MAY  2005     Issue No.3

Did you know …?
St. Mark – the Patron Saint of Glaziers

"Agnus Dei" window
in the Peace Chapel

St. Mark is the Patron Saint of the unusual mixture of attorneys, barristers and notaries but also of captives and imprisoned people. At the same time he is the patron of lions, insect bites, struma (moss), scrofulous (swollen gland) diseases, Egypt and Venice.

Mark also happens to be the Patron Saint of Glaziers and Stained Glass Workers.

In the last few years, St. Mark’s has had quite a bit of ‘glazier’ work done, first with the basic necessity of replacing the old windows and then the beautification with the John Chapman memorial glass doors in the link.

More recently it has gradually undergone a transformation and been further beautified by the installation of stained glass windows.

Stained Glass Windows
This transformation started with the Agnus Dei memorial to Marjorie and Ian Blakeney in the chapel, and the John Wilkins memorial windows, Alpha & Omega, beside the front doors. The latest windows are now being added within the church-proper.

To date we have windows dedicated to St Mark’s Veterans, Baptism in memory of Tex Holt, Nativity donated to and by St Mark’s women, and recently Prayer, in memory of Joan Wittenberg, and the Resurrection window dedicated to Bill and Gwen Bell.
With the production of concept-designs for all 16 window-themes, what started as a ‘trickle’ has suddenly become a ‘flood’! Not only do we have five windows installed, but we also have donated windows ‘in-the-works’ commemorating the Good Shepherd, Miracles, Eucharist, Pentecost, Music and of course St. Mark. With the installation of that window, we will then have a window in St. Mark’s, of St. Mark, the glaziers own Patron Saint!

One window is temporarily ‘on-hold’ - Discipleship, and four windows (as of May 8) – Covenant, Palm/Passion, Good Friday and Trinity - are still available.

An interest has been shown in the Discipleship window by a number of former parishioners of St. Peter’s, Ottawa, as a possible ‘thanksgiving’ window for that community. We were asked to ‘reserve’ the window to allow former parishioners ‘to think about’ making a donation towards this window. The window design symbolizes the ‘fisher’ theme that was very much part of St. Peter’s church.
Thanksgiving Memorials and Gifts
The Stained Glass Windows are only part of an on-going process under the heading ‘Thanksgiving Memorials and Gifts’. The Memorial Committee also co-ordinates other types of gifts, and is compiling a list of various items that could be donated, for both inside and outside the church.

If you would like more information on gift giving, literature is available in the link, as are the designs for the windows. Or you can contact one of the Committee members, Cynthia Greer, Jean Cobb, Coralie Sheehan or Margaret Lodge.

- Margaret Lodge



“And his face was like the sun shining with full force.”
Revelation I :16b (N.R.S.V.)
As I write this summer message already in mid-April, we are living under sunshine and mild temperatures that do not frequently happen so early in Ottawa. Most of us look forward to being on the other side of winter again, basking in warmer temperatures and longer days. Summer is a time to revel in God’s beautiful creation and ponder the harmony in which we have been made with this earth and all that is in it. Eco-justice is an important part of our spirituality as Christians. This has to do with growing in our personal and corporate awareness of living with respect and dignity in our relationship with the earth and everything in it.  I hope to have some special focus Sundays in our parish Liturgy this next year to raise this awareness.

In the first chapter of the Book of Revelation, the word “sun” is used figuratively to refer to the face of Christ. Jesus is our true Sun of righteousness. What does a righteous person look like? Look at Jesus as we see Him in the Scriptures, through the Spirit, in the communion of His Body, the Church. Letting His Spirit rule us 15 what it means to live under the sun as Christians.

With proper exposure, the sun brings healing. It can help heal our mood and feelings and even help heal blemished skin. Jesus is our true Sun of healing and source of grace, forgiveness and joy. Christ is the  light that extinguishes all darkness and enables us to see where we are going. The  love emptied out and revealed to us in the way of the Cross is the love that takes us
into healing and new life, both here and hereafter.
Our Anglican practice of praying the Daily Office (Morning and Evening Prayer) marks the rising and the setting of the sun. Marking the days and seasons of the year with prayer is what it means to live in Christ” — to live our lives as Christians.

I will be away for one month of holidays followed by a reading week this summer. This will be from July 4 to August 8. On the Sundays of July 10 and 17, the Rev. Ken Spear will be presiding at the Eucharist at 8 and 10 AM. On the Sundays of July 24, 31, and August 7, the Rev. Professor Kevin Flynn (Director of the Anglican Studies Program at St Paul University) will be presiding at the Eucharist at 8 and 10 AM. Canon Matthew Borden will be presiding at the Eucharist on Wednesdays, July 6 to August 3, as well as at the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre on Fridays.

