Summer Retreat

2015 Fermata summer posterNancy Phillips will be co-facilitating a retreat at St. Benedict’s Retreat Centre July 30th-Aug 2nd.

‘The Fermata Retreat Series invites you to take a breath, a pause, from your everyday life and enjoy a sustained period of rest, reflection, and contemplative prayer.’

For more information click here. To register, email: stbenscentre@mts.net.

Get out your trowel and watering can…

Willy and Alfred, flowers, June 3rd 2014It’s that time of year again, the time when we gather a group of parishioners to carry out the Annual Flower Planting on specific graves at St. John’s. We will be planting on Wednesday, June 10 (weather permitting), starting at 9:00 a.m. and finishing around 11:30 a.m. with a lunch at noon provided by the Cathedral. (The rain date for the planting is the following day, June 11). So get your trowel, watering can, kneeling pads, hat and sunscreen ready. All are welcome.

Willy planting flowers, June 3rd, 2014The Annual Flower Planting is carried out each year. If you have a loved one buried in the St. John’s Cathedral cemetery and would like to learn more about the program, please call the Cathedral office at (204) 586-8385 for details.

Jerusalem Sunday 2015 – Easter 7

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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.

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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.

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An invitation from the Primate and National Indigenous Anglican Bishop

trcCanada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) which has addressed the sad legacy of the Indian Residential Schools will hold its final event, the closing ceremonies of its six-year tenure, in Ottawa for four days commencing on Sunday, May 31st.

The daily themes are as follows:

Day 1 is “We are all in this together”;
Day 2, “We still have lots to learn”;
Day 3, “Reconciliation means respect and change”;
and Day 4, “This ending is only the beginning”.

In the spirit of the 4th-day theme, we are calling our Church into “22 Days” of prayer and renewal in our commitments to healing and reconciliation among all people – the Indigenous Peoples of this land and all others who have come and settled and also call it home. These 22 Days will take us to the National Aboriginal Day of Prayer, on Sunday, June 21st.

Inspired by a conversation among a number of Cathedral Deans in dioceses where the TRC held National Events, and with the support of a number of General Synod staff, this call is heartily endorsed by the national House of Bishops.

Together we are calling the Church to take time in each of these 22 Days.

• to listen to the story of a survivor of Residential Schools.

These stories are on a specially created 22 Days website (22days.ca). The telling and hearing of stories has been at the very heart of all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Gatherings – stories of loneliness and abuse, trauma and shame, struggle and courage, resilience and hope. Each story you hear is accompanied by a prayer by which you can hold the emotions and hopes of the story-teller and those of your own before God.

• to pray for all those affected by the long shadows of Residential Schools.

Pray for all who still suffer the memory of being stripped of their dignity, name, language, and culture. Pray for all who suffered physical, emotional or sexual abuse. Pray for those who struggle with addictions and thoughts of suicide. Pray for those caught up in domestic violence. Pray for missing and murdered aboriginal women. Pray for all who perpetuate racial hatred that they might experience a conversion of mind and change of heart. Pray for all who work amidst the suffering of indigenous peoples on reserves and in the downtown core of so many cities in the country.

• to ring church bells for the murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

In cathedrals and churches across Canada to ring bells for each of the 1017 indigenous women and girls murdered between 1980 and 2012 and for the 164 indigenous women and girls classified by the RCMP as missing in suspicious circumstances, 1181 in total. To ring bells in solidarity with the Indigenous peoples in their cry for justice and for a special commission. Bells could be rung on National Aboriginal Day; 11 days out of the 22 days: or every day for 22 days.

• to consider our steadfastness on the long journey to reconciliation in this country.

Mr. Justice Murray Sinclair, the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has said that just as it took several generations to bring about the existing patterns of broken relations with Indigenous Peoples, it will take several to restore and nurture right relations based on mutual respect. He has reminded the churches of our special responsibility in this work. In part his words acknowledge work done to date and in part they constitute a charge to continue that work with unwavering resolve.

• to consider our commitment as a Church to stand in solidarity with Indigenous peoples in their cry for justice.

The issues are many – from inadequate housing to prohibitory expensive nutritious food and lack of clean running water, from a need for increased police and protection services to the enhancement of comprehensive health care, from equal funding for public education to free, prior, and informed consent with respect to resource extraction. How are we standing with Indigenous Peoples? With whom are we speaking to address the crisis that is consuming so many indigenous communities?

• to post your own stories of learning and witness to the call to renewed relations with The First Peoples of this land.

They can be posted to the 22 Days Website wall. I encourage you to plaster it!

One story that will be posted early is the creation of the Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation and Justice. It is charged with helping our Church to understand the doctrine of discovery, a doctrine that deeply influenced the colonial agenda, including a federal government policy of assimilating Indigenous Peoples through the Indian Residential Schools. The Commission is charged with helping our Church to embrace more fully the work of reconciliation entrusted to us through the Gospel of Christ. It is charged with helping our Church in its work of advocacy in the long struggle for justice for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada.

In these 22 Days between the Closing Event for Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and National Aboriginal Day, we invite one and all to join us in labouring for that for which we pray, saying

     In speaking and hearing and acting upon the Truth
     may we as individuals and as a nation
     meet the hope of a new beginning.
     Great Creator God
     who desires that all creation live in harmony and peace,
     Remembering the Children
     we dare to dream of a Path of Reconciliation
     where apology from the heart leads to healing of the heart
     and the chance of restoring the circle,
          where justice walks with all,
          where respect leads to true partnership,
          where the power to change comes from each heart.
     Hear our prayer of hope,
     and guide this country of Canada
     on a new and different path. Amen.

– Prayer from “Remembering the Children” Church Leaders Tour, March 2008

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Archbishop and Primate

Mark L. MacDonald
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop

Sisters in Spirit Walk

sisters-in-spiritThe Winnipeg chapter of Sisters in Spirit invites you to gather with them for their annual Mother’s Day walk at the St.Regis Hotel, 12:30 p.m. on May 10. The walk begins at 1:00 p.m. and ends at the Oodena Circle at the Forks.

“Please bring your banners, signs, prayers, medicines, drums and love. We gather to remember and honour the missing and murdered. We also come together to show support for those families and friends who are still waiting for answers.”

At the Oodena Circle there will be prayers, smudging, family members speaking, drumming, special entertainment, bannock, and tea.

The Winnipeg Chapter of Sisters in Spirit are dedicated to bringing attention to the violence against aboriginal women. They host an annual mothers day memorial march and work to support families of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The Second Sunday of Easter – Thomas our Twin

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“Without the clear witness of God’s own Word, Jesus Christ, we would be left only with an awesome and distant God, all powerful and forever and only mysterious, the dread deity, not of sunny golf courses, but of tsunami, tornado and earthquake.”  From today’s sermon, by Dean Paul N. Johnson

NO DEAN’S FORUM TODAY (Resumes next Sunday, 19 April)

Sung Eucharist for Easter 2, 10:30 a.m.

Christ is risen indeed!  Alleluia!