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RESCHEDULED for Apr 23 – Parish Quiet Day: St Monica, Mother of Augustine, Image of the Church

February 24, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Missioner: The Rev’d Nicholas Hatt, Incumbent, Parish of the Holy Spirit

This year’s parish retreat will include a series of reflections on the life of St Monica, mother of St Augustine, offered by the Rev’d Nicholas Hatt and hosted by his parish in Mt Uniacke. Fr Hatt is well-known to our congregation. This is a tremendous opportunity both to devote ourselves to prayer and to support his ministry. There is a wonderful connection between St George’s and the parish where Fr Hatt now serves: The Rev’d Robert Fitzgerald Uniacke, Rector of St George’s from 1825-1870, laid the cornerstone of Holy Spirit Church in 1845. Please plan to attend.

St George’s Day, Saturday, April 23, 9:30am-2pm, 1231 Highway #1, Mt Uniacke (Lakelands)

Adult study: Dante and the renewal of the soul

February 24, 2016 at 2:16 pm

Lent Dante Group 2016Led by Dr Thomas Curran

7-8:15pm, Wednesdays in Lent, February 24 through March 16 (Reading Room, Trinity House)

This study group will continue the parish’s reflection on the greatest of Christian poets, Dante. Born at the end of the 13th C, Dante’s great three volume poem, called the Divine Comedy, tells the story of the soul’s pilgrimage to God in haunting and poignant images. No prior knowledge of the text required and all welcome!

Youth study: Sacred art and the spiritual life

February 24, 2016 at 2:15 pm

The Divine Image 2016Coordinators: Steven Gibson & Shannon Parker

4-5pm, Sundays in Lent, February 14 through March 20 (Reading Room, Trinity House)

This study will introduce our parish youth to various expressions of sacred art, including the chance to work with at least one practicing artist. Emma Fitzgerald, Gary Thorne, Mary Maclaughlin, Peter Bryson and others will lead us. Though directed towards the youth, all ages welcome!


February 14  – Mary Evans Maclachlan

Giotto: Sacred Images in the Early Renaissance


February 21  – Peter Bryson

The Revolution of Gothic Architecture


February 28 – Emma Fitzgerald

Drawing from Observation of Nature:a Hands-on Workshop


March 6 – The Rev’d Dr Gary Thorne

The Role of Icons in the Life of the Church


March 13-  Mary Evans Maclachlan

Holy Paragons: Saints and their Stories. Instances of Holy Lives as described throughLate-Medieval Imagery


March 20 – Special Guest


Advent Quiet Day 2015

December 8, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Advent Quiet Day 2015Come be my light: Three saints for Advent

An afternoon of prayer and silence with three reflections on a ‘triptych’ of 20th century saints whose witness can shape our Advent pilgrimage. Join us for a time of reflection at the University of King’s College Chapel, led by Fr Christopher. We will consider the lives of three saints: Fr Alfred Delp, Mother Maria Skobstova, and Dorothy Day.

Saturday, December 12th, 12 – 5 pm

Download the readings: Readings for Quiet Day, Advent 2015

Quiet Day Schedule:

12-1: Noonday prayers and Holy Communion

1-1:30: The First Address: “The Beginning of Conversion: Be Shaken – Alfred Delp” (propers for Stir-up Sunday and Advent 1)

1:30-2:30: Silence

2:30-3:00: The Second Address: “Mother Maria Skobstova: Preparing for Judgment” (propers for Advent 2)

3-4:00: Silence

4-4:30: The Third Address: “No one is saved alone – Dorothy Day” (propers for Stir-up Sunday and Advent 4)

4:30: Evening Prayer

5pm: Supper and fellowship

Advent Study Group: The Advent of Dante’s Divine Comedy

November 13, 2015 at 10:52 am

Advent Dante Group 2015

An Advent study group with the Rev’d Dr Thomas Curran, Associate Professor of the Humanities, King’s College

7:00 pm in the Sunday School Room, St George’s Parish Hall, 2221 Maitland St


November 24th—Sunday Next Before Advent:

“A Dark Wood”: The Infernal Kingdom of the Leopard, the Lion & the Wolf

December 1st—Advent I:

Seer & Sibyl: The Restoration of the Golden Age

December 8th—Advent II:

Judgement: Incontinence, Violence and Fraud

Youth Confirmation Class

October 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

Led by Fr Christopher Snook and a number of clergy and laypeople from the St George’s congregation, class meets at 4 pm on Sundays in the Sunday School Room in the Parish Hall, and wraps up just in time for Evensong at 5 pm. Parents, please consider joining your children for Evensong. Children able to attend will be encouraged to take part as readers on a weekly rotation.

