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Sunday, October 1, 2017

THE FEAST OF DEDICATION

On the Feast of Dedication, we rededicate ourselves to Christ and our mission as a parish. The Feast of Dedication also serves as the launch for the 2018 Annual Appeal. We encourage you to pledge for 2018 during the months of October and November in 2017. Please consider participating in this year's appeal. No matter where you live around the globe, if you enjoy worshiping with us via the webcasts, we would appreciate your contribution.

Collect:

12:00 am
After the celebration of the feast of the anniversary of the dedication of Saint Thomas Church, Canon Turner reflects on the future vision of the Church and Choir School and how it is built on a wonderful legacy.
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
9:00 am, High Altar
Sermon by Fr Turner.
9:00 am, Parish House
9:45 am – 10:30 am, 2nd Floor, Parish House
10:00 am – 10:45 am, 5th Floor, Parish House
In this series examining the Christian theological tradition, we look at the four ecumenical councils of the Church, as they sought to articulate orthodox Christian belief.
11:00 am, Parish House
11:00 am, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.
11:00 am, Parish House
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, 2nd Floor, Parish House
12:30 pm – 1:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church (meet in Narthex, just inside the Fifth Avenue entrance)
4:00 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Sermon by Fr Turner.
5:15 pm, Saint Thomas Church
Northern Ireland Organ Competition Winner 2016.

Monday, October 2, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:00 pm
On Mondays through Fridays at 12pm we offer prayers and intercessions at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
5:30 pm, Chantry Chapel

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
7:45 am – 8:45 am, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel
12:00 pm
On Mondays through Fridays at 12pm we offer prayers and intercessions at the shrine of Our Lady of Fifth Avenue.
12:10 pm, Chantry Chapel
This Mass includes a healing service of Holy Unction.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church Parish House
5:30 pm, High Altar
Sung by the Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys.
6:15 pm, High Altar
6:30 pm, Saint Thomas Church
This is the first of five class sessions which undertake a theological study of the church building.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Francis of Assisi

Friar, Founder of the Order of Friars Minor (aka Franciscans)
b. 1182
d. October 3, 1226

The Rector gave an excellent summary of the life of Francis in his sermon Blessing the Things We Fear (2007). And Fr Andrew uses the example of Francis to encourage us to choose generosity over caution in his sermon Fools for Christ's Sake (2006).

Lesser Feasts and Fasts of the Episcopal Church (2000) ends its summary of his life as follows:

"Of all the saints, Francis is the most popular and admired, but probably the least imitated; few have attained to his total identification with the poverty and suffering of Christ.

Francis left few writings; but, of these, his spirit of joyous faith comes through most truly in the “Canticle of the Sun,” which he composed at Clare’s convent of St. Damian’s.

The Hymnal version [Hymns 406 & 407] ends:
Most High, omnipotent, good Lord,
to thee be ceaseless praise outpoured,
and blessing without measure.
Let creatures all give thanks to thee,
and serve in great humility."

The Rector quotes more from the "Canticle of the Sun" in his 2003 sermon Why Pray for the Dead?

Collect:

Most high, omnipotent, good Lord, grant unto thy people grace to renounce gladly the vanities of this world; that, following the way of blessed Francis, we may for love of thee delight in thy whole creation with perfectness of joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

7:30 am – 6:30 pm, Fifth Avenue Entrance
8:00 am, Chantry Chapel