Lent is ripe with opportunity. However, Lent is “limited,” in that this holy and sacred season is only 6 weeks long; a mere 40 days. Lent truly does not linger very long with us. Opportunity knocks but not too often. Lent comes and goes. Lent’s visit is hardly lengthy. We are gifted with this rather unique church season to better prepare ourselves to truly celebrate the great Paschal Feast of Easter. In order to be at “our best,” we have 40 days to prepare ourselves; to cleanse our heart and soul, to refresh and revive the spirit.
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New Online Calendar Supports iCal and has an RSS feed
Our calendar is now online! Not only will you be able to see what’s on the horizon, you’ll also be able to request email reminders for events and subscribe to a live feed of the calendar with any product supporting the iCal format. It’s also available on our Calendar page, along with a “This Week at St Nick’s” item in the left margin.
Message of Support for Marriage Equality in Illinois from Bishop Jeffrey
The scriptures tell us to testify to what we have seen, and in communities and congregations across our diocese, we have seen that extending legal protection and respect to same-sex couples has created stronger, happier households and contributed to the common good. Now in Illinois, the respect afforded by civil unions has been extended to the dignity of true equality. I rejoice that it is now easier for our gay and lesbian sisters and brothers to order their lives together, to care for one another and to raise children in a stable home. Justice has been done. – The Rt. Rev. Jeffrey D. Lee, Episcopal Bishop of Chicago
You Are Always Welcome at St Nicholas
Be a part of the Community of St Nicholas! Attend a support group meeting, volunteer at our twice-monthly food pantry, or come just as you are to worship Saturday evenings at 4:30PM (informal and friendly), or Sunday mornings at 10AM (somewhat more formal, but just as friendly).