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Summer Outreach



Summer Outreach

The Cathedral’s monthly Outreach Program is an initiative that helps many people in our community. On the last Monday of each month, people in need are invited to visit Cathedral Memorial Hall. They receive a $10 grocery store gift card or bus tickets and a goodie bag containing fresh fruit, baked goods, a drink, a […]

Making Anglican prayer beads



Making Anglican prayer beads

The Cathedral’s Spirituality of the Seasons group met to make their own prayer beads on the afternoon of Wednesday, 22 May. Originally scheduled as a Spirituality of Easter session, the date was postponed into Pentecost. Due to the popularity of the varied sessions, gatherings have extended but will break before the summer. Deacon Debbie Edmondson […]

Reflections on the Second Sunday after Penetecost (Proper 9 Year B)



Reflections on the Second Sunday after Penetecost (Proper 9 Year B)

1 SAMUEL 3:1-10 (11-20); PSALM 139:1-5, 12-17; 2 CORINTHIANS 4:5-12; MARK 2:23-3:6 “Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 One might be tempted to identify God himself as the deepest mystery of faith. In our times, being able […]

Saying YES! to kids camping



Saying YES! to kids camping

THREE CAMPS, ONE UNFORGETTABLE SUMMER! This year the Diocese of Fredericton is joining the Anglican Foundation of Canada’s Say Yes! to Kids movement with our very own Diocese of Fredericton Says Yes! to Camping Ministry fundraising team. The Diocese of Fredericton is blessed with Camp Medley, Camp Brookwood, and the St. Michael’s Youth Conference, all of which offer our children […]

A note from our Sexton



A note from our Sexton

Our Sexton, Ashley Swim, completed his time in the position on 17 May. He shared this message: “Thanks for all the kind words and gifts. I appreciate it beyond words. Thanks to the cathedral for having me. It’s been a very positive experience and I will miss working there. I always took my job very […]

Living with Dying



Living with Dying

A five-part presentation and conversation series called ‘Living with Dying’ will held in the Cathedral on five consecutive Wednesday evenings in May and June. The series will consider many of the important topics related to death and the dying process. Topics will include: End of life care options (with presentations from Palliative Care and Hospice […]

Thy Kingdom Come 2024



Thy Kingdom Come 2024

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer. Download the […]

Job posting: Cathedral Sexton



Job posting: Cathedral Sexton

Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton NB is seeking a Sexton, a position which is integral to our overall operations. Reporting to the Dean of Fredericton and working with the Property Committee, the successful candidate will be tasked with maintaining Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Memorial Hall and the grounds in a clean and orderly condition, and performing […]

Help to plan a community music and theatre event



Help to plan a community music and theatre event

Our Director of Music, Thomas Gonder, is eager to spearhead an effort to organize a dinner theatre/variety show event in the Fall. This would take considerable organization that would need to begin shortly. This event would be geared to all ages and also the wider community. This could be a potentially thrilling event considering the […]

The Daily Offices



The Daily Offices

At Christ Church Cathedral we endeavour to maintain daily public prayer in the church by saying the offices of morning and evening prayer. Individuals signup to lead the daily offices and training is available for those who haven’t but wish to participate. Go to the Daily Offices to learn more.

Spring Tea provides treats, treasures, and outreach support



Spring Tea provides treats, treasures, and outreach support

Cathedral Health Ministries with help from the Anglican Church Women (ACW), hosted a ‘Spring Awakes’ Tea in the Cathedral on the afternoon of April 23. This all-inclusive gathering was in keeping with the Medley Tea of former years that celebrated the arrival of spring. The Reverend Isabel Cutler and the Reverend Debbie Edmondson, Deacons, opened […]

Congregational Meeting with the Bishop



Congregational Meeting with the Bishop

A congregational meeting will be held at the request of the Bishop from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 25 April. The meeting will be held in Cathedral Memorial Hall. All members of the congregation are invited to attend this follow-up to the November 2023 meeting about the cathedral building. Minutes from that meeting can be found […]

Toccata from Symphony No 5 by C.M. Widor



Toccata from Symphony No 5 by C.M. Widor

The Symphony for Organ No. 5 in F minor, Op. 42, No. 1, was composed by Charles-Marie Widor in 1879. The full symphony lasts for about 35 minutes. The fifth movement, in F major, is often referred to as just Widor’s Toccata because it is his most famous piece. It lasts around six minutes. Its […]

Jesus Christ Conquers



Jesus Christ Conquers

ησο ς Χριστὸς νικ is the Greek that in English is often written IC XC NIKA. This symbolism is perhaps most appropriate to the Easter season and important at any celebration of the Resurrection such as a funeral or memorial – “Jesus Christ conquers.” The IC and XC are the first and last letters in […]

Guided Autobiographical Narrative Group



Guided Autobiographical Narrative Group

It’s your story to tell! The Cathedral Guided Autobiographical Narrative Group will encourage story-sharing across generations as a way to strengthen the fabric of community and family life. We plan to host 10 sessions in total. Spring sessions have been postponed and will resume in the Fall. Meetings will be held inside the Cathedral for […]

Gather for tea, treats and treasures



Gather for tea, treats and treasures

The Cathedral Health Ministry and Anglican Church Women (ACW) invite you to attend a Spring gathering in the Cathedral. Join us on Tuesday, 23 April from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Enjoy tea, treats and treasures. You’ll have the opportunity to view rarely-seen historical treasures from the Cathedral! The Cathedral is wheelchair accessible. All are welcome. Donations of […]

Spirituality of Easter



Spirituality of Easter

Wednesday afternoon spirituality sessions at Cathedral Memorial Hall will continue through Eastertide, 2:00-3:00 p.m. The sessions will maintain the now-customary basic structure of a “Celtic Threshold Gathering” — which comprises a simple regular sequence of elements, informed by a specific theme for the day/week. Four of the seven Spirituality of Easter sessions will have as […]

Donations sought for university Pause Tables



Donations sought for university Pause Tables

The Pause Table initiative has become one that is welcomed by university students during exam week. Campus ministries at UNB and STU are once again collaborating with faith communities to host the tables during upcoming exams. Volunteers will provide free food, beverages, a listening ear, and conversation, and handwritten personalized notes to give students a […]

Bishop and Chapter News – March 2024



Bishop and Chapter News – March 2024

Bishop and Chapter met on 13 March 2024 with 11 of 14 members. Minutes of the 16 January, 06 and 25 February 2024 were adopted. With the intent of providing some brief orientation for newer members, the article “Re-inventing Boards That Bore: Overcoming Micromanagement” was circulated. The Dean offered reflections on the Cathedral Chapter structure, […]

Filip Vanicek – My Journey Here



Filip Vanicek – My Journey Here

Filip Vanicek grew up in the lap of luxury. He and his family enjoyed a country estate and an ornate, five-storey building in the heart of Prague where they lived, along with much of his extended family. “Our family were academics and lawyers,” he said. “My childhood was phenomenal, absolutely fantastic — until the Russians […]

Faith Seeking Understanding: Reflections by Canadian Anglicans



Faith Seeking Understanding: Reflections by Canadian Anglicans

Canada is one of few countries in the world where medical assistance in dying (MAiD) is a legal option—and the number of permitted contexts (terminal illness, chronic illness, mental illness) is increasing. Faith Seeking Understanding: Medical Assistance in Dying is a resource to assist theologically-focused discussions and to increase understanding of the realities of MAiD. […]

Mothering Sunday 2024



Mothering Sunday 2024

Mothering Sunday, not to be confused with Canadian Mother’s Day, is celebrated in Anglican Churches on the fourth Sunday in Lent; and dates to the custom in England when domestic servants in the grand houses of the landed gentry were permitted to go home to visit their home church and mother. Often the housekeeper or […]

What are the Ember Days?



What are the Ember Days?

The seasonal Ember Days are not included in the calendar of the Anglican Church of Canada but MacCausland’s Divine Order of Service notes that there seems to be “renewed interest” in their observance in recent years. The Prayer Book of 1962 provides propers for Ember Days which it says may be used on the Wednesdays, […]

5 Reasons You Don’t Feel Like a Team



5 Reasons You Don’t Feel Like a Team

Do you and your spouse feel like a team? Or does it seem like something is getting in the way of that lately? It’s not unusual to go through periods where things are just out of sync between you. It can feel like you’re constantly at odds or working against each other, even if it’s […]

Young organ scholar has made an impact in a short time



Young organ scholar has made an impact in a short time

His first service as organist was Oct. 21, 2021. Since then he’s been taking weekly lessons from Thomas Gonder, Christ Church Cathedral’s organist. “He’s a phenomenal organist,” said Christian of Thomas. “He knows what he’s doing. He’s played all over Canada. He’s shown me techniques I never knew.” Originally posted at the Diocese of Fredericton […]

News from Belize



News from Belize

Ms. Jane Martinez, Principal of St. Hilda’s Anglican School in Belize, sent us this update. Please keep Ms. Martinez, her son, the high school scholarship students, and all of the elementary students and staff at St. Hilda’s in your prayers. Greetings Friends, I pray that this email finds you well. Our school year started out […]

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition



Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Beliefs Euthanasia is the deliberate killing of someone by action or omission, with or without that person’s consent, for what are claimed to be compassionate reasons. Assisted suicide is counselling, abetting, or an act of aiding someone to kill himself or herself. Members of the Coalition believe that euthanasia and assisted suicide should be treated […]

World Day of Prayer 2024



World Day of Prayer 2024

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. The women who wrote the World Day of Prayer Service this year are from Palestine. The Theme is “I Beg You… Bear with one another in Love” based […]

Ad-LENT-ures 2024



Ad-LENT-ures 2024

14 February – 23 March 2024 During the Season of Lent, all members of the Cathedral congregation are encouraged to consider individual or small group study or reflection. The 40 days of Lent are an excellent time to take on a discipline of deeper reflection on the Christian life, growing personally in discipleship as well […]

Accumulated Faith – Peter Marty



Accumulated Faith – Peter Marty

Faith is a way of life that acquires its layers and contours incrementally, often imperceptibly. Jason and I retreated to the ICU waiting room to talk about his mother’s precipitous decline. Moments earlier the attending physician had spoken of her imminent death. “Six to 12 hours—maybe,” he said. I wanted to chat with Jason. Marie […]

Scholarship student updates



Scholarship student updates

Here are some letters from the current recipients of Cathedral scholarships to attend high school in Belize. Sylvia Trapp (Grade 9) Dear Friends, I am very thankful for the assistance that you have given me at the beginning of the school year. I have achieved a lot this semester. I got some good grades and […]

Holy Joes gathering



Holy Joes gathering

The motto of the Guild of St. Joseph is “Serving God and Church with heart and hands.” The focus is the maintenance and repair of the fabric of the Cathedral, the Green, and Memorial Hall. Once again, the Guild (affectionately known as the “Holy Joes”) held a Christmas Reception with invited guests. This year’s was […]

Youth group skating



Youth group skating

On Sunday 14 January, middle school members of Cathedral Youth Group — along with a smattering of friends, parents and younger siblings — took advantage of lovely winter conditions and went for an evening skate around Fredericton’s newest ice track at Officers’ Square. Warm apple cider and cookies were also enjoyed. Such a blessing and […]

Mutual Benefits of Church-School Partnerships



Mutual Benefits of Church-School Partnerships

Jake McGlothin says it’s only logical that the two most important social institutions in our society should work together. He outlines what churches can share with schools as well as how engagement with schools can positively impact a congregation. https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/mutual-benefits-church-school-partnerships/?utm_source=cc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20240110

The Good and Beautiful Life



The Good and Beautiful Life

The Good and Beautiful Life: Putting on the Character of Christ By James Bryan Smith Intervarsity Press / 2010 / 264 pages According to Dr. Smith, we have bought into false notions of happiness and success.  It is these false notions that lead us down the pathways into vices such as lying, anger, lust and judging. […]

