The Messenger

St George the Martyr, Goodwood

December, 2021

Dear Friends

ADVENT HAS ARRIVED, with its season of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas, and the coming of Christ at the end of our time and the world’s. Advent is designed to make us reflect on where we are in our lives, and to realise that we are only passing through this world on our pilgrimage to meet our Lord. In many ways this pandemic has been an Advent lesson for us, as so many of our plans for holidays and visiting friends and family have been put on indefinite hold, as we wait for end of the pandemic. Advent is meant to make us unsettled in this world too, in realisation that a life with God awaits us beyond the complacencies of this world.

Christmas Services

We will have the children’s service on Christmas Eve, the Friday at 6 pm, then the midnight mass will start at 11 pm. On Christmas Day we will only have one mass, at 9 am. Then the next day will be Sunday, and we are back to our round of 8 am and 10 am.

New Year’s Eve

We will have our usual mass on New Year’s Eve at 5 pm to say farewell to the old year and pray for the year coming. This short mass will only be around 30 minutes, but is a way to ask God’s blessing on the coming year.

Garden Party for Christ the King

This year we had a garden party for Christ the King instead of a parish lunch. We were joined by the Mayor of Unley, Michael Hewitson and wife Ros, for the occasion. We also had a hats competition – mainly for fun, but the following Thursday, 25 November, is the feast of St Catherine of Alexandria, who was martyred in the 4th C. She’s a very busy patroness of many causes, including hats.

Saint Catherine’s Day is observed in France, where unmarried women twenty-five and older once became known as “catherinettes.” These formed confraternities to care for St. Catherine’s statue and to adorn it on her feast day with a special cap made in St. Catherine’s colours of yellow (for faith) and green (for knowledge).

In twentieth-century Paris, attention converged on the midinettes or shop girls, especially those who worked in the fashion or milliner industry. Seamstresses shut their doors on St Catherine’s Day and made merry with champagne, oysters, sweets, and dancing. If there were any catherinettes among them, outrageous hats were made for them.

Parisian catherinettes would keep the vigil of the feast by locking arms and strolling down the Rue de la Paix, first to pay homage to the statue of St Catherine, then to celebrate into the night in nearby cafes. These parades sometimes grew riotous as young men tried to steal a kiss from the participants. In 1925, police had to intervene when 300 to 400 Frenchmen crowded around one woman and fought enthusiastically “for the honour of planting the first kiss on her fair cheeks.”

News from the Solomons

Many of you will remember our Solomon Islanders who attended our parish while they were studying in Adelaide. The mission work in much of Melanesia was done by Anglo-Catholics, and their legacy includes a liturgy not too dissimilar to ours. As a result, students from the Solomons feel very much at home at St George’s. I received the following letter from Coleridge Sua, who was here a few years ago, from the Solomons:

Hi Fr Scott,

As the school calendar approaches its closure, Jennifer and I would like to sincerely say “thank you” to you and all the kind-hearted and generous givers from St George’s Parish Goodwood; for the gifts of money towards Charlyn and Reece’s School fees in 2021. We know covid 19 has negative impacts on our economies, but your hearts are bigger than covid 19, so we thank the Lord for that. Please convey our “heartfelt thank you” to all the Parishioners for such an assistance, so we say “thank you” “thank you” and “tenk iu tumas” (Solomon tok pidgin: thank you so much).

Reece, on the Selwyn College’s Graduation and Prize giving day, managed to scoop two awards for “Economics” and “Sociology” courses. Charlyn will have her end of year exams next week.

We wish all Parishioners safe week end and may the Lord protect us all.

Thank you and God Bless

Sua family

I have been in contact with him again to see how the family is going in the recent riots, and he assures me that they are well.

All Souls

My thanks for your support for All Soul’s and the requiem for those who had unquiet deaths. The departed live in God’s sight and our requiems are a means for us to join our prayers with those who have gone before, as we hope that someday others will do for us.

