The Second Sunday of Easter – Thomas our Twin

“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!

First worship of Easter – The Great Vigil, tonight, 8 p.m.

The Great Vigil of Easter at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
Tonight, Saturday, 4 April, 8 p.m.
135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg



“Joy to all creatures, honour, feasting, delight.
Dark death is destroyed
and life is restored everywhere.
The gates of heaven are open.
God has shown himself human,
humanity has gone up to him a God.
The gates of hell God has shattered,
the bars of Adam’s prison broken.
The people of the world below have risen
     from the dead,
bringing good news:
what was promised is fulfilled.
From the earth has come singing and dancing.”

Attributed to Hippolytus, 3rd century


Maundy Thursday, A New Commandment

Footwashing_Jesus washing his disciples feet-Dinah Rose

“That is why we preach this way. We wish to shake our baptized people out of habits that threaten to make them practically baptized pagans, idolaters of their money and power. What sort of baptized persons are these? Those who want to bear the mark of the Spirit and the fire that Christ baptizes with must take the risk of renouncing everything and seeking only God’s reign and justice.”

Oscar Arnulfo Romero, El Salvador, Martyr – 1980

Worship for Holy Week and Easter

Originally posted on St. John's Anglican Cathedral:


The Triduum (Three Days)


Maundy Thursday, April 2, 8:00 p.m.
Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19,
I Corinthians 11:23-26, John 13:1-17, 31b-35
The Rev. Brian Ford, Honorary Assistant, Preaching
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
Stripping of the Altar

Footwashing, Ethiopian

Good Friday, April 3, 10:30 a.m.
Isaiah 52:13–53:12, Psalm 22,
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9, John 18:1–19:42
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
Tenebrae – Into the Darkness of Death
Reading of the Passion According to St. John
Adoration of the Crucified


Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, April 4, 8:00 p.m.
Genesis 1:1-2:4A, Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21, Isaiah 55:1-11, Daniel 3:1-29, Psalm 114,
Romans 6:3-11, Mark 16:1-8
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean, Presiding
The Service of Light
The Liturgy of the Word
The Sacrament of Holy Baptism
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist


Easter Sunday:  The Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord
Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2;14-24…

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Requiescat in pace – The Rev. Canon Paul W. L. Smith, Ret.

May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Paul Smith-2Our dear brother, Paul Smith, died early this morning after a short stay in hospital. Early this week he slipped on ice and fell, injuring his head severely. He never recovered. Now we entrust him to God and hold Shirley and their family in our prayers.

The funeral will almost certainly be during Easter Week, that is, after Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of Our Lord. Please stay tuned for further details.  Thanks be to God for his life and ministry.

John Holmen – Requiescat in pace

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

THE REV. JOHN ALBERT HOLMEN Surrounded by the love of his family and the prayers of the Church, John died on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the age of 77. John’s death is grieved by his wife Mary, daughter Catherine, and daughter Martha and son-in-law Andrew. He will also be missed by his sister-in-law Louise (Ken), their children Karin (Mike) and daughter Elizabeth, Lindsay (Dave), and Laura (Bryce) and daughters Claire and Emily; sister-in-law Jennifer (Doug) and their children Russell and Julia (Jake); sister-in-law Cathy (Dave); his brother Tim of White Bear Lake, Minn.; and his cousins and extended family in Minnesota. John was predeceased by his parents John and Alice (née Burrows) of White Bear Lake, and his infant son David, born prematurely in 1994.

John was born on April 28, 1937 in St. Paul, Minn. and grew up in White Bear Lake. He developed a love of water and boats at an early age, and enjoyed many years of sailing on White Bear Lake. He was ordained Deacon for the Episcopal Diocese of Minnesota on June 24, 1965, and Priest the following year. He served the first part of his ministry in Minnesota. He met Mary in 1979 and they were married in 1980. He was appointed as Rector of Christ Church, Selkirk in 1982 and served the remainder of his ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land in Selkirk and at parishes in Winnipeg, Stonewall, and Stony Mountain. John was a kind, gentle, wise and funny man who would talk to just about anyone just about anywhere. He was a loving and supportive husband and father, unfailingly proud of his daughters. He had many hobbies and interests, including gardening, sailing, pipe organs, attending Goldeyes baseball games, and spending time at the cottage at Victoria Beach.