Supporting children in need through a local school



Supporting children in need through a local school

Dean Geoffrey Hall and Cathedral Treasurer Jamie Yeamans were pleased to visit Montgomery Street School on 15 December to present a donation to help children in need at the school. They were welcomed by Principal David Burrell and several children, who were thankful for the $2000 donation toward the school lunch and winter clothing programs. […]

Godly Play – fall report



Godly Play – fall report

Godly Play at the Cathedral was certainly active this past fall! Our circle of Godly Players — children between the ages of 5 and 12 — have gathered together eight times since September, and explored stories regarding the Circle of the Church Year, Creation, the Great Family, the Exodus, the Ten Best Ways (the GP […]

Christmas Luncheon



Christmas Luncheon

The ACW and Health Ministry enjoyed planning and presenting this luncheon, and sharing their collections of unique and favourite Santa Claus and Snowmen decorations. The empty chairs you see in the photo were filled with more than 40 people from our congregation on 05 December, which was a lovely winter day. The soups were a […]

Christmas Outreach



Christmas Outreach

On Monday, 18 December, the Cathedral Outreach Committee and volunteers from New Maryland United Church welcomed people in need to Memorial Hall for a pre-Christmas edition of Monday Outreach (usually held on the last Monday of each month). 64 guests received goodie bags, fruit, candy, socks and groceries. Guests also received a Christmas card with […]

Four last things



Four last things

An advent reflection by Canon Jon Lownds Death, judgement, heaven and hell Fifty years ago, when I (Jon+) began in ordained ministry, the season of Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas, focussed on four “last things:” death, judgement, heaven and hell. With the Advent this year being as short as possible, and largely ignored even […]

Christmas at the Cathedral



Christmas at the Cathedral

Celebrate Christmas in historic Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Fredericton! You are warmly welcomed to join us in worship, whether you are a Christian who has worshipped in the Anglican tradition, are of another Christian denomination, another faith entirely or, simply interested in understanding more about what our faith community is all about. There is […]

Christmas in China



Christmas in China

A member of our congregation, Helen Liang, grew up in China, and she sent us a few photos of Christmas there. She says: Christmas is an important festival in China. Most of the photos are of outdoor decorations, with only one image of a floating Christmas tree in a mall. Christmas is also the busiest […]

A library (and more) fit for a Bishop



A library (and more) fit for a Bishop

When Deborah and Ben Johnson purchased their George Street home two and a half years ago, they knew they were purchasing an historically significant building. But until they started peeling the layers back, they probably didn’t realize just how much Fredericton history was contained within those many plastered walls. Included in that history, is a […]

A letter from Muslim and Jewish leaders in Fredericton



A letter from Muslim and Jewish leaders in Fredericton

Given the recent rise in antisemitism and incidents of islamophobia across Canada and abroad, Darul Arqam – Fredericton, a local Muslim group and the Rabbi of the Fredericton Jewish community, have joined together during this troubling and chaotic time, to make a statement appealing for peace amongst the general public and our communities at-large. The […]

Advent waiting



Advent waiting

An advent reflection by Canon Jon Lownds “The Meaning is in the Waiting” by Paula Gooder is the Advent 2023 Diocesan Study book choice and being discussed in an online / Zoom conversation. After reading the Introduction and first chapter, I decided to join the conversation. Early the next morning, while reflecting on and praying […]

Christmas Luncheon hosted by ACW



Christmas Luncheon hosted by ACW

Celebrate the coming of Christmas with Cathedral members and friends! Gather for soup, rolls, sweets, tea and coffee, surrounded by a display of Snowmen and Santa Claus. This holiday event will be hosted by the Anglican Church Women (ACW) on Tuesday, 05 December, from 11:30-1:30 p.m. in Cathedral Memorial Hall. Personal care items and donations […]

Deacons in the Diocese of Fredericton



Deacons in the Diocese of Fredericton

Since early Christian times, there have been different types of ministry within the Church. Since the time of the New Testament, three distinct orders of ordained ministries have been known in the Church – bishops, priests, and deacons. Each order has its specifc duties, but all work together. Somehow, over time, the ministry of deacon […]

Lend your support to a school lunch and winter clothing program



Lend your support to a school lunch and winter clothing program

We’ve raised almost $1500, so far, towards a local school lunch and winter clothing program through our Giving Tuesday initiative! Donations are still accepted online and through offering envelopes, with tax receipts provided. Thanks for your support! Can we count on your support for our ‘Giving Tuesday’ campaign this year? We have committed to continue […]

2023 ADVENT-ures



2023 ADVENT-ures

The new Church year is once again upon us!  Why not add something to your devotional life to mark a fresh start? Choose from the following list of diverse opportunities on the Advent weekdays to deepen your prayer and/or study and/or worship. MONDAYS – beginning 27 November Spirituality of Advent – Prayer Series: Contemplative ideas […]

Congregational meeting with the Bishop



Congregational meeting with the Bishop

In 2022, the contracted firm of Heritage Standing delivered a comprehensive report on the significant costs of the maintenance issues facing the Cathedral. Earlier this year the Cathedral and Synod contracted with Source Alliance to undertake a study on the feasibility of funding required renovations. Approximately 45 individuals/couples were interviewed and a report was produced. […]

Mess Makes Meaning Godly Play Podcast



Mess Makes Meaning Godly Play Podcast

Caring for young children’s spirituality is a delicate balance and can often be made more difficult when we grown-ups don’t care for ourselves.  Struggling through religious or church-related trauma or even feelings of inadequacy when it comes to answering our children’s big questions.  Mess Makes Meaning aims to equip parents/caregivers to remind them and their […]

Deacon Competencies



Deacon Competencies

Potential deacons and priests in the Diocese of Fredericton both enter into a discernment process that helps to clarify if they are being called to ordained ministry. Discernment leading to the diaconate Discernment leading to priesthood While the roles of deacons and priests are different, the qualities required for ordination are similar. The Diocese seeks […]

Understanding the cultural realities of children and youth today



Understanding the cultural realities of children and youth today

Janet Craswell and Angela Pupino say ministries with children and youth were severely impacted by the pandemic and are still rebuilding in most churches. They say a truly intergenerational church must embrace the voices and concerns of younger people and acknowledge the unique cultural realities that shape the lives. There are very few intergenerational spaces […]

Cathedral Sunday intercessors meet



Cathedral Sunday intercessors meet

Those who lead Sunday intercessions gathered on Tuesday, November 7th with Deacon Isabel Cutler to discuss and share resources used in this ministry of prayer. An invitation had been made to others with interest in joining the team which is comprised of about 12 individuals. Assignments are currently determined by way of the Cathedral Signup […]

Fall 2023 vaccines & rapid tests



Fall 2023 vaccines & rapid tests

Remember to get your vaccines for both the flu and COVID-19. Let’s be and keep others safe. Click here for information about the influenza vaccine, and the updated COVID-19 vaccine. Do you need rapid tests? We no longer receive a supply of COVID-19 rapid test kits tests for the Cathedral and Memorial Hall, but you […]

The Diaconate of All Believers



The Diaconate of All Believers

by Craig L. Nessan Diaconia belongs to all the baptized as “a dimension integral to the nature and mission of the church” (World Council of Churches and ACT Alliance 2022, p. 10). Called to Transformation gives new ecumenical attention to “the diaconate of all believers, based on the view that God’s spirit graciously empowers and […]

Outreach continues with health precautions



Outreach continues with health precautions

It’s a challenging time for the Cathedral’s Outreach Committee. The number of people-in-need is ticking upwards, the weather is getting chillier, and COVID-19 is still lurking around many corners. “Our average number of guests for Monday Morning Outreach has always been 40-ish in past years, but we’re routinely seeing 50-to-60 people a month throughout 2023,” […]

The Way of Discernment



The Way of Discernment

The Way of Discernment by Elizabeth Liebert Westminster, John Knox / 2008 / 170 pages The Way of Discernment invites the reader into a series of experiments leading to discernment as a way of life and as a way of making decisions in the light of faith and a corresponding desire to follow God’s call. […]

On the Ministry of Deacon



On the Ministry of Deacon

The Order of Deacon is of New Testament and apostolic origin. The Book of Acts contains what has traditionally been seen as the institution of the diaconate in the selection and appointment of “the seven” through prayer and the laying on of hands for service and distribution of food among widows in the community. The […]

Anglican-Lutheran statement on war in the holy land



Anglican-Lutheran statement on war in the holy land

On Saturday the world watched in horror as Hamas launched a rapid, devastating barrage of violence against Israel. Rockets, drone attacks, the killing of civilians and the taking of hostages have ignited long simmering tensions between Israel and Palestine. Israel has responded with ongoing rocket attacks and the death toll on all sides rises daily. […]

Stone Soup Worship Planning



Stone Soup Worship Planning

Maybe you’ve heard it said that for lavish worship, congregations must have a “Worship Design Team” — experts gathered to design, script, rehearse, and coordinate the event. In detail. Every. Single. Week. But what if small congregations have a more powerful option — one that expands participation, emphasizes lay leadership, ends the burnout of meetings, […]

Clergy Appreciation Month



Clergy Appreciation Month

During Clergy Appreciation Month, take some time to say thank you to our clergy! We are blessed by all that they do to support our congregation and community, through their leadership, faithfulness, integrity, pastoral care and prayer. Our Cathedral congregation is blessed with the service of Dean Geoffrey Hall, Canon Jon Lownds, Canon Rod Black, […]

2023 Thanksgiving Pastoral



2023 Thanksgiving Pastoral

View or Download in PDF Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton Thanksgiving 2023 Dear Friends, At Thanksgiving this year we’ll be reading one of the more familiar gospel texts about gratitude from Luke 17. It might be called, “The Nine Guys Who Forgot;” instead, some biblical translations title it “Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers.” While some suggest the […]

A time to share: Grief support



A time to share: Grief support

Join Isabel Cutler, Deacon, on the fourth Saturday of each month for an informal gathering of Cathedral family members who have felt the loss of a beloved family member or friend. Reflect with others who have been following the same path, supporting each other in a shared experience. Gatherings will be held inside Christ Church […]

Need prayer?



Need prayer?

There are several ways you can request prayer through the Cathedral. If you would like your name, or the name of a loved one, added to the public Prayer List in the Sunday bulletin, please contact the Cathedral Office. Names will be listed for one month, but may be extended by contacting the office. You […]

Supporting students in Belize



Supporting students in Belize

Since 2010, the congregation of Christ Church Cathedral has provided a scholarship program for students in Belize. High school is not publicly funded in that country, and finances are a barrier which prevents some children from receiving formal education past Grade 8. For the 2023-2024 school year, our new scholarship student is Silvia Trapp. She […]

Season of Creation film screening: The Letter



Season of Creation film screening: The Letter

Join us for a special multimedia event to mark this Season of Creation! On Saturday 23 September, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Cathedral Memorial Hall Lounge, we’ll screen and discuss The Letter, an 82-minute documentary film providing environmental illustration, exploration and context to Laudato si’, the encyclical letter on the care of creation that […]

Prayers for Truth and Reconciliation



Prayers for Truth and Reconciliation

Saturday, 30 September is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and we are encouraged to continue our prayers on that day Choral Evensong at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, 01 October, 2023 Watch here Listen here Read the letter from Linda our Primate and Chris, National Indigenous Anglican Archbishop The Cathedral Office and Memorial Hall […]

Chair Yoga in the Cathedral



Chair Yoga in the Cathedral

Chair yoga is returning to the Cathedral after a summer break, and attendees are looking forward to gathering for this gentle exercise. An initiative of the Health Ministry, the classes are led by experienced yoga instructor Monique Smith. Ideal for both young and old, chair yoga is a unique way to exercise while sitting in […]

Cathedral Faces: Deacon Isabel Cutler



Cathedral Faces: Deacon Isabel Cutler

In a letter dated 10 August, 2023, our Bishop has answered a request made by the Dean and the Bishop and Chapter to appoint Isabel Cutler deacon at Christ Church Cathedral. Our congratulations to Isabel and we look forward to having her once again part of the ministry team. Isabel Cutler was ordained to Holy […]

