Happy Thanksgiving!

A Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

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O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, those he redeemed from trouble…

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.  For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.

Psalm 107:1-2,8-9

Dear friends, please remember to bring something to share tomorrow, Sunday, for our Thanksgiving offering;
non-perishable items for Winnipeg Harvest are especially welcome.  Also, you may give an extra financial offering and designate that for ‘Winnipeg Harvest’, cheque made out to ‘St. John’s Anglican Cathedral’.  Every dollar given is multiplied twenty times by Harvest, so any amount is a great gift also.

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TEN MOST WANTED FOOD ITEMS (Winnipeg Harvest)

  1. Canned fish and poultry – tuna, or salmon (packed in water) chicken or turkey
  2. Canned fruit and vegetables (packed in own juice)
  3. Canned stew, chili, brown beans
  4. Peanut Butter
  5. Baby Food – jars of chicken, beef, vegetables or fruit, infant cereal such as oatmeal, barley or rice, Formula with added iron (While donations of infant formula with added iron are needed, Winnipeg Harvest supports breastfeeding.)
  6. Whole grain pasta/whole wheat pasta
  7. Rice – brown, converted or parboiled
  8. Canned spaghetti sauce or tomatoes
  9. Cereal – high fiber, non-sugar coated
  10. Canned soup – lentil, pea, vegetable
Please share what you can spare of these non-perishable food items.
These food items reflect recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide and are supported by Manitoba Dietitians.


So far, as of today, Saturday, we are well behind last year’s Thanksgiving offering; if you’re coming to worship tomorrow, to give thanks as we do every Sunday, please consider bringing a generous donation, as generous as you are able, in your circumstances, either food or money, for Winnipeg Harvest.  If you come early, you can add it to the display at the altar.  Worship begins at 10:30 a.m.  Come and join us in giving thanks.

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Thanksgiving Offering 2015. Please bring what you can tomorrw and let’s see if we can’t share more with those who need it most. Thank you, and thanks be to God!

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind.  And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices, and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

Psalm 107:21-22

 

Welcome, sisters and brothers from Uganda!

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St. John’s Cathedral, Kasaka, and Synod Office (right)

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The Rev. Canon Michael Lubowa, Bishop-Elect, Central Buganda

Thanks be to God!  We rejoice that we will soon receive six guests from our Companion Diocese, the Diocese of Central Buganda of the Church of Uganda.  Arriving this coming Friday evening, 7 October, will be our long-time friends Bishop Jackson Matovu and his wife, Perusi, The Rev. Canon Jason Musoke and his wife, Faith, along with the Bishop-Elect of the Diocese, The Rev. Canon Michael Lubowa, and his wife, Janepher Nankya Lubowa.  Official notice came from our own bishop just a couple of days ago:

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“The planning for a visit from senior leadership in the Diocese of Central Buganda has been in process for over a year.  The goal was to bring retiring Bishop Jackson Matovu, new Bishop-elect Michael Lubowa, Archdeacon Jason Masoke (Orphan program) and their spouses (Perusi, Janepher and Faith, respectively) to our Diocese prior to the retirement/installation service taking place in Uganda at the end of January 2017.  The challenge was not knowing the identity of the bishop-elect until the end of August, and then gently discovering whether he was interested and able to travel to Canada.  This was followed up by the need to apply for and receive travel visas for the trip – which were approved and delivered in record time. (Thanks be to God!)  So the “green light” for the trip was obtained only yesterday. (Sept. 29)

“Hence – the lateness and urgency of this communique.  God-willing, the 6 of them will arrive at Winnipeg airport at 8:20 pm on Friday October 7.  Anyone is more than welcome to come out to the airport to “receive” them.  Our Companion Diocese Committee is busy putting together itineraries for each of them.  While their Sunday morning commitments are already set, and some other activities are in place, there are also open spaces for their time with us which concludes on the Sunday after our Diocesan Synod (they’ll be with us at Synod).  They fly out on Monday October 24.

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Bishop Jackson and Perusi

“There are two events in particular that will be excellent opportunities (for those within “range” of Winnipeg) and one event in northern Ontario to gather with the visitors:

Fri. Oct. 14 – A “party” being held at St. Francis Church, 253 Burin Ave., Winnipeg.  It will begin with a potluck supper followed by entertainment and fellowship.  Details of the exact time will follow.

Tues. Oct. 18 – 7 pm Choral Evensong and fellowship/refreshments at St. Luke’s Church, 130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg.

For Ontario parishes – 4 of the 6 visitors will be participating in the Archdeaconry/Deanery meeting scheduled for Sat. Oct. 15 in Dryden, ON.  This will be a great opportunity to interact with our companions from Central Buganda.”

