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.

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

Requiescat in pace: The Rev. Canon Arnold Georges Johnson

Well done, good and faithful servant

Arnold Georges Johnson died on September 10, 2015, at the St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He leaves behind his son, Arnold Johnson and his wife Lori, his daughter, Muriel Njegovan and her husband Bob, his younger son, Mark Johnson and his partner Sheila, and his youngest daughter, Anne Marie Johnson and her husband Terri. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Milica Weiler, Katarina Stevens, and Milan Njegovan, Jennifer Johnson, Andrew Johnson and Robyn Johnson, as well as his great-grandchildren Kane, Liana, Abby, Scott and Kira.

Arnold was born June 1, 1923 in Preeceville, Saskatchewan to Andrew and Gusta Johnson. He was the youngest of six children. Arnold grew up on Canadian Prairies with all the wonders and hardships that came with it. As a result of this life education, he grew up to be a man of many accomplishments. One of his first loves was reading. It was a passion that stayed with him the rest of his life. During the war, he served overseas as an aviation mechanic. When he returned from the war, he and his brother Gilbert owned and operated the Johnson Brothers Garage in Swan River, Manitoba. It was during this time that Arnold met, courted and married the love of his life, Gladwys Eva Burke. Together they had four children, Arnold, Muriel, Mark and Anne Marie. Over the course of years Arnold moved through a number of careers. He was a man of many talents. Not only was he an aviation mechanic and garage owner / operator / bookkeeper, he was also an accomplished carpenter, a minister, a counselor and teacher. As he put it, he was a “jack of all trades and master of none”. There are many who would disagree with that statement, for when he decided to do something, he always researched it and did it well. Arnold was passionate about the pursuit of knowledge, the Christian faith and caring for those in need. He and his wife, Gladwys, always put the needs of others before themselves. They were a true partnership in every sense.

Arnold was ordained in 1958 and, while in Rupert’s Land, served as Hon. Asst., or Priest-in-charge, in the following parishes:
Church of the Ascension, Stonewall, Christ Church, Stony Mountain, St. Peter, Balmoral, All Saints, Wpg; St. Luke, Balsam Bay, St. Jude, Grand Marais, St. Michael, Victoria Beach; St. Aidan, Wpg., St. James, Beausejour; St. Barnabas, Wpg., St. John’s Cathedral, St. George, Woodlands, and held license as “Special Assistant” to Bishops Jones and Lee.

Arnold loved the outdoors. He enjoyed cycling, canoeing, sailing, and camping. Arnold was a devoted husband, and loving father and grandfather. He will truly be missed.

A service to celebrate Arnold’s life will be held at All Saint’s Anglican Church, 175 Colony Street (Broadway & Osborne), Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 1:00 p.m. on September 19, 2015. There will be a reception in the church hall following the service.

A private family interment will be held at Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery . Parking for the service will be available at the rear of the Great West Life building across from the church; remember the row closest to the office building is reserved 24/7.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to ‘Agape Table’ in care of All Saint’s Church.

Bardal Funeral Home 204-774-7474 Condolences
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on September 16, 2015.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Nancy Graham: Requiescat in pace

Nancy GrahamOn Thursday evening, 3 September 2015, our beloved sister in the Lord, Nancy Graham, died peacefully in her residence in Winnipeg.

Her funeral will be held at this Cathedral on Monday, 14 September 2015 at 11 a.m.  A light lunch will follow.  Please keep her sons and all her family in your prayers.  We remember with thanksgiving as a long-time member of this Cathedral parish, and a delightful human being, as well as a sister in Christ and friend to many.  We will miss you, Nancy.

May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

RAYMOND R. BAILEY June 2, 1922 – July 23, 2015

Ray Bailey, formal-2Peacefully and surrounded by his family, Raymond Ronald Bailey, aged 93, died on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Barbara and his children Ron (Sharon Goertzen and Melissa); Ann (Gary Craven, Trevor and Sara); Mary Stanger (Ted, Margaret (Jerrimy and Aurora) and Melanie (Kyle Gluchi)); and Robert (Brigitte, Graham and Emma) and also by Barbara’s children Gloria, Michel, Janet, Roger, Marlene, Deanne and Monique and their families. Many nephews, nieces and friends near and far treasure fond memories of Ray.

