After both sides rested their cases in Fresno Superior Court, Judge Donald Black had an important question for the lawyers representing TEC:
“Can you show me just where in the Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons it says that a member diocese may not amend its constitution so as to remove its accession clause?”
A.S. Haley, a lawyer who helped in the Diocese of Quincy’s trial, takes a look at the San Joaquin case on his blog, Anglican Curmudgeon. Read it the post here.
We are sorry to inform you of the death of Canon Alfred Garcia’s dad, Alfred Garcia, Sr. Canon Alfred is the priest at our newly adopted parish Our Lady of Fatima, Dallas, Texas. Here we have included his father’s obituary below. Your prayers are greatly appreciated
Alfred R Garcia, Sr. 1946-2014
Alfred R. Garcia, Sr., 67, of Amarillo, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.
Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with his son, The Very Reverend Monsignor Alfred Garcia Jr. presiding. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Alfred was born in Logan, New Mexico on April 20, 1946 to John Fermin Garcia and Nicolasita Cordova Garcia. He married Mary Helen Angel on June 7, 1969 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. He worked over twenty years for Montfort Meats in Cactus, Texas and was instrumental in working with the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 540 and establishing its presence in the Panhandle of Texas. He was a member of the Dumas Knights of Columbus Council 5061 and a lifelong member of the Confraternidad del Sagrado Corazon of San Antonio Catholic Church in Logan, New Mexico.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Fermin and Nicolasita Cordova Garcia, and one brother SantiagoGarcia.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen; his four children, (Rev.) Alfred Jr. of Dallas, Angela Michelle Garcia and Melissa Annette Garcia de la Cruz, both of Amarillo, and Jordean Gabriella Garcia, of the home; 9 grandchildren; 4 sisters; 6 brothers; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Sign the online guestbook at www.boxwellbrothers.com.
Anybody can learn to be unhappy with their church, especially if they work at it. Shane Blackshear has a tongue-in-cheek post about five ways to be dissatisfied with your church on his blog, starting with “Don’t participate, merely consume.” A cautionary tale for us all.
Read all about it here.
Praise the Lord!
Dear Friends in Christ,
Bishop Morales has recently received some good news concerning his back, at this point in time; he has been advised that the x-rays on his back actually appear to be better than the ones taken two years ago. He has been receiving treatments from a chiropractor this past week or so and has been feeling better after the treatments. There is also a possibility that he may be experiencing the pain from his neck. He was involved in an accident about two years ago, in which, he did experience some whiplash.
Therefore, he is taking his recovery one moment at a time, so please continue your prayers for our Bishop.
Le Roy Groff
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Dear Friends in Christ,
Please keep Janice and Canon Van McCalister in your prayers. Janice’s Mother recently passed away.
May God’s blessings, comfort and Peace be with them and may her Mother’s soul Rest in Peace.
Le Roy Groff
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From James S. Fosdick via Facebook, concerning his daughter:
Good news prayer warriors. Cardiologist who had expressed grave concern about heart issues just reported EKG and echocardiogram show no heart problems. Preeclampsia and pneumonia created perfect storm of fluid buildup that mimicked something worse. Regimen of antibiotics and diuretics should do the job. Susan said the cardiologist seemed exuberant to be giving them the good news. Actually I think it had everything to do with Good News and the power of prayer. Your prayers. Susan said she and Jen praised God there in the hospital room. Feel free to do so wherever you are.
May the gift of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, fill your heart with joy and praise this Advent Season.
Dear brothers and sisters,
On this day of glorious celebration for the Nativity of our Blessed Savior, I send my warm and heartfelt greeting to all the children, youth, adults and seniors of our Diocese. I want you to know that the love and prayers of your Bishop surround you during this Christmas holiday as you gather with friends and family.
Christmas is the feast of light. On Christmas Eve, the glory of the Lord enveloped the shepherds with the pure light of heaven and they were filled with great fear as the angel of the Lord gave them the Good News of the birth of the Savior. The God child born at Bethlehem is the Word of God made flesh, the true light that enlightens all who are born into this world.
Christmas is the feast of peace. The angels from heaven proclaimed it so, as they announced the birth of the Son of God, and sang in the first Christmas carol: “Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.” Every Christmas, the words “Sleep in heavenly peace” are sung in our churches, in our homes, in the streets and at Bethlehem.
Christmas is the feast of love. It is a mystery for which we need wide-open eyes and a renewed heart to adore the Love of God. His love compels us to love our brothers and sisters, especially the ones who suffer most the consequences of disaster and economic crisis and those who suffer loneliness, pain and infirmity. St. Francis of Assisi understood it. The man who loved all creatures; and who was himself so overwhelmed by the tender and manifest love of the God child that he built the first Bethlehem crèche at Greccio, on the Christmas of 1223; knew that Christmas does not happen where there is no love, because the message of the birth of Jesus is the message of the love that was born and gave of itself for the salvation of the world.
During these days of the year, Jesus reminds us that only those who love and have the heart of a child understand and live Christmas, which is the mystery of sharing. Those who do not love and who enclose themselves in their selfishness, will go through Christmas without celebrating it in their hearts and in their lives.
My dear brothers and sisters, let us go to Bethlehem, the “house of bread”. There we will find the bread of love made flesh, man, and history; that gift from the Father kneaded in the fruitful womb of the Virgin Mother, who looks at us with infinite tenderness in the company of St. Joseph, the just man.
Before the Bethlehem altar, all of you will be present in my prayers. There I will give thanks to God for the gift of your lives and I will pray to Emmanuel for you and your family. Pray for me, that the light of Christ will be my guide now and always.
May you have a merry and holy Christmas and a blessed New Year 2014.
With my affection, gratitude and blessing,
9th Bishop of Quincy
The Rev. Canon Ed den Blaauwen, 57, Christ Anglican Church in Moline, recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his ordination. Read the complete story in The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus.