York-Credit Valley News Archive – 2012

Ordination as Deacon

Bishop Poole ordained Claudette Taylor as a Deacon at Epiphany & St. Mark on Sunday, December 2 at 4pm. It was a joyous occasion, a full church and Rev. Canon Michael Burgess preached a fine sermon. Fr. Andrew Wesley offered a smudging ceremony at the start of the service, reflecting Claudette’s involvement in the process of Healing and Reconciliation.

Added December 2012

Successful Anniversary Fundraiser

On Saturday October 27, 2012, St. Elizabeth’s held a banquet to celebrate their 20th Anniversary – and raised an amazing $48,000!

The banquet was also a fundraising dinner for St. Elizabeth’s Building Fund and an inauguration of a Mission Fund to mark their 20th Anniversary. This Mission Fund is to be distributed annually to missionary work locally and globally.


The 20th anniversary celebration began with a worship service in Summit Garden Chinese Cuisine in Mississauga, during which Bishop Poole offered the Benediction in both Mandarin and Cantonese.


Later Bishop Poole sang “Put Your Hand In The Hand” as part of a fundraising effort and, with Bishop Tottenham, assisted the Parish Advisory Board in the formal cutting of the celebratory cake.

Added November 26, 2012

York-Credit Valley Day Retreat – February 28, 2013

We are holding a York-Credit Valley day retreat at the Sisterhood of St. John the Divine on Thursday February 28, 2013. Sister Constance Joanna will be leading the retreat, focusing on ‘preparing with joy for the Paschal Feast’.

Bishop Poole invites you to join with him and your colleagues at the Convent for the day. The Area Council is kindly paying for this Lenten time away. All active clergy in York-Credit Valley are welcome.

Added November 7, 2012

Re-imagining Church

A message from the Bishop

For a number of years many church leaders and thinkers have encouraged congregations to become more missional in ministry and worship. They remind us that “it’s not the church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission who has a church in the world.” Becoming a mission-shaped parish may require a fresh engagement with God and a new model of being church.

To help parishes in the York-Credit Valley Area better understand the exciting possibilities of becoming a church shaped for mission, I invite laity and clergy in York-Credit Valley to attend Re-imagining Church: Shaped for Mission, a five-week course that challenges participants to listen and learn together, and continue the conversation about being faithful to God’s call in our time.

The course takes place at St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 60 Dixon Road, Etobicoke, on Wednesday evenings starting November 7 to December 5, 2012, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Individual registration costs $50 per person. Teams of clergy and laity are encouraged to attend together and will receive a discounted price of $150 per team of four or more people.

I am very enthused and looking forward to the opportunity to teach this course and learn together with many of our parish leaders. Please seriously consider registering a parish team for this engaging and worthwhile course. It will certainly enhance the vitality of your parish.

Added September 12, 2012

A New Record of Discipleship for St. Elizabeth’s

For St. Elizabeth’s Church, Mississauga, this past Father’s Day was more than just celebrating another Father’s Day. Bishop Philip Poole confirmed 16 people and received another one into the Anglican Communion on June 17. He presided at two confirmation services, one for Mandarin speakers and one for Cantonese speakers.

This was the highest number of people receiving confirmation on the same day in St. Elizabeth’s 20 years of history. Among the candidates, 4 were second generation Chinese, 4 were Cantonese speaking, and 9 Mandarin speaking.

Added July 23, 2012

A Busy Weekend at St Hilary’s

On Saturday June 9, St. Hilary’s performed their seventh Mystery Play, “The Bread of Life: Feeding the Five Thousand” with a cast of 22 people.


The following day, they held a Service of Thanksgiving and Garden Tea Party to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The service was attended by local MP, Stella Ambler and, with over 240 people attending, it was standing room only in the church!

Added July 23, 2012

Celebrating the Ministry of the Church of the Apostles

On Pentecost Sunday May 27th, the Church of the Apostles in North York finally closed its doors after 50 years of faithful ministry and service to the community. The Church members held a special service of celebration with friends and former parishioners on May 13th which was followed by a Luncheon. Area Bishop, Philip Poole was the Celebrant and Preacher.

Added June 11, 2012

Blessing of the Bikes

St. Francis of Assisi, Meadowvale West, will be welcoming those who ride Motorcycles and Scooters for a Blessing of the Bikes at 9:30 am on Saturday June 9, with a ride to follow for those who are interested. Please download the flyer for details.

Added May 24, 2012

Bishop Poole on 100 Huntley Street

In his appearance on the Christian daily talk show “100 Huntley Street” on May 23, 2012, Bishop Philip Poole talks about his call to ministry and about the Anglicans he has met through his work, both locally and internationally.

Watch the Interview

Added May 24, 2012

Good Friday Walk

On Friday April 6, St Francis of Assisi held a Good Friday Walk in Meadowvale.

Parishioners took turns carrying a wooden cross throughout the neighborhood as a visible reminder of our faith. We stopped at intervals to reflect on the Stations of the Cross and to hammer in nails, and place a crown of thorns on the cross.

It was a very moving and memorable service. When we passed our local McDonald’s, people crowded the windows and came out to see what we were doing. At one point we blocked three teenagers from being able to cross the street (at the slowest changing light in all of Meadowvale). They waited respectfully till our whole procession passed- missing their green light.

When we went back into the Church Centre building, the Presbyterian service was just letting out. They all stood in silence until we had passed. It was a very moving way to observe Good Friday.

Added April 20, 2012


Anglican Church Women holding AGM in York-Credit Valley

The ACW AGM is being held on Saturday May 12, 2012, at Christ the King Anglican Church, 475 Rathburn Road, Toronto.

Rev Dr. Cheri DiNovo, a graduate of the University of Toronto in Theology, and the Member of Provincial Parliament of Parkdale – High Park, is the keynote speaker on the theme “Justice for All”.

Cheri is a founding member of Ruth’s Daughters of Canada, a multi-faith organization that aims to mobilize women of faith to work towards ending violence against women.

For full details of this event, including a booking form, please download the flyer below.

(Added March 30, 2012)

Three Cantors sing for Kids4Peace

Photos from the wonderful Three Cantors concert held on March 6 at All Saints, Kingsway to raise funds for Kids4Peace.


Added March 12, 2012

Bishop Poole leads joint service of St. Olave’s Anglican and the South Sudanese Community Church

The congregation may be celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, but everyone felt young at heart at St. Olave’s January 29 family service.

Bishop Poole started off with a rousing children’s homily, which included a performance for the Bishop of one of the children’s favourite songs, the African hymn Siyahamba. Invoking the time-honoured expression “the chosen frozen”, the Bishop inspired us all to tap our feet and feel the rhythm of the music. It was a good thing too, since the South Sudanese’s choir performance had us all standing and clapping and rejoicing! The students of the Junior Church acted out a lesson based on the parable of the widow and the unjust judge. Archdeacon Peter Fenty delivered the Gospel. Bishop Poole was assisted in the Eucharist by St. Olave’s Honourary Assistant, Sister Mary Florence Liew and the Reverend Peter John, of the SSCC.

After the service, the capacity crowd moved downstairs to the Parish Hall for a delicious spread put on by the SSCC, and more music and dancing. It was a memorable day for St. Olave’s.

Added February 22, 2012

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