Volume 2, Issue 5

Lent 2009

Dedication

We dedicate this issue to the memory of Venerable Fr. Frank Pannitti, who sailed into the realms of eternal glory February 10, 2009. A true pastor at heart, he imitated the Lord in the cure of souls. Here are the pastoral insights from him for the holy season of Lent. Our life has meaning only because of the Resurrection of our Lord. The stories in this Koinonia are indeed resurrection stories of Christ’s Church and His people alive for Him, because He is Risen! - Editor

Wednesdays and Fridays are days of abstinence when we partake of a simpler meal. Doing without meat, or reducing the amount consumed, is a traditional practice on Wednesdays and Fridays. ALMSGIVING From the money saved by eating simpler meals and from abstinence from your favorite food, drink, tobacco, video rentals etc. Do the following: Give some of the money to fill your Lenten Offering Box to help those in need and give some of the money saved towards your Easter Offering to help the spiritually hungry. For what is required is that we give, not much or little, but not less than is in our power to give.--the late Venerable Frank Pannitti Fast in Anglican Tradition Ash Wednesday, Good Friday (mortify the flesh by telling the body, with its appetites to hush) FOCUS ON THE PASSION OF CHRIST. 4th Sunday- Laetare Sunday (Rejoice ye Jerusalem in the introit) also Refreshment Sunday (Feeding of the multitudes - Gospel)

enten discipline is not so much a placing of chains upon the body, but an unfettering of the spirit, so that we might move more freely toward God. That is why we engage in spiritual discipline during Lent, and practice our Mission Lenten Rule of Prayer, Fasting, Abstinence, and Almsgiving. Lent is an opportunity to set aside time for Prayer, Study, Meditation, and Reflection. THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE (Confession): Give serious prayer and commitment to utilizing this Sacrament. By carefully examining our consciences, we will discover where we have offended God in our thought, words, and deeds. When we have confessed these sins and received assurance of forgiveness through absolution, we will better know in what area of our lives we are subject to spiritual peril and will achieve our Lenten goal of becoming Christ-like Christians. PRAYER Throughout Lent read daily mediations such as; Lent and Easter, Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen or Lent and Easter, Wisdom from Fulton J. Sheen. Both available in paperback. Attend Mass each Sunday in Lent and especially during the special days of Holy Week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. Attend Bible Study classes. Make an effort to make a special Lenten Devotion by taking part in the Stations of the Cross. FASTING/ABSTINENCE The two fast days are Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, when we do not eat between midnight and 3:00 pm of that day. Break the fast with a simple meal, no meat.

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In the Koinonia masthead, the circle with the cross in the center symbolizes the paten and the diverse elements which form a whole. The Mosaic represents the great cloud of witnesses and the church tradition. The red in the letters represents the blood of Christ with the font comprised of individual pieces of letters that are not joined until the blood unifies them. Koinonia is the official publication of the Anglican Province of the Holy Catholic Church-Anglican Rite (HCCAR) aka Anglican Rite Catholic Church. It is published quarterly at St. James Anglican Church, 8107 S. Holmes Road, Kansas City, MO 64131. Phone: 816.361.7242 Fax: 816.361.2144. Editors: The Rt. Rev. Leo Michael & Holly Michael, Graphic Artist: Phil Gilbreath; email: koinonia@holycatholicanglican. org visit us on the web at: www.holycatholicanglican.org The College of Bishops of the Holy Catholic Church, Anglican Rite: The Most Rev. Thomas J. Kleppinger, Metropolitan & Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of The Resurrection; The Rt. Rev. Leo J. Michael, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Holy Trinity & Great Plains; The Rt. Rev. Henry Joseph King, Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Pacific and Southwest; The Rt. Rev. Kenneth Kinner, Missionary Jurisdiction of the American Indian People; The Rt. Rev. Anthony F. Rasch, Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of the Pacific and Southwest; The Rt. Rev. James McNeley, Bishop Emeritus; The Rt. Rev.A. David Seeland, Bishop Emeritus, The Rt. Rev. Ronald Greeson, Suffragan Emeritus (DHTGP)

