We have a large and active role in the community, ranging from feeding the hungry and supporting the isolated to nurturing the mind and spirit.
We do this by volunteering our time and/or offering our financial support.
Because of the vision and generosity of one parishioner, we have a beautiful garden in front of the Cathedral providing much needed green space and beauty for our neighbourhood. Because of the dedication and hard work of an indefatigable team of gardeners, we maintain this wonderful space for all to enjoy.
Created in cooperation with the Diocese of Niagara as a gift to the local community, Bishopsgate is meant to be a shared place. The benches are an invitation to sit and enjoy the beauty around you – the water feature, the magnificent gardens in bloom, the architecture of the building, and the neighbourhood itself.
Bishopsgate also hosts a variety of events. During fair weather months, Makers’ Market vendors use the space to display their wares and during Art Crawls, the space just hums with people, music, and sounds of the city. Occasionally, we hold an outdoor church service in Bishopsgate – all are welcome.
Whether you’re looking for a moment of peace and tranquility or a convenient meeting spot, Bishopsgate exists for your enjoyment.
The Columbarium is part of the All Souls Chapel located in the lower level of the Cathedral. Built in 1992, largely through the generosity of many parishioners, the Columbarium offers perpetually endowed care for the remains of those who choose cremation.
All Souls Chapel is used throughout the year for occasional services, as a place for devotions, and as a place of vigil and meditation during Holy Week. The Columbarium is open for visitation during Cathedral office hours and Sunday services. Invitations are sent to niche owners or to their families for the annual All Souls Service celebration which includes those inurned in the Columbarium.
An expansion of the Columbarium was completed over the summer of 2013 with the addition of ninety-nine new niches. Niches may be purchased by members of the Cathedral, the Diocese, and the community at large and may be reserved by advance purchase or obtained when needed. The purchaser receives a burial rights certificate signed by a signing officer of the Board of Directors attesting to the ownership of a specific niche as personal property and reciting the rights in detail. The arrangements for inurnment may be made with your own rector in cooperation with the Cathedral staff.
2016 Price List:
Double Niche – $2,000 Single Niche – $1,000
Makers’ Market was started by Cathedral volunteers as a way of providing local artisans with space and opportunity to market their craft.
Using Bishopsgate as their space, vendors feature local art, handmade goods and fresh foods throughout the spring, summer and fall. At Christmas time the artisans of the Makers’ Market move into the Cathedral-turned-marketplace and celebrate the season with special jewellery, stationery, knitted goods, paintings, photographs and vintage items, retro clothing, books and baked goods.
We are the area’s largest distributor of Salvation Army meal tickets. Come around on Tuesday mornings, and you will see a long lineup of friendly folks receiving meal tickets, enjoying a cup of coffee, and chatting. Their appreciation is sincere and their stories are moving.
Pastoral care is one way for the congregation to include those whom we no longer see at worship on Sunday. In our rather vague sense of what membership in a congregation means, it is easy for someone to be abandoned when their circumstances mean that they are not able to come to worship on a regular basis. Yet they are still part of our church family.
Pastoral visitors are in contact with a set of parishioners roughly every month, either by telephone or personal visits. They will bring news of the congregation and, with appropriate training, provide support for the circumstances which the person being visited may be facing. It is a position of trust and confidentiality for those whom we visit are generally vulnerable – from temporary or permanent illness or incapacity.
If you know of someone who is no longer able to come to worship on a regular basis, please let us know by contacting the Cathedral Office, and we will arrange for someone to pay them a visit.
Every week a group of knitters meet at the Cathedral to knit “prayer shawls”. These are shawls that are then given to those in need of comfort.
Prayer shawls become tangible symbols of love when words can’t be found to adequately express one’s feelings. We knit prayer shawls, have them blessed, wrap them and enclose a prayer.
Our talented group of knitters has also taken on the responsibility to knit hats, mittens, and scarves that are offered during the Christmas season to children and adults in need.