Weekly Chimes, Lent 1

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Christ Church

Swansea, MA

Welcome to Lent:
Here’s how it works: Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. Lent is 40 days (to mirror the 40 days Jesus is said to have fasted in the wilderness) plus the six Sundays surrounding those days. Thus, Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins, is 46 days before Easter Sunday.
This year, Lent is bookended by the convergence of secular and religious holidays, Ash Wednesday/Valentine’s Day and Easter falls on April 1, April Fool’s Day.
Originating in the fourth century of the church, the season of Lent spans 40 weekdays beginning on Ash Wednesday and climaxing during Holy Week with Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Good Friday, and concluding Saturday before Easter. Originally, Lent was the time of preparation for those who were to be baptized, a time of concentrated study and prayer before their baptism at the Easter Vigil, the celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord early on Easter Sunday. But since these new members were to be received into a living community of Faith, the entire community was called to preparation. Also, this was the time when those who had been separated from the Church would prepare to rejoin the community.
Today, Lent is marked by a time of prayer and preparation to celebrate Easter. Since Sundays celebrate the resurrection of Jesus, the six Sundays that occur during Lent are not counted as part of the 40 days of Lent, and are referred to as the Sundays in Lent. The number 40 is connected with many biblical events, but especially with the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness preparing for His ministry by facing the temptations that could lead him to abandon his mission and calling. Christians today use this period of time for introspection, self examination, and repentance. This season of the year is equal only to the Season of Advent in importance in the Christian year, and is part of the second major grouping of Christian festivals and sacred time that includes Holy Week, Easter, and Pentecost.
Lent has traditionally been marked by penitential prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Some churches today still observe a rigid schedule of fasting on certain days during Lent, especially the giving up of meat, alcohol, sweets, and other types of food. Other traditions do not place as great an emphasis on fasting, but focus on charitable deeds, especially helping those in physical need with food and clothing, or simply the giving of money to charities. Most Christian churches that observe Lent at all focus on it as a time of prayer, especially penance, repenting for failures and sin as a way to focus on the need for God’s grace. It is really a preparation to celebrate God’s marvelous redemption at Easter, and the resurrected life that we live, and hope for, as Christians.
Please join me online as we journey with the brothers of SSJE, The Society of Saint John the Evangelist is offering a Lenten series titled Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. Beginning on Feb. 11, this six-week Lenten journey offers reflections on John through prayer and reflection. Free downloads of the accompanying prayer journal and additional resources are available, along with a sign-up for daily video and meditation e-mails. copy and paste:  http://meetingjesusinjohn.org/


Fr. Al
The Homeless Project
As a Lenten Project, the Outreach Committee urges us to contribute as we are able (new and very gently used items are welcome, as well as cash/gift card donations) . Please bring your donations to the parish house on any Sunday morning beginning February 18 or  contact Judi DeMello  (774 644 2421 or 508 324 1519 or hfr1577@yahoo.com) to arrange pickup.

The Homeless Project is an initiative  created by United Neighbors of Fall River to offer free household goods for kitchen, bath and bedroom/bedding for families and individuals needing to make a fresh start due to previous homelessness, fire, or other event that has disrupted their housing and often resulted in a complete loss of household goods.  To address this need, The Homeless Project developed a “store” (currently located in donated space at the First Baptist Church 228 North Main St (across from the YMCA) in Fall River) which offers an array of donated household goods—pots, pans, plastic food storage containers, eating and cooking utensils, SMALL (toasters, toaster oven, blender, coffee pot, can opener etc) appliances, towels, bedding, curtains, household cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products.  They also offer a very limited supply of non perishable food items.

The program anticipates a particularly great need in the coming weeks and months as an anticipated influx of families from Puerto Rico who were displaced by Hurricane Maria, relocate to Massachusetts.  The Fall River area, with its growing Latino population and relatively affordable housing, will be called upon to assist many of them.

If you know of anyone who may benefit from this program, individuals who wish to shop can contact volunteer coordinator Yansie Fontanez at 508 496 8010 to arrange a time.


