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Friends of the Cathedral 2004 edition The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Quebec City New generation helps ring in bicentennial year bearings that hold the bells in place and By Kim McNairn allow them to move. Six of the eight bells A new generation of bell ringers is taking are chipped. The bells are also out of tune. its place in the Cathedral bell tower. Kitson says young players, and even Every Saturday morning, the children some adults, simply do not have the gather in the tower to learn the skills, strength to tug on the ropes that ring the finesse and brute strength it takes to make larger bells. The Cathedral Foundation is the 174-year-old bells sing. considering an ambitious project to rehang, Their instructor Mike Hinton says the repair and retune the bells. (Page 2) children came to him with the idea last fall. “Once the bells are rehung, there is no “The kids said, ‘When can we start to Matthew Mendel learns the ropes of ringing in the bell tower. reason most older children will not be able ring the bells?’ So, we started a Saturday to play,” says Kitson. morning practice,” says Hinton. new generation of players will help make Hinton hopes the experience will also Five signed up and several more want sure there will always be people to play the strengthen the children’s bonds with the to join. The children age from 9 to 13. historic bells. Cathedral now and into the future. “I think they are amazed that they are But he says the bells need a major People will be able to hear the young the ones making the bells ring. They want overhaul before ringers, young and old, will ringers on some Sundays later this year. to be able to do it all,” says Hinton. be able to play the bells properly. Practices are held Saturday mornings Tower captain Douglas Kitson says the Age is taking its toll on the frames and for anyone who would like to join. New chamber organ is on its way The Dean’s corner By Kim McNairn By Dean Walter Raymond, OGS church itself and many of its furnishings,” A rare English chamber organ will soon says choir director Benjamin Waterhouse. In his guidebook The Cathedral of the call Holy Trinity home. “The organ is an extremely rare surviving Holy Trinity: a Perambulation (1947) one This historic instrument example of a late 18th century of my predecessors, Dean A. H. Crowfoot is about as old as the English chamber organ.” describes the impression the interior of the Cathedral itself. The or- He says the chamber organ Cathedral is designed to make. gan was built in London, will complement, not replace, the “Look at it. See its goodly proportions. England in 1790. main organ which will continue to Notice the white pillars. See the blaze of The purchase is made be used to accompany services. glory high up over the apse. ... Now listen possible by a generous However, he says the main or- to what the architecture is saying, ‘This is donation. The donor has gan is deteriorating mechanically. God’s House. Here God has come down to asked to remain anony- Waterhouse also says it is difficult dwell with us,’” he writes. mous. to use the main organ at the back After nearly five years as dean, I The “new” organ will of the church to accompany the continue to marvel at just how powerfully be installed in the east choir at the front. God does seem to “dwell with us” in this end of the Cathedral in The chamber organ was built wonderful old Cathedral, particularly when the chancel opposite from for a friend of famed composer we gather for worship, as a community of the pulpit. It will be used to accompany the Joseph Haydn. faith. choir, plus in chamber music performances It is now being restored in Montreal. Our bicentennial celebrations this year and other concerts. The new organ should be in place by the are not only about a 200 year old building. “It was built only 10 years before work end of May. started on the Quebec cathedral, and so See the events calendar on the back Continued on Page 5 belongs to the same Georgian period as the page for special dedication events. 2 Busy times ahead for Cathedral Foundation By Hugh Bignell We are also studying an ambitious Much is happening through the work of the project involving the historic bells of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Foundation. Cathedral bell tower. The bells date back to The renovation of Carter Hall is now 1830, and are in need of repair. finished. Important work on the roof and The fittings that hold the bells, and allow walls carried out over the past two years them to be played, are nearly 100 years old. has now been completed at a cost of over Their age makes the bells very difficult to $400,000. play. At the same time, the bells would also Grants from the Quebec government’s be retuned and repaired. Religious Heritage Corporation covered al- If we decide to undertake this project , Inspiration for the next proposed major project. most $340,000. This Foundation during the work would only begin in the fall of 2004 period contributed the balance of $59,440. this work. The Foundation will cover the after all our bicentennial celebrations are Bravo for a job well done. balance of the cost, and has authorized complete. We are also working to protect the her- payment to the Cathedral