Lent and Easter 2016

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Happenings at Holy Trinity in Lent/Easter 2016

Ongoing Sunday Mornings: 8 AM Breakfast Drop-in, 9:00 AM Bible Study, 10:30 Worship
  • February 7 – Transfiguration Sunday, followed by Pancake lunch and Treaty People meeting. Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston
  • February 14 – Lent I
  • February 21 – Lent II Worship with Fallen Angles band and Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston Treaty People ( a group of Holy Trinity people focused on reconciliation) will host an afternoon of education. A movie to be determined will follow worship. 2:00 PM will be an Intergenerational Blanket Exercise (A teaching to tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada) with the wider community followed by discussion and food together.
  • February 28 – Lent III following the service Marty Crowder will present the 2016 Budget and engage in conversation in preparation for the Vestry Meeting the following week.
  • March 6 – Lent IV  Faith Formation for young people with Merylie Houston and Annual Vestry Meeting following the service
  • March 13 – Lent V Easter Garden Planting
  • March 20 – Palm Sunday
  • March 27 - Easter Service followed by an Easter Egg Hunt and Feast
During Lent we are led by Holy Trinity's young people to think about The Primate's World Relief and Development work and to make extra offerings to this work. This year we will focus on the Right to Water with the Canadian Lutheran Anglican Youth Project The Pikangikum Water Project located in a northern First Nations community.

Services not on Sunday Mornings:
  • Ash Wednesday, February 10 Services with the Imposition of Ashes at 12:15 PM and 7:00 PM. The evening service will be prefaced by supper beginning at 6:15 PM.
  • Thursday, March 24 6:00 PM Maundy Thursday Supper and Service followed by a sleep over for families of all ages.
  • Friday, March 25 10:30 AM Solemn Good Friday liturgy with Eucharist followed by Hot Cross buns.
  • Friday, March 25 2:00 PM starting at Harbour Square at the foot of Bay Street. This year's theme is "I am Thirsty: water as passion and promise" We will walk from the lake shore north on Bay Street to Holy Trinity (Bay & Dundas) stopping at various stations along the way to note the suffering of the earth and all earth's inhabitants.Conclude with worship and simple supper at Church of the Holy Trinity. Details here.
  • Saturday, March 26 8:00 PM Great Vigil of Easter 
The Lent Seasonal Choir will meet on Wednesday February 10 evening after the Ash Wednesday Service, and on Sunday Feb. 14 at 9:30 before the morning service. All are most welcome.

An Invitation to join

Victoria Freeman and Zachary Smith
on Thursday, February 11 at 7:00 PM (light supper at 6:15) at the Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Square, Toronto (west of the Eaton Centre)

What does it mean to say we are a "treaty people" in Toronto? What are the treaty relationships that shape (or could/should shape) relationships between Indigenous peoples and between Indigenous peoples and newcomers in the Toronto area?

Read about Victoria and Zachary here 
Join the people of Holy Trinity for a discussion of Victoria Freeman's book, Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America.

The discussions will take place on Wednesday evenings from February 17 to March 16 beginning at 7:00 PM. A light supper will be offered at 6:00 PM in our cafe found in the church itself at 19 Trinity square between the Eaton Centre and Bay St.

For information Sherman Hesselgrave 

We are all Treaty People. The phrase we are using at Holy Trinity to define our work in response to the 94 calls of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. You can learn more about our work and thoughts on our parish web page.

In addition to the upcoming Blanket Exercise, the Treaty People group is pursuing a number of projects including creating a walking tour (Jane's Walk) of the church neighbourhood, Lenten book study of Distant Relations, and an indigenous medicine garden.  The group is also hoping to put in a bid to exhibit a large-scale wooden art installation called the Witness Blanket, which will be touring the country. The next meeting of the group is February 7 after lunch.  All are welcome. 

Currently we are circulating a hard copy of petition a the church encouraging the Legislative Assembly of Ontario urge the Government of Ontario to fully implement a curriculum referred to below for kindergarten through Grade 12. If you are in the church, please sign it. Can't make to the church you can take action online

Background to petition:
  • WHEREAS for six years the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada [TRC] listened to thousands of former students of residential schools and their families testify to the devastating legacy of this national policy of assimilation;
  • WHEREAS the TRC calls upon “the federal, provincial, and territorial governments, in consultation and collaboration with Survivors, Aboriginal peoples, and educators, to make age-appropriate curriculum on residential schools, Treaties, and Aboriginal peoples’ historical and contemporary contributions to Canada a mandatory education requirement for Kindergarten to Grade Twelve students” [CA 62.1], and;
  • WHEREAS on July 15, 2015, Canada’s premiers indicated their support for all 94 Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action and said they would act on them in their own provinces and territories.

