Donald Grayston, priest, teacher, contemplative-in-action, was a member of the Holy Trinity Community back in the 1970s. Don died in “retirement” in Vancouver in October after a long career as parish priest, professor, peace activist and promoter of the writings of Thomas Merton.He was a devoted friend to many, always exuding, and spreading, a wonderful joy. His blog is filled with spiritual and political wisdom.
For many years he kept where he could see it first thing every morning during his “prayer time”, a brilliant, luminous, colour-filled painting called the Holy Man. I have sketched him on my iPad in the Holy Man’s space and coat of many colors, bathing in and radiating the brilliance of eternal light and love. jim houston
On Sunday, October 29th, Holy Trinity and San Esteban joined together to celebrate Holy Trinity’s 170 years as a parish. It was a joyous day marked by a procession, the presence of our first rector, Henry Scadding, drummers, and cake!
On Friday, October 20th, more than 150 people gathered at Holy Trinity to hear a concert in support of new church doors, which must be replaced due to fire damage. As a parishioner put it, more than a fundraiser, it was also a great “friendraiser”. Fabulous music, delicious food, inventive cocktails and community spirit made this event special.
So many people attended that extra tables and chairs were being set up well into the first act to accommodate everyone. Thank you to all who played, sang, bartended, ran the kitchen, donated and showed up to have a great time!
The gathering early in the night from the West balcony. Photo by Jim Houston.
Photos below by Kate Werneburg
The Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave and Christmas Story director Susan Watson look out over the growing crowd
Church warden Keith Nunn bartends
Caretaker Ryan Poole and the Rev. Sherman Hesselgrave co-ordinate putting out more chairs while a reporter from CTV a member of the ECHO Women’s Choir and Patty Sheng look on
Last Friday, our parish priest, Sherman Hesselgrave, was interviewed on the CBC radio show, Here and Now. He spoke about our #Burntdoor, our upcoming fundraising concert, and what keeping the doors of Holy Trinity open to all means to him. Give it a listen if you missed it! Buy a ticket to the Burnt Door Concert here.
This past Sunday, we participated in the Diocese-led event Social Media Sunday. Members of the congregation and our admin assistant Kate posted to our social media accounts from church, from music rehearsals, and from the Great Lakes Water Walk with the hashtag #SMS17.
The posts add up to a beautiful archive of one day in the life of Holy Trinity. It showcases our values, and how we enact them. See the story for yourself at:
Music Mondays, the lunchtime concert series, has completed its 26th Season. The 18 concerts ran from
1st May to 28th August, 2017.
Ian Grundy, our Artistic Director, designed an excellent season of eclectic and diverse programming which garnered many compliments from our audience, “the best ever” said one regular.
We are grateful to the Church of the Holy Trinity, for hosting the series. The church building’s acoustics are magnificent. We have a suggested an audience donation of $5.00 each to make the concerts as accessible as possible. We were delighted to welcome an average audience of 110. Many audience members met up with friends and had lunch in the café afterwards. Continue reading Music Mondays completes “best ever” 26th Season→
This October in Toronto, there is a very special opportunity to honour and remember the more than a thousand, Indigenous women, girls and Two Spirit people who have been murdered or remain missing. Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation hosted at the Aboriginal Education Centre, at 16 Phin Avenue, near Donlands and Danforth, from the 15th to the 22th of October.
Walking With Our Sisters is a national community based commemorative project of nearly 2,000 “vamps” — the tops of moccasins that have been intentionally left unfinished signifying the loss of unfinished lives. More than an art exhibit, this ceremony invites you on a journey to remember the losses, to honour grieving families and to work for change. Continue reading Walking With Our Sisters→
On September 12, this letter of deep gratitude landed in the parish e-mail inbox. It speaks to a time of personal and international crisis, of love, support, and the kindness of strangers.
Sixteen years ago during the 9/11 crisis, my family and I entered into our own personal crisis that took us unexpectedly to Toronto. We had just received news that our then 5 month old daughter needed a life saving heart transplant and the only place performing these surgeries at the time was at Sick Kids in Toronto. Needless-to-say, our own personal world was torn apart in the midst of such devastating circumstances world wide. Not only were we in a precarious situation with our daughter’s health, but we had to leave our home, friends, family and church family within days of the events of 9/11. Continue reading “Your community…truly showed Christ’s love to my family”→