Corporation in The bells would be away from the Ca- itage we have at Carter Hall. Automatic the amount of $10,000. Work was set to thedral for about nine months. The cost of sprinklers are being installed. We have begin in late November 2003 and finish in the work would be approximately $144,000. been fortunate to obtain from the City of January 2004. Work at ground floor level We are now attempting to get at least partial Quebec and from the provincial Ministry will be done mainly at night to allow Church financial help from an interested source. of Culture grants totalling $37,414 toward Society and Cathedral offices to function. More news in our next issue! Message from the Bishop O Magnum Mysterium Celebrate our journey of faith The organ gallery is in darkness. Before the Altar, singers in impeccable performance By Bishop Bruce Stavert celebrated the 200th anniversary of the tell of the Great Mystery. Diocese in 1993 we chose the theme I am delighted to have the opportunity of “pilgrimage” for the special year. We Music for reflection... to greet all those associated with the chose that word because of the way it Hallowed is this place Cathedral of the Holy Trinity at the suggests an awareness of history, activity and hallowed its story. beginning of this important in the present and of journey year of bicentennial into the future. That is what Plaques, windows, books and sacred celebration. anniversaries help us to do objets bear names, never really forgotten, What a year it will be! – to focus on our Christian of warriors and legislators, What a great start with the journey. healers of bodies and of souls, magnificent service on Sept. The journey involves the tamers of forest, clearers of land, 21 when we welcomed three words the Cathedral men of letters and of the law, the Provincial Synod and has chosen as theme and men of music and of the cloth, champions of national unity the new Roman Catholic focus for the anniversary. (before it became an issue) Archbishop of Quebec. The journey is that of and of ecuminicity. The Cathedral is a pretty a Community bearing important place to me Witness to its common Si monumenta requiris, circumspice. personally and to my family. Faith. Honoured in their generations I was ordained deacon, The witness of the and the glory of their times. priest and bishop here. Cathedral is primarily to the Bound in fellowship of love Diana and I were married here. Timothy, city and to those who visit the building in for this place our youngest, was baptized here. Diana’s their thousands. with those who have no memorial. grandfather was a warden and her uncles The faith the community shares is In faith they began the work, in faith they persisted, were bell ringers. The Cathedral’s 200th faith in a living God made known to us in in faith passed on a trust. anniversary year is my 40th anniversary of Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today In faith that trust is taken up ordination as a deacon by Bishop Russel and forever, whose Spirit gives gifts to by those who remain. Brown. each member to equip us for the work of Most importantly the Cathedral is the ministry. Written by Clive Meredith, 1993 Published in Never Really Forgotten mother church of the Diocese. When we Get your copy of the new Cathedral Video! Find out more by calling the Cathedral Office 3 Noella Project: Sowing seeds of success By Louisa Blair The Noella Project is growing in scope and in ecumenism as well with supporters W hen Rose Sinigirira saw how well in the Roman Catholic, United and Presby- her beans had grown, she liter- terian churches, as well as at Quebec High ally jumped with joy. School and Saint Lawrence College. She’d brought a bag of them with her For two centuries now, the Cathedral from Africa to Quebec, and a Cathedral has been reaching out to people who ar- parishioner had lent her a plot of land to rived in the port of Quebec with nothing but grow them in. On a fine summer day this their hopes for a better life. Cathedral mem- past year, a group of parishioners gathered bers were involved in finding them food, Noella Pachsiriho and Marie-Yvette Dusabe fled around to help her harvest them. She insist- Burundi but are now reunited in Quebec. clothing, shelter, education and jobs. In ed on dividing them up so that we could try the past many of them came from England, the staple food of Burundi for ourselves. aunt and a grandmother, my husband has Ireland or Scotland. The countries of origin Rose is one of the refugees from Bu- sisters-in-laws and a mother-in-law, and I may have changed, but the Cathedral is still rundi whom the Cathedral, with your help, finally have my sisters and my mother back fulfilling one of its original vocations. sponsored to join her family in Quebec after again. Because you are faithful servants of We are all volunteers. The money we years of war, separation and hardship. our Lord Jesus Christ, our family has been raise goes directly to support the refugees As her daughter wrote to thank us reunited.” during their first year in Canada: rent, bus recently, “The Noella Project has given We await the arrival of two more refu- passes, groceries. Please help us reunite birth to two adults: my mother and my gee families whom we have sponsored to these families torn apart by war. See