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Newsletter, September 13, 2018

Six ways to be involved in Cathedral activities and an invitation to a lecture at McGill – Fair Trade –Cathedral Forum – Cathedral Choir – Flowers for the church – Ordination – Journées de la culture—full program planned & call for volunteer—and (ps) Bishop’s Award for faithful but shy Newsletter Author

Dear Friend of the Cathedral

Please consider six wonderful ways to participate in the mission and life of the cathedral this month:

  1. If you support social justice and a fair deal for the small farmer or artisan, check out the Cathedral’s monthly Fair Trade Kiosque—it will be held in the baptistery on Sunday (Sept. 16) between 11:30 and 12:30. A good place to stock up on tea, coffee, chocolate and pantry staples

2. If you want to know what’s going on in the community and would like to share your ideas, come to Cathedral Forum next Tuesday, September 16th. The agenda and minutes of the previous meeting were attached to the email version of this newsletter.

3. If you like to sing and enjoy good company, consider joining the Cathedral Choir . Nick writes: We welcome singers of all voice types. Whether you are a university student, working professional, or retiree, your gift of music is a valuable contribution to our worship. Even if you are unsure of commitment, come to a rehearsal any Thursday from 7 to 9 PM in the undercroft. In order to advertise throughout the city, please take some posters at coffee hour and distribute them to family and friends. Contact Nicholas Capozzoli or Rob Hamilton with any questions.

4. If you love flowers, please consider donating $60 to sponsor an arrangement on a particular Sunday in memory of someone dear to you, or in thanksgiving for something which has made you happy. Flowers are needed for September 23, October 14 and October 28. Please speak to Vera Burt, email or look for the sign-up sheet in the Baptistery on Sunday.

5.If you think it’s important to support people who have a vocation to serve the church as ordained priests and deacons, please come to the ordination of Joel Amis, Tania Lesack and Jhon Steeker on September 30 at 4 pm. A reception will follow. If you can help with the reception contact Natasha Henderson, or email


6, If you support the cathedral’s outreach to the people of Montreal and the many tourists who visit the city – and if you just enjoy a good party – come to the cathedral during Les journées de la culture, Friday September 28 to Sunday September 30th. The poster here describes what is on offer.  Share it with your friends!

On the Friday and Saturday, there will be an exhibition about the cathedral’s history, a video display of Remrov’s amazing drawings, and a demonstration of the organ at a time to be announced, (with a chance to play it yourself). On Saturday afternoon you can express your creativity in a bilingual art workshop featuring collage which will be led by Andrea Videtic, and a mainly English poetry workshop led by Jan Jorgensen. There will be three exciting concerts on Friday evening at 7, Saturday at 4:30 and at  Saturday at 7. Sunday will be mostly filled with services and the ordination, but there will be a special “elevenses” of tea and scones served on the forecourt after the 10 am service.

Here are the links to the various activities as they appear on the official JDC website. Again, please share with friends who might be interested

And of course, if you like to volunteer, Journées de la culture offers many opportunities! Amanda Van Oort is looking for

Interested people—please contact Amanda Van Oort in church or by email:

Phew! That’s a lot of information, but I hope you find something to interest you.

One last message, which came to us from the McGill Council on Palliative Care, is an invitation to attend a free public lecture to be given by Dr Ira Byock on Tuesday October 2 at 7:30 pm in Moyse Hall on the McGill campus. The topic is “What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living”.  Those of us in the group who read Atwul Gwande’s book “Being Mortal” this summer might be particularly interested. There are also plans afoot to organise some further discussion on the topic of end of life issues.


Ann Elbourne

Ps [by Vivian Lewin] I asked Ann Elbourne whether she was going to report on the fact that she’s one of four lay people in the Diocese chosen to receive this year’s Bishop’s Award for contributions to the life of their parish and to our Diocese—but she said no, she would not. As far as I know, this is the first time she has failed to report an important story about our parish and its work, mission, and people.  So here’s a link to the Anglican Montreal (see p. 3) and a photo by Natasha Henderson (Ann’s on the right).

To receive this Newsletter earlier by email, and with it, additions like the Forum agenda, financial updates, minutes and reports, posters, photos, etc., simply send your coordinates to the Cathedral office…  the failsafe method is to email both Newsletter author and parish volunteer Ann Elbourne   and Parish Administrator Elizabeth Shama  .


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