Children’s Socks and Underwear Drive:The Outreach group’s Lenten Project is another drive for children’s socks and underwear (all sizes).  There will be a box in the church entryway for these items.   There will also be a can on the back table in the church for any loose change you might have, which will be used to purchase additional items.  Thanks, in advance, for supporting this project.
Soup N’ Seniors: Beginning in March, we will offer Thursdays 10-noon an enjoyable time for seniors to get together in the Mary Case Room. We will start with offering topics of discussion for Lent but this is your time to develop a program just for you! The mission of this program is: To enable area seniors to promote and develop a social weekday gathering offering seniors the opportunity to explore and discuss topics of interest, from theology, the aging process, to contemporary issues.
Our Objective: to give you a place to gather, chat, help yourself and others, and to evolve the program in ways you want to see friends and fellowship grow. Since families gather around food so shall we with Father Alan’s famous, or infamous, soup-du-jour. So, if you’re old enough for AARP-hahaha–Join us March 1st-topic=the reformation M. Luther film, March 8th-discussion more reform, March 15th-U R A Faith Leader, March 22nd-prayer life, March 29th-Holy Thursday-tba. Sign up please in back of church to offer enough soup! Peace, Sue Correira
Healing Ministry: We are looking to explore ways to offer God’s call to heal in Swansea. We will be offering a forum for a ministry team to develop right here at Christ Church!   If you’re interested please see Sue or Father Al with your name and number to get further information. God speaks to all of us if we open ourselves up to listen with our hearts. Blessings, Sue Correira
In our Prayers
Let us pray for those who are ill, troubled, or in any need or adversity: Brian Boutin, Tom King, Heather Oliver, Janice & Bill Turner, Lawrence Aubin Jr., Lourdes Melo, Charles Otley, Edith Miranowicz, Olive Ormerod, Susan Pritchard, Michael Fino, Joyce Sokolski,  Richard Perkins, Kristin Frazier, Maureen W., Deborah Hooker, Missie Sokolski, Mark & Vicki Walmsley, Dale Davol, Brian Vieira, Simone Baugh, Joyce Sunderland, Nancy Hall, Bobby Colantonio, Sue Pavao, Anthony Waring, Beverly Silva, Theresa Scott, Mark A., Rosalie George, Dylan Bednarik, Jenny, Ali, Judith Fardig, Donna Triggs, Bob Brown, Richard Soughers, Dorothy P., Claudine Stanton, John Cormier, Kathleen Lomen, Arnold, Mary Lou, Joan, Sharon Johnson, Larry Rancourt, Barbara Pacheco,      Jo-ann McDermott, and Bogdana LaFlamme.
In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer: Parishes of the Cape & Islands Deanery: St. Mary’s Church, Barnstable;          St. Peter’s-on-the-Canal, Buzzards Bay; St. Christopher’s Church, Chatham; St. Andrew’s Church, Edgartown; and Union of Black Episcopalians.
In the Swansea Cycle of Prayer: We pray for our sisters and brothers at First Baptist Church.
Let us give thanks for birthdays: Kathlene Greene, Dean Munro, Taylor Rivers, and Shannon Rivers.
Flowers have been given to the Glory of God to enhance the beauty of our worship. We remember especially, Olive Grime, in whose memory the altar flowers are given; by The Yates Family.  The pulpit flowers are given; by John & Judi DeMello, in memory of Joaquim & Helena DeMello.
February 18    Sunday
8:00 am  & 10:00 am              Holy Eucharist
10:00 am                                 Sunday School
11:15 am                                 Faith Exploration/Adult Confirmation, Mary Case Rm
February 20    Tuesday
                        1:00 pm to 3:00 pm                  Church Open for Meditation
                        5:30 pm to 8:30 pm                  Mission Hub Meeting (all welcome), Parish House
February 21    Wednesday
                        4:00 pm to 6:30 pm                  Church Open for Meditation
                         6:30 pm to 8:00 pm                 Swansea Garden Club, Parish House
February22     Thursday
6:00 pm                                   Women AA Meeting (closed group), Mary Case Rm
Celebrating Milestones
If you or a parishioner are due to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary, Please let us know!  We want to celebrate!!!

Christ Church

57 Main Street
Swansea, MA 02777

508-678-0923 | Rector: Fralan@verizon.net, cell 508-505-5668
Christ Episcopal Church, 57 Main Street, Swansea , MA 02777
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