Stewardship, a way of life – Christ the King?

Stewardship:  The act of managing the property of another person; the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.

The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.  Psalm 24:1


Stewardship, a way of life

Jesus tells us parables about those who were good and bad stewards – about how they lived and conducted themselves as stewards. He gives each of us, as his disciples, the opportunity to be stewards of our God-given gifts and talents.  Beginning today, and during the Advent season, and later during Lent, Cathedral parish members will share in their own stories some of their own understanding of what tham means for them.  These stories are not meant to point fingers at anyone, but are a gift to help all of us understand the larger picture of stewardship, which includes money, but is actually about every part of who we are as human beings and children of God.


Cathedral and Me, by Terry Moore

St. John’s Cathedral fills my life with stories.

I arrive at church among the monuments marking the graves of those who came before me.  Every monument evokes a story, and I know some of those stories.

There’s Hudson’s Bay Company chief factor James Thomson.  My paternal grandfather married his daughter, Inga Thomson, late in life, after the early death of the grandmother I never knew.  Over there lies University of Manitoba physiologist Joe Doupe, the father of my schoolmate David.  I wrote Joe’s biography a few years ago for a Toronto history of medicine foundation.  There’s hardware mogul James Henry Ashdown.  I live in his warehouse building in the Exchange District, now that they’ve turned it into condos.  By the cathedral’s north door lie E.S. Moorhead and his wife Elizabeth Maude, my maternal grandpa and grannie, with their son Peter, who died in childhood.  They lived on Alfred Avenue until they could afford something grander and moved to Carlton and Broadway.

These people have all touched my life one way or another.  Some of them provided some of my genes.  All of them helped build my city and shape my life.  At the cathedral, I am close enough to touch them, as it were.

At the cathedral, as in many Anglican churches, we list in the weekly bulletin the names of parishioners and others known to us who are in trouble and have asked us to pray for them.  In some cases, I know the story that goes with the name and I know how to pray for them. The prayer list says each of us is a named and treasured individual, known to our neighbours and to our creator, and each of us has a story to tell.

After the Sunday morning service, a lot of us linger near the coffee maker next to the baptismal font at the top of the centre aisle.  You can take your cup of coffee and sit with anyone at all and tell them the story that’s on your mind.  It may be something about the weather or it may be something about sin and redemption or it may be something suggested by the sermon we just heard.  There’s a curious dynamic about that weekly moment at St. John’s:  people don’t want to leave.  We have just shared together an important experience of our week and we’re not ready for the moment to end.

So, in quick succession on a Sunday morning at the cathedral, I meet some ancestors, some acquaintances and family connections, some neighbours in distress and some neighbours who have welcomed me to join them in worship.  Each of them brings me at least a fragment of a story.  On a good day, I might even meet Jesus while we tell each other his story, in the singing and the readings and the breaking of the bread.

Plenty of stories.  Great way to finish one week and start another.

We will remember them

emoke_szathmaryRemembrance Sunday at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral

135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg

Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, preaching and presiding

Featuring the Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles

Directed by Lt. Ryan Wehrle

With Honorary Colonel Emőke Szathmáry

Honorary Colonel Emőke Szathmáry was born in Hungary, spent six years in German refugee camps, and came to Canada in 1951with her family. In 1956 she became a Canadian citizen. She earned a Bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her academic appointments began at McMaster University, and continued at the University of Western Ontario, where she was Dean of Social Science. She then returned to McMaster as Provost and Vice-President (Academic). In 1996 she was named President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, a post she held for 12 years. She has received honorary doctorates from seven Canadian universities, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Honorary Colonel Szathmáry has been a Director of Power Corporation of Canada, and of Power Financial Corporation since 1999. She became a Director of Great-West Lifeco in 2006. She has also served on the boards of many international, national, and provincial organizations in the educational, research and philanthropic sectors. Currently she is a Member of the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, a Governor of McMaster University, and a Director of CancerCare Manitoba Foundation.

Honorary Colonel Szathmáry is married to Dr. George A. Reilly, whose roots, through his father, grandfather and great-grand-father are in Manitoba. Honorary Colonel Szathmáry’s paternal origins are rooted in Transylvanian Székely lineages that obligated mounted military service, thus her ancestors served in armies of successive Hungarian kings. Her father joined the Canadian Army Reserves in his 40s because he believed that, everyone has a moral obligation to serve his country. Honorary Colonel Szathmáry is proud to uphold that tradition, and to fulfill her duty to Canada by serving with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles.


Remembrance Sunday at the Cathedral: November 8th, 2015

RWR band march 2008 SJACJoin us for worship at 10:30 a.m. The Regimental Band of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles — gazetted in 1883 and associated with this Cathedral since — will be with us, playing prelude, postlude, and several hymns. Parade to the Regimental Memorial follows immediately, with coffee, tea, cakes, and fellowship in the John West Hall to follow that. The Director of the Band is Lt. Ryan Wehrle. Welcome Rifles, welcome all!

Address: 135 Anderson Avenue, just off north Main, north of St. John’s Park, east toward the River, street parking, wheelchair accessible.

