Truth and Reconciliation
At the Diocese of Ottawa’s Synod of 2019 The All My Relations Working Group gifted every congregation and community ministry with a white ceramic feather. Originally crafted in 2017 for an outdoor public art installation at the Canadian Museum of Nature named “Populace”, marking Canada’s 150th, the feathers were chosen with the local Algonquin community as a representation of their presence on this land in the time of confederation. In the installation a rose represented the English people and a fleur de lys represented the French. The hope behind the gift is that the feather, significant in most Indigenous tradition, will symbolize a commitment to building relationships with Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), in a new way and the church’s journey towards truth, justice and reconciliation. You can appreciate this ceramic feather as it is displayed next to our Prayer Net.
Read Susan+’s Charge to St. Helen’s for 2020
During Lent we observe ‘Lenten Quiet’ as we begin each service with the penitential order. The ‘Quiet Peace’ will then be shared (i.e. don’t move your feet, just share the peace of Christ gently with those closest to you!) The Alleluia will be ‘packed away’ on Ash Wednesday and will remain ‘quiet’ until we join in joyful acclamation at Easter. Except for March 15, our Episcopal Visit, during the Homily time our Lenten Witnesses will share of their spiritual journeys. Rather than singing our birthday and anniversary songs, we will be praying for those marking milestones. We encourage you to make weekly Sunday morning worship a priority throughout the season!
Thank you to everyone who contributed (234 total!) $10. gift cards for the Community Ministries (The Well, Centre 454, Cornerstone, St. Luke’s Table, and Centre 105).
Thank you also for the table favours for The Well(and to the Church School staff and students), the food for Centre 454, the Basket of Warmth donations and the quilts given to Cornerstone.
Thanks to everyone who contributed so generously to the “End the Cycle” fundraiser for a new washing machine for Centre 105 in Cornwall. The old machine there stopped functioning on Friday, December 13 and we were able to send them a cheque for $1200 the following week (as well as Tide pods and gently used winter coats). Thanks to Carol, Sharon, Arch and Susan for delivery services.