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Jesus has compassion on people. In His ministry, Jesus helped people who suffering, isolated, sick, desperate, abandoned, or persecuted. He instructed those who were hungry for God's Truth through His actions, parables and knowledge of Holy Scripture. Jesus consoled and gave hope to the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted because of righteousness.

FOLLOW CHRIST

  • Pray for people in need
  • Visit the Sick
  • Befriend the lonely
  • Help those in distress
  • Counsel the one who has suffered
  • Console those who weep
  • Feed the hungry
  • Help the destitute
  • Be a peacemaker
  • Bring justice
  • Heal a broken world

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." [Mark 10:45]

Jesus spoke God's Word and walked God's Way. He showed us how to serve. Jesus put God's message of love, acceptance, mercy and healing into action. He gave himself up for us, that is how much he loves us. Jesus lived and taught us how to love God and neighbour. Likewise God reached out in love, touched and healed people through Jesus, and still does.

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience... And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. [Colossians 3:12-14]

SPIRITUAL CARE ON DEMAND 24/7

Our clergy is dedicated the provision of Spiritual Care on demand 24 hours a day. We aim to give compassionate care to young and old and young who need comfort and pastoral care in a variety of settings including hospitals, long term care facilities or homes. Clergy are registered as Community Clergy Spiritual and Religious Care with Capital District Health Authority.

We seek to improve the quality of life for those who are living with advanced illness and to comfort bereaved family members. Spiritual Care is also and integral component of Palliative Care, and have participated in Front-Line Education in Palliative Care with Cancer Care Nova Soctia

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. [Romans 12:15]

COMMUNITY CLERGY

We serve everyone regardless of religion, denomination, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, sex, age, or mental or physical disability. Anytime you need someone to listen without prejudice or to lend you a helping hand, please call us 24 hours at cellular: (902) 225.5768 or (902) 423.2651.

We currently provide pastoral care and friendly visits on a weekly basis as well as respond to palliative and spiritual care needs on urgent notice at several long term care facilities within Halifax. We will spend quality time with any one with a need.

We offer the SACRAMENTS of Marriage and Baptism, and God's eternal message of love and acceptance. We are very happy to to serve you, your families and in the community at large! We have a sincere concern for your spiritual welfare that is lifelong. Consider us you spiritual resource for Life. You are God's child, His creation. You belong to God's family. God loves you, and so do we.
The Church of Saint Mary Magdalene and her clergy are a self-supporting, non-profit organization with caring priests and a network of like-minded clergy nationwide. Visit our National Church website at www.abbacanada.org

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. [James 1:17]

OUR CHRISTIAN MINISTRY INCLUDES

Our outreach ministries and non-denominational programs that serve the community at large are about caring and sharing. These are open to all regardless of religion, denomination, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, sex, age, or mental or physical disability. Our calling is to reach out to people with the message of God's love.
Currently, our Christian ministry includes visiting the sick and the elderly; improving the quality of life of the disenfranchised and forgotten; imparting a love for music, the arts, learning to the young and young at heart; and making for God's presence and authority as Author of our lives known to all.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. [2 Corinthians 1:3-4]

SPECIAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH MINISTRIES

We actively seek out ways to make a difference in people's lives. Our outreach ministries have included:

For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. [Hosea 6:6]

WHERE TO GO FOR HELP IN HRM

Legal Assistance

Counselling and Information

Shelters / Transition Houses

Emergency Food / Meals

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." [Matthew 11:28-30]

MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR [MBTI]

Psychological Assessment

The MBTI is a psychological assessment and [the only personality inventory with proven validity] that provides a framework that lets you recognize and understand your actions and the actions of others. It can be it applies to nearly every part of daily life, personal development, career direction and workstyle preference, marriage preparation and relationship counselling. It is invaluable resource for someone who asks, "Teach me about myself and why I do the things I do; and anything that can tell me why I find some people so easy to get along with, while others irk you to no end."

Your MBTI results identify where you tend to get your energy [Extraversion vs. Introversion], how you prefer to take in information [Sensing vs. Intuition], how you tend to make decisions [Thinking vs. Feeling] and how you like to deal with the outside world [Judging vs. Perceiving]. Your results come in the form of a 4-letter combination of the above dichotomies, such as "INFP" or "ENTJ". This 4-letter code is known as your "type". Each of the sixteen types has a list of associated professions and workplace characteristics that people of each type tend towards.

MARRIAGE MINISTRY

All who seek Marriage in the Church are welcome to contact our clergy to obtain more information about the The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Halifax Wedding Chapel The Halifax Wedding Chapel & Marriage Officiants is a non-profit initiative of the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene. It was created to provide a spiritual alternative to civil marriage. This ministry provides us with the invaluable opportunity to witness Christ's love and to minister to the needs of couples as they prepare to declare life-long vows and become husband and wife. It has been our experience also that some couples have been denied the Sacrament of Marriage by other churches: that remains the absolute right of those churches. However, we believe that the Sacrament is Holy and healing and must be available to all who seek it. All who seek it have an absolute right to receive it.

