister could
only visit once a month, and
then, usually, on a weekday,
our teacher/ lay reader conducted Sunday services. At
11 oclock every healthy male

would come to the service.

Fishermen would sit around
the entrance exchanging
news-of-the-week. The wives
would be at home preparing
the most important meal of
the week. At 2 oclock all of
us kids had to attend Sunday
School. At 7 oclock every
healthy person in the place
would be in church. The singing would rattle the windows.
As a community we were
a close family. The rest of the
world we knew almost nothing about. Our village had
one phone, a big box with a
large crank. The wires were
galvanized, with no insulation. Reaching someone 10
miles away required some
very lusty screaming. Nobody
except the postmistress used
it anyway.
The winter of 1938, a
very dramatic one for me, a

merchant got the first radio,

a huge box. The power supply
was a wind charger and
batteries. Very few of us were
allowed to see and hear it.
We got our first radio (battery
operated) when I was 13 years
old. We didnt have too much
entertainment, because it
was too hard on the battery.
World news? Only really sensational stuff ever reached
us, and then much later. King
George 5th was dead about
two weeks before we knew
about it.
In our snug village God
was important to all, and we
lived in harmony, oblivious
to the outside world. Today,
what an enormous difference! Incredible systems of
communication bring everything good, bad and indifferent- especially bad- smack
into our faces- in Chance Cove

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just as well as New York! And,

right now, our whole planet
seems to be threatened- by
climate changes. Terrorism
seems worldwide, no place
seems safe anymore. Oh, we
have all the great comforts
and luxuries that modern
living provides.
Religion seems to be
evaporating. Too unscientific, too restrictive, old
fashioned. Churches are too
often half empty, congregations mainly elderly. What a
comfort for believers to be
assured that the God of our
grandfathers is still very much
alive, very real.
One of these days an
awful lot of people are going to be awestruck when
Jesus Christ comes in glory
to establish the Fathers next
kingdom, and peace, love, joy
will be with us all- FOREVER!

MAY 2015


Fogo hosts ACW Conference

Submitted by

Lisa Snow

The Parish of Fogo Island West was honored to

host the 39th Annual Conference of the ACW of the
Central Diocese on October
3-5, 2014.
The theme for the weekend was Come to the Water: Women of Faith, Women of Courage. We had
a lovely church service on
Friday night at St Andrews
in Fogo. Also on Friday
night Mayor Andrew Shea
brought greetings from the
Town of Fogo Island.
Bishop David shared a
bible study with us on the
story of Moses. It helped
us to see the courage and
faith of Moses mother to
place the child in a basket.

Sandra Durdle gave a

very touching talk as she
shared her story of the
visits to Uganda in Africa.
It made us feel how important our outreach of dresses,
skirts, shorts and money
donations are to those less
Margaret Jenniex
shared with us a booklet
Scrapes & Tidbits which
provided ideas for our devotional times at our meetings.
Our honorary president
Karen Torraville, was our
guest speaker at the banquet. By using a slide presentation, she went through
our baptismal vows. Many
of the slides were related
towater-rain drops on a
pond, rain running down

a window
pane and
others. This
was really
and as we
each slide
we could
At the
end of our
banquet we
were entertained by
two of our
youth; Mark Warrick and
Christopher Payne. They
played, sang and acted. It
was a fun time enjoyed by
There were several cler-

gy in attendance, which
is very important to our
group. On Sunday morning
an uplifting service was
held at St Andrews with
over 200 in attendance.

Despite the ferry interruption we had a wonderful

weekend with 51 delegates

Rebuilding Christchurch

Cynthia Haines-Turner

Jesus answered them Destroy this temple, and in three

days I will raise it up. But he
was speaking of the temple of
his body. John 2:21
I was in New Zealand this
past February, on vacation with
my husband, and one of our
must-see stops was Christchurch.

We visited the Cathedral that had been seriously damaged by an

earthquake and then
visited the transitional Cathedral that now
serves the Diocese, the
so-called Cardboard
The destruction
caused by the earthquake was a disturbing
sight. It was terribly
sad to see what was
once a beautiful monument built to provide
a place of worship, offering the best that
people had to offer, in such
ruin. But it was also disturbing
to witness the controversy over
how to proceed with a site that
was so seriously compromised
by the earthquake. Options ranging from demolition to complete
restoration, and other proposals
in between, were considered.

The Diocese was hampered in its

decision-making by a campaign
entitled Restore our Cathedral,
which claims that the Cathedral
can be restored for $67 million,
$40 million of that coming
from insurance money, leaving
only $27 million to be raised.
The Diocese estimates that full
restoration could cost as much as

$221 million. There are lawsuits.