Our guests will be with us here at the Cathedral on Sunday, 23 October, their last Sunday among us, and the day after the conclusion of our Diocesan Synod, where they will also be honoured guests.

 
img_1965It was my privilege to travel to Uganda last January/February and spend two weeks with our partners in the Gospel there.  It was my joy, as with all the clerics who went, to preach and preside both Sundays that we were their guests. I thank God that they have now received visas, our six guests, and will be with us in only a few days time.  I’ll be at the airport on Friday evening to greet them, and I hope that some of you will join us there, to give them a warm Rupert’s Land welcome.

With you in Christ’s glad service,

Dean Paul

 

Back to Church Sunday… or Guess Who’s Coming to Lunch?

hiltzCome and worship with us tomorrow, Sunday, 25 September, at 10:30 a.m. The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Rev. Fred Hiltz will be our preacher, while Dean Paul N. Johnson is the presider.

Sung Eucharist with Cathedral Choir begins at 10:30 a.m.
Our Director of Music is Ms. Stephanie (Sam) Tidd.

The crucified and risen Lord Jesus Christ invites us to his Table,
where he shares himself with us in the gifts of bread and wine,
as we receive his body, the Bread of Heaven,
and his blood, the Cup of Salvation.

A potluck lunch will follow the service,BTC-welcome home, we missed you
downstairs in the John West Hall.
You are most welcome to join us also in this feast,
a time to share in good food and good conversation.

If you’ve never been, if you’re coming back after a time away, if you were here last Sunday, please do come. Christ invites you and we will do our very best to welcome you as he has welcomed us.

NOTE TO MEMBERS:  If possible for you, please do bring something to share with our guests and our visitors.  We know that we’ll have about twenty bishops and spouses with us, as well as other guests, and we want to serve a feast for all.  Thank you for whatever you can bring.

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Headstones and history: St. John’s Cathedral Churchyard

St. John’s is Manitoba’s oldest European cemetery — so it’s no surprise it’s home to a colourful cast of characters

By: Bill Redekop, Winnipeg Free Press
Posted: 07/18/2016 4:00 AM

If there is a more Sisyphean task than cutting the grass at the historic St. John’s Anglican Cathedral cemetery, Dennis Beaulieu would like to know what it is.

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS</p><p>Groundskeeper Dennis Beaulieu works his way around the headstones and uneven ground to mow the lawn at the historic cemetery near St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Winnipeg.</p>

Read full article here.

 

The Seven Oaks/La Grenouillère Bicentenary: 19 June 1816 – 19 June 2016

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Seven Oaks / La Grenouillère, 200 years later – Sunday, 19/6/2016:  A Bicentenary for building stronger community within our continuing journey of healing and reconciliation at Red River/Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

IMG_4673The Seven Oaks Bicentenary is an opportunity for us to commemorate this tragic event and an occasion to recognize the efforts that the Red River community made in reconciling early differences and living together in relative harmony right up to the moment of entry into Canada.  Different parties will ascribe different meanings to the event at Seven Oaks, but what we all can agree upon, and give thanks for, is that things improved rapidly after that eventful day.

IMG_4676The day itself, June 19th, 2016, marks the 200th anniversary of a conflict long brewing in the area as two fur-trading corporations, both controlled by distant imperial masters, sought to protect and maximize profits.  Our history has left its mark and it is our responsibility to move forward in harmony, working together to heal any painful memories.

After Manitoba’s joining the Confederation in 1870, many new challenges and injustices were brought to this community from which we are only now recovering.  But recovering we are, together on a healing path, a reconciliation road.  We believe that this series of events planned for Sunday, 19 June 2016, is a solid opportunity to build community, to work together in building a better Winnipeg, a stronger Manitoba, and a healthier, more hopeful Canada for all of us.

Lord Selkirk Assoc. of RLTwo hundred years ago, on June 19th of 1816, a violent encounter took place, involving more than sixty armed horsemen and twenty-eight armed men on foot at the Seven Oaks on Frog Plain.  This happened in the area we now call West Kildonan, around Main Street and Rupertsland Boulevard, west of the Red River.  As communities of faith invested in Winnipeg since its very beginnings, it is our belief as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Boniface and the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land that we must not neglect to commemorate that day long ago at Seven Oaks where the tragic exchange of gunfire occurred.  We remember all who died, we mourn their unnecessary deaths, and we also give thanks for the healing and reconciliation that happened in the years following: the Red River Settlement became an early example – if imperfect – of the dream we hold for Canada now, with a multi-cultural, multi-lingual community living together in peace and relative harmony.

