Students learn about Canada’s history, people at city cemetery

school trip(Excerpt from the Winnipeg Free Press, Friday, October 31)

Emmanuel Santiago hadn’t expected the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Cemetery to be full of people with “foreign names.” Such as?

“Like Archibald,” said the Grade 8 student from Andrew Mynarski VC School Thursday while taking part in Mr. Mike’s 40th annual social studies research field trip to a local cemetery that would be a perfect setting for any horror movie.

So on the eve of Halloween, on a cold, grey morning, with flakes of snow drifting down, about 100 children walked among the tombstones of people born in unfamiliar worlds who had died long before the kids were born. To read the entire article, click

The Seven Oaks Historical Society Fall Concert

A Salute to Our Early Pioneers

Microsoft Word - Poster 5-cPioneers PDF.docThe Seven Oaks Historical Society presents ‘A Salute to Our Early Pioneers’ at the Cathedral (135 Anderson Ave), starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22.

The concert will feature the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians, the North End Jewish Folk Choir; Icelandic musical artists with a saga teller; and the German Dance Group “Der Treue Husar.” The Seven Oaks Historical Society extends an open invitation to all Winnipeggers, their families and friends, to join them in this multi-cultural celebration. Admission is free. Donations towards the ongoing work of the Seven Oaks Historical Society will be gratefully accepted.

Microsoft Word - Poster 5-cPioneers PDF.docRefreshments will be served after the concert. For additional information: phone 204-338-6399 or email:

Joseph Albert (‘Pom Pom’) Charles Bruneau – Requiescat in pace

Al BruneauALBERT (POM POM) BRUNEAU It is with heavy hearts we announce Al’s death at the age of 76 years on October 10, 2014 after a long, courageous battle with colo-rectal cancer. Left to mourn Al are his wife Heather; children Rene, Florence, Yvonne, Stacy, Louise, Greg; as well as several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Al was born in St. Boniface on April 13, 1938 and grew up in the Lac Du Bonnet area before moving to Winnipeg. He worked hard at many jobs all of his life before becoming a Pembina Trails School Division courier from 1981 to 2012. After retiring, Al kept busy as a lunchroom supervisor at Acadia Junior High. When Al wasn’t working, you’d find him visiting his friends, former coworkers, or those working at many Fort Richmond businesses. You couldn’t go anywhere with Al without running into someone he knew. He also loved music and to meet new people, which led him to ballroom dancing and his wife Heather. Al also believed in keeping his family ties strong. He rarely missed the chance to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, Al’s funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. in St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue between Main Street and the Red River. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations in Al’s name may be made to Siloam Mission, Main Street Project, CancerCare Manitoba or the Riverview Health Centre Foundation. Our family would like to thank the warm and caring Palliative Homecare staff, particularly nurses Marianne N. and Joanne, as well as Riverview Health Centre staff, who allowed him to die with dignity.

Wojcik’s Funeral Chapel & Crematorium, 1020 Main Street, Winnipeg, MB 204-586-8668, in care of arrangements.

Al Bruneau, headshot“My darling, my life, Just by being in the world, You made it a better place.”

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on October 15, 2014

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving-God's goodness

We are grateful.
You have given us this day and have given us this way
to say Thank You.
We thank you for giving us
what we need to be grateful.
We offer back to you
all that we have
all that we are.
We know our thank you
is as fragile as we are
– it can be crushed
by the care of the moment
– it can disappear
in the heat of the day
– it can be blown away
by the winds of suffering.

And so we ask You
to  take our small thank you
into Your great act of Thanksgiving:
You, Lord of the loaves and fishes,
You who are from God
with God and for God,
You in whom it is all
and Amen!

—Mary Jo Leddy

David Peter Doerksen: Requiescat in Pace

David Peter Doerksen:  17 September 1962 — 5 October 2014

David Peter Doerksen

Our brother in Christ, Dave, died Sunday night, 5 October 2014, at 6:35 p.m.  He was at home, and his beloved wife Tina was by his side, along with other family and close friends.

We mourn his death, far too soon, of cancer.  Dave had just turned 52.  He and Tina were married only a little more than a year ago here at St. John’s Cathedral.  Now his funeral will be held in the same holy space, this coming Saturday, 11 October 2104, at 9:30 a.m.  There is a wedding booked in the afternoon, hence the hour, and the sad irony.

All are welcome at this public service of worship, which will include Holy Eucharist.  A light lunch will be served in the John West Hall following the service, and we will need to vacate the building and parking by 1 p.m.

The Cathedral is at 135 Anderson in Winnipeg, between north Main and the Red River, just north of St. John’s Park.  If you’re coming north on Main, turn right onto Anderson, if coming south on Main, turn left onto Anderson.

Dave, we will miss you very much.  But we give thanks for your life, and rejoice that you are now healed and whole in the presence of Christ forever.

May you rest in peace and rise in glory.

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