170th anniversary of Cathedral consecration



170th anniversary of Cathedral consecration

Christ Church Cathedral is an important architectural and historical landmark in Fredericton, and August 31, 2023 marks the 170th anniversary of its consecration. The Cathedral was consecrated on August 31, 1853. Bishop Medley wrote in his journal on that day, “The Cathedral, the corner stone of which was laid October 15, 1845, was consecrated this […]

PWRDF launches in-Canada emergency response fund



PWRDF launches in-Canada emergency response fund

In this year of unprecedented wildfires from coast to coast, including those currently forcing evacuations in the Northwest Territories and British Columbia, the Prinate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has established a fund specifically for in-Canada emergency response. The frequency and severity of natural disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes and floods is increasing, affecting […]

Godly Play Training



Godly Play Training

Door Persons are key figures in supporting the children who gather in community for Godly Play. On Saturday, 14 October, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Christ Church Cathedral is hosting a Godly Play Door Person training session. This 5-hour workshop offers a unique way to encourage and support volunteers helping with children’s programs. Leadership […]

Wildfire destroys Anglican camp in BC



Wildfire destroys Anglican camp in BC

A cross at the end of a dock is nearly all that remains of an Anglican camp in British Columbia ravaged by wildfire. Camp OAC (Oakanagan Anglican Camp), like New Brunswick’s Camp Medley and Camp Brookwood, offers faith-based summer camping opportunities for children and teens, as well as religious retreats and rentals for secular functions […]

Episcopal Church of Roatan / Nelson and Kara Ministry (June 2023 update)



Episcopal Church of Roatan / Nelson and Kara Ministry (June 2023 update)

The Reverends Nelson and Kara Mejia are SAMS Canada (South American Mission Society) missionaries and priests in the Diocese of Honduras. Kara Mejia is the daughter of retired New Brunswick priest Gordon Thompson and his wife, Bell. The Cathedral Missions Committee supports their Ministry in Roatan, Honduras with yearly donations. By the Revs. Nelson and […]

NB Day + Emancipation Day activities on the Green



NB Day + Emancipation Day activities on the Green

Once again, some of the provincial celebrations for the August civic holiday will be held on the riverside Cathedral Green, next to the walking trail. The Cathedral Office will be closed on Monday, 07 August. On that day, we encourage you to spend time with friends and participate in the celebrations! New Brunswick Day festivities […]

Summer theatre with the Calithumpians



Summer theatre with the Calithumpians

The Calithumpians theatre troupe has been entertaining audiences for over forty years. Headquartered at Cathedral Memorial Hall, the troupe is named after an ancient tradition wherein young people, dressed in costume and disguise, paraded through the streets celebrating and making joyous noise. ​From their humble beginnings performing educational shows in schools, the Calithumpians have expanded […]

Cathedral Faces: Muriel Falkenstein, Tour Guide



Cathedral Faces: Muriel Falkenstein, Tour Guide

This summer, we are pleased to welcome Muriel Falkenstein as a Cathedral Tour Guide. She is working with Alex LeBlanc. Muriel Falkenstein is a high school graduate, classical soprano, and active community member in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Her school extracurriculars included the Fredericton High School Concert Band (chair, flute section), Model United Nations, and the […]

Diocese focuses lens on young adult formation



Diocese focuses lens on young adult formation

The Diocese of Fredericton is expanding the Special Ministries supported by the Synod. The position of Director of Young Adult Formation has recently been created, recognizing a need for support for teens and young adults in their faith journeys. Kurt Schmidt has been selected to fill this part-time role, providing leadership and pastoral care, with […]

Drop by for a guided tour!



Drop by for a guided tour!

Have you taken a tour of the Cathedral? Even if you regularly worship here, you’re likely to learn something new! Guided tours of Christ Church Cathedral are available throughout July and August, Monday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tours are free, donations are welcome (fill out a […]

Sweltering Songs festival returns to the Cathedral Green



Sweltering Songs festival returns to the Cathedral Green

Do you love live music? Check out the summertime festival ‘Sweltering Songs’, presented by the folks at Shivering Songs! We’re pleased that once again the Waterloo Stage will be held on the riverside Cathedral Green, July 22-23. Additional shows will be held at The CAP on Queen Street. Sweltering Songs co-organizer, Zach Atkinson, says, “We’re […]

Fredericton’s 175th anniversary concert



Fredericton’s 175th anniversary concert

Christ Church Cathedral will be the host venue for Fredericton’s 175th anniversary concert, A Celebration of Us, to be held on Tuesday, 08 August, 2023, 7:30 p.m. This article was shared in a recent newsletter from the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. Fredericton-based composer Christian David Bérubé has been commissioned to create a new work to celebrate […]

Help Children Grow in Faith and Generosity



Help Children Grow in Faith and Generosity

10 Ways to Help Children Grow in Faith and Generosity By Ken Sloane   How can parents shape a generous spirit in their children? Ken Sloane outlines ten practical ways families can focus more intentionally on giving and gratitude, compassion, and service so that their children grow in faith and generosity. Who doesn’t want to […]

Two archdeacons collated, two canons installed



Two archdeacons collated, two canons installed

“Christ Church Cathedral was the venue for a service of Installation and Collation June 11 as Leo Martin and Paul Ranson were collated as territorial archdeacons of Saint John and Fredericton respectively; and Kevin Borthwick and Chris Hayes were installed as canons of the Cathedral. Dean Geoffrey Hall and Archbishop David Edwards presided. The Rev. […]

2023 Summer Music Series



2023 Summer Music Series

The annual Summer Music Series at Christ Church Cathedral is back! All are welcome to attend these concerts, designed to fit perfectly within the lunch hour. Fridays from 12:10-12:50 p.m., 30 June – 25 August at 150 Church Street, Fredericton. Join us inside historic Christ Church Cathedral as we present a series of concerts featuring […]

Prayer Network seeks volunteers



Prayer Network seeks volunteers

Did you know that you can request immediate, confidential prayer for any matter? The Cathedral Prayer Network is a committee of caring individuals who pray for others. It is different from the public prayer list printed in the Sunday bulletin. Confidentiality of prayer requests is at the core of the group’s work. The Prayer Network […]

Decluttering for a cause



Decluttering for a cause

Cleaning up around the house? We can help! Donate your good condition, previously loved items and we’ll sell them at our upcoming indoor yard sale. All proceeds will go towards high school tuition for Belize scholarship students. We’re looking for household items, decor, toys, games, books, etc. No clothing or furniture please. We’ll also accept […]

Engaging Children Through Active Wondering



Engaging Children Through Active Wondering

Tanya Campen describes how engaging children through active wondering creates space for them to share freely and nurtures honest conversation. She equips teachers and guides to shepherd children in the holy work of active wondering.   https://www.churchleadership.com/leading-ideas/engaging-children-through-active-wondering/?utm_source=CC&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=LI20230607

Jubilee Tea and a Jubilee Tree



Jubilee Tea and a Jubilee Tree

The Cathedral branch of the Mothers’ Union hosted a Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Tea in June of 2022 and although it was not a fundraising event, we did however, receive donations. After covering our expenses, we decided we wanted to use the balance of the funds to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee in a lasting way. The […]

Work with us as a Summer Tour Guide!



Work with us as a Summer Tour Guide!

Do you love history and enjoy meeting new people? Apply for a summer job as a Cathedral Tour Guide! Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, New Brunswick is pleased to once again open its doors for tours this summer. We are seeking a part-time tour guide to work alongside our Lead Tour Guide, providing a warm […]

NOVENA – Thy Kingdom Come 2023



NOVENA – Thy Kingdom Come 2023

Join us at 5:15 p.m. on weekdays during Thy Kingdom Come. Two options to participate: 1) In person in the boardroom, second floor of Cathedral Memorial Hall 2) Online via video conference. Check the Cathedral web calendar event to connect. Download or view the NOVENA reflections. The word novena is taken from “novem,” the Latin […]

Getting to know each other at a newcomer event



Getting to know each other at a newcomer event

On May 10, we hosted a Newcomer Dessert Event at Cathedral Hall.  The evening was organized by the Mother’s Union, Kurt Schmidt (Director of Christian Formation), and Andreas Decken (Chair of Welcoming and Hospitality). Kurt and Andreas are extremely grateful to the Mothers’ Union for doing an excellent job providing treats and setting up the […]

Newcomer Dessert Event – 10 May



Newcomer Dessert Event – 10 May

Are you relatively new to the Cathedral family — or “new at heart”?! If so, you are cordially invited to a welcome, dessert and information-sharing event on Wednesday, 10 May in Cathedral Memorial Hall, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Come along to hear about the various ministries supported by individuals and groups from the Cathedral, and […]

Nicholas Saulnier ordained to the priesthood



Nicholas Saulnier ordained to the priesthood

“Christ Church Cathedral was filled with people there to witness the ordination to the priesthood of Nicholas Saulnier, on April 30. Archbishop David Edwards presided, with assistance from Dean Geoffrey Hall and Bishop Nigel Shaw.” Click here to read the article by NB Anglican Editor Gisele McKnight, see photos and learn more about the ordination […]

Local musicians featured in Cathedral concerts



Local musicians featured in Cathedral concerts

Known for its wonderful acoustics, Christ Church Cathedral is considered an excellent venue for musical performances. We are pleased to be the host venue for concerts featuring local musicians this spring. 12 May, 2023 — The High Tide Winds will perform a classical music concert on Friday, 12 May at 7:30 pm at Christ Church […]

Keith Joyce – My Journey Here



Keith Joyce – My Journey Here

This article about the former Dean of Fredericton (1999-2014), Rev. Keith Joyce, was recently published in the NB Anglican. By all accounts, the Rev. Keith Joyce’s childhood was one of adventure, culture and world travel. The youngest child of missionaries, his young life included a myriad of moves, schools, languages, Atlantic crossings, provinces and new […]

Celebrating Easter with Ukrainian traditions



Celebrating Easter with Ukrainian traditions

On Saturday. April 15, the Ukrainian Community of Fredericton gathered at Christ Church Cathedral to celebrate Easter. A priest travelled from Moncton to hold worship for over 100 attendees of all ages. Many wore traditional Ukrainian clothing and brought baskets for a special tradition – the Easter food basket blessing. They were thrilled to be […]

Blessings



Blessings

The March and April editions of the New Brunswick Anglican newspaper contained many stories of times when members of the Diocese felt blessed. You will see some familiar Cathedral faces in these pages! Click to read ‘Blessings’ stories from March 2023 and April 2023. You can also view previous editions of the NB Anglican. The […]

New recommendations for spring COVID-19 booster vaccinations



New recommendations for spring COVID-19 booster vaccinations

The Cathedral’s Health Ministry Team would like to share the updated recommendations for Spring COVID-19 booster vaccinations. Many people are continuing to fall ill, and our congregation includes many over 65 years, plus families with immunocompromised loved ones. The information below is from New Brunswick Public Health. Read more details.     The more people […]

Workshops during Eastertide



Workshops during Eastertide

We are pleased to host two workshops this spring by Spiritual Directors who are members of our congregation. Step out of your comfort zone, attend, and experience the unique perspectives that these workshops can bring to your life. Finding Your Sacred Story Saturday, 22 April, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Christ Church Cathedral Your Sacred Story […]

Farewell to an artist



Farewell to an artist

Hugh MacKinnon was an exceptional artist who did extensive restoration work on the Cathedral’s East and West windows. His stained-glass artisanship is present in churches, educational institutions and other sites throughout the Maritimes. According to his obituary, “Many church windows in New Brunswick have sunlight shining through his creations, including the small chapel in the […]

Easter worship in the Cathedral



Easter worship in the Cathedral

Join us for Easter worship at the Cathedral. All are welcome. The Great Easter Vigil will be held on Saturday night, April 8 at 8:00 p.m. + livestream On Easter Sunday, April 9, there are three opportunities to worship: 8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Book of Common Prayer, no music) 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist (Book of […]