Sunday, February 21 at 2:00 PM Join an Intergenerational Blanket Exercise followed by discussion and an early supper. People of all ages, stages, and abilities are invited into the Church of the the Holy, 19 Trinity Square between the Eaton Centre and Bay Street.
The Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. People participate with their bodies, minds, and hearts through physical motion, readings, and reflection.
If you worship at Holy Trinity in the morning those of us who stay will share lunch and view a movie that will support us in our reconciliation work. The time has been set for 2:00 PM so that we can invite and welcome people from other faith communities to join us.

Panter’s Pub* is a musical pub night in the old chapel at Holy Trinity. We’ll gather and listen to live music and sing some great songs together, talk, dance and share libations and maybe hatch some plans hosted by Keith Nunn. Doors open at 7:30 PM and music begins at 8:00 PM. Next event is Saturday February 13 with "A Winter's Night" theme. Additional Details can be found here

Entertainment: Various musical friends and I will be providing an anchor through the night. If you are interested in performing (music, poems, reading), then contact Keith at Check with me around your set-up needs to see if you need to come early.

* Ron Panter was a long time member of Holy Trinity, an artist and musician. He worked hard on rejuvenating the space we’re having the party in and was one of the folks Keith Nunn played with over the years.

"Celebrating our Legacy, Growing the Future"
After considerable consultation and planning, the Fundraising and Stewardship Committee will soon be visiting a few members of the congregation to ask for five-year pledges to the Financial Campaign.
The official launch of the campaign,  "Celebrating our Legacy, Growing the Future" will be at the Annual Vestry on March 6, after which other members of the congregation will be visited. More details to come.  Please keep this campaign in your prayers and reflect on what Holy Trinity means to you, and what we offer the wider community, in considering your gift. 

Julia Fox-Revett, Vivian Harrower, Sherman Hesselgrave, Gwenlyn Setterfield, Susan Watson, Nancy Whitla
Wednesday March 9, 6:30-9 pmStone and Glass: We are all transient. 
This light and sound-based art event will see the names from the Toronto Homeless Memorial projected on the side of the church in bright letters, making them impossible to ignore. The humble memorial vigil will be re-enacted as an evening event with the whole city invited to pay attention to homelessness with us. Inside Holy Trinity there will be a sound installation with the voices of Torontonians speaking the names of those who've died including some stories and thoughts about friends who were lost.
This event is part of the launch of Myseum, a new decentralized museum of Toronto. Events throughout March will launch the Myseum initiative and will celebrate Toronto's birthday. Some food will also be shared.
Please contact Rebecca Houston at if you would like to volunteer or contribute food. 

Rabia is shown here getting one of the mothers ready to try pinning the tail on the donkey at the annual refugee committee/family party.
Rabia is a student in a Seneca/York Imigration and Refugee course. She has started a field placement with us, (under Jim Houston's supervision) working with People Presence and the Refugee Committee until early April.
She migrated with her family from Pakistan after several years in New York City. 
To celebrate her 28th birthday she brought cupcakes and juice "for the people" and then went join her brothers handing out pizza to the homeless in Nathan Philips Square. 

Northwest Tower Rehabilitation 
So how is the construction project going?

Very well once we had had the unsuspected asbestos removed, which was lurking under the floor boards. It cost approximately $6,000 to remove the wrapping from a 12 foot length of pipe.
Will the Tower go back into its original position?
No, but it will stop it leaning any further. Another Leaning Tower of Pisa might sound interesting as a tourist attraction for our Church but definitely not a good idea!!
Clifford Construction have had to do a lot of preparation to get to this point. Carmen Lupo, the “go to guy”(see photo) on site and his crew carefully dug, with a hydrovac and by hand, down to the Church foundations, digging under the huge 1847 stones. At strategic points where the helical piles have been placed a big square has been dug. So Friday 29th January the #1 helical piles were surrounded by an iron cage of criss-crossed iron bars.(see photo) Once in position they carefully poured the concrete to fill the iron skeleton and the ditch connecting the inside and outside under the foundation wall, vibrating the concrete to get the rebar in position and ensure even distribution of the concrete.(see photo)  All during the process the representative from R.J.C. Consulting Engineers was doing the quality control.
The engineers had specified the percentage of each of the concrete’s constituents. An independent contractor will  test each batch for water content and strength. Terraprobe the “tester” took 4 cylinders of concrete 1 to be tested at 24 hours, 1 at 7days and 2 at 28 days. So this was the first set of 3 helical piles to be completed, now there are all the others. It is a slow meticulous process to make sure everything is completed to the engineer’s specifications and that the construction crew are working under safe conditions.
I hesitate to tempt fate but Clifford Construction and the RJC Consulting Engineers hope to have the inside work finished by the end of February and the outside about the middle of March, if everything goes smoothly. The outside cracks will be caulked but the finishing mortar will not be done until the Spring as it is too cold to ensure a good colour match.
Site meetings with all the participants, are held every 2 weeks so if there any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask to ask Jean Robinson.
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