The Messenger

St George the Martyr, Goodwood

November, 2021

Dear Friends

WELCOME TO ANOTHER ISSUE OF THE MESSENGER. October has passed with our annual blessing of animals as we commemorate the patron saint of animals, St Francis. The diocese also held their annual synod this year, which was attended by our representatives, Mark Brindal and Richard Heathcote. We had Fr Wayne Corker of the parish of Naracoorte visiting us as well, as he was the synod observer of the Diocese of the Murray. Then on Friday 22 Fr Paul Devenport, son of our Fr John Devenport, was commissioned as priest in charge of the parish of St Saviour’s Glen Osmond. As October concludes, our gardens look particularly fine at the moment with the roses better than I have ever seen them.

Blessing of Animals

On Sunday 10 October, in the Octave of St Francis, the patron saint of animals (legend has it that he had a pet wolf), we blessed three pets at mass. This was the most diverse group I have ever blessed with a chicken, dog, and ferret. Never say that St George’s doesn’t attract all sorts. Afterwards we buried some ashes of a pet in the gardens. One of the great benefits of our large gardens is that it has room for a resting place for those animals that have blessed our lives.

November and Requiems

November is always a month when we especially remember and pray for the dead. As well as the great feast of All Souls on 2 November, we will keep our he usual monthly requiem for all whose anniversaries fall in November and all past parishioners of St George’s on Friday 5 November. In addition, there will be another special requiem for all those who have had unquiet deaths on Friday 12 November. If you just wish to leave first names, that is understandable. I have deliberately used the term unquiet deaths – this can encompass all from those who have taken their own lives to those who have died not at peace with family or the world. While people are alive there is always the possibility of forgiveness and reconciliation – however, death removes that possibility and the living who survive often live with deep regret and sorrow. This mass is an opportunity to ask God’s forgiveness and healing for us and peace for those souls.

One prayer I like for this situation is:

Bless, O God of eternal life, all who have died without peace or by their own hand. Grant them rest from their inner turmoil and the compassion of your love. Comfort those who mourn their loved ones. Strengthen them to face the questions of pain, the guilt and anger, the irreparable loss. Help us to reach out in love to others who prefer death to the choices of life and to their families who grieve. Amen.

Armistice Day

We will keep the usual prayers at the foot of our war shrine for Armistice Day on Thursday, 11 November. A requiem mass for those who have served in war will be held afterwards at 12 noon.

Stations of the Cross by Voitre Marek

In earlier issues this year I explained the crown in the Church by the Adelaide artist Voitre Marek. We remember this month the year’s mind of Roy Beck, who died 15 November, 1959. His will left various bequests to the Anglo Catholic churches in Australia, including Christ Church St Lawrence and ourselves. Unfortunately, the will was so complex that it was taken to court and a large proportion of the estate was lost in legal fees. The bequest to us paid for the crown and a memorial plaque to his parents and him.

The Parish of Mitcham recently received some the Stations of the Cross, designed and sculptured by the same artist. These Stations of the Cross were formerly in the grounds of St Barnabas Theological College when it was located in Belair. When St Barnabas left the Belair campus they were taken down and placed in storage. St Michael’s Mitcham has now restored the Stations of the Cross and are about to place them in the grounds around St Michael’s Church. The parish has advised us that they will be commissioned on the 7 November at 5:00pm and then there is an opportunity to walk the Stations of the Cross together, followed by refreshments.

Education & the Faith

One of my regrets when I moved here was that I no longer had any entry into the local schools. In Victoria clergy were still allowed to enter primary schools to teach the agreed ecumenical religious lessons, and it was a wonderful opportunity to make connections with the children. Part of my journey into the faith was through my own connection with the clergy at Religious Education lessons as a child. Sadly, this was not possible here. Much of Christianity’s great contribution to Australia has been deliberately ignored in recent decades. If you ever visit the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra you would be hard pressed to think Christianity has given anything to this country. I was pleased to read the Minister of Education, Alan Trudge, writing in the Australian on the 22 October, criticising the draft National Curriculum and its treatment of the faith. Speaking of the draft, by the ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority), he said:

It gave the impression nothing bad happened before 1788 and almost nothing good has happened since. It downplayed our Western heritage. It omitted significant figures in our history such as Menzies, Howard and Whitlam. It almost erased Christianity from our past, despite it being the single most important influence on our modern development ….

I have been crystal clear in my views to ACARA that significant rework was required. ACARA has taken this feedback seriously, along with thousands of pieces of public feedback.

This week I was briefed on some of these updates, but I am yet to see a full updated version of the curriculum. My initial view is that the revised draft curriculum has gone from an F to a C, but our students deserve an A+.

It’s pleasing to see someone defending our corner!