the sister! From now on my children have an rejoin relatives in Quebec. donation form on the back page. Reflecting on 200 years of history... Letters show first A new Cathedral for Quebec impressions By Meb Reisner By David Mendel two took their inspiration from St. Martin- in-the-Fields Church in London’s Trafalgar Seen through the eyes of visitors, life Holy Trinity Cathedral, constructed be- Square. They also referred to works of great in Quebec often assumes an unusualness tween 1800 and 1804, was the first Angli- classical architects to determine the propor- hardly perceived by its residents. can cathedral to be built outside the British tions of specific parts. But they had to adapt “It always snows on Saturday,” wrote Lady Isles. With its tall steeple - at 45 metres, it their design because of realities of the new Monck, to her son Henry at school in England was a metre higher than the tower of the colony. Without the quarries to extract large on Jan. 9, 1863. “Then it is such work getting Catholic cathedral - it was the stones for the columns, the to church on Sunday.” tallest building in the city and It was obvious that architects instead placed flat Her husband Charles Stanley, 4th Viscount an important symbol of the the original design columns on the Cathedral’s Monck, had been appointed Governor General English presence in Quebec. of the pediment facade. two years earlier. In the first decade of the Soon after construction, “Then, the night before last, there came 19th century, after the Ameri- could not stand up it was obvious that the origi- on the most tremendous snow storm I ever can Revolution, Quebec City to the climate of nal design of the pediment saw, which lasted all through the day,” wrote became an important colo- Quebec.” (the triangular form beneath Viscount Monck. “The snow in the Cathedral nial capital for the British. They the roofline) could not stand yard opposite my office is about three feet made their presence visible up to the climate of Quebec. over the tops of the iron railings and they are through the construction of official build- There was so much trouble with water and about nine feet high but,” he added by means ings, most prominently a cathedral. snow that in 1818 the Cathedral followed of mitigation, “this is of course a drift.” Architects stuck to the official British the local French tradition and built a much Other unforeseen events impinged on Palladian style of classic proportions and higher, steeper roof. The stone walls were Cathedral activities as well. Lord Monck triangular pediments. However, Holy Trin- raised more than three metres. described a fashionable wedding between ity is a good example of how a great model The new Anglican cathedral was greatly a member of the military and a Quebec girl from the city of London had to first be sim- admired by the local population, both Eng- of prominent family. “Captain Webber was plified, because of cost and availability of lish and French. It was not long before the married today to a Miss Jeffery,” he wrote on materials, and then modified once more architecture would serve as a model for April 21, 1864. “You never saw such a crowd because of the severe climatic conditions in new Catholic churches. as there was at the Cathedral, and, when the this northern colonial city. Thus, while designed to stand as a bride was coming down in a carriage and four, Two British officers of the Royal Ar- strong statement of the British presence in a calèche caught in the leader’s harness and tillery named Captain William Hall and Quebec, Holy Trinity also came to have an broke it — and there she sat for about five Major William Robe designed Holy Trinity. important role in the history of the French minutes at the corner of the street, with all the Although not professional architects, the Catholic churches of the region. crowd peeping into the carriage at her!” 4 Choir has big plans for 2003 A Cathedral By Mercedes Gayk used (for a wedding) in the early 1990s. It is hoped that this will become an annual and parish This past year was a very busy and excit- ing one for the Cathedral Choir. event! The choir welcomed several new singers for everyone Under the direction of Dr. Benjamin Wa- last year, and now has 15 members. The By Meb Reisner terhouse, the choir has continued to focus year to come promises to include more on music from the English choral tradition special events. Although intended from the from the 15th century onwards during Sun- We hope to be part of several more placement of its first stone to be a day services each week. ecumenical concerts. We are also looking cathedral church, the Cathedral of the With the assistance of extra members forward to joining in the bicentennial cel- Holy Trinity was originally allowed to be from other choirs in Quebec, in 2003 we ebrations with a gala concert, featuring a used as a local parish church, until the took part in an ecumenical program on guest choir. local congregation could build a place for Good Friday and presented two Evensong Any singers with strong sight-reading themselves. services over the summer. The second ability who would like to join the choir That would not happen, and there Evensong was held in the historic St. should contact Dr. Waterhouse. Practices seems to be no cause for regret