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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 Reverend Canon Mark H. Sims

“Love your neighbor as yourself”

On Sunday, November 2, All Saints’ Sunday, our Rector, Fr. Mark Sims, Rev. Dwayne Black (pastor of another church in the community) and Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old man who has fed the hungry and homeless for many years, were arrested as they handed out food. They were in a public park in Ft. Lauderdale, which had just passed a new ordinance restricting public feeding of the homeless. An officer ordered them to “drop that plate right now.” Although not taken in, they must face a court hearing, and each faces 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.


The interest in this story has swept across the country, with calls and emails of support from every corner of the US, and even Canada and England. Fr. Sims has been giving interviews to countless television, newspaper, and other media outlets. Dr. Park shares that “one call at the church office was from a man who identified himself as a homeless person. I was expecting him to ask for some kind of help, money or the like. He didn't want anything for himself. He just wanted to tell someone that he really appreciated what Fr. Mark was doing to get food for people like him. He said Fr. Mark was truly doing God's work. He hoped God would bless Fr. Mark and this church. We never know how the things we do make a difference in people's lives. What we do is important, even when we can't see it ourselves.” This parish has a long history of feeding and caring for the hungry and homeless. This absurd city ordinance will not stop that. Please pray for us in this vital ministry in Christ’s name.


You can follow the situation as it continues to evolve by following the church Facebook page . Also, an account for “Fr. Mark Sims Homeless Defense Fund” has been opened at using

follow the "Love your neighbor as yourself" Youtube video playlist.


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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 Next Week's Readings 

Isaiah 64:1-9

1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18

Mark 13:24-37


Holy Days and Holidays

Sunday · November 23

Clement (Bishop of Rome, c. 100)—Tradition says that Clement was the third bishop of Rome, and a disciple of one of the apostles. He is included among the important leaders of the early church known as the Apostolic Fathers. He is the author of a letter written about the year 96 to the church in Corinth, which in some areas was considered part of the New Testament and read in public worship.

Tuesday · November 25

James Otis Sargent Huntington (Priest and Monk, 1935)—After ordination to the priesthood, Huntington felt called to the religious life. He founded the first permanent Episcopal monastic community for men in the United States, the Order of the Holy Cross. Huntington was committed to working among immigrants, the poor, and championing the cause of social justice.

Wednesday · November 26

Isaac Watts (Hymnwriter, 1748)—Raised in a Nonconformist (not Church of England) family, and ordained in that tradition, Watts is known today as the Father of English hymnody. Despite very poor health he wrote over 600 hymns, about a quarter of which are still in use. It is said that before Watts churches sang psalms (metrical settings, often of very poor quality), but after Watts they sang hymns. Among his poems in our hymnal are such beloved favorites as “O God, our help in ages past,” “When I survey the wondrous cross,” “Jesus shall reign,” “Joy to the world!,” and many others. He is honored with a memorial in Westminster Abbey.

Thursday · November 27

Thanksgiving Day (National holiday)—Agricultural festivals were a part of many ancient cultures, including that of the Jewish people. Our Thanksgiving Day has its roots in celebrations held by colonists in Massachusetts and Virginia, later taken up and observed by the whole nation by order of the Continental Congress.

Harvey Milk (Politician, 1978)—Although not a professional politician, Milk ran for a seat as City Supervisor in San Francisco, becoming the first openly gay elected official in the US. He stood for the rights of people without a voice: blue collar workers, the elderly, racial minorities, and members of the GLBT community. He expected he would die violently, and was shot five times at close range by another official angered at his positions. That night 40,000 people took to the streets in a candle light vigil outside City Hall. Although not a religious person, he is remembered because, as Cardinal Juan Fresnos of Chile said, “Whosoever stands up for human rights stands up for the rights of God.”

Friday · November 28

Kamehameha and Emma (King and Queen of Hawaii, 1864, 1885)—The native people of Hawaii had been accustomed to royalty who ruled with pomp and power. When Kamehameha and Emma ascended the throne they found monarchs who were humble, and personally raised funds to help the poor. As a boy the king had visited England and was impressed by the stately beauty of Anglican liturgy. Later, the 20 year old newly crowned king sent to England asking for missionaries to establish an Anglican church in Hawaii. The king and queen were confirmed, and then set about building a cathedral and school, and translating the Prayer Book and hymnal into Hawaiian. Emma was a favorite of Queen Victoria, and among Hawaiian people Emma is still known as “our beloved Queen.”

Saturday · November 29

Dorothy Day(Prophet of social justice, 1980)—Despite the fact she held no official position in the Roman Catholic church, and that her thoughts were mostly rejected in her life, it was said at her death that she was “the most influential, interesting, and significant figure” in the history of American Catholicism. Committed to social justice and pacifism, she founded a lay movement, the Catholic Worker, which sought to live out the radical gospel commandment of love in the social and political realm by embracing voluntary poverty.

Advent Festival of the
Great “O” Antiphons

Sunday December 7, 2014 5:00 pm

Presented by the Choir and Musicians of

St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church

Cycle of Prayer

This week, please pray for the following—

Diocese of Southeast Florida, especially...

The Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, our bishop

Holy Sacrament, Pembroke Pines

St. Ambrose, Ft. Lauderdale


Anglican Communion, especially…

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding
   Bishop of the US

The Reformed Episcopal Church of Spain
   (Extra-Provincial to Canterbury)


Ministries in this parish…

Audio and video team

Denise Johnston, Senior Warden


Ministries in the world…

Seafarers’ House (Casa del Marino) at Port

first responders in times of emergency (fire,
   police, EMTs, etc)


Intercessions for…
those who govern the nations
the selection of a new Bishop for our diocese


Thanksgiving for…

the fellowship of faith in our parish

those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries

the saints and holy days remembered this week

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A Prayer of Ignatious Loyola —

Almighty God our Father, we belong to you

All that we have comes from you

Our family and friends

Our health and life

Our possessions and energy

Our leisure and abilities.

Help us to share in the blessing of giving as well as the happiness of receiving.

We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.


Almighty and gracious Father, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

                                         —Book of Common Prayer