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News from or about the community of Holy Trinity.

Donald Grayston

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.
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Sherman Hesselgrave on CBC’s Here and Now

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.

The day before, one of our wardens, Keith Nunn, was interviewed by The Toronto Star. That article can be found here. (Or as a pdf for posterity.)

Alice and Dan Heap Honoured with Plaque

Alice and Dan Heap were long-time parishioners at Church of the Holy Trinity – Trinity Square. Their lives and memories live on in the social justice and radical hospitality work of this community. On Saturday June 10th, a community plaque will honour Alice and Dan at their former Kensington Market home.

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New Staff and Volunteers at Holy Trinity

New volunteer Maxine Wardle with experienced volunteer Maggie Panter. Photo by Kate Werneburg
Welcome!
New volunteers in People Presence

In the past few weeks, Holy Trinity has been blessed by the presence of six new People Presence volunteers: Sophia, Izzy, James, Michael, Maxine, and Susan. They are a wonderful blend of students, professionals, and retirees, who have come to us mainly from the wider community. They are invigorating our open hours ministry to tourists, spiritual seekers, and regular drop-in guests. Most of these new volunteers attended a recent training in de-escalating verbal aggression which Barb Panter gave to our People Presence team and staff, and are starting to work alongside experienced volunteers in our ministry of hospitality.

If you see them, please stop and say hi, and let them know how glad we are to have them joining us.

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New Numbers Tell It All: Lack of housing is killing Torontonians

The new official numbers of homeless deaths from the City of Toronto released in late May were sad confirmation for those who have been gathering every month for almost two decades at Holy Trinity’s Homeless Memorial.
Toronto Public Health has reported that 27 people who were homeless died from January to March of 2017 – that’s a rate of more than two per week. If this pace continues, then more than 100 homeless deaths will be recorded this year – a record for Toronto.
People have been gathering around a plain gray memorial at the south side of Holy Trinity on the second Tuesday of every month at 12 noon. They remember, by name, the women, men and children who died from homelessness over the previous month. Continue reading New Numbers Tell It All: Lack of housing is killing Torontonians

Queen St Closure Friday May 19 – Monday May 22, 2017

As part of the ongoing bridge project at the Eaton Centre, please be advised that Queen St will be closed between Yonge Street and Bay street starting Friday, May 19 at 11:30PM and will re-open Monday, May 21 at 5:00AM.​

Those attending church and other activities in our spaces will need to enter from the East, West, or North. Please see the attached documents for complete information.

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Map – Queen street closure

Summer positions at Holy Trinity

This summer, Church of the Holy Trinity is looking to hire two students for summer positions at our church.

A Community Worker and a Concert Co-ordinator and Vistor Guide.

Please find detailed postings attached here. Application deadline is Friday, May 26. Send cover letter and resume to ht@holytrinitytoronto.org.

Icon gifted to Holy Trinity

Hélène Beaumont and her husband, Jérôme, live in France, but visit Holy Trinity for Christmas, Holy Week/Easter, and in the fall each year. They were married at Holy Trinity during the Sunday morning liturgy on the Sunday after Easter, 2013. Hélène is ordained in the Huguenot tradition, and is also an iconographer. She created an icon for Holy Trinity, entitled Le Christ des Chrétiens d’Orient et des Réfugiés, pictured here, which was blessed at the Easter Vigil this year. Continue reading Icon gifted to Holy Trinity

four names added to homeless memorial

As extreme cold weather grips the city, the names of four people who died on Toronto streets in the month of February were added to the Homeless Memorial yesterday.

“The City of Toronto’s negligence means that at today’s Homeless Memorial we added four names of men who died in February,” Cathy Crowe, Toronto street nurse and homeless advocate, writes on Facebook. “One was a 28-year-old Indigenous man whose death has been widely reported as he was unable to get a mat overnight in the filled to capacity overnight drop-in/warming centre. Another was a man in his 30s.”

From Torontoist, March 15, 2017 — http://torontoist.com/2017/03/four-names-added-torontos-homeless-memorial/