Monday, October 25, 2010

Celtic Spirituality: A Pilgrimage to Iona

Celtic Spirituality:
A Pilgrimage to Iona

The Rev. Michael W. Hopkins, June 2010

Poems, Prayers and Resources

Summer and its days long and slow

A herd of thick-maned horses

The beauty of the word which the Trinity speaks

Beautiful too when old age comes.

I should like a great lake of finest ale

For the King of kings

I should like a table of the choicest food

For the family of heaven

Let the ale be made from the fruits of faith

And the food be forgiving love.

I should welcome the poor to my feast,

For they are God’s children.

I should welcome the sick to my feast,

For they are God’s joy.

Let the poor sit with Jesus at the highest place,

And the sick dance with the angels.

God bless the poor,

God bless the sick;

And bless our human race.

God bless our food,

God bless our drink,

All homes, O God, embrace.

Bless to me, O God,

Each thing mine eye sees;

Bless to me, O God,

Each thing mine ear hears;

Bless to me, O God,

Each odor that goes to my nostrils;

Bless to me, O God,

Each taste that goes to my lips;

Each note that goes to my song,

Each ray that guides my way,

Each thing that I pursue,

Each lure that tempts my will,

The zeal that seeks my living soul,

The Three that seek my heart.

The zeal that seeks my living soul,

The Three that seek my heart.

The guarding of the God of life be upon me;

The guarding of loving Christ be upon me;

The guarding of the Holy Spirit be upon me;

Each step of the way,

To aid me and enfold me,

Each day and night of my life.


Esther De Waal, the Way of Celtic Prayer

J. Philip Newell, Listening to the Heartbeat of God: A Celtic Spirituality

Herbert O’Driscoll, The Road to Donaguile: A Celtic Spiritual Journey

Peter Tremayne, the Sister Fidelma Mystery Series

Iona Community:


Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation:

Wild Goose Publications:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Rochester Monroe District Meeting Minutes

October 6, 2010
St. George’s

Call to Order: The Rochester Monroe District meeting was called to order at 7:10 p.m. by Warden Bonnie Hallman-Dye with 72 people present. Attendance lists are with the secretary.

Welcome and Opening Prayer: The Rev. Rosemary Lillis welcomed the group and opened the meeting with prayer. Sarah Stoll gave an introduction to the ministries and activities of St. George.

Review Agenda and Minutes of May 20, 2010: The minutes were accepted as read.

Old Business: None

New Business: Members of the Diocesan staff presented information relevant to the Diocesan Convention.

Pre-Convention Agenda:

  • The Very Rev. Lance Robbins reviewed the tasks and responsibilities of convention delegates referencing the brochure included in the convention packets.
  • Bishop Prince Singh spoke to the convention theme of, “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”
  • Kristy Estey reviewed the registration procedure and layout of the convention areas.
  • The Rev. Dr. Pete Peters described the workshops that would be offered.
  • The Rev. Canon Julie Cicora reviewed the worship that would be offered at the convention as well as the program for Friday evening.
  • The Rev. Deborah Brown, ObJN described the youth activities and the need for youth involvement in attending convention.
  • Canon Karen Noble Hanson reviewed the budget.
  • Jim Ernst outlined a number of initiatives around communication.
  • Warden Bonnie Hallman Dye referenced the materials regarding candidates for Diocesan Offices as well as the resolutions that would be presented at convention

Rochester Monroe District Agenda:

· Two clergy representatives to Diocesan Council were elected by voice vote. Rev. Lucy Alonzo was elected for the Rochester District. Rev Rosemary Lillis was elected for the Monroe District.

· The following Rochester Monroe District grant requests were approved for a total of $4,750.00

o Grace Church, Scottsville $750.00 for a food distribution program that supplies 15 to 24 meals per week with each bag feeding 2-3 people.

o St. Paul’s, Rochester $550.00 for RCSD tutoring program.

o Christ Church, Rochester $325.00 for International Jazz Festival support.

o St. Luke’s Fairport $450.00 for Strong Hospital NICU quilts.

o St. Thomas’, Rochester $800.00 for activities for at risk girls ages 7-9 of Girl Scout Troop 3003

o Church of the Ascension, Rochester $675.00 for Mary and Martha’s Cabinet providing personal care and home cleaning products in conjunction with MEEK.

o St. Stephen’s Rochester $700.00 for audio equipment.

o St Luke’s and St. Simon Cyrene $500.00 for the Spring Music Festival fund raiser for Right on School summer day camp.

Information Items and Announcements:

  • The Very Rev. Lance Robbins conducted a discussion the possible formation of district discernment groups. More information is needed.
  • Anti-Racism and Safe Church Training are now available on line.
  • The Very Rev. Cynthia Rasmussen presented the meeting schedule through May 2011. Rochester Monroe District meetings and locations are as follows:
    • Thursday , December 9, 2010 at Christ Church, Rochester
    • Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Christ Church, Pittsford
    • Thursday, May 12, 2011 at Ascension, Rochester
  • The Very Rev. Cynthia Rasmussen also suggested adding a book discussion of Paul Nixon’s I Refuse to lead a Dying Church. Books will be ordered through The Good Book Store. Each parish needs to let Cindy know the number of books they need. Chapters 1-3 would be discussed on December 9 and chapters 4-6 on February 10.
  • Epiphany Gates has a temporary email change:
  • Incarnation is having a silent auction on October 22 in the Penfield HS cafeteria on Five Mile Line Rd. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • St. Paul’s is offering an Advent Program on December 2, 2010

Compline: The Rev. Rosemary Lillis

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Submitted by,

Sharon Del Vecchio Therkildsen
Rochester Monroe District Secretary