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The ripples of what happened that day can still be felt even two centuries later.  Much blood was shed that day long ago; many people died.  In the years that followed, though, especially after 1821 and the merger of the North West Company (NWC) with the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), amazing things happened in Red River.  Good things were accomplished, healing and reconciliation took root and began to grow, including a commitment to a new, shared future.  The Red River community quickly attracted a number of retired fur traders, whose families were used to dealing with all parts of the community – Indigenous people, Metis, and Europeans, and had no room for intolerance.

Cuthbert GrantCuthbert Grant, leader of the NWC Metis in 1816, settled in Red River Colony at White Horse Plain with his people.  By 1828 he had become sheriff and magistrate in the District of Assiniboia, with the title Warden of the Plains.  The judicial system at Red River recognized the diversity of the population it served, and pleadings were accepted in the language of choice, with interpreters available as needed.  The Red River schools, run by the Catholic and Anglican church missionaries, accepted children of all racial backgrounds, provided the fees could be paid.  With this in mind, the major institutions of the Red River society did their best to achieve a racial and cultural harmony before Confederation with Canada.

Many Metis people in our own time regard this day as the beginning of a separate Metis identity within Canada, the great Metis Nation.  As late as 1869 the population of the Red River community was approximately 12,000. Of those, 11,000 were Metis. About half of these 11,000 people considered themselves French Metis, while the others referred to themselves as ‘English’, although the great majority of these latter were of Scottish ancestry.  Both groups shared First Nations’ ancestry.

Flag, Metis, Blue and Red togetherThe leader of the NWC group on June 19th of 1816, Cuthbert Grant, was himself a Scottish Metis. His group consisted of 62 buffalo hunters; of these, one was killed and one injured that day. Among the HBC group of 28, 21 were killed, including Assiniboia Governor Semple.  Two centuries later, there are still various accounts and interpretations of what exactly happened on that June evening. There is healing and reconciliation work yet to be done between and among all of us who live in the ‘Red River Settlement’ that we now call by a Cree word, “Winnipeg.”

This year, 2016, June 19th falls on a Sunday, and the two church organizations which began with land grants from Lord Selkirk nearly two centuries ago, in 1817, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Boniface and the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land, will mark this very significant anniversary as a critical part of a series of bicentenary events of historical significance for Winnipeg, Manitoba, and, we believe, Canada itself.[1]  We do this with the invaluable help and support and partnership of many others; this is a community effort.

[1] These include: 1812 for the arrival of the first Selkirk Settlers, 1817 for the visit of the fifth Lord Selkirk to Red River, 1818 for the founding of the Roman Catholic Church in the West and the community that would grow up around St. Boniface Cathedral, and 1820 for the founding of the Anglican Church in western Canada, which began with the establishment of a church that became St. John’s Cathedral.

The anniversary events of Sunday, June 19th, 2016, will begin at 1:30 in the afternoon with a Parks Canada ribbon-cutting at the renewed Seven Oaks Memorial, and the presence of provincial, city, and, perhaps, federal dignitaries.  After that, just down Main Street, there will be a commemorative prayer service at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, located on the banks of the Red River at 135 Anderson Avenue, where the first Selkirk Settlers who died in the winter of 1812 are buried, and quite likely many of those killed in June of 1816.  Hosted jointly by both original churches in Manitoba, both now Cathedrals, this service will commemorate all the dead at the tragic struggle at the Seven Oaks on Frog Plain, and the suffering of the whole community.  The service will also give thanks for healing and reconciliation, and pray for continued healing and reconciliation among all the peoples of Manitoba and Canada.

TRC, Time for Reconciliation

Following this Commemorative Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliation at the Anglican Cathedral, which can seat up to 400 participants, there will be a feast, free food (hotdogs/hamburgers, chips, pop) shared in joyful community with enough for more than 1000 guests in St. John’s Park just south of the Cathedral, thanks to the great generosity of the new North West Company.

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After the feast we will enjoy an evening of multi-cultural entertainment in the same venue, song and dance which will include performers from First Nations, including a descendant of Chief Peguis and others,[2] the great Metis Nation, Lord Selkirk Settler descendants, with other groups represented as well.  Traditional music will be featured, including performances on drums, pipes, and fiddles, etc.  There will be dancers performing as well.

