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Blessing of the Animals

Join us for one of the highlights of the year, when we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis with the Blessing of the Animals! Wednesday, October 4th at 6pm on the west lawn (in case of rain, we’ll be inside the sanctuary). All are welcome, though please make sure to have your pet on a lease or in a carrier (we’d hate to have any escapees!). The service will be about 45 minutes and have a few hymns, prayers, and of course the blessing of our animal companions.

The Story behind our

Tracking Organ

Our magnificent three manual, tracker-action organ was installed in the chancel of the church in the spring of 1982 and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War.

The organ, built by the Karl Wilhelm Company of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, has a classical continental design. The case is made of white oak and the pipe shades are of carved butternut. Voiced in the classic French style, its 36 stops and 50 ranks are capable of interpreting a wide variety of organ literature.

Installation required considerable changes to the chancel including moving the altar forward and arranging choir seating to either side. These renovations prompted the design and production of our award-winning Benedicite Kneelers, done in needlepoint by a dedicated group of church members.