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This is a blog for all interests of the members of St Margaret's and San Francisco de Asis Episcoapl Church. You wiill find here many interesting stories, ideas, announcements and occurances about our members and community. Feel free to comment on our blog.

Grapevine is the monthly online newsletter of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. A new issue is posted on the first of each month, but because it's a source of time-sensitive information, it is often updated during the month, so you'll want to come back ot it occasionally during the month for the latest on coming events throughout the diocese.

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A hopeful story about Canterbury and Romeā€¦

Posted by Fabio on March 13, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (14)

A hopeful story about Canterbury and Rome…

Bishop Frade wants to make sure you’ve read about last Saturday’s meeting between Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict XVI, and their joining together to lead an ecumenical vespers service at San Gregorio Magna al Celio in Rome.

At the service marked the 1000th anniversary of the founding of Italy’s Camaldoli monastic community, which includes a presence at San Gregorio, both the archbishop and the pope delivered homilies and lit candles together in the chapel of St. Gregory.

You can read the whole story here.


Covenant Update

Posted by Fabio on March 1, 2012 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesday, February 8th, the Vestry of St. Margaret’s and San Francisco de Asís Episcopal Church in Miami Lakes met with Archdeacon Thomas Bruttell and Archdeacon Bryan Hobbs of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. Discussion included the parish covenant with the Diocese and a significant change. Father Richard J. Aguilar, Priest-in-charge since June 1, 2009, has submitted a letter of resignation to the Rt. Rev. Leo Frade, Diocesan Bishop, effective May 31, 2012. Father Richard’s  last Sunday at the Episcopal Church in Miami Lakes will be February 19th and present that day will be Archdeacon Bryan Hobbs. On Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, Father Richard will begin a non-stipendiary ministry as assisting priest at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Miami. There will be one service at 11:00am on Sunday, February 19th in order to bid farewell to Father Richard, his wife Janet, and daughter Michelle (who is a freshman at Sewanee). During this time of transition every parishioner of St. Margaret’s and San Francisco de Asís is asked to: “pray” daily for God’s guidance; “work” by giving time to a ministry of the parish; and ”give” by making a generous financial pledge to the church budget in order “build up the Body of Christ”.


     (See The Book of Common Prayer, p. 856 and the Book of Ephesians, 4:12).


      Our Vision” “Be one in Christ.” Nuestra Visión: Ser Uno en Cristo.”



An invitation from Bishop Frade

Posted by Fabio on April 26, 2011 at 12:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Sisters and Brothers In Christ,

 He is risen! I pray that your Holy Week and Easter was filled with joy,and that many were touched by the Resurrected Lord.  I also pray that this week will be a time ofrefreshment for you and your family as well.

 Two weeks ago I had the privilegeof breaking ground for the Duncan Center’s “Frade Oasis,” which is becoming a reality and is expected to becompleted by the end of August--just in time for our Clergy Conference, Ihope.  There is, however, much more workto be done at the Duncan Center to keep the quality of excellence at thepresent level in order that this treasured resource of our diocese may continueto be attractive to our present and future clients. I would like theopportunity to share with you the Duncan Center’s dreams and plans for the nearfuture.

 I am inviting you to join me onWednesday, May 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Duncan Center for a briefdiscussion on the specifics of the Duncan Center’s plans. We’ll start the daywith refreshments at 10:30 a.m.  Mydiscussion with you will begin promptly at 11 a.m., and we’ll end with lunch.

 Please RSVP to Jessy Soria, 305-373-0881,ext. 20, or [email protected], by May 2,so that we may have an accurate count for lunch.



+Leo Frade


The Archbishop of Canterbury comments on theRoyal Wedding

Posted by Fabio on April 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM Comments comments (0)

Speaking in a short film producedby Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury talks about the sense ofhopefulness and generosity which lie at the heart of marriage, and what thisalso tells us about the ‘mystery’ and ‘delight’ which can be found in thislife-time commitment. Dr Williams, who will be conducting the marriage ceremonyat Westminster Abbey on Friday 29th, also describes the sense of privilege hefeels about his own role in the royal wedding:


“Any priest or minister conductinga wedding is bound to feel a huge sense of privilege. You’re invited into someintimate places in people’s lives. You’re invited to take part in a verysignificant moment, a moment of hope; a moment of affirmation about people’spresent and future. And I’ve felt very privileged to be part of this event forthose reasons. Here are young people sending a message of hopefulness, sendinga message of generosity across the world. And it’s my privilege to be able tobless that in the name of God, to witness it in the name of God”.


