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Wednesday February 17th, 2021
Ash Wednesday

Wednesday Virtual Gathering

This week we will meet on Zoom for an Ash Wednesday Service of the Word with Lectio divina

Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the order of service.


Christ Church Cathedral Ash Wednesday Service
12:00 p.m.

Celebrant  The Right Reverend Shane Parker
Gospeller and Preacher  Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Reader and Intercessor 
Cantor  Andrew McAnerney
Organist James Calkin



Heart Broken Open | a Virtual Poetry Dive 

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021
6:30-8 p.m.

Spoken poems on the theme, and guidance to absorb them and free-flow write from there. Register here.

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, Thursdays 2:30 - 3:30

This week, Anne will share about hitch-hiking and poetry and how they're all connected to faith.  Here's the link.  We hope you'll join.  

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 844 6491 9588
Passcode: 589593

Do you need support?

Each one of us is experiencing these pandemic days in a different way. If you would like to check in, have a conversation, share a laugh or a cry, or be prayed with, please be in touch with Rev. Victoria ( or 613-698-6083) to set up a Zoom meeting or phone conversation.

Would you like to connect with another member of the community but aren’t sure how to reach them? Contact Helen Cathcart at, or leave a message on the church answering machine and we’ll make the connection.
We can get through this together!

St. Luke's Annual Vestry
As noted in recent newsletters, all parishes will hold Virtual Annual Vestry Meetings this year, and St. Luke's will hold our Annual Vestry on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Please fill in the registration form found here. While we would not normally register for an Annual Vestry Meeting, this will assist with preparing for and running the meeting. One of the things the registration form deals with is affirming the Solemn Declaration, which is a Canonical requirement of our Diocese.

A Budget Information Session will be offered on Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. also on Zoom. You are asked to indicate on the registration form if you'll attend that session.

If you normally submit a Vestry Report, you are asked to forward that to the Church Office ( as soon as possible.  Many thanks to those who have already submitted reports.

Zoom links for the Budget Information Session and the Virtual Annual Vestry meeting will follow, and reports and meeting meetings will be circulated in the next two weeks. 

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria or one of the wardens with any questions. 

Vestry Reports

Those who usually submit Vestry Reports are asked to do so as soon as possible, and to email them to the church office:

While those preparing reports might wonder at first what to include, given that we've been in a pandemic all these months, reports are an important record and it's important to document each year. Thank you in advance for your efforts!


Shriven and Ready: A Shrove Tuesday Post

Click here for an interesting article on Shrove Tuesday.

"Plant a tree... Start a fundraiser... knit something..."
 Random Acts of Kindness day is Wednesday 17 Feb, part of a week of random acts. Keep the random acts going all year, with lots of ideas here.


Lent in Lockdown: Feed the Soul

Lent in lockdown? Where to start? Maggi Dawn offers ideas on 2021 Lent. Find encouragement, inspiration and ideas to pass on here.


A Sonnet for Ash Wednesday

Receive this cross of ash upon your brow,
Brought from the burning of Palm Sunday’s cross.
The forests of the world are burning now
And you make late repentance for the loss.
But all the trees of God would clap their hands
The very stones themselves would shout and sing
If you could covenant to love these lands
And recognise in Christ their Lord and king.

He sees the slow destruction of those trees,
He weeps to see the ancient places burn,
And still you make what purchases you please,
And still to dust and ashes you return.
But Hope could rise from ashes even now
Beginning with this sign upon your brow.

(Malcolm Guite)

Lenten Resources
Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday begins Lent, a season of repentance and renewal of our faith. Click here to read more about it, and for a resource to observe it at home.


Lenten Micropractices

Lent is a 40 day season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus. We mark this time as different through our actions. The days are
counted from Ash Wednesday through the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are not counted in Lent’s 40 days.

Click here for a booklet with a new practice to guide you each day on your journey. Some practices can be done on the spot, some during the day, and others will take some time and/or preparation.


Read more about various virtual Lenten programs here.

Are you interested in looking at previous editions of the St. Luke's newsletters? Click here for the archives.
To Keep in Your Prayers
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