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Week of November 19

We celebrate the Feast of Christ the King this weekend, starting with the parish supper on Saturday in Fulford Hall (5:30 for 6 pm) and continuing with a joyful service of thanksgiving on Sunday at 10 am.

There are many wonderful services coming up in the next few weeks, beginning with the Advent Carol Service on November 30th.

There are also two special services: first, the World Aids Day service on Saturday, November 29 at midday with Canon William Blizzard officiating and Paul preaching.  and two weeks later the Memorial Service for the Victims of Violence on Saturday December 6 at 12:15 pm. Shirley Smith will be the officiant and Joyce Sanchez the homelist..

In addition the Cathedral will continue to celebrate 3 services every weekday. If you’ve not yet been to a sung evensong on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday or to one of the midday Eucharists presided over by some of the Diocesan clergy as well as our own priests, you might like to try out one of these services next time you’re downtown. Adding to the Cathedral’s rich spiritual offerings there is now a meditation session after Evensong every Tuesday led by Beth, Vivian or Paul.

There are other events happening during Advent, featuring poets and pilgrims, a bake sale and a Fair Trade Christmas Boutique. The bake sale will take place on Sunday, December 14th to raise funds  for the Social Service Christmas baskets. Contact Irene Broitman or Janet King if you would like to help with the baking.

“Dix Mille Villages Fair Trade Christmas Boutique” is being organised by Dix Mille Villages and hosted by the Cathedral from Thursday 27th November to Saturday the 29th, 11am – 5pm, and Sunday 30th November 11am – 3pm, in the Atrium (behind the Cathedral), 1444 Union Ave.

Jonathan writes: Thank you for your support of fair trade activities at Christ Church Cathedral – it’s wonderful to know that we are now in the 3rd year of a successful partnership with the Ten Thousand Villages/Dix Mille Villages store on St Denis!

Please come along and do your gift shopping at the Boutique. To help with the Fair Trade Boutique and to raise awareness about fair trade issues please contact Opal at

Here’s the link to the FB event.

Calling all poets! Thanks to Vallum Poetry, Jeffrey Mackie is offering two workshops to Cathedral members exploring  this form of self-expression as art and potential spiritual practice. No experience necessary.  Nov. 25 and Dec. 9 at 7pm at the Cathedral. RSVP

A reminder to would-be pilgrims :  You are invited to join the 2014 Holy Land pilgrims as they share their reflections, images and prayers from their journey in From Nazareth to Bethlehem. Four sessions on the first two Mondays and Fridays in Advent (Dec. 1, 5, 8, 12). Fulford Hall 7-9pm

You are also warmly invited to come to a meeting of the book group. This Sunday it will discuss “Second Person singular” by Sayed Kashua. The famous Movie-with-Egg-Nogg Night is December 7. Please speak to Ann, Jane, Donna or Diana to discover time and place.

And here’s another terrific invitation:  Christmas Day Lunch:  If you would like to share Christmas Day lunch with some other members of the cathedral in Fulford Hall, please contact Paul.

A reminder and an invitation for our Francophone member  étude  et rencontre : The French sharing and bible study group meets every 2 weeks from 5 to 8 p.m. See Jean- Jacques or Raymonde. Next meeting Nov. 30.

Finally, Corporation are delighted to announce that a generous donor has offered to purchase the new vestments described in the last letter. Thank you.

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