Sunday at St. John’s, September 28

Sunday at St. John’s:

Parable of the Two Sons and the Vineyard9 a.m. Dean’s Forum in the narthex; Ch. 2 of R. Williams’ book, ‘Being Christian’ – Bible. Thanks, Richard!
10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist, The Rev. Brian Ford, Hon. Assistant, preaching and presiding. Thank you, Brian.
Noon or so… Coffee and koinonia in the narthex.

7 p.m. Ordination of Diane Panting to the Diaconate
Reception to follow in the John West Hall.

Back to Church Sunday at the Cathedral – Welcome home!

BTC-you're invited

Dean’s Forum at 9 a.m. – Baptism (the first chapter of Rowan Williams’ book, ‘Being Christian’)
Sung Eucharist (Holy Communion) at 10:30 a.m.; Dean preaching, the Rev. Canon Ann Goodwin presiding at the Eucharist (this is Ann’s last Sunday with us before she moves to Whitby, Ontario).

Noon: Potluck feast in the John West Hall, all welcome!  If you’re new or visiting, don’t worry about bringing anything, just yourself.

BTC-welcome home, we missed youPlease come and join us for the Feast of Christ – Holy Communion – and then stay for the feast to follow… Should be a great meal, two, in fact! Hope to see you here.

The Cathedral is at 135 Anderson, Winnipeg, just off North Main toward the Red River, where the first church was built in 1822. We are just north of St. John’s Park, named after the Cathedral when the parish donated the land to the city many years ago. Street parking all round.

BTC - Come as you are




Holy Cross Sunday

Holy Cross, The three crosses are discovered. An injured young man is healed by the True Cross. 15th-century frescoes at the Church of San Francesco, Arezzo by Piero della Francesca.

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.    (1 Corinthians 1:18–24)

The cross is the tree of my eternal salvation nourishing and delighting me. I take root in its roots, I am extended in its branches, I am delighted by its dew, I am fertilized by its spirit as by a delightful breeze. The cross is my nourishment when I am hungry, my fountain when I am thirsty, my covering when I am stripped, for my leaves are no longer fig leaves, but the breath of life. This is my safeguard when I fear God, my support when I falter, my prize when I enter combat, and my trophy when I triumph. This is my narrow path, my steep way. This is the ladder of Jacob, the way of angels, at the summit of which the Lord is truly established. This is my tree, wide as the firmament, which extends from earth to the heavens; it is the pillar of the universe, the support of the whole world. . . .

—Anonymous third-century sermon
["The Paschal History," The Paschal Mystery: Ancient Liturgies and Patristic Texts, ed. A. Hamman OFM (Staten Island, NY: Alba House, 1969), 64-65.]

Come and join us at the Dean’s Forum, 9 a.m. in the narthex, for conversation about the Cross.  All welcome.

Sam Carriere – Requiescat in Pace

SAD NEWS for the Anglican Church of Canada:

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

Sam Carriere

From the Primate,
The Most Rev. Fred Hiltz:


Earlier today, the Anglican Church of Canada lost its Director of Communications and Information Resources and long-time staff member, Sam Carriere. Included below is a section of of the letter Archbishop Fred Hiltz, Primate, sent to General Synod staff:

It is with much sadness and also much relief that I inform you that our colleague and dear friend Sam Carriere died peacefully at home in the early morning hours of Sunday August 10th. Sam seemed to know his journey would be ending soon and he was very much at peace. As we commend him into the loving arms of Our Lord I ask your prayers for Linda [spouse] who has taken such good care of Sam in these last eight months.

As we were very much a part of Sam’s extended family and circle of close friends it was his wish that a memorial service be held in the Chapel of the Holy Apostles at Church House. That will likely take place in early September. As arrangements are made I will inform you.

In the Peace of Christ


Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

Five loaves, two fish-bas relief

“When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, ‘This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.’ Jesus said to them, ‘They need not go away; you give them something to eat.’ They replied, ‘We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.’ And he said, ‘Bring them here to me.’ ”  (Matthew 14:14-18)

Five loaves and two fish, with words of blessingSunday Summer Schedule continues at the Cathedral:  Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m. with Coffee & Koinonia to follow in the narthex. Come one, come all; Christ is the host, Christ the Feast, all are welcome!

FRANCES MARY SUTTON (nee ROOKE) June 8, 1924 – June 23, 2014

Frances Sutton, elder It is with deepest sadness that we say goodbye to our wonderful wife, mother and gran, Fran Sutton. Predeceased by her parents Victor and Lucy, and older brothers, Eric and Jim, she will be deeply missed by husband Bob, son Lloyd, daughter Elaine (Tim Kelly), grandson Riley Sutton, Riley’s mother Andrea Newsom, sisters-in-law Leila Rooke, Hazel Sutton and in-laws Dick and Mary-Lou Sutton, all extended family, friends and special friends Carol and Ron Craig and Bev and Frank Kostiuk.

