Announcements – May 18/19

Pentecost Geraniums – Once again this year we will be planting red geraniums around the sign out front as a symbol of Pentecost.  We are looking for cash donations towards the cost of the plants – $3 for one plant or $5 for two.  We would like to plant about 30 geraniums. Money can be left in an envelope with Margret Sweetlove’s name on it at the church office or given to her on a Sunday.

Climate Change – now a climate crisis! A presentation by Hamilton 350 for “Elders for Climate Sanity” will be held on Thursday May 23rd from 1 – 3pm in the Fireside room here at St. Matthew’s. Come if you would like to learn more about what you can do about the current climate crisis. RSVP at elders4climatesanity@gmail.com.

Doctrine of Discovery; Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts


Bishop Susan invites you to a special viewing of “Doctrine of Discovery; Stolen Lands, Strong Hearts” at Christ’s Church Cathedral in Hamilton on Wednesday, June 19 at 7:00 pm

This film is about a devastating decision, made over 500 years ago, which continues to profoundly impact Indigenous and Settler people worldwide. Pope Alexander VI ruled that the lands being discovered by European explorers at the time was “empty” land and its millions of Indigenous inhabitants were “non-human.”

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released 94 Calls to Action in 2015, with many of them referring to the Doctrine of Discovery and calling for its repudiation. This film is one of the responses of the Anglican Church’s Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. The purpose of this film is to respond to the calls to action by helping to provide education and insight into the racist foundations of many of our property and other laws still in existence to this day.   

  The Bishop’s Company Dinner is Monday May 27th at Michelangelo’s in Hamilton. We have a table for 10 reserved. $75 gets you a seat there. Please talk to Canon Susan if you’re interested.

Mark your calendars for a spring concert on Sunday May 26th at 3:00 pm with the Burlington Welsh Ladies Chorus and St. Matthew’s Bell Choir and our musician Mark Himmelman on the organ.