Rev. Victoria's Office Hours on Zoom

Rev. Victoria continues to hold regular office hours on Wednesday afternoons. She will be on Zoom from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, and you are invited to drop in to Zoom to connect any time during that hour. You may see other St. Luke's friends when you join! Click here to drop in to Zoom any time between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.

She will also be available by phone or Zoom from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. if you would like to book an appointment for one-on-one conversation. Please email her by Tuesday each week to book your time.

If Wednesdays aren't convenient for you, just email Rev. Victoria to find another time to connect.

These are difficult days, but we can get through this together!
Virtual Gathering 

Wednesdays 11 a.m.

All are welcome at this Service of the Word with Lectio Divina 

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service.

The St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer

We all need some fun and socializing, and with that in mind, Corporation has an idea for you to consider. Would you like to meet (virtually) once a week over a meal and have a visit? The meal could be ordered from the same restaurant or I can provide a suggested menu and recipes, or we could take turns leaving packages of food on people's porches if we were comfortable with that.  We could have a little wine and conversation as we dined. We could support restaurants in the parish. Mostly,  we could be together in the best way we can for now, and have a lavish banquet together when everything opens.  It could be known as The St. Luke's Order of Good Cheer, modelled on the one created by Samuel de Champlain many years ago.  Please let us know if you'd be interested and which evening might suit you best.  You can reply to me at
Let's help each other through the next few months.         

Sarah Whitehead


St. Luke's Storytelling and Social Time
Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. on Zoom


You're invited to drop in to St. Luke's Story Time
On Zoom
Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593
It's a great place to enjoy deepening friendships with one another through a focused conversation on a topic shared by one of our own.

Warm thanks to Brian Hobbs for sharing on living life as a gay man...a good and important sharing to prepare us to open a wider welcome to LGBTTQ seniors at St. Luke's

Coming up:

May 27 2:30 Bob Jones on his journey with music.

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming Story Times.  

Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright

Parish Council Highlights

St. Luke's Garden

Many thanks to Janet and Glen for their early morning (6:30 a.m.!) gardening efforts this week! 

