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February 2021
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February is African Heritage Month in Nova Scotia. The 2021 African Heritage Month theme, Black History Matters: Listen, Learn, Share and Act, recognizes the important legacy of people of African descent and the long-standing history in the development of Canada. The theme brings focus and increased awareness of racialized issues of a community that has overcome great adversity for inclusion. It further calls on us to listen, learn, share and act to make society a better place.We are pleased to share with you, that on Sunday February 21st, we will be honored to have as our guest, Damini Awoyiga at our 10 am service. Damini is a 13-year-old grade 8 student at Madeline Symonds Middle School, in Hammonds Plains.

She is an activist, writer, spoken word poet, art illustrator, and the Junior artist in residence for Wellness Within, a community organization working for reproductive justice, prison abolition and health equity.

Damini is also a Youth Ambassador for Digitally Lit, a youth-led strategy that aims to empower young Atlantic Canadians. She has used Digitally Lit’s social media to create a campaign for accessibility awareness in spaces.

Damini recently launched the Afro Indigenous Book Club to encourage young people to read books written by Black and Indigenous authors and to share the realities and experiences of Black and Indigenous Canadians.

Damini is the youth entrepreneur behind Damini Creatives. A mask making enterprise that she launched in the middle of this pandemic. She made headlines in 2020 with her bright, colourful and vibrant African fabric art masks.

Damini loves to write and perform spoken word poems to bring attention to social justice issues that she cares deeply about.  So, she and her family will be joining us to share one of her poems.

And, the following week, February 28th, at 10 am, we will welcome Dr Kristin S. Williams, who among other credits, is the President & CEO of Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia.  Dr Williams has taught a variety of management courses at Dalhousie, Acadia, and Saint Mary’s Universities. She is an Associate Editor with the journals of Culture and Organization and Qualitative Research in Organization and Management.  A critical management scholar with a focus on equality, diversity and inclusion she will be sharing her perspectives on the life of Viola Desmond, based on her recent research and publican titled: Finding Viola: The untrue, true story of a groundbreaking female African Nova Scotian entrepreneur.


NEXT Wednesday, February 17th will be Ash Wednesday. Along with the 7:30 am service there will be a service at noon, and another at 7 pm.  These will be services of Eucharist with ashes.  Pre-registration is not required.

There has been much discussion about how ashes will be distributed, as physical contact is not a possibility, so in following the lead of our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, we will use the very ancient and biblical practice of sprinkling a small pinch of ashes on the head of those who come forward.

Throughout Scripture, ashes are an important symbol of grief and repentance.  They would be sprinkled upon the head, or those in deep penance would lie in ashes, while wearing sackcloth, a rough textured garment.  The ashes are a reminder of the dust to which our mortal bodies will one day return. The liturgical custom of marking a cross on the forehead with ashes, was an adaptation of that earlier practice. 

Journey with us as we explore the themes of Lent in partnership with the poetry of Mary Oliver!
We will be meeting on Zoom, on Friday afternoons, beginning on February 19th, from 3:15 pm to 5:00 pm. All materials will be provided.
Please contact me, Debbie, at widgetsbeads@gmail.com
for more information, and/or if you would like to join us as we experience Lent with Mary Oliver.

Wednesdays in Lent
The King's Chapel Choir will be offering their annual series of Lenten Evensongs at the Cathedral beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17th. They will be found on the Chapel Choir YouTube channel These services are recorded only, with no in-person attendance.

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Please use the following link to access services on the Cathedral Church YouTube channel Sunday’s bulletin is available at Newsletters/Bulletins

Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m. & Fridays at 12noon
Wednesday and Friday Services are held in the main body of the Cathedral. Please enter via the purple awning door. 

'Sundays at Four' Evensongs are resuming on February 7th and will be posted on the Cathedral Choir YouTube channel every Sunday at 4 pm One or two of these Evensongs will be offered by Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir.These services are recorded only, with no in-person attendance.

The Capella Regalis Men & Boys Choir, under the direction of Nick Halley, is excited to be able to return to the Cathedral to sing Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent. Featured music includes “Create in Me a Clean Heart” by the Canadian composer Healey Willan, as well as “Lord, Let me Know Mine End” by Maurice Greene. The recording of this service will be made available at 4 pm on Sunday, February 21 on the Capella Regalis YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/capellaregalis. (Please note that this is an online event only.)

Is now being offered at the Cathedral Monday-Saturday on our YouTube channel.