ear Brethren, the Evangelist Saint Luke records that “Jesus took unto Him the Twelve, and said unto them, behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the son of Man shall be accomplished.” The Lord tells you the end from the beginning. As our dear Lord steadfastly set His face to go up to Jerusalem for the final time, He graciously prepares the Twelve for what was about to befall Him for us men and our salvation. Jesus was not overcome by events. Things that were playing out for Him were not unknown. From a boy He had increased in His knowledge of the Scriptures. He assured Himself that they testified of Him: of the work He came to do. You sometimes wish you could know the future, especially during times when things seem uncertain. You want to know that everything is going to work out. While this might be comforting during times of faithless fears and worldly anxieties, imagine if you had knowledge that things are not going to work out as you would like? No one wants to know if evil is about to befall them. Jesus knew from the Old Testament Scriptures what awaited Him in Jerusalem as He fulfilled in His own Person and Work that which the Father had given Him to do for the salvation of mankind. Now before they get to Jerusalem, Jesus shares with the Twelve the events that are about to transpire - events long foretold by the prophets concerning Him. “For (the Son of man) shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death: and the third day he shall rise again.” You confess in the Creed that Jesus was crucified, suffered and was buried; and rose again the third day according to the Scriptures. The Scriptures are not the New Testament written after the fact as a witness to the events; but the Old Testament which was written long before the event. The Lord tells you the end from

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the beginning so that when the event comes to pass, and it completes the details of prophecy, you know assuredly that this is what you have been searching for. Jesus was crucified, dead and buried; and rose again the third day according to prophecy. He took the Twelve and announced they were going up to Jerusalem for this final time, to accomplish all that was written concerning Him by the prophets. Although the Apostles had been with Jesus for three years, they did not understand these things. Many of them had known the Scriptures from their youth. They learned at their mother’s knee, they were instructed by the teachers in the synagogue, they made the yearly treks to Jerusalem to keep the feasts, and Jesus had taught them. Yet for all this, they were void of understanding of spiritual things. What was foremost on their minds is who among them would become the greatest once Jesus had died. Many Christians can relate to this for they are in the same boat. Folks who have been in Church all of their lives - not the Christmas and Easter ones, but those who are faithful in worshipping God every Sunday in His Church - readily confess they do not understand. Thus they are reticent to speak to others about Jesus. They fail to evangelize and for this reason growth is stunted in our parishes. There is a desire to know what will work in bringing in new people. Far and away it is simply inviting someone to come along and see. Lent affords you the time to walk the Way of the Cross with Jesus as did those among whom He lived and taught. The Way of the Cross leads home. You learn of Jesus by walking with Him. As you watch with Him in His sufferings, you are not surprised by suffering that comes to you. The Lord calls you into the fellowship of His sufferings in this present life with the blessed assurance that you will be glorified together with Him in the life of the world to come. If you want the Crown, you must bear the Cross. As it was for Jesus, so it must be for you. You may not know the future, but you know Him who holds the future and you trust Him to be doing for you better things than you can desire of pray for, even if you do not understand. May you have a profitable Lent with Jesus that will bring you to the joy of Easter that only His resurrection can afford. The Way of the Cross leads home. The Lord bless you. + Thomas Kleppinger

by The Reverend Dr. Timothy Lent (DOR) he Infancy Narratives in the Gospel of Luke emphasize the value God places on conception, fetal life, and infancy. For example, Mary conceives the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit (cf. Luke 1:35). For nine months, God dwells within her womb. Jesus, then, was once a zygote, an embryo and a fetus. He went through every stage of pre-natal development. This in itself is evidence the God places infinite value on the pre-natal or intra-uterine human life. Every human womb, then, is sacred, not only because of creation as the imago Dei but also the incarnation, meaning that the Son of God assumed human nature through the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The proof that God highly honors the female gender is the incarnation. Scripture says, “... God sent forth His Son, born of a woman....” (Galatians 4:4, NASB). God chose to enter world through a woman. He chooses the woman as the proper channel for bringing new human life into the world. In a sense, every birth is a sacramental, a sacred sign, a reminder of the Christ-child . Shortly after Mary conceives the Son of God, she greets Elizabeth. Luke says, “... the baby (brephos) leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41, NASB). The “baby” (brephos) refers to pre-natal or intra-uterine human life, that is, John the Baptist inside Elizabeth’s womb. “Baby” (brephos) also refers to post-natal or extra-uterine, that is, a human being outside the womb. The word is used of the newly born infant Jesus. Luke says the shepherds “... found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby (brephos) as He lay in the manger” (Luke 2:16; cf. Luke 2:12). Hence, the life of John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb, is just as human as the life of the infant Jesus. In modern terminology, the zygote, embryo and fetus, the life in the womb, is just as human as any human life outside the womb. St. Luke’s Gospel, then, teaches that a child is just as much a human being before birth as after birth. Mary accepted her pregnancy with the words: “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38, NASB). Mary said, in effect, “Lord, if you want me to have a child, I will.” She understood that a child is a sacred gift from God. So did the psalmist who said, “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Psalm 127:3, NASB). But abortion is the