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[2] Lord Selkirk’s Treaty of 18 July 1817 was signed by five chiefs, four of whom were Ojibwe, including Peguis, and one of whom was Cree, as well as that one additional Scottish ‘chief’: 

(Signed) SELKIRK, MACHE WHESEAB, MECHKADDEWIKONAIE, KAYAJIESKEBINOA, PEGOWIS, OUCKIDOAT

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Chief Peguis (Be-gou-ais, Be-gwa-is, Pegeois, Pegouisse, Pegowis, Pegqas, Pigewis, Pigwys; also known as the Destroyer and Little Chip, and baptized William King), Saulteaux Indian chief; b. c. 1774 near Sault Ste Marie (Ont.); d. 28 Sept. 1864 at Red River. Born in the Great Lakes area, Peguis was among the Saulteaux, or Ojibwa, who migrated west with the fur trade in the late 1790s, settling on Netley Creek, a branch of the Red River south of Lake Winnipeg. He welcomed the first settlers brought to the Red River area by Lord Selkirk [Douglas] in 1812 and is given credit for aiding and defending them during their difficult years.

We invite you to participate in our day of commemoration, thanksgiving, and celebration of community growing stronger as we commit ourselves to healing and reconciliation.

Planning Committee:  St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Boniface, the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land, the Lord Selkirk Association of Rupert’s Land, l’Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba, Cuthbert Grant Descendants, Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, Manitoba Historical Society, and Parks Canada (also on Facebook).

We are very grateful to all who supported us financially.  All donors/gifts are listed here.

FREE FEAST:     The North West Company – $7500
THANK YOU, MERCI, MIIGWECH, EKOSI, MARSI, TAPADH LEIBH!

SPECIAL NOTE:  FREE TICKETS, ONE PER PERSON, IN PERSON, WILL BE AVAILABLE IN ST. JOHN’S PARK, MAIN AND MOUNTAIN, BETWEEN NORTH MAIN AND THE RED RIVER, ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE SHELTER, AT 5 P.M.  FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.


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FREE CONCERT & ALL EQUIPMENT & SUPPORTS:

The Lord Selkirk Association of Rupert’s Land – $3,500
Winnipeg Foundation – $2,000
Bicentennial Lord Selkirk R. River Settlers Comm. – $1,000
St Andrew’s Society – $1,000
St Boniface Roman Catholic Archdiocese – $1,000
St. John’s Anglican Cathedral – $1,000
Manitoba Historical Society – $750
Rupert’s Land Anglican Diocese – $500
Union nationale métisse Saint-Joseph du Manitoba – $500
Smaller private donations – $500

GRAND TOTAL                                                                            $19,250

This gives a clear idea of the broad support across our community, and all done without any government support whatsoever.  Again, thank you one and all; this is a great gift to our community on this special day.

We are all Treaty People’, so we believe it is vital to recognize and remember our history, including, maybe especially, those tragic parts of it, while celebrating much for which to give thanks.  We are very excited about this day of great importance to our whole community of Winnipeg and Manitoba. We ask you to join us as we remember our past and move forward together on our journey of healing and reconciliation into a shared future of hope for all.

Co-Chairs:
The Most Rev. Albert LeGatt, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Boniface
The Right Rev. Donald Phillips, Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land

Convenor:
The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, Dean of Rupert’s Land & Rector of St. John’s Anglican Cathedral

SCHEDULE:

1:30 p.m.
Parks Canada event at Seven Oaks Memorial
North Main and Rupertsland, across from the IGA

3 p.m.
Commemorative Prayer Service for Healing and Reconciliation
Includes reading all 22 names of the dead, and tolling of a bell 22 times…
St. John’s Anglican Cathedral
135 Anderson Avenue, just north of St. John’s Park by the River

5 p.m.
FREE FEAST AT ST. JOHN’S PARK
Mountain and Main (Again, with gratitude to the North West Co.)
Free tickets, one per person, in person

6 P.M.  PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!
FREE CONCERT IN ST. JOHN’S PARK
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, bug spray, umbrellas, etc.

MCs:       1)  Jocelyne Edwards, APTN
                   2)  Terry Macleod, CBC   

Confirmed Acts:

William Prince
Peter John Buchan
Ca Claque
Serge Carrière
Patti Kusturok & Jeremy Rusu
Scottish Country Dancers
Lucien Spence
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Jason Lepine
Asham Stompers
Manitoba Highland Dancers

PRODUCER:

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Léo Dufault is a Franco-Manitoban Métis with more than 45 years of performance, radio, television and film experience. He has produced music discs, dvd’s and dozens of documentaries for television/radio and has served on the boards of Manito AHBEE, Manitoba Film and Music, the Manitoba Film Classification Board and the Winnipeg Folk Festival.

