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)

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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. 

North End Family Centre Launches Crowdfunding Campaign

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NEFC founder and executive director Kyle Mason – Photo by Jared Story

By Jared Story, Staff Reporter
The Times

The North End Family Centre has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its relocation/expansion plans.

NEFC founder and executive director Kyle Mason announced on June 24 that the community gathering place aims to raise $35,000 through the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to help complete renovations at its future 1344 Main St. location. NEFC is currently located down the street at 1322 Main St.

NEFC founder and executive director Kyle Mason announced the community gathering place’s crowdfunding campaign on June 24. The campaign will raise funds to complete renovations at NEFC’s future location.

Formerly the home of Global Massage Therapy, NEFC’s future location offers 3,000 square-feet of space, triple that of its current location.

NEFC has already raised $215,000 through public and private donations, including a $50,000 cheque from Winnipeg realtors Geoff and Regan Archambault.

Mason said NEFC’s current 1,000-square-foot location receives up to 1,400 visits a month, with its clients accessing such things as laundry facilities, hygiene products, computers and internet, fax and photocopy services as well as a community living room.

At its 1344 Main St. location, NEFC would have access to almost 3,000 square-feet in space, which Mason said would allow for the addition of a multi-purpose room, a learning centre and a kitchen.

“It’s a busy bustling place and we’ve truly become the centre of the community,” Mason said. “We are helping people find community, to find a safe place to belong and build networks of support. We’re also there to help families get out and stay out of poverty. We have a very firm belief that what is good for the North End is good for the entire city.”

To sweeten the deal, NEFC is offering perks to those that donate to its Indiegogo campaign. For instance, a $5 donation gets you a tune from The Mariachi Ghost, while $20 gets you a copy of Don Amero’s Refined or Steve Bell’s Pilgrimage albums.

Other perks include a coffee class by Parlour Coffee ($200), an exclusive barbecue with a Winnipeg Jets player ($400), tickets to the 103rd Grey Cup ($700) and a one-of-a-kind painting by Winnipeg artist Christian Worthington ($3,000).

Mason said NEFC plans to open its new location in September. He said a bigger space will enable NEFC to increase its efforts in building a more connected community.

“A lot of people coming to the centre live within a few blocks, so now when you walk these streets, you know your neighbours. They’re not just nameless faces, they’re people you know and care about,” Mason said.

“We honestly believe when neighbours are connected it brings a safer neighbourhood and probably brings down crime.”

To donate to NEFC’s crowdfunding campaign, go to www.northendfamilycentre.org

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.



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


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.