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refusal to receive God’s gift of a child. Today, abortion is justified if a woman is too young or too poor. Mary was both. She was somewhere between fourteen to eighteen years of age. Mary and Joseph were so poor that they could not afford to sacrifice a lamb. Instead, they offered a sacrifice of the poor, as the Torah or Law of Moses prescribed, namely, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons” (Luke 2:24; cf. Leviticus 12:8). In his book Psychology as Religion, Paul Vitz (1977: 89) observes, Recall that the young Mary was pregnant under circumstances that today routinely terminate in abortion. In the important theological context of Christmas, the killing of an unborn child is a symbolic killing of the Christ child.

Fr. John Slavin, St. Gabriel’s Springdale, AR (DHTGP) ot long ago, I received a call from a woman who was setting up a Pro-Life women’s crisis center in town. She informed me that this clinic would be set up thirty yards away from the local abortion mill. The idea was to intercept women before they got to the clinic and offer them abortion alternatives. If they chose to go ahead with the abortion then we would offer our prayers and send them on their way, but at least they would be presented with a real choice, a real alternative. They would offer free pregnancy tests, 3D ultrasounds, and guidance. They would also storm heaven with prayers for all the babies and mothers, as well as the doctors and nurses at the clinic. This same set-up was envisioned about ten years ago in Little Rock, Arkansas by a local priest. He funded it by himself and within five years the abortion clinic shut down. Due in large part to his efforts there are only two abortion clinics left in all of Arkansas. So when this woman contacted me asking if I would bless the clinic

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and possibly serve as a sort of chaplain to the center, of course I was happy to say I would do more than that. I offered to celebrate Eucharist every Tuesday at 1:00 pm and be available for any other spiritual need they may require. They devoted a small room in the center that we converted into a chapel, and many people started to attend! We have anywhere from four to ten people a week at Eucharist. We use the Anglican Missal and celebrate the Requiem Mass for the unborn. Many also quietly pray across the street from the clinic on Saturday mornings. St. Gabriel’s parish has really gotten involved by helping to staff the center’s phones Monday through Friday, as well as donating other needed items. They are always in need of baby items such as receiving blankets and cradles. When a woman is told she is pregnant, the center embraces this new life by offering all the help it can. The new mother and child are presented with a gift - a receiving blanket or some other token of congratulations and then, if needed the center’s volunteers help the mother to get in touch with the proper state agencies to help with financial assistance. St. Gabriel’s helps out with clothing and food from our food bank if needed, and everyone pitches in. To date there are over thirty saves due to this ministry! Thirty souls that would not have been born if it had not been for the love and respect for life shown by these great people and all involved. On St. Patrick’s Day, St. Gabriel’s held a St. Patrick’s Day fund-raiser to help raise money for this great cause. We began with evening prayer upstairs, praying for all involved in this ministry, and then head downstairs for some great Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage and fellowship. We had speakers as well as games and prizes. There are many opportunities for outreach and ministry within our diocese, and this is just one way in which St. Gabriel’s family is chosen to respond in these tough times. Let us all help in our own parishes in our own ways to foster the Gospel of Life! As the book of Deuteronomy (30:19) states .. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse, therefore CHOOSE LIFE!” Let us always choose life! If any parishes in the diocese wish to help this great cause by sending baby items (pacifiers, receiving blankets, clothing, etc.) or donations, you can do so by sending them to my attention at St. Gabriel’s, and I will pass this on to the center. I thank you all for your support and prayers.

