St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

 The Fifth Sunday in Lent                                29  March 2020

Fr Randy has shared the following:

Something to ponder in lonely and stressful times.

The Christian life does not take away our loneliness; it protects and cherishes it as a precious gift. Sometimes it seems as if we do everything possible to avoid the painful confrontation with our basic human loneliness and allow ourselves to be trapped by false gods promising immediate satisfaction and quick relief. But perhaps the painful awareness of loneliness is an invitation to transform our limitations and look beyond the boundaries of our existence. The awareness of loneliness might be a gift we must protect and guard, because our loneliness reveals to us an inner emptiness that can be destructive when misunderstood, but filled with promise for those who can tolerate its sweet pain.

Henry Nouwen, The Wounded Healer.

The Primate, Linda Nicholls, is asking everyone to light a candle of hope in the window of their home or on their porch, 7 p.m. March 29th on this day of prayer.


FINANCES  As we go through this time of uncertainty we are hopeful for the future but we are also concerned about the financial repercussions.

If you usually use your envelopes to give, please consider mailing in your donation or putting it in the mail box by the parish hall door. We are monitoring it!  Or even better, tell us you want to go onto PAR. 

 A Reader phoned us, having just received The Cat’s Meow in the mail (she doesn’t have a computer). She had read it from cover to cover and wanted to  pass along how ‘absolutely wonderful’ it is that we are doing this and how grateful she is that it arrived to lessen the feeling of isolation in this trying time.

[Our thanks to Dorothy Geale and all who are helping us keep in touch by whatever means!]




St. Mark’s is closed, but the need continues!  In this time of COVID-19, please take your food donations to:

  • Davis Independent, 20 Jocelyn St.
  • Food Basics, 125 Hope St. South
  • Giant Tiger, 145 Peter St.
  • Fair Share United Church 34 South St., when open.  Wednesdays only, 10-12 noon and 6-8 p.m.

Canned Fruit and Vegetables; Rice; Juice (Fruit &Vegetable); Pasta and Pasta Sauce; Kraft Dinner; Sidekicks; Tuna; Soup & Soda Crackers; Canned Meat and Stew; Baked Beans; Canned Pastas; “Children’s” Cereals; Diapers; Toiletries; Toilet Paper; Pancake Mix and Syrup; Cookies; Peanut Butter;

Jam and Honey; Sugar; Condiments.

Cash donations are always welcome

Lenten Giving

Although we do not have a ‘special’ project this year, may we encourage you to remember charitable institutions close to your heart, e.g., PWRDF, AURA, Green Wood Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Community Care, etc.


There is some takeout and delivery available.  Here are some suggestions


113 Peter Street, Port Hope




for menu & times

86 John Street, Port Hope 



U 92 Spice House & Take Away

49 Mill St. South, Port Hope

(905) 800-0560

Tues – Sat 11:30 to 9 p.m.

Very yummy!

Happenstance Bakery & Coffee Roastery  Pre-order 135 Peter St., Drive-through window

Check their hours and offerings.

Paying your water bill – Because the Municipal Offices are closed at this time, the Municipality is extending the water bill due date to May 15.

Graham Cotter has shared the following with us:

Wendy Lywood had reached a point of no return in life.  She was depressed and felt that her ministry as a priest was crumbling into nothing. She went to work at Daybreak as colleague with Henri Nouwen.  He totally restored her spirit and her vocation: a Roman Catholic priest helped restore the vocation to the priesthood of an Anglican woman

Here is what Wendy has written in her contribution to Befriending Life, Encounters with Henri Nouwen (Doubleday, page 237):

“.. .the only way to get to the hope offered in the resurrection is to go though death, not around it.

My call to priesthood and the grief of facing death came together when we were preparing for Henri’s funeral. I knew it would be a Roman Catholic Eucharist and, therefore, if I vested as an Anglican priest I would not be able to receive communion… But Henri’s support of my priesthood was so important that I decided I would wear my robes. It was therefore, very painful for me not to be able to receive the nourishment of the Eucharist. I asked the presiding priest if he would give a blessing to some Anglican clergy who had not received communion, and he invited me to do that with him. On my way back to my seat I passed by a line of people who had just received communion. A woman I did not know took my hand and shook it and said, “This is a gift from Henri to you.” She had given me half of her communion wafer. It was such a moment of grace and inclusive love!

Henri gave me a copy of Can You Drink This Cup in September1996, just before he died. In it he had written:

Peace, joy, hope, courage,   confidence, and lots of trust,


Henri’s mentoring of me helped me open up my life to receive these gifts. Thanks be to God! “


The Cat’s Meow:  For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson at before Friday morning.  905-885-0787

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