2023 Easter Pastoral



2023 Easter Pastoral

View or Download in PDF Fredericton NB Lent 2023 Dear Friends, Between now and Easter Day we who begin the final leg of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem will take what is the most intense of Christian seasonal journeys. As the images go by we continue on our own personal ones. While some are celebrating new […]

Give the gift of Easter flowers



Give the gift of Easter flowers

The Sanctuary Guild of Christ Church Cathedral encourages gifts for flowers in memory or as a thank offering at the High Altar and throughout the Cathedral, at any time and especially at festival times of the church year. Forms must be received by Tuesday, March 26, 2024 to have memorials published in the Easter bulletin. […]

Preparing for Easter with Godly Play



Preparing for Easter with Godly Play

Children participating in Godly Play at Cathedral Memorial Hall have been preparing for Easter with stories and art. During the Faces of Easter week 4 lesson, the children used the Faces of Christ paintings. This photo shows how, after the story was told using the paintings, the children were invited to add other things from […]

Mothers’ Union at a glance



Mothers’ Union at a glance

Mothers’ Union is an international Christian membership charity of 4 million members living in over 80 countries, who share one heartfelt vision — to bring about a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships. Members actively pursue this vision through community programs, advocacy campaigns and a committed prayer life. View […]

Supporting neighbours in need



Supporting neighbours in need

We recently received this note from Montgomery Street Elementary’s Home and School Association, to which the Cathedral has previously provided support for children in need. I wanted to let the church know that with the remainder of the donation provided to our committee, after paying for the hot lunches and milk program to our children […]

Gallery exhibition features Cathedral items from Provincial Archives



Gallery exhibition features Cathedral items from Provincial Archives

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Provincial Archives have collaborated on an exhibit showcasing artistic treasures from the archives. The exhibit, AR(T)CHIVES: Visual Treasures from the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, is open to the public until May 28, 2023. Gallery admission is required. “Archives are more than simply repositories of paper documents, ledgers, and […]

AST 2023 Grad Projects



AST 2023 Grad Projects

Atlantic School of Theology has some of the brightest students around! In Halifax or online on March 14 & 15 celebrating their work and cutting-edge research as part of graduate projects ​ Click here to register Tuesday March 14, 2023 Compassion – 1:00-2:30 ADT Stephanie Rose – Bridging the Gap: Practicing Infant Baptism in a Post-Christian […]

Cathedral Elections



Cathedral Elections

Thank you to all who submitted annual reports and attended the Annual Congregational Meeting on 26 February, 2023. Click to read online copies of the Cathedral Annual Report and view the Narrative Budget, “Turning Resources into Grace”, a magazine-style brochure which tells the story of our ministry with photos. We are pleased to announce the […]

Ad-LENT-ures 2023



Ad-LENT-ures 2023

22 February – 01 April 2023 During the Season of Lent, all members of the Cathedral congregation are encouraged to consider individual or small group study or reflection. The 40 days of Lent are an excellent time to take on a discipline of deeper reflection on the Christian life, growing personally in discipleship as well […]

Memoirs: Archbishop Harold Nutter



Memoirs: Archbishop Harold Nutter

‘It Remains for Me to Say’, a book containing the memoirs of Archbishop Harold Lee Nutter is available for purchase at the Diocesan Synod Office for $28 (plus postage if required). Drop by the Synod Office upstairs in Memorial Hall, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or email <office at anglican.nb.ca> for […]

Not just for breakfast



Not just for breakfast

Shrove Tuesday is just around the corner and for many Christians, that means pancakes for supper! Not being a pancake lover, I decided to do a little research on this questionable meal choice. I knew that Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras) preceded Ash Wednesday when many folks give […]

Episcopal Church of Roatan / Nelson and Kara Ministry (December 2022 Update)



Episcopal Church of Roatan / Nelson and Kara Ministry (December 2022 Update)

The Reverends Nelson and Kara Mejia are SAMS Canada (South American Mission Society) missionaries and priests in the Diocese of Honduras. Kara Mejia is the daughter of retired New Brunswick priest Gordon Thompson and his wife, Bell. The Cathedral Missions Committee supports their Ministry in Roatan, Honduras with yearly donations. By the Revs. Nelson and […]

2023 World Day of Prayer



2023 World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. The World Day of Prayer service video for 2023 is available to watch online now. The 55 minute video, produced by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada, can […]

2023 Prayer Diary



2023 Prayer Diary

This Prayer Diary, created by Mothers’ Union, contains daily and monthly prayers. You are encouraged to use it to facilitate your devotions. Each month in the colourful book begins with a reflection, an opening prayer and a creative prayer activity. “As we use this resource, we remember that we are united with each other, wherever […]

Annual Report deadline approaching



Annual Report deadline approaching

Officers, committees, groups and organizations are reminded that annual reports are needed by 31 January 2023. Ideally, emailed in open text or by file attachment to the Cathedral Office. If submitted on paper, please allow a few days before the deadline. The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, 26 February after worship. The 2023 […]

Bishop and Chapter News – January 2023



Bishop and Chapter News – January 2023

Bishop and Chapter met 0n 16 January 2023 by video conference 11 of 13 members present. Members were asked to read in advance “5 Ideas for Managing Your Church Budget in the New ‘Normal’” by Ken Sloane (Discipleship Ministries – United Methodist Church). The “ideas” included: quarterly planning, approaches to past comparisons, recognizing “inflation dollars,” […]

Falling Upward



Falling Upward

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life By Fr. Richard Rohr Jossey-Bass / 2011 / 240 pages I’m sure I may have noticed a few little hidden smirks when I mentioned to my Bible Study group that I was going to do a book review of Father Richard Rohr’s  “Falling Upward” for our […]

Celebrate the New Year



Celebrate the New Year

Celebrate the New Year in the Cathedral on Sunday, 01 January. Worship at 10:30 a.m. will be followed by Archbishop David Edwards’ New Year’s Day reception. We will also worship at 8:00 a.m. It’s a wonderful way to start 2023 with prayer and festivity! Watch livestreams and recordings on our YouTube channel.

A gift to brighten a child’s Christmas



A gift to brighten a child’s Christmas

This December, the Cathedral Outreach Committee supported a program from Prison Fellowship Canada, which provides gifts to children of incarcerated parents. PFC’s Angel Tree Christmas program connects church communities and individuals with the families of prisoners through the delivery of a Christmas gift on behalf of the incarcerated parent. Through the program, a prisoner applies, […]

Christmas at the Cathedral



Christmas at the Cathedral

Celebrate Christmas at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown Fredericton! Whether you are a Christian who has worshipped in the Anglican tradition, are of another Christian denomination, another faith entirely or, simply interested in understanding more about what our faith community is all about, you are warmly welcome to join us in worship. There is no […]

2022 Christmas Pastoral



2022 Christmas Pastoral

Advent 2022 Fredericton NB Read or download in PDF Dear Friends, Once the lights are connected and the musical favourites begin to play, many again will get that warm holiday feeling and snuggle in for yet another Christmas. Memories of Christmas past may help to enhance those positive vibes while for others, there’s much well […]

Bishop and Chapter News – December 2022



Bishop and Chapter News – December 2022

Bishop and Chapter met 12 December 2022 in person and with video conference participation, 7 of 13 members present. A short discussion on an article entitled “One Invitation Away from Returning” by Rebekah Simon-Peter (LeadingIdeas – Lewis Center for Christian Leadership). One premise included is similar to that of the “Back to Church”/ Season of […]

City of Fredericton Heritage Review



City of Fredericton Heritage Review

The City of Fredericton is looking for opinions about its heritage program – share your thoughts! The City is currently reviewing its heritage program and services and is looking for feedback from residents. Share your thoughts by completing a short online survey so decision-makers can better understand how you perceive heritage, its conservation importance, and […]

Cathedral Faces: Jason Parsons, Verger



Cathedral Faces: Jason Parsons, Verger

As part of our Cathedral Faces series, we are sharing biographies of our staff members and clergy. These dedicated individuals contribute a lot to our community, in ways seen and unseen, and we are thankful for their work. Professionally, Jason is an Army Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces in his 27th year of service. […]

ACW Christmas Tea



ACW Christmas Tea

The Anglican Church Women (ACW) welcomed 35 guests to a Christmas Tea on a balmy December 7 afternoon. Guests entering Memorial Hall were greeted by brightly lit Christmas trees and surrounding tables displaying beautiful and unique angels – no two of the 50+ were alike.  Conversation, sharing and ‘catching up’ was the buzz around the […]

Christmas Lessons and Carols



Christmas Lessons and Carols

Celebrate the coming of Christmas with a service of scripture and carols. https://youtu.be/iQv_3rWW2E0 Listen to Audio 4:00 p.m., Sunday,18 December in Christ Church Cathedral, 150 Church Street in downtown Fredericton, New Brunswick. Whether you are a Christian who has worshipped in the Anglican tradition, are of another Christian denomination, another faith entirely or, simply interested […]

Cathedral Faces: Geoffrey Hall, Dean



Cathedral Faces: Geoffrey Hall, Dean

As part of our Cathedral Faces series, we are sharing biographies of our clergy and staff members. These dedicated individuals contribute a lot to our community, in ways seen and unseen, and we are thankful for their work. Geoffrey Hall has been Dean of Fredericton since September 2014. As a priest of the Diocese of […]

Cathedral Faces: Kirsten McKnight, Office Administrator



Cathedral Faces: Kirsten McKnight, Office Administrator

As part of our Cathedral Faces series, we are sharing biographies of our staff members and clergy. These dedicated individuals contribute a lot to our community, in ways seen and unseen, and we are thankful for their work. Kirsten McKnight is passionate about creating positive change through community collaboration and inclusiveness. She holds a B.A. […]

Angels wanted for display at Christmas Tea



Angels wanted for display at Christmas Tea

Do you have Christmas angel decorations? Share your ‘host’ of angels, a single ‘lovely’ or a bevy of the ’littlest’ for an angel display that will be enjoyed by guests attending a Christmas Tea hosted by the Anglican Church Women. Join the festivities! Celebrate the coming of the Christmas season with Cathedral members and friends. […]

Bishop and Chapter News – November 2022



Bishop and Chapter News – November 2022

Bishop and Chapter met 21 November 2022 in person and with video conference participation, 9 of 13 members present. The Dean led some discussion about governance structure referring specifically to the board model now in place for Bishop and Chapter since 2015. The goal is that all Cathedral ministries fall under one of eight Chapter […]

Valuable contributions



Valuable contributions

The Cathedral Outreach Committee sincerely thanks the congregation for fulfilling all 50 Christmas Angel requests by the November 14th deadline. Pictured are just a few of the toys and stocking stuffers delivered to the food bank to make sure needy children will have gifts under the tree this Christmas. Well done, everyone! The toys were […]

Cathedral Faces: Deacon Debbie Edmondson



Cathedral Faces: Deacon Debbie Edmondson

As part of our Cathedral Faces series, we are sharing biographies of our clergy and staff members. These dedicated individuals contribute a lot to our community, in ways seen and unseen, and we are thankful for their work. Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Debbie grew up in Keswick Ridge, New Brunswick, where she still makes her […]

Everywhere Holy



Everywhere Holy

Everywhere Holy By Kara Lawlor Thomas Nelson Publications / 2019 / 224 pages Sitting with this book in my lap as I try to write a book review – a task I haven’t undertaken since Grade 12 – I am enjoying these unexpected balmy November days. I’m looking at the still pink hydrangea from my […]

Diocesan Synod held at the Cathedral



Diocesan Synod held at the Cathedral

On Saturday, 05 November, the 138th Diocesan Synod was held at the Cathedral. Read about the busy and productive day in an article written for the NB Anglican, by Gisele McKnight. Almost 300 attendees prayed together and worked together, considering Bishop David Edwards’ charge which focused on the need for discernment of future ministry. The […]

