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Newsletter July 24, 2018

Dear Friend of the Cathedral

This newsletter contains four very important announcements about events inviting your participation, plus some news about two adventurous bishops and about Oasis Musicale, plus congratulations to Julia Gersovitz, O.C. and information about an interesting exhibition at St Joseph’s Oratory.


  1. The Music Director Search Committee (MDSC) invites all members of the Cathedral to participate in the visioning process. (Version française ici.) are invited to reflect on the place of music as part of our spiritual life together, as part of our offering to God, and as a gift to the wider community around us. Please come to one of our meetings in Fulford Hall:
    Sunday, July 29th, after the 10:00 service.  Tea, coffee and cookies provided
    Wednesday, August 15th, 5:45 p.m. after the Evening Prayer.  Wine and cheese provided.
    For those who cannot make either of those times, written comments can be sent to


2.  Now an announcement from Jan Jorgensen about an exciting benefit, “Re-Creating Home.”

Recognizing the generosity of the Cathedral community’s response to the refugee sponsorship ministry as well as to other ministries and goals of the Cathedral I have approached the literary world of Montreal, which is also filled with compassionate people, in order to create a fund-raising soiree on August 25th.

With the musical assistance of my friend, Edwin, we will welcome the wider Montreal community to join us in support of our new neighbours from Syria.

There will be a reception at 6:30 pm, followed at 7 pm by a program of Drama, Poetry, Music, & Story.

The tickets, $20, include the reception, the performance and a chapbook with writings from our Invited Guests as well as others.   We will also offer a special: $35 / for 2 tickets (one chapbook)


You are also invited to help, Jan adds, in a variety of ways:

– Selling tickets – in advance and at the door
– Preparing / donating Mediterranean style foods for the reception.
           Anyone interested in participating in a party making filo dough appetizers please let Jan know.
– Serving at the reception. Clearing up.
– Assembling the chapbooks and programs.

If you would like to help or lead on one of these tasks please let Jan know.

The call for submissions to the chapbook may be found here. (Deadline: August 1)

Please let your friends know that we are selling advertising in our printed programme at very reasonable prices:  $5 for 140 character tribute or memorial; $15 for a half page and $20 for a full page. Write to Jan for more information.

Thank you – Jan.  Contact: 

3. From Jean-Jacques Goulet an invitation to attend the bilingual Anglican Pride Mass at the cathedral on August 12 at 6 pm. Le Choeur Gai de Montréal will be participating. Please come to this celebration of our faith and God’s welcoming love and make sure your friends know all about it. See the poster on the cathedral website

4. From the Cygnus Trio, Ben, Jonathan and Erica Stuchbery (Erica Jacobs-Perkins), all members of our parish, an invitation to attend the opening concert of their Lost Islands Tour which starts in Montreal and continues in Ontario, finishing in Gananoque.

Friday, August 10th at 7:30 pm in L’Épicerie Moderne, 5854 Sherbrooke St. West, NDG
Admission by donation ($15 suggested). Reception to follow at Ben & Erica’s

A few of us enjoyed a preview of their music on Sunday. It was a wonderful evocation of the inspiring beauty of Canadian landscapes. I urge you all to go to their concert and also visit Cygnus Trio for more details about the ideas they are expressing in their music and a possible way to help them on their journey.

Here’s a summary of these dates and events for your convenience.

July 29

After 10 am service

Fulford Hall

Music in spiritual life (First meeting)

August 10

7:30 pm

Épicerie Moderne 5854 Sherbrooke W

Cygnus Trio Concert: Lost Islands Tour

August 12

6 pm


Pride Mass/ Messe de fierté

August 15

5:45 (after Evening Prayer)

Fulford Hall

Music in spiritual life (Alternative meeting)

August 25



Re-Creating Home: Soirée of music, poetry, drama & story


I mentioned two adventurous bishops. The first is our Bishop Mary, who leaves for Masasi today, carrying with her prayers and financial contributions from churches in the diocese, including the cathedral. She thanks everyone who contributed and is thrilled to say that the Bishop’s Blessings fund exceeded its target of $5000. The money will help some of the very poor churches in the Diocese of Masasi.  The “Way of the Cross” woodcarving that hangs over the candle stand at the front of the Cathedral is a gift to us from Masasi.

The second adventurous bishop is Anglican Bishop Robert Hardwick who is cycling across Canada on a pilgrimage to foster unity, healing and reconciliation within the Anglican Church of Canada, with Aboriginal Peoples, and with those who are hurting. Hardwick will meet and pray with people during his 62-day, 7,877-kilometre journey. He began at Holland Point Park in Victoria, British Columbia, on May 19 and will reach St. John’s, Newfoundland, on Aug. 1.  


Oasis Musicale has a new concert manager, Boran Zazan. Her email address is The Oasis concert at 4:30 this Saturday features Audrée Alexandrine, soprano/piano and Laszlo Koos, cello in a concert called Duo Fleurs de Violoncelle. They will perform well-known music such as César Franck’s Pannis Angelicum and Mozart’s Laudate Dominum. See the full programme at


EVOQ is the architectural firm managing the spire reconstruction project. The Director of EVOQ, Julia Gersovitz, has just been named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to heritage preservation in Canada and abroad. You may remember the speech she gave at the official launch of the capital campaign and also this interview which appeared on the cathedral website in January. We are delighted to congratulate Mme Gersovitz on this well-deserved honour. You can read more about her career accomplishments in this article in the McGill News.


If you are interested in Montreal churches you might like to visit an exhibition at St Joseph’s Oratory called Discovering Montréal’s Religious Heritage. It was first shown last year in City Hall, but has been expanded for this display. Among the exhibits you’ll find works by artist André Bergeron and Canadian photographers Joseph Donohue and Gabor Szilasi. Full information Oratory Museum.

Thank you for patiently reading your way through this letter! I hope you have found several events you’d like to attend.

Ann Elbourne


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