Ray was predeceased by his parents Ernie and Nellie Bailey and in 1988, by his first wife Joan (Pettipher).

Ray was born in Brandon, Manitoba where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree from Brandon College in 1944. Following a short stint as a chemist he entered the University of Manitoba and earned a Diploma in Education (1946) and later a Bachelors of Education (1957) and a Masters of Education (1966). In 1973 he was awarded a Canada Council grant for doctoral studies in education.

Ray began his teaching career at Killarney in 1946 and later held teaching and administrative positions in Melita, Morris and the Seven Oaks School Division in Winnipeg. In 1986 he retired as principal of Arthur E. Wright Elementary School. Ray was a highly respected educator who even in his 90’s was often greeted warmly by former students and colleagues. As an adjunct to his teaching career Ray was active in the Manitoba Teachers’ Society, the provincial Home & School Federation and the Manitoba Library Trustees Association.

Ray had many interests outside of Education, including computers, genealogy, photography and classical music. For more than 40 years he served as a Lay Reader in the Anglican Church. For 10 years, he served on the board of Habitat for Humanity with special responsibilities for the first ReStore in Winnipeg. Ray was a proud supporter of his alma mater in Brandon and in 2005 he was the recipient of the Brandon University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Ray enjoyed travel and did not accept the limitations that his health could have imposed. He travelled extensively with Barbara and cruised to Australia and back using his portable oxygen machine. Ray felt a strong affinity with the Cuban people and made more than 20 visits to Cuba with Joan, and then with Barbara, bringing  scarce items to their Cuban friends. The Presbyterian Church of Varadero made them honorary members of their parish.

Ray was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was keenly interested in everyone’s life  and supportive of their educational pursuits and other endeavours. Ray was an avid fan of the Manitoba Moose, then the Winnipeg Jets and the Winnipeg Goldeyes. He was at a Goldeyes game only two weeks before his passing, rooting for the home team.

In retirement, Ray became an author and published “Tadpole to Little Frog”- his memoir of  growing up in Brandon during the depression and war years. At the time of his passing he was working on a second volume about his life since 1949.

Ray lived independently with Barbara and despite his failing health lived life to the fullest. The family thanks Ray’s family doctor, Dr. Grobler and the doctors, nurses and aides who  professionally and skilfully attended to Ray during his numerous hospital stays.  In particular, they thank Dr. Garcia and the palliative care staff at Riverview Health Centre.

The Funeral Requiem for Ray Bailey will be held on Thursday, July 30th at 2:00 PM at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave, Winnipeg, MB.  The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson will preside.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ray Bailey may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 60 Archibald St, Winnipeg, MB R2J 0V8, or to Rossbrook House, 658 Ross Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3A 0M1   or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the care of Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3H 1B9.

Funeral for Ray Bailey

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23)

Ray Bailey-3The Funeral Service for Ray Bailey, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend to many, teacher, and disciple of Christ, will be held at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson, Winnipeg, this coming Thursday, July 30th, 2 p.m. All are welcome at this worship service to the glory of God, as we give thanks for Ray’s long and full life.

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

Requiescat in pace: Raymond Bailey, 1922-2015

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

Ray Bailey-2

Raymond Bailey, our dear brother in the Lord and good friend, died today, Thursday, 23 July, at 12:05 p.m. at the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg.  He was surrounded by loving family.  Please keep them all in your prayers, his beloved wife Barbara, his children and their partners, and all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, in this time of sorrow.

Further details on funeral date and time will be forthcoming as soon as they are available.  The service will be held here at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, a church he loved and served well through many, many years.  We will miss you, Ray, but, even as we grieve your dying, we rejoice with you in your life forever safe in Christ.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory. 

Ringing the Bells 1181 times for Missing, Murdered, Indigenous Women

We rang the Cathedral bells today 1181 times for 1181 MMIW.  We rang in memory, in honour, in hope.

CBC News was here and filmed a piece around #22Days and the bell ringing and the commitment of the Anglican Church of Canada to continuing the journey of healing and reconciliation, even if the official work of the TRC is now done. We are told it will feature on The National tonight, maybe even be part of the lead story. Tune in and find out. And remember, this ending is only the beginning.