All Souls – Remembering those we love



All Souls – Remembering those we love

All Souls’ Day will be observed at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday, 08 November, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. (after All Saints’ Day on Wednesday, 01 November and All Saints’ Sunday which will be observed on 05 November). Prayer requests for the departed may be added by using this online form, by email <office at christchurchcathedral.com> […]

Greetings from Caledonia



Greetings from Caledonia

The Dean of the Diocese of Caledonia sent greetings for the week of 16 October 2022 on behalf of St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Prince Rupert. View the card. Dear Mr. Dean, Greetings and peace to you, your family and your congregation, and continual blessings on the ministries you all undertake at Christ Church Cathedral. I am […]

Back to school in Belize



Back to school in Belize

Our high school scholarship students in Belize have begun their fall semester. Thank you for your support and prayers! One of the students had been quite ill after a COVID infection, but was given clearance by a doctor to return to class in September. The four students (Caleb, Edvin, Gian, and Korey) are thankful for […]

Cathedral Faces: Ashley Swim, Sexton



Cathedral Faces: Ashley Swim, Sexton

As part of our Cathedral Faces series, we are sharing biographies of our staff members. These dedicated individuals contribute a lot to our community, in ways seen and unseen, and we are thankful for their work. Ashley John Swim was born in Oromocto and raised in McAdam, where his family still resides. As a child […]

Kitchen shines after autumn cleaning



Kitchen shines after autumn cleaning

Luke’s gospel refers to a house being swept and put in good order, but it doesn’t say anything about defrosting a freezer or cleaning a popcorn machine. “We have a checklist of necessary tasks to be done during the seasonal cleaning of the kitchen at the church hall,” Kitchen Committee chair Kathy McBride said. A […]

Building on the Past to Sustain the Future



Building on the Past to Sustain the Future

From Sonya at Heritage Standing … Read the CAHP Green Paper “Building on the Past to Sustain the Future: Recommendations and observations from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals Workroom series (2021) on building reuse for climate action.” It is a great advocacy and communication tool that provides clear information on why old buildings are necessary […]

Faith formation with Godly Play



Faith formation with Godly Play

Have you been wondering? Why has ‘Sunday School’ been replaced by ‘Godly Play’? What’s it all about? Since the Fall of 2017, the Cathedral’s Sunday morning Christian formation for children has been using a methodology called Godly Play. Through the pandemic we carried on through Zoom and are excited to be back to in-person this Fall. […]

2022 Thanksgiving Pastoral Letter



2022 Thanksgiving Pastoral Letter

Download or view the PDF Dear Friends, Thanksgiving 2022 This time of year offers a particularly noticeable display of the handiwork of God. As leaves turn brilliant, even as lush greens turn to earth tones, we’re reminded that we’ve come to another end of the growing season and that it’s time to capture as much […]

22-Guild of St. Joseph BBQ



22-Guild of St. Joseph BBQ

In September, the Guild of St. Joseph (affectionately referred to as the Holy Joes) gathered for a shared meal. The last time this Cathedral men’s group held a barbecue was in June 2019, over 3 years ago, and members were pleased to enjoy this time of fellowship, along with their spouses and Cathedral staff members. […]

2022 Fall Financial Update



2022 Fall Financial Update

The following is an update of Cathedral financial information as of 31 August 2022. A brief presentation was offered on Sunday, 02 October to congregations at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. If you have questions, feel free to contact a member of Bishop and Chapter or get in touch through the Cathedral Office. […]

Bishop and Chapter News – September 2022



Bishop and Chapter News – September 2022

Bishop and Chapter met 26 September 2022 in person with 10 of 14 members present. The article Post-pandemic Church Growth Accelerators by Carey Nieuwhof was discussed. Focus on core mission, community and connection, online worship and agility were among the indicators of church health. Minutes from 20 June 2022 were adopted. From the Dean outside […]

What is Spiritual Direction?



What is Spiritual Direction?

Spiritual Direction originated as spiritual mentoring in monasteries, but it is now offered by retreat centers, congregations, and individuals. It is a unique one-to-one relationship in which a trained person assists another person in the search for ever-closer connections with God (however you might call the “something more” beyond yourself), to your true self, and […]

Fellowship and food: 2022 corn boil



Fellowship and food: 2022 corn boil

Thank you to all who assisted with the corn boil on 11 September, volunteering their time or assisting with food preparation. After 10:30 worship, we served corn, watermelon, sweets and lemonade on the Cathedral lawn. The warm day made it very enjoyable to spend time chatting with others in the congregation, as well as some […]

Medley Lecture: Thick Churches



Medley Lecture: Thick Churches

John Stackhouse is the Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University in Moncton. On 12 October, 2022, he will present a lecture in Christ Church Cathedral, hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton, offering a diagnosis, prognosis, and prescription for the condition of contemporary Canadian Christianity. The […]

Royal visits to the Cathedral



Royal visits to the Cathedral

Since Queen Elizabeth II’s death, many people have been reflecting on her life of service to her country, the Commonwealth, and the Church. The Queen traveled to New Brunswick five times, visiting Christ Church Cathedral during her time in Fredericton. Here are  photos of some of those visits. In 1951, Princess Elizabeth signed the Royal […]

Remembering Queen Elizabeth II



Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Thank you to all who assisted with the Provincial commemorative service for the Queen. Photos from the memorial will be shared on our website soon. * A Provincial commemorative service for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held in Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton on Monday, 19 September at 2:00 p.m. Order of Service […]

Cathedral Organ Scholar



Cathedral Organ Scholar

A message from Thomas Gonder, Cathedral Organist and Director of Music: “I am thoroughly delighted to announce that upon approval of The Dean, I have appointed Christian Vanicek Organ Scholar to Christ Church Cathedral. Christian just turned sixteen and has been studying with me since late last Summer/Early Autumn. He has progressed at an astonishing […]

Corn Boil



Corn Boil

Members of the Cathedral congregation are invited to gather after 10:30 a.m. worship on Sunday, 11 September for food and fellowship! Corn on the cob, treats and lemonade will be served on the Cathedral lawn. Feel free to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. If the weather is poor, we will bring the festivities […]

Season of Creation 2022



Season of Creation 2022

Christians around the world are invited to give particular attention to praying and caring for God’s creation as part of the global Season of Creation, observed from September 1st to October 4th every year. General Synod 2019 passed a resolution adopting the Season of Creation in the Anglican Church of Canada as a time of […]

Cathedral Faces: Alex LeBlanc, Tour Guide



Cathedral Faces: Alex LeBlanc, Tour Guide

This summer, we are pleased to welcome two Cathedral tour guides: Alex LeBlanc and Sophia Pacione. Learn about Alex below. Learning to Adapt I have been waiting for the last three years to return to the Cathedral as a tour guide. When I was a tour guide back in 2019, I truly enjoyed the experience […]

Cathedral Faces: Sophia Pacione, Tour Guide



Cathedral Faces: Sophia Pacione, Tour Guide

This summer, we are pleased to welcome two Cathedral tour guides: Sophia Pacione and Alex LeBlanc. Here is Sophia’s story. Learning from Others Everyone seems to have a different reason for entering the Cathedral as a building, let alone as a church. It is interesting for me, as a tour guide this summer, to see […]

House of Bishops Statement on Lambeth Conference



House of Bishops Statement on Lambeth Conference

Lambeth 2022: Statement from the Canadian House of Bishops By General Synod Communications on August 4, 2022 This message was received from the Canadian House of Bishops this morning during the 2022 Lambeth Conference. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you […]

Penny Ericson to receive Order of New Brunswick



Penny Ericson to receive Order of New Brunswick

The dedicated and talented chair of the Cathedral Outreach Committee, Penny Ericson, is being inducted into the Order of New Brunswick for her many accomplishments achieved during decades in this province. Penny is a professor emeritus from the University of New Brunswick and a retired Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. She has been recognized […]

Life in the Eucharist 2022



Life in the Eucharist 2022

In the Anglican Church of Canada, baptized children may be admitted to Holy Communion as provided in the August 1977 Memorial to the House of Bishops. In our diocese, Bishop’s Directive 3.1.2 outlines the process and requirements. We’ll be offering “Life in the Eucharist” in the fall of 2022 for children (aged 7 and older) […]

Emancipation Day (August 1)



Emancipation Day (August 1)

A reflection by Archbishop and Primate Linda Nicholls, Anglican Church of Canada. On August 1, Canada marks Emancipation Day. This is the day in 1834 when the Abolition of Slavery Act was enacted by the British parliament and became law across all the colonial territories claimed by Great Britain, including lands that today are commonly […]

Songs and smiles on the Cathedral lawn



Songs and smiles on the Cathedral lawn

The Calithumpians theatre troupe has been entertaining audiences in Fredericton for over forty years, and in 2020, its headquarters moved to Cathedral Memorial Hall. For the last three summers, the Cathedral lawn has been filled with the sights and sounds of children participating in drama day camps. Kids and teens spend each weeklong camp singing, […]

Festival brings live music to the Cathedral Green



Festival brings live music to the Cathedral Green

From July 15-17, downtown Fredericton was filled with the sound of music from the Sweltering Songs music festival. Christ Church Cathedral was pleased to be a strategic partner of the festival, permitting use of the ‘Green’, the Cathedral’s waterfront land, for a performance tent. A spin-off initiative of the long-running winter music festival, Shivering Songs, […]

Cathedral Tours



Cathedral Tours

Guided tours of Christ Church Cathedral are available throughout July and August, Monday to Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and after worship on Sunday until 4:00 p.m. Tours are free, donations are welcome (fill out a donation envelope to receive a tax receipt). Drop by to welcome new tour guide Sophia Pacione, and Alex […]

Celebration at St. Hilda’s



Celebration at St. Hilda’s

Graduates of St. Hilda’s Anglican School were thrilled to receive their diplomas from Standard 6 (grade 8) at the end of June. Principal Jane Martinez shared photos of the happy students, which you can see below. She previously sent photos of a worship service held for the graduates in the school’s chapel. Upon this completion […]

2022 Lambeth Call to Prayer



2022 Lambeth Call to Prayer

The fifteenth Lambeth Conference will meet on 26 July – 08 August in Canterbury. As the conference draws closer, the Archbishop of Canterbury has shared a call to prayer with the conference delegates and their wider church communities. The call to prayer invites people to devote a day to prayer on Trinity Sunday – 12th […]

Canada matches gifts to PWRDF for world hunger



Canada matches gifts to PWRDF for world hunger

In response to the hunger emergency unfolding around the world, including many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, 12 leading Canadian aid agencies are joining forces as the Humanitarian Coalition to raise funds and rush assistance to people on the edge of famine. One of those agencies is the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, itself a coalition of 15 […]

2022 Summer Music Series



2022 Summer Music Series

Our Summer Music Series returns with nine noontime concerts, held each Friday between 01 July and 26 August. Join us inside historic Christ Church Cathedral as we present a series of concerts featuring choral music, soloists, fiddle, guitar, viola, organ and piano. View the poster. Each concert will run from 12:10 – 12:50 p.m. All […]

Bishop and Chapter News – June 2022



Bishop and Chapter News – June 2022

Bishop and Chapter met 20 June 2022 in person with 10 of 13 members present. An article entitled “7 Ways to Re-engage Volunteers” (Lewis Centre for Leadership) was considered. Whether it’s due to post-pandemic fatigue, lingering health concerns, or broader cultural shifts, volunteerism hasn’t bounced back as readily as other aspects of congregational life. Susan […]

Graduation at St. Hilda’s



Graduation at St. Hilda’s

It’s graduation time in Belize! The Principal of St. Hilda’s Anglican School, Ms. Jane Martinez, recently sent a few photos from year-end activities, and a video of students singing during a worship service in the school’s chapel for the Standard 6 (grade 8) graduates. Watch it below. St. Hilda’s, an elementary school in the rural […]

Thanks from Archbishop Edwards



Thanks from Archbishop Edwards

A letter from Archbishop David Edwards regarding celebrations on the Day of Pentecost and the conclusion of his Pilgrimage through the Archdeaconry of the Fredericton. 10 June 2022 The Most Reverend David Edwards Archbishop of Fredericton 168 Church Street, Fredericton NB E3B 4C9 Phone (506) 459-1801 • [email protected] Christ Church Cathedral 168 Church Street, Fredericton […]

