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Week of October 8

Calm has gradually been restored to the cathedral and diocesan offices and thanksgiving is now the predominant emotion.

The video of Bishop Mary’s installation and consecration has been watched with pleasure by many people. Kay Dila, a former parishioner who now lives in Victoria, wrote I received the Consecration video yesterday here in Victoria, BC and with great thanksgiving watched it during the afternoon. Afterwards, I was tempted to write simply ‘AMEN’ !! It was amazing to see The Church there in Montreal with splendor and humility and commitment, celebrating our callings, each of us, into His work here on earth … His glory and power are omnipresent and it was a blessing to have a wee glimpse yesterday.” If you missed the link sent last week, here it is again

In her first edition of Bishop’s Announcements Bishop Mary thanks everybody for their good wishes and support as she takes up her work. She particularly thanks Dean Paul Kennington, the choir, music director, servers and the staff at Christ Church Cathedral for their work on the consecration service.

Bishop Mary will preside and preach at all the Eucharists (8, 10, 12:45) on October 25.

The previous Sunday, October 18, The Right Reverend James Almasi, bishop of our companion diocese Masasi in Tanzania, will preach at the 10am Eucharist.



Looking at events in and around the cathedral and the diocese, here are some happenings which might interest you.

On Saturday  at 4:30, L’Oasis Musicale presents an Oboe and Piano Recital featuring Angela Schleihauf, oboe & Sanaz Sotoudeh, piano, playing works by Clara Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Eugène Bozza and Jacques Hétu . If you or your friends would like to be on the mailing list for these Saturday concerts send an email to


This Sunday, the Social Service Society will meet at 11:45 in the Hollis Lounge. A light lunch will be available. All are welcome to attend.

The following item was drawn to our attention by Jeffrey Mackie, whom we welcomed as our new Deputy Verger on September 28. On October 13, Projet Montréal is sponsoring an information session helping people understand the Muslim community. 7 pm at Centre CÉDA, 2115 rue Delisle, métro Lionel Groulx. This seems timely in view of the recent controversies raging during the election.

Indeed the election has been at the forefront of many people’s concerns. Here in the cathedral Rhonda suggests that we gather with the Cathedral community on the eve of the election (October 18) for prayer, and to discuss the issues facing our country and communities.  We will use the discussion document prepared by the Anglican Church of Canada to frame our conversation.  Come at 4pm to join in Evensong or at 5pm for the discussion.

The Public Theology Working Group has identified climate change, the refugee crisis, and contemporary First Nations issues as key areas for education and advocacy at the Cathedral in  2015/16. The group will meet on Monday, Oct 26 at 5:30 at Montreal  Diocesan Theological College.  Come help shape the program.



Mile End Mission will be having a bazaar Saturday October 17th.  If you have any winter coats and winter clothing, blankets, etc that you would like to donate, please let them know. Donations can either be dropped off at their donations bin on the corner of Bernard and St. Urbain, or brought inside the Mission on weekdays or Sundays from 10-3. If the donation is large and requires a car, they might be able to pick it up-depending on the location.

Also on October 17, St Matthias is having a bazaar in their church hall, 131 Côte St-Antoine Rd (at Metcalfe), Westmount between 10 am and 1 pm

A reminder to keep free October 31 10 am to 2 pm (so well before Halloween high jinks) for One Mission – Many Ministries. There will be workshops and presentations about activities at the cathedral and lots of opportunities to discover a new ministry or brush up an old. Lunch will be served. Register here.


Need some inspiration?   Check out Our Stories When I went to the site I discovered one of the stories was headed Christ Church Cathedral and the Bananas.It will take a long time for Jonathan to live this down – Last year a mosquito, this year a banana …what next? Any suggestions?

On a more serious, but timely topic, the McGill Council on Palliative Care will present 3 free workshops, Tuesdays October 27, November 3 and November 10, from 6 – 8 pm Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom  4100 Sherbrooke Street West, Westmount(entrance at 395 Elm Ave). For more details.


Wishing you all a joyful and restful Thanksgiving weekend.

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