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News of September 1st

Dear Friend of the Cathedral

Did you know that this week begins the ecumenical, worldwide Season of Creation, four weeks culminating on October 4 with the Feast of St Francis of Assisi.  You can read about the Anglican Church of Canada’s commitment to this proposed liturgical season and related material about stewardship of the environment here.  This is a superb website for browsing and might be interesting also for children doing projects at school. You will find, for instance, a garden meditation on page 16, and a lovely meditation about our planet which I will print below: Earth Ball by Olaf Skarlshot  (from Awakening to God’s Call to Earthkeeping. Winchell K. 2006) It is best viewed in the link above because the words are written in the shape of a ball held in someone’s hands.

If the earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it, people would walk around it marvelling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between the pools. People would marvel at the bumps on it, and the holes in it, and they would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas. The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of the ball, and in the water. The people would declare it precious because it was the only one, and they would protect it, so that it would not be hurt. The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to behold it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, and to know beauty and to wonder how it could be. People would love it, and defend it with their lives, because they would somehow know that their lives, their own roundness, could be nothing without it. If the earth were only a few feet in diameter.

More excellent news is that the plans for the Journées de la culture are now almost complete after a lot of hard work from the committee who have sent the following information and request for help;  Journées de la Culture at the Cathedral Sept 30, Oct 1, Oct 2 – volunteers needed

Christ Church Cathedral will be celebrating Journées de la Culture from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, 2016 with a family-friendly program of activities that includes musical concerts of classical and folk music, a sing-along, a demonstration of the organ, and an art workshop and exhibition, ending with a cream tea on Sunday evening. We need volunteers to help us with set-up, supervision, and preparing and serving refreshments. Please sign up to volunteer by filling out the online form at, email us at , or sign up on the red clipboard in the baptistry. A detailed schedule of events is available on the web at

If you would like to see the schedule of activities in a quick and easy to read format, please see below. It might help you to decide when you would like to volunteer to be in the cathedral.

As always, there are several invitations to participate in enjoyable and interesting events.


Ø  On Saturday 3rd September at 4:30pm in the cathedral we welcome soprano Olive Murray and pianist Louise Pelletier for a song recital which explores the changes that life brings entitled ‘Life’s Twists and Turns’. From happy hearts, falling in love, unrest and troubled times, through hope renewed with the arrival of Spring, to loneliness with the passing of time and the loss of loved ones. Yet tomorrow the sun will shine once more and music, the source of all gladness, will always heal and uplift us.

Ø  L’Oasis Musicale at St Georges, continues this Sunday 4th September at 2pm with a concert presented by the Zaman Ensemble with their unique repertoire from Syria .

Ø  Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30pm Reflections: Join us for a special evening of beautiful Romantic piano music, with a nod to the Baroque! John Dappah, piano.


Ø  Seniors are invited to attend the annual Dorie Cuming Tea Party, hosted by the Social Service Society on Tuesday September 6th from 3-5 pm in Fulford Hall, ending in time for Evensong at 5:15  Dress code is  smart casual; women are requested to wear hats. RSVP to Marjorie Sharp, Janet King or to the Cathedral office.


Ø  The Annual General Meeting of Réseau SOLIDARITÉ Itinérance du Québec (RSIQ) will be held on Friday, September 23. As members of RAPSIM we are invited to attend this meeting which will discuss the federal, provincial and municipal policies towards solutions for homelessness, including the revitalised housing first project. To register write to or phone 514 879 1949 before Friday 16 September. It costs $15 to register. RAPSIM can send 8 delegates with the right to vote, but there is no limit on participants. If you are interested please register your name and contact Peter Huish through the cathedral office. The office can also forward the email giving information Le vendredi 23 septembre 2016 de 10h00 à 16h00 (Accueil dès 9h30) À L’ESPACE FULLUM, 1431 rue Fullum, 2e étage (Chapelle), Montréal (Qc), H2K 0B5


Ø  Do you have an interest and time to visit a shut-in on a monthly basis? If so, let Jean-Jacques or the office know.

Ø  Would you like to be a Sunday steward? Speak to Sam or to Bob King.

Ø  Would you like to buy flowers for one Sunday in the fall? Speak to Rob Wells and email the office

Ø  Would you like to help in the Sunday School as part of a team? Speak to Jonathan Bailey.

Happy Labour Day weekend  to you all whatever kind of work you do!

Ann Elbourne

Journées de la Culture

Friday   September 30                                                                                  

10 am- 5 pmExhibition of the cathedral’s treasures – liturgical vestments, extracts from the archives illustrating 3 centuries of the cathedral’s history
10 am – 5 pmExhibition of artwork on the theme of music
10 am-5 pmSelf-guided tours
12:15 – 12:45Celebration of Eucharist
1:00 – 1:45Organ recital by the cathedral organists
1:45 – 2:15Demonstration of the organ and a chance to play it
5:15 – 5:45Evening Prayer
6pm – 6:45pmSing-along of popular songs and hymns, inviting audience participation
7pm – 7:45pmThe Tekeyan Cultural Association presents Armenian classical music & religious chants


Saturday October 01

As Friday 10-5self-guided tours and displays
2:00 -3:45pmLive painting to music. Bring your art supplies and join us to interpret music in painting or drawing
4:30 – 5:30pmConcert “Coups de Coeur” Music and poetry of special significance to the performers, Jonathan Stuchbery, Catherine St-Arnaud, Benjamin Stuchbery, Jeffrey Mackie, Joseph Hafner, Sam Keuchguerian. Hosted by Jonathan Bailey
5:30 – 6:30pmRefreshments in the forecourt (punch, popcorn)
7pm -7:45pmIls chantent Elles – Montreal Gay Men’s Chorus : A homage to love through the words of the great female voices of popular music
8pm – 8:45pmMontreal Intercultural Choir sings spirituals, gospels, intricate carols, hymns set to classical & African rhythms


Sunday October 2: Evensong 4:00 – 5:00 pm followed by cream tea on forecourt


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