Flowers Springtime

Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.
Saint Paul of the Cross

sign with flowers
The flowers are another welcoming sight at St. Philip’s

Last Wednesday, with the weather finally warm, though wet, we planted flowers here at St. Philip’s. Despite the rain it was a delightful event. Margaret Brook, one of our parishioners organized the planting. Rev. Donald was there and we were joined by members of the 153rd Sparks, and Brownies along with a couple of their leaders. It is always great when members of the various communities get the opportunity to get to know each other a little bit better. We thank them for their willingness to partner with us. A special thanks to the Sparks and Brownies who outdid themeselves in their desire to help with the planting.

Green Door Flowers
This cluster is just next to the green door that leads to our offices.

As the quote at the top says, we believe that beauty is one of the ways in which God is made known to us. We hope that people who pass by the building or who are waiting for their bus may find their days brightened by the flowers, trees, and other plants around the building. We hope that they bring joy and gladness every day.

Flowers and Guy Letourneau’s Memory

This spring the planting of the flowers was a melancholy affair. For many years our caretaker Guy Letourneau had looked after the grounds and flowers. Sadly, just a couple of months ago, Guy discovered he had cancer. It was an aggressive cancer and on April he entered his eternal rest.

Guy took great pride and care with the grounds and the flowers.  Much of the reason that the grounds around St. Philip’s have always looked so beautiful was through Guy’s efforts. We miss him not only for his efforts but for his friendly, welcoming personality that had been an important part of St. Philip’s for the past decade.

Rest in Peace Guy, and rise in Glory.

Parish News

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There’s lots of things happening around the St. Philip’s parish in the next little while. Plus one or two items that are occurring at our neighbouring parish Saint Mark’s.

Saturday, November 21, 2015:

Snowflake Bazaar and Luncheon: This is taking place at St. Mark’s, 19 St. Mark’s Place, this coming Saturday. There is a lunch of Hot Soup, Buns, Dessert & Beverage. Cost is $7.00 per person, $3.00 Children under 12, or $16.00 Families. You can also purchase coffee and dainties only for $3.00. This is a good option if you want something lighter than lunch.

The Bazaar will feature, Jewellery, Jams, Jellies, Bake Table, Craft Table, New to You Table, and a silent auction. The bazaar is free to browse.

Thursday, November 26, 2015:

Service of Light: This service was formerly known as Blue Christmas, and is an opportunity for those who find the approaching holidays difficult, to spend some time in quietness and contemplation. The service begins at 7:00 pm.

As we prepare to enter into the season of Advent we all carry much burden in our hearts, be it from a loss of a loved one, a relationship that is not right or illness or stress – all of which is absolutely normal for us. Remembering pain and looking for hope is part of the Christmas story. Christmas is incarnation, God becoming flesh in the person Jesus Christ and in the promise that the future rests in God’s hands and all will be well. We invite you to join us for a time where we will soak in silence, listen to scripture, resonate with the music, light a memorial candle, and ask for healing or blessing all in the company of the Holy Spirit. Courtesy of the St. Mary Magdalene Facebook Page. 

Thursday, November 26 – Sunday, November 29, 2015:

Forum Art Institute, our parish neighbours across Tache Avenue are holding their Forum Art Fair. Visit their Facebook page for more details surrounding the event.

Wednesday, December 2 – Friday, December 4, 2015:

Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, the high school just up St. Mary’s from St. Philip’s is putting on the muscial “Beauty and the Beast Junior.”  You can visit the events calendar at their website for information on times and tickets. The show is being held at the Centre-Culturel Franco-Manitobain, 340 Provencher Boulevard.

Saturday, December 5, 2015:

One of our parishioners here at St. Philip’s also sings with the Assiniboine Show Chorus of the Sweet Adelines. They are holding their Christmas show, entitled “The Gift,” on Saturday, December 5, at 2 pm and 7 pm. Both Shows will be at Bethel Mennonite Church, 465 Stafford St. Ticket prices and more are in the poster linked below.

Poster

 Saturday, December 5, and Sunday December 6, 2015:

Bolero Dance Theatre, who rehearse in our parish building, are remounting their production of Cinderella. Rev Donald went and saw it last year, and highly recommends it as a great evening out by yourself, or with family and friends. Hop over to their website to order your tickets.

Saturday, December 19, 2015:

St. Philip’s will be hosting an evening of singing for the season. The details of this event are still being worked out, but we will post them as soon as they are available.