In describing his impressions ofthe way in which the couple have approached their marriage, Dr Williams says:“I’ve been very struck by the way in which William and Catherine haveapproached this great event. They’ve thought through what they want for themselves,but also what they want to say. They’ve had a very simple, very direct pictureof what really matters about this event. I think that they have a clear senseof what they believe they’re responsible to. They’re responsible to the wholesociety; responsible to God for their relationship. And I think it’s impressivethat they’ve had that simplicity about it, they’ve known what matters, what’sat the heart of all this… … because I think they are deeply unpretentiouspeople”


Finally, the Archbishop urges allthose who will be watching on the day to offer their support and prayers to thecouple as they take this significant step:


“William and Catherine are makingthis commitment very much in the public eye and they’re sensible, realisticyoung people. They know what the cost of that might be. They’ve thought thatthrough. And because of that they will need the support, the solidarity and theprayers of all those who are watching today. We have to be witnesses in anactive sense: the kind of witnesses who really support what’s going on. To be awitness is more than to be a spectator and I hope that’ll be part of people’sexperience at the time of the wedding.”




The short film and transcript isavailable here:

Broadcast quality versions areavailable to download here:



Convocation Dates, Bishops Spring Conference, Phot Galleries on Facebook,

Posted by Fabio on March 10, 2011 at 1:39 PM Comments comments (0)

Convocation dates—Note that there have been changes to two of the SpringConvocation dates currently posted in Grapevine: The South Dade Deaneryconvocation will be May 21, not Mar. 29—time and location TBA; and theBroward convocation will be May 3, not May 6, at 6 p.m. at St. Ambrose.


Online Journal—As promised, the Journal of the 41st AnnualConvention of the Diocese of Southeast Florida (the 2010 Journal) is now postedonline. We would appreciate your constructivefeedback on this new (and green—fewer dead trees!) way of making thisinformation available; contact Jim Carlton, [email protected],with suggestions or questions.


Baseball game on hold—Thanks to everyone who responded to the plan for an“Episcopal Night” at a Florida Marlins game on May 30. Unfortunately, theinformation we received was incorrect—May 30 is not a date when the discountedgroup tickets are available. We’ll give you a new date as soon as possible, butmeanwhile, please take the May 30 date off your calendar.


Bishop’s Spring Conference—If you’re planning to attend the Bishop’s SpringConference this Friday and Saturday at the Duncan Center, you need to register NOW! Don’t miss your opportunity toparticipate in two days of learning, music and fun!


Diocesan photo galleries on Facebook—Remember that we now have photogalleries on Facebook from many diocesan events. These are public galleries, soyou don’t need a Facebook account to view them; just go to" target="_blank"> latest gallery is from last Friday’s Diocesan Academic Festival.


Correction—In an article on p. 12 of the February issue of The NetCongresswoman Frederica Wilson is described as “not an Episcopalian.” She is,in fact, a lifelong member of Historic St. Agnes, Miami. Apologies to thecongresswoman and to Canon Barry and the congregation of St. Agnes!


This Weeks Announcements

Posted by Fabio on February 22, 2011 at 3:31 PM Comments comments (0)


There’s an important update to plans for the diocesan Acolyte Festival on Apr. 16: Because that will be the eve of Passion Sunday/Palm Sunday, the Festival Eucharist that morning will be celebrated as a full Palm Sunday liturgy, with clergy vested in red (not white, as previously announced), palm branches for everyone to wave—and perhaps a donkey. 

·        If you’re planning to attend Saturday’s Absalom Jones Observance, the Gospel music workshop and concert at the Duncan Center by the choir fromSt. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, the parish founded byAbsalom Jones, remember that you need to register by contacting the Rev. Kathleen Gannon(561-276-4541), [email protected],or the Rev. Marcia Beam (561-271-7079), [email protected]


Bishop’s Spring Conference--Registration for both adults and youth is available online now for the Bishop’s Spring Conference, Mar. 11-12, at the Duncan Center. Come experience new styles of music for worship in workshops led by Charles Milling, who provided our music at Diocesan Convention, and get the latest ideas and resources for lifelong Christian Formation from Christian educators Sharon Pearson and the Rev. Linda Grenz. Remember that if you need overnight accomodations for the conference, you must reserve your room directly with the Duncan Centerharon Pearson and the Rev. Linda Grenz. ( 

If you know of someone who is disabled, frail or recovering from illness and needs assistance with household tasks, Archdeacon Fritz Bazin often knows of reliable people he can recommend for that kind of work. You can contact him at [email protected], or 305-373-0881, ext. 32.

