Newsletter: May 29, 2020

All Clergy, Parishes, 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.

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By Communication Request Form

By emailing the Crosstalk editor Leigh Anne Williams at

(You may use the same linked form for all communication requests)

COVID Communiqué 3

May 26, 2020

Welcome to our third COVID Communiqué. This week we have no updates or new postings for the diocesan website’s COVID-19 pages.

However, we do have a kind of pre-update: we are working with the Provincial House of Bishops and consulting with public health authorities as a staged plan for reopening is developed. Bishop-elect Shane Parker has also commissioned an epidemiologist to provide specific advice concerning our interactions as we gather for worship, including our Eucharistic practices. The safety of all is paramount as we put together a plan of our diocese.

Recognizing how many plans and decisions governments are struggling with, we hope to offer our plans to health and political leaders for endorsement, rather than waiting for a plan to be developed for us. We’ll let you know any news on this front as soon as we hear.

If you have any questions, or there’s a development we’ve missed, or you find something that’s out of date or wrong, please let us know by sending a note to Heidi Pizzuto, Executive Assistant to the Bishop, and she will direct your note to the right person. There are so many questions around COVID-19, we don’t want to add any more or miss any answers.

The Communiqué is produced by the senior staff of the diocese:

Sanjay Grover, Director of Financial Ministry

Peter John Hobbs, Director of Community Ministries

Shane Parker, Bishop-elect

Jane Scanlon, Director of Stewardship Development

Carol Sinclair, Director of Human Resources

Please Click Here for Virtual prayer Service Schedule

Synod Office Staff

To control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our staff has been encouraged to work remotely. The best way to contact them is by email or leaving a voicemail. All contact information can be found under the 'Contact us' menu item below.

We pray you are staying well.

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Ottawa School for Parish Development 2020

The May 2020 Weekend (final weekend for this session) has been postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

The June 2020 residential week has also been postponed at this time. We will reschedule it as soon as possible.

For course information please Click Here

Anglican Diocese of Ottawa News Board

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Clergy, parishes, parishioners and friends are invited to submit news and event notices.

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Virtual Fundraising Ideas For Churches

During COVID 19, churches are wondering what they can do to replace successful fundraisers that usually involve large gatherings.

Click Here to find out some virtual fundraising ideas.


Please check the Diocesan Online Calendar prior to attending any event to see its availability.

Update on 2021 Canadian Church Calendar!

An update went out earlier this week regarding 2021 church calendars being available for order. We jumped the gun a little with that announcement!Please note that information for ordering calendars will not be available until late June, with calendars expected to be in stock and shipping at the end of August. There is no deadline to order calendars.

You can sign up Here for calendar updates.

The June Marriage Preparation Course has moved online!

Rev. Hilary Murray, Rev. Jon Martin and Leslie Giddings are adapting the course content. They welcome couples to participate who hope to be married this summer or in September.

For registration please Click Here

All couples are welcome and participation is not limited based gender, age, or previous marital status. Small groups are designed so that couples with shared experience may benefit from conversations with one another. Topics such as step-parenting and blending families will be addressed in small group sessions, where appropriate.

Youth Internship Program open to receive applications

The Youth Internship Program will be welcoming applications for the upcoming September 2020 - June 2021 session until August 20, 2020

Please contact Donna Rourke at for information or an application.

More Info

Prayer Calendar - April 1 to June 30, 2020

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Parish Report - June 2020

Click Here

What's new?
Check out the Diocesan calendar for all upcoming events.

News From Our Friends!                

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

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Anglican Foundation Update

Did you know the Anglican Foundation of Canada distributed $1,000,000 to support Ministry across Canada in 2019? Read all about it in the article here!

Not a member of the Foundation? Join here to help make this possible again in 2020! Click Here to learn more about it.

Communication Requests & Change of email

A reminder that all should be submitted through this form:


Please use the COMMUNICATION REQUEST FORM for submissions to: Crosstalk Newspaper; Diocesan Newsletter; eBlast or directed emails; Diocesan calendar postings; social media; Diocesan website.

For questions or concerns regarding Crosstalk, other than article submissions, please email the editor, Leigh Anne Williams at crosstalk@ottawa.anglican.

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The next diocesan newsletter will be emailed to parishes and subscribers on June 12, 2020.

Please submit all requests for inclusion at least 2 days in advance of distribution, using our electronic form.

Please review our mailing guidelines and deadlines before submitting.

We apologize for any errors or omissions. Unfortunately, once published, the newsletter cannot be revised.