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Cathedral Newsletter, October 12, 2017

Meetings of Forum, Annual General Vestry & Social Service Society — Advent bible study — De Profundis choral concert — Parish supper (roast beef or roast veggies — save Dec 2 for Quiet Day — good news about Nick Capozzoli and Kat Speeckaert — Patrick  Wedd in concert — PWRDF event — read the diocesan newsletter online or subscribe — invitation to breakfast with the Primate of Jerusalem — Indian Act, meeting this Saturday (Oct 14) — Fair Trade boutique Sunday (Oct 15)

 Dear Friend of the Cathedral

Important gatherings and events this this month and next:

  1. Forum, Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30. Light refreshments served from 6 pm. Minutes of the minutes of the September meeting and reports to Forum from Episkopé and Corporation were sent yesterday to the subscribers to this Newsletter (see the end of this post for how to subscribe by email). But don’t just read about our parish life – come and be part of the discussion. All parishioners are welcome to attend these meetings. You might even onsider kicking off the evening by attending Evening Prayer in the Cathedral at 5:15!
  2. Annual General Vestry, part 2, Sunday October 21 in Fulford Hall after the 10 am service. To allow everyone to attend the meeting there will not be a service at 12:45. Among items on the agenda (which will be sent out next week) are reception of the audited financial statements for 2016 and a capital campaign update.
  3. The Christ Church Cathedral Social Service Society will meet on Sunday, November 5, after the 10 am service. A light lunch will be served. There will be discussion of Christmas food vouchers, present and future projects of the SSS, refugees, and the financial situation. All are welcome.
  4. If you would like to participate in a bible study during Advent, join a brief meeting after the 10 am service this Sunday (October 15). Jen Bourque will lead the conversation.
  5. Do you feel a certain bleakness this year? The Music Committee has prepared a beautiful concert to cheer and console us, “De Profundis – Music for troubled times”, a reminder that God has been our help in ages past. This notice from the committee certainly persuades me this event is not to be missed:

The Choir of Christ Church Cathedral presents “De Profundis: Music for Troubled Times:” a musical meditation on our own times, through the works of composers who have tried, throughout history, to express dark moments of uncertainty and anguish, and also the brilliant flashes of hope that mark the human condition. They will present works by Dufay, Palestrina, de Lassus and Byrd which reflect on events from the fall of Constantinople to the upheavals of the reformation and Counter-Reformation and also works by some of the best contemporary liturgical composers, such as Bob Chilcott’s response to Henry Purcell’s “Hear My Prayer” , the profound “Into Thy Hands” by Jonathan Dove, and the Robin Davies “Missa ex Machina” for choir, organ and tape which cathedral listeners found so moving when it was first performed several years ago.

  1. Another option for spiritual refreshment will be a Quiet Day on Saturday Dec 2 (the last day before Advent) from 9 to 4, details coming very soon
  2. Save the evening of November 18 for our annual celebratory dinner, traditionally known as the roast beef dinner. There will be delicious roast beef and equally delicious vegetarian offerings.
  3. And for just plain fun: Oct. 21 LGBTQ+ Event! Table Games at 4 p.m. at Randolph Pub Ludique

Now for the good news section of the newsletter! This week two very good pieces of good news.

Kat Speeckaert, our head server, is expecting a baby girl in February. We send our prayers and loving support.

Nick Capozzoli, our Assistant Organist, is one of 12 young organists who advanced to the second round of the prestigious Canadian International Organ Competition. Patrick Wedd says that he played beautifully in the first round. Nick’s second round  is scheduled for Sunday (October 15) at 8 pm at the Eglise St-Jean-Baptiste, 305 Rachel St E (Métro Mont-Royal). The competition starts at 7 pm.

Director of Music Patrick Wedd is also busy preparing for an organ concert in the Maison Symphonique, Oct 28 at 8 pm celebrating “Montreal the city of 100 bell towers” .The evening features three organists accompanied by a projection of images of artwork and architectural features. Find more information and tickets here.

NOTE: To receive 40% discount on your ticket, enter the code OSM40 in the “promo” box before you select your seat.

Utilisez le code promo OSM40 pour bénéficier de votre rabais exclusif!

Good news from the diocese:

Nicki Hronjak sends out a very good eletter giving news about churches around the diocese. To subscribe, go to the diocesan web site and click on E-Newsletter at the right hand side. You can request to get the letter by email, and then also send news of events by clicking on a button in the letter. The next deadline is Tuesday, October 24

More than 100 people showed up for PWRDF’s Water Walk on September 30. They raised over $900 for clean water for First Nations. (Photo by Janet Best shows children waiting for other participants to arrive).

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is pleased to announce a new joint program with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). PWRDF will contribute $2,654,612 over five years towards the $17,697,412 project that will focus on maternal and child health in 350 villages in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania.

On Thursday, October 19, the Montreal Unit of PWRDF will host Dr. Evrard Nahimana, a medical doctor from Rwanda and Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima, to talk about this project. He will tell us about his innovative initiatives to improve the quality of maternal, newborn and child care in Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda and Tanzania. Please see the attached poster and information sheet. [Bring your sandwich; light refreshments provided; RSVP Nicky 514-843-6577)

Among events being sponsored by the diocese is a breakfast meeting with His Grace the Anglican Primate of the Middle East: The Most Rev. Suheil Dawani, and our own Bishop Mary at 9 am in Fulford Hall on Saturday October 21.  He is scheduled to give a lecture, “What Makes the Holy Land Holy?” at McGill’s Centre for Research on Religion the day before.

REMINDERS:  This Saturday (tomorrow—Oct 14)  A lecture and dialogue with Dr. Karl Hele in Fulford Hall on Saturday October 14, 10am – 3pm, about the history and implications of the Indian Act. Please bring bag lunch, beverages will be provided. Please contribute a freewill donation.  RSVP: 

And this Sunday (Oct 15)  The Fair Trade Boutique after the 10am eucharist is your opportunity to stock up on items like tea and coffee while supporting justice for farmers and artisans in poorer parts of the world. world.

That’s a lot to digest in this letter—so many excellent projects deserving our prayers and our participation. I hope you read the letter with a cup of coffee (or wine) in one hand and your calendar in the other!

Ann Elbourne

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