17 November 2021 ” ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things are beneficial. ‘All things are lawful,’ but not all things build up.” I Corinthians 10:23
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
At the Vestry meeting night before last (17 November) a difficult decision was made: All who attend worship here must present Proof of Vaccination (POV). The exceptions are children under 12 and adults who are not eligible to receive vaccination (Please present documentation of medical status). Again, all who are eligible to receive vaccination must show proof that they have had both COVID shots. If you are a regular attender your status will be recorded as you sign in, and preserved for future Sundays, so that you will not have to present repeatedly, as in every Sunday! Vestry will review this requirement at the December meeting (15th).
All other precautions are still in place: Masks are required for all, social distancing is still required, regular use of sanitizer while you are here, etc. This is effective immediately, including this coming Sunday, 21 November.
Thank you so much for your understanding and your care-full efforts to make our gathering as safe as possible for everyone present, including those most vulnerable among us, some with several pre-existing conditions, and unvaccinated children.
Nursing skills opened the way for Violeta Cocjin to leave the Philippines and settle briefly in the United States and then in Canada. Artistic skills launched her into a second career as a visual artist. Travel counselor training gave her a third career matching her curiosity to see the world.
Vi grew up in the town of Duenas in the Philippine province of Iloilo. She was the youngest daughter and second-last child of Matea Cocjin and Eduardo Miramon. As the apple of her grandfather’s eye, she was showered with love. She learned early on that she was free to choose distant goals and pursue them confidently. She loved to say she could do anything she wanted under the heat of the sun.
Vi earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Central Philippine University in Iloilo City, practised and taught nursing for a couple of years in Manila then moved to Newark, NJ and then Detroit, Michigan for post-graduate training. She wept as her plane took off from Manila, feeling that she would never again see the land of her birth. She never returned.
As expiry of her student visa in the U.S. approached, Vi learned that Victoria Hospital in London, Ont. was hiring nurses and immigration to Canada was possible. She practised in London and at the Perley-Robertson Hospital in Ottawa. She met the love of her life, the newspaperman Terence (Terry) Moore, at a Thanksgiving party in Ottawa in 1969.
After they married and moved to Montreal, Vi earned the diploma in visual art from the School of Art and Design at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. The school encouraged her with numerous prizes and awards along the way. She set up a studio in the basement of their first house, a duplex, where she was also the landlady managing the rental suite upstairs. She took delight in her role as aunt to Zelda, Nel, Candy, Bing, Melvin, Mia, Alex, Megan, Oliver, Remy, Rommel, Randy, Pearl, Ernesto, Bobby, Melanie, Eddie and Eric and their children.
When Terence’s newspaper career brought them to Winnipeg, his native city, she set up a studio on the second floor of their River Heights home. She studied lithography and raku sculpture, and also branched out into paper collage. She worked alongside other Winnipeg artists at the Clifton Street co-op and in the Portage and Main Press building at McDermot and Adelaide. She proudly signed all her work with the name Miramon. She exhibited her work annually in group shows and was encouraged by the sales that resulted.
She studied travel counseling, volunteered at the Age and Opportunity Bureau’s travel agency as part of her training and was soon hired to manage the agency. When the agency was closed, she turned her full attention to painting and sculpture.
Vi sang in the alto section of the choir at Holy Trinity Anglican Church and in the Winnipeg Seniors’ Choir. By the time the couple joined the congregation of St John’s Cathedral, dementia had begun to weaken her powers of memory and her attention span. She continued to take great delight in singing.
The COVID-19 pandemic and its lockdowns caused no inconvenience to the couple because they were happy to be left alone together in their last shared residence, a condo in the Ashdown Warehouse on Bannatyne Avenue. After a fall at home fractured her hip, the Health Sciences Centre got her back on her feet and sent her back home where she and Terence enjoyed a last few weeks together before she died.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 13 at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue. Due to Covid restrictions, attendance for guests is set for 54. Capacity is limited! Please register on Violeta’s page at richardrosin.ca to attend. Double vaccinated guests are encouraged and masks are mandatory.
Our dear friend and brother Bob Gamble died yesterday, Monday, 24 May 2021. There will be no service at this time, due to COVID. Bob was a long-time and faithful member of this Cathedral; he sang in the choir for years, he served on Vestry, and was involved in a host of other activities here.
We will surely miss him. Please pray for his daughter Julia and for all who loved him.
Rest in peace, Bob, and rise with Christ in glory.
“O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.” Ps. 96:1-2
This past Sunday we gathered in worship as a congregation, or a good part of one, to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord! What a joy! We met all the provincial requirements, and all the Diocesan requirements. I thank all who were in attendance for your smooth cooperation.
