Trinity Institute Conference 2012

“Our task is now to be radical Christian communities in the here and now, not fossils of a bygone reality, not leftovers from an earlier golden age. Now we need new wisdom and a new kind of struggle to determine what we must be and do in the midst of these changing times.” Sr. Joan Chittister OSB.

Due to the Superstorm Sandy, the Trinity Conference has been rescheduled the Conference for December 7 to 9. Let us pray that no further storms hit the eastern seaboard of the US! The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change’ and it runs from Friday evening December 7 (at 5:30 p.m.) to Sunday afternoon, December 9. Sr. Joan Chittister OSB, ably assisted by a group of theologians, spiritual directors and Christian activists as workshop leaders, will be the keynote speaker. Father Richard Rohr OFM, of the Center for Action and Contemplation, will be the preacher at the closing Eucharist on December 9 (we will be able to view this portion of the Conference   at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday rather than in real time, because it will be during our worship time).

Registration is $65.00 per person ($110.00 per couple) and $55.00 for students. You can register by calling Rene or Roger in the Cathedral office, 204-586-8385, Ext.11 Cheques should be made payable to St. John’s Cathedral.

Growing towards God: Upcoming Class, Wednesday, November 14

Inner Transformation
through the Enneagram

Become aware of God’s presence and action in your life.

with Janelle Schneider, facilitator
Growing towards God Series

Sept 11, 2012 – Dec 11, 2012
from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Brown Bag Supper at 6:00 pm  (optional)

The Enneagram is an ancient symbol which illustrates our journey of spiritual growth. While many limit its interpretation to “personality types”, this study will introduce you to its wealth as a road map for personal transformation.

Wednesday, November 14: The Journey of Transformation

Discover the three “maps” for our spiritual journey hidden in the

Tuesday, December 11: You’re More Than You Think You Are

Learn how the various energies described by the Enneagram interact to
create the unique being that is YOU.

Upcoming Growing Towards God Series: January 8th – May 14th, 2013

Upcoming Series, “The Cup” to ring in 2013

The spiritual journey is like a cup–a constant process of emptying and filling, giving and receiving, of accepting and letting go.” –Joyce Rupp

Join us for the upcoming Growing towards God Series: The Cup beginning in January.

The cup, as a symbol for our spiritual journey, offers us direction as we search for God’s presence and action in our lives.

The book, The Cup of Our Life by Joyce Rupp provides a framework for contemplative focus alongside the practice and refinement of spiritual disciplines such as contemplative prayer, lectio divina, and journaling; all to aid us on the important journey inward. Facilitated by Spiritual Director, Nancy Phillips.

The Cup of life; The Open Cup January 8
The Chipped Cup February 12
The Broken Cup March 12
The Cup of Compassion April 9
The Cup of Blessing May 14

January 8th  – May 14th, 2013
Second Tuesday of the month
from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Brown Bag Supper at 6:00 pm (optional)

more on The Cup…

Local Hero: Devon Clunis preaches the power of prayer

At the beginning of this month, Devon Clunis, a 14 year chaplain with the Winnipeg Police Service, was appointed our city’s 17th chief of police. An interview with Christian Week has Clunis making national news for his comments on the power of prayer:

“What would happen if we all just truly started praying for the peace of this city and then actually started putting some action behind that?”

“I’m a little tired of us… being ‘(the) murder capital of Canada,’ ” says Clunis, “People consistently say, ‘How are you going to solve that?’ It’s not simply going to be because we’re going to go out there and police it away. I truly believe that prayer will be a significant piece of that.

What would happen if we all just truly — I’m talking about all religious stripes here — started praying for the peace of this city and then actually started putting some action behind that?” he adds. “I believe something phenomenal is going to happen in our city. I truly believe it’s coming. I don’t think I’ve arrived at this position just by chance.”

The Christian Week article states that Clunis attributes his success to God; he says he has never asked God to make him a powerful person, but rather he has prayed that God make him a leader who treats people with dignity and respect and who is successful in his endeavours. Clunis says at the end of the day, he just wants to give of himself to help the community.

May God grant Devon Clunis success. Let us all pray that God will bring needed change to our city, and that God will help us each see where we can lend a hand.

See the full ChristianWeek story,
New police chief: prayer will play a role in reducing violent crime 

and responses from the community in the Brandon Sun’s article,
New top cop’s weapon: prayer

Spiritual Gifts

What is your Gift?

Everyone has gifts, useful and necessary to the work of God in and through the church. The gifts we have are not the same; each of us has something different to offer. No one gift is better than any other gift. All gifts are precious and are needed in the life and ministry of the church.

The discernment of spiritual gifts is a helpful process for those who would like to be involved in the church but who may not know what they have to offer.

Read more about
The Spiritual Gifts Discernment Process
Find your gift…
The Spiritual Gifts Inventory Test

Seven Oaks Historical Society Red River Jamboree

Home on the Prairie

The Seven Oaks Historical Society presents ‘Home on the Prairie; a Red River Jamboree’ at the Cathedral, starