Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
News and Highlights from around the Diocese

November 28, 2018

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All Clergy, Parishioners, and Friends are invited to submit news and events for distribution.

Please visit our Diocesan Calendar for a more complete list of upcoming event throughout the diocese.

Sue Garvey Retiring

After 22 years of dedicated service and a lasting contribution to Cornerstone Housing for Women, Sue Garvey will be joining her husband Larry in retirement in February 2019.

While this decision is met with a heavy heart, we’re sure you will join us in wishing Sue much happiness and fulfillment as she embarks on this exciting next phase of her life. We look forward to celebrating Sue’s years of inspired leadership in the upcoming weeks.

All My Relations Survey

We are writing to all those who attended Moving Forward with Reconciliation (at Christ Church Bells Corners) on May 26, 2018 to find out about:

(1) Reconciliation events or activities that have taken place in your parish as a result of attending the above event and

(2) What resources you need to start or continue a project or activity.

Many thanks in advance for your collaboration. We look forward to working with you.

Debbie Grisdale, Co-Chair Margaret Lemaire Co-Chair

Please complete this survey online or send thoughts to:

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Marriage Preparation Course

Registration closes soon!

December 7th (evening) and 8th (daytime)
Christ Church, Bell's Corners

Scheduled courses for 2019: 

March 01-02, 2019 and June 21-22, 2019


Parish Commitments

An update on the Parish Commitments provided by the Diocesan Accountants.

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Clergy News & Updates

The Bishop's Office is pleased to announce that:

  • It is Bishop Chapman's intention, God willing, to ordain the Rev. Alana McCord and the Rev. Colin McFarland to the priesthood at Christ Church Cathedral on the Feast of St. Nicholas, Thursday, December 06, 2018 at 7pm. The Master of Ceremonies will be Rev. Canon Hilary Murray assisted by Rev. Gregor Sneddon. Rev. Canon Mary Ellen Berry will preach.
    Clergy are invited to vest; the liturgical colour will be red.
    A reception will follow in Catherdal  Hall; all are welcome. Please keep the ordinands in your prayers.

  • The Bishop, with support of Cahncellor Canon Robin MacKay, is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Henry Shultz B.A., M.A., LL.B., as Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Ottawa. Mr. Shultz assumes the position immediately.

  • Rev. Linda Posthuma has received the Bishop's permission to retire from full-time ministry and as Chaplain at Cornerstone Housing for Women; effective December 31, 2018.


News from our Parishes!

Parishes are invited to submit events or news which will be displayed here.

Bazaars and Holiday Fairs

Tour the region as parishes throughout the Diocese host their Annual Christmas Bazaars, Teas, Bake Sales, and Holiday Fairs!

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Official Christmas Lighting

November 29
St. James, Leitrim
4540 Bank Street

The official lighting of St. James Leitrim for the Advent and Christmas seasons. The church and grounds will be brightly lit, and will be followed by Christmas music and a reception with refreshments.

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Food Cupboard Donations

December 01
9 - 11am
All Saints, Greely
7103 Parkway Road

All Saints Greely is open on the 1st Saturday of each month to accept donations for our local food bank, the Osgoode Emergency Food Cupboard.

Christmas Carol Service

December 02
St. Alban's, Ottawa
454 King Edward Avenue

Join us for an evening of carols, both traditional and contemporary. A freewill offering will benefit Centre 454's weekend program.

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Prayer and Reflection

December 05
All Saints, Greely
7103 Parkway Road

Doors are open on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month for anyone who is looking for a quiet place and time for personal prayer and reflection.


From Darkness to Light: An Advent Procession with Carols

December 09
St. Barnabas, Ottawa
70 James Street

A beautiful, traditional service of Advent lessons and carols, sung by the Choir of St. Barnabas, directed by Wesley R Warren.

