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Rector's Message

Rev. Beth FrankThe Rev. Beth Frank is a recent graduate of Bexley Hall Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.  She was ordained a (transitional) deacon in June, 2013, and was ordained to the sacred order of priests on December 6, 2013 - St. Nicholas Day.  She has been appointed by the bishop to serve New Life as Priest-in-Charge.

With Lent Madness drawing to a close, it seems rather fitting that our movie this Saturday (11:30am), Millions, has a storyline about saints. As movie critic Roger Ebert wrote:

"It isn't the money's fault it got stolen."

That is the reasoning of Anthony Cunningham, who at 9 is more of a realist than his 7-year-old brother, Damian. Therefore it isn't their fault that a bag containing 265,000 British pounds bounced off a train and into Damian's playhouse and is currently stuffed under their bed. .... [Damian thinks the money came from God and wants to use it to help the poor whereas Anthony just wants to spend it as fast as he can.]

Here is a film that exists in that enchanted realm where everything goes right -- not for the characters, for the filmmakers. They take an enormous risk with a film of sophistication and whimsy, about children, money, criminals and saints. Damian [who should play Lent Madness] collects the saints -- "like baseball cards," says Richard Roeper. He knows all their statistics. He can see them clear as day, and have conversations with them. His favorite is St. Francis of Assisi, but he knows them all: When a group of Africans materializes wearing halos, Damian is ecstatic: "The Ugandan martyrs of 1881!"

From RogerEbert.com's review of Millions

This Saturday morning come and bring your friends to New Life to make some palm crosses, watch Millions (a movie for all ages), meets some saints, and consider how money influences our relationships and lives.

Lenten blessings,