Léo has also produced concerts for fundraising events such as the 1997 Red River Flood Relief Concert at The Forks and the tribute Soirée Louis Riel at the Saint Boniface Cathedral, 2010. He has also been part of the planning team for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission events in Winnipeg, Inuvik and Halifax.

Léo is the recipient of the Prix RIEL 2012 and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

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Paul Henteleff to be honoured by University of Manitoba

Congratulations, Paul!

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Please note, since it’s not in the following article, that Paul is being honoured primarily for bringing palliative care to the province. He served at St. Boniface Hospital for several years as head of palliative care, having started the unit, and was instrumental in organizing the hospice and palliative care association.

“The University of Manitoba is honouring some of the province’s greatest philanthropists with honorary degrees this year — as it tries to raise a record $500 million in the Front and Centre capital campaign.The 137th spring convocation will be held May 12 and 31, and June 1 and 2.Being honoured are: Winnipeg-born Dr. Paul Henteleff, who earned his medical degree from the U of M in 1956. During his 12 years as a family physician in Winnipeg, Henteleff worked part-time with Dr. Jack MacDonnell, a pioneer in geriatrics, and served as medical director of St. Boniface Hospital’s Home Care program.”

Deans’ Conference Highlights Loss and Hope

This is where I go every year the second week of Easter. Thank you, Bishop Don, and St. John’s Cathedral, for encouraging and supporting my participation. Thank you, sisters and brothers of the Deans’ Conference for your partnership in the Gospel.

The Forward

12957437_1154559797910014_7548171173434636891_oEighty deans and their spouses from Episcopal cathedrals in the United States, Canada, England and the Bahamas descended on Erie for 4 days, beginning on April 7th, for the North American Cathedral Deans’ Conference. This is the first time the conference was held in Erie, which was the perfect backdrop for the conference theme of Loss and Hope.

The deans arrived to a typical Erie welcome, temperatures in the thirties and a mix of rain and snow. Many of the deans expressed an excitement to be in Erie and to be a part of the discussion around loss and hope. Dean Leighton Lee from the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Alberta, said that he was especially excited to hear Sister Joan Chittister’s talk. He also mentioned that the theme of decline “speaks to all churches.” His sentiments were echoed by the Very Rev. Dr. Donald Brown…

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St. John’s Cathedral, Kasaka, Central Buganda Diocese

The Venerable Paul M. Sserumaga, St. John's Cathedral, KasakaTo the Sisters and Brothers in Christ at St. John’s Cathedral, Winnipeg:

From The Venerable Paul Sserumaga, Vicar, St. John’s Cathedral, Kasaka Archdeaconry:

We love you so much. This coming Sunday in the cathedral church of Kasaka, St John’s Cathedral, we’ll have a thanksgiving service. Mothers’ Union, Fathers’ Union, CWF,  shall put  on their uniforms and sing their anthems. Pray for us. We  expect to start  the campaign to buy the cathedral car  on Easter day; may you pray for us.

God bless you. Amen

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Ten Somali orphans reunited with their oldest brother — Welcome, neighbours!

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Dear friends,
You’ve been reading about them all week, you saw on the telly when they arrived the other night, now here’s an opportunity and a way to give. Please prayerfully consider an extra gift to Hospitality House as a concrete sign of our welcome to this newest family of orphans staying in the Cathedral house.
Thanks be to God always for the hard work and deep love of both Tom Denton and Karin Gordon without whom none of this would happen, and to all the other partners of HHRM.
God bless you,
Dean Paul N. Johnson
Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Please go here to donate.

Requiescat in pace – Robert Mason Sutton

“Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your master.”  Matthew 25:21, RSV

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He died a week after his last visit to his beloved Cathedral, on the Second Sunday of Christmas, January 3rd, when his wonderful daughter Elaine brought him to worship.  With her help, he came forward to receive the Holy Eucharist.  Years before, in 1926, his mother had been unable to attend the dedication of this fourth building, the third cathedral, because she had just given birth to our beloved Bob.

He loved this place, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, and served this parish in some way most of his life, excepting only the war years when he was away.  More importantly for him still, he loved the church, the body of Christ, and, most of all, you could see it in his smile and in his eyes, he loved his Lord, and ours, Jesus Christ, crucified and risen forever.

We will miss you, Bob, very much, but we are glad to entrust you now to the Lord you loved and served your whole life.  May you rest in peace and rise in glory.

IMG_1820The Funeral Requiem for Bob will be held here, at St. John’s Cathedral, of course, on Saturday, February 20th, at 11 a.m. with a light lunch to follow.

 

Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord. 

And let light perpetual shine upon him.

So be it.