Parish Council Highlights 
Parish Council met on Zoom on Thursday, May 18th, 2021. Highlights of that meeting include:
  • Rev. Victoria expressed gratitude for the virtual connections and activities that continue for St. Luke’s, particularly the Wednesday Service of the Word with Lectio divina and Thursday Storytelling Time. She is glad to continue offering the weekly newsletter, and continues to look for new resources and information to share in it. She also expressed gratitude for the opportunity to partner with the Cathedral for Sunday morning live-streaming, but shared that she is missing being at St. Luke’s more than ever.  
  • When we will return to in-person worship in our beloved building is still unknown. It may well be September before we’re able to do that, but of course, no decision will be made until we’ve had direction from Bishop Shane and Diocesan Senior Staff. With that in mind, Rev. Victoria reached out to Fr. Yves Bérieault, Pastor of Saint-Jean-Baptiste’s Parish, and Prior of the Dominican Priory at the Dominican College on Empress Avenue to see if St. Luke’s might be able to gather on the grounds of the College. This of course, depends on the lifting of the lockdown, and on Diocesan direction for the summer months, but her hope is that we might be able to meet outside as a community in June, July, and August.
  • As mentioned in recent newsletters, the showers/washrooms/laundry construction project is complete. There are two more phases of construction: a kitchen renovation (sticking to the existing kitchen footprint) and improvements to the side spaces (not the Sanctuary) upstairs to include an improved kitchen and washroom, as well as storage with our choir and music program and Chi Rho in mind. Rev. Victoria is in regular contact with PJ Hobbs (Director of Community Ministries) and Rachel Robinson, and details will be communicated as soon as they are available.
  • SLT has moved out of the Sanctuary and back down into the basement. The SLT cleaners have been working on a deep clean upstairs. This includes the floor, which has been transformed, and given new life! The cleaner was able to buff out many of the scratches and scrapes, and it now looks shiny and new. 
  • SLT staff have expressed that they are glad to be back in the basement as it was more complicated running the program upstairs. Rev. Victoria has heard lots of appreciation about the showers and laundry from participants. 
  • SLT staff continue to work very hard. These last weeks have been very challenging in the neighbourhood. Reverberations after Carl Reinboth’s tragic death continue to be felt. Thank you to Heather Mallett for designing a card for SLT staff. Those cards (which will include gift certificates) will go from St. Luke’s to SLT staff shortly.
  • SLT staff will be coordinating some of the gardening with SLT participants. Heartfelt thanks to Janet and Glen Allingham for their efforts with the Three Sisters Garden. New urns have been purchased for the steps, and will be planted and put in place after the May long weekend. 
  • Rev. Victoria participated in a Community Liaison meeting on Tuesday, May 18th, 2021. It is good to hear from this group about what’s happening in the neighbourhood. 
  • Rev. Victoria has connected with Somerset West and a neighbour of St. Luke’s and met with them on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 to discuss both a neighbourhood spring clean-up and how we might develop a neighbouhood care and clean-up program with the hope of engaging neighbours, local businesses and SLT participants in these efforts. 
  • Sarah Whitehead, Helen Cathcart and Deirdre Piper participated in the Shape of Parish Ministry Launch on April 20th. Next steps include an interview with SPMC team members. In preparation for that interview, Parish Council was asked to reflect on and respond to specific questions. These questions will also included in the newsletter in the next weeks as a survey to engage the whole congregation in this process, and a Zoom meeting will be held for small group discussion of these questions: stay tuned for details. Our visioning process addressed these questions which leaves St. Luke’s in a promising position for engaging in this Shape of Parish Ministry Consultation.
  • Susan offered a financial update. Givings continued to be lower in March, but appear to have increased in April. Continued heartfelt thanks to everyone for their generosity through these difficult days when we cannot gather together. 
  • Susan offered an encouraging update on the online auction that is planned. An article appears in The Jubilee and information will be included in the weekly newsletter. Thank you to the Auction Team: Susan, Sally and Helen!
  • A new lease has been negotiated with the City for the parking lot, and this now includes free parking on Sunday mornings!
  • Helen and Anne gave an update on Storytelling Time. In June the group will discuss continuing for the summer.
  • St. Luke’s is part of the virtual Doors Open Ottawa for 2021. A slideshow of St. Luke’s will be part of that, as well as pictures and information about St. Luke’s. Thank you to Wendy for her work on this. 
  • Sarah offered an update on the plans for a “St. Luke’s Order of Good Cheer”. Information will be shared in upcoming newsletters. 
  • St. Luke’s will offer a Senior Pride Workshop on June 12th. Information will be included in upcoming newsletters.
  • Janet offered updates on All My Relations, KAIROS, PWRDF and the Vaccine Equity Fund, the Bishop’s Gala, and the St. Luke’s Gardens. 

The Venerable David Selzer, after serving with distinction in ordained ministry since 1976, will officially retire on June 1, 2021. He will continue to serve as the Interim Dean of St. George's Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario and will remain canonically resident in the Diocese of Ottawa.

St. Luke’s will always be grateful for the wonderful way David held the community in the interim before Rev. Victoria’s arrival, and for the many gifts he shared as Honorary Assistant. We wish David all the very best, and every blessing in his retirement.


Christ Church Cathedral - Partnering with St. Luke's: LIve-Streamed Services

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
The Feast of 

Readings:  EZEKIEL 37:1-14; PSALM 104:25-35, 37B;
ROMANS 8:22-27 OR ACTS 2:1-21; JOHN 15:26-27, 16:4B-15

8:30am Holy Eucharist

Celebrant Bishop Shane Parker
Preacher Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Reader Dean Beth Bretzlaff

 Order of Service for 8:30

10:30am Sung Eucharist

Celebrant Bishop Shane Parker
Readers: Canon Hilary Murray, Canon Doug Richards
Gospeller The Reverend Victoria Scott
Preacher Dean Beth Bretzlaff

Order of Service for 10:30

In response to the ongoing stay-at-home order, only clergy and Cathedral music staff will be present for the live-streamed services. 

Information about all live-streamed services is posted on the Events page of the CCCO website at

A Service of the Word for Those at Home

The following service is offered for those setting aside time for prayer and reflection on Sunday morning.

A Service of the Word for Pentecost

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Prelude on ‘Down Ampney’  - Henry G. Ley
Hymn 645:  Come Down, O Love Divine
Hymn 637: Come, Holy Ghost, Our Souls Inspire
Postlude: Veni Creator  (en taille à 5)  - Nicolas de Grigny
Henry Ley (1887-1962) was organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, from 1909-26, and from 1919 he was Professor of organ at the Royal College of Music. His Prelude on ‘Down Ampney’ features the melody in its entirety, first in the tenor voice and then in the soprano. It dates from 1959.

