Backpacks Needed (last call)

backpacksEvery Summer Christ Church Seaway partners with the Salvation Army and local school boards to help children begin the school year with the supplies needed for their education. Some families struggle with the cost of starting a new school year. By providing quality new backpacks and lunch bags for students in need, we are helping to make sure every child attends the first day of school with the appropriate supplies and that families feel the community’s support.

If you feel called to help support kids in our community as they begin a new school year, please purchase a good quality backpack and lunch bag. Drop them off at the church during the week or bring them with you to the outdoor service this Sunday August 20th. The backpacks will be prayed over during the service and sent to the Salvation Army in Cornwall for sorting the following day. Thank you for supporting this outreach ministry.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Robert Harris. He and his wife were faithful participants in our Wednesday morning service and bible study and will be missed.

HARRIS, Dr. Robert W. – (Cornwall, Ontario and Grand Isle, Vermont) passed away in Cornwall on July 19, 2017, in the company of his wife, Michèle (Veilleux) and his four children, at the age of 84. He was born in Kamloops, British Columbia, on June 5, 1933 to Mary Prescott and Dr. Arthur Hakstian. He was raised in the Anglican Church and was a member of Christ Church Seaway in Long Sault, Ontario. Dr. Harris completed his medical studies at the University of British Columbia in 1957, then came East for post-graduate training in the McGill University teaching hospital system. He did experimental surgery and earned a M.Sc. degree. His clinical formation was in the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and he went on to a fellowship in surgery of the hand in Great Britain, France, and Switzerland. He subsequently took the examinations for his Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) fellowship standing. From his research work and clinical trials, Dr. Harris published more than 20 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters. His 45 years of clinical practice were divided between three Montréal teaching hospitals, Hôpital Saint-Luc, the Montréal General Hospital, and St. Mary’s Hospital where he was Chief of Plastic Surgery, and two Cornwall community hospitals. He was determined to communicate with his francophone patients in their own language and became fluent in French. Dr. Harris became the first full-time plastic and reconstructive surgeon in the Seaway community. He developed the outpatient clinic concept with Dr. R.D. Tombler, orthopedist, at the Hôtel Dieu Hospital in Cornwall and cultivated the practice of outpatient surgery, especially applicable to skin cancer patients. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Harris pursued his interests in surgical research and pioneered an electrophysiological technique for distinguishing sensory and motor fibres in peripheral nerve repair. He was a founding member of the Canadian Society for Surgery of the Hand (Manus Canada) and a member of the American Hand Surgery Association. He was elected to the active membership of the distinguished American Society for Surgery of the Hand after presenting and publishing original work on rheumatoid arthritis of the hands. In and out of the operating room, Dr. Harris’ creative process was inspired by classical music, one of his favorites being Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 Movement 2 – Romance. Known as Bob by his friends and family, he was a keen sailor since his youth in Vancouver. Bob was an active member of the Montreal Power and Sail Squadrons and was its Commander for two years. He and his family spent many spring breaks sailing in the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands. For over 50 years, Bob enjoyed the tranquility and natural beauty of Grand Isle, Vermont where he sailed his Bluenose sailboat on Lake Champlain. Another of his beloved hobbies was tennis. He was a level 4.0 tennis player, President of the Mount Royal Country Club in Montréal and a founding member of the Cornwall Tennis Club. He is survived and will be greatly missed by Michèle, his wife of 56 years, and his children whom he considered to be his greatest achievement in life: Anne-Marie Hakstian of Swampscott, Massachusetts, Carole Hakstian of Burlington, Vermont, Esther Harris of Forest Hills, New York, and Richard Harris of Greenwich, Connecticut. He was also deeply loved by his grand-children Jordan, Sydney, and Dylan Harris; Solange and Prescott Jain; Mira Hakstian; and his brother Dr. A. Ralph Hakstian of Vancouver. He is predeceased by his sister Frances Elizabeth Larson of Kelliher, Saskatchewan. Arrangements under the care an directions of LAHAIE AND SULLIVAN CORNWALL FUNERAL HOMES, WEST BRANCH (613-932-8482) . The family requests that any donations be made in honor of Dr. Harris to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 1600 Merivale Road, Nepean, Ontario K2G 5J8 or Messages of Condolences may be left at www.lahaiesullivan.ca13194722

Summer Outdoor Services


When the weather gets warm and the sun is shining, everyone wants to be outdoors! For Christ Church Seaway, that means it’s time to flip over the canoe and celebrate the Eucharist outside!

