Support refugee work in Toronto

On ThurDec 3 salesday  December 3 you can buy high quality clothing for your friends and family and know that you are making other people’s lives better too.

Sojourn House has welcomed and supported refugees for over two decades in our immediate community. They will share 25% of the proceeds from this sale with the Holy Trinity Refugee Committee.

Drop by between 4 and 9 PM on Thursday, December 3 to purchase brand name clothes from Chanel, Burberry, Michael Kors, Patagonia, Lacoste, Helly Hansen, Escada and many more.


Cantemus Singers Concert – December 5 7:30 PM

Cantemus Dec 2015 posterIn our upcoming program “Gloria in Excelsis Deo”,  Cantemus Singers explore the delightfully varied and glorious Christmas music of the Spanish and Austrian courts of the 16th century.  Lively Spanish villancicos (folk carols) by Encina and Cabezon contrast with the serene polyphony of Counter-Reformation composers Tomas Luis Victoria (Christe Redemptor Omnium) and Francisco Guerrero (Magnificat from the Vespers of the Three Kings).  Familiar German carols stand side-by-side with joyful motets by rarely heard Vienna-based masters, Jacob Handl, Philipp de Monte and Jacob Clemens non Papa.  A highlight of our program is Mateo Flecha’s ensalada “La Negrina”, that mixes Spanish and African–inspired folksong into a spirited Christmas entertainment.

The concerts take place in two venues.   On Saturday December 5th at 7:30 p.m., the choir will perform at the Church of the Holy Trinity in the Eaton Centre.    The choir’s second performance will take place the day after, on Sunday afternoon, December 6th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Anglican Church, 70 Silver Birch Ave. at Queen St. East. Tickets are $20 general admission, with children under 12 free.  They are available at Centre 55 (97 Main St., from Nov. 1st), at the door or by calling 416-578-6602 to have tickets set aside for pick-up.   VISA and Amex accepted at Centre 55.

These are benefit concerts to raise money for Community Centre 55’s Share-a-Christmas program that provides Christmas food hampers and toys to over 900 needy families in Toronto’s east end.  We hope you can join us to help make the holidays better for those less fortunate than ourselves.  Cantemus Singers will donate one quarter of the ticket receipts to this worthy cause.

Program details here




Heart like a Wheel – ECHO Women’s Choir – December 6 7:30 PM

2015WinterOn December 6 at 7:30 ECHO Women’s Choir will perform their winter concert, Heart like a Wheel.

ECHO has called Church of the Holy Trinity home for many years and enjoys performing in this wonderful acoustic space. To learn more about the choir and their directors visit their website.

Tickets are available in advance for $15 through choir members or email


Gleanings from the We Make the Road by Walking Bible Study

Each Sunday as we gather at 9:00 AM for the We Make the Road by Walking Bible Study, we begin with this prayer: Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit within your creation. In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the centre of this sacred circle through which all creation is related. You show us the way to live a generous and compassionate life. Give us your strength to live together with respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for you are God, now and forever. Amen.

This past Sunday we engaged with some difficult scriptures. The session title was “From Ugliness, a Beauty Emerges.” The first passage we read was from Deuteronomy 7: Continue reading Gleanings from the We Make the Road by Walking Bible Study

National Housing Day – November 22

right to housingChurch of the Holy Trinity is pleased to host The People’s Assembly from 12:30 to 3:30 on November 20th.

National Housing Day has been marked in Canada since 1998 when the Federation of Canadian Municipalities followed in the footsteps of our own Toronto Disaster Relief Committee in declaring homelessness at national disaster. A brief history with details and links is available here.

The are asking people to register ahead of time.

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One Hundred and Sixty-Eight Years of Social Justice

October 28th is the Feast of Saint Simon and Saint Jude. It was on the eve of this day in 1847 that the Church of the Holy Trinity was consecrated. At the midweek Eucharist today we remembered Simon and Jude, and as I was reading aloud the biographical comment in For All the Saints, I realized how appropriate they are as patrons. “Simon was called ‘the Zealot,’ which suggests that he once belonged to the Jewish resistance movement. …Jude is considered the patron saint of what is shunned by the world, especially lost causes and those who suffer from incurable diseases.” [p. 318]

On Wednesdays, in place of a homily, we have a group reflection on the appointed scripture readings, on the person/s being commemorated, or on what God is doing in our lives or the world around us. The gospel reading from John 15 included this passage: “If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.One of the Wednesday regulars, Matt indexMcGeachy, related the time from his university experience when the journalist June Callwood spoke to his class about the first time she was arrested for her social justice activism. Ms Callwood was participating in a demonstration on Bloor Street when she saw the police grab a black man and pull him into an alley to give him a beating. She went into the alley and demanded to know why they were doing this. They told her it wasn’t any of her business. She responded that they were public servants–members of the Toronto Police Services–so yes, it was her business. She was arrested for obstructing the police in the performance of their duties. (No cell phone videos in those days.) Continue reading One Hundred and Sixty-Eight Years of Social Justice

Christmas Story Rehearsals begin

Church of the Holy Trinity has been mounting multiple performances of The Christmas Story  yearly since 1937.

This  history is evident in the people who lovingly give many hours of their time for two months each year. We currently have a senior member of cast who also doubles as an usher and can be found in pictures as a young angel from decades ago. Other cast members have been involved since their birth and many crew and cast members have decades of involvement.

The Christmas Story community is one that cherishes tradition and longstanding friendships, but eagerly welcomes the new Baby Jesus and other players. New cast and crew of all ages are welcomed into the community each fall.

Full rehearsal begin this Sunday, November 1 with other smaller rehearsals of key roles taking place on weeknights. Performances begin on Friday, December 4. More information here

To find out more about joining this venerable tradition please contact 416-598-4521 x 301 or email

Thanksgiving Feast this Sunday

heirloom-tomato-web“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” Wendell Berry

Come and share a Thanksgiving Feast with us at Holy Trinity, after the 10:30 Eucharist on Sunday, October 11, 2015.  Bring some food to share if you can, or just bring yourself,  and help us return blessing for the bounty of creation with a shared community meal.  Helpers to serve and clean up are most welcome!

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