Rector’s Letters

Summer 2018

Dear Parishioners,

At last, after a long hard winter that seemed to hang on forever, summer has finally arrived. Summer is a wonderful time for both recreation and re-creation, a time for renewal. That may include travel or maybe involve staying closer to home but whatever your plans are for this summer, please know that God is there with you in all of your activities and can be found in the family, friends and other people whom you encounter in the course of those activities – just as they hopefully are encountering and experiencing God in you.

If your summer plans have you close to Rawdon this year, we have a number of special activities planned. Our Auction & Bazaar is set, weather cooperating, for July 14th and this year the daytime portion will take place in the Parish Hall and in the field alongside the hall. This will keep the various activities in close proximity to one another and should also give them more visibility to traffic passing by on Metcalfe. That evening there will be BBQ Supper, held at the Legion Hall on Albert Street. We are very grateful to the Montcalm Memorial Branch, Royal Canadian Legion, for their generosity in making this supper happen. Thank you also to the Rawdon Multiethnic Centre (CIM) who have again allowed us to store items for the auction in their back shed and to all who have contributed in various ways. We hope to see you there.

Later on in the summer, we will have special Sunday services at St John’s, Masonville, (thank you, Shirley) and at the site of St George’s, Wexford, special Military Whist card parties to aid the women living at the Fulford Residence and to support our own Wexford Fund, a deanery picnic (this year in cooperation with the Laurentian “Messy Church” program), the Rawdon Patchwork Guild’s annual Quilt Show (which benefits Christ Church) and other activities, So there will be plenty going on – and that’s just what’s happening in and around the church.

However you spend this summer, I hope it is a time of renewal and refreshment for you.

May God be with you,

Fr Michael

P.S. Although many of us may go on holiday during the summer, unfortunately our bills do not. That is no less true for the church than it is for the rest of us. It costs approximately $11,056 a month, to keep Christ Church open, the lights on and other bills paid. To do that, we need your help. Please remember Christ Church in your charitable giving this summer and, if you’re going to be away, please consider sending your regular contributions for that time, or at least a part of them, before you leave. Contributions to Christ Church can be mailed to:

Christ Church, 3537 Metcalfe, Rawdon, QC  J0K 1S0.