A Child Changes Everything
The Very Rev. Frederick Bentley OHI (DOR) Director Anglican Priests for Life www.anglicanpriestsforlife.org

nadian Prayer Book has a exhortation that differs somewhat from the American. It begins with “forasmuch as it pleased Almighty God of his goodness to bestow upon you the gift of a child, and to preserve you in child-birth, I call upon you to give hearty thanks to God . . .” This differs from the 1928 American form in that the American exhortation centers on thanksgiving for a safe delivery. The difference is a Pro-Life teaching point to be examined. First of all most educated people know the trials of childbirth in earlier times and the occurrence of death often when complications arose. Thanksgiving for the safety of the child and mother was genuinely expressed; the maintenance of life was not so much an expected occurrence. The 1st & 2nd Prayer Books of Edward V resemble the 1928 American Version. The Canadian (1918) however and other revisions were derived from English P.B. 1662. At any rate it seems to the world today that we can call on God to thank him for our deliverance but separate the thought it is tied to a gift. “Almighty God of his goodness to bestow upon you the gift of a child”, that gift arrives in the modern world it seems at some convenient time of one’s choosing, In this process of selecting a convenient time, life must end before it begins or very certainly once it begins. The Pro-life struggle begins and ends with a change of mindset that life only occurs when we want it to. When God’s people place limits through technology on when life is allowed they attempt to be God. Controlling when life begins makes a mockery of all Our Lord’s order and the sacrament of marriage. Looking at the present “life controlling mentality, we see it pours over into all the sacrament life of the Church. Thus the sacramental life of the church occurs under human limitations and when allowed or convenient. Now, man has reached his destinyhe thinks he controls God’s salvation plan. A child changes everything and that was God’s plan since the beginning. Watch the following videos and listen carefully, “A baby changes everything” http://www.cmt. com/videos/faith-hill/291605/a-baby-changes-everything. jhtml President Barack Obama’s mother’s decision not to abort the first black American president. http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=86792 God Be With You!

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By The Very Rev Canon Kennedy K. Roberts, Retired Rector and Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of the Resurrection. Holy Catholic Church (Anglican Rite).

he Church of the Holy Comforter was founded in 1857 by Poughkeepsie followers of the Anglican Oxford Movement. The Movement, initiated by the holy priests, Keble, Proude, Pusey, and Newman, (also known as the Tractarians) achieved a revival of faith and practice in nineteenth century Anglicanism through a renewed attention to the English Catholic traditions of Biblical doctrine, spiritual discipline and liturgical worship. Regarded by many as the Continuing, Episcopal Church since it rejects secular humanism and remains loyal to the faith and practices of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, this Church is in communion with the Holy Catholic Church (Anglican Rite), Diocese of the Resurrection, under the direction of the Most Rev Thomas J Kleppinger, Metropolitan and Bishop Ordinary. The Church is controlled by a Board of Trustees under the religious laws for the independent churches in the State of New York. The Reverend Edmund A.S. Jayaraj S.T.D. serves as Priest-in-Charge. This beautiful stone church was completed in 1862. Built to plans of the distinguished American architect Richard Upjohn, this church combines English perpendicular Gothic with Victorian features to incorporate the liturgical principles and present the symbols of the faith to which this building is dedicated. The Church is listed in the National Register of Historical Sites.

St. Andrews Mission
Myakka City, FL
The Ven. Mark A. Rowe, Jr y the grace of God we are becoming known in the local community. We are slowly advertising our services and ministry, and have been blessed with loving and gracious people from the Methodist Church where we share worship space. They continue to support our ministry and have become dear friends. God continues to bless both groups as we move forward to witness the love of Christ to the community. We held a joint Ash Wednesday service and had approximately 50 people from both church families. We also have plans to celebrate several Holy Week services together and have seen the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our churches and our community as a result of working together. Our dairy farm ministry has been very meaningful to those involved, and we have made a difference in the lives of those who attend. Ash Wednesday, we had a service to include imposition of ashes, and we had 26 in attendance. We meet regularly on Wednesday afternoons at lunch hour to provide a short topical Bible study, healing service or round table discussion. We generally have 20-28 in attendance. The owners of the dairy provide time out of their busy milking schedule as well as the food for those in attendance to not only give thanks to God for His blessings upon them and the dairy, but to share their love for Christ in encouragement and appreciation to those who work for them.

