ESL Café

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The ESL Café has had a good session since January, but it is taking a break over Easter. March 24 will be our last Café until Wednesday, April 11, when we will return.

Our students are always interested in meeting and hearing from new people, so if you'd like to drop in on a Wednesday at 3 pm or a Saturday at 10:30 am during our Spring session, please do so!

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

Concert March 20, 7:30


Mount Royal Kantorei invites you to join 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 our upcoming Harmony of the Spheres concert. This free concert will be held at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, on the corner of 7th Avenue and 1st Street SE. Everyone is welcome.

Poppy Project

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.
The knitting group has already begun knitting!  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.


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.

NeST Update - Help Wanted


Help wanted to assist newcomer family Al Jbawis in vehicle shopping. They are looking for a reliable used car for a family of 6 within their budget. They have some preliminary ideas about make/model but have requested assistance navigating what is locally available and the purchase process (including an inspection). NeST can help connect across the language barrier if needed. Please contact Joy Newman 403.608.2994 or if you have ideas or can help.

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!