Montreal Students Understand the Value of Giving Back at the Last-Sunday-of-the-Month Lunch

Christ Church Cathedral Major Fundraising Campaign blog

On the last Sunday of February, students and parents from Selwyn House School served over 250 guests a hearty hot lunch in Christ Church Cathedral’s Fulford Hall. It’s been a tradition over the past number of years for students and parents from local private schools to get involved with the Last-Sunday-of-the-Month lunch program. The involvement of younger people in the program has been a wonderful way to bring new communities together and raise awareness about the issue surrounding homelessness in Montreal.

Olivia Laidlaw, Last-Sunday-of-the-MonthBy Olivia Laidlaw

For the past 30 years, the Last-Sunday-of-the-Month lunch has fulfilled one of Christ Church Cathedral’s most important Christian values:  feeding Montreal’s less fortunate. Started by Marjorie Sharp, and continued by Adrian King-Edwards, the lunch program has grown and now can feed over 200 people, thanks to the help of local students and parents in the community.

For years, Carol Manning, Head of Selwyn House middle school, has organized student-parent volunteers to serve lunches and engage with downtown Montreal’s vulnerable community. About eight student-parent teams come out every month and are assigned to each table in pairs to ensure all guests are taken care of and satisfied. Continue reading “Montreal Students Understand the Value of Giving Back at the Last-Sunday-of-the-Month Lunch”

Feast your eyes, fill your ears, lift up your heart during Nuit Blanche at Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral Major Fundraising Campaign blogAlways ready to actively engage in the life of the city, Christ Church Cathedral has prepared a virtual feast for Mix Music, A Night at the Cathedral, its contribution to the Nuit Blanche segment of the annual Montréal en lumière festival. Settle in for the evening or choose among a recital of Bach’s organ music performed by Patrick Wedd; a plainsong religious service; four films by Aboriginal filmmakers; or performances by the Montreal Gay Choir and Sympholies Vocales. Visit booths and talk to the volunteers involved in the Cathedral’s social justice action groups. Take in an exhibition of religious clothing or a timeline featuring photos of the Cathedral through the years. What a great way to learn all about the Cathedral’s traditions and daily activities! From 4:30 pm on Saturday until 1 am Sunday, enjoy a cup of fair trade hot chocolate ‘on the house’ and experience the warm welcome characteristic of the Cathedral and its people. Continue reading “Feast your eyes, fill your ears, lift up your heart during Nuit Blanche at Christ Church Cathedral”

The Christ Church Cathedral Spire Up Close

Christ Church Cathedral Major Fundraising Campaign blogThe Christ Church Cathedral spire renovation continues. In recent weeks, more scaffolding has been erected around the Cathedral to allow workers to reinforce the spire’s supporting structure. For a quick overview of the work in progress and to see breathtaking views of the spire, watch the short video below. Continue reading “The Christ Church Cathedral Spire Up Close”