Commemoration of All Faithful Departed (All Saints’ Day)

Sunday November 4 Rituals around the certainty of death and the care of the dead are universal.  All Souls’ Day in European folklore is related to customs of veneration for one’s ancestors which is practiced worldwide, through events such as the Roman custom of the Lemuria, the Celtic Samhain, the…

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Welcome to Fall: “Ordinary Time”

      On the secular calendar, my favorite season is fall.  I love the clear, crisp days and cool starry nights, the harvest festivals, backyard campfires, outdoor football, and the lakes when all the summer folks have put away their docks and the loons have taken back their turf.      On…

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Community Garden Begins New Year

The Community Garden Ministry began with a grant from ECMN (Episcopal Church in MN) in 2015 and is currently in cooperation with the African Women’s Alliance. The mission of this project was to provide a way to foster relationships, respond to human needs, and provide opportunities to learn and dialogue…

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“Starfish” Tiny House Blessing

              On Thursday May 10, 2018 the Rt. Rev. Brian Prior, bishop of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, blessed the recently completed “Starfish” tiny house dwelling, which is located in the “back yard” of the church. The people of St. John’s Episcopal Church in St. Cloud are addressing the “homelessness”…

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Eastertide

Eastertide:  Another term for Easter season, the Great Fifty Days. As used in English-speaking churches, “tide” is an old word meaning a festival and its season. For the church, this is, in fact, still Easter. Easter is not meant to be just one sunny Sunday, marked by a hearty meal…

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