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A Service of Lament

A Service of Lament will take place on Monday, June 25 at 10 a.m. in the St. Margaret’s Chapel. It ...
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Parish Offices Closed for Walk-Ins in July

The Parish Office will be closed for walk-in visits for the month of July because many of our staff and ...
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Youth Mission Trip to Guatemala

Two members of our high school youth, Charlotte Hecht and Madison Platt, along with Chet Hecht, Director of Outreach, Fellowship and ...
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Progress Report from the Bishop Nominating Committee

The bishop nominating sub-committees have continued to work diligently over the last month and here are their latest progress updates ...
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Laura Bickford

Know Your Vestry – Laura Johnson-Bickford

Laura Johnson-Bickford was elected to the Vestry in January 2017 and is a member of the Vestry Class of 2020 ...
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St. Margaret’s Makes You Look Sharp!

Show your pride, and get your favorite Lands End clothing festooned with the St. Margaret's cross. Great for gift giving! ...
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Youth Program Thriving (On)

One of the frequently asked questions at St. Margaret's is "How is the youth program doing?" Or sometimes it's  "Do ...
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Stewardship Stories with Gretchen Heuring

In this episode, Gretchen tells the story of when her brother received his drivers license. To pledge your support for ...
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The Presiding Bishop’s Sermon at the Royal Wedding

If you watched the wedding of Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, you already know that the ...
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Episcopal Community Services Evensong and Annual Meeting

ECS Annual Meeting, Celebrating a Year of Service! Join Episcopal Community Services (ECS) for an Evensong, a celebration of their ...
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An Update from the Diocesan Transition Committee

Guided by the Holy Spirit, the work of the transition committee has begun! The diocesan transition committee held its retreat ...
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Karns Hall Repair Project

As many of you know, the kitchen area of Karns Hall has had its challenges over the years with A/C ...
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New Class Beginning This Sunday

What begins with an unlikely birth, is full of palace intrigue, giants, witches, faithful and adulterous love? What saga has ...
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Office closed for Memorial Day

Our office will be closed Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day holidays. St. Margaret's is grateful for ...
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Compassion and Justice

Compassion and Justice Ministry Outreach

Our Baptismal Covenant says we believe in the Dignity of every human being. We are focusing this month on supporting ...
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EfM Graduation Set for June 3

On Sunday, June 3, we will recognize three individuals as graduates of our Education for Ministry (EfM) program. Lorraine Becker ...
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Mother’s Day Outreach Thank You

Thank you to everyone for the tremendous response to the call for purses and frilly things for our Mother's Day ...
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Diocesan Profile Now Available Online

The Bishop Nominating Committee has recently released the diocesan profile as part of the process to discern the next bishop ...
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Get your red on!

Don't forget to wear red to church on Pentecost Day, Sunday, May 20. Red is the symbol of fire and ...
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The Guide for Watching the Royal Wedding

For a country that decided we didn't want a monarchy back in 1776, there are certainly many people who get ...
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שִׂמְחָה

Rabbi Richard Zionts of the Har-El Institute for Study and Worship in the Reform Tradition cordially invites the clergy and ...
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Ascension Day Eucharist Thursday, May 10

Join us for Ascension Day Eucharist on Thursday, May 10 at 10 a.m. in the Firestone Chapel on the lower ...
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Know Your Vestry – Vince Heuring

Scientist. Entrepreneur. Author. Professor.  Each of these words could be used to describe Dr. Vince Heuring, a member of the ...
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Frederick Swann Honored

At the 2018 Commencement of The University of Redlands, Frederick Swann, our Organ Artist-in-Residence, was presented with an Honorary Doctorate ...
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Meeting Minutes

Vestry Minutes Summary for March 2018

ST. MARGARET’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Summary of Minutes of Vestry Meeting Karns Administration Conference Room, March 19, 2018 A meeting of ...
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Rector to Take Sabbatical

Dear Friends, As I announced a few weeks ago, this summer, I’ll be taking a sabbatical. My last Sunday will ...
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New Members Initiated to Daughters of the King

The Daughters of the King at St. Margaret's held its annual installation of new members on Wednesday, April 18. This ...
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St. Margaret’s Cross on the Hill Vandalized

Earlier this week, the St. Margaret's Cross on the Hill was vandalized. The photo above was provided to St. Margaret's ...
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Meeting Minutes

Vestry Minutes Summary for February 2018

ST. MARGARET’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH Summary of Minutes of Vestry Meeting Karns Administration Conference Room, February 19, 2018 Senior Warden Jan ...
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Post-It Note Results for April

On Sunday, April 8, the Communications Committee posed its second "Post-It Note" question to the congregation at the 8 a.m ...
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Shoe Drive

Girl Scout Troop 774 is partnering with Angel Bins Shoe drive to collect shoes to help raise money for their ...
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End of Life Planning Workshop

Few things are more important than making certain that your assets are distributed as you wish at your death, or ...
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The Rt. Rev. C. Shannon Mallory

