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Week of March 19

As we head down the path to a glorious Easter day we are coming to the end of the Lent study programmes.

At the final study session during Sunday coffee hour we will welcome Benji Astrachan, an activist working with Divest McGill, who will speak on the campaign to get McGill University to divest its holdings in the tar sands and fossil fuel companies .

On Tuesday, Eric Beresford will lead the last session of the group which has been discussing Rowan Williams’ book about Mark’s Gospel.

Pain, Partage et Prière,the French sharing, Bible study and prayer group will meet around a pot-luck meal in the Hollis Lounge from  2:00 pm to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday to look at the third chapter of the Gospel of Mark

Next Wednesday, March 25, there will be a special choral Eucharist at 12:15 pm to celebrate the Annunciation.

On Saturday, March 28, at 10am in the Undercroft, people are invited to help make palm crosses for distribution during the Palm Sunday Eucharists.
That afternoon at 4:30, L’Oasis Musicale presents Homage to Robert Frederick Jones. This very special occasion will be a homage to the profoundly lyrical composer Robert Frederick Jones, to commemorate the third anniversary of his death and will include atmospheric chamber and choral works and his moving one-act opera, Miss Havisham’s Testament.

The traditional reading of the Passion story on Palm Sunday will be directed this year by Jane Wheeler, a well-known local actor and the daughter of organist Gerald Wheeler. It promises to be as exciting as last year – definitely a service not to be missed for its music, drama and celebration of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week. After Sunday the mood changes to reflection and we worship quietly and reverently during this most important week of the church’s year.

HOLY WEEK
There will be a simple and beautifully sung service each evening at 7:30, from Monday to Thursday; Compline on Monday and Tuesday, Tenebrae on Wednesday and the solemn Eucharist of the Last Supper on Thursday. Good Friday will be observed with 3 liturgies, starting at noon with a children’s service, continuing with music for Good Friday and concluding with the Liturgy of Good Friday. Saturday evening sees the Great Vigil of Easter, when the Paschal candle is lit and aster rejoicing begins. This year the candle has been made from beeswax by a local artisan.

Stewards are needed for the Holy Week services. There will be a sign-up sheet at the back of the church this Sunday. Watch Volunteer Spot for other requests for readers etc.

You are also invited to offer an hour of prayer during the Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil between 9 pm and 8 am at the Cathedral, remembering Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” You can access the Cathedral by the red door entrance to the chapter house. Someone will be on duty to let people in and act as security. Sign up here.

Please speak to Rob Wells or contact the Cathedral office if you would like to donate flowers for Easter in thanksgiving or in the memory of a loved one. You are also welcome to come and help prepare the cathedral for Easter, starting at 9 am on Saturday. Speak to Rob.

Parishioners who are sick or shut-in and would like to receive Communion, contact the church office.

Easter Sunday evening at 6pm. Celebrate the Risen Christ with a community dinner and a joyful, informal Eucharist. Fulford Hall, 1444 Union Avenue. Sign up on-line if you plan to attend

However, life goes on after Easter, and so does the Cathedral.

The Seniors’ Lunch takes place Tuesday, April 7.

Also on Tuesday, April 7 there will be an informational meeting with Paul Clarke of Action Réfugiés Montréal, at 7:30 pm in the Undercroft to discuss how we might help people who are refugees. Please use the door from the mall entrance near University.

If you  would like to attend the Parish retreat, Living the Life of Prayer April 30 to May 3, see here for details.
We are recruiting new altar servers, youth (10 and over) and adults. Please speak with George Deare or Tyson Rosberg if you are interested.

Jonathan Bailey writes “Thank you very much for supporting the Fair Trade Kiosques so far this year. Our gross total sales have been $900, which represents a lot of new orders for fair trade craft workers and farmers in the countries we chose to represent (Nepal, India and Bangladesh). The Fair Trade Working Group will be meeting again soon to discuss ideas for our next Regional and Country Theme, as well as to decide to which fair trade charity we can allocate our 15% share of the above total sales. If you have any comments, requests or suggestions for the Kiosque, please talk to Lisa, Joseph, Jan, Rudaina, Jonathan or Diana. Thanks for supporting ethical working conditions around the world!

AND…. Fair Trade organic chocolate Easter bunnies available at $5, while stocks last. Each sale supports fair trade cocoa and sugar cooperatives in the Caribbean, Central and South America. See Jonathan or a verger.

Jonathan also has exciting news about L’Oasis Musicale:

To meet the high demand from performers and to try and reach a new audience, L’Oasis Musicale is presenting a NEW SERIES on Wednesday evenings, 6:15 – 7pm, starting on 8th April and running until July 29th. We are looking for people to help us reach out and extend hospitality to a new audience by offering refreshments on the cathedral forecourt from 5:45pm.  Please talk to Jonathan if you’d like to do this to support the music programme at the cathedral.

INVITATIONS FROM BEYOND THE CATHEDRAL

Many of you may have seen this, but please note that this year’s Sandra Goldberg lecture (the major annual lecture put on by the McGill Council on Palliative Care) is a moderated discussion on Bill 52 (end of life care and medical aid in dying/physician assisted death). Called Public Choices, Private Lives: An End-of-Life Conversation it will take place on Tuesday May 5, 2015, 6:00 PM Leacock Building, Room 132 McGill University, Main Campus

A benefit concert  is being held for the Ignatian Centre, Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7pm , with CLOSED SET, at St. Ignatius Parish Hall, 4455 West Broadway, H4B 2A7. Tickets: $25 in advance. We are promised high energy popular music, including praise songs! Light refreshments, prizes and more!  For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 514-481-1064 or email at [email protected]

Happy Spring!

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