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Wednesday, March 4 we had the awesome privilege to see ministry efforts at the dairy come to fruition. We celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Baptism for one of our regular Wednesday attendees, Mr. Frank Biener, of Ellenton, Florida. Also in attendance was Frank’s mother, Miriam Curvings, coming all the way down from Tallahassee, Florida. Miriam said she has been praying for many years to see

this day, and she was truly joyful to be present for such a blessed occasion. We welcome Frank into the Church of Christ and ask your prayers for his continued growth in grace and in his spiritual journey and relationship with Our Lord. Please pray for us as we continue to labor in the Lord’s vineyard. It is often a seemingly overwhelming task, and starting a mission is definitely a brand new venture for myself as a Priest, being used to ministering to congregations that are already in existence. We need your holy prayers for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to enable and strengthen us to continue to press on and move forward in our efforts, as well as to continue to grow in grace and in numbers. Please remember us in your daily offices as well as your Liturgy, and by God’s grace we will continue to try to do our part to fulfill the Great Commission, and try to build up God’s Church- one soul at a time. May you have a Holy Lenten Season.

December 2008 in Lockhart, Texas (about 25 miles southwest of Austin), just 3 months ago. With Reverend Ryan M. Lozano as the Deacon-in-Charge and Jim Fleming as the Senior Warden, our long journey to find a vestry, attract new members, and obtain such materials as are needed was set underway. Lockhart is a city of about 12,000 with 23 denominational churches; this presents a problem in gaining recognition as being unique. Plans to conduct clothing (stayed tuned for the announcement of the opening of “St. Ed’s Closet” thrift shop) and food drives for the less fortunate, host religious education seminars and other

New Kid on the Block Saint Edward the Confessor Mission held its first mass
Jim Fleming, Sr. Warden – St. Edward, Lockhart Texas (DHGTP)

informational programs are being planned. It is our hope that these events will help to acquaint the population with the history and mission of the HCCAR, in which we have been made to feel so welcome, not least Albuquerque by the incredible pastoral efforts of His Grace, Bishop by Fr. Scott Lay, Rector (DHTGP) Leo Michael. t. Peters Albuquerque is excited to have three Ms. Mary Carroll, the administrator of the new families coming to Church, and hope to have Methodist Golden Age Home and St. Edward’s clerk of the vestry, has been most generous also in providing them full time! All glory and thanks be to God for the wonderful gift if these people, they are wonderful. the Home’s chapel for interim services until a suitable Lent is upon us, and a time for reflection, prayer church building can be found or built. Even upon relocation, Rev. Ryan will continue eleven o’clock mass and abstinence. We have Stations of the Cross Wednesday evening with Communion study of the Nicene Creed and a light dinner as well as Station on Friday at noon. We are looking forward to the social gathering for these services, as they help to bring the parish together. I would like to remind everyone that we are in dire times, and we need to pray for our president and government officials, that they may make wise decisions and have right actions, for the welfare and peace of the world. God bless to all in our Province, may we see it grow and prosper in the times we are in.

at the Home, as the dedicated group of residents have come to love and look forward to his orthodox service and lively sermons. Rev. Ryan and the parishioners of St. Edward’s have formed strong ties with other local churches through the local Ministerial Alliance, as well as with numerous civic organizations and through public visibility, with Rev. Ryan especially becoming quickly known around town for his quick smile and his ever-present clerical collar. The membership of St. Edward’s is greatly heartened in hearing and reading of other churches who started their congregations in homes or small borrowed or rented facilities and have succeeded and since grown by leaps and bounds. The struggle to become the 24th church in Lockhart, and no longer be the new kid on the block will be long and difficult, but it’s a challenge we welcome warmly, and with great faith. Lamar Hunt once remarked in a seminar presentation that the only job you start at the top at is digging a hole. Remembering this, and the fact that Jesus Christ started with only twelve, helps us to keep our feet on the path and our eye on the goal of seeing Saint Edward the Confessor Holy Catholic Church Anglican Rite become a welcoming home to all Anglicans in Central Texas.

