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The Reverend Canon Mark H. Sims

A Letter from Bishop Frade:

As most of you know by now, Canon Mark Sims, Rector of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, and Board Chair of Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida, was issued a criminal citation for feeding the homeless on the streets of Ft. Lauderdale on All Saints’ Sunday, November 2nd. Canon Sims is facing a $500 fine and the possibility of sixty days in jail for sharing food with the homeless.

In spite of the possibility of facing another criminal citation Canon Sims is determined to continue feeding individuals living on our city streets. Additionally, he and many others throughout the Diocese continue to serve meals through the many programs operating in parishes, food banks, shelters and established food sharing programs.


Canon Sims, along with his parishioners and several friends have raised $20,000 over the past two days with the goal of using these funds to issue a challenge grant to the parishes in the Diocese with the hope of doubling the funds they have raised. The money raised will be matched, dollar for dollar, with any and all funds raised up to $20,000.


When I spoke with Mark last week he recounted how so many members who had attended the Diocesan convention, both lay and clergy, asked him, “What can I do to help?” Well, my brothers and sisters, now is the opportunity to show your support of our Diocese’s efforts to feed and care for the most needy who live amongst us, and to show your support toward his efforts to answer Christ’s call of us to care for the poor.


As your Bishop, I am asking all of you, over the next two weeks to take at least one collection at your parish that will be used for the sole purpose of putting food into the hands and mouths of the most needy people. Your contributions will be matched by the funds Mark has already raised, up to $20,000.


As we all share the Gospel message from Matthew 25 this weekend, let this be an opportunity to put words into action in our parishes and within the Diocese. I pray that you will use this simple act of sacrifice and compassion to bring hope to the individuals and families who might otherwise go hungry.


Please consolidate your individual parish’s collection, and forward your check to Episcopal Charities who will coordinate the collection.



+The Right Reverend Leopold Frade

Are you ready to do something

to feed the hungry and homeless?


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at St. Laurence Chapel, see Deacon Lorna

with the Social Action Committee,

Philippa Sunnergren



Fr. Mark Sims Homeless Defense Fund:

Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida:

Service Schedule

Weekend Service Schedule

Saturday at 5 p.m., Holy Eucharist

Sunday at 8:00 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite I

Sunday at 10:30 a.m., Holy Eucharist Rite II

Weekday Service Schedule

Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., Healing Service and Holy Communion

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The First Sunday after Epiphany

Deuteronomy 18:15-20

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Psalm 111

Mark 1:21-28

Holy Days and Holidays

Sun. · Jan. 25

Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle—Probably the single most influential leader of the early Church, Paul (whose original name was Saul) was trained as a Pharisee. He violently persecuted the first Christians, causing the death of the first martyr, Stephen. While on the road to Damascus he was blinded by a light and confronted by the voice of the Risen Christ. This conversion experience changed his life. It was largely his missionary work as Apostle to the Gentiles that changed Christianity from a small Jewish splinter group to the dominant religion of Europe. His writings form the largest and earliest portion of the Christian Scriptures, predating even the four Gospels. He was likely martyred in Rome in the year 64 under Nero. This day marks the end of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Mon. · Jan. 26

Timothy, Titus, and Silas (Companions of St. Paul)—Although young and inexperienced, Timothy, Titus and Silas provided support for Paul in his missionary journeys establishing churches in Asia Minor and Greece. Timothy was like a son to Paul, and became Bishop of Ephesus. His mother was Jewish, while his father was Gentile. Unlike Paul, who experienced a dramatic and sudden conversion, Timothy grew into the faith under the influence of his mother and grandmother. Silas was a prophet in the church in Jerusalem. Titus was appointed Bishop of Crete. Letters addressed to them in the Christian Scripture tell us much about how the early Church was organized.

Tue. · Jan. 27

Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe (Witnesses to the Faith)—These women played prominent roles in the growth of the first Christian communities. Some were women of means and provided critical financial support. Lydia was Paul’s first European convert, and an example of Gentiles who were attracted to Judaism, known as “God-fearers.” Phoebe hosted the Christian community in Corinth as they gathered for worship in her home. Dorcas was a disciple in Joppa who was healed by Peter.

Wed. · Jan. 28

Thomas Aquinas (Priest and Theologian, 1274)—Aquinas is considered the greatest theologian of the high Middle Ages. Against his family’s wishes be became a friar in the Dominican order. His teachings at the University of Paris were highly controversial. His monumental work, Summa theologiae, was the first attempt to write a complete and systematic theology. Drawing on the Greek philosophy of Aristotle, he emphasized logic and reason, rather than only Scripture and tradition, as the keys to understanding the Christian faith. He is also the author of several well-known Eucharistic hymns.

Thu. · Jan. 29

Andrei Rublev (Monk and Iconographer, 1430)—Rublev is considered Russia’s greatest iconographer. An icon (“image” in Greek) is central to Orthodox spirituality, used in both liturgy and personal devotion. It is not a portrait, but a window through which one can view the divine.

Fri. · Jan. 30

Mohandas K. Gandhi (“Great Soul” of India, 1948)—Gandhi studied the teachings of Jesus, yet rejected the dogmatic claims of Christianity. Still remaining a Hindu, he strongly embraced the ethical teachings of Jesus, especially those from the Sermon on the Mount. He saw Jesus as the ideal example of nonviolence, but observed how Christianity fell short from living what Jesus taught. Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolent action sparked the movement that led to independence in India. In our own country his example inspired Martin Luther King’s leadership in the civil rights movement. He is one of the greatest examples of a non-Christian “saint”—someone through whom God accomplished a holy task, though he was not a Christian.

Sat. - Jan. 31

Juan Bosco (Priest, 1888)—Raised in an impoverished Italian family, at the age of nine Bosco had a powerful vision of Christ and the Blessed Virgin, encouraging him to be kind, obedient, and hard-working. Others saw his potential, and he became a priest. He had a strong interest in the education of young people, opened an orphanage, and founded the Salesian Order.

Samuel Shoemaker (Priest and Evangelist, 1963)—Shoemaker was an influential priest in the Episcopal Church, remembered for his empowerment of the ministry of the laity. It was during his ministry in New York City that he became the spiritual mentor of the movement that is now known as Alcoholics Anonymous.

St.Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church Oasis in Advent

From Advent to Christmas--The parishioners of St. Mary Magdalene share the nativity scenes that grace their homes.

Tenth Day of Christmas

The “crib” as it is called in the Sunnergren home sits on the piano between pictures of Gemma and Victoria.

January 2nd 2015

Ninth Day of Christmas

From the home of Phyllis Stuart.

January 2nd 2015

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Cycle of Prayer

This week, please pray for the following—

Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...

The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop

St. Luke the Physician, Miami


Anglican Communion, especially…

The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of

Diocese of Long Island

St. James, Nassau, Bahamas


Ministries in this parish…

Social Media team

Mabel Ayr, Verger


Ministries in the world…

Episcopal Relief and Development

chaplains serving in hospitals, military, prisons,
   schools, and hospice


Intercessions for…
those enslaved by addictions

the transition for the new Bishop Coadjutor


Thanksgiving for…

the beauty of creation

those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries

the saints and holy days remembered this week

Recommended Books 

For the Diocese—

O God, by your grace you have called us in this Diocese to a goodly fellowship of faith. Bless our Bishop Leo, and other clergy, and all our people. Grant that your Word may be truly preached and truly heard, your Sacraments faithfully administered and faithfully received. By your Spirit, fashion our lives according to the example of your Son, and grant that we may show the power of your love to all among whom we live; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                                        —Book of Common Prayer