As you enjoy the longer days and warmer sun this summer, grow in your awareness of what it means to live under the Son. May the harmony, joy and peace of the Blessed Trinity into which Christ takes us be  your experience of living under the sun.

- Roger Steinke +

Services of the Holy Eucharist:
Sunday at 8 AM and 10 AM
Wednesday at 10 AM

Office hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am - 1 pm
Office closed July and August
regular hours resume September 6

Mary (Joan) Wittenberg, 1916 – 2004

A very proud Mothers’ Union member

Joan Wittenberg 'Prayer Window'
praying hands, anchor of  hope and salvation,
MU emblem is
in crosspiece
of the anchor

My mother, Mary (Joan) Wittenberg was born in Fareham, England, on November 13, 1916, and passed away, in Ottawa, on November 5, 2004.

In her early years, she immigrated to Canada, where she met, fell in love and married my Dad. They went to England, and my Dad enlisted in the British army when war broke out. My Mom looked after two children, who were born in England. During this bad period in time, she was introduced to the Mothers’ Union (MU).

After the war, the family returned to live permanently in Canada, and settled in Ottawa. My Mom was classified as a War Bride.

In 1951, the family moved to a new home opposite a little white ‘church’ house. This was St. Peter’s Anglican Church, where we, as a family, became active members. A new church was built and dedicated in 1959, across the street, just beside our home.

Rev. A.E.O. Anderson was the priest at St. Peter’s, and during his time there, he introduced Mothers’ Union to the congregation.

Mrs. Ethel C. Anderson, his wife, was Enrolling Member and made the Mothers’ Union banner. In 1952, my Mom was admitted as the first member of St. Peter’s Mothers’ Union, and again became an active member of this institution and wore her Mothers’ Union pin with pride. Rev. Anderson later became the Mothers’ Union Dominion Chaplain, and Mrs. Anderson, Dominion President.

Unfortunately, St. Peter’s Mothers’ Union folded in the late 80s, and St. Peter’s church closed down on March 30, 2003. In her last few years, Mom attended St. Mark’s Anglican Church, which has one of the two active Mothers’ Union branches in the diocese. Being a member of the Mothers’ Union, and her faith in Jesus Christ, helped Mom through difficult times in her life, especially the loss of my Dad in October, 1965.

I close with the Mothers’ Union prayer, which was used for my Mom’s membership in 1952:

O Lord, fill us with Thy Holy Spirit, that we may firmly believe in Jesus Christ, and love Him with all our hearts. Wash our souls in His precious blood. Make us to hate sin, and to be holy in thought, word and deed. Help us to be faithful wives and loving mothers. Bless us and all who belong to the Mothers’ Union, unite us together in love and prayer, and teach us to train our children for Heaven. Pour out Thy Holy Spirit on our husbands and children. Make our homes, Homes of Peace and Love, and may we so live on earth that we may live with Thee forever in Heaven, for Jesus Christ’s sake.        


- Margaret Blakeney

St. Mark’s web page is evolving. It is undergoing changes - monthly. It is keeping the familiar look of the old, nothing is being removed, just moved a bit, and new pages and items are being added all the time. Everything you want to know about St. Mark's at your fingertips.

One new part of St. Mark’s on-line is made possible by the recent  ‘acquisition’ of extra space for larger graphics, thanks to Lorne Bowerman (founder of our web site) and a new link to his Christmas present …!

We now have space for a ‘news & views’ section which includes all the current events and its three-monthly calendars, information on memorial giving, the memorial gallery (windows, kneelers etc), and more recently our history, as recorded in St. Mark’s 50th Anniversary book Memories: The First Fifty Years .. 1949-1999 (all seven chapters, photos and appendices), and … our very own ‘Mark This Word’. This all can be found through our main site or at

The calendars are prepared well in advance (May’s events page has May, June and July calendars), so if you have any St Mark’s event that is coming up, please let Margaret Lodge know, as soon as possible.

Not everyone has direct access to the web, but to help keep everyone up-to-date, three-months- worth of web-calendars are printed and placed on the link bulletin board.

During the change over of web pages, you might come across a few glitches along the way - there are links that might get missed. If you find any – let Margaret know.

All this brought to you – free – by your St. Mark’s Webbers:
Webmaster: Lorne Bowerman
Current Events: Margaret Lodge
Parish Information: Brian Harrison

Also for the convenience of those who are on-line, the church office is now wired, so any information you need to pass on can be done this way. Church Office: Claudette -

- Margaret Lodge


Perhaps nowhere does this old maxim ring truer than with regard to personal hygiene. and nowhere is hygiene more of an issue br the Church than with regard to Holy Communion. This issue is two-fold: treating sacred objects with the appropriate reverence, and making it possible for parishioners to share together in the glorious mystery of Christ’s Body and Blood without endangering anyone’s health.