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St. Gabriel’s
Springdale, AR (DHTGP)
Fr. John Slavin, Rector ishop Leo Michael, our former rector, always wanted to have a chapel on the grounds of St. Gabriel’s. As luck would have it, there was a small tool shed on the grounds. Before moving to the Cathedral he made sure the shed got a new roof to match

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the roof on St. Gabriel’s--the left over roofing material from the main church. When I took over as rector, one of my first projects was to see this dream of our Bishop realized. I was fortunate that the needed materials: the drywall, insulation, carpet, altar, and steeple cross were already being stored inside. Unfortunately, so were about 1,000 spiders, cobwebs, and junk from who knows how many years. After cleaning it out, the transformation began. First, insulation went up, followed by

drywall, and then spackling. Carpet was laid. At last, the walls were all painted a bright white. An altar rail was constructed out of one piece of deck railing that I got for ten bucks at Lowe’s. Everyone pitched in. Someone donated an antique cast-iron bell that had a chicken on top, oddly enough. However, with a little cut here and there by a generous parishioner - off came the chicken and now it tolls three times a day with a beautiful tone. Another parishioner was kind enough to sew gold curtains for the windows. We mounted a silver Icon to a cedar box we found at Hobby Lobby and a Tabernacle was born. The altar is gorgeous and was donated by Agnes and Henry Cross. A large San Damiano Crucifix was also donated to be hung over the altar. The pews are simply benches from an old breakfast nook. In the summer we will be painting the exterior white, painting the windows with glass paint to create a stained glass appearance, and mounting the steeple cross. We have been using the chapel daily for morning and evening prayer, as well as daily Eucharist and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It’s really been a great investment. By using the chapel in this fashion, we are able to reduce the costs of our utilities at the main church, and provide a change of atmosphere at the same time. We will be expanding the grounds in the future to include a prayer and meditation garden leading to the chapel, as well as outdoor Stations of the Cross. The entire cost of this chapel project? Three hundred dollars! Amazing, huh? We have decided to name it St. Francis Chapel. After all, St. Francis was the first one to rebuild his tiny church because it had fallen into ruin. Let us strive to do the same! God bless!

by Jim King, St. James Anglican Cathedral, Kansas City, MO ith Easter, the season of hope, St. James Cathedral has beautiful things happening. Thanks be to God, we have installed energy efficient windows in order to house the stained glass images. The main themes of the windows are the Incarnation, Baptism, Passion and Death, Resurrection, Ascension and Second Coming. Of these the Incarnation window is a realization now, thanks to the generous donors and the masterful artwork of Russell, celebrating the Word became Flesh theme. The Baptism and the Crucifixion windows will be installed by Easter. The other two windows of St. Paul and St. Gertrude (donated by Fr. Herman Hattaway) stands to adorn the theme of the apostles and a patroness of pets. There are already two windows dedicated to our Lady of Walsingham and St. James. Three more windows of St. Peter, Resurrection and Ascension are pencil sketches and need to be metamorphosed into their stained glass imagery like the rest. If you have someone you love or have lost and would like to dedicate a window in their honor, please contact Bob Klein, the Senior Warden or Bishop Michael. St. James is getting ready for the Holy Week celebration, the upcoming Diocesan Synod in June and the Ecumenical Congress in October. God has been gracious to us and we are making progress. What is beautiful is that the faithful have their own church to worship in and continue to witness to the faith and evangelization in the Anglican Tradition. Every church has its moments of struggle. We thank God that the storm is over and Spring is at hand. On the right, Fr. Hattaway dedicates the window of St. Gertrude of Neville. The pictures above are photographed by Robert Baxter, son of Dr. Kirk and Lynn Baxter, long-time members and supporters of St. James.