Topics discussed include the Catechism, the Baptismal Covenant, the Apostle’s Creed, the Commandments, Prayer, the Sacraments, “What is the Church?” and “How Shall I Live?”

The class will not meet October 11th, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Confirmands are asked to also plan to attend the ordination of Mr Nicholas Hatt as a deacon in the Church of God on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 pm at All Saints’ Cathedral.

Confirmation takes place when the bishop visits, 7pm on Monday, January 25th, 2016.

If you are an adult interested in confirmation, please see the St George’s Reading Group. And please contact Fr Snook!

Pre-Ordination Quiet day at the King’s College Chapel

October 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

Dr Wayne Hankey will give three addresses in the King’s College Chapel to assist Nicholas Hatt, Dean of Students at King’s College and faithful member of our parish family, to prepare for his ordination as Deacon on 28 October (7pm, All Saints’ Cathedral).

The Quiet Day will be a Meditation on the Holy Spirit from Whom the Orders in the Church come.

The fundamental text will be Genesis I and the interpretative key will be I.2: The Earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters. Scripture for the Day will be Genesis I and passages from John’s Gospel, Romans and Philippians. Readings (from Augustine and Aquinas) are available below.

Aquinas – The Sending of the Holy Spirit (pdf)

Augustine – Confessions, Book XIII (pdf)

Autumn Reading Group

October 6, 2015 at 11:17 am

Join Nathan McAllister (recently awarded a Masters Degree in the Dalhousie Classics department) for our autumn parish reading group. The group will consider the classic novel by Charles Williams, Descent into Hell.

Williams was a close friend and confidant of CS Lewis. In addition to non-fiction works and poetry, he wrote a series of novels exploring the relationship between the visible and invisible worlds, devoting much of his work to understanding how the doctrine of the atonement shapes what it means for us to bear one another’s burdens.

This will take place in the Trinity House dining room on Thursdays at 7pm, Oct 8 through Nov 19. The study group will be part of the preparation for confirmation for adults. All are welcome, even those already confirmed or who are not currently considering confirmation.

Calendar Event

Lent Study Group 2015 – Life of St Mary of Egypt: The Beauty of Holiness

February 23, 2015 at 11:10 am

5:30 pm        Evening Prayer and Holy Communion

6:15 pm        Supper

7-8pm           Study, conducted by the Rector

Download Reading (PDF)

St Mary of Egypt was one of the most revered saints of the early medieval Church. In the eastern Christian tradition, the Fifth Sunday in Lent is dedicated to her life and example. Consumed by carnal addictions as a young woman, St Mary eventually journeyed to Jerusalem with a band of pilgrims and underwent a profound conversion. Afterwards, she moved into the desert as part of a massive exodus from the cities of the ancient world into desert monasteries and hermitages. She lived there for close to fifty years, before meeting Father Zosimas and recounting the extraordinary story of her life. Together we will read her biography and discuss the ‘beauty of holiness’. We will also have occasion to consider from time to time ikons of St Mary, the liturgical texts devoted to her Feast Day, and the contemporary opera by Sir John Taverner, St Mary of Egypt.

*Please note that there is no study session on March 25. Holy Communion for the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated this day at 6pm. Preacher: Father Gary Thorne

Lent at Saint George’s

February 14, 2014 at 4:30 pm

Weeknight Series

This year, we have a series based on Lenten poetry, meeting on a weeknight during Lent.  Two of the sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings and two on Tuesday evenings.  Everyone is encouraged to attend all the sessions if able to do so, but if you are not free on Tuesday evenings, you are encouraged to come to the Wednesday evening sessions and vice versa.

The fourth and final session will take place on Wednesday, April 9th, following the usual pattern, and will be led by Daniel Watson.  At this session, we will consider “Rúnatal” from the Elder Edda, William Blake’s “The Tyger” and T.S. Eliot’s East Coker: III.  All are welcome to attend.