Let's Stay Connected - e-newsletter - 11 June 2020

Post date: Jun 13, 2020 2:57:49 PM

Dear Friends,

We are making some changes!

Thanks to warm weather and gradual reopening of the province, people are encouraged to go outside!

We are changing our worship times starting this weekend.

  • 10:30 a.m. - Worship on Zoom.

  • 12:00 noon Saturday - Worship video available on YouTube.

See more updates below:

- Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport: TONIGHT

- Anti-Racism Teach-In: TONIGHT

- Rest in Peace: Merline Skeete - See funeral information


Sunday, June 14 - Corpus Christi

Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada - on both YouTube and Zoom.

--> Join us for the video uploaded to our YouTube Channel on Saturday 12:00 noon:


All St. Anne's Worship Videos are available to be watched at any time.

--> Join us on Zoom as we continue our Sunday worship Service at 10:30 a.m.


Meeting ID: 816 8993 3988

Password: 460915

About Corpus Christi

The Feast of the Eucharist - the Body and Blood of Christ is normally observed at St. Anne's with an outdoor procession. We follow the cross and the consecrated bread and wine out of the church to receive communion on the front steps. We re-enter the church for the conclusion of the service.

Our Bishops have declared a pause in celebrating the Eucharist due to COVID-19 and have further declared that "Virtual Eucharist" cannot be consecrated remotely over the internet. We have to be together for it to be the Eucharist. Logically, it turns out we need to gather in a place to be together. There is a serious theological rationale for the church to gather in a dedicated building. Read about it here.

This Sunday, we are borrowing another ancient tradition known as the Agapé Liturgy or Love Feast. We eat together as support, friendship, and commitment to love our neighbours. Plan to have some food and drink ready to eat together on Zoom on Sunday morning. It could be toast and water, bagel and coffee, yogourt and OJ.... It is not the Eucharist. But it is eating together as a blessing and a peace meal.

We are borrowing the liturgy from another parish, St. Aidan's Anglican Church in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto. This is an experiment and you will be invited to share your written feedback about this experience.


Shaping a Just Recovery in Davenport - THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 7:00 PM

St. Anne's has brought together several organizations to prepare for a more just future - how to make our community more resilient: just, green, equitable - after COVID-19.

Our Partners: Green Wave West and the Davenport Mutual Aid Network.

Our Panelists:

1. Vivian Recollet, leader of the Niwiin Wendaanamak (Four Winds) Indigenous Health and Wellness Program at the Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre

2. Richard Steinecke, Past Chair, Oasis Dufferin Community Centre

3. Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin, Co-ordinator of Community Development, West Neighbourhood House

Our Host:

Peter Gorman, Churchwarden and Chair of St. Anne's Social Justice & Advocacy Committee

This is a FREE EVENT but you do need a ticket to participate. * GET YOUR TICKETS HERE *

Our Church continues to Address Systemic Racism

    1. Learn how to be an Upstander: Bystander Intervention Training. An Upstander is commonly defined as someone who speaks out or acts in support of a cause or intervenes on behalf of an individual who is being attacked or bullied. Toronto-based training is sponsored by the National Association of Japanese Canadians and the Council on American Islamic Relations. http://www.torontonajc.ca/

    2. More information to follow from Hannah Johnston

    3. Anti-Racism Teach In: Leadnow and our friends at 350 Canada and Climate Action Network are hosting a teach-in this Thursday, June 11th at 4pm PT / 7pm ET — to come together to learn about the moment we’re in and why anti-racism is crucial to tackle the climate emergency and for a Just Recovery from COVID-19.

    4. https://act.leadnow.ca/anti-racism-teach-in/

    5. Submitted by Randy Williams

    6. Rename Dundas Street: An online petition calling for a Toronto-area street to be renamed has garnered more than 3,000 signatures. Dundas Street, which runs through Toronto and several other southern Ontario cities, was named after Henry Dundas, an 18th-century politician who delayed Britain's abolition of slavery by 15 years. The petition to rename Dundas Street argues that street names and monuments should "reflect our values and priorities." Here are a few comments from Twitter:

      1. Andrea Horwath: Henry Dundas blocked the abolition of slavery in the UK by years, a delay that cost tens of thousands of lives. Removing his name to reflect our values isn't about rewriting shameful history — we can't do that. It's about rewriting our present day. Rename Dundas Street.

      2. Elamin Abdelmahmoud: On street names and monuments: Toronto's Dundas Street is named after Henry Dundas, the 1st Viscount Melville. Dundas added an amendment to a slavery-abolishing bill, suggesting it be "gradually" abolished. His amendment led to 630,000 slaves waiting 15 more years for freedom.

      3. Sofi Papamarko: Suggestion: let's rename Dundas St. to Desmond St. in honour of Viola Desmond. Same first letter, same number of syllables. Yonge & Desmond rolls off the tongue. It's not hard. It's a name. It has meaning. Let's just do it.

    7. Read or Sign the Petition here

Messy Church Playdate

We continue to hold weekly online gatherings for our children. Every Tuesday 5:00 to 6:00 PM. Every other week in July and August. If you know children who would like to join, please send a reply email to request the coordinates.

Donate through Canada Helps and St. Anne's could win $20,000

This is a special initiative for the month of June with the $20,000 draw on July 1. Use the St. Anne's donation form on Canada Helps: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/26603

Tours of St. Anne's

In regular time, St. Anne's offers a tour on the first Sunday of each month - at the conclusion of the liturgy. Over the past few weeks, we have been creating brief virtual tour vignettes (about 2 minutes each). As you know, it's a beautiful building full of fascinating stories. The first three tour vignettes have been uploaded to YouTube. You can watch them here:


Merline Skeete (24 December 1927 - 7 June 2020)

Merline has been part of our St. Anne's family since 1970. Merlin was born in Barbados, and moved to Canada in 1968, with a stop in Vancouver before settling in Toronto.She worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Sterile Instruments department, as part of the Operating Room, until her retirement in the 1990s. Merline has been part of our St. Anne's family since she arrived in Toronto. She moved into long term care at Castleview Wychwood Towers in 2015. She was always grateful for visits from her friends at St. Anne's. The funeral will be Thursday, June 18. Since funerals continue to have a maximum attendance of 10 persons, please send in memories - both words and photographs - to be included in the funeral bulletin. The bulletin will be shared especially with those not able to attend.


    • Gary Burren and Pat Ladouceur are moving to Guelph.

    • Joseph Brideau and Lilian Huang and their daughter Lianne have moved to Temiscaming Shores (near North Bay)

You're still part of St. Anne's and we look forward to seeing you when you're able to be in Toronto!

How often have you heard that this is a difficult year?

And so we continue to pray for each other.

We continue to notice how God is blessing us today.



The Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer

Incumbent - St. Anne's Anglican Church

Interfaith Officer - Anglican Diocese of Toronto