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Good Therapy wo reasons are usually given for not going to confession. The first group questions the power of priests to forgive sins. The second group believes they don’t have sins to confess. Let us deal with the first group: those who really believe they have sinned and say. “I go straight to God. I don’t believe in telling my sins to another man.” Isn’t it strange those same people will tell a friend, a psychiatrist or even a national television audience the most dreadful details of their private lives without the benefit of absolution but they won’t tell a priest in confession where they could find healing. A psychiatrist friend of mine told me that I could, as a priest, achieve in a few minutes that which often took him years, namely, to open people up to be spiritually naked in order to see themselves as they really are. The Penitents come with open hearts admitting and confessing faults and sins because they know God has already seen them and they can’t deceive Him. They can reveal their most shameful secrets behind a screen, confessing anonymously, which enables them to be truthful more easily when declaring their sins. There is a psychological need to verbally express ones sins and to receive verbal reassurance of ones forgiveness. The Church uses this psychological need in her administration of the sacrament. It is good psychotherapy as well as sacramentally efficacious. Besides the psychiatrists usually charge a large fee without the power to absolve and the church does it for free and provides an infallible absolution: something that money can’t buy! For Those Who Have No Sin. What about the second group? What is their reason for not going to confession? They believe in the sacrament and the priest’s power to forgive sins but they don’t believe they have anything to confess. “I don’t want to bother the priest and wasn’t his time since I have no sin.” I was at a Retreat House and the director with whom I was working planned a candle-light service. The chapel lights were extinguised and the penitents were instructed to light their candles. They were informed that the light of their candle, which pierced the darkness, was a symbol of the light they had received in baptism. An examination of conscience was going to be given at the end of which they were to blow out their candles if they believed they had sinned. The retreatents began to blow out their candle as we spoke of their particular sin. This became a public confession. “Taking God’s name in vain,” several candles were blown out. “Lying and cheating,” a lot more candles darkened. “Missing Mass on obligatory days,” (remember the bounden duty of worshipping the Lord every Sunday in his church) a few more candles went out. You can picture it as we continued to go through the commandments and apply them to their lives. Finally, all the candles were out but one. A woman proudly held her light as it pierced the darkness of the chapel.

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For the next ten minutes or so, the director and I continued to list every sin we could imagine. Still, her light burned. We needed complete darkness for the desired effect. We had planned to play, “Where you there when they crucified my Lord?” once we had the darkness which represented our sinful state. That’s when the paschal candle was to be lit for the commencement of individual confessions. After which the penitents would relight their candles from it once they had recieved absolution. Since we couldn’t seem to find a sin the lady would acknowledge, I suggested to the director that one of us should blow her candle out for her. The director whispered, “don’t do that or she will have pride.” Why didn’t I think of that? “For those with sins of pride.” It was then that she blew out her candle. She had no sin? She had the sin of the fallen Angels! The Healer I have given you very ordinary reason for going to confession but that is not enough to convince the Evangelical Christian who needs to find support for this custom in Sacred Scripture. Why got to a man to seek forgiveness? Why not go straight to God? This is a common problem for which our Protestan brethern seek an answer. Come with me on a journey back in time to Capernaum. Imagine the scene: Jesus has a packed house for His healing service with wall to wall people and no room even around the door. Picture the scene as Jesus stands there in your midst teaching with authority. As we watch Jesus’ expressions and intently listen to His every word, we are disturbed by the noise above our heads. Four men are removing the tiles from the roof and are lowering a paralzyed man down through an opening. The mat on which he rests is lowered right in front of Jesus. Imagine you are a devout Jew and you have come to listen to this great Man from Galilee. Two Kinds of Healing To the shock of all present He makes an audacious claim. Looking at the sick man with great tenderness He says. “Your sins are forgiven.” What is your reaction? Do you shake your head in disbelief and murmer along with the rest of them who say, “ He blasphemes” and “Who but God alone can forgive sins?” If you doubt whether you would have done so, ask yourself how would you regard a a priest who claims to do exactly the same things Christ did, only to receive ridicule from a modern crowd. I am constantly challenged by disbelievers who claim they go straight to Jesus for forgiveness and spiritual healing, and murmer against those who seek spiritual healing from a priest because a priest is just a man. Yet, like the Jews of Jesus’ day, they pack the auditoriums to see a mere man perform a physical healing. It is God who heals in both cases. He often uses a mere human hand to do so and the voice of a mere man to proclaim it. If God can and does use mere human instruments to heal bodies, why would it seem so strange and impossible for Him to do the same with regards to our immortal souls? - to be continued in the next issue..