The Light of the World

The Harrington family have given a painting to the church by Michael Harrington, a great stalwart of the parish who died 12 September, 2009. It is a copy of the famous painting, “The Light of the World” by the English Pre-Raphaelite artist William Holman Hunt (1827–1910) representing the figure of Our Lord preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” According to Hunt: “I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be divine command, and not simply a good subject.” The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing ”the obstinately shut mind.” Wikipedia records that the painting was considered by many to be the most important and culturally influential rendering of Christ of its time

The original is variously said to have been painted at night in a makeshift hut at Worcester Park Farm in Surrey, and in the garden of the Oxford University Press, while it is suggested that Hunt found the dawn light he needed outside Bethlehem on one of his visits to the Holy Land. In oil on canvas, it was begun around 1849 or 1850 and completed in 1853. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854 and is now in the side chapel at Keble College, Oxford, the College founded in memory of that great figure in the history of the Catholic Revival of the 19th Century, John Keble.

At the time, Keble College charged a fee to view the picture, so Hunt decided to paint a larger, life-sized, version toward the end of his life. He began it in about 1900 and finished in 1904. Shipowner and social reformer, Charles Booth, purchased the work and it was hung in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. It was dedicated there in 1908, following a 1905–1907 world tour, during which the picture drew large crowds. It was claimed that four-fifths of Australia’s population viewed it. It came to Adelaide in 1906, and 18,168 visitors crammed through the Gallery of South Australia in less than two weeks to see it and it remains one of the most popular exhibitions there ever.

Clergy Moves

Fr David McDougall, who is the provincial of the Society of the Sacred Mission and our guest preacher last Lent, has become Archdeacon for Mission in Willochra diocese.

PNG News

I have been asked by my contacts in the highlands to specially pray for them this time, as there are now a large number of Covid infections there.

Covid Restrictions

Once more there are no changes to the restrictions here. It is not clear what will happen when the restrictions finally ease. In NSW they have eased restrictions only for vaccinated people, so the usual services are open to those who can produce proof of vaccination, and then there is a different service with stricter restrictions for those who are not.

Looking forward we have the feast of Christ the King on 21 November, before we start the new church year the following Sunday with the season of Advent, when we watch and wait for the Lord.

God Bless

Fr Scott

Services

Sunday Services

8.00 am    Mass

10.00 am    Solemn Sung Mass

Weekday Services

Monday                       Fr Scott’s Day Off

Tuesday      10.00 am    Mass,

followed by gardening

Wednesday   8.00 am    Mass

Thursday    12 noon     Mass

Friday          8.00 am    Mass

Saturday       8.00 am    Mass

Consider giving to the church; our bank details are

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Please put “offering” in the description if that is the purpose.

November

2       ALL SOULS

3       Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher of the Faith, 1600

4       Charles Borromeo, Archbishop of Milan, Reformer, 1584

5       Laying of Foundation Stone of 1st Church 1882?

6       William Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, Teacher, 1944

7       ALL SAINTS (from 1)

8       Saints, Martyrs, Missionaries and Teachers of the Anglican Communion

9       Margery Kempe, Mystic, c1440

10       Leo the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher of the Faith, 461

11       Martin, Bishop of Tours, c397

11       Armistice Day

13       Charles Simeon, Priest, Evangelical Divine, 1836

13       Benedictine Saints

14       PENTECOST 25

14       Benedictine Souls

16       Margaret, Queen of Scotland, Philanthropist, Reformer of the Church, 1093

16       Edmund Rich of Abingdon, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1240

17       Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln, 1200

18       Elizabeth of Hungary, Princess of Thuringia, Philanthropist, 1231

19       Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680

19       Mechtild, Béguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, 1280

20       Edmund, King of the East Angles, Martyr

20       Priscilla Lydia Sellon, Restorer of the Religious Life in the Church of England, 1876

21       CHRIST THE KING

22       Cecilia, Martyr at Rome, c230

23       Clement, Bishop of Rome, c100

24       Andrew Dung-Lac, 1839 and the martyrs of Vietnam

25       Catherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th Cent.

25       James Noble, first indigenous Australian ordained, 1941

25       Isaac Watts, Hymn Writer, 1748

28       ADVENT 1

29       Day of Intercession and Thanksgiving for the Missionary Work of the Church

30       ANDREW, APOSTLE AND MARTYR

 

December

1       Charles de Foucauld, Hermit, Servant of the Poor, 1916

2       Frances Perry, Founder of Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, 1892

2       Channing Moore Williams, Anglican Missionary Bishop to China and Japan, 1910

3       Francis Xavier, Apostle of the Indies, missionary, 1552

4       The Rorate Mass

5       ADVENT 2

6       Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c326

7       Ambrose, Bishop of Milan, Teacher of the Faith, 397

8       The Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

8       Richard Baxter, Pastor and Spiritual Writer, 1691

12       ADVENT 3

13       Samuel Johnson, Moralist, 1784

14       John of the Cross, Poet, Teacher of the Faith, 1591

15       LUCY, MARTYR AT SYRACUSE, 304 (from 13)

15       Ember Wednesday

17       Ember Friday

17       O Sapientia

17       Eglantine Jebb, Social Reformer, Founder of “Save the Children”, 1928

18       Ember Saturday

19       ADVENT 4

21       THOMAS, APOSTLE AND MARTYR

25       THE BIRTH OF OUR LORD; CHRISTMAS DAY

26       STEPHEN, DEACON AND FIRST MARTYR

27       JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST

28       HOLY INNOCENTS

29       Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, Martyr, 1170

30       Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1905

31       John Wyclif, Reformer, 1384