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 Thursday, May 16, 2019
On A Couple of Matters...

I always have the fantasy that after Easter the pace will ease-off a bit with the summer months of July and August beckoning on the horizon. Alas not so. The winding up of the academic year for many families alone is enough to raise heart beats and bring on sleepless nights!
The final weeks of May bring two dates to mark in our calendars. The first is Sunday , May 26 th  in the Memorial Day Weekend. Although still in the Easter Season, at St. Martin’s we will commemorate those who have given their lives in the many wars stretching back to the Civil War. Here are eight things you might want to know about Memorial Day .
The Memorial Day commemoration comes this year against the background of the increasing drum beat of military escalation aimed clearly at Iran. Iran is certainly no innocent actor on the Middle East stage, but the provocation potential of the current buildup of our forces in the Gulf should give us pause for thought for what we fail to remember we are destined to repeat!
The second date to mark in our Calendars is May 30 th , Ascension Day. Ascension Day always falls on a Thursday marking the 40 th day after Easter. The fullest depiction of the Ascension of Jesus occurs in Luke’s Gospel, where it forms a kind of literary device that signals the resurrected Jesus’ physical departure as a preparation for the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Sunday, the 50 th day after Easter. Because it’s always a Thursday, the Ascension observance is, these days, most commonly observed on the Sunday after the Ascension.
However, last year, St Martin’s, St Stephen’s and Church of the Redeemer – the three Episcopal parishes on the East Side - marked Ascension Day with a joint celebration. Last year St Martin’s hosted, and I believe, this was the first occasion – at least in recent memory -when the three parishes had come together in worship – a fact that should also give us pause for thought. This year St. Stephen’s will host our combined Ascension Day celebration with a Solemn Eucharist at 7pm followed by a simple reception.
At the risk of sounding like an anxious coach pep-talking his team’s supporters for an away game event, I do hope many of our St Martin’s community will fill the pews in Smokey Steve’s (the common nickname for St Stephen’s among the incense adverse) to celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord with our Episcopal friends and neighbors. So, please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 30 th , 7 pm! I can promise it will be a totally different style of worship from the one we are used to – so why not live dangerously.
See you this Sunday when we will baptize Amaya Hershberger, daughter if Ianthe and Anthony, and granddaughter of Angelita and Dharman Hensman into membership of Christ's Body on earth.


Starting this past Sunday and running through the end of the year is St Martin's 2019 fund raising for the Episcopal Charities Fund of RI. 

Since the 1950’s, Episcopal Charities provides vitally important grants to non-profit service organizations located throughout the State. 

Last year, over $337,000 in grants were awarded to 52 charities with 100% of contributions go directly to the designated charities.

This past Sunday Dr Annie Degroot, Executive Director of Hope Clinic , made a compelling presentation to St Martin’s on this volunteer clinic which provides healthcare access for many uninsured and low income Spanish speaking immigrant patients residing in West Providence. 

Donations may be one-time or periodic and may be charged against MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express credit cards.

Any questions, please contact:

Stevens McAleer 
133 Power St.
Providence, RI 02906
203-906-5853 mobile

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will be hosted by 
Tom and Donna Calhoun.


It's spring and a great time to start downsizing those unneeded items. Help them find a new home in the CLOAK!

All donations are greatly appreciated, and help us support the work of Harrington Hall, Camp Street Ministry, Open Closet, Savers, the Soup Kitchen and the RI SPCA.
The Gates of Justice
by Dave Brubeck
Performed by the RI Civic Chorale and Orchestra
Saturday, June 1, 7:30 pm
Immaculate Conception Church
237 Garden Hills Drive, Cranston
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*See Beth Shearer and Hal Conner for discounted tickets
Providence Preservation Society
Festival of Historic Houses

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16
Paterson Park neighborhood on the East Side

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