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Newsletter August 2, 2018

Dear Friend of the Cathedral

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Cathedral en fête and you are invited … There wasn’t supposed to be a newsletter this week, but there are several major events coming up which you won’t want to miss so here is a special August newsletter.

First. an overview so you can see at a glance what a lot is happening, followed by the dates and other details.

1. Pride week when the cathedral will be celebrating with the city.
2. Musical and Literary Soirée benefiting the newly arrived Syrian family we are supporting
3. September Picnic celebrating the start of the Season of Creation
4. Cheese and wine with the Music Director Search Committee
5.  Cygnus Trio Concert begins their tour with funding from Kickstarter


Let’s celebrate together the gift of the LGBTQ+ community in the life of the Anglican Church in Montreal. (Photo shows the Diocesan planning committee holding up the new Pride Banner made by young parishioners of the Cathedral)

Diocesan Pride Mass August 12, at 6:00 pm, in the Cathedral, with the participation of The Montreal Gay Men’s Chorus, and also a pickup choir—there’s  an invitation for the latter here or contact

Community day. Saturday, August 18, 11 am to 5 pm. Come volunteer at the Cathedral’s kiosque. Please contact Rev’d Jean-Jacques Goulet about your availability : 

Pride parade Sunday, August 19, 1 – 3 p.m. Walk with Christ Church Cathedral behind the banner created last year by Catherine and support the LGBTQ+ community. Meet at the Cathedral at 11:30 or join us at McKay and René-Lévesque. The parade starts at 1:00pm.

Musical and Literary Soirée : Re-creating Home

The home being re-created is that of the newly arrived Syrian Family sponsored by the Cathedral who are hoping to start a safe and secure new life in Canada after the stresses and traumas they have been enduring. The Cathedral community has been generous in its support, but now people beyond our walls are rallying to this cause. On August 25 at 6:30 pm, a generous group of writers and musicians, well-known in the Montreal literary scene, will offer their talents to create a memorable evening of poetry, drama, music and story. As well as entertainment the admission price of $20 includes a chapbook with works from participating authors and a reception with Mediterranean snacks. Have a look at the attachment for full details, including the names of participating artists. If you possibly can, do come and support this exciting collaboration between the cathedral and Montreal’s artistic community. If you are on Facebook, please share this page about the event.


The end of August letter will have more information about this community picnic on Sunday, September 9 at 11:30 being organised by ESJAG (Environmental and Social Justice Action Group). But think plastic free and locally grown food – and save the date.


The MDSC (Music Director Search Committee) is hosting a get-together on Wednesday, August 15, at 5:45  pm (after evening prayer). You are being asked to reflect on the place of music in our spiritual life together. Wine and cheese will be served to help you collect your thoughts!


The Trio achieved full funding on Kickstarter and start their tour of Quebec and Ontario with a concert in Montreal on August 10 at 7:30, in L’Épicerie Moderne, 5854 Sherbrooke West.


Finally, not an event, but something you might be interested to read, News from General Synod

Look for the next newsletter on August 30th and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Ann Elbourne


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