Bishop McAllister College: Rector’s Newsletter – May 2022



Bishop McAllister College: Rector’s Newsletter – May 2022

Rector’s Newsletter – May 2022 Dear Friends Greetings from all of us Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary! When we received news that all schools would fully reopen in January 2022, we were excited, but decided that the best approach was cautious optimism. I’m happy to report that as we are well into 2nd term, things […]

Honouring the Queen with a Jubilee Tea



Honouring the Queen with a Jubilee Tea

On Saturday, 04 June, 2022, the Cathedral Branch of the Mothers’ Union (with the support of the ACW and other Fredericton MU branches) hosted “The Queen’s Jubilee Tea” to commemorate the 70th year since Her Majesty’s accession to the throne. The Cathedral looked beautiful with the red, white and blue bunting combined with the Pentecost […]

Hospital Visitors



Hospital Visitors

Cathedral hospital visitors are eager to see patients at hospitals but no longer have access to patient information. If you or a member of your family is admitted and would welcome a visit, it’s necessary for us to know about the admission and the unit/room location of the patient. If you have a planned admission […]

Cathedral Building Conditions and Issues Report



Cathedral Building Conditions and Issues Report

The Building Conditions and Issues report was prepared by the engineering firm of Heritage Standing Inc. (HSI).  The report contains a total of 36 recommendations, and classifies each recommendation as one of; Emergency High Priority Medium Priority Low Priority Operational consideration For each recommendation the report details the scope of the recommended work, the necessity […]

Note of Gratitude from Cathedral Sexton Ashley Swim



Note of Gratitude from Cathedral Sexton Ashley Swim

To the Christ Church Cathedral community and family: Lana, Piper and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of you for the prayers, well wishes, gifts and cards [after the birth of daughter Sundae Joy]. We are so grateful and have felt every single prayer. I am honoured and blessed to be […]

Funeral for Canon Tom Smith



Funeral for Canon Tom Smith

We are sad to announce the death of Canon Tom Smith on Friday, 03 June. Tom was a much loved member of the Cathedral congregation and clergy, and his friendship and spiritual care will be greatly missed. Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him. Funeral Service and Requiem […]

Messages from around the world



Messages from around the world

A postcard from Christ Church Cathedral is part of an exhibition hanging in St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in Rīga, Latvia. Each May, a country-wide event called Baznīcu nākts (Night of Churches) is held throughout Latvia. The festival lasts well into the night, with churches hosting concerts, lectures, discussions and prayer, and the public is invited […]

Queen’s Jubilee Tea



Queen’s Jubilee Tea

Mothers’ Union is pleased to invite the congregation to The Queen’s Jubilee Tea, to be held inside the Cathedral on Saturday, 04 June from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Tea, cold drinks, sweets and sandwiches will be served in honour of the Platinum Jubilee of her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth. Everyone is welcome to dress in their “Royal Best“ […]

In Memory of Bishop George Lemmon



In Memory of Bishop George Lemmon

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Bishop George Lemmon died on Sunday, May 22, after a period of failing health. This story is from 2015, part of a series on the diocesan bishops gives some insight into the much-loved man. The Right Rev. George Lemmon never wanted to be bishop. He’s not even sure he wanted to be a […]

Medical Leave



Medical Leave

Our Parish Nurse is on extended medical leave. Please keep Sarah her in your thoughts and prayers. If you have a Health Ministry need at this time, please contact the Cathedral Office by email or phone (506) 450-8500 or Dean Geoffrey Hall by email or phone (506) 450-7761, and we can connect you with a […]

Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2022



Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2022

This June, join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! Your charity could WIN $20,000! From June 1 – 30, every $1 donated through CanadaHelps gives your charity a chance to win $20,000. It’s a month-long initiative to help you drive donations during a slow time of the year for fundraising. Every June since 2015, we’ve given […]

Helping to ‘TP the Town’!



Helping to ‘TP the Town’!

Thank you to everyone at the Cathedral who donated toilet paper and hygiene supplies to the 7th annual TP The Town campaign! This spring, Fredericton High School students partnered partnered with community groups, churches, and other schools to collect toilet paper and as many feminine care and personal hygiene products as possible. Monetary donations were […]

Sing a New Creation



Sing a New Creation

New hymn compilation awaits Anglican voices – Anglican Journal Anglicans in Canada and around the world may find themselves singing some new hymns this spring. As this article was being written, Sing a New Creation, a supplement to the 1998 hymnal Common Praise, was set to be released- and was said to be already attracting […]

We’re hiring! Summer Tour Guides



We’re hiring! Summer Tour Guides

Do you love history and enjoy meeting new people? Apply for a summer job as a Cathedral Tour Guide! Christ Church Cathedral in Fredericton, New Brunswick is pleased to once again open its doors for tours this summer. Two part-time tour guides will be hired to provide a warm welcome and excellent hospitality to visitors […]

Tea and Flowers



Tea and Flowers

Parishioners and friends were recently invited to Cathedral Memorial Hall to welcome spring with tea and sweets. The event, hosted by the Anglican Church Women (ACW) and held on May 21, also celebrated the birthday of Mary Allwood, a long-time, very active ACW member. Many hands pitched in to create beautiful decorations and table settings […]

Help Needed With Flowers



Help Needed With Flowers

Arranging flowers is a rewarding and creative activity, and working in the peace of the Cathedral creating something to the Glory of God and to enhance a beautiful building is a gratifying experience. Mary Pugh is hoping to build a team of volunteers to look after the flowers in the Cathedral throughout the year. She […]

Spring Tea



Spring Tea

All are welcome to enjoy tea and sweets at an event hosted by the Anglican Church Women on Thursday, 21 April, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Cathedral Memorial Hall. The tea will also fête Mary Allwood, a long-time, very active ACW member on her birthday (best wishes only, at Mary’s request). Masks are required at the tea, […]

Life after Easter 2022



Life after Easter 2022

Join the Dean for lectionary studies during the Easter Season beginning Monday, 18 April, 2-3:15 p.m.. Both online via Zoom or in-person are options. See the Dean for printed materials and please contact him by phone or email if you plan to attend. Everyone is welcome. No former biblical scholarship necessary! Mary Magdalene’s encounter with […]

Caring For Our Community



Caring For Our Community

Many members of the Cathedral congregation have recently helped neighbours in our community by donating items for a young mother, and by providing snacks for the monthly Monday morning Outreach program for people in need. Your generosity is appreciated! Here is a letter of thanks from the young woman, who received items to furnish a […]

2022 Easter Pastoral Letter



2022 Easter Pastoral Letter

Holy Week 2022 Fredericton NB HE Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus is firmly rooted in historical events to which Christians have given witness throughout the centuries. The biblical witness is familiar to us. The historian Josephus writes in the first century about “all these things,” interestingly specifically, from an historical perspective not one of […]

From Our Parish Nurse: Accessing Treatment for COVID-19



From Our Parish Nurse: Accessing Treatment for COVID-19

[Updated April 12, 2022] Our Parish Nurse shares information about Paxlovid, a new treatment for COVID-19. As another week of COVID-19 continues on with cases surging and reduction to public safety measures, I wanted to remind those who are eligible (see below) that Paxlovid is a treatment option for eligible New Brunswickers who contract COVID-19. […]

Spring Concerts in the Cathedral



Spring Concerts in the Cathedral

Spring is returning to Fredericton, and concerts are returning to the Cathedral! Known for its wonderful acoustics, Christ Church Cathedral is considered an excellent venue for musical performances. This spring, we are pleased to be the host venue for a number of concerts featuring local musicians. 09 April, 2022 — The Fredericton Symphony Orchestra invites […]

Lenten Retreat – April 1st and 2nd



Lenten Retreat – April 1st and 2nd

LIVING WATER: Time at the Well “All who are thirsty, come to the water!” – Isaiah 55:1a LIVING WATER: Time at the Well Registration A Lenten gathering on Zoom designed for lay people Friday, April 1 (evening), and Saturday, April 2 (morning) Join in these enrichment sessions from the comfort of your home or with […]

Taizé worship during Lent



Taizé worship during Lent

This article about Taizé worship was originally written in 2018. Taizé is held weekly during Lent 2022, alternating between in-person at the Cathedral, and Zoom online sessions. Consult the Ad-LENT-ures schedule for details. Candles flicker in the semi-darkness of the cathedral on a cold winter’s evening as  people seated in a circle begin to softly […]

When We Gather



When We Gather

This post reflects direction for staying safe to the end of June 2022 and continues to be a model of our regard for each other. The Government of New Brunswick has lifted its COVID-19 mandates, but we are still requesting care for others. Procedures and recommendations for the Cathedral and Memorial Hall are listed below. […]

Bishop McAllister College is finally, fully open



Bishop McAllister College is finally, fully open

A positive update from Canon Paul Jeffries, Rector of Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary in Uganda. “Late last year, we had been given reason to believe that schools would be allowed to open in January. I worked hard to keep my hopes and expectations under control, and only allowed myself some cautious optimism. After […]

Adventures in Youth Group



Adventures in Youth Group

Recently, the Cathedral Youth Group (CYG) met at Mitch Clarke Park for an outdoor ice skating session. The group of middle and high schoolers had taken a hiatus from in-person programming while the province was under more restrictive levels of the COVID-19 Winter Plan. Members of the group who were able to attend were thrilled […]

Bishop and Chapter News – February 2022



Bishop and Chapter News – February 2022

Bishop and Chapter met 21 February 2022 by video conference with 11 of 13 members present. The Chapter welcomed new member Harry Palmer. A conversation focussing on the article “People Support What They Help to Create” – David McAllister (Lewis Centre for Church Leadership) framed issues around approaches to leadership. Several phrases helped to summarize […]

Ad-LENT-ures 2022



Ad-LENT-ures 2022

02 March – 09 April 2022 During the Season of Lent, all members of the Cathedral congregation are encouraged to consider individual or small group study or reflection. The 40 days of Lent are an excellent time to take on a discipline of deeper reflection on the Christian life, growing personally in discipleship as well […]

Annual Congregational Meeting



Annual Congregational Meeting

The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, 20 February at 12:00 p.m, in the Cathedral following worship, and simultaneously via web conference. A representative from each family in the congregation is urged to participate. Members of the congregation can participate in two ways: 1) Attend the meeting in-person. 2) Participate online via Zoom […]

Level 1 Public Health Measures



Level 1 Public Health Measures

Please note: As of Monday, 28 February, proof of vaccination will no longer be required in the Cathedral or Memorial Hall. All other pandemic precautions listed below remain at this time. New Brunswick returns to Level 1 of Public Health’s COVID-19 Winter Plan on 18 February. As a congregation, we continue to be watchful and […]

Readiness to Return?



Readiness to Return?

