Bishop Sperry advised the House that his Diocese is making plans for the above commemoration. The precise date is September 3, 1978. The House was informed that the Post Office Department would not issue a commemorative stamp.
"That we pursue further the matter of having the Post Office issue a commemorative stamp on the basis of grounds suggested by our Archivist." CARRIED
Bishop Morgan drew attention to the document "The New Covenant" stating that appeals have been received from native people that the Sunday before the First Minister's Conference be designated a Day of Prayer.
That this House of Bishops respond to the request of Native leaders for the Churches to name a Day of Prayer to precede the final First Ministers' Conference to be held on March 26-27, by designating Sunday, March 22, as a Day of Prayer for Aboriginal Peoples:
And that we commend the document entitled "A New Covenant" prepared as a Pastoral Statement by leaders of the Christian Churches to be used as a focus for this Day of Prayer. CARRIED
The General Secretary read a recent letter from the Postmaster General in which he informed Archdeacon Light that the request of the Anglican Church of Canada to have a special stamp commemorating the 400th anniversary of the first Celebration of the Eucharist in North America has been denied. It was agreed that this matter be brought to the attention of the Prime Minister.
"That personal contact be made with appropriate government authorities concerning the printing of a stamp commemorating the 400th anniversary." CARRIED
It was agreed that, if this contact failed, further steps should be considered. The Primate advised that a letter re this anniversary will be sent to the Bishops.