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Week of October 8th

Dear member of the Cathedral community

1.  A vignette from last Sunday’s 10 am service. The children were gathering at the front of the church for their procession to Sunday School. A small boy ran part way down the aisle beckoning eagerly to another even smaller boy at the back calling “Come on, come on, come and join us” which the even-smaller-boy did, smiling broadly. What a living parable for us all!

2.  SPIRITUAL PRACTICE: We receive and share many sacred stories that reveal God’s work in the world. The Sufi poet Rumi challenges us in this poem, saying “don’t be satisfied with how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.” If you have an idea to share for this series, please speak to a member of Episkopé.

3.  There are some great music events coming up.

A.  Would you like to be part of a group going to a concert given by the OSM Chamber Choir in the Maison symphonique on October 26 at 2:30? Andrew McGill is the director and Patrick is the organist. The programme includes Haydn’s Nelson mass and choral works by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Tickets cost $40 to $60, but there is a 15% discount for a group of 15. We are trying to gather a group of 15 people from the Cathedral. If you want to join and get the discount, please reply to the cathedral office by Tuesday, October 14, or speak to Rob Wells in church on Sunday. There’s more information on the OSM web site.

B.  The music committee hopes you will promote and buy tickets for the annual choral concert which raises funds for the choir. This year the concert, “From Western Wynde to the Lamb”, to be held on November 7th at 7:30 pm, will present works by the 20th century composer Sir John Tavener and his sixteenth century ancestor, John Taverner. I urge you to visit Dónal’s blog where there is a fascinating discussion about 3 linked Western Wind masses by Renaissance composers the only set of linked masses  to come out of Renaissance England and the first to be based on a secular melody. You probably know the words of the song:

‘Westron wynde, when wilt thou blow,

The small raine down can raine.

Cryst, if my love were in my armes

And I in my bedde again!’

Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for seniors, and $15 for students. All are welcome to the post-concert wine and cheese reception.

C.  Meanwhile, the free L’Oasis Musicale concerts continue every Saturday at 4:30. The concert this Saturday will be given by Chamber Music Without Borders and will feature students from the Schulich School of Music and their guest Jana Stuart performing well-known works from the classical repertoire for violin and piano, and for piano solo. You will find the programme at


4.  Un groupe francophone d’étude biblique et de partage se rencontre à toutes les deux semaines les dimanches de 17:00-20:00 . Si vous seriez intéressé à y participer, svp parlez à une personne de l’équipe pastorale.

A French sharing and bible study meets every two weeks Sundays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you are interested, please speak to someone from the pastoral team.


5.  A huge congratulation to Jonathan Sa’adah on the successful launch of his beautiful new book of photographs, How Many Roads?The ninety-one photographs in the book are rich images from the period 1968 to 1975 Among the written commentaries is an essay by Beth Adams.


6.  October 16th will be celebrated by more than 150 countries as International Food Day. The annual celebration began in 1945 under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN to raise awareness of issues around poverty and hunger. In Canada the PWRDF will launch a 10 week campaign to raise money to help provide a healthy diet for HIV patients in Mozambique. The proceeds of the Fair Trade Boutique on October 19 will go to this project.


7.  Cathedral members have been concerned about the issues surrounding homelessness. RAPSIM, which has been pressuring city and provincial governments to find solutions, presents Nuit des sans abri on Friday, October 25. Participants will gather in Phillips Square between 6 and 7 pm and then march towards St Denis where there will be performances and a vigil starting at 8 pm.


8.  On November 8th, the Mission Committee of the diocese is sponsoring a day to encourage imaginative thinking and action with regards to our properties. They have called the day “Propertunities” to highlight the opportunities inherent in our properties and to help us move from seeing them as burdens to seeing them as the assets they are. The day includes:

 – a presentation from the Bishop and the Synod Office on their vision for the diocese;
– panel and small group discussions; as well as
– a presentation by a local architect of the issues particular to our Quebec context.

The day will start at 9am in Fulford Hall with registration and refreshments and will wrap up by 3pm. There is no charge for the event, but they would appreciate donations  of items for St Michael’s and Mile End missions. To register, call Nicki at 514-843-6577


9.  And finally, a very happy Thanksgiving to you all. You can celebrate in true Canadian fashion by going apple picking with St. George’s Anglican Church on October 19th, in Rougemont, following the 10am Eucharist.  Drivers and car pooling needed! The harvest will be followed by a short evening prayer service at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Rougemont, and spaghetti dinner–a St. George’s tradition.  Please talk with Tyson so the Cathedral can arrange rides and prepare for dinner.

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