Our Parish Nurse, Sarah Ecker, offers her reflections on change. It seems to be time again for some more changes to be coming our way. This can be exciting and daunting, even at the same time. Part of maintaining your whole health is to accept that these things are not always as “either/or” as we […]

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022



Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Plans announced for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Central Weekend 2022 There will be year-long Platinum Jubilee celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world as communities come together to celebrate The Queen’s historic reign. On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a […]

Sewing for a Cause



Sewing for a Cause

Donations accepted until 15 April. When Beverly Morell heard that Lunch Connection in Saint John was looking for volunteers to sew cloth bags to help make their school lunch program more environmentally friendly, she was struck with inspiration. Her granddaughter, Cara, has an interest in sewing and had received a sewing machine for Christmas. Beverly […]

2022 Dean’s Annual Report



2022 Dean’s Annual Report

We approached year two of the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2021. It continues to be the hot topic of conversation even though many of us are growing considerably fatigued by it. It’s a circumstance unprecedented during my lifetime surely to be remembered as it shapes everyone’s perception of the world, perhaps especially younger generations. Many will […]

Return to Level 2 – 28 January, 2022



Return to Level 2 – 28 January, 2022

On Friday, January 28, 2022 at 11:59 p.m., the Province of New Brunswick returns to Level 2 of the COVID-19 Winter Plan, with precautions to reduce the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. We continue to be watchful and will implement and communicate changes as needed. *** Please note that worship on Sunday, 30 […]

St. Hilda’s Year in Review



St. Hilda’s Year in Review

Ms. Jane Martinez, Principal of St. Hilda’s Anglican School in Belize, recently sent us a ‘Year In Review’ document with photos that show an overview of activities at the school in 2021. Throughout the pandemic, education has been a combination of in-person and online learning, depending on the COVID infection rates at different times of […]

Phone Ministry – 26 January 2022



PHONE MINISTRY: 12 Things to Attend To in Phone Visits So many of our parishioners and community members are suffering with isolation and loneliness right now. Making caring calls can make all the difference and brighten someone’s day! Held Wednesday, 26 January at 7 p.m., the session offered insights on some best practices related to […]

Bishop and Chapter News – January 2022



Bishop and Chapter News – January 2022

Bishop and Chapter met 17 January 2022 by video conference with 11 of 13 members present. Considerations of an article entitled “Reimagining Church Buildings” – Dave Harder (Lewis Centre for Church Leadership) prompted discussion on what is necessary to see church buildings as assets instead of liabilities. What is the old narrative? How do we […]

Encouragement During Trying Times



Encouragement During Trying Times

Our Parish Nurse, Sarah Ecker, offers encouragement and suggestions for wellbeing. In the cold of January during another round of single household bubbles and reduced contact with family, friends, and community, I just want to send a note of encouragement. You are not alone. Part of maintaining wholistic health is found in taking care of […]

Level 3 Pandemic Protections



Level 3 Pandemic Protections

On Friday, January 14 at 11:59 p.m., the Province of New Brunswick enters Level 3 of the COVID-19 Winter Plan, in order to reduce the rapidly rising number of cases of the highly transmissible Omicron variant. New pandemic restrictions are not welcome news for any of us as we avoid in-person worship and meetings. However, […]

Christmas in Germany



Christmas in Germany

The Cathedral Communications Committee has invited members of the congregation to share their Christmas memories. Below is a story from Andreas Decken. I grew up in Germany, near the border with the Netherlands. The Christmas season started on December 6th. In neighbouring Holland, the 6th is similar to Dec 25th in Canada, when gifts are […]

Christmas Helpers



Christmas Helpers

On December 20th, forty-three people attended the pre-Christmas event for the Monday Morning Outreach program at Christ Church Cathedral. Throughout the pandemic, guests have been appreciative of the continued support, and look forward to the time when they can again gather inside the Hall with music, conversation, and a buffet table. Reverend Kelly Burke from […]

Update from Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary, Uganda



Update from Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary, Uganda

Rectors Newsletter – November 10th, 2021 Dear Friends, As I wrote back in February things were going well, slowly beginning to normalize. Senior students at each level were preparing for national exam, and other classes were studying at various intervals. The plan was to have the normal school year back in place within two years. […]

St. Hilda’s Harvest and Scholarship Update



St. Hilda’s Harvest and Scholarship Update

Ms. Jane Martinez, principal of St. Hilda’s Anglican School in Belize, sent us some photos of ‘St. Hilda’s Harvest’, a recent event where the students collected and packaged items for senior citizens in their neighbourhoods. View the gallery below to see photos of this special event. Christ Church Cathedral provides funds each year to help […]

Level 2 Pandemic Restrictions 27 December



Level 2 Pandemic Restrictions 27 December

New Brunswick Public Health has published the COVID-19 Winter Plan which informs all sectors of current restrictions and protocols. Visit the website for information about how the Plan will affect your activities. COVID-19 Winter Plan – Alert Level Measures Level 2 (revised) comes into effect at midnight, 27 December 2021. We continue watchful and will […]

Mask guidance from our Parish Nurse



Mask guidance from our Parish Nurse

For your consideration: Some Canadian epidemiologists are suggesting moving to n95 respirator-type masks with the surge in COVID-19 due to the Omicron variant. There is some evidence that points to it being airborne, and cloth masks and even surgical masks offer less effective protection. This news article addresses the discussion of which type of mask […]

COVID-19, religious freedoms and the Christian response



COVID-19, religious freedoms and the Christian response

The Mission and Outreach team of the Diocese of Fredericton continued its Christian Forum series with a most timely topic entitled COVID-19, Religious Freedoms & Christian Response. Dr. Alan Sears, Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, was the speaker, his second time presenting for the diocesan Christian Forum. […]

Christmas Pastoral 2021



Christmas Pastoral 2021

Advent 2021 Fredericton NB Dear Friends, On a dark night, long, long ago, a little light shone from a place of humble beginning. A baby was born on the outskirts of a small, unimportant town, on the margins of society – in a feeding trough of stable animals. As the story goes, his bed was […]

New Public Health Measures



New Public Health Measures

New Brunswick Public Health has published the COVID-19 Winter Plan which informs all sectors of current restrictions and protocols. Visit the website for information about how the Plan will affect your activities. COVID-19 Winter Plan – Alert Level Measures Level 1 comes into effect at midnight, Saturday, 04 December 2021. We’ll continue to be watchful […]

Helping in our neighbourhood



Helping in our neighbourhood

As Christians, we are called to love our neighbours. Recently, Christ Church Cathedral became aware of a way to help children in need in its area of Fredericton and collaborated with a local school to provide assistance. Located beside the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Montgomery Street Elementary School has a diverse […]

Mothers’ Union calls for participation in 16 Days of Activism



Mothers’ Union calls for participation in 16 Days of Activism

Listen to Diane Nash on Sunday 28 November 2021 Mothers’ Union is again participating in The United Nations-recognized 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and Abuse, and encourages churches and individuals to join the call for prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. The annual international campaign, now in […]

What is Giving Tuesday?



What is Giving Tuesday?

  GivingTuesday – the world’s largest generosity movement GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it’s a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together […]

2021 ADVENT-ures



2021 ADVENT-ures

Listen to Kurt Schmidt speak on Sunday, 28 November 2021 about the 2021 ADVENT-ures. Happy New Year! — The new Church year is upon us!  Why not add something to your devotional life to mark a fresh start? Choose from the following list of diverse opportunities on the Advent weekdays to deepen your prayer or […]

Project 2045 Report Update



Project 2045 Report Update

At its February 10, 2020, meeting, the Christ Church Cathedral Bishop and Chapter adopted the following recommendations of the 2045 Task Force, to: enter formal discussions with Diocesan Synod about the potential for constructing a new purpose-built facility between the former Bishop’s Court and former Synod Office. Discussions would focus on the concept of sharing […]

Angels among us



Angels among us

Thanks to the generosity of the Cathedral family, all of the Christmas Angel gifts requested for needy children were supplied on time. The value was approximately $1,150. Forty paper angels were hung on a small tree in the Cathedral, each requesting a specific Christmas gift or stocking stuffers for a needy boy or girl in […]

Bishop and Chapter News – November 2021



Bishop and Chapter News – November 2021

Bishop and Chapter met 15 November 2021 by video conference with 11 of 13 members present. The Chapter regrettably received the resignation of Lynn Meehan. The article “Moving Forward in Uncertain Times” (Susan Beaumont) was read in advance and discussed. We continue to live in liminal time learning through rather than planning through. How do […]

What is reverential capitalization?



What is reverential capitalization?

Someone has asked: What is reverential capitalization? Reverential capitalization refers to the practice of capitalizing words referring to the Divine in religious texts. Wikipedia defines it as “capitalizing religious words that refer to deities or divine beings in cases where the words would not otherwise have been capitalized.” Interestingly, it was very popular in the […]

Invest in communities with World of Gifts



Invest in communities with World of Gifts

Whether planting seedlings in Uganda or breadfruit trees in Haiti, preparing gift bags for new babies in Lesotho or teaching gender rights in El Salvador, PWRDF partners are investing in their communities. PWRDF’s World of Gifts makes it possible for you invest, too. Supporting World of Gifts is an investment in a sustainable future for […]

Edith Nutter laid to rest



Edith Nutter laid to rest

The life of Edith Nutter, widow of former Archbishop Harold Nutter, was celebrated at Christ Church Cathedral September 17. Edith, in her 98th year, died July 29 in Perth, Ont. where she had lived for 10 years. A small, intimate service for family and friends was held there in early August, but the family wanted […]

Youth Group is back!



Youth Group is back!

Members of the Cathedral Youth Group (CYG) were happy to gather in-person on 17 October, after an extended summer break. About a dozen were in attendance; a combination of high schoolers, middle schoolers, and youth leaders, including three new members in Grade 6. Returning members were very pleased to see one another again in the […]

Halloween… All Hallows’ Eve — A Christian’s Choice



Halloween… All Hallows’ Eve — A Christian’s Choice

One of the less understood festivals of the Church is celebrated in the public participation of our children. Halloween sees children and adults carving pumpkins and placing them in living room windows, lighted by a candle. Halloween sees children, younger children especially, rummaging through cardboard boxes of old cloths, or trying on their parents’ clothing. […]

Bishop and Chapter News – October 2021



Bishop and Chapter News – October 2021

Bishop and Chapter met 18 October 2021 by video conference with 10 of 14 members present. The article “Which Suckers are Holding You Back” (Victoria Atkinson White) was read in advance and briefly discussed. The need to review how active programme and ministries are meeting real needs requires constant attention. Minutes of meetings on 13 […]

‘Life Shared’ Series



‘Life Shared’ Series

Join us in November for Life Shared, a 3-session series designed by the creators of Alpha. Through Biblical teaching from leading Christian voices and real stories of invitation, each session will encourage and equip us to live out God’s call to share our lives and our faith with friends, colleagues and neighbours. All are welcome […]

A Message of Thanks from Isabel Cutler



A Message of Thanks from Isabel Cutler

Dear Cathedral friends, My family join me in saying: Thank you so very much for all your letters, cards, condolences but more especially contained within them expressions of such love, care and support in every way. You truly are a Scriptural example of following Jesus’ teaching on how to care for those who are in […]

2021 Thanksgiving Pastoral



2021 Thanksgiving Pastoral

Read or download in PDF format Thanksgiving 2021 Fredericton NB Dear Friends, If there’s one thing we may have learned from this time of global pandemic, it’s that no matter the circumstance there is always much for which to be thankful. When we were locked down and in complete isolation from one another, I’m thankful […]

Prayers for Truth and Reconciliation



Prayers for Truth and Reconciliation

Thursday, 30 September is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation Join us at 5:30 p.m. on our YouTube Channel for Prayers for Truth and Reconciliation The Order of Service is HERE   You might also find the following of interest: Doctrine of Discovery: Stolen lands, Strong Hearts Telling and Teaching the Truth: The Church’s […]

MusicUNB concert in the Cathedral



MusicUNB concert in the Cathedral

Visit the Cathedral on Sunday, 03 October for an exciting collaboration between Atlantic Sinfonia String Orchestra and Thomas Gonder, Cathedral organist and Director of Music. Looking Back is part of MusicUNB, an annual concert series that features chamber and cutting-edge classical music performances. Over the centuries, composers have looked to those before them for inspiration. […]

‘Difference’ Course Returns



‘Difference’ Course Returns

The Difference Course returns this fall, hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Fredericton. Running online 06 October – 03 November, it will be facilitated by Cheryl Jacobs and Shawn Branch. Register here. In 2 Corinthians 5 we read that God “has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” God has taken the initiative to bring […]

Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch



Joint statement on climate change by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch

Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Archbishop of Canterbury join together for the first time in urgent appeal for the future of the planet For the first time, the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion have jointly warned of the urgency of environmental sustainability, its impact […]

Season of Creation 2021 Prayer



Season of Creation 2021 Prayer

Creator of All, We are grateful that from your communion of love you created our planet to be a home for all. By your Holy Wisdom you made the Earth to bring forth a diversity of living beings that filled the soil, water and air. Each part of creation praises you in their being, and […]

