Tuesday, March 18, 2008
St Jude's, Mt Brydges, Ontario
On Sunday March 30 from 7-9 pm, St Judes is sponsoring a benefit concert at Hope Christian Reformed Church, 22636 Adelaide Rd, Mt Brydges. Proceeds will go towards helping rebuild the "Igloo Church", St Jude's Cathedral, Iqaluit. Cost is $10 per person with music by Route 66, In A Heartbeat, Caradoc Community Choir and Milestone.
St. Jude's, the Cathedral of the Diocese of the Arctic, (seen below in 1995 photo) was structurally damaged by an arson fire November 5, 2005 and as a result had to be demolished in 2006.
The cathedral is to be rebuilt. The original building, completed in 1972, was built to resemble an igloo and the new cathedral will retain the familiar igloo shape of its predecessor. The cost of the new cathedral is estimated to be $5.7 million. The Diocese of the Arctic received approximately $770,000 towards reconstruction from the insurance and is making an appeal both within and beyond the borders of the Arctic, and both within and beyond the borders of the Anglican denomination, to raise the additional funds needed.
Elsewhere in the diocese, last year the Anglican Church Women of St. John the Evangelist Church, Kitchener, Ontario started a 'stocking' project for St Jude's Cathedral. Everyone in the parish was given a little stocking and was asked to save quarters throughout the year. There was a cute little verse and instructions as to how many quarters should be put in each month. By December, each stocking had $20.00 in it. They were able to send a cheque for $1,000.