Parish News

IMPORTANT: New Protocols on Sunday Mornings

As announced last week, due to high vaccination rates and a change in the government and Diocesan COVID-19 plans, St. Luke's moved to a new phase of reopening last Sunday.

Unless you are under 12 years old, you will need to show proof of double vaccination, or a medical exemption, and photo ID when arriving at worship.

There are no capacity restrictions and there will be no need to pre-register for worship. Distancing rules will be relaxed but not eliminated. Masks must continue to be worn at all times, except when receiving communion. We will not resume serving refreshments during the social time after the service just yet, but look forward to that in the future.

This decision was made thoughtfully, and prayerfully and with the health and safety of the community as a whole in mind. The COVID landscape is challenging, but our Christian faith asks us to be sensitive and compassionate with one another, and to trust that the Spirit is moving among us.

Please feel free to be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( with any questions or concerns. 


Click here to watch and listen to Rev. Victoria's most recent homily. Click here to read it.


We are so fortunate that Laraine shares her amazing gift for flower arranging with us at St. Luke's! The flowers this past Sunday were breathtaking! Thank you, Laraine! 


A Construction Update

The next phase of construction at St. Luke's is to the existing kitchen in the basement, including the installation of a much needed industrial dishwasher, and a new washroom and kitchen upstairs to support parish life and ministry.  The work continues steadily! If you were at church this past Sunday you'll have noticed that the "Green Room" is blocked off. We are able to access the single washroom in the basement that is located in the hallway by the elevator. Elevator access remains uninterrupted. 

These renovations will support St. Luke's Table operations, and enhance St. Luke's parish life and ministry and we can look forward to completion in about 2.5 months, with the upstairs renovations scheduled to be completed first. 

Volunteers Needed!

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria by phone (613-698-6083) or email ( if you are willing and able to take on a role on a Sunday morning -  greeter, reader, intercessor, chalice bearer - and thank you for sharing in the life of the community this way.


Chi Rho Berry Fundraiser

Jim and Paul, from Fern’s Frozen Fruit, have e-mailed the following changes for this year:

·      The strange days we find ourselves in have impacted the operations at Fern’s Frozen Fruit, but we are happy to report we will be supplying our family of fundraisers yet again.
·      We have had to change our supply network somewhat.  Nova Scotia Blueberries (2 kg bag and Ontario Strawberries (1 kg bag). All the fruit is cleaned and fast frozen. 
·      The smaller size may appeal to some customers with limited freezer space at home.
·      Sorry the raspberries will not be available until February-March 2022.

St. Luke’s Chi Rho Fellowship Berry Order Form
Ontario strawberries and Nova Scotia wild blueberries, (individually, quick frozen)

     Wild Blueberries      2 kg bag      _____   bag(s) @ $20.00  =    $__
     Ont.  Strawberries   1 kg bag      ­­­­_____   bag(s) @ $12.00  =    $__

Note: This is probably Chi Rho’s only chance to fundraise to present a donation to the Church’s General Fund.
11:00 A.M. SHARP
Westgate Shopping Centre, Merivale Road side
To order:
Call Heather Matchett @ 613-737-7103 and leave your name, telephone number and berry order OR
CASH is also acceptable – please bring the correct change.


A Virtual Service of the Word with Lectio Divina

Our Wednesday gathering on Zoom continues at 11 a.m. each week. We'll share in a Service of the Word, and let our encounter with the Gospel be guided by the following questions: 
  • What word or phrase stands out for you?
  • What is speaking to you in the Gospel?
  • What meaning had you not perceived before?
  • What is the Gospel asking you to do today?
Click here for the Zoom link. Click here for the Order of Service. 

Please be in touch with Rev. Victoria with any questions. 


Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics

Rev. Victoria mentioned this book in her homily last Sunday. Click here to read more about it. 

Roll Away Your Stone

Rev. Victoria also mentioned the song "Roll Away Your Stone" by British folk rock band "Mumford and Sons". Click here to listen on YouTube.

SOLIDARITY: the ministry of accompanying, transforming and being transformed


The 2021 Ken Leech lecture will be given by Bishop Rowan Williams.

Monday, 15 November 2021

14:30 – 16:30 EST

Click here to read more about it, and to register for this online event. 


Give - giving made simple

St. Luke's revenue numbers continue to be significantly lower. You have all demonstrated incredible generosity, and have made extra efforts to continue your donations through this pandemic. Your continued generosity is very much appreciated, and your donations are gratefully received. 

You can donate online through Canada Helps here.

 A Non-traditional Blessing
May God bless you with discontent with easy answers, half-truths, superficial relationships, so that you will live from deep within your heart.
May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, abuse, and exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, equality, and  peace.
May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you will reach out your hand to comfort  them and to change their pain to joy.
May God bless you with the foolishness to think you can make a difference in this world, so that you will do the things which others tell you cannot be done.
If you have the courage to accept these blessings, then God will also bless you with:
happiness—because you will know that you have made life better for others
inner peace—because you will have worked to secure an outer peace for others
laughter—because your heart will be light
faithful friends—because they will recognize your worth as a person.
These blessings are yours—not for the asking, but for the giving—from One who wants to be your companion, our God, who lives and reigns, forever and ever. Amen.

(Sister Ruth Fox, OSB)

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

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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