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St. Luke's Annual Vestry
A reminder that St. Luke's will hold our Annual Vestry on Sunday, February 28th, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. on Zoom.

A Budget Information Session will be offered tomorrow Sunday, February 21st, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. also on Zoom. The Financial Package and Zoom link will be circulated in a separate email.

If you've not yet registered for our Annual Vestry Meeting you can do that 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.

Many thanks to those who submitted Vestry reports. The Vestry Booklet will be circulated by email this week, as will the Zoom link for that meeting. 

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


Sunday, February 21st, 2021
The First Sunday in Lent

GENESIS 9:8-17; PSALM 25:1-9; 1 PETER 3:18-22; MARK 1:9-15

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

Christ Church Cathedral Bulletin

Celebrant  The Reverend Victoria Scott
Gospeller and Preacher  Dean Beth Bretzlaff
Richard Fujarczuk, John Price
Cantor  Gary Dahl
Organist James Calkin

Latest provincial and Diocesan direction means that we can have 10 people in attendance for livestreaming. It is good to be able to include one reader from the Cathedral, and one from St. Luke's!

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 First Sunday in Lent

A Virtual Musical Offering

Click here for a Virtual Organ Recital experience on YouTube with our own Bob Jones, including introductions to each piece! Thank you, Bob! Click here to read the programme notes. 
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.; Ron; Kathleen; 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.

Our Diocese
Shane, our Bishop; Our Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre and Sharon York, Executive Director as well as their staff and clients. Members of our Parish Ministry Committee. Peace Latvian Lutheran Church and their pastor, Pastor Ilmars Zvirgzds (ILL-mars Zveer-goods).

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 Most Reverend David Edwards, Archbishop, and the clergy and people of the Diocese of Fredericton.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada  
Susan, National Bishop; The dean, council, and congregations of the Grand River and Thames Areas 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.

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 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

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.

Thursday Feb 25:  Wendy Robbins on Walking the Camino de Santiago
Thursday March 4: Deirdre Piper on Transitioning
Thursday March 11:  Rachel Robinson on St. Luke's Table
Thursday March 18:  Susan Perry (from St. Thomas the Apostle) about her journey with Katie (who often serves as altar server when we are able to gather in person)

Hope you will join.
Anne Wright and Helen Cathcart

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!

From our own Julie Ann and Fidèle


Club de conversation « Accents Francophones » Conversation Club

Chaque Dimanche: 16h00-17h00

L’Invitation - Notre Club est un espace d’échange et de dialogue destiné aux apprenant-e-s du Centre de Langues Le Phénix-Ottawa, à ceux du programme de Français Langue Seconde, ainsi qu’aux amoureux de la langue française. Ensemble, nous voulons améliorer notre maîtrise de la belle langue de Molière, à travers un échange régulier, axé autour de thèmes d’actualité.

Rejoignez-nous! Join Us!

Our Invitation - Every Sunday from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. A space for exchange and dialogue with our students, French as Second Language learners of all levels, and francophiles. Together we will improve our mastery of the beautiful language of Molière, through a regular exchange focused on current topics.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 953 0260 9983
Passcode: qu1Js2

You can also visit us at: or contact us at 613-252-3948.

Cordialement / Regards,

Julie Ann et Fidèle Francis

Le Phénix-Ottawa Online Language Learning

REAL Conversation in a VIRTUAL Setting


Hot Cross Buns!

Doesn't this picture of hot cross buns baked by our own Janet and Glen make your mouth water? Click here for the recipe they use!

Do you have memories of hot cross buns in Lent and Easter? Click here for an interesting article on hot cross buns!
This kingdom of God life is not a matter of waking up each morning with a list of chores or an agenda to be tended to, left on our bedside table by the Holy Spirit for us while we slept. We wake up already immersed in a large story of creation and covenant, of Israel and Jesus, the story of Jesus and the stories that Jesus told. We let ourselves be formed by these formative stories, and especially as we listen to the stories that Jesus tells, get a feel for the way he does it, the way he talks, the way he treats people, the Jesus way

(Eugene H. Peterson)
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 Construction Update

Construction news highlights this week include that an initial plumbing inspection happened, and that more than 450 buckets of concrete were carried in by hand and poured! 
Our Diocese

Hello and welcome to COVID Communiqué 40. As we said last week, we hope to outline plans for moving from Red to Amber in the February 24 Communiqué, when we’ll have more information from public health experts and the provincial governments on the spread of coronavirus variants as well as the scenario for vaccinations. 
It is our heartfelt hope we will be able to move to Amber by Holy Week; it’s possible some areas of our diocese will make the shift earlier than others. As the weeks unfold, however, we will continue to listen to scientists, who are advocating extreme caution due to the risk of sudden, rapid spread of COVID-19 variants. And we all have to realize emergency lockdowns may be called at any time where variant spread is detected.
In any event, while all parts of our diocese will remain in Red throughout February, this week we are loosening some restrictions for filming and livestreaming worship:
  • If allowed by provincial and local health regulations, up to ten people can participate, but everyone present must be directly assisting the production of the service — no observers are permitted. Protocols for masking, hand-sanitizing, distancing, and contact-tracing must be observed.
  • 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. Note, however, that If the Eucharist is celebrated, the presider must wear a mask during the Eucharistic Prayer, so as not to risk contaminating the bread
  • Two musicians are permitted, provided they wear masks, but remember singers must stand approximately four metres from others and must wear masks at all times. Involving more musicians in a service requires permission — contact the COVID-19 help desk: for that, and with any other questions you might have.
COVID Communiqué is produced by our senior staff:

Our Diocese has a new newsletter. Click here to read the first issue!

Our National Church
  The Anglican Church Welcomes You

Click here for the latest news from our National Church


Creation Care: Climate Action

This great resource, started on Ash Wednesday with 
weekly themes, stories about PWRDF and 40 prayers for the Earth. 

It may be downloaded all at once, or as a daily message via email. 

Here' s how to subscribe:

Additional Information and Resources

Webinar: What does Bill C-15 mean for Indigenous rights in Canada?

WHEN: Thursday, February 25, 2021 (4:00-5:30 pm PST / 6:00-7:30 pm CST / 7:00-8:30 pm EST) 

WHERE: Register on Zoom

Can’t join us on Thursday? You can still register and we’ll send you the recording!   

More information:    

In December 2020, Amnesty International welcomed the tabling of Bill C-15, federal legislation to implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law and policy. 

Bill C-15 will provide a much-needed and long-overdue framework for the federal government to work cooperatively with Indigenous peoples to implement the standards of the UN Declaration in Canada. Implementation will guide the settler-state of Canada towards respect for the values and legal understandings that Indigenous Elders and knowledge keepers first sought to have articulated by a United Nations working group nearly 40 years ago. 

You can learn more by reading a letter written by Amnesty partners here.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you on Thursday!  




Ana Collins 
Indigenous Rights Advisor 
Amnesty International Canada

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.    

(Maya Angelou)

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