St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany                     31  January 2021


We will print the dedications for flowers that would have been placed in the church each Sunday.

Jan 31:  Given to the Glory of God and in memory of Muriel Sparrey by Randy Mills


Should you wish to follow the Lectionary at home, here are the readings:

Deuteronomy 18:15-20;   Psalm 111;

1 Corinthians 8: 1-13;   Mark 1:21-28.


Through The Cat’s Meow we can gather in the names of those who are suffering in body, mind or spirit at this time and for whom you have a special concern and we can each undertake to lift them up in prayer before God.

Today, we pray for The Church of Bangladesh, and, in our Diocese, we pray for the Canadian Council of Churches.

For those who are living in fear for whatever reason;

 For nursing homes, rehabilitation centres and other long term care facilities: May God encourage the lonely residents and strengthen the staff members who help them; prevent further spread of infection, and comfort families who can no longer visit their loved ones. Remember those fighting outbreaks at Port Hope’s Hope Street Terrace long term care facility, Cobourg’s group home, Christian Horizons, and The Golden Plough

 For the lonely and forgotten in this time of social isolation;

 For those who are living on the margins of society;

 For those whose burden is too deep for words.

 For all in any kind of need.  For Marion Thompson, Merle Carlson (Gwen Duck’s aunt), Molly Mulloy, (Tom Lawson’s daughter), Gail Rowe and her family, Gail Varey, Terry Moore,  Pat Paddon,

 We give thanks for the life of Claire Mowat whose birthday is Feb 5th.

 For the souls of all the departed,

and for those who mourn.

 Let us have names by next Friday and they will be included in the

next issue.

 Jacob’s Ladder LENT 2021 Submissions are due Feb 14 (or sooner) Hint:  Why not submit your suitably altered report to Feb 9th’s Parish Advisory Council.  Contact Dorothy Geale



One year ago this week Canada identified the first case of the coronavirus. This week the Premiere of Ontario extended the State of Emergency Order, including the Stay-At-Home orders, for an additional 14 days. It is very overwhelming to connect these two statements for Canada and to also reflect on what is happening around the world as this pandemic surges from first wave, to second wave and now to the identification of virus variants. There are some days I think I am watching a very bad C movie or rereading an old novel of doom and gloom…remember The Andromeda Strain or Blindness???

I also read an interesting article this week that suggested older adults are showing good resilience and persevering despite the struggle with loneliness and isolation. It suggested life experience and past struggles are providing a base for older adults to move forward and adapt. So hang in there St. Markers, all those grey hairs could prove valuable!

On the local front, the outbreak at Hope Street Terrace appears to be under control and the staff should be commended for their efforts to restrict the virus to the 3rd floor. Sadly, three residents have died, others remain ill and the outbreak is now listed as 1 resident and 1 staff, with all other cases resolved. A note of support and thanks has been sent to the staff from St. Mark’s. On Wednesday, 54 residents from the unaffected areas of the home and 11 staff were excited to receive their first vaccination for the virus. This is a very positive step forward in the plan to protect the most vulnerable.

As we move closer to Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, the Diocese has issued a guideline for churches. It states we will remain in the Red Stage Guidelines and the College of Bishops is requiring Anglicans to  ‘forego the imposition of ashes this year.’  On Ash Wednesday, Bishop Andrew Asbil will impose ashes on his own forehead on behalf of the whole community.

Stay safe, stay the course, better times are coming,

Gwen, for the COVID Response Team


Have you always hankered for a career in public service?  Well, here’s your chance!

Both Gary Potter, People’s Warden, and Marion Thompson, Rector’s Warden, are stepping down this year after two years and four years respectively of service to St. Marks in these positions.

The People’s Warden is an ELECTED position that takes effect at the annual meeting of Vestry (Feb 28 this year).  Nominations should be made known to Fr William and the wardens, showing the name of the candidate and the names of the TWO nominators.

The Rector’s Warden is APPOINTED by the Rector, in this case Fr. William.  If you wish to be considered for this position, please make yourself known to Fr. William and the Wardens.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about process or the positions.

Don’t delay!  Your Church needs you!

Proposed VESTRY meeting date:

Sunday, February 28

Format will be Zoom

Details will follow.

Due to the recently declared Provincial Emergency, Stay-at-Home Orders and the reduction of social gathering to 5 individuals, Coldest Night of the Year has moved to a fully virtual status across Ontario.  All teams and participants will still be able to register and fundraise as usual, online via the site and can walk in solidarity with our community’s hungry, hurting, and homeless on the night of February 20th (or any night of choice in February!). The walk will be a self-organized route that walkers can undertake solo, with a team, or with a small group of their choosing. We will be having a virtual send-off (either on Zoom or Facebook Live), will be cheering on virtually, and of course, walkers still receive a CNOY toque if they raise a minimum of $150+ for adults or $75+ for youth.

Our Team, “The St. Marks Marchers” is set up and ready for members to join or you can donate to our walkers. Go to to “register to fundraise” or “donate”, then “find your location” (Port Hope) and follow the instructions.  Call Phil Redford if necessary (905-376-4771) The need is now greater than ever, so please remember…

It’s cold out there.

We believe the Cantate Chimers will also be Marching.  Encourage their participation by supporting  them with your donations!

And don’t forget to sponsor Cathy Carlyle! She is on team St Marks Marchers (no period, no apostrophe).

Make your cheque payable to Coldest Night of the Year and write her name on the memo line.  Or donate online – it’s so much simpler!

A 25-minute DVD of our Cantate Chimers ringing favourite Christmas Carols is available- people can order copies of it from me, Randy Mills  (905-373-0867)  $5 each

Editorial Note

I am having not-quite-routine hip surgery this Sunday, Jan 31st

at Markham-Stouffville Hospital.  Convalescence will be at my daughter Fiona’s in Scarborough until the end of February or until driving is permitted, whichever comes last.  Although not physically present in Port Hope, I will be reachable as always on my cell phone and my computer, and the Cat’s Meow will appear as usual.  God willing, of course.

The Cat’s Meow:  For inclusion, contact Marion Thompson at before Friday morning.  289-314-1349

Internet Services

Provided pro bono to St. Mark’s by:   Jim Corkery at Corkery + Co.


Durham Northumberland Deanery Christian Education Team

Reminder to  Register for Upcoming Programmes


( Storytelling Format)

with John Bird, the Rev. Canon Laverne Jacobs and Rev. Mark Loyal

Monday, February 8th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Register by contacting Patricia Sinnott by February 5th,

by email or phone in order to receive the Zoom link prior to the event (905) 885-0805


How to Lead when you Don’t Know Where You’re Going: Leading in a Liminal Season

A Guided Conversation

Dates:  Thursdays February 11, 18, 25 and March 4

Time:    Morning Group.   10:00-11:30

Afternoon Group.   1:30- 3:00

Facilitator:  Suzanne Lawson

* register with Sara Lawson at

  • buy the book, and
  • read at least the first two chapters before the first session.  

Zoom information will be sent to you

Journey to Jerusalem  

Dates: Monday Group February 22 – March 22 at 1:00

Tuesday Group February 23 – March 23 at 7:00

Facilitator:  Val Whalley


We find ourselves unable to travel because of Covid 19, so the Durham Northumberland Christian Education Team invites you during Lent to journey to Jerusalem with us virtually. Zoom information will be sent to you.