October Funeral Services Announced for Bishop Shannon Mallory

Memorial services for the Rt. Rev. Charles Shannon Mallory, 81, first bishop of the Diocese of Botswana and of the Diocese of El Camino ...
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Restorative Yoga Comes to St. Margaret’s

Just a few Sundays ago, Restorative Yoga came to St. Margaret's. This one-hour class is being offered on Sundays from ...
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Mother’s Day Outreach Program

It's Spring and time for some Spring Cleaning! If you have unwanted purses or handbags (in decent condition) that you ...
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Bishop Shannon Mallory dies

Bishop Shannon Mallory, former bishop of Botswana and later El Camino Real, assisting bishop in Long Island and Oklahoma, and ...
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Summer Volunteers Needed

As summer approaches and many of us leave and travel it leaves some big holes in our volunteer pool. If ...
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Don’t forget St. Margaret’s this summer!

If you can imagine such a thing, not every sticks around Palm Desert all summer for the 120º+ temperatures, closed ...
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Clothing Donations to Neighbors4Neighbors

Donations of clean gently used clothing are always appreciated! If you have items you would like to give away, please ...
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Know Your Vestry – Treasurer Guinevere (Guin) Kerstetter

At the Vestry meeting on March 19, the Vestry elected Guinevere (Guin) Kerstetter to the office of Treasurer, replacing Wally ...
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Pancake Breakfast – April 8

Please join us for a pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 8, from 8 a.m. to noon in Karns Hall. This ...
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Holy Week Worship Schedule

Whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on the journey of life, we look forward to walking the way of ...
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Civility in the Abrahamic Tradition

On Tuesday, April 3, the Building Bridges ministry of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church will present an interfaith community forum entitled, ...
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Maundy Thursday

You are invited to attend the Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, March 29, at 6 p.m. in Karns Hall. The ...
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Friday Noonday Recital – Frederick Swann

The final recital in the Noonday Recitals in Lent series will take place on Friday, March 23, at St. Margaret's ...
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The Rev. Canon Gary Hall

Language, Landscape, and the Idea of God

Camp Stevens Retreat Gary Hall May 11-13, 2018 “There are three things, basically, that I write about—language, landscape, and the ...
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Carol and Dan Rondeau, 2011

Dan Rondeau hospitalized

The Rev. Dan Rondeau, Associate Rector Emeritus at St. Margaret's, and current Vicar of St. Hugh of Lincoln in Idyllwild, ...
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Want to be "in the know" before anyone else? Text FOLLOW StMargaretsPD to 40404 from your phone. You do NOT ...
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Friday Noonday Recital – John Bayless

The fifth recital in the Noonday Recitals in Lent series will take place on Friday, March 16, at St. Margaret's ...
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Yearbook Photos

Photo directories available

If you would like a copy of our directory emailed to you, please contact Debby at debbyj@stmargarets.org. Also contact Debby ...
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Movie Night at St. Margaret’s

Join us this Saturday, March 17, for Movie Night Under the Stars at St. Margaret's! We will be showing The ...
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You’re Invited to the Har El Seder

The Har El congregation has cordially invited the members of St. Margaret's to an interfaith participation in a Seder on ...
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Living Without Fear

Where is our Peace in this Violent World?

Once again, the subject has dominated the news and the national discourse for the past few weeks--another school shooting. Columbine ...
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Sun in the Aisle

Here comes the sun

The twice-a-year sun transit event at St. Margaret's, when the sun comes at the precise angle to cause an image ...
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Ashes on El Paseo

On Ash Wednesday, a group of six volunteers, along with Mother Deb, spent the noon hour on El Paseo imposing ...
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Friday Noonday Recital – Amy Rooney

The fourth recital in the Noonday Recitals in Lent series will take place on Friday, March 9, at St. Margaret's ...
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Spring Front

Spring Front

Don't forget to move your clocks forward this Saturday night, March 11. Don't be late for church! ...
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Easter Flowers

Easter floral tributes due March 21

Help us celebrate Easter with a beautiful floral tribute. It is a special way to express your love or give ...
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Friday Noonday Recital – Philip Hoch

The third recital in the Noonday Recitals in Lent series will take place on Friday, March 2, at St. Margaret's ...
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Conflict in the Church

Is your church experiencing conflict? Do you want help knowing how to handle it? Do you want to prevent conflict ...
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Know Your Vestry – Junior Warden Jim Duke

At the Vestry meeting of February 19, Jim Duke was elected to serve as the Junior Warden for 2018. He ...
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Friday Noonday Recital – LA HARPTETTE

The second recital in the Noonday Recitals in Lent series will take place on Friday, February 23, at St. Margaret's ...
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Know Your Vestry – Senior Warden Jan Romerdahl

Jan Romerdahl was appointed Senior Warden by the Rector, The Rev. Lane G. Hensley, at the annual meeting on January ...
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A Sacred Walk Through Lent

Please join us as we take "A Sacred Walk Through Lent" on Wednesdays, beginning February 21 through March 21. Each ...
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Listening Devices Available

The Sanctuary at St. Margaret's is an amazing place for worship, with acoustics that amplify the beautiful music of our ...
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The Journey to Confirmation

For Amanda Sutherland, Cat Sutherland, Charlotte Hecht, Emily Vatter, Lindsay Vatter, Madison Platt and Sammie Wehler, the journey to Confirmation ...
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Confirmation this Sunday!

