Located near the heart of Bloor West Village,
St. Olave's has been worshipping as a congregation
for more than 125 years. We are a diverse, multi-
generational group and use the Book of Common Prayer
as our service guide.
St. Olave's is on Twitter ---> @stolavesTO
If you did not receive the Advent Issue of our Newsletter
email your address to
Links to all recent issues are at the bottom of this web-page.
Rector --- Rev. David Burrows (416-762-0258) email@example.com
Honorary Assistant ---
Rev. Sister Mary Florence Liew (416-551-5606)
Honorary Assistant ---
Rev. Canon Ruth Smith (647-340-9015)
Honorary Assistant ---
Rev. Peter John (416-653-1174) Sudanese Community Church
Organist and Choir Director ---
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir. Please email John for more
information about joining.
Child and Youth Minister ---
Administrator --- Judy Beal (416-769-5686)
Office Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00AM to 5:00PM
Sexton ---David Webb (416-720-1163)
Much work in St. Olave's is done by our Wardens, Committee Chairs and other Volunteers.
by Cash, Cheque or Pre-Authorized Giving
by Credit Card or with your PayPal Account
HOLY COMMUNION IN THE CHAPEL --- Every Sunday at 8:30AM
PRAYERS IN THE CHAPEL --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:00 AM
HOLY COMMUNION --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM
MORNING PRAYER --- 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM
JUNIOR CHURCH AND NURSERY --- at 10:30AM every Sunday
excluding summer, school breaks and holiday weekends. We make charitable donations,
one of the most recent of which made headlines in the Toronto Star.
See also our Junior Church Calendar for 2014,
and a Junior Church Information Form.
For more about our Child and Youth Minister Laura Oxley, click here.
BIBLE STUDY --- Sundays at 9:30 AM and on Wednesdays at 10:00 AM
followed by Eucharist at 11:15 AM.
MUSIC DURING LENT: We are delighted to announce that our Director of Music,
John Stephenson, will be performing some of Johannes Brahms' Organ Chorale Preludes
during Lent. These pieces are considered little jewels by many and are in the
composer's output, as he wrote almost nothing else solely for the organ. They were
also his final compositions. John has also written new settings to be sung during
Communion in Lent (on March 1, 15,and 29), especially for the people of St. Olave's.
We will be learning them in church on March 1, but you can see the music and listen
to our choir perform them here! Click on the appropriate links below.
Agnes Dei See Listen
Sanctus See Listen
Nine-fold Kyrie See Listen
Our Christmas Craft Show was held on
Saturday November 15
from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Unique hand-made crafts were sold by artisans, artists
and craftspeople from the Greater Toronto Area with a coffee bar available.
Sunday February 8 at 3:00PM Windermere String Quartet Concert.
Pastorale Guest artist: Emily Eng, viola
A quartet inspired by Persion classical music written for it, played
Mehdi Rezania: "The Birds and the Garden are Listening to you"
Joseph Hayden: Quartet in D Op. 64 No. 5 "The Lark"
W. A. Motzart: Quintet in C K. 515
In his final
set of Lenten Series talks as St. Olave's Rector,
entitled Angels and Demons, Rev. David Burrows will lead
discussions on whether Angels and Demons are a key component of
Christian belief, and what part they have in our life today.
See his Introductory Remarks.
Sunday February 15 Noon Annual Pancake Lunch to celebrate the coming of Lent,
All are welcome to this St. Olave's tradition! Tickets were $6 for adults,
$3 for kids or $15 for families.
Wednesday February 18 after Litany by Candlelight with Holy
Communion for Ash Wednesday at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30
David's first Angels and Demons talk was a short overview entitled
Angels: the real story.
Sunday February 22 10:30AM Annual Thinking Day Service for Scout and Guide troups. This
year's international theme is ending poverty, so we invited Dr. Ryan Weston,
the social justice advocate with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, as our guest
speaker. Our Junior Church and Youth Group helped lead the service.
Wednesday February 25 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David was on Dionysius, the Areopagite.
Friday February 27 7:00PM Annual Vestry Meeting preceded by
Dinner at 6:OOPM.
Wednesday March 4 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David will be on Avoiding Angels in Disguise.
Wednesday March 11 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David will be entitled Angels Galore (Revelation).
Wednesday March 18 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David will be on Angels and Demons.
Wednesday March 25 after Evensong at 6:00PM and a Light Supper at 6:30,
the discussion by and with David will be entitled You Are Gods (Psalm 82).
Sunday March 29 10:30AM Palm Sunday Service.
Sunday March 29 3:00PM Windermere String Quartet Concert -- Tickets
available at the door.
