St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Port Hope

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany                     7 February 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:

Isaiah 40: 21-31; Psalm 147: 1-12, 21c;

1 Corinthians 9: 16-23;  Mark 1:29-39.


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 Burundi, and, in our .Diocese, we pray for  Holland Deanery

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; Extendicare, Cobourg; Cobourg’s The Golden Plough; Regency and Warkworth Place.

 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:   Molly Mulloy, (Tom Lawson’s daughter), Gail Rowe and her family, Terry Moore,  Pat Paddon,

 For Merle Carlson (Gwen Duck’s aunt) and 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



Light glimmers on the horizon as vaccinations continue to be completed in our area with almost all of the long term care residents at the Golden Plough Lodge having received their first dose of the vaccine. This is part of the plan for vaccinating all vulnerable populations. A local advisory committee, in consultation with health and community partners, is developing a plan for mass immunization as more vaccine becomes available. Dr. Gemmill is hopeful all adults wanting vaccines will have them by the end of September.

Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education, announced on Wednesday that students in all school boards in Ontario will return to in-class learning over the next few weeks. Cheers of joy resounded from students, parents and teachers!

As new virus variants are appearing and the possibility of droplet and aerosol transmission is being explored I am reading about changes to masking. Dr. Tam has suggested 3 layer masking and Dr. Fauci supported doubling your masks before venturing out in public. The scientific data is still out on how effective these simple measures may be in preventing or slowing the spread of the virus but Fauci’s comment was, ‘if one layer is effective, it would make sense that two could be more efficient.’ Both doctors continue to stress the importance of maintaining social distance to prevent the spread … such a simple and essentially 100% effective concept that so many people are having difficulty following.

Keeping us all connected at St. Mark’s has taken another step forward with the formation of the St. Mark’s Phone Tree for COVID Times. Father William, along with phone captains, Peter Kedwell, Wayne Smith, Carol Finlay, Cathy Carlyle and Marilyn Moore will be calling everyone in the parish over the next few weeks. Each captain has been assigned 9 or 10 parishioners to contact for a ‘casual chat’, providing a personal touch to the current emails and mailed messaging.

Last Sunday’s zoom service focused on the importance of our homes under the current ‘Stay-at-Home’ orders and featured readings and blessing for various rooms and music by Deborah, Randy, Kate and Killari. We were joined by Valmai Howie Elkins who shared ideas about making a house a home and Elin Goulden, Social Justice and Advocacy Consultant with the Diocese of Toronto, who spoke about preventing and addressing homelessness in the face of a COVID-19 winter.

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).

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

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

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 289-252-0215


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.