Covid Restrictions

This is a time of added anxiety as our borders open. At the moment, there are no changes in the restrictions, and masks must be worn in the church, even for singing. Communion remains only in one kind, the consecrated bread.

Advent Customs

One of the Advent customs is a special votive mass for Our Lady. This is also called the rorate mass, from the Latin introit, “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above” and is celebrated by candlelight, to symbolise the coming of the light of Christ in Advent. We are keeping that this Saturday 4 December, at 8 am. Another custom is the Advent wreath, when we light a new candle every week to symbolise those who point the way to the Christchild, the patriarchs, prophets, John the Baptist, and Our Lady. We also observe in our church the custom of the journey of Mary and Joseph, who progress around the church, with their donkey, during Advent to arrive at the crib in time for the feast of Christmas day.

Studies

Our last Sunday in the month studies has now concluded for the year. Our last study was given by our Lay Reader Timothy Hender, on his present masters into the history of St George’s. We also looked briefly at one of our historical orders of service, put out by Fr Wise. This caused so much trouble with the then Bishop Nutter Thomas that the bishop involved Fr Wise in a lengthy court case and never set foot in the church again.

Vic Waples

On 18 November Vic Waples died. Vic, and his late wife Mary, have been involved with St George’s for many decades, and for many years looked after the gardens here. In later years, when Vic’s hearing started to fail, he always made himself useful by helping with washing up – it was a ministry he enjoyed as he could talk and hear easily those next to him at the sink. His funeral will be at St George’s on Friday, 10 December, it has been delayed to give time for his grandchildren to come from interstate.

AGMs

Notice is given of a Special Vestry Meeting to consider the budget and the AGMs of the Coulthard Fund and Association for Education on next Sunday 5 December. The reports are available at the back of the church.

Visiting Clergy

This Sunday we will have Mother Joan Claring-Bould joining us as she celebrates her anniversary of being made deacon and ordained priest. Joan was a student here at St George’s and we are proud of her ministry in the hospitals and those in need.

Christmas Help

We are seeking monetary donations for flowers to beautify the church at Christmas. Help is also required with brass and silver cleaning and other tasks in preparation for Christmas. Please advise our sacristan Emily Harding if you can assist in any way, however small. (Remember – many hands make light work).

Advent reflection

I have included an Advent Reflection in our magazine from Bishop David Robarts, a former Anglican priest. I served as his deacon for a year at Christ Church Brunswick, in Melbourne. It is a lovely little church, that was once famous for its Sarum style of liturgy. Within the Anglo-Catholic movement, there were those parishes that followed more closely the Roman Catholic ceremonial of the time, and those who tried to revive the extinct English rite, which was known as the Sarum rite, from the Latin name for Salisbury, a centre of the old rite. The liturgical changes of the mid 20th C made these distinctions redundant. The vicar there is now Bishop Lindsay Urwin, who many of you may remember visitied us a number of years ago when he was the Guardian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham, England.

I hope you enjoy Bishop David’s message.

God Bless

Fr Scott

Advent Reflection

ADVENT SUNDAY INTRODUCES US not only to a new Season but the beginning of a new Church Year. Such a scheme means that the Church’s Year predates the current civil year by some 4-5 weeks. Yet it ought to be remembered that until as recently as 1751 the opening of the new civil year was on 25th March. Why so? Because it was “Lady Day” – the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which can be rightly regarded as the first dawning of Christmas and the beginning of the Christian era itself. Advent hits us sharply with a message of real time, God’s time, His opportune intervention in our time, by Incarnation; that which we call Salvation History.

