Rev. Victoria's Office Hours on Zoom
Rev. Victoria has a virtual clergy gathering with the Bishop from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021. She'll resume her office hours on Wednesday, June 9th, 2021.

Please note that there have been some issues with Rev. Victoria's email ( ending up in spam - both coming and going - so you're encouraged to reach out to her at 613-698-6083. 

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.

St. Luke's Creating a Wider Welcome with Ottawa Senior Pride Network

with facilitators Carmen Paquette and Mary Harvey

Saturday June 12th, 2021
10 AM - 12 PM
In our last visioning exercise at St. Luke's in 2018, we reaffirmed our desire to be actively "welcoming without exception".   As we prepare to re-open our doors sometime soon (fingers crossed), you are invited to take part in a zoom workshop with volunteers from the Ottawa Senior Pride Network.  The question we'll be asking is "How can St. Luke's be even more welcoming to the LGBTQ2+ community?"  The Ottawa Senior Pride Network has been offering in-person workshops over the past ten years. They have helped many organizations in Ottawa become more open and inclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit seniors.  Our facilitators, Carmen Paquette and Mary Harvey, are exceptional.  They are customizing the workshop for us, knowing that we have a strong foundation on which to keep building.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Rev. Victoria and Anne Wright


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



As of this week there are now 14 items listed in our catalogue for auction.  This is a great start but we are looking for at least 60 items or lots, hopefully more.  As mentioned earlier, the items do not need to be family heirlooms but they do need to be above rummage sale quality.
We have two additional pieces of information which are important to note:
  1. Photos:   It is recommended that 3 photos of each lot be provided.  The photos should show any flaws on the item.
  2. Reserve Bid:  There are no reserve bids.  All items start at $1.00.  If you feel the sale price for your item is too low you can bid on it and buy it back….or…let it go and be happy .
  3. There is a TIME CONSTRAINT.  We need the items in the catalogue by the end of June if possible.   So please, open up your storage closets and find some interesting treasures.  
Here are some examples of items in the catalogue so far: 


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.

Many thanks to Bob Jones for sharing about his journey with music! 

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

Helen Cathcart and Anne Wright

St. Luke's: Outdoor Gathering

Rev. Victoria had a very positive meeting with Fr. Yves Beriault about the possibility of gathering on the grounds of the Dominican College to worship and connect as a community. While this is not permitted yet, stayed tuned in the coming weeks for information about this. Hopefully this will be possible in June, July and August! 

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

On the Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa YouTube channel

Sunday, May 30th, 2021
Trinity Sunday

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 Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Preacher The Reverend Victoria Scott

 Order of Service for 8:30

10:30am Sung Eucharist

Celebrant Canon Doug Richards
Assistant Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Preacher The Reverend Victoria Scott
Cantor Andrew McAnerney
Organist Nicholas Walters

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 Trinity Sunday

A Virtual Musical Offering

May 30, 2021: Trinity Sunday
Prelude: Prelude on ‘Nicæa’  - Healey Willan
Hymn 1: Holy, Holy, Holy
Hymn 436:  I Bind unto Myself Today
Postlude: Fugue in D Minor  (BWV 680)  - J. S. Bach
Known as the Dean of Canadian Composers, Healey Willan came to Canada in 1913 to teach at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and serve as organist at St. Paul’s Church (Bloor Street).  In 1921 he moved to the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, remaining there until his death in 1968.  His Prelude on ‘Nicæa’ was published in 1960.  The melody is soloed out in the tenor voice.
The hymn Holy, Holy, Holy is an ideal way to begin a service on Trinity Sunday. Two of the verses conclude with God in three persons, blessed Trinity! Composed by John Bacchus Dykes, the hymn tune is named Nicæa – the city where the first general council of the Christian church convened in 325 A.D. It was at this council that the doctrine of the Trinity as expressed in the Nicene creed was formulated.  (In today’s world, Nicæa is located within the Turkish city of Iznik.)
Legend ascribes the ancient Irish hymn I Bind unto Myself Today, beginning Atomriug indiu niurt tren, to St. Patrick (c. 389-461), the patron saint of Ireland.  According to the story, St. Patrick (a missionary and bishop) and his company were celebrating their first Easter in Ireland when they were threatened by the king and his Druid priests.  As the soldiers with their chariots approached, St. Patrick sang Psalm 20 (The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble...) and concluded with this hymn.  This hymn was found in two 11th century manuscripts.  The English translation by Cecil Frances Alexander dates from 1889.  The hymn tune, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, is arranged from two Irish airs from George Petrie’s Collection of Irish Music.  The arrangement universally used is by another Irishman, Charles Stanford (1852-1924), for the 1916 supplement to Hymns Ancient & Modern.
There are four Clavier-Übung (keyboard practice) volumes by J. S. Bach, all of them published during his lifetime.  The third volume, published in 1739, contains his organ mass: 9 chorale preludes based on the Kyrie and Gloria of the Lutheran mass and 12 chorale preludes based on the Lutheran catechism, and four duets, all book-ended by his massive Prelude and Fugue in E-flat.  His Fugue in D Minor is from the Catechism and is based on the Creed (We All Believe in one God).  It consists of 4 voices.  The motive heard in the pedal part sounds like you’re stomping up a hill (in eighth notes) and then running down the same hill in sixteenth notes!