For some, the idea of a communal Chalice is simply too uncomfortable, which is why certain parishes use single-serving disposable cups. Other individuals prefer to receive by intinction, which is when the bread wafer is dipped into the wine. And still others will refuse the Cup, preferring to receive the Host only. All of these methods are perfectly acceptable. However, it was thought that a little more detail might to he helpful. St Mark’s Lay Administrators of Communion discussed this subject at length with Roger in a recent meeting. and concluded that an article in “Mark This Word” on the general conversation could answer some questions that people may have.

There are two prime concerns: people who fear
to contract some ailment through the common Cup, and people who fear to pass such an ailment on to others. There are those with colds and viruses and even diseases... and there are those with compromised immune systems, for whom even a cold can he a serious matter. Certainly a person who knows that he or she has a cold or similar illness would be well advised to refrain from receiving the Chalice for that period when they feel unwell, as a sensible precaution.

It should he stated up-front. though, that it is extremely unlikely that anything at all could be transmitted through the Eucharist.

First, here at St Mark’s the Rector and the Lay
Administrators wash with hand sanitizer after exchanging the Peace and before handling any of the Elements. Second. all metal Chalices designed for sacred purposes are lined with gold, which is germicidal. (This means that ceramic Chalices, although they make lovely gifts, are not practical for such use.) Third, the alcoholic content in the wine we use is strong

enough to be highly resistant to germs of all kinds. Fourth, the Lay Administrators are always careful to wipe the rim after each previous communicant — with a clean purificator — and to rotate the Cup before approaching the next communicant so that a different section of the rim is presented.

Something that many people are unaware of is that there are way fewer germs in the mouth than on the fingers. Therefore, people who prefer to intinct their wafer must take care that they don’t touch the wine with their fingertips. Should a wafer fall into the Cup. the Lay Administrator will obtain another wafer from the Rector, carefully dip out the dropped wafer and consume both. The parishioner can wait at the communion rail for the Rector to give him or her a new wafer.

Another precaution that parishioners should  watch for is when they guide the Chalice to their lips. This kind of assistance is very helpful to the Lay Administrators. However, fingers should not come into contact with the actual rim of the Cup. It is a convenient way to secure a grip on the Chalice’s round smoothness, but it does provide an extra  element of possible contamination. The Lay Administrator will ensure that the Cup is neither
dropped nor spilled, so a firm grasp by the communicant is not really necessary.

Having said all this, let it be noted that the Rector of every Church is almost always the last person to use the Chalice (during the ablutions after everyone else has received), and there is not one recorded instance of a priest contracting an illness as  a result. Surely if there was any chance that anyone could pick up any kind of hug from the communal Cup, it would he one of the Clergy. By comparison and through sheer odds, all of us have little to worry about.

Therefore, through the wise and caring precautions that the Anglican Church and others take in this regard, we are able to put our natural concerns about our physical well-being to rest and celebrate  the Lord’s Supper without distraction or fear. Praise God!

- Sheila Vaudrey


"If you can read this,
thank a teacher.
If it's in English,
thank a veteran."

May 8: VE Day
60th anniversary
August 14: VJ Day
60th anniversary
November 5 - 11:
Veterans' Week

November 11:
Remembrance Day


Any and all contributions are welcome. The best method for e-­files is to save them in Rich Text Format (RTF) and email them to me. Hard copy can be mailed or handed to me on Sundays at St Mark’s.

If you would rather receive this newsletter in electronic format only, that's great, it will save paper. Simply e-mail me with your request.

Next deadline: August 28, 2005

- Sheila Vaudrey

Newsletter Editor


Have you ever noticed how many jobs there are
in the Parish, and how many people are doing them? Margaret Williamson guided the preparation of the Church Job Descriptions for all the jobs that are identified in the Parish. I can’t remember how many there are, but I believe that they are all filled by assignment of someone responsible, often with great difficulty to get a "volunteer.” Most of the time parishioners direct all problems or suggestions to one of the Wardens: they in turn scratch their head to clarify the matter and, if possible, they assign the matter to the appropriate “volunteer.”

Many times we take note, from our "comfortable pews,” of how the matter is being handled. Most the time we have a critical opinion, thinking of how much better we would have done the job. But the important thing is that someone is doing the job; maybe not the way we would do it, and  maybe not as well as we think we would do it, but the job is being done. I am sure God appreciates the duties that are being carried out.

So if you think you have an expertise in a  particular field, let Roger or the Wardens know that you are willing to take on a responsibility. I am sure that they will appreciate having a resource of people power to replace the tired and worn incumbents.

- George McGill

The Parish of St. Mark the Evangelist
Anglican Church of Canada

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