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Newsletter April 12, 2018

Cheerfulness breaks through – Cathedral Dancers at St Matthias – Piano recital Saturday – Tea featured at Fair Trade Kiosk Sunday – Sunday evensong and installation of Jesse Zink as Principal and new Board of Directors for Diocesan College – Cathedral Forum – Hungry Minds – New doorbell – Marriage Canon study day – National Worship Conference discusses dealing with disasters and crises through worship – Workshops on dealing with trauma – Retreats in Holy Land and Italy

Dear Friend of the Cathedral

“Cheerfulness keeps breaking through.” Perhaps you recognize this quip as a quotation frequently used by Leonard Cohen during concerts. “I’ve also studied deeply in the philosophies and religions, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through.” This strikes me as a pretty good description of post-Easter activities in and around the Cathedral, a message of joy reflected in our Easter season liturgies.

From the 10 am service this Sunday:

Priest    Christ is risen.
All       Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia.
Priest     Hope is alive.
All       A new age is dawning.
Priest     Joy is alive.
All       Redemption is here.

Musical events this Saturday, April 14th

  1. Our Cathedral Dancers, directed by Rosemary Cass Beggs will be performing in a Concert of Sacred Music by Robert Frederick Jones at 2:30pm at St Matthias Church, 131 Cote St Antoine, Westmount. All are welcome!
  2. The Oasis Musicale concert at 4:30 features Hugo Duguay, piano, in a recital titled Entre lyrisme et sublime. He will play music by Bach (arranged by Busoni), Chopin, Mompou and Liszt. For details of our concerts visit

The Cathedral this Sunday, April 15th

  1. The fair trade kiosk after the 10:00 AM service on Sunday, will feature JustUs! fair trade teas including black, green and rooibos. There will also be fair trade tea served so you can taste before buying.
  2. There will be a special Evensong at 4 pm celebrating new ministry in the diocese and installing the Rev’d Dr Jesse Zink as Principal of Diocesan College. The Rt Rev’d Bruce Meyers, Bishop of Quebec, will preach and there will be a reception after the service. According to Beth Reed, “The service is the culmination of a long process of organizational renewal at Montreal Diocesan Theological College and the launching of a renewed period of ministry as the college approaches its 150th anniversary in 2023.”


Tuesday April 17: Cathedral Forum, 6 pm for 6:30 pm

Come to hear what’s going on and add your input. All congregation members are invited. The agenda, minutes of the March meeting and a report from Corporation are attached.

Wednesday April 18, 6pm

Hungry Minds, the young adult group will meet in Fulford Hall at 6 pm

**Another cause for joy – Jean-Daniel has installed a bell by the glass doors giving access to Fulford Hall thus preventing the frustration and heightened blood pressure suffered by people trying to get access after office hours.**

Some opportunities offered to parishioners  by the wider church in Canada

  1. Marriage Canon Study Day, April 28, 9:30 am – 3 pm, sponsored by the Montreal Diocesan Theological College (and held in Presbyterian College, 3495 University) will consider the background to the marriage canon, placing debate in Canada within the global context.
  2. This year’s joint Anglican Church of Canada and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Canada National Worship Conference will be in Victoria, BC, July 16-19. You are invited to participate in this conference focused on how our churches can respond to disasters and crises through worship.
  3. If you have suffered a trauma, or work with people who are struggling with the results of trauma, you might be interested in attending one of the bi-lingual workshops being offered in Pierrefonds by the CSJR (Centre de services de justice réparatrice) in partnership with the Institute for Healing of Memories in South Africa.

Two retreats abroad

  1. The Holy Land; Walking with Jesus, Talking on the Way, led by Archdeacon Robert Camara, February 12 – 22, 2019. To find out more email Robert
  2. “Peaks, shallows and deeps” Lakeside reflections on Christian Discipleship today. A guided holiday retreat hosted by the Church of the Ascension, Cadenabbia, Lake Como, Italy, 7-12th October, 2018.

May you find joy this week

Ann Elbourne


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