"They are no longer two, therefore, but one body. So then, what God has united man must not divide." [Mark 10:7-12]

BAPTISM

Christian Baptism

All who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and who have accepted Him, as their personal Lord and Saviour should be baptized. Scripture says 'Believe and be baptized'. Baptism is usually a rite for those who are of a mature, sound mind, and therefore as soon possible after a person comes to believe and accepts Christ, she or he must be baptized.

Baby or infant baptism remains a personal choice of the parents about each of their children. It is a beautiful sacrament and the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene supports it; in particular where it becomes a public affirmation of the family's faith, and can be beneficial to the child through the careful choice of Godparents.

Baptism may be done by total immersion of a person in water, or by symbolic blessing with water. Baptism is a symbol of the Christian's identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

[Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Colossians 2:12; Acts 8:36 - 38.]

"Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off?for all whom the Lord our God will call." [Acts 2:38-40]

POWERFUL AND LIFE-AFFIRMING MINISTRIES

EMPOWERING PARENTS AND THEIR TEENAGERS

Resources to help parents and their teenagers apply listening and caring skills to work with each other. Let you faith guide you both as play an advisory role in your teenager's decision-making process to make the right moves when confronted with everyday ethics and behavioural issues, conflicts, questions, difficult decisions and controversies.

GRIEF AND BEREAVEMENT

Christians with unflinching faith in God do not deny grief. But even in their darkest, most wrenching hours, they borrow God's strength, clinging on to God who will never let them go. When you are shaken, and you know life will never be the same again, you can trust and not be afraid. God will dry your tears and put you on your feet again.

When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. Jesus wept. [John 11:32-33,35]

FUNERALS

We will conduct the Service of Burial of a Child (including stillborn children) and the Service of Burial of an Adult. Please contact us at any time: 902.423.3651

Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. [1 Thessalonians 4:13-14]

PRIESTS WITHOUT BORDERS

We are here to serve you regardless of religion, denomination, race, national or ethnic origin, colour, sex, age, or mental or physical disability.

I tell you solemnly once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I shall be there with them."

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BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

Read Luke 14:1-14 from the Bible,

When Jesus noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: "When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, 'Give this man your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

Then Jesus said to his host, "When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous."

Let's face it, how many of us have made it our life's work to encourage equality and fight discrimination in such a way that people quite unlike ourselves become included as our equals within society? When there is nothing in it for us: no recognition, no accolades, and no place of honour at the table?

On a personal level, how often have we invited someone outside our social circle that is marginalized by society to feast with us, making that person our guest of honour? We are not talking about sharing a pew at church together, or rubbing shoulders at a public dinner, or depositing money into the "poor box" for someone else do the charitable works. We are talking about inviting the person home for a meal with us, making that person welcome as one of our circle of family and friends, treating him/her as an equal.

Jesus did. He challenged inequality within his society on a personal level and lived his program in publicly for all to see. And he was quite vocal about it.

On the surface, Jesus can be interpreted as telling the host not to expect repayment for a meal invitation. But it is more than that. Jesus is actually advocating a radical program of egalitarian commensality when Jesus tells the host to invite "the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind" - those his society has shunned and marginalized - the nobodies, the lowest of the low, and the powerless. Jesus advocates a program where all are equal in the meal shared. He advocates a society with no class distinctions. In ancient Mediterranean culture, the people you partake food with determine your honour and social standing within society [table fellowship]. So to eat with someone of a lower class or an outcast is absurd, if not a very dangerous idea. Some who value their social status and are comfortable in their place in society [social order], and who seek places of honour people found Jesus' program quite threatening. It challenged the class system then as it does today. Even today, Jesus' program challenges the notion of that tight circle of insiders who are "your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbours" who can repay you with favours, invitations, jobs and promotions.

It is unlikely Jesus could afford to throw lavish banquets himself, but Jesus used his ability to heal and healed people who could not repay him. Jesus' invitation was for "the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind" to share in the Kingdom of God, a feast of equals, of open commensality, where there is no distinctions at the table. Jesus broke down barriers by lifting up those shunned by his society and openly embracing them as a true equal. This is the ultimate loving of our neighbour as ourselves.

JESUS REPLIED. "IF ANYONE LOVES ME, HE WILL OBEY MY TEACHING.
MY FATHER WILL LOVE HIM, AND WE WILL COME TO HIM
AND MAKE OUR HOME WITH HIM. [JOHN 14:23]

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John said to him, John said to him, 'Master, we saw a man who is not one of us casting out devils in your name; and because he was not one of us we tried to stop him'. But Jesus said, 'You must not stop him: no one who works a miracle in my name is likely to speak evil of me. Anyone who is not against us is for us. If anyone gives you a cup of water to drink just because you belong to Christ, then I tell you solemnly, he will most certainly not lose his reward.' [Mark 9:38-41]

"GOD HAS NOT CALLED ME TO BE SUCCESSFUL;
HE HAS CALLED ME TO BE FAITHFUL."
- MOTHER THERESA

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"I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
[John 15:5]


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