Put Down Roots!!


New Arrivals ready to put down roots

Over the past few years we’ve lost too many trees (to storms, disease etc). Help us to restore the Cathedral’s canopy! Donate a tree (or two or three or more). You buy ‘em, we’ll plant ‘em, and the squirrels, crows, hawks
and other critters (including Wallace) will thank you. Please call Carol (204) 586-8385 or email office@stjohnscathedral.ca for more details. Various species are available.

Donate today and watch your investment grow!!

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 http://www.bardal.ca
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.

International Day of Peace – September 21

Ringing bells for peaceYou are invited to join us in celebrating the harmony and cultural diversity of the citizens of Manitoba by ringing bells for peace. Along with communities both locally and internationally, St. John’s will be participating in the celebration of peace and compassion by ringing bells on September 21st at 12:01 PM. For more information on local events, please click here, or go to the peacedays.ca website.

2015 Annual TENS Conference

offeringMNO Synod and Diocese of Rupert’s Land
Stewards’ Education

Annual viewing:
The Episcopal Network for Stewardship Conference (TENS)

Creating a Culture of Generosity
At St John’s Cathedral on Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg

The program will be viewed twice:

The first viewing is Saturday September 12 at 9am – 4pm
Cost $15/person (Lunch included)
The second viewing is Tuesday September 15
and Wednesday September 16 from 7pm – 10pm
Cost $15/person (Snack included)

RSVP by Sept 7, 2015 to: GEOFF WOODCROFT – or if you have questions geoff.woodcroft@mymts.net

To register, please provide your Name, Faith Community, email, telephone and a promise to pay the $15 fee (We need to know how many for food and a place to sit).

Music Director – Job Posting

Music Director
St. John’s Anglican Cathedral – Winnipeg, Manitoba (Since 1820)

Organ Console at CathedralHistoric Winnipeg Church Seeks Music Director:
St. John’s Cathedral is searching for a part-time Music Director to play the organ (Casavant Frères) and piano, direct the Choir/s, plan worship music, and other duties as assigned. Music at St. John’s is founded in the rich resources of the Anglican tradition, while drawing upon the many gifts of the wider church. We worship with the Book of Alternative Services and Common Praise. The goal of music at the Cathedral is first and foremost to give glory and honour to God through Jesus Christ, by supporting the gathered disciples in the joyful work of Christian worship. Because worship is central for us, we strive for excellence.

Please click the following links for more details:

Music director Job description and contract of Employment

Please submit resumes to:
The Dean and Corporation
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
135 Anderson Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2W5M9
Phone: 204.586.8385 x 11
FAX: 204582.0932
E-Mail: office@stjohnscathedral.ca

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2015.

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.