about Mary’s chapel on the Island of Orleans, last are held on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. the dual roles today. Two hundred years after its founding, the blending of our New green frontal stitched up Cathedral’s roles seems to have evolved happily and graciously, both for its Quebec congregation and for members By Diana Meredith of the whole Diocese. A new frontal for the main altar was added However, history shows not all church to the Cathedral collection in 2003. leaders of the past were comfortable with In making this frontal, the Cathedral the dual roles. stitchers and their sewing friends moved In the late 19th century, the Cathedral from conservation to creation after having reflected a parish tradition of having learned so much in previous years while regular parishioners rent pews just for working as volunteers on the restoration of themselves. an antique frontal at Le Centre de conser- The practice effectively barred vation du Quebec. visitors and strangers from being seated, This acquired expertise, together with except in a few designated places. fabric unused from an earlier project and The new frontal was dedicated on Sept. Bishop Andrew Hunter Dunn saw the need for another green frontal, inspired 28, 2003, which was Harvest Festival Sun- serious drawbacks in the practice. us to create a new one. day. It will now be used frequently through- He gave a sermon on the issue on The new frontal was made with antique out the year, allowing the fragile, traditional Nov. 14, 1897. gold fringe discovered in an old cupboard green frontal to be reserved for special He said, “The very first requisite of a in the Cathedral, gold thread and cord gra- occasions. cathedral is that all its seats shall be free, ciously donated from a historic supply at The volunteer stitchers, who have a and that as a mother she shall welcome Montreal’s Christchurch Cathedral, white shared enjoyment in working together, are all her children whenever they come to fabric remaining from the restoration of our to be thanked for all of the hours they have her bosom, gladly allowing them to pass centennial frontal in 2001 and 2002, and given to the project. in and sit, without distinction of class and some purchased braid and fringe. without the possibility of being disturbed by any Pew-holder, where they please.” New gifts help celebrate our big year Dunn’s idea was not received well by the dean at the time, and only when a By Cheryl Rimmer There are also special magnets, key new dean came in two years later were chains, sun-catchers, ties, calendars, all Cathedral sittings made free. Visitors to the Cathedral gift shop will cards, bookmarks, and more. Bishop Hunter Dunn predicted Holy find a host of new treasures celebrating the We are also looking at commissioning Trinity would become a central rallying bicentennial. local artists for original pieces that will com- point for all English-speaking people of From shirts to plates, people can take plement the Cathedral’s existing line in the the area. He hoped all who came to the home a piece of this year’s 200th birthday gift shop, and reflect its unique history. Cathedral would support it. celebration. The designs of the new items The items will be available all year. How pleased he would have been were inspired by the three new banners that Be sure to visit! with the “Friends of the Cathedral” will hang outside the Cathedral all year. initiative and the outlook of the present Visitors to the gift shop will be able to buy All Friends of the Cathedral get a Dean and Chapter! bicentennial-inspired T-shirts, tote bags and discount on gift shop merchandise. plates. 5 Tous les Saints: Le ministère francophone, un mot d’histoire Par Le Chanoine Pierre Voyer comme missionnaires laïques au Mali. encore parce qu’ils cherchaient simplement Elles sont restées 16 mois. Pendant cette une communauté accueillante pour y prier C’est au période elles se sont vraiment engagées et célébrer leur foi. Aujourd’hui, plus de 70 milieu des an- dans la communauté. Elles ont amené de personnes reçoivent un ministère du pas- nées 80, qu’un nouveaux membres. Elles ont aussi aidé teur ou d’un membre de la communauté. ministère a dans le développement d’études bibliques, Notre communauté est petite et il faut été offert aux dans la préparation des homélies, etc. entretenir le feu sacré. Nous y travaillons francophones En 1991 nous avons décidé de faire des et nous tentons de nous considérer comme qui visitaient la rencontres à domicile. Nous partagions no- une famille. Nous prenons soin les uns des Cathédrale. tre temps entre la prière, les échanges sur autres, nous prions les uns pour les autres, En effet, tous notre foi, sur la Parole. Puis nous avons et les problèmes et les joies de chacun et les samedis, à 17 organisé des retraites communautaires de chacune deviennent nôtres. heures, il y avait qui regroupaient une dizaine de personnes Depuis quatre ans maintenant, le une célébration chaque fois. Ce furent autant d’activités qui groupe francophone est devenu une par- en français. Mais ont aidé la communauté à résister à la ten- oisse et depuis 11 mois, un doyenné fran- la communauté francophone a vraiment tation d’abandonner. cophone a été créé dans le diocèse. pris naissance en 1988, avec l’arrivée du Pour