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Orange Shirt Day

Today, September 30, is Orange Shirt Day. On this day we wear an orange shirt to honour the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and to remember those who didn’t. Every child matters. We wear orange shirts in recognition, remembrance and as an affirmation of our commitment to ensure that everyone around us matters.

I invite you to download this colouring sheet and pray for all children as you colour it. Put it in a place in your home and use it as a reminder and call to ongoing prayer for thanksgiving and reconciliation.

Pray this responsive prayer that has been provided by the Diocese of Edmonton:

God of our Ancestors,who holds the spirits of our grandmothers and grandfathers and the spirits of our grandchildren, remembering the children, we now pledge ourselves to speak the Truth. 
And to act upon the Truth we have heard. 

Of the injustices lived; of the sufferings inflicted; of the tears cried; of the misguided intentions imposed; and of the power of prejudice and racism which were allowed to smother the sounds and laughter of the forgotten children. 
Hear our cries of lament for what was allowed to happen, and for what will never be. 

In speaking and hearing and acting upon the Truth may we, as individuals and as a nation, meet the hope of a new beginning. 
Great Creator God who desires that all creation live in harmony and peace, remembering the children, we dare to dream of a path of reconciliation. 

A path where heartfelt apology might lead to a healing of the heart and the chance to restore the circle. A path where justice might walk with us all, where respect would lead to true partnership, and where the power to change would come from each heart. 
Hear our prayer of hope, and guide this country of Canada on a new and different path. Amen. 

Word Warrior Book

They have arrived!!

Dennis Saddleman’s book of poetry “Word Warrior” has arrived in the office. You may remember him reading a selection of his poems during the National Indigenous Day of Prayer service June 21, 2020. Dennis is a member of the Territory of the People, a residential school survivor and a poet.

If you would like a copy please let the office know – they are $25 and can be picked up contact free. Cash only please.

Word Warrior – Poems by Dennis Saddleman

Children’s Ministry: Medicine Wheel

Consider learning and making a Medicine Wheel together as a family.

Parts of the Medicine Wheel
Gather in a circle. Hold up the poster of the medicine wheel. Tell the children what it is and ask them to describe it. Encourage their observations and ideas, but introduce these components:
– It is always a circle. Many Indigenous people believe they are connected to the land – and all creation. These connections are represented by a circle.
The circle is divided into four equal parts. These represent different parts of creation. They are equal and interrelated. They balance with each other to make the whole circle complete.
The quadrants are four different colours. The colours, representing all the races on the earth, made by one Creator and making up one circle are: (clockwise from the top) white, yellow, red and black.
The quadrants represent the four directions. The directions are: (clockwise from the top) north, east, south, west.
– Sometimes the medicine wheel quadrants include the four seasons (winter, spring, summer, fall) and other aspects of life such as the natural elements (fire, earth, air, water), human elements (intellectual, physical, emotional, spiritual), or even types of creatures.

Remind the children that Indigenous people believe that “everything we do, every decision we make, affects our family and our community; it affects the air we breathe, the animals, the plants, the water in some way. Each of us is totally dependent on everything else.” (From Evelyn Steinhauer, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta.)

Ask children to stand in the middle of the room and have them face the different directions in turn as you read aloud the corresponding section of “Parts of the Medicine Wheel” for each one. Invite children to imagine (and do) actions that correspond with what they are hearing.

Read aloud:

“The Circle has healing power.
In the Circle we are all equal.
When in the Circle:
No one is in front of you
No one is behind you
No one is above you
No one is below you
The sacred Circle is designed to create unity.”

Reconciliation Activities for children – The Presbyterian Church in Canada

Funeral Bulletin & Service for Jim Freathy

Immediate family only will gather this coming Saturday, May 30 at 1 p.m. to remember longtime parishioner Jim Freathy. We will offer a Facebook livestream opportunity for those who wish to join the service remotely. Go to the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Kamloops BC Facebook page around 1pm to watch the livestream. This service will be available on the Cathedral website shortly after the service.

An upcoming art project

The Parish got a sneak peek into what will be an amazing project! Parishioners were asked to write words that help renew the face of the earth- action words, words of prayer, words of encouragement – on handmade Felt leaves for a big art project that is upcoming.

Stay tuned!

Statement re: Corona Virus

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January 27, 2020

Dear friends in Christ,

Recently we have heard news that the Corona virus has now spread into Canada.   Though only two cases are known so far (in Toronto) many of us remember the SARS crisis and the precautions that were needed when it came close to our communities.   

First, our prayers are extended to those who are ill with this virus and those who are caring for them, especially those at the epicentre of this outbreak in China.   

So far there has been no call from public health officials for additional measures in public activities.   However it is prudent to ensure that we have reviewed our practices in pastoral care and public worship to keep everyone, especially the most vulnerable due to age or infirmity, safe and to allay fears that may arise.   

Here are some areas to consider in your parish: 

  1. Hygiene practices in pastoral care and worship
    1. Availability of hand sanitizer in the worship space for parishioners and those serving in the liturgy
    1. Pastoral care workers taking all precautions in personal hygiene before and after pastoral visits in hospital and homes.
    1. Reminding parishioners who are ill to stay at home to recover and to request home communion or a pastoral visit as desired.
  1. If concern about the common cup is expressed:
    1. Refresh teaching regarding our theology of the fullness of communion in one kind (bread or wine only).   
    1. Sharing the national information re Eucharistic Practice and the Risk of Infection:  https://www.anglican.ca/faith/worship/pir/euc-practice-infection/
    1. Alternatives to common cup:
      1. Receive in one kind only (bread)
      1. Touching the base of the cup as it is presented but not consuming
      1. Intinction – though this must be done properly in a manner that makes contact of the fingers with the wine impossible – preferably with a proper intinction cup.    Some dioceses prohibit intinction altogether.
      1. Disposable individual cups – with due attention to hygiene in preparation.

I pray that our common life in worship and pastoral care will be rooted in the compassion of Christ and appropriate care for one another in a time of uncertainty.   

With prayers for all,

The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls

Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada

P.S.   See Diocese of Toronto statement at: