Book Club Next Read Perelandra

The next book to be read by the books club is C.S. Lewis's Perelandra, a book available by download on any of the e-readers, or second-hand from Amazon and elsewhere for as little as $1.


The date is July 8, 2018 at Christine's. For new members or for those in need of directions, contact Eva at the Cathedral Office.

To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Inspired by the project undertaken at St.Mary’s church in Walsham-le-Willows this venture is designed to include every parishioner at the church as well as the Sunday school children as a means of raising the profile of the Cathedral in the downtown core as we remember all those who lost their lives in the Great War.
The aim is to knit or crochet thousands of poppies that will be displayed on the outside of the Cathedral during the weeks preceding Remembrance Day in 2018.

Please note:

The Poppy Knitting Group is meeting May 10 and 24 at 4pm. Then the group will break for summer. Please don’t stop crafting those poppies, and if anyone needs supplies of yarn, we can help. Please contact Lesley Pugh at or 403 234 9948 for further details.

Watch this space for more updates during the summer.

If you would like to join in this worthwhile project please contact the Cathedral office at for information and details about the patterns and yarn that are being used.

A huge thank you to everyone for your continued poppy production. I know the summer will be slower but please keep knitting and crocheting!



ESL Café Update

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The ESL Café is a meeting of newcomers to Calgary who need some help in conversational English. Many of the students are studying in formal classes elsewhere, but come to the Café to have real experience in listening and speaking.

Our students are always interested in meeting new people, so if you’d like to drop in on a Wednesday at 3pm or a Saturday at 10:30am, please do so!


We recently had a meeting at the home of one of our students who prepared a fabulous meal for all of us (one third of which is pictured here).

Several of our friends have not moved to Toronto because the Ontario government is providing more language training places for people waiting for Permanent Residence status. This fact makes us a bit sad, but we are still in touch with them.

Please pray for our Turkish friends. People are again being arrested there: among our own groups, one woman had died, and a sister has been arrested.

Anyone is welcome to join our volunteer team., contact Joy Newman: or Anne Paul:

Choir Reunion Evensong

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On Saturday, June 2, there will be a special service of Choral Evensong at 4:30 pm for our Second Annual Former Chorister’s Reunion. We have been in touch with dozens of former choristers and have invited them to join us (either in the choir or the congregation) and Terence Fullerton, Director of Music 1973-1996 will be our guest conductor. The music will feature Charles Wood’s Evening Service in E-flat (no. 2) and Felix Mendelssohn’s glorious anthem Hear My Prayer. Please plan on joining us as we welcome old friends back.

Bach by Dr. Neil Cockburn


Our Director of Music will play a solo organ recital of Bach masterworks at Knox United Church (506, 4 Street SW) on Friday, May 25 at 7:30 pm. This recital is part of the Calgary Philharmonic’s Bach at Knox festival. For more information visit


Open Cathedral


Our tradition of Open Cathedral will start up again in May, and run through until September. Over the years, we have welcomed thousands of people into our Cathedral - guests from across Canada and around the world, and also our neighbours - people who have walked by the building, school groups, or those who simply needed a quiet place to sit, reflect, or pray. This important outreach ministry cannot exist without the support of volunteers. Whether you are able to volunteer once a month or once a week, or even just once over the course of the next five months, we need your help. Volunteers work in pairs from 11:30am - 1:30pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Training is provided, and volunteers do not need to be Cathedral members. For more information, please speak with Leighton, or contact Marva
( or Barry (


NeST Update for May


Well, it has been an amazing year. On May 4, 2017 one of our NeST volunteers spoke with the father of the Syrian family assigned to us by the federal government. We learned that the Canadian Embassy had requested the family to update their medical check-ups, which had expired during the long processing delays between resettlement sponsorship acceptance and final approval to travel. This was to be the final step in their very prolonged journey to come to Canada. On a cool evening in June, the family stepped on Canadian soil at the Calgary International Airport, and members
of NeST met, for the first time, an amazing family who have now become much more than the Syrian family assigned to us. They are our friends. Khalil, Kholoud, and their four remarkable children are now firmly established here in Calgary. They have survived their first winter and settled into an inviting and comfortable home. They are learning English, making great progress at school, participating in sports and arts programs, and making friends. They are healthy and happy, and have become an integral part of our collective lives. On May 6, 2018, almost a year to the date of our first conversation, the NeST Committee will meet to make plans for the winding down of our sponsorship agreement. The family will join us for our meeting at 1:00pm at St. Stephen’s Church, to discuss our relationship moving forward. If there are any volunteers who would like to contribute to the conversation, we invite you to join us. Please rsvp to Joy Newman ( or Ruth Parent ( Also, please note that we will be planning a festive and inclusive social event early in the summer with all volunteers and supporters from each church, the Al Jbawi family, and the NeST team. We hope many of you will join us to mark this important achievement.


Bishop Sidney Black Preaches


On April 8, the Bishop for Treaty 7, Sidney Black, preached at the Cathedral on the topic of overcoming our fears and creating community. We had hoped to hear the bishop before Easter, but owing to bad weather, we had to wait. Even so, the bishop and his wife overcame some considerable difficulties on the road to visit us, and we are grateful. It was good to hear words of welcome and blessing in Siksika, and a message of love and reconciliation.