Friday April 3 10:30AM Good Friday Service at Bloor West Baptist Church
on South Kingsway just south of Bloor Street -- A Joint Celebration with
Churches in the area.
Sunday April 5 10:30AM Easter Sunday Service of Holy Communion
with reception to follow.
Our 2014-15 EVENSONG EVENTS
Sept 28 2014 through March 25 2015
April 19 2015 through July 2015
We feed the homeless every Saturday night through our
providing soup, juice and rolls, along with clothing and sleeping bags. Have a look at Reverend David Burrows preparing the food
and at David and Tina feeding the hungry.
Read Toronto Star Article by Donovan Vincent
If you want to get involved you can volunteer to make soup on a Saturday afternoon
at the Church, or deliver it Saturday evening downtown with the Rector.
Contact David Burrows at 416-762-0258 for more information.
Upon his retirement later this year, David is arranging with his friend
Dr. Christian Delia from PIUS X Roman Catholic church to operate the
hunger patrol out of that church. St. Olave's volunteers will
continue to be involved in soup making and delivery after details are worked out.
Our Growth Committee has produced a fantastic new Soup Cook
in support of the Hunger Patrol. Get 28 favorite soup recipes from
members of the Parish, as well as cook book authors Michael Smith, Julie Van Rosendaal
and Fina Scroppo for just $12. Available during church office hours while supplies last.
Call the office at 416-769-5686 to arrange your purchase.
We support Kathy Langston in her efforts to provide a home and care
for abandoned children in Romania,
and numerous other charities
by means of our SECOND CENTURY MISSION FUND.
We are a busy place! Our facilities are used every week-day by
Addus, a charitable organization for youth with developmental disabilities,
For more information contact Rosie Parris at 416-604-2449.
In the evenings our Parish Hall is bustling with Girl Guides, Brownies,
Pathfinders, Rangers, Scouts, Cubs, Venturers and Beavers.
For more information contact:
Guides --- Paula Hilborn (416-995-7813)
Brownies and Sparks --- Jessica Roberts (416-556-3649)
Rangers --- Emma Kastanis (647-992-1042)
Scout Group Commissioner --- Charles Ash (416-766-0922)
On Saturday mornings, we are home to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
For more information contact Father Herbert Bennett (416-570-4182).
On Sunday afternoons we are home to
THE SUDANESE COMMUNITY CHURCH OF TORONTO
We are also proud to be the home of the
Windermere String Quartet
Anglican Church Women (ACW)
What is the Anglican Church
The best short answer is probably the
Mission Statement of the Anglican Church of Canada
As a partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the Universal
Church, we proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Worship and action
We value our heritage of biblical faith, reason, liturgy, tradition, bishops
and synods, and the rich variety of our life in the community
We acknowledge that God is calling us to greater diversity of membership,
wider participation in ministry and leadership, better stewardship in God's
creation and a stronger resolve in challenging attitudes and structures that
Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to respond to this all in love
and service and so more fully live the life of Christ
For a wonderful perspective on being Anglican, read
Bishop Philip Poole's editorial in the Anglican Journal.
What is the Book of Common Prayer?
The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a small book that lists all the services
throughout the year, including many passages from the King James Bible. It is
much smaller than a Bible! When you come to St. Olave's or any Anglican
Church, you will notice that common prayer (or praying together) is an
important part of how Anglicans worship together. The rich tradition of set
prayers from the BCP forms the backbone of our services. It was written in 1662,
and later revised in 1962. While many Anglican Churches adopted the Book of
Alternative Services (BAS) in 1985, St. Olave's is among the 17 Anglican Churches
in Toronto to retain the BCP, which has been called the "priceless possession of the
Anglican Church." Saying the same liturgical words that have been said over
the centuries is, for many, part of the comforting ritual and tradition of our services.
We are pleased to be able to attach to our website
a detailed discussion of the history of our church
which includes details of the life of Olaf Haraldson,
who became Saint Olave, as well as of the beginning
of our parish going back to 1886, and our ties with
St. Olave's Hart Street in the London England business
district. The origins and dedications of of all the
windows, fonts, and components of the chapel are also
explained in an interesting way. The document, titled
Wood, Stone and Stained Glass
Saint Olave's Anglican Church
1886 -- 1991
was produced by one of our former rectors
the Reverend Dr. V. D. Wigmore
The Olave Branch
--- Edited by Janice Douglas
Fall Parish News 2014
Advent 2013 -- Pt 2
Advent 2013 -- Pt 1
Sandra Franke, artist and
Craig Douglas, comedian and juggler
David Hutcheon, real estate sales representative
For comments and further information, contact the
John Floyd (416-769-8245)