We would like to thank Dr. J. Mayba, Dr. Glezerson, Dr. Ong, Dr. Harris, Dr. Joshua, and Dr. George for their skill and dedication. Heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Grace Hospital fifth floor for their exemplary care for John and our family, and to everyone who fed, emailed, texted, phoned, visited, and prayed for us during this journey. John’s funeral service will be held on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Agape Table, 175 Colony St., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 1W2, or to St. Peter’s Anglican Church Music Enrichment Fund, 755 Elm St., Winnipeg, MB, R3M 3N8, toward the purchase of a new organ. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 21, 2015

Robert Bobby Jones – Requiescat in pace

ROBERT (BOBBY) EDWARD JONES March 2, 1931 – March 12, 2015

Robert Bobby JonesIt is with great sadness the family of Robert (Bobby) Edward Jones announces his death on Thursday, March 12, 2015. He will be missed by his beloved wife of 43 years, Arlene Draffin Jones, son Richard Jones, daughter-in-law, Maryanne (Bowcott), brother Barry (Edmonton), grandchildren Kendra (John Sparrow), Rebekah, Jennifer (Tom Boomer) and Kevin, and great-grandchildren: Sarah Sparrow, Thomas and Griffin Boomer. He will be remembered with fondness by sister-in-law Diane and her husband Robert Leinweber, and the rest of Arlene’s family. Bobby was predeceased by his father Howard Jones and mother Mary (Ozubka), his first wife Elizabeth (Betty) Timmer, son Larry, infant daughter Jacqueline, sister Carol Savage, brother-in-law Jack Savage, and nephew Michael Savage.

For over 50 years Bobby was active in the sport of Amateur Olympic and Professional Wrestling as a competitor, coach, manager, administrator, and official. He always gave credit to the Central YMCA where he started as an amateur at age 17 for his career as a wrestler. In 1952 he acquired Professional status and wrestled in the USA and Canada with the AWA. Bobby was also a baseball pitcher playing in the industrial league. But his love of amateur sport remained. He introduced and conducted kids and youth wrestling in community centres, clubs, schools and First Nation communities throughout Winnipeg and the province. In 1967 Bobby was the Manager for the Manitoba Wrestling Team at the First Canada Winter Games in Quebec City and Coach of the Manitoba Wrestling Team at the First Canadian Junior Olympic Wrestling Championships in Edmonton in 1974. He served as an official at the 1979 Canada Winter Games in Brandon and the 1990 Western Canada Summer Games. He was the founder and editor of the publication “Manitoba Let’s Wrestle”, produced and hosted a weekly television program: “Let’s Wrestle Manitoba”.

Bobby graduated in Recreation Studies from the University of Western Ontario, and in Business Administration from Red River College. He worked as Recreation Director and Counselor at Knowles School for Boys (now Knowles Centre) and in 1962 began his career as Recreation Supervisor and Superintendent with City of Winnipeg Parks and Recreation Department. As a dedicated community member over the years, Bobby served on the Board of Directors for the Native Effort for Talent program, President of Acqua Percept Inc. (a national adaptive swim/gym program to develop motor skills); President of Manitoba Parks and Recreation Association; Manitoba Society of Seniors Board of Directors and Chair of the MSOS 55 Plus Games; and Board of Directors, Age and Opportunity and the Canada Seniors Games Association and a member of the 1991 Grey Cup Parade Committee. He was the Host and co-producer of “Seniors On The Move” Shaw Cablevision program for eight years. In the past few years Bobby’s interest found him on the Board of the Seven Oaks Historical Society and the Luxton Residents Association. Both he and Arlene belong to the Compassionate Friends and are members of Westminster United Church. After retirement from the City of Winnipeg Bobby and Arlene operated a Bed and Breakfast in their home “Bannerman East” for 15 years where people from all over the world enjoyed Bobby’s homemade bread and hospitality. A keen fitness buff he was a regular at Sargent Park Recreation Centre (Cindy Klassen Centre). Movies (10 locally filmed), musical theatre (played in “Oliver” with North Kildonan Players) and modeling were adventures for him. While Bobby was a fun kind of guy he was actually very spiritual and sensitive to others needs. He loved classical music, jazz, enjoyed art and wrote poetry.

Bobby supported Arlene in her work, projects and volunteer activities. He was proud of her involvement with the Council of Women of Winnipeg, and the Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba. Together they travelled extensively across Canada and the USA, Australia, China, Turkey, England, Scotland, France, Spain, Germany, Hawaii, Mexico and Cuba. A special thank you to our family, friends and neighbours especially Leanne Landriault (for the many suppers) and Curtis Palidwor, Joann MacMorran, Eva Marie Lessing, Mary Gigliotti, the wonderful home care workers who helped make Bobby’s last few months more comfortable, the staff on E6 at St. Boniface Hospital for their care and patience (especially when he wanted to use the phone), the Paramedics, the Khartum Shrine Pipes and Drum Corps and the St. John’s Cathedral. Arlene and the family very much appreciate Pastor Dr. George Takashima for coming from Lethbridge to lead the celebration of Bob’s life. A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held at the St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Ave. on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Compassionate Friends TCF/Winnipeg Inc., 685 William Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3E 0Z2, The Merchant’s Corner Project c/o North End Community Renewal Corporation (NECRC), 509 Selkirk Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6, or a charity of your choice. Bob’s granddaughter Kendra said: “Bob had a long and fulfilling life, but it is nonetheless very difficult for everyone to cope in a world without his smile.” NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 18, 2015