Requiescat In Pace: JACOB (Cobber) LOUIS HENTELEFF

Jacob in front of store

JACOB (‘Cobber’) HENTELEFF  (November 26, 1955 – October 21, 2015) died suddenly, at home on Monday, October 21, 2015. He was 59. Jacob is survived by his life partner Linda Klimack and her family; his father Paul; his siblings Marke, Sybil, Harry, Alexandra and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother Nel and his sister Saskia. Jacob was born in Winnipeg, the first of six children. He attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with a degree in law. He was called to the bar and worked as a lawyer for a number of years. He and Linda met spring of 1981 and have had a committed and loving relationship. He left law to follow what turned out to be his true passion, that of shopkeeper, working with Linda at Scoop N’ Weigh. Cobber was an avid reader, a great storyteller and had an incredible memory for details. In a game of Trivial Pursuit once, he answered every single question correctly right into the winners circle, no one else had a turn. In recent years Cobber and Linda travelled together, to London for theater, camping in Boseman, Montana and closer to home to the Farm near Decker, Manitoba. In accordance with Cobber’s stated preference, his life will be celebrated in a private ceremony with only family in attendance. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the English Gardens for a bench. (Contact the Assiniboine Park Conservancy (204- 927-8080).

Jacob filling bin

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 24, 2015 (photographs added)

Dear Linda, Paul, and family,

We hold you in our prayers, that you may hold one another in peace and love stronger than death in this time of sorrow sudden and sharp.

May Jacob rest in peace.  God give you strength as you mourn.

The people of St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Winnipeg

Advent Quiet Day With Nancy Phillips, Saturday, November 28

Christmas is coming — Let’s ready our hearts. 

adventCome and join us for an Advent Quiet Day. This day will provide us with an opportunity to explore the mysterious relationship between the material and spiritual realms in our Advent focus. Using visual images, poetry and music we will have an opportunity to quiet and prepare ourselves as we anticipate the coming of Christ.  The day will involve periods of silence for personal reflection.

The Advent Quiet Day will provide an opportunity to find quiet space within yourself to sustain you through the busy days ahead and find meaning in your celebration of the Christ Child.

Saturday, November 28th, 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
At St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave.
Cost: $10.00 at the door (includes lunch)
Registration (required) deadline is Sunday, November 22nd
To register phone (204) 586-8385 or email:

St. John’s Cathedral Choir to begin again soon…


Photo by Edward Mathis

Michele Barr, ELCIC Diaconal Minister (Music), is the Interim Music Director at St. John’s Cathedral.  She is presently looking for singers for the Cathedral Choir.  There are still some spots open if you wish to meet with Michele for one on one conversation and song.  She needs to get to know you and your voice at least a little, and it also gives you the opportunity to meet her and get acquainted a bit with her.

Please phone the Cathedral Office at 204.586.8385 x 11 and leave a message, including your name and your own phone number and/or e-mail address, indicating which of the following options you would like to choose:

Thursday, September 24:

6:30 p.m.

6:50 p.m.

7:10 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

7:50 p.m.

8:10 p.m.

Sunday, September 27:

9:00 a.m.

9:20 a.m.

Please note:  If you need a time other than the above, contact the Office and ask the volunteer (Until October 5th Roger Stagg and Rene Jamieson will be filling in for Carol.) to contact Michele and she will be in touch with you. Thank you.

Truth and Reconciliation. The Healing journey continues

afn_chief_bellegardeThe Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
and the University of Manitoba invite you to attend


Closing the Gap:
First Nations’ Priorities are Canada’s Priorities

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 11:30 A.M. – 1:00 P.M.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
Light refreshments will be served.
To find out more:

Gospel Concert at St. Andrews on the Red: Infinitely More

On October 9th at 7 p.m., St  Andrew’s on the Red will host 2015 East Coast Music Award Nominee,Infinitely More Gospel Duo Infinitely More, for a night of inspirational entertainment! Husband and wife duo, Gerald Flemming and Allison Lynn, combine prodigious finger-style guitar and signature vocal harmonies to create a joyful mix of acclaimed original songs and fresh interpretations of the classics. Infinitely More offers a fusion of folk, pop, country, hymns and worship that soothes the heart and ignites the soul.

 This night of music will encourage and inspire both the seeker and the lifelong Christian. Infinitely More has a desire to share the love and light of God. Based in Burlington, ON, this couple will travel over 20,000 KM this year to spread the Gospel through song!

 To learn more about their music and ministry, please visit

Tickets are $15 each and available from Barbara at 204 338 7483 or Karen at 204 880 9124

Put Down Roots!!


New Arrivals ready to put down roots

Over the past few years we’ve lost too many trees (to storms, disease etc). Help us to restore the Cathedral’s canopy! Donate a tree (or two or three or more). You buy ‘em, we’ll plant ‘em, and the squirrels, crows, hawks
and other critters (including Wallace) will thank you. Please call Carol (204) 586-8385 or email for more details. Various species are available.

Donate today and watch your investment grow!!