Anglican Samizdat

January 11, 2009

The continuing saga of St. Hilda’s: the kvetching of St. Aidan’s.

Filed under: Diocese of Niagara — David Jenkins @ 4:51 pm

The diocese of Niagara has imported the Rev. Cheryl Fricker as the “Priest in Charge” of the diocese of Niagara’s version of church-manqué at St. Hilda’s building.

One week ago, there were 7 cars in the parking lot and this Sunday 6 for the diocesan service; eliminating 3 cars for staff (clergy, music director and server) that leaves a congregation of around 5 people. One has to understand the situation fully in order to appreciate the magnitude of the overweening effrontery of the imported congregation. Cheryl Fricker is rector of St. Aidan’s and, just like Martha before her, brought a few stooges-in-training from her own congregation.

The generous perspective on this is that the congregants at St. Aidan’s are, like all good Anglicans, kept in the dark about everything that is going on in the organisation that is the sorry excuse for a Canadian Anglican church. So, naturally, when their rector asks them to turn up for an 8:30 a.m. service, they expect everything to be laid on in the manner to which they are accustomed.

Apparently, the facilities were found wanting by the invading forces. These are the complaints:

It was only 52 degrees in sanctuary.
The real rector of St. Hilda’s used to go into the building at 5:00 a.m. every Sunday to turn the heat up so that it would be warm when his flock arrived. St. Aidan’s: you should ask your rector why she is not doing that. Oh, and while you are at it, ask her why she is not paying her bills: St. Hilda’s ANiC is still paying to heat the place – even when you are occupying it.

The communion vessels are old and shabby.
Give them back, they are ours; we liked them, but Priestly Imposter Number 1, Brian Ruttan insisted on our giving them to him. In spite of the fact that many of them have sentimental value for the real parishioners of St. Hilda’s, we gave them up and bought new ones for ourselves. And now you, St. Aidan’s, are whining that they are not good enough for you!

The church had been stripped.
Martha Tatarnic did have a keyboard, piano and some children’s toys in the sanctuary; it was inconsiderate of her to remove them, wasn’t it? Martha is now at St.David’s and Holy Cross in Orillia ( 705-325-1421); why don’t you ask her for the stuff back?

The musicians in the real St. Hilda’s took their musical instruments with them; come to think of it, we have more instruments than you have people in your congregation.

There were no hymn books.
We haven’t used hymn books for 10 years, but they are there somewhere; so sorry to put you to the trouble, but you just need to look for them.

One of the many ironies on the St. Aidan’s occupation is that St. Aidan’s used to be regarded as a “missionary church” – an Anglican euphemism that means it can’t pay its own way – and St. Hilda’s diocesan assessment was increased to pay a part of St. Aidan’s share. We still are paying.



  1. How rude our latest “guests” are. Imagine having an unwilling host pay for everything and then complain at length that things aren’t just so. St Aiden’s was a friend of St Hilda’s and perhaps should give some thought as to what they are doing there and why they are such willing pawns.

    Comment by Muriel — January 11, 2009 @ 5:44 pm

  2. Ignore it , guys, he’s making it up as he goes along!


    Comment by bettygillian — January 13, 2009 @ 10:49 am

  3. I have to admit, the wit is mine. The rest is entirely factual.

    Comment by David — January 13, 2009 @ 12:09 pm

  4. #2 Where do you get your information from and are you privy to all that is said and done at St. Hilda’s?

    Comment by Share — January 13, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

  5. Some people have way too much time on their hands… sitting out in the cold counting cars on a Sunday morning, checking thermostats and lost inventory, and writing complete nonsense. I suppose switching to a religion that is based on mocking others was the right choice. Way to go!!

    Comment by Brian — January 15, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

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