Confirmation: The mature expression of commitment to Christ, the means by which individuals are strengthened by the Holy Spirit in ...
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Internal Revenue Service

Be generous AND smart!

The Qualified Charitable Distribution rules have been made permanent.  This allows you to make annual direct transfers of up to ...
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Leadership Academy Enrolling Now

Join us on Saturday, February 24 at St. Bartholomew’s, Poway for Leadership Academy, offering training for wardens, clergy, and treasurers, ...
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Office Closed for Presidents Day

The parish office will be closed Monday, February 19 in observance of the Presidents Day holiday ...
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Friday Noonday Recital – Kevin McKelvie

St. Margaret's and The Desert Friends of Music are pleased to announce a series of Noonday Recitals on Fridays in ...
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Ash Wednesday

“Remember you are dust…

... and to dust you shall return." With those words on Ash Wednesday, ashes are imposed on us as we ...
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Bishop Visits Neighbors 4 Neighbors

The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Assisting Bishop for the Diocese of San Diego, visited St. Margaret's on Tuesday, January ...
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Jan Romerdahl

Jan Romerdahl Appointed Senior Warden

At the annual meeting on Wednesday, January 31, The Reverend Lane G. Hensley, Rector, appointed Jan Romerdahl as the Senior ...
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Ash Wednesday

Ashes! Get your ashes!

Ash Wednesday, February 14, marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, and offers in a tangible way the ...
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Take Care of Yourself–It’s Flu Season

During this flu season, the most deadly in recent history, several of our staff, volunteers, and congregants have been infected, ...
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Post-It Note Results for January

On Sunday, January 21, the Communications Committee posed its first "Post-It Note" question to the congregation at the 8 a.m ...
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David Baskeyfield Concert at St. Margaret’s

The Desert Friends of Music and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church will present David Baskeyfield in an organ concert on Tuesday, ...
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Subscribe to Forward Day by Day

Want to have Forward Day by Day, the flagship publication of Forward Movement, mailed directly to your home every quarter? ...
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Annual Meeting & Celebration Potluck

Please mark your calendar to join us on Wednesday, January 31 for our Annual Meeting & Celebration Potluck. The dinner ...
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You are the Fruit, I am the Vine: A Womens’ Spiritual Retreat

The Daughters of the King at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church will be presenting "You are the Fruit, I am the ...
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Backstreet Bistro

Ladies Lunch Bunch

Join other ladies on Friday, January 19 at noon at Backstreet Bistro for a no-host social lunch. Let Sandy Mohney ...
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Vestry Meeting

Vestry Nominees for 2018 Announced

The Vestry Nominating Committee has submitted to the Vestry the following slate of Parish Members who are eligible and willing to ...
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A Renaissance of Civility

The community ministries of St. Margaret's, Compassion & Justice, Building Bridges, Living Without Fear and Neighbors 4 Neighbors, have chosen ...
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Meeting Minutes

Vestry Meeting Minutes for December 11, 2017

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Summary of Minutes of the Vestry Meeting Karns Administration Conference Room, December 11th 2017 Meeting Called ...
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Meeting Minutes

Vestry Meeting Minutes for November 13, 2017

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Summary of Minutes of the Vestry Meeting Karns Administration Conference Room, November 13th 2017 Meeting Called ...
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Pray Without Ceasing

Looking for a prayer discipline for the new year? Chris, a friend of mine, is a little more than halfway ...
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Christmas Eve Worship

Video highlights of the 11 p.m. Christmas Eve Eucharist, 2017 Anthems & Carols: https://youtu.be/te3Gpb5Bg5I Entrance & Collect: https://youtu.be/zTGkCrh_gHA First Lesson ...
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The Proclamation of Christmas

The Twenty-fifth day of December, when ages beyond number had run their course from the creation of the world, when ...
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O come, O come, Emmanuel

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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O come, Desire of nations

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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Charitable Giving & The Tax Bill

The tax bill has passed. As with any economic change, you may be looking at your finances and wondering how ...
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O come, thou Dayspring from on high

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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O come, thou Key of David, come

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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Remembering George Reeves

George Reeves of Royal Carrizo (Mountain Center), formerly of Fullerton, died December 14 in Palm Desert as the result of ...
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O come, thou Branch of Jesse’s tree

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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Meditation for the Fourth Sunday in Advent

The word “Advent” comes from the Latin “Adventus” which means “coming.” Advent is a season of preparation, a season of ...
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O come, O come, thou Lord of might

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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O come, thou Wisdom from on high

By Br Jerome OSB, Petersham, MA based on conferences by Abbot Lawrence of St. Augustine’s Abbey, Ramsgate, Kent; by way ...
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St. Margaret’s Clothing Makes a Great Gift!

St. Margaret's Apparel Store is now open! Show your pride, and get your favorite Lands End clothing festooned with the ...
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