Advent is a time of expectant waiting for God to act, as did the Israelites for century upon century, until His Messianic promises find fulfilment through His Son who becomes Son of Mary in Jesus the Christ. Yes, He has come. However, Advent also reminds us insistently – He is also yet to come. As conqueror of death and author of resurrection life, we long for His promised fulfilment to make all things new, to at last be realized. He has come, and is yet to come; but perhaps of most practical importance is the saving reality, often overlooked, that He never ceases to come to us: in Providential Mercy and Grace upon Grace, every day. He is both a coming and a waiting God. He does not impose Himself on us, but waits and longs for us to respond. But do we wait and really long for Him? I believe the truest thing about us human creatures is our deepest longings for our Creator, who Himself made these very longings and yearnings for Him. Objectively, we could say this is His due. But acknowledging this is one thing; acting upon it quite another. We are so easily distracted, and set our yearnings and longings on so many other things; they may be beautiful things and dear to our hearts, but all too often instead of leading us to Him in gratitude they become God substitutes, an end in themselves, even idolatrous, because they do not lead us to the Giver Himself, the Source of all our Joy.

I have been kindly informed that I should make pastoral seasonal letters such as this shorter in length, as people may not bother to get through it all. A little self -criticism has made me aware that one of the short comings of old age is the propensity to become prolix and garrulous. Mea Culpa. This letter is something of a gesture of amendment.

A brief quotation from an Anglican sermon of (now Saint) John Henry Newman:

Year passes after year, silently; Christ’s coming is ever nearer than it was. O that, as he comes nearer earth, we may approach nearer heaven!

O my brethren, pray him to give you the heart to seek him in sincerity. Pray him to make you in earnest. You have one work only, to bear your cross after him. Resolve in his strength to do so.

Pray him to give you what Scripture calls ‘an honest and good heart’, or ‘a perfect heart’, and without waiting, begin at once to obey him with the best heart you have. Any obedience is better than none, – any profession which is disjoined from obedience, is a mere pretence and deceit. Any religion which does not bring you nearer to God is of the world. You have to seek his face; obedience is the only way of seeking him. All your duties are obediences.

Life is short; death is certain; and the world to come is everlasting.

May this Advent Season be a time of both expectant waiting, and deeper yearning and longing for the Lord by us all,

Your Father in God,

+ Bishop David Robarts

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

Saturday     8.00 am   Mass

Christmas Services

Children’s Service

6 pm Friday 24 December

Midnight Mass

Starting 11 pm 24 December

Solemn Sung Mass

9 am Saturday 25 December

New Year’s Eve

5 pm Friday 31 December

Consider giving to the church; our bank details are

BSB 105033 account 151992640

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

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

January

1       THE NAMING AND CIRCUMCISION OF JESUS: Solemnity of MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

2       THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD (from 6th)

2       Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus, Bishops, Teachers of the Faith, 379 & 389

2       Eliza Hassall, CMS Missionary in the Middle East, 1917

2       Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Spiritual Guide, 1833

2       Vedanayagam Samuel Azariah, Bishop in South India, Evangelist, 1945

9       THE BAPTISM OF OUR LORD

10       William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1645

12       Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167

12       Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689

12       Dedication of 1st Church, 1882

13       Hilary of Poitiers, Teacher of the Faith, 367

13       Kentigern [Mungo], Missionary Bishop in Strathclyde and Cumbria, 603

14       Sava, first Archbishop of the Serbian Church, 1235

16       EPIPHANY 2

17       Antony of Egypt, Hermit, Abbot, 356

17       Charles Gore, Bishop, Teacher, Founder of the Community of the Resurrection, 1932

18       CONFESSION OF PETER

19       Wulfstan, Bishop of Worchester, 1095

20       Richard Rolle of Hampole, Spiritual Writer, 1349

21       AGNES, CHILD-MARTYR OF ROME, 304

21       Mt Lamington Memorial Day (1951)

22       Vincent of Saragossa, Deacon, First Martyr of Spain, 304

23       EPIPHANY 3

24       Companions of Paul, including Timothy, Titus and Silas

24       Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva, Teacher of the Faith, 1622

25       CONVERSION OF PAUL

26       Australia Day

27       John Chrysostom, Bishop of Constantinople, Teacher, 407

28       Thomas Aquinas, Priest, Teacher, 1274

30       THE PRESENTATION OF CHRIST IN THE TEMPLE (Candlemas) (from 2nd)

30       Charles, King and Martyr, 1649

30       Laying of Foundation Stone of Oratory 1915