Ralph Vaughan Williams served as the editor of the English Hymnal, which was published in 1906. As well as harmonizing some existing hymn tunes, he also composed some new ones which have become giants in hymnody. Sine Nomine (For All the Saints), Down Ampney (Come Down, O Love Divine) and King’s Weston(At the Name of Jesus) are three such examples, all found in our hymn book. (Incidentally, the hymn tune Down Ampney is named for Vaughan Williams’ birth place: a small village about 40 km west of Oxford.)  Ideal for Pentecost, the text of Come Down, O Love Divine dates from around 1400.
Scholars believe that the Latin hymn Veni, Creator Spiritus dates from 9th century France.  It was used quite early as an office hymn to commemorate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for that reason it has been associated with the ordination of bishops and priests and at the coronations of Christian emperors and kings.  It has appeared in the English coronation rite in the Liber Regalis, first used in 1307 “at the sacring of Edward II” and at every coronation since then.  The most famous English translation was penned by John Cosin in 1627.

Nicolas de Grigny (1672-1703) was born in Reims, France. Born into a family of musicians, his father, grandfather and uncle were organists at the Reims Cathedral. Grigny studied with Nicolas Lebègue, who was one of the most famous French keyboard composers. By late 1697, Grigny was appointed titular organist of Notre-Dame de Reims, the city's famous cathedral in which French kings were crowned. In 1699 the composer published his Premier livre d'orgue (containing 5 hymns for the principal feasts of the church year and a mass) in Paris.  His Livre d'orgue was re-issued in 1711 through the efforts of his widow. The collection became known abroad: it was even copied in 1713 by J. S. Bach!  His setting of Veni Creator consists of 5 versets. The first verset (en taille, à 5), consists of 5 voices and en taille indicates the melody is in the tenor voice. The melody, in this verset is heard on the trumpet stop in long notes.




Today we feel the wind beneath our wings
Today  the hidden fountain flows and plays
Today the church draws breath at last and sings
As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise.
This is the feast of fire,air, and water
Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth.
The earth herself awakens to her maker
And is translated out of death to birth.
The right words come today in their right order
And every word spells freedom and release
Today the gospel crosses every border
All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace
Today the lost are found in His translation.
Whose mother-tongue is Love, in  every nation.

(Malcolm Guite)

Our Parish
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table, neighbours and local businesses in this unusual and challenging time; That the Holy Spirit may encourage and unify us.

Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Liz; Lyton; Laura and family; all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

Our Diocese of Ottawa
Shane, our Bishop; Area Parish of Prescott-North Glengarry, The Reverend Canon Robert Heard, Interim Priest-in-Charge; Anglican Church Women (ACW), their groups and members throughout the Diocese.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and The Middle East
Archbishop Hosam Naoum; The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and for peace in the Middle East.

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda our Primate, Anne our Metropolitan; Bishop Shane Parker, the people and clergy of the Diocese of Ottawa.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Bishop Michael Pryse; Reverend Dennis Serfas, Reverend Jerry Borkowsky, Assistants to the Bishop, and the staff of the Saskatchewan Synod.

Those On Our Hearts...
It is very important for us as a community to be able to hold people in prayer, whether we are gathering physically or virtually. If you would like to add someone's first name to the prayer list, please email Rev. Victoria
Give - giving made simple

As noted in previous weeks, St. Luke's revenue numbers were significantly lower in January and February 2021. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. These pandemic days are continuing far longer than we had hoped and anticipated. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps


The ongoing lockdown has necessitated a different type of fundraiser this year. An online auction company called MaxSold is offering charities a free auction service to help offset the limited opportunities charities have for raising funds during Covid.

We have decided to take advantage of this opportunity and are hoping that members of St. Luke’s will support this endeavour. We are hoping that this will be a major fundraiser for St. Luke’s in 2021.

The success of our auction will depend on YOU!
We are looking for items that will create interest and bids. For example:


Records: Antiques:

Art: sculptures,

Décor Items: Gift Baskets: Jewelery: Services:

In particular mid-century items: Millennials love them

Comic book collections,

LPs from the 60’s

small portable articles in good condition, i.e.: candlesticks, crystal, silver, glassware, good china, serving dishes, etc.

framed, limited edition prints or original pieces,

stained glass windows, small pieces of furniture, pottery, pewter, etc.

or gift certificates: From your favourite vendor or make your own.