Q. Three things you like about your church? A. People, service, and everything about it Q. Three things you don’t like? A. There is nothing I don’t like. Q. What does Lent mean to you? A. It means a time when we can actually experience what Christ went through and what he had to give up when he fasted for 40 days. When we give up something, we kind of experience what He went through, but in a smaller way. Q. What does His Resurrection mean to you? A. It gives me and my friends a new sense of hope in beginning anew, or during the year, if things are going bad, it gives us a new sense of hope. Q. What does “sin” according to you? A. Sin shows me we are all human and that no one is perfect. And that we can correct things to make ourselves better and more like God. Q. What does Christ’s Sacrificing His life mean for you? A. To me, sacrifice is a way that we can give up something for someone else even though it makes us lose something. But in your losing something, the other will gain something better for themselves. Christ sacrificed himself and that sacrifice gave us access to heaven and to His Holy Home. If we sacrifice something that we love, and someone gains something from that sacrifice, that is devoted love. Q. Is “forgiveness” meaningful to you? A. Forgiveness is meaningful to me because even when people have done something wrong against you, you can do something positive to make up for it. And when you have done something wrong, you want that second chance to prove yourself. Otherwise you feel crushed and defeated. When someone offers forgiveness, it gives you a chance to become a better person. Q. In school you chose a religious theme for your art project. Why? A. For our first art project we had to chose a picture with our hands as the subject. Most chose a guitar or a favorite animal. I decided to do something close to my heart. I found my old crucifix. It was real close to my heart because I got it at my first year of camp. I had such a good time there and learned a lot. I wrapped it around my hands, took a picture of it and drew it in graphite. Q. What other artwork have you done? A. My grandmother lives in South Dakota. She loves to attend our church, so I drew a graphite sketch of our church as a Christmas present to her. I hope to use the sketch as a fund-raiser to raise money for the upcoming Youth Camp.

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Jonathan Becker, Church of the Holy Family, Casper, Wyoming

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You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. Psalm 139:2

2009 HCCAR Summer Teen and Adult Camp Story, WY
July 19-24, 2009

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he Church of The Holy Family welcomes you to attend the “2009 Summer Teen & Adult Camp” at Camp Story, Wyoming. With GOD AS OUR COMPASS, come and enjoy a week of fellowship. We will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of nature that God has made for us to enjoy in our daily lives. We are scheduled to view the history of our country, hiking in the wilderness, swimming, horseback riding, evening campfire, and morning & evening prayer by Bishop Leo Michael. Adult Retreat: Sunday through Thursday evenings in an outdoor chapel in the piney woods. It will be conducted by Bishop Kinner. Theme: The Praises of Israel. The songs of the Old Testament--how they relate to us. We believe that during the day, adult participants will want to see the area and enjoy it with the youth. Registration: by June 30th please. Plan to arrive in Casper on Saturday, July 18th. We will have a carry-in supper at the church; housing with people in the parish. Mass on Sunday at 9:00 am and caravan to the camp. Exit 44 off I-90. Camp Leader: Sr. Warden Johnny Becker, Deacon Jimmie Dean, coordinator--the Daily Worship. Cost for Camp: $225.00 payable to Church of the Holy Family, Bishop Kenneth Kinner, 6492 W. Riverside Terrace, Casper, WY 82604 307.473.2200

Travelogue-Ephesus

As I stood, prayed, sat and reflected on this holy he Apostle John the Divine is buried in Ephesus, ground, I felt my very being penetrated by the images of Turkey. To honor his burial place, the Emperor Jus- the treasures the Divine Theologian left us in his five satinian and his wife Theodora, built this huge church in the sixth century. In February while in Anatolia, I had the privilege of visiting his tomb. From Anatolia City Center I took a mini-bus which they call ‘shared taxi’ to Effes or Ephesus for the equivalent of 3 USD. Upon reaching the bus stand, I walked back for about a mile to the town which was once called the ‘Town of the Divine Theologian’. There, on a hill, stands the magnificent church now in ruins (above) and some parts still under excavation. But the giant Roman columns with sculpted crosses in each one of them are in tact as also the tomb of the Saint and the baptismal

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cred books. Even the liturgy we call by his name came alive. Does not his theology open, move along and close the Eucharistic Sacrifice? Is not the Prayer of Consecration in the Book of Common Prayer really Christ’s High Priestly Prayer that the Apostle John records in his Evangel, Chapter 17? Are not our ceremonials, as Dn. Jerome Replica of the church of St. John the Divine Brown once said, patterned after the heavenly worship refont with steps descending. The site is maintained by the corded by St John in his Revelation? Turkish Ministry of Culture and the entrance fee is 5 Liras “This is the disciple which testifieth of these (5 USD). things: and we know his testimony is true. Alleluia.”

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You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. Psalm 139:2

2009 HCCAR Summer Teen and Adult Camp Story, WY
July 19-24, 2009

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