This article by Fr. Stewart Murray has been reprinted from Crosstalk, the newspaper of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa.
November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, when the Church gives thanks for the all Saints of God, countless numbers known now to God alone. I have always struggled to understand the meaning of “the Saints” and what it means to “be a saint.” Recently I was in a religious-supply store and behind the cash was a wall of plaster statues of saints of various sizes and artistic styles. They were like the images of saints that we see in stained-glass windows — rather unrealistic and artificial. If this is what saints are about, how can they “speak” to me as I strive to live the Gospel in the world today?
St. Barnabas’s annual Christmas Bazaar is one of the parish’s major fundraising events of the year. This year’s installment on November 29 will feature all the elements you have come to know and love: delectable baking, preserves, deli treats, and a wide selection of gently loved attic treasures, books, DVDs and CDs. Donations to the bazaar will be accepted throughout the month of November.
Fr. Stewart Murray helps Ruth Barry, whose family has been part of St. Barnabas since 1917 to cut the Anniversary cake. Looking on are The Most Rev. Frederick Hiltz, Primate of Canada, and the Rt. Rev. John H. Chapman, Bishop of Ottawa
Recognition and celebration took many forms at the anniversary dinner marking the various dedicatory milestones for St. Barnabas. Along with members of the parish and clergy, both Bishop John Chapman of the Diocese of Ottawa and Archbishop Frederick Hiltz, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, were on hand to mark the 62nd anniversary of the present church’s consecration, and the overarching 125th year of the parish’s founding. A key participant in the proceedings at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club last Saturday was Ruth Barry, whose family represents an unbroken line of congregational attendance since 1917, and who, along with Rev. Stewart Murray, cut the anniversary cake.