Concert March 20, 7:30


Mount Royal Kantorei joined us on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30pm for five movements from the incredible "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace" by Karl Jenkins, along with a few selections from the Harmony of the Spheres concert. The concert was a success, and we look forward to working with the Kantorei in future.

Changing of the Sacrists

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After 50 years, Richard Johnson, left, has retired as Sacrist to the Cathedral. His successor is Dr. Vaughan Bowen, right. The Dean oversaw the ceremonial transition, and bestowed the title Sacrist Emeritus on Richard Johnson.

Diocesan Choir Festival

The Diocesan Choirs’ Festival was on  Saturday, February 3.  Choirs and singers from around the Diocese joined the Cathedral Choir in a service of Choral Evensong. Music included John Stainer’s Evening Canticles in B-flat and Charles Villiers Stanford’s anthem "How Beauteous Are the Feet."

 Some of our visitors from St. Augustine's, Lethbridge. Three choir members, with Joan Collier, Director of Music (in long surplice) and organist Mary Lee Voort (without robes).

Some of our visitors from St. Augustine's, Lethbridge. Three choir members, with Joan Collier, Director of Music (in long surplice) and organist Mary Lee Voort (without robes).

Tree of Hope


Thanks to the generosity of the congregation, once again we have delivered numerous bags of new clothing to Inn From the Cold, The Woman's Shelter and Avenue 15.

The contributions were much appreciated by all three charities. Some of the young people at Avenue 15 did not have hats or mittens, so they were really grateful, especially with the cold temperatures we have been experiencing.

All Mothers and Children Count


The Cathedral Outreach Committee and the local Primate’s World Relief and Development fund (PWRDF) sponsored a fall fundraiser: “All Mother and Children Count.” All monies collected go to maternal and child health in Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Burundi.

The final total was $2084 which will be multiplied by seven, or $14,588, in its value to PWRDF. Well done everyone.


Fall Outreach Project

Inspired by the PWRDF Project "all Mothers & Children Count," we have begun to knit or crochet small gifts to give to Mothers in the community who have few resources. The group meets each Thursday in the Parish Hall from 4 until 6 pm allowing those who wish to attend Vespers at 6:15. A $10 donation is suggested to sign up for this project, but it is not a requirement. If you are not sure about knitting and would like to learn, come along, and you will be helped. Please contact Lesley Pugh, or 403 234 9948 to join the group.

The first 2018 meeting is 11 January at 4pm in the Parish Hall to count finish blankets and plan the next project.


Tribute to Elizabeth Challice

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Elizabeth has been an active and much loved member of the Cathedral congregation for many years.
She trained in London at the Royal College of music and was organist at St. Andrew’s, Calgary, before becoming assistant organist at the Cathedral for both Robert Bell and Terry Fullerton.
She became an active member of the Altar Guild when Hugh Stiff was Dean, and apart from a brief respite, remained a valued member until her retirement this year.
She was president of the ACW, and was an active member, playing the organ for the annual service.
She has been coffee hour organiser — and generally helped in a myriad of ways.
We are truly grateful to Elizabeth for her committed service to the Church, for her wealth of stories and her continued participation in the life of the Cathedral.

Recent: NeST Update

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NeST Update. On Sunday, October 22nd the Al Jbawi family met a number of the Cathedral parishioners at Bruce and Ruth Parent’s house. We were all impressed with their cheerfulness and quiet grace. We continue to support them along with St. Stephens and St. Paul’s.

The Al Jbawi family thanked the volunteers who have helped them with a Syrian feast.

A Stitch in Time with the Deerly Wrought Sampler Guild

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This week's blog post was written by Sheila Cook.

On Saturday, April 22, the Cathedral Altar Guild hosted the Deerly Wrought Sampler Guild (DWSG) at the Cathedral. The DWSG is interested in historic and traditional stitching in all contexts. The Cathedral Altar Guild ladies were more than happy to show off the historic and current vestments, hangings and altar cloths. The DWSG’s interest in the Cathedral’s inventory of vestments and hangings came from a project that we recently completed: the High Altar Kneeler Project.  Jeannette Douglas, who designed the high altar kneelers, recommended a tour of the Cathedral to the DWSG and I believe they were not disappointed!

Dean Lee welcomed the group and started the morning with a brief history and a tour of the Cathedral. Elizabeth Challice, Mary Downing, and Pat Glen lead the discussion and presented many examples of the beautiful embroidery that are on the chasubles, stoles, copes, altar cloths, and hangings. There was a wonderful feeling of sisterhood between the two guilds.

The tour concluded in the narthex with refreshments and an opportunity to visit. It became very clear to all present how important the work that the Altar Guild does every week. The pride this unsung group has in preserving and maintaining the vestments, hangings, and other stitching goes without question. This is just a part of what the Altar Guild does for the Cathedral. I’m sure our Altar Guild volunteers are breathing a big sigh of relief after a very busy first half of the liturgical year. A big thank you to the Altar Guild for all their hard work!