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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Daniel G. C. Wu (Priest and Missionary, 1956)—Originally from Hawaii, after his baptism Wu moved to work with Chinese immigrants in the San Francisco bay area. He was ordained and became Vicar of two missions. He offered programs that helped newcomers adjust to their new country without losing the culture and heritage of their homeland.
Tikhon (Patriarch of Russia, 1925)—As Russian Orthodox Archbishop of Alaska he established many churches across North America. He developed especially close relationships with the Episcopal Church. Upon returning to Russia he was elected Patriarch of Moscow. During a famine he sold off church property to feed the hungry. After the Soviet revolution he struggled to protect the Church, but was imprisoned by the communists.
William Augustus Muhlenberg and Anne Ayers (Priest, 1877, Religious, 1896)—Born to a German Lutheran family, Muhlenberg was drawn to the Episcopal Church. He was deeply involved in the Sunday School movement, and emphasized the importance of beauty and music in worship. Rare for the time, he celebrated Communion each Sunday and offered free pews. Ayers came under his influence and founded the first Anglican religious order for women in the USA. Together they founded St. Luke’s Hospital in New York and worked among the poor.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Theologian and Martyr, 1945)—Recognized early on as a brilliant theologian, Bonhoeffer was deeply committed to the ideals of Christian community. He helped organize resistance to the Nazi takeover of German churches. When the Confessing Church movement was snuffed out he was imprisoned for his participation in the plot to kill Hitler. Influenced by the Social Gospel movement in America, he later wrote in prison of the need for a “religionless Christianity.” His writings have been a major influence on Christian Ethics in our time.
William Law (Priest, 1761)—Law was the epitome of the devout parson, known for his simplicity, devotion, and works of charity. His book, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, had a huge impact. It laid the foundation for the religious revivals of the 18th century, the Evangelical Movement in England, and the Great Awakening in America.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (Mystic and Scientist, 1955)—A French Jesuit priest, Teilhard was both one of the most creative theological minds of the 20th century and an eminent scientist. He did extensive work in geology and paleontology in China, helping to discover the remains of “Peking Man.” He sought to develop a synthesis of science and religion, integrating the theory of evolution with a cosmic vision of Christ at the heart of the cosmos. His writings, seminal to the development of Process Theology, were suppressed by Rome during his lifetime.
George Augustus Selwyn (Bishop of New Zealand, and of Lichfield, 1878)—Selected as the first Bishop of New Zealand, Selwyn learned the Maori language on the voyage so he could preach in it on his arrival. He earned the love and respect of the Maori, and during a tragic war with the English was able to minister on both sides. He was later elected Bishop of Lichfield in England, where his grave is a place of pilgrimage by the Maori to this day.
Adoniram Judson (Missionary to Burma, 1850)—Judson is remembered as the first American missionary to devote his life and work to proclaiming the Gospel in a distant land. He devoted forty years as an American Baptist missionary in Burma, now known as Myanmar. He translated the entire Bible into Burmese.
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
St. Columba, Marathon
Diocese of Antananarivo (Madagascar), our companion diocese
Anglican Communion, especially…
The Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan)
Ministries in this parish…
Coffee Hour volunteers
Erin Proko, Director of Youth & Family Ministries
Ministries in the world…
Episcopal Charities of Southeast Florida
all who serve their country in the armed forces or the foreign service
those confronted by temptation
Deacon Lorna and those who serve on the search committee for a new Bishop
gifts of creative vision and skillful craft
those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries
the saints and holy days remembered this week