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Outdoor Lessons and Carols

December 09
4 - 5pm
St. James, Franktown
1238 Church Street

Held in the Church Carriage Sheds. Dress Warmly. Followed by Pot Luck in the warmth of Centennial Hall. There is always lots of food so don't worry if you don't have time to prepare something ahead of time. Everyone Welcome!

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Outdoor Nativity

December 09
St. Martin's, Ottawa
2120 Prince Charles Road

The Nativity Story as It’s Meant to be Shared:A real donkey and several of his animal pals are teaming up be part of this outdoor depiction of the nativity scene.

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Stairwell Carollers

December 09
2:30 - 4:30pm
St. James, Carleton Place
225 Edmund Street

The Stairwell Carollers under the direction of Pierre Massie with be presenting "Veni Emmanuel". Come hear a cappella singing at its finest!
Tickets: $15

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St. Luke's Recital Series

December 09
St. Luke's, Ottawa
760 Somerset Street West

Coro Capriccio (chamber choir). Get into the Christmas spirit as Coro Capriccio presents a programme of seasonal music in one of Ottawa’s acoustical gems. Admission by donation.

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A Christmas Festival

December 09
St. James, Morrisburg
20 HIgh Street

The Westmount Youth Orchestra will perform a Christmas Concert in benefit of Today for Tomorrow and our Local Community Food Share. Tickets: $25; contact

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Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas

December 14
Church of the Ascension
253 Echo Drive

From chestnuts to Charlie Brown, The John Dapaah Trio brings a spirit of joyous jazz and gospel to a repertoire of Christmastime tunes.
Tickets: $20

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News from our Friends!

Friends of the Dicoese are invited to submit events or news which will be displayed here.

Anglican Foundation Newsletter

Read the latest newsletter from the Anglican Foundation of Canada.

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Don't forget about these great events that we shared with you earlier.

Hiring: Part-Time Domestic Cleaner

St. Thomas, Woodlawn
3794 Woodkilton Road

Cleaner wanted to clean St. Thomas Anglican Church, Woodlawn.
We are looking for an experienced part-time cleaner to help maintain our beautiful 100+ year old church. Estimated hours; 3-4 per week. Weekly duties include (but are not limited to):
• Vacuum and dust all areas in the church.
• Sweep and wash under pews in winter
• Cleaning washroom, kitchen
• Garbage collection


Pain Night Fundraiser

November 30
7pm - 9pm
Christ Church, Bells Corners
3861 Old Richmond Road

Decorate your home for Christmas with your own rustic wood painting. Proceeds will go toward the church's General Ministry Fund, which supports a wide variety of community ministries, outreach, education and maintenance of our property.

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Morning Coffee House

December 01
St. John's, South March
325 Sandhill Road

The band Revival, will be performing at a Coffee House morning. Ian Few and Hal Whitemen have been playing together for over seven years. Diana Billings will be singing with the band. Their playlist includes popular songs of the rock, folk and country genres from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

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Stairwell Carollers
"Veni Emmanuel"

December 07
7:30pm - 9pm
St. Mark's, Ottawa
1606 Fisher Avenue

Stairwell Carollers an a cappella Ottawa choir, formed in 1977 by their director Pierre Massie, a music graduate of the University of Ottawa. The choral group has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ottawa choirs by local choral critics. Their repertoire encompasses sacred and secular songs from all eras. In the rush of the hectic Yuletide season, the Carollers bring focus to the true meaning of Christmas, with their beautiful and unique interpretations of traditional Christmas carols in many languages.
Tickets: $15

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Angels We Have Heard on High

December 08
Christ Church Cathedral, Ottawa
414 Sparks Street

Christmas with the Cathedral Girls' Choir.
"A Ceremony of Carols" by Benjamin Britten,
"The Darkest Midnight in December" by Kelly-Marie Murphy,
plus a radiant feast of Christmas Hymns and Carols.
Cash Bar & Silent Auction.
Tickets: $25 Adults; $15 Youth

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