resserrer les liens entre nous, Le ministère francophone est devenu nouveau doyen de la Cathédrale, le Père nous avons décidé de visiter une petite une réalité et des hommes et des femmes y James Merrett et l’ordination du Père Pierre communauté francophone qui habitait à croient. En quatorze ans d’existence, dans Voyer. Les débuts furent lents. Six ou sept Bourg Louis, une soixantaine de milles la communauté francophone, 50 mariages personnes assistaient au culte chaque de Québec, et ce une fois par mois. ont été célébrés, une quinzaine de person- dimanche. L’expérience nous a permis de nous rap- nes ont été baptisées, autant ont reçu la L’année suivante, soit en 1989, deux procher les uns des autres. confirmation, dix personnes ont été reçues nouvelles personnes, qui appartenaient à Les années qui suivirent nous ont dans l’Eglise, trois ont reçu leur licence la Christian Reform Church se sont jointes amené de nouveaux membres, qui venai- comme ministres laïques, deux ont été au groupe. Elles étaient à Québec pour ent ou bien pour se marier à l’Église, ou ordonnés à la prêtrise. apprendre le français, en vue d’un travail encore pour faire baptiser leur enfant, ou The Dean’s Corner... continued from Page 1 Reflecting on the Word: Luke 17: 11-19 Truly and essentially, in 2004, we and the stories in this edition of the Friends By Louisa Blair celebrate the faith community that has of the Cathedral newsletter give ample called the Cathedral its home for two testimony to this. “When one of them discovered he was centuries. Thank you for your generous support of healed, he came back..., bowed down at And I am pleased to report that, in many our Cathedral and its ministry. the feet of Jesus and thanked him.” respects, this God-centred faith community Our friends are very much part of what has never been healthier than it is today. we call “the Cathedral community.” As a teenager, I used to drop in to visit Sure, people aren’t exactly packed into I certainly do hope that you will be able my widowed grandmother as often as I the galleries on Sunday mornings, as was to join us in 2004 for one or several of the could for a cup of tea or a glass of gin. once the case; but in many other ways the events planned to celebrate 200 years of If there was a gap of a few weeks, she health of our community is quite robust - God dwelling with his people in this place. never made me feel guilty, nor protested if I only stayed a few minutes. As I left, she Celebrate the Bicentennial with us! never extracted promises about when the next visit would be. She was simply grate- Don’t forget to register for Homecoming Weekend ful for whatever time I could spend with her. August 27-29, 2004 Gratitude is an attractive quality in an old person, but it doesn’t come in the mail with your first pension cheque. * Tours of Old Quebec I bet the Samaritan leper in the reading * Gala concert by guest choir did not suddenly think, after being healed, * Special service with guest preacher that finally he had something to be grateful for. As with my grandmother, gratitude was Contact the Cathedral if you plan to attend. a habit he had cultivated throughout his dif- We can also help you find accomodations. ficult life, so going back to thank Jesus was the natural thing to do. Call 418-692-2193 or e-mail email@example.com Prayer: Open my eyes so that I can see the gifts of God all around me every day. 6 Mark your calendars for a year of Bicentennial Celebrations February Polokwane Choral Concert Jeux d’Archets Suzuki Concert Monday, June 21 at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21 at 7 p.m. The acclaimed South African choir Benefit concert for the Noella performs, with a portion of proceeds Project, featuring solo and ensemble going to the Noella Project. performances by young musicians. Tickets $15 May August Mother’s Day Cathedral Homecoming Weekend Sunday, May 9 at 11 a.m. August 27 - 29 Setting of the Sunday School A reunion of all present and former bicentennial time capsule Cathedral members, friends and families. Featuring tours of Old Quebec, a gala concert by the Choral Society of St. June James Cathedral, Toronto, and the New Organ Concert and dedication bicentennial dedication service with a Saturday, June 5 at 8 p.m. guest preacher. Concert with renowned Les Violons du Register at the Cathedral office. Roi to inaugurate a new chamber organ. Tickets available at the Cathedral Office Choral Evensong with New Organ Check our Internet site Sunday, June 6 at 5 p.m. for updates on Choral performance, dedication of new bicentennial events and more! organ, and participation of visiting choir from Connecticut www.quebec.cathedral.ca In the early 1980s, the Dean helped The Cathedral of to create an organization of friends to the Holy Trinity lend moral and material support to work at Holy Trinity. 31, rue des Jardins We invite you to become a member Quebec City, QC G1R 4L6 of Friends of the Cathedral as well. Tel: 418-692-2193 Friends, like regular parishioners, Fax: 418-692-3876 receive this annual newsletter, gift shop E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org discounts, and are remembered in the www.quebec.cathedral.ca prayers of the Cathedral community. Count us in as Friends of the Cathedral! 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