God is the Fracture

I used to need to know
the end of every story
but these days I only
need the start to get me going.

God is the crack
where the story begins
We are the crack
where the story gets interesting

We are the choice of
where to begin
the person going out?
the stranger coming in?

God is the fracture
and the craic in your voice
God is the story
flavoured with choice

God is the pillar of salt
full of pity
accusing God
for the sulphorous city.

God is the woman who bleeds
and who touches
We are the story
of courage or blushes.

God is the story
of whatever works
God is the twist at the end
and the quirks

We are the start
and we are the centre
we’re the characters
narrators, inventors.

God is the bit
that we can’t explain
maybe the healing
maybe the pain.

We are the bit
that God can’t explain
maybe the harmony
maybe the strain.

God is the plot
and we are the writers
the story of winners
and the story of fighters

the story of love
and the story of rupture
the story of stories
the story without structure.

(Padraig O'Tuama)

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; Ron; 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 the St. Lawrence, The Venerable Peter Crosby, The Reverend Adam Brown, Deacon Richard Matthias; Area Parish of South Carleton, The Reverend Carolyn Seabrook, The Reverend Allan Budzin.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem and The Middle East
Archbishop Hosam Naoum; The Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem and 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 Andrew Asbil, Bishop Kevin Robertson, Bishop Riscylla Shaw, the clergy and people of the Diocese of Toronto.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
Bishop Michael Pryse; Lutheran Collegiate Bible Institute, Outlook, Saskatchewan.


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 are significantly lower so far in 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

Trinity Sunday

In the Beginning, not in time or space,

But in the quick before both space and time,

In Life, in Love, in co-inherent Grace,

In three in one and one in three, in rhyme,

In music, in the whole creation story,

In His own image, His imagination,

The Triune Poet makes us for His glory,

And makes us each the other’s inspiration.

He calls us out of darkness, chaos, chance,

To improvise a music of our own,

To sing the chord that calls us to the dance,

Three notes resounding from a single tone,

To sing the End in whom we all begin;

Our God beyond, beside us and within.

(Malcolm Guite)

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 in previous weeks, 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. 
I didn't need to understand the hypostatic unity of the Trinity; I just needed to turn my life over to whoever came up with redwood trees.
(Anne Lamott)
Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 54. We are in a bit of a holding pattern right now. The two provinces we call home are both heading toward reopening, but taking different approaches. Last week Quebec announced its plan to loosen restrictions in different areas of the province and is moving through them even faster than planned.

Ontario, on the other hand, plans to link reopening to increasing levels of vaccinations in the province. Each level of the three-step plan will stay in place for a minimum of three weeks after it is introduced. You can find all the details here: Among the many differences in the two provinces’ plans are their approaches to Sunday liturgies, weddings, and funerals. For the time being, the Diocese of Ottawa’s approach is simpler: all churches will remain closed, following our Red stage protocols (if you need a refresher, it can be found here: However, the situation is under review and we will of course keep you informed of any changes.

If you have questions for us, please contact the helpdesk:

National Indigenous Day Prayer Service

All My Relations (AMR) Circle members and friends will offer a National Indigenous Day of Prayer Service video for June, to be available online starting Wednesday June 9th. The approximately one hour-long service will include, among other parts, a Gospel reading, Prayers of the People “We are still here”, hymns by Inuit singers, a teaching by Albert Dumont, a greeting and prayer by Bishop Shane, the lighting of the qulliq by The Rev. Aigah Attigutsiak, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop Mark MacDonald singing ‘Amazing Grace’ and offering a Blessing and a reflection by Kathryn Fournier of Pinaymootang First Nation.

The video will be available on the diocese youtube site and at

If you have questions, please contact

here for the latest Diocesan Crosstalk.

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PWRDF Vaccine Equity Fund: Pay it Forward

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund has launched a new Vaccine Equity Fund to contribute to the worldwide vaccination effort from COVID-19. Money donated to this fund will be used to support our partners as they prepare for vaccine rollout in the coming months. Read more here.


Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.

(Pierre Teilhard de Chardin)


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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