Currently, the Diocese is considering a compromise proposal
that may break the deadlock.
The leaflet pinned to the
fence around the Cathedral
by the Restore our Cathedral
campaign described it as the
symbolic heart and soul of the
city. Their website says We see

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restoration of the Cathedral

as essential to the recovery of
the spirit and identity of our
city, a historic legacy. On the
other hand, Bishop Victoria
Matthews writes The Cathedral
needs to encourage the mission
of God across the region and
beyond. This means having a
new Cathedral in the square in
a reasonable time frame and a
beautiful building that will not
cost so much that [it] is built
at the expense of ministry to
and by the people. The main
purpose of the building is not for
civic or heritage purposes, the
church has said, it is to reveal
and tell of God.
Its not simply a matter of
whether or not the money can
be raised but rather if money
is best spent on buildings or
ministry. We like to say that the
Church is the people gathered.
As we read in Acts 7:48 the Most
High does not dwell in houses
made with human hands. On
the other hand, putting our
very best into these structures
is one of the ways we give glory
to God. In a case like this where
there is so much public scrutiny
and where emotions run high,
it takes a lot of courage on the
part of Victoria Matthews and the
leadership of the Diocese to call
people back to the real reason
we build churches and to our real
purpose as people of God. It is
counter- cultural but then so was
Jesus and so was his message.

MAY 2015


Margaree-Fox Roost news The difference

Christ makes

In January, election for St. Augustines Vestry in Margaree-Fox Roost took

place. There were returning members and some new people taking on roles
for our community. This year marks the 110th anniversary of St. Augustines
which will be celebrated during an ACW fellowship on April 23rd at the local
community centre. This will be an exciting year with lots of events planned,
some of which include: Community Supper in April, Gospel Night in May,
Church Picnic and fun day in June, Rubber Duck race in August, Church BBQ,
and Dinner theatre in October 2015. Submitted by Karen Simon.

Rocky Harbour turns green

On Monday, March 16th, 2015 St. Matthews church in Rocky Harbour held its
6th annual St. Patricks Irish stew and other dishes fundraiser. The event saw
over 100 people in attendance with lots of food, fun and fellowship. In addition
to the meal, there was a bake sale hosting a wonderful variety of baked goods.
Submitted by Dale Decker

The Rev. Everett Hobbs


One of the Online tools I use

is You tube. Through You tube, I
can listen to talks on all kinds of
topics, including the religious
and spiritual. The one I share
with you here is a lecture by Sam
Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-theFields, London. He and others
were making presentations on
the life and thinking of Stanley
Hauerwas on his retirement
from Duke University. He is
considered one of the leading
theologians of our time.
The focus of Wells talk is the
emphasis of Hauerwas on the
centrality of Jesus Christ in the
life the Christian and the Church,
and how it affects every facet
of life, such as ethics, politics,
culture, economics as well as
spirituality. Wells identified ten
ways that Hauerwas expresses the centrality of Christ:
1. It is not possible to separate Christ from his life.
2. It is not possible to separate Christ from the early Church.
3. It is not possible to separate Christ from his story.
4. It is not possible to sepa-

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rate Christ from his work.

5. It is not possible to separate Christ from the cross..
6. It is not possible to separate Christ from the Kingdom
of God.
7. It is not possible to separate Christ from being his disciple.
8. It is not possible to separate Christ from social ethics.
9. It is not possible to separate the religious from the social.
10. It is not possible to separate Jesus from Israel.
Our task as Christians is
to hold these together as a
demonstration of the fullness of
Christ. We tend to choose only
some of them and thereby serve
an incomplete Christ. When we
as Church or individuals separate them, we serve a Christ who
makes little or no difference.
Hauerwas believes that the
first task of the church is to be
the church. There are five ways
in which this claim rests on the
difference Christ makes.
1. This claim assumes that
Christ makes a difference. - indeed, all the difference. The
church does not make a difference. The church lives in the
difference Christ makes.
2. Being the church isnt
3. The difference between
the church and the world is
simply put: Christ.
4. The difference Christ
makes is this: peace.
5. Not the churchs only task:
she participates in struggles
for justice, freedom, dignity,
This church would be smaller, leaner and more committed.
It would be liberated from its
status, power and influence. It
would no longer underwrite the
dominate ethos of our culture
or the social status of its members It would retain the discipline of prayer, and worship,
love of the poor, and friendship
with God and neighbour. Its
leaders would be expected to
trust that God creates and sustains the church - after all, it is
Gods church.
For the Christian Jesus
Christ is a choice and a decision.. It is about making Christ
the centre of my life or placing
him on the margins: Its about
the difference Christ makes.
You can find Wells talk on
You tube and it can be read as
a PDF transcript. All the presentations at Stanley Hauerwas
retirement are published as The
Difference Christ Makes.

MAY 2015


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