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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. 


A Tuesday Newsletter This Week...

You can look forward to a St. Luke's newsletter on Tuesday this week. It will include Ash Wednesday and Lenten resources and more....

Sunday, February 14th, 2021
The Last Sunday after the Epiphany: Transfiguration Sunday

2 KINGS 2:1-12; PSALM 50:1-6; 2 CORINTHIANS 4:3-6; MARK 9:2-9

Christ Church Cathedral Livestream - 10:30 a.m.

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant  Canon Doug Richards
Gospeller and Preacher  Canon Hilary Murray
Reader and Intercessor Dean Beth Bretzlaff 
Cantor  Andrew McAnerney
Organist James Calkin

In response to the current stay-at-home order, only 5 people will offer the livestreamed service: clergy and Cathedral music staff. This is so that volunteers are not asked to leave their homes.

Only three clergy are in attendance for the livestream on Sunday mornings with one member of the clergy staying at home and worshipping online each week. This is Rev. Victoria's week to worship online so know that as your are worshipping from home she will be too.

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 The Last Sunday After the Epiphany: Transfiguration Sunday

A Virtual Musical Offering

Prelude:  Trio in F   by Felix Mendelssohn
Hymn 486: Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling
PostludeFugue in C major (from Sonata in C Minor)   by Felix Mendelssohn

About 30 years after Felix Mendelssohn’s death in 1847, the Prussia State Library acquired the bulk of his musical estate.  During the Second World War much of it was stored elsewhere to ensure its safety.  Some of it was stored in Kraków, Poland and was only uncovered and first published in 1987!  In this find were several organ works including the “Trio in F Major” which dates from July, 1844.
With the word love synomynous with Valentine’s Day, we choose the hymn Love Divine. We have a video that David Selzer recorded with my phone on February 24, 2019 sung to the tune Hyfrydol, with our sopranos soaring to a high Bb in a descant I wrote way back in 1985.

Our Parish
Our clergy, staff, and members of St. Luke's; participants and staff of St. Luke's Table in this unusual and challenging time
Those on Our Hearts
Brad, Inez, Ken, Sarah, Bryan W.; Kathleen; Lawson (father of Rick Adams); Liz Demelo (long-time Community Ministries staff member); all who suffer discrimination based on race; all who are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; all those on our hearts.

We pray for Susie Adams and family as they mourn the loss of Susie's brother Kevin, who died on Wednesday.

We pray for Helen Cathcart and family as they mourn the loss of Helen's sister Sarah McLoughlin, who died on Wednesday.

Rest eternal, grant unto them, O God
and let light perpetual shine upon them.
May their souls, and the souls of all the departed
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; The Director of Community Ministries The Reverend Canon Dr. Peter John Hobbs and members of the Community Ministries Committee. Resurrection Lutheran Church and their pastor Mei Sum Lai. All called to vocations in the priesthood and religious life.

Our Companion Diocese of Jerusalem
  Archbishop Suheil Dawani, and their Coadjutor Bishop, The Right Reverend Dr. Hosam Naoum. Christ Church, Nazareth, Israel.

The Anglican Church of Canada
Linda, our Primate; Anne, our Metropolitan; The Bishop, the people and clergy of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Central Toronto Area and Greater Toronto Areas East and West of the Eastern Synod.
Give - giving made simple

The generosity of all of you who continue to make the extra effort required at this time to offer your financial support is appreciated so very much. It is making all the difference. Thank you!

You can donate online through Canada Helps here


Tax Receipts

Please note that tax receipts will be mailed this week. Those who have given through Canada Helps will receive tax receipts from Canada Helps directly. Be assured that we do receive this donations. We thank you all for all of your support, in time, talent, prayer, and financial offerings!

Virtual Gathering 

11 a.m.

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

Click here for the Zoom link. The order of service will be included in a special Tuesday newsletter this week. 

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
Thank you so much to Laraine Paradis who shared her love of ikebana with us this week.  We had 14 participants -- two from St. Thomas the Apostle, and two from further afield (Anne's Mum and sister).  Laraine helped us all appreciate the way simplicity, space, and structure help us to see the miracle of nature and life even more fully.  

One of Laraine's arrangements! 

Next 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!


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!


The way up to the top of the mountain is always longer than you think. Don't fool yourself, the moment will arrive when what seemed so near is still very far.

(Paulo Coelho)

Our Community

St. Luke's Table continues its extended hours to respond to need in the neighbourhood, and remains open in the current Provincial lockdown with strict safety procedures and protocols in place.

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

A Joint Parish/Table Initiative For Valentine's Day

With the hope of brightening the days of St. Luke's Table participants, handmade Valentines and gift cards are being handed out at St. Luke's Table today and tomorrow. Many thanks to the St. Luke's folks and their neighbours who initiated this idea and made Valentines. At the time of writing this newsletter, messages of delight and thanks have already been received from St. Luke's Table staff and participants!

Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 39. We have heard the recent announcements from Ontario and Quebec about plans for a cautious reopening. There is still a high level of uncertainty about various factors, from variants of the virus to vagueness about vaccine delivery. We too must be cautious, so we will proceed as follows, across our diocese.
On Tuesday February 16, we will ease our current RED stage protocols with these modifications, if permitted by provincial and local health regulations: 
  • The limit of no more than five people in church to record or livestream a service remains, but individuals who offer spoken words during the service (e.g. officiant, reader, preacher, intercessor) may remove their mask while speaking on camera—provided that there is appropriate distancing from others. Please note that singers must keep their masks on when singing.
While we do not plan to move out of RED stage during February, we hope to be able to announce our schedule for reopening for in-person worship on February 22. It is our heartfelt hope we can all move to AMBER by Holy Week.
This approach is similar to the one we took last June, where we chose to delay in-person worship until September, allowing us some continuity and stability before taking on the additional work of holding in-person worship under very strict protocols.
If you have any questions about this or other issues, please contact the COVID-19 help desk:
COVID Communiqué is produced by our senior staff:
Shane Parker, Bishop
Beth Bretzlaff, Dean
Linda Hill, Executive Archdeacon
Sanjay Grover, Director of Financial Ministry
Peter John Hobbs, Director of Community Ministries
Jane Scanlon, Director of Communications & Stewardship Development
Carol Sinclair, Director of Human Resources
Michael Garner, Public Health Advisor
Office of the Bishop
The Anglican Diocese of Ottawa
71 Bronson Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1R 6G6

Click here for news and updates from around the Diocese.

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church

God places us in the world as his fellow workers-agents of transfiguration. We work with God so that injustice is transfigured into justice, so there will be more compassion and caring, that there will be more laughter and joy, that there will be more togetherness in God's world.      

(Desmond Tutu)

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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