Announcementsand reminders

Posted by Fabio on February 17, 2011 at 6:07 PM Comments comments (0)

Announcementsand reminders 


The Diocesan Offices will be closed Monday, Feb. 21, for the Presidents’ Day holiday. 

·        Grapevine—In the past few days there havebeen numerous updates to the issue of Grapevine that was posted on Feb. 1;be sure to review everything from “coming events,” through opportunitiesoffered by congregations and affiliated organizations, to the prayer requests,to make sure you’re not missing something you need to know!


Bishop’s Spring Conference--Registration for both adults and youth is available online now for the Bishop’s Spring Conference, Mar. 11-12, at the Duncan Center. Come experience new styles of music for worship in workshops led by Charles Milling, who provided our music at Diocesan Convention, and get the latest ideas and resources for lifelong Christian Formation from Christian educators Sharon Pearson and the Rev. Linda Grenz. Remember that if you need overnight accomodations for the conference, you must reserve your room directly with the Duncan Centerharon Pearson and the Rev. Linda Grenz. ( 

·        Day of Gospel Music--Inour continuing observance of the Feast of Absalom Jones, the first Episcopalpriest of African descent, on Feb. 26 at the Duncan Center the South and NorthPalm Beach Deaneries will offer a Gospel music workshop and concert by thechoir from St. Thomas African Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, the parishfounded by Absalom Jones. A flier is attached with information about thisevent; for additional information or to register for the day of Gospel music,contact the Rev.Kathleen Gannon (561-276-4541), [email protected],or the Rev. Marcia Beam (561-271-7079), [email protected]


·        Information Technology Survey--In both 2006 and 2009, General Convention passed aresolution calling for a Technology Network to assist the Church in sharinginformation and best practices. Members of the Standing Commission onCommunication and Information Technology now ask for your help to identifyareas where we might collaborate to strengthen partnerships and reduce costs.Please make time to take the survey at


·        Parochial reports…are due Feb. 28.


Greening Congregations and Environmental Justice

Posted by Fabio on February 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM Comments comments (0)

Greening Congregations and Environmental Justice: SubsidiesAvailable for an Exciting Collaboration with GreenFaith


Through a partnership betweenGreenFaith, an interfaith environmental organization, and the Episcopal Church,30 churches will receive 50% tuition scholarships for the GreenFaithCertification Program, the only interfaith environmental certification programdesigned specifically for houses of worship.  May 1 is the applicationdeadline for the next round scholarships.


On February 10th at8:30 pm ET and February 16th at 3 pm ET, GreenFaith is holding freewebinars to introduce the Certification Program to representatives ofinterested Episcopal churches.  The webinar will describe the program indetail and will provide information on tuition subsidies, activities, benefitsand requirements for participating congregations.


To register for the webinar,contact Stacey Kennealy at [email protected] Please provide the name and street address for your church and the names ande-mail addresses for those who will participate in the webinar.  If you cannotmake the webinar but are interested in receiving a recorded version, pleasewrite Stacey at the above email address.


The GreenFaith CertificationProgram involves a rewarding two-year process during which congregations becomea GreenFaith Sanctuary.  Participating congregations undertake a range ofenvironmental initiatives in the areas of worship, religious education,spiritual practices, ‘greening’ of the building, and environmentaljustice.  They benefit by deepening their environmental leadership,reducing their facility’s operating costs, attracting and engaging new andyounger members, and receiving extensive resources and support.  To learnmore about the GreenFaith Certification Program, visit: http/  To see success stories of participating congregations, visit and review the pressclips posted in the ‘GreenFaith in the Media’ tab.


For more information on Episcopalenvironmental work visit contact Mike Schut at [email protected] 


Are church collection plates truning to electronic payment?

Posted by Fabio on February 2, 2011 at 10:04 AM Comments comments (0)

According to an article in Reuters By Susan Schept

ARLINGTON, Virginia | Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:06am EST

Are People are starting to accept the form of electronic payment

as the regular donation support of their church membership? I think so see the artlicle here and decide for yourself. DONATION