Coldest Night of the Year

On February 24, the Cathedral will once again participate in the Coldest Night of the Year. The Coldest Night of the Year is a Canada-wide winter walk-a-thon to support local homeless ministries in each participating city. It's a fun

and chilly event, and it provides much-needed support and awareness for homeless organizations that often face a decline in funds during the coldest months of the year. Here in Calgary, we're walking for Feed the Hungry, and KAIROS Calgary. For more information, visit
To join our team or donate, visit:

Essential information:

Start: Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary


  •  4 pm - Registration opens
  •  5 pm - Opening Ceremonies
  •  5:15 pm - Walk begins (all distances)
  •  6 pm - Registration closes
  •  6pm - Meal service begins
  •  8 pm - Route closes, meal service ends

Between 6:00 and 8:00 pm a warm, meal of chili will be served to all walkers and volunteers. Meat and vegetarian varieties will be provided.

Registration opens at 4:00 pm. All walkers must check-in and sign a waiver form before participating.

Please come prepared with:

  •  All cash and cheques payable to "Coldest Night of the Year"
  •  Pledge sheet with all donor data filled out completely and neatly OR
  •  Post all pledges of cash and cheques online in your personal fundraising page and print off the "My Results Form" and bring with cash or cheques.
  •  Bring a signed Waiver Form available online under TOOLS / FORMS on the main site.


  • 0-10 Free
  • 11-17 - Youth (pay $25 or raise minimum of $75)
  • 18+ - Adult (pay $25 or raise minimum of $150)
  • The toque is for anyone who pays the fee or raises the minimum
  • Reg Fee increase to $40 effective Monday, February 19th

Route Options include:

  • 2 km walk
  • 5km walk
  • 10 km walk
  • Rest stops will be available on all routes.
  • Maps will be available at the Welcome Desk. All routes will be well signed.
  • Route marshalls, rest stop attendants, and sweep vehicle drivers will be available for support along the route.
  • All riders 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

What to Bring

  •  any cash or cheques made out to "Coldest Night of the Year"
  •  a completed pledge form or "My Results Form" to match the cash or cheques
  •  a signed waiver form
  •  good walking waterproof shoes/boots
  •  your own water bottle. Water coolers will be provided but not bottled water.
  •  warm coat & mitts
  •  a non-perishable food item for the Calgary Food Bank if wish to support them
Last year's team

Last year's team

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.

Help for School Children


We have had a request from a school in Calgary that is experiencing an increase in the number of children coming to classes having had no breakfast and with no lunch. The school has recently had some funding cutbacks and wondered if we could provide some boxes of granola bars (nut free), cereal bars, packages of instant oatmeal that can be made with boiling water, small boxes of cereal and other non-perishable items that can be given out easily and do not require refrigeration. At the present time the staff at the school are providing the snacks. If each of us comes to church with a small box of something, we can make a real difference. If you place the items in the food bank box, Helen will be happy to collect and deliver them.

Organ Concert - 10 March

The third of our organ concerts performed by Director of Music, Dr. Neil Cockburn, will take place in the cathedral on Saturday, March 10 at 6 pm. General admission is $10, payable at the door (cash only). The concert will last approximately 60 minutes, allowing you to catch another downtown show afterwards.


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).

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.


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.


ESL Café

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The ESL Café provides practice in conversation for new immigrants to Calgary. We have nearly 20 students, mainly from Turkey, at the moment. We meet in the Parish Hall Wednesday 3-4:30 pm, and Saturdays 10:30 am - noon. We have a good deal of fun and the time passes too quickly!

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

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!