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History of Mother’s Day different than you thought …

The day has long been associated with mothers and family. For centuries it was custom for people to return home to their ‘mother’ church on Laetare Sunday – the middle of Lent. Those who did so were said to have gone ‘a-mothering’. The day often turned into a family reunion and a chance for children working…

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Bonus: Spring Tea and spring garden tips

Once again the feature of the Annual Spring Tea was a spring and summer planter demonstration by Vikki of Griffin’s Greenhouses, Lakefield. That’s not to say that the menu fare was not almost as fantastic. The Spring Tea menu offered several kinds of home-made quiche, fresh salads and scrumptious desserts. Check out the slides to get…

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Thomas gets such a bad rap …

Thomas gets a bad rap Homily by the Rev’d W Glenn Empey When they were walking along the road to Emmaus, I think they were still confused. It would have been difficult to be able to figure out all that had happened. Surely they would have had some doubts as they tried to comprehend things.…

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Great Easter article — Wall Street Journal

Great Easter article — The Wall Street Journal Greetings to you in Eastertide, Easter Sunday afternoon, I happened across this really great article in the Wall Street Journal from March 2016 on social media. I recommend it to you as very relevant and thought-provoking as we begin the journey from The Sunday of the Resurrection…

Maundy Thursday Message from Archbishop Colin Johnson

While the whole world clambers upward, love leads Jesus down. As we gather at the table on Maundy Thursday, Archbishop Colin Johnson reflects on Jesus’ love for friend and enemy, shown in the washing of feet and the silence of a tomb. A Maundy Thursday Message from Archbishop Colin Johnson While the whole world clambers…

All about Holy Week

Holy Week The most solemn week of the Christian year, Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter, and is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last week of Jesus’ life. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday — 9 April. Palm Sunday Palm Sunday commemorates Christ’s triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the…

Terence Finlay, 79, ‘joyful…and deeply faithful’

Terence Finlay, who served as Bishop of the Diocese of Toronto and Metropolitan of the ecclesiastical province of Ontario from 2000-2004, died early on the morning of Monday, March 20. He was 79. Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, said he was one of many who could number Terence Finlay among…

“Am I being unfair to you” World Day of Prayer

The 2017 World Day of Prayer was held at St Matthew – St Aidan for local churches on Friday 3 March at 10:30 am. The theme for this year was developed by the women of the Philippines and its title was “Am I being unfair to you?” Women from the local Presbyterian, United Church, Church…

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Ash Wednesday 101

The People of St Matthew – St Aidan’s  warmly invite members of the community to the Ash Wednesday Liturgy Wednesday, 1 March 1 pm Ash Wednesday Liturgy: Holy Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes for those who so wish Here’s all you need to know about Ash Wednesday … check it out … The service draws on…

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Levity for a snowy day …

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Area Bishop installed for Trent-Durham

On Saturday, 21 January at 2 pm, The Right Reverend Riscylla Shaw was installed at St John’s Peterborough as the new Bishop of the Trent-Durham Episcopal Area. The church was packed full with clergy from the area and members of parishes to give a warm welcome for the new area bishop. The Trent-Durham episcopal area has…

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The Ordination of new Bishops suffragan

On Saturday, 7 January 2017, at St Paul’s Bloor Street, Toronto, the Diocese gathered for the Ordination of three Suffragan Bishops: The Rev. Riscylla Shaw, the Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson and the Rev. Canon Jenny Andison. The Most Reverend Colin Johnson, Bishop of Toronto and Metropolitan of Ontario, presided with the assistance of Bishops from the Diocese,…

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Primate’s pastoral letter to the Church at Epiphany

Feast of the Epiphany, 6 January 2017 from The Most Reverend Fred Hiltz, Primate, Anglican Church of Canada Dear Friends in Christ, I greet you in his name and love on this The Feast of the Epiphany. Today we remember the visit of the magi, their adoration of the Christ Child, and the offering of…

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Helen Minten named to Order of Toronto

The Most Reverend Colin Johnson, Metropolitan of Ontario and Bishop of Toronto has named Helen Minten to become a Member of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto. The Archbishop will be presenting the Medallion of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto to new members at his Levée on 1 January at St James…

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HM Queen Elizabeth II — Christmas message

Thousands of “small acts of goodness” can make a difference, even though the world’s problems often seem too big to change, the Queen has said. In her annual Christmas Day address she said she drew strength from “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”. After paying tribute to the UK’s Olympians and Paralympians, she spoke of her…

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Getting ready for the Christmas season

The hint of a change in the weather prompted members of the community to get in the spirit by heading to the Christmas Tea on 19 November at the parish hall. There was a wide selection of fancy sandwiches and delicious sweets to be enjoyed with choices of various teas plus hot apple cider. The…