ESL Café


ESL Café will resume in the Parish Hall every Wednesday afternoon from 3pm – 4:30pm, 20 March 2019. Students learn some grammar in an Informal setting and have discussions on a variety of subjects. Learning to discuss in a foreign language can be a challenge but we try to provide a safe and fun space to do this.

Fabric & Book Sale Fundraiser

The Choir held a successful a fabric and book sale on 23 March 2019. Both books and fabrics sold well, and the goodies were scrumptious.

Proceeds from this sale are to fund the Choir of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer’s activities beyond our usual schedule of services, including choir tours, outreach, and professional development.

Annual Meeting of Parishioners

Sunday, 24 February 2019, at the Annual Meeting of Parishioners, the Operating Budget for 2019 was adopted and the Parish Officers were elected:
Ben Wagler, Incumbent’s Warden
Philippa FitzGerald-Finch, People’s Warden
Gordon Cook, Assistant People’s Warden
Kate Ahlf (1-year term)
Diane Ayer (2-year term)
Vaughan Bowen (1 year remaining)
Brenda Horiachka (1 year remaining)
Olivia Ingalls (2-year term)
Ross Jepson (2-year term)
Brianna Kopp (2-year term)
Chris Lamb (2-year term)
Fransis Maseh (1 year remaining)
Wilson McCutchan (2-year term)
Kaitlyn Paltiel (2-year term)
Lynne Phillips (1 year remaining)

Lent at the Cathedral

For specific Lenten services, see the Worship pages.

Lenten Devotions
This year’s Lenten Devotions, “Our Lenten Journey through the Waters of Baptism
were written by the Venerable Charlene Taylor of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. To sign up for them, go to and then click on “Resources.”
“I was Hungry and You Gave Me Food”
This is our local PWRDF Lenten Outreach program. All monies collected will go to the PWRDF and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank to help feed people in emergency situations such as natural disasters. Your donations will also help them rebuild their lives with seeds and farming tools.
We will do this fundraiser in the form of a “Coffee Cup” campaign, and we are asking you to donate what you would normally spend on coffee for a week.
Beginning on Sunday, March 10, you will be able to pick up coffee cups, decorated by our Sunday School children, in the narthex. These cups contain donation envelopes for this project. Please take a cup and envelope marked “PWRDF”, and return your donation by Sunday, April 28. If you are giving cash, make sure your contact information is on the envelope. Please make personalized cheques out to “Cathedral Church of the Redeemer” and make sure you write “Foodgrains Bank.” on the memo line. (Just to be clear, you will get credit for whatever amount you donate.)
Donations to the PWRDF/Canadian Foodgrains Bank are matched 4:1 by the Canadian Federal Government. In other words, whatever you give, the Federal Government will match your donation by four times that amount!
So, go ahead and grab a “Coffee Cup”. Go for it! Show your love for your neighbours in distress by donating to “I was Hungry and You Gave Me Food”. And, your act of kindness will warm you just as a warm cup of coffee!

Book Club: Sunday 31 March

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The Cathedral Book Club will meet on Sunday, March 31 at 2:00pm at the home of Wendy Dezan to discuss Life on the Ground Floor by Dr. James Maskalyk. The goal of the Cathedral Book Club is to bring together Cathedral members and friends for thought-provoking discussion and fellowship. You are warmly invited to join us! Contact Eva at the office for details.

Choir Fundraiser: Bottle/Beverage Container Recycling


The Choir of the Cathedral Choir of the Redeemer has registered with the Vecova not-for-profit bottle depot in Northwest Calgary in support of the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer’s music activities. Deposits paid on beverage containers that are returned to Vecova will be paid to the choir’s account. Participation is easy, in the following three ways:

1. On Sunday mornings, bring your recyclable beverage containers in sturdy plastic bags or cardboard boxes to the Cathedral and leave them in the blue recycle box located in the north vestibule (by the accessible washroom). Please note: for reasons of security and hygiene, the recycle box will only be available on Sundays. Please do not leave beverage containers during the week.

2. A choir member can collect beverage containers directly from your home. Please make arrangements by contacting Sheila or Gordon Cook at

Please note that if you contact Vecova directly to arrange bottle collection (which is a service they offer), your deposits will not be credited to the choir. Please arrange collection only through Sheila or Gordon as stated above.

3. Take your recyclable beverage containers directly to the Vecova Bottle Recycling at 3304 - 33 St NW, stating the account name “Cathedral Church of the Redeemer.”

There are many churches and many choirs registered with Vecova, so to ensure proper crediting to the Cathedral Choir account, please see the detailed instructions regarding returning your containers directly to Vecova on the noticeboard in the south vestibule at the cathedral. Alternatively, you may email the Director of Music for a copy of the instructions at:

If you have any questions, please see a choir member during coffee hour on Sundays after the 10.30am service.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Coldest Night of the Year


On February 23, the Cathedral once again participated in the Coldest Night of the Year. The Coldest Night of the Year is a Canada-wide, family-friendly winter walk-a-thon to raise money for local charities which support homeless, hungry and hurting individuals in each participating city.

Confirmation for Adults


An Adult Confirmation class will be offered beginning Monday, March 11,

6:30pm to 8:30pm. Two books by Dr. Rowan Williams, the 104th Archbishop of

Canterbury, will be used. They are Tokens of Trust: An Introduction to Christian

Belief, and Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer.

We invite you to join us if you wish to explore being confirmed or if you wish to

understand your confirmation commitment more deeply.

Please register by emailing Helen at so that we can order

adequate material.

Poppies on and in the Cathedral

The poppies have created a notable effect. The importance of the poppy and its connection to all Veterans will be highlighted this year by the Cathedral’s display in honour of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.

The idea came from a church in England. Our People’s Warden Pippa FitzGerald-Finch contacted the church to find out how it could be done. See Global’s new item on the origin of this project.

See the CBC’s coverage here.

More that 80 people knitted or crocheted poppies for this project, including some in Far parts of Canada, and the mother of one of our choristers, who lives in New Zealand.

The purpose it to honour those who died for us in all the wars since 1918.


100th Anniversary of the Great War


We now have well over 7,000 poppies which are being attached to netting.  The display will begin to take shape on the weekend of October 20th and 21st and will remain in place until November 12th.  We hope that as many people as possible will attend the Remembrance Service on November 11th at 10.30am when the Dean will dedicate the installation.'

The poppy project is nearing the end of its preparation phase. Soon the strands of netting will be hung outside and inside the church.

Global TV has provided some insight into the work done by Pippa Fitzgerald-Finch and her team.

The CTV story discusses how this project grew and recognizes Veterans.

New Sign


It looks as if it has always been there, but the stone sign is newly installed by the main Cathedral door. Here are some images of the stone being put in place.


Blessing of the Animals


The Annual Blessing of the Animalstook place on Saturday, 29 September at 11:00 am. This much-loved service was jointly celebrated by the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, St. Martin’s Anglican Church, and the Calgary Humane Society. It celebrates of our animal companions, present and past. Participants brought their pets for blessing by the Rev’d Natasha Brubaker Garrison of St. Martin’s, and the Rev’d Helen Belcher of the Cathedral, and the Rev’d George Belcher, formerly of St. George’s in the Pines, Banffl.

Doors Open YYC

The Cathedral welcomed 150 visitors for views and tours over the day and a half, 22 and 23 September, 2018. Everyone seemed pleased to see the pleasant surrounding, learning history and about the Anglican church. Views of the 7000 poppies being prepared for display on Remembrance Day were a big hit.