Annual Community Events

Annual Community Events

Parish BBQ

We kick off the fall program season with our Community BBQ. This is a free event and we invite our neighbours to come by and enjoy a light meal and activities for children.

Generally held from noon until 2 pm on the first Sunday after Labour Day.

Halloween

On Halloween night, we welcome kids and their parents who are trick-or-treating in our neighbourhood. Leaside is famous for how it keeps this holiday, and we like to join in the fun. From 6 to 8 pm on October 31, we open the doors at the Broadway Avenue entrance and offer treats for kids and adults alike in our decorated space.

Fall Sale

A number of people pull together to host our Fall Sale, which attracts shoppers from Leaside and beyond  and incudes home baking; knitting, pottery, and other crafts; second-hand treasures; and a café-style lunch. Beginning in 2018, we expanded our children’s activities with an Advent-themed craft station.

Generally held the third Saturday in November.

Pancake Supper – Shrove Tuesday

On the Tuesday evening before Ash Wednesday, we invite folks in for a lively pancake supper. This event draws on the Mardi Gras tradition. Shrove Tuesday was once the last day to celebrate and make merry before the beginning of Lent, a six-week solemn period of preparation in advance of Easter. In days when people kept a Lenten fast, this was an opportunity to use up fat, sugar, and other “luxurious” ingredients.

Held in February or March on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. See our calendar for the precise date each year.

Indigenous Service

Awareness, healing, and reconciliation with our Indigenous neighbours is important at St. Augustine’s. We mark the Sunday closest to National Indigenous Peoples Day (June 21) with special prayers, music, and guest speakers and Indigenous leaders who can teach us about Indigenous spirituality.

Other Indigenous events are kept throughout the church year, including Orange Shirt Day (September 30), honouring those affected by the residential school experience; group outings to local powwows, and other learning opportunities. See our calendar for details.