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News of May 26th

Did you hear Jean-Jacques Goulet and Josée Lemoine being interviewed on Radio Canada by Catherine Perrin on Wednesday morning? Josée, a former parishioner, and Jean-Jacques, a member of the cathedral’s ministry team, were ordained priests on May 15. If you follow the link below to the Radio Canada archives you can listen to the interview here. Josée and Jean-Jacques described their journey into the Anglican Church from other denominations, and talked about the freedom to choose their paths and make their choices within the Anglican Church.

More Notable News about Cathedral Parishioners
1.  What do Jeffrey Mackie and Rowan Williams have in common? A new poetry anthology is being released in June by Eyeware Publishing, London, UK. Titled Poet’s Quest for God, it contains poems on faith and doubt from many backgrounds. Rowan Williams, archbishop of Canterbury, has poetry in the collection and so does our own Jeffrey Mackie, chair of Forum and Cathedral verger. Congratulations to Jeffrey (and of course to the Archbishop).
2.  Jeffrey’s wife, Natasha is a notable artist who has curated exhibitions in the cathedral for Journées de la culture. You can see examples of her work here.
3.  Remrov Vormer is another talented artist and member of our community. Click here to see some beautifully delicate pencil drawings and watch fascinating videos about the feelings and thought processes of a person living with autism.
4.  We are all aware of the many terrific musicians in our midst. Patrick Wedd played 7 awe-inspiring movements from Messiaen’s Le Livre du Saint-Sacrament after the Corpus Christi mass today. Jonathan Bailey will be playing his flute at the Oasis concert on Saturday 28th May at 4:30pm given by Les flûtistes de Montréal .Their “Quicksilver Concert ” will feature diverse instruments of the flute family, showcasing music written by flutists, along with popular themes of southern United States and beloved tunes from The Sound of Music. Come hear the magical sounds of the silver-pipers flowing through the setting of Christ Church Cathedral.
5.  Cathedral parishioners Ben & Jonathan Stuchbery, and ex-parishioner Erica Jacobs-Perkins will be performing together this August as the “Cygnus Trio” of flute, guitar and violin. Alongside traditional concert formats such as the Oasis series, the Cygnus Trio is seeking to bring music into more intimate settings such as homes and cafes. If anyone is interested in opening their home or business for use as a recital space, or even as a rehearsal venue, please speak to Ben or Jonathan and they would be delighted to discuss fees, and other such niceties. We’d also like to encourage you to come see the trio perform. You can keep up to date with performances by checking out the Cygnus Trio page on facebook.
At the April meeting of Forum, someone requested Summer Reading suggestions. We have collected a dozen titles from members of Corporation and Episkopé. If you would enjoy talking about your summer reading, take a look at the list of titles in the Baptistry this Sunday and sign up on one of the sheets, or signal your interest on the Cathedral’s Facebook page. The list of titles is not quite ready today, but will be in the next newsletter Does anyone have one or two French titles to suggest?

Help or Input Needed
1.  The Sunday school is in need of more volunteers to teach or help with classes.  Jen Bourque writes that you could join them for even just one week this summer-they’ll be learning about Jesus’ parables of growing seeds, and working together in the Cathedral’s community garden.  Please contact Jen for more information or to volunteer.  Click here to see Jen’s poster.
2.  In connection with this project Jonathan is looking for child-sized gardening gloves.
3.  Continuing the flower theme, Rob is looking for flower sponsors for July 3 – 24 and August 14th & beyond.
4.  Adrian is looking for 10 volunteers to help at the end of the month lunch this Sunday. The lunch starts at 12 and finishes by 12:45.
5.  Would you like to offer a few hours greeting visitors to the cathedral this summer? You are invited to sign up for one – or several sessions – either in the morning (11 am -2pm)  or afternoon (2pm – 4:45. There will be a sign-up sheet in the baptistery on Sunday or you can contact Vivian or Natasha  directly.
6. Community garden- if you would like to be involved with looking after the garden throughout the summer, please contact Anika Gerols.  As well, if you have a seedling and will not be at the workshop this Saturday please let Anika know which plant you have so she can save a space in the garden.
Coming Events: Reminders and dates to note for your diaries
1.  This Saturday at 1 pm, a planting and Gardening Workshop facilitated by Eco-Quartier
2.  This Sunday, Pain, partage et prière, the French Bible study and prayer group will meet at 2:00pm in the Hollis Lounge
3.  June 12, 12:45 Eucharist. We will be hosting francophone members of St George and downtown churches for a joint service and meal. Speak to Jean-Jacques for further info.
4. If you are planning to attend the PWRDF Dinner on Thursday, June 2nd please RSVP by the end of this week. (May 27th). The PWRDF poster is here. The speaker will be Grand Chief Joe Norton.
5.  Weds June 1at 6:30 a concert, “Dreams” given by la Chorale Harmonia /Harmonia Choir under the direction of Amelia McMahon. From the playful sounds of childhood, to expressions of womanhood and a mother’s love, this concert presents music by Brahms, Fauré, Winges, and many of today’s Canadian composers.
6.  June 7; Invitations are in the mail to a special preview of the goals, plans, personalities, and progress of the Cathedral’s Major Fundraising Campaign. Please contact Monica Lodygensky if you haven’t received your invitation by the end of the week.
7.  Noon June 7th Lunch and Chat – a potluck lunch and fellowship in the Hollis Lounge (on the second floor at 1444 Union Avenue). RSVP to the Cathedral office by Monday morning, June 6th
8.  June 12, 7pm, the reading group will discuss “Finding Home” by Eric Wright.
9.  June 19, parish picnic and blessing of the garden – details to come.

As we bask in the sunshine, let us thank God for the many creative and generous people in our community and ask a blessing on our busy lives.

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