Not costume unless good quality, unique, gold or silver necklaces, rings, bracelets

This will be difficult, but a special floral arrangement would be nicely appreciated.

We ask that you search the back of your closets and cupboards or your overloaded storage lockers for items too good to give away but that you just don’t use anymore that you can donate and not miss. We all have some!! And our kids don’t want them!!!


  1. We will not collect items from your home until they are sold.

  2. We will ask that you take a photo of your item and provide a brief description and email it to us. If you do not have a digital camera or iphone, we will make arrangements with you to visit your home and

    take the photo (proper Covid protocol of course).

  3. The items will then be input into the MaxSold catalogue/website with

    a photo and description.

  4. People bid on the items through MaxSold website. Maxsold will

    collect the money and provide a cheque to St. Luke’s at the end of

    the auction.

  5. Items will be dropped off at the church at the end of the sale and in

    time for them to be picked up by the purchasers. If you cannot drop off your items, we will make arrangements with you to pick them up at your home.

  6. If your item does not sell, we will not pick it up.

  7. The church will provide tax receipts on any item sold over $100.


We will provide weekly updates with photos of items offered for auction so you can see what is being donated.

The auction co-ordinators are Helen Cathcart, Sally Griffin and Susan Reid. If you have any questions, please contact any one of us and we will try to help.

Our contact information is:

Helen Cathcart: 613-228-1411, email: Sally Griffin: 613-724-3846, email: Susan Reid: 613-222-2099, email:

Thank you in advance for your support
The Auction Team

Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.    
The best way to help us all get back together: please get vaccinated! 

It has been a long time since we have been able to gather, even with restrictions, to worship in-person. As the situation continues, we see the first signs of nice weather and the promise of spring. When will we be able to reopen?

Although none of us have the answer to this question, we can all support and encourage friends, family and everyone in our congregation who is worn down after long months of uncertainty and stress, to get vaccinated — it is remarkable how a few drops of vaccine bring an immediate release of stress. 

Thank you to those who have already received one, and for some two, doses of the vaccine. As we continue to build our collective defenses, the love, commitment and resilience of St. Luke's will bring us back together.

Showers/Washrooms/Laundry Project Update

As mentioned last week, St. Luke's Table has moved back into the basement and the new showers, washrooms and laundry facilities are in steady use! Rev. Victoria continues to hear expressions of appreciation. One individual shared that this is the first time in years that he has had clean clothes. 

St. Luke's Table is taking care of cleaning the sanctuary space, including the floor. Their expert team has done a wonderful job!

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and is now open 7 days a week with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

Please continue to keep St. Luke's Table staff and participants in your prayers.

During the pandemic, Centre 454, The Well and St Luke's Table have continued to support folks in need following Ottawa Public Health

Now more than ever, many folks are battling isolation and barriers. With
growing demand in the last year, our services and hours have expanded to
meet the need of folks utilizing our day programs, such as showers,
laundry and meals to name a few.  

Donations are needed, including:

Shampoo/Conditioner - travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Disposable razors
M/W underwear - med/large
M/W socks
Body wash- travel size is ideal, not necessary 
Mini packs of tissue
Lip balm

Due to these exceptional times, we are respectfully asking for new items

All donations should be dropped of at: 

The Well 
154 Somerset St. West
Entrance on Somerset St.: please ring doorbell.  
Hours of operation for drop off: 
Mon-Fri 8am-3pm 

Soul Space

Soul Space is a collective of community members and communities of faith who aim to attend to the spiritual care needs of street health workers (frontline workers who care for people experiencing homelessness, addictions and mental health challenges) in Ottawa. An ongoing lack of public funding for housing and food security, the opioid epidemic and now the COVID-19 pandemic, makes street health workers at risk of experiencing burn-out, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. Rev. Victoria is very glad to be a Soul Space Support Provider. Please read more about Soul Space here. When we are able to gather in our beloved building again, St. Luke's will be offered as a Soul Space, and a sanctuary for all. 
Our Diocese

ADOn the Move Podcast

Special edition for Pentecost

Join Bishop Shane this Saturday for a special edition of ADOn the Move. In this special podcast for Pentecost, Bishop Shane takes us way up the Valley to the Parish of Mattawa, and after a re-telling of the infamous moose story, we learn more about PWRDF’s work in Canada from Executive Director Will Postma. In between some beautiful music, we revisit a garden in North Gower, talk with a parish on the move in Barrhaven, and hear about 1,000 doves in our Cathedral.