Saturdays at 4 p.m.
Young people are divided into 2 age groupings, and all are welcome. For the link please email the Cathedral Office

Wednesdays at noon in the Great Hall
This group offers a welcoming atmosphere where all are invited to spend an hour in relaxation.  Come for a reset of the mind! For more information, please contact Deacon Ray

Thursdays 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. 
No experience necessary, instruction is provided. Don't worry if you cannot make it every week - come whenever you can. To register please email us at prayasyoucan3@gmail.com. Please put "Christian Meditation" in the subject line.  

Check out the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Facebook page - a great way to keep in touch with one another, share pictures, news, and resources.

Sunday, February 7 

when parishes in the Diocese are being asked to put a spotlight on the ministry of the Mothers’ Union. Our AST student at the Cathedral, Debbie Fice, a long standing Mothers’ Union member, will be our homilist on Feb. 7. The Mothers’ Union is a worldwide Christian organization that brings about positive changes globally, nationally, and locally, through prayer, advocacy, and direct action. The Mothers’ Union ministry will also be featured the previous day, Sat. Feb. 6; 10:30 – 12 noon, when the Anglican Church Women Board holds a virtual, live-streamed Faith & Fellowship Gathering at St. John’s, 2187 Larry Uteck Blvd., Bedford,  with the theme from Micah 6:8: Do Justice . . . Love Kindness. . . Walk Humbly with your God.  The Anglican Church Women Board is partnered with the Mothers’ Union for its 2020/21 Annual Project, Supporting Parents: Stories That Matter. There is limited in-person attendance on Feb. 6 but register with davisnow@eastlink.ca if you wish to attend. The following link will connect you to the event so that you can have a front row seat in your own home: ACW Faith & Fellowship Gathering. For further information contact Cynthia at cjp2320@gmail.com

Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 23
As always, we welcome submissions such as special announcements, photos, articles, appeals, and news to offer! Please send by email to Cathedral Office or to Kent Doe by our deadline.

Saturday, February 27
The Cathedral will be providing the lunch on this day. Please contact Deacon Heather if you would like to help, and for details. Due to COVID restrictions, there is a new process to follow.

Just a reminder that the reactivated Shoes for the Shoeless outreach project is asking for contributions of new winter boots for children aged 12 and under. A red collection bin has been placed near the transept entrance leading from the Diocesan Center. Distribution of your gifts will be done in cooperation with the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank.  A sincere “thank you” to those who have donated so far.

Parishioners, with assistance from Outreach Committee members, were once again generous with their time, talent, and treasure over the Christmas season.

  • Mission to Seafarers boxes sent ( thanks to Kent Doe who oversaw this project).
  • Large grocery basket sent to Herring Cove shelter.
  • Christmas gifts sent to the Cathedral sponsored newcomers (refugees).
  • This note does not include all of the outreach the St. Catherine’s group and individuals did.

The adopt a meal occurs once a month rotating among the following groups. 

  • Metro Turning Point 
  • Rebuilding (transitional house on way to own apt)
  • Barry House 
  • Sir Sanford Fleming House 
  • Herring Cove Apartments 
  • Nehiley House 

The numbers range from 14-30 and the meals are cooked in the Cathedral kitchen, packaged in individual containers, and delivered. This is a new initiative for the committee and reflects the changing times during COVID.


To see the latest news from PWRDF, check out their website, https://pwrdf.org/news/. I’m always impressed by how much they are able to accomplish worldwide with their partners. Thought the following from the PWRDF notice I received might be of interest to some members of the congregation. Note the next session will be on Thursday, February 4th at 1 pm Eastern (2 pm Atlantic).

Praying with PWRDF
We are continuing with our online prayer time “Praying with PWRDF” every 2 weeks on Thursdays at 1 pm. If you haven’t already registered, please do so at the link below and I will send you notices and the Zoom link before each session. https://bit.ly/PWRDFPrayers
-Chris Field (chrfield@gmail.com)

While we do not yet have a date set, our Annual Meeting is on the horizon. Annual Reports are gratefully accepted at the Cathedral Office until March 8th. Thank you!

If you would like to remember a loved one, friend, or a special event in your life, you can once again give a gift of Wine & Hosts, or sponsor a Sunday bulletin. Please email the Cathedral Office with your preferred date, and wording to be included in the bulletin on that Sunday. Please note, the suggested donation is $25 for each.  


Sunday, March 28 - Holy Week begins
Sunday, April 4 - Easter Day


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