Choral Fest 2021



Choral Fest 2021

UPDATE:  Due to the ongoing pandemic, Choral Fest is postponed to Spring of 2022. Instead, NBCF is  holding a one-day online workshop, Saturday, October 16, on the Choral Fest repertoire, in preparation for next year’s event. Choral singers are invited to register for Choral Fest 2021, to be held in Fredericton 15-17 October, 2021. We […]

Remembering Gerry Carty



Remembering Gerry Carty

Pioneer, trailblazer, a man of firsts — they’re all good adjectives to describe Gerry Carty. The man had a list of talents, skills and hobbies that would boggle the mind. He was always busy, always enjoying himself, always making friends. He was the first Black pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the youngest […]

Parking Changes



Parking Changes

The City of Fredericton has launched a new Parking Management Pilot Program which will impact several streets near Christ Church Cathedral. The affected areas are highlighted on the map below. Please note that parking on Church Street directly in front of the Cathedral and Memorial Hall will continue to have 2 hour on-street parking. George […]

Kids are Back at Camp Medley



Kids are Back at Camp Medley

Half capacity is better than zero capacity in the Rev. John Galbraith’s mind. While the director of Camp Medley would love to see 130 kids running around on any given week, 68 campers onsite was a blessing to behold during the second week of July. Camp Medley was closed last year, so they concentrated on […]

Pandemic Prayers



Pandemic Prayers

Update: This resource has been updated with two additional prayers. The Anglican Foundation of Canada has published ‘Brought to our Knees: Prayers during COVID-19’ featuring prayers for individuals who are ill, front-line workers, faith communities, musicians and choirs, students, and summer rest. Digital copies are free. Print copies are available for $5 each through the […]

Worship During the ‘Green’ Phase



Worship During the ‘Green’ Phase

With the pandemic mandatory order restrictions lifted as of 30 July 2021, please be patient as we again adjust to new ways of being in community. Our goal will be to maintain that which helps assure community health and safety. Above all we need to accommodate one another as we transition. See the Diocesan COVID-19 […]

New Brunswick Summer Music Festival



New Brunswick Summer Music Festival

The New Brunswick Summer Music Festival is coming to Christ Church Cathedral. The annual classical music festival will host its main series, four evening concerts between 11-14 August, inside the Cathedral. The festival, now in its 28th year, will run over a two-week period and include a variety of musical events, such as concerts, educational […]

Cathedral Financial Update – adjusted to 30 June



Cathedral Financial Update – adjusted to 30 June

The Financial Update that appears in the Cathedral bulletin each week is an attempt to share information about our current financial status month to month. It might not be difficult to imagine that accurately reporting our financial reality is a challenging task. “Designations” or “restrictions” on offerings adds a layer of complication as not all […]

Understanding episcopacy



Understanding episcopacy

A Season Two episode of Star Trek the Original Series, “Return to Tomorrow,” sees Captain Kirk in the briefing room with the Enterprise senior officers. A risky decision is before the Captain, and he is in consultation. He says, “I’m in command. I could order this. But I’m not because, Doctor McCoy is right in […]

Lytton BC Fire



Lytton BC Fire

A letter from the Territory of the People on the fire in Lytton, BC – The Anglican Church of Canada The following is a letter from the Interim Steering Committee regarding the devastating fires in the Lytton area. Donations for emergency relief for those now homeless may be sent to: Marked “Lytton Fire” Territory of […]

2021 Summer Recital Series



2021 Summer Recital Series

Music at the Cathedral is back! The Summer Recital Series returns with nine noontime concerts, concerts, held each Friday until August 27. Join us inside historic Christ Church Cathedral as we present a series of concerts featuring cello, viola, bassoon, organ, guitar and vocalists. View the poster. Cathedral Director of Music, Thomas Gonder, is excited […]

Bishop and Chapter News – June 2021



Bishop and Chapter News – June 2021

Bishop and Chapter met 21 June 2021 by video conference with 10 of 14 members present. Meeting guests for part of the time were representatives from Heritage Standing and members of the Cathedral Restoration Committee. A proposal was presented and later discussed with Restoration Committee members present. An article “The [North] American Church is a […]

Scholarship Student Graduation



Scholarship Student Graduation

Congratulations to Jocelyn Herrera, one of our scholarship students in Belize, who has graduated from Eden SDA High School! Jocelyn attended elementary at St. Hilda’s Anglican School. She is interested in furthering her education beyond high school, and has also previously expressed interest in becoming a business secretary. Please pray that, with God’s help, Jocelyn […]

Hit the Switch – One Family’s Journey Through Cancer



Hit the Switch – One Family’s Journey Through Cancer

Dave Morell, a name well known in the Fredericton community, has written a book with his family about finding strength in the journey with cancer. When Dave was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer, family and friends banded together to support him and each other. The inspiring book, Hit the Switch – One Family’s Journey […]

The Way of the Cross – Challenging Privilege: Arusha Call #11



The Way of the Cross – Challenging Privilege: Arusha Call #11

The World Council of Churches’ Conference on World Mission and Evangelism met in Arusha, Tanzania, in March 2018. From this meeting, the more than 1,000 participants, who were all regularly engaged in mission and evangelism, issued the Arusha Call to Discipleship. At our own national church General Synod in 2019, resolution A-129 was passed that […]

Residential Schools Apologies



Residential Schools Apologies

Residential Schools and Missing Indigenous Children Since the discovery of the remains of 215 children in unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School, there have been questions about what the Anglican Church of Canada has done in response to the Calls to Action by the National Truth & Reconciliation Commission. There have also been […]

Missions Committee provides support throughout the pandemic



Missions Committee provides support throughout the pandemic

“Serving God in mission, sharing Jesus with the world” is the mission statement of the Christ Church Cathedral Missions Committee. The committee works together with the Cathedral congregation to reflect the teachings of Jesus and the heartbeat of Christian history. The committee’s goals are to: raise awareness about mission work, prayerfully and financially support missionary […]

Bishop and Chapter News – May 2021



Bishop and Chapter News – May 2021

Bishop and Chapter met 17 May 2021 by video conference with 10 of 14 members present. The Dean lead some discussion on an article entitled “Managing Resources – Part 1 Finances” (Nancy Davidge and Susan Elliott) from “Vestry Papers” of the Episcopal Church Foundation. “hard questions and their corresponding answers are necessary and vital to […]

The Joy of Music



The Joy of Music

Throughout the pandemic, Christ Church Cathedral has been able to safely host a variety of musical performances, both public and private, under its COVID-19 operational plan. After months of small groups of singers and no corporate singing, it is a blessing to hear voices lifted high in worship once again. Under the current Yellow Phase […]

Canadian Mothers’ Union Conference



Canadian Mothers’ Union Conference

The 2021 Canadian Mothers’ Union Virtual Conference will be held online 04-05 June. The theme of the free event is ‘Our God Is Still on the Move’ and it will feature a keynote address by Worldwide Mothers’ Union President Sheran Harper, guest speaker Bishop Bill Hockin, and a virtual banner parade. Originally scheduled to be […]

What’s difference all about?



What’s difference all about?

In 2 Corinthians 5 we read that God “has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” God has taken the initiative to bring us back into relationship with him. And he calls us to be reconciled reconcilers. Reconciliation is in the DNA of the disciple. Many of us feel that conviction to cross divides and […]

Commitment to Education in Belize



Commitment to Education in Belize

Christ Church Cathedral has a special relationship with the staff and students of St. Hilda’s Anglican School, an elementary school in the rural village of Georgeville. Two hundred children attend the school, ranging between kindergarten and grade 8. Cathedral teams have travelled to Belize five times: in 2005, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2018. Over 60 […]

Climate Church – Climate World Book Study



Climate Church – Climate World Book Study

While we’ve been focused on the global pandemic for almost exactly a year now, the urgency of working on climate change has not diminished.  We should be putting as much effort into stopping that as we are into stopping the pandemic.  Climate change is more than a science issue, it’s a spiritual and moral issue […]

Prayer Network Continues Under New Leadership



Prayer Network Continues Under New Leadership

Award-winning author Philip Yancey writes that prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet and relate. “We’re supposed to be a praying people,” agrees Carolyn Howlett in recalling why she got involved in the prayer network at the cathedral. “We’re on a daily walk with the Lord, and it’s important to listen, […]

Pandemic Yellow Level at the Cathedral



Pandemic Yellow Level at the Cathedral

Zone 3 (Fredericton and area) is currently in the Yellow Level of the New Brunswick Pandemic Recovery Plan. In-person worship at the Cathedral continues and Memorial Hall is open to the public, both with restrictions. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, Monday to Friday. Pandemic precautions outlined in the latest revision of the […]

Parish Nurse Wanted



Parish Nurse Wanted

Parish Nurse for CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, FREDERICTON  NB Permanent part-time position: 20 hours/ week with benefits Definition:  Parish nursing emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind and spirit rooted in the vision of Christ as Healer. A Parish Nurse is a registered nurse who practices holistic health for self, individuals and the community using nursing knowledge […]

Mothering Sunday – The Mothers’ Union



Mothering Sunday – The Mothers’ Union

Who is the Mothers’ Union? Mothers’ Union has over 4 million members world-wide spread across 84 countries. Members work together to solve challenges in their local communities. By helping to restore and strengthen relationships in families and communities, Mothers’ Union gives a sense of belonging and acceptance to the stigmatized and vulnerable. Visit the worldwide […]

Resource for Families and Children



Resource for Families and Children

Washington National Cathedral in the United States has assembled an educational resource for Lent and Easter, filled with family-friendly resources to celebrate the seasons. It answers some commonly asked questions, and includes prayers and activities to explore the stories and traditions that bind us together. Download the booklet  

Marvellous Macey – Caitlin Bangsund



Marvellous Macey – Caitlin Bangsund

The Delightful Days … From the review on A Mama’s Corner of the World – Marvellous Macey spotlight – Can you va va voom? Do you light up the room? Marvellous Macey does! She may not quite fit the mould, but she is living delightful days. Embrace Macey’s world of imagination and ability to love […]

Bishop McAllister College & Bishop McAllister Anglican Seminary, Rector’s Newsletter



Bishop McAllister College & Bishop McAllister Anglican Seminary, Rector’s Newsletter

Dear Friends, Greetings from all of us at Bishop McAllister College and Anglican Seminary! We reopened on January 18th with just under 200 students, the finalists in their respective sections. While we continue to face a few challenges, things are actually going quite well. We have received good news this past week. The Ministry of […]

Annual Congregational Meeting



Annual Congregational Meeting

2021 Annual Report (for 2020) The Annual Congregational Meeting will be held in the Cathedral on Sunday, 21 February at 11:45 a.m, following worship. A representative from each family in the congregation is urged to participate. Members of the congregation can participate in three ways: 1) Attend the meeting in-person. Please sign up separately for […]

Bishop and Chapter News – February 2021



Bishop and Chapter News – February 2021

Bishop and Chapter met 16 February 2021 by video conference with 11 of 14 members present. Guests Kendra Patrick (Bringloe Feeney LLP) and Tom Maston were welcomed. A faith conversation and discussion of the article “We’re in the Innovation Business” (Dwight Zscheile) was postponed to the next meeting. Minutes of 18 January 2021 adopted. From […]

Rosa Macaulay – My Journey Here



Rosa Macaulay – My Journey Here

— by Gisele McKnight (NB Anglican) It’s been a long time since Rosa Macaulay’s been home, seen her brothers and sisters and revisited childhood memories in her hometown. It’s not that she doesn’t want to return. It’s that she can’t. Gang violence, government instability, severe shortages of basic goods, a poverty rate of 96 per […]

World Day of Prayer Video



World Day of Prayer Video

A World Day of Prayer video has been created to view at home and with small groups. It is based on the worship bulletin prepared by the women of Vanuatu and edited by the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada. The one-hour video features a dance performed on the shores of New Brunswick, reflecting the theme […]