Tuesday, June 23, 2015

St. Catherine's-Trinity Annual Joint Service and BBQ

Credit:  David M. Squires
On Sunday, June 21, St. Catherine's held a joint service with Trinity United followed by a barbeque
both sponsored by the St. Catherine's-Trinity Liaison Committee.  The events commemorated 17 years of sharing a church building and working together.  When St. Catherine's Church building on Shaughnessy Street had to be torn down due to structural instability, the congregation of Trinity United invited St. Catherine's to share their building.  The Liaison Committee formed shortly thereafter to ease the growing pains associated with two congregations with different traditions occupying the same space.  It has evolved from simply dealing with day to day issues into building a partnership that allows for shared ministry while respecting each other's traditions and maintaining the individual Anglican and United Church identities.

Since the joint service was held on National Aboriginal Day, it focused on respecting all peoples and on the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  The message of the day included hard truths about residential schools and ways in which individual members of the congregations could contribute to reconciliation.

The barbecue that followed the service was an opportunity for fun and fellowship.  It included perfectly cooked burgers and donated ice cream for everyone.  Special thanks to Efcon Inc. Ethnic Food Concepts for the ice cream.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Anglicanism 101

At a recent parish meeting many people expressed an interest in learning more about the Anglican approach to faith. The website link below allows us to have our own St Catherine's School for Christian Formation & Education.  These are ready-made education courses. You can study them by yourself or get a small group together to learn and discuss the course material.  The courses are free, as the parish is paying a monthly subscription to make this possible. 

Note:  You must register to use the school.  The link registers you for the Reader’s course, which has some valuable insights into Scripture for everyone.  Once you are on the site, you can browse the course catalogue, which includes “The Episcopal Tradition,” a fundamentals course prepared by the Episcopal Church (the U.S. version of the Anglican Church).