Ted rings the bells for MMIW


Sunday, May 31st, 2015
I will not leave you orphans, aboriginalA Prayer Service at this Cathedral as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission begins its final meeting in Ottawa. Please join us if you can; all are welcome.  Our worship is Anglican but there will be some Traditional elements.


Smudging available at 4 p.m., on both sides of the Cathedral, just outside each of the main entrances.
Thank you, Velma and Ko’ona!


Our time of prayer will begin at 4:30 p.m.
There will be the Four Songs, one before you come and three in our time together; thank you Coco and Ko’ona!
Bishop Don will read The Apology of 1993 and then do some sharing as we look to a new future together.
Thank you to The Rev. Deacon Michele Barr, ELCIC, for playing the piano and for The Rev. Tyler Gingrich, ELCIC.


Following the service all are invited dowstairs to the Cathedral Hall for a time of sharing and conversation, with fresh bannock, butter, jam, coffee, tea, and other treats.  Thank you Bernice Desmarais.  And Wallace Demarais for everything!  Many thanks to the Cathedral people for hosting!  You are wonderful!


Here we as Anglicans will reaffirm our commitment to the long journey still needed, into truth-telling and healing and reconciliation.  Here we will ask the Creator’s help, and the presence of our Brother, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is the great Healer.

Xp and Apostles, John Giuliani
Please come and join us, whether you are Anglican, or other Christian, or Traditional Indigenous, or something else. As Anglicans we commit to the road ahead, and we understand that this ending is only the beginning.  Please come and join us, come and bear witness, help us to keep our promise.



Jerusalem Sunday 2015 – Easter 7


The Seventh Sunday of Easter is Jerusalem Sunday in the Anglican Church of Canada. We remember our partners, our sisters and brothers, in the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem, with Archbishop Suheil Dawanni and Dean Hosam Naoum, and all their people in Palestine, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. There will be opportunity on Sunday to give a special offering which will go to support the Diocese, especially its health-care institutions. Look for the envelope in your bulletin and give as generously as you are able. Thanks very much! Shukran iqtir.


Preaching and presiding at the Cathedral will be the Rev. Julie Collings, with deep gratitude from the Dean, who is home sick, but expects to be back soon after a couple days of good rest.  Thank you, Julie!   THERE IS NO DEAN’S FORUM ON SUNDAY, MAY 17.  SUNG EUCHARIST AS USUAL AT 10:30 A.M.

Jerusalem Sunday on May 17, 2015, is the second annual church observance to celebrate companionship in God’s mission between the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem in Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.  The Diocese is a historic and active member of the Christian, ecumenical and interfaith community of the Middle East.  It is home to several thousand Arab Anglicans in thirty parishes and situated in one of the world’s holiest destinations for Christian, Jewish and Muslim pilgrims.

IMG_6324Regrettably, few religious tourists to the Holy Land today encounter Palestinian and other Arab Christians, or visit a parish church, school or hospital.  Jerusalem Sunday introduces us to the ‘living stones’ of the local Anglican church, to the descendants of the first Christian communities indigenous to the region.  Jerusalem Sunday is an opportunity to meet Arab sisters and brothers in Christ in the Anglican Communion, and hear them talk about discipleship in the 21st century.

IMG_7098The ministries of the Diocese of Jerusalem bring hope, skills, health, a peaceful future to those they serve.  Jerusalem Sunday is also an opportunity for Anglicans in Canada to send a measure of financial support to these ministries, especially the Penman Medical Clinic, Zababdeh, in the northern area of the West Bank.  The Penman Clinic, housed in the parish of St. Mathew, is a busy gathering place for townspeople, villagers and farmers seeking diagnostic tests, examinations and medical consultation.  It is the only clinic for many miles around, serving thousands of families per year.  Many who receive treatment in this and other diocesan institutions haven’t the money to pay for tests and prescriptions. The Directors of the Diocese’s medical ministries plan to relocate the Penman Clinic into its own building, refurbished with additional consultation rooms, diagnostic equipment and health care workers.  This will become a reality through the generous support of local, regional and international companions.

We can support the work of the Penman Clinic in Zababdeh on Sunday May 17 through a special Parish offering or Gifts for Mission.

Please write in the cheque memo:  Jerusalem Sunday 2015.  A tax receipt will be issued for all gifts over $10.  Again, thanks!  And God bless you with peace.  Salaam aleikum.