We had only the Tower Door unlocked, and then two greeters (Thank you, Char and Felix Farrell!) awaited to let you proceed only after ensuring that we had your contact information. Then two ushers (Thank you, Marlene and Vic!) took you to your seat, ensuring safe distancing at all times. Pews are spaced 80 inches (two metres) apart.
There was sanitizer available inside the doors, and again in the centre aisle once your registration had been checked. In keeping with the Bishop’s directive (and ours) masks were worn throughout the service. People were also asked, directed, to visit outside after worship. Some did, all spaced properly.
We had wonderful music — thanks, Helen Suh, Carolyn Boyes, Matt Neufeld on trumpet, and choristers; again, all were safely distanced and masked.
We did not have Holy Communion, no, not even on Easter, as we think it’s better to re-enter in stages; once we are comfortable with all the current COVID requirements, and once many more have received a vaccine, we will consider setting the Lord’s Table and inviting you to receive, bread only!
Finally, in keeping with ‘safety above and beyond’, I have decided that we will, for now, at least, gather in person only EVERY OTHER SUNDAY. So, the next time we will unlock the Tower Door will be Sunday, 18 April, NOT NEXT WEEK, 11 April. The Sundays in between (assuming we don’t have to shut down completely again, due to variants and increasing rates) the service will be live streamed via YouTube, as has been our custom. Indeed, we streamed on Easter Sunday as well, and an additional 30 computers were logged in, meaning we had more than thirty folks participating virtually. TBTG!
It is my belief that this alternating of Sundays will provide an additional safety factor. If anyone who was here on Easter Day should develop symptoms, we will know that for certain with a two week gap, including time to get tested for such symptoms. This will keep us all safer. We will do this at least through April, as follows:
Sunday, 11 April NO IN PERSON, LIVESTREAM ONLY Sunday, 18 April DOORS OPEN, LIVESTREAM ALSO Sunday, 25 April NO IN PERSON, LIVESTREAM ONLY Sunday, 2 May DOORS OPEN, LIVESTREAM ALSO Sunday, 9 May? We shall see…
VESTRY WILL MEET BY ZOOM AGAIN IN APRIL, WED. 21ST.
Thank you for your strong partnership in looking after each other, as you have been doing throughout. TBTG!
“On behalf of the Bear Family, It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our dad, Barry Bear at 2:15 this morning. Dad got to say his goodbyes for the last couple of days to his family and passed away peacefully with our loving mom who never left his side. Our dad loved it when people came to the hospital window to say their prayers and goodbyes. He fought hard to stay as long as he could but he knew it was his time to be at peace.Our family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. A huge thank you from the bottom of our heart to the Percy E. Moore nurses and staff for their love and caring support of dad making it as comfortable as it could be, you truly made this difficult time a lot easier for us.”
From the Diocese of Rupert’s Land:
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with deep sorrow, and firm hope of the resurrection to eternal life, that I announce to you the death of the The Rev’d Canon Barry Bear, [early] this morning. Archdeacon Mawejje has provided pastoral support these past days for Barry, Freda and family.
Please continue to hold Freda, and all whom Barry loved, and the Peguis First Nation Community in prayer.
The Ven. Simon Blaikie Executive Archdeacon Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ Isaiah 40.3-5
On this Feast of Christmas, I am raising thanks to God for the work of every person of our Diocesan ministering community. For those who have risked their safety to provide for those who are vulnerable, for they who are fatigued, for the academics who found the perfect time to study, for those who lament and experience loss, and folk who have basked in blissful quiet, I thank God for you.
I am thankful for our leaders and workers who have applied themselves unwaveringly to the new tasks at hand, whilst accomplishing the fulfillment of usual commitments. In so very many ways I see and hear the words of Isaiah 40.3-5 happening in God’s activity through the Church. The mountains and hills of privilege are being leveled, the hungry may be fed, release may be given to those in socio-economic prisons, the infirmed may be healed, and the lonely befriended. This is God’s doing, and we now rejoice!
I hope that this year’s Nativity experience be for all a prophetic nudging, a comforting call, and a rekindling of relationships. May God bless you, and all whom you love.
Our beloved friend and brother, The Very Rev. Ralph E. Baxter, Dean Emeritus, died peacefully last night, at home. He served this Cathedral as rector and the Diocese as Dean from 1990 until his retirement in 1995.
Please hold Eileen Baxter and their family in your prayers.
May Dean Ralph rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.
This beautiful photo was taken in February of 2012 by Peter Moodie, our unofficial but wonderfully gifted and committed parish photographer, at the reception for the Celebration of New Ministry of the current Dean.