Welcome to the St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Parish website. I hope that you find our updated website both informative and easy to navigate.
St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Parish is a welcoming Christian community which celebrates, embraces and shares the Good News of Jesus Christ with a world hungry for the Word of God in their daily lives.
The Very Reverend Mark H. Sims +
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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Taizé Music and Prayer
Wednesday, May 7 at 7:00 pm
In celebration of the mystic
Julian of Norwich
A beautiful and contemplative
sure to fill your week
with peace and tranquility,
presented by our choir and instrumentalists.
Easter Day—The Easter Season, the Week of Weeks, the Great Fifty Days begins this day, and concludes on Pentecost. The Paschal Candle burns at each service, and throughout the year at funerals and baptisms. It is an ancient custom to invite a priest to perform a Blessing of the Home. During this season it is also traditional to arrange a special Blessing over Food, especially wine, bread, lamb, and eggs.
Monday in Easter Week
The days of Easter Week take precedence over any saints’ days in the calendar, but for those that may be curious, we’ll slip them in with brackets anyway...
[Anselm] (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1109)—Anselm was in constant conflict with the crown over the rights and freedom of the Church. His greatest talent lay in the areas of theology and spiritual direction. His spirituality is best summarized in the phrase “faith seeking understanding.”
Tuesday in Easter Week
[John Muir and Hudson Stuck] (Naturalist and Writer, 1914, Pries and Environmentalist, 1920)—Muir sought the spiritual freedom of the natural world. He was influential in convincing President Teddy Roosevelt to support the system of national parks. Stuck was an Episcopal priest and explorer, spending most of his life serving in Alaska, where he was archdeacon of the Diocese. He was among the first group to summit Denali (Mt. McKinley). Today is also Earth Day, first observed in 1970.
Wednesday in Easter Week
[George] (Soldier and Martyr, 304)—Patron saint of England since the 14th century, George is remembered as a martyr, although little historical information is known for certain. He served as a Roman soldier, but openly confessed his faith in Christ. The famous story of his slaying a dragon developed in the Middle Ages. “St. George’s Shield” (a white shield emblazoned with a red cross) is the basis for the Episcopal Church flag, as well as part of the national flag of England.
[Toyohiko Kagawa] (Prophetic Witness in Japan, 1960)—Often compared to Gandhi, Kagawa was a major religious figure in Japan, an evangelist who advocated social change and pacifism. An orphan raised by Presbyterian missionaries, he attended Princeton Seminary and returned home to work in the slums of Japan.
[Cesar Chavez] (Farmworker, 1993)—Raised in a family of Mexican-American migrant workers, Chavez transformed a local labor struggle into a moral cause that challenged the conscience of the nation. He was committed to absolute nonviolence, and was supported by many religious leaders. Inspired by a priest who gave him a passion for justice, and a community activist who taught him how to organize, he became the driving force in founding the United Farmworkers Union.
Saturday in Easter Week
[Robert Hunt] (Priest and First Chaplain at Jamestown, 1607)—Hunt accompanied John Smith to Virginia to serve as the colony’s first chaplain. The first recorded celebration of the Eucharist in North America was May 24, 1607. Captain Smith’s journal speaks highly of Hunt’s devotion and pastoral care of the colony.
I want to take the opportunity to announce a change in office staff responsibilities. Dr. David Park, our organist and choir director, has assumed additional responsibilities for parish administration. Dr. Park, an ordained Methodist minister, will get the chance to more fully exercise his pastoral gifts within the office and parish setting. Dr. Park’s title will be: Pastoral Associate for Administration and Director of Music. I hope that you will join me in welcoming and supporting David in his expanded ministry role within the parish. Blessings, Father Mark+
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This week, please pray for the following—
Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of the US
The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop
Holy Cross, Miami
Trinity Cathedral, Miami
Diocese of Nassau and the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, our companion diocese
Anglican Communion, especially…
the Anglican Communion worldwide
The Most Rev. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury
Ministries in this parish…
Episcopal Church Women
Rachel Patterson, Nursery
Ministries in the world…
Food for the Poor
teachers and those that work in schools
people different from ourselves
Deacon Lorna and those who serve on the search committee for a new Bishop
fun and laughter
those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
the saints and holy days remembered this week