If you missed earlier episodes, you can catch up by clicking here and check in on the Bishop's conversations this week.

Where's Bishop Shane?

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 53. Tuesday's announcement outlining progressive opening in Quebec brings a welcome note of hope to the pandemic weary — which is, it seems safe to say, all of us. Some restrictions were lifted this week, when the Quebec parts of our diocese moved from special emergency measures to red zone restrictions; the rest are to come online gradually over the next few weeks. You can check this Quebec government web page (found here: for precise details on restrictions in place for your municipality — but note it only has details for the stage we’re in now. You can check what green zone restrictions, expected to be in place at the end of June, will look like here:

Last week, as expected, Ontario extended the stay-at-home order until June 2; case rates will determine what follows. We’ll be updating you on diocesan plans in the coming weeks; for now, however, our entire diocese continues to operate in Red stage protocols. In the meanwhile, if you have questions, please contact the helpdesk:

The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa is pleased to present the 38th Annual Bishop’s Gala & Silent Auction virtually in 2021!

This event will be raising funds for two initiatives serving vulnerable children and their families in Africa and the Middle East:

All Mothers and Children Count is a comprehensive health, food security, and nutrition program in rural Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, and Mozambique undertaken by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund in partnerships with local agencies in each country. This initiative addresses a high rate of malnutrition among children (94%) and enables the distribution of food programs to HIV-positive women, pregnant and lactating women, and malnourished children. A Covid-19 Extension Fund is now in place to ensure that effective PPE and medical support are available for medical staff serving the mothers and children. Of significant interest is that Global Affairs Canada will be matching donations 6:1 until the end of June! 

Virtual Therapy for Disabled Children is an urgently needed service of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center – a ministry of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem that serves disabled Palestinian children who live in the West Bank, most of whom are Muslim. The Center is the only treatment option for these children, but poverty, conflict, and travel restrictions make it very difficult to get to Jerusalem. The Center’s virtual care model of therapy enables 150 children and their families to receive assistance from a multi-disciplinary team. The cost of providing this service to one child is $1,600 a month.

The #BishopsGala2021 Silent Auction is live! This auction has something for everyone! Including electronics, purses, jewellery, original artwork, home décor, and so much more!
Bidding will go until May 30th at 7:00pm.
Haven’t bought your ticket for the gala yet? Do not delay! Only a few tickets remain available here
Happy Bidding!

*You do not need to purchase a ticket to watch the show.

Today 4 Tomorrow  
  Today 4 Tomorrow

Delivering a gift of hope

You are invited to help our Diocese build a community of hope by supporting Today 4 Tomorrow. This year your gift will continue to support people who are most risk during the pandemic: people struggling with poverty, Indigenous poeples, young peoples and refugees.

To learn more about Today 4 Tomorrow and the ministries it supports, please visit Cheques payable to Today 4 Tomorrow should be directed to Today 4 Tomorrow, 71 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa  ON  K1R 6G6. Thank you for helping us to deliver hope in our communities!

CLICK HERE to make a donation

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Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church. 

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PWRDF Accepting Donations for India

Please click here to read more.

What Is
God, this is what is.
Lamenting and labelling.
and our guilty relief that doesn’t mean us.
This is what is.
the brutal unfairness of your peoples’ burdens
going viral
all too unvirtually.
This is what is.
Recession warnings,
refugee camp despair,
cities breathing again,
cherishing the slow and quiet,
businesses going under,
birdsong heard above.
This is what is.
who is my neighbour?
Love one another.
God, help us to pray with what is.
Rage of the powerless,
responsibility of the privileged,
rawness of the bereft,
dreams shattered
among dreams coming true.
God, you are

(Jo Love)


St. Luke's Anglican Church
760 Somerset Street West
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 6P9

Pastoral Emergencies: 613-698-6083

The Reverend Victoria Scott, Incumbent
The Reverend Canon Christine Piper, Honorary Assistant
Sarah Whitehead, Rector's Warden
Helen Cathcart, People's Warden
Robert Jones, Organist and Choir Director


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