Fran was born in 1924 on the Rooke farm outside Saltcoats, SK. She was one of the last of a Frances Sutton, younggeneration of farm kids who went to school on horseback. Moving to Winnipeg, MB after high school, she began her career with the Great West Life Company. Concurrently she joined the parish and the choir of St. John’s Cathedral Anglican Church where she met Bob (who sang bass). Sparks flew across the choir stalls and Bob and Fran married on June 3, 1950

Family life began with the arrival of Lloyd in 1955 and Elaine in 1957 and Fran dedicated herself to being the best mom in the world. Always there with a smile, encouragement, a laugh or advice, she truly loved being a mother. A woman of broad interests, she also enjoyed gardening, oil painting, piano playing, games, needlework and especially her activities with her women’s groups. She had a life-long dedication to the church and her faith was ever present in her day-to-day life.

The family would like to thank the Grace Hospice staff and volunteers for the loving care she received during the last 20 months of her life, to her wonderful Oncologist, Dr. Pat Harris and special thanks to Dean Paul Johnson for his spiritual support and love. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 5M9, or to the Grace Hospice through the Grace Hospital Foundation, 300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg, MB R3J 3M7.

The funeral will take place at St. John’s Cathedral, with The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson presiding, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 28, with interment to follow in the Cathedral Churchyard.  A light lunch will be served in the John West Hall.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 25, 2014

Fran Sutton – Requiescat in Pace


Our beloved sister Fran Sutton died early this morning.  May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

The funeral service for Fran will be held at her beloved St. John’s Cathedral on Saturday, June 28th, at 2 p.m.  Further details will follow.  Please pray for Bob (They just celebrated their 64th anniversary!) and for her children Elaine (Tim) and Lloyd.

Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord.
And let light perpetual shine upon her.

Sunday at the Cathedral: Holy Trinity


Trinity, nativeNO DEAN’S FORUM

10:30 a.m. Sung Eucharist for Trinity Sunday

Noon or so… Coffee, tea, and koinonia… Christian community

3 p.m. Ordination Service – God willing the following will be ordained priests in the Church of God, within The Anglican Church of Canada:

Allison Christine Chubb
Helen Wanda Holbrook
Kara Dawn Mandryk
Steven Glenn Scribner
Lissa May Wray Beal

Presider: Bishop Don Phillips
Preacher: The Rev. Helen Kennedy
Host: The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson

Reception to follow in the John West Hall.

From the Dean’s Desk (and the pen of Rene Jamieson): The Matthew 25 Project

Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”  (Matthew 25:34-36)
Winnipeg Harvest

In the Gospel of St. Matthew, Chapter 25:31-46, we are told that when Jesus returns he will ask us how we have treated those who are in need. If you’re not familiar with the passage, it’s well worth taking a few minutes to read the whole passage.

At its May meeting, Vestry voted in favour of a motion for this parish to gather food regularly for Winnipeg Harvest. The severity of the past winter and the increasing number of Winnipeggers who need help to feed themselves and their families have Winnipeg Harvest struggling to keep its shelves stocked. The food gathered by Winnipeg Harvest is distributed to families throughout Winnipeg via its network of some 120 volunteer food banks located in churches, community centres, schools, universities, and more.

Many of those families include children, and they rely on Winnipeg Harvest and its network of neighbourhood food banks to stretch their meagre food budgets. We hope that you will join your fellow parishioners in gathering non-perishable food items to help to stock Harvest’s depleted shelves. As you are able, you are invited to bring at least one of the following items: canned fish (tuna or salmon, packed in water), canned meat (ham, chicken, turkey), canned fruit (packed in its own juice),canned vegetables, canned stew, canned chili, canned brown beans, peanut butter (the less added sugar the better), baby food and infant cereal, wholegrain pasta, packaged brown, converted or parboiled rice, canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes, high fibre/non-sugary cereals (like oatmeal, Shredded Wheat, Weetabix, Red River cereal, Cream of Wheat),and canned soups (particularly lentil, pea or vegetable soups). Look for the boxes and sign in the narthex.

For more information, contact the Matthew 25 Project co-ordinator Ted Ash at

Oh, just one more thing, why not give thanks for the food which you are privileged to eat, every day, each bite, and every sip of clean, safe water? We’ve earned it, we might be tempted to say, but the truth is different: All is gift from God’s gracious hand. God has given enough for all to share in God’s generosity and abundance. To paraphrase a follower of Jesus who was not a Christian, Mahatma Gandhi, there is enough for the need of all, but not enough for the greed of all. So, what else can we say?

Thanks be to God!