The liturgy is very casual. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and stay for a picnic lunch after the service. If you have outside games to play, bring those too! A simple BBQ (hamburgers or hot dogs) is provided. Everything else is pot-luck.

Christ Church Seaway has four outdoor worship services scheduled for this Summer:

Sunday June 18 – Sunday School and Choir end-of-season celebration!
Sunday July 2 – Canada 150 celebration!
Sunday August 20 – general summer fun!
Sunday September 3 – Labour Day weekend!

Outdoor services begin at 10am. 8am services will continue to be held indoors.

Everyone is always welcome!

PWRDF Sunday


June 11th is Trinity Sunday. Christ Church Seaway is celebrating by learning more about the work of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. PWRDF is the primary means by which the Anglican Church of Canada responds to humanitarian needs related to relief, refugees, development, and justice in Canada and around the world.

Jane Maxwell is our diocesan representative and the chair of the Diocesan PWRDF Working Group. She will be addressing the 10am congregation with a slideshow presentation during the usual sermon time and will be available to chat about the work of PWRDF after the service.

This is a great chance to learn more about PWRDF and how we can further support this vital ministry!

Photo: Liselle was seven months pregnant with Liobert on the day of the Bohol earthquake in the Philippines. She was nearly hit by rocks from the landslide, but escaped with only a broken finger. She is looking forward to her new house being completed with help from local Primate’s Fund partners. (Photo by Kelly Steele, PWRDF)

Pentecost Sunday – Worship and Conversation

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This Sunday June 4th is the Christian Feast of Pentecost. On this day the followers of Jesus mark the coming of the Holy Spirit and the anniversary of the Christian Church. Christ Church Seaway will be observing this feast with multicultural music, and the reading of scripture in various languages (English, Inuktitut, Greek, and Bengali). If you are really keen, feel free to wear the colour red for this Eucharistic celebration!

After the 10 AM service Rev. Patrick and members of Parish Council will lead our third Turning-Point Conversation. This conversation will focus on a shared ministry proposal for our area. This will be a chance to learn more about a proposed plan that would allow for more cooperation between parishes and would also lead to some cost savings for Christ Church Seaway.

The conversation will take place over a pot-luck lunch so please bring a dish to share. Everyone is welcome!

Cornwall Inter-Faith Iftar

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The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. During this time, Muslims traditionally fast from sunrise to sunset. The breaking of the fast at the end of the day is known as Iftar. Often Iftar is an occasion for a community gathering, prayers, food, and even a party!

All are invited to attend an Interfaith Iftar to be held at Knox St. Paul United Church on Thursday June 8th at 7pm. This will be a casual and welcoming environment for anyone curious about the Muslim faith, interested in inter-faith dialogue, or simply looking to meet new friends!

Episcopal Visit and Confirmation Service

IMG_3584This Sunday June 28 The Right Reverend John Chapman will be leading worship at Christ Church Seaway. Bishop John has just marked the 10th anniversary of his ordination as Bishop of Ottawa. He is very familiar with Christ Church Seaway and is always welcome in our midst as a leader and a friend.

Seth GrantDuring the liturgy, Seth Grant will receive the sacrament of Confirmation. For the past few years Seth has been active in the the community of Christ Church through his participation in the youth group, his work as a server, and as a friendly face around the parish. Please pray for Seth as he takes this on this new commitment of faith.

The service takes place Sunday at 10am. As always, everyone is welcome to take part. A pot-luck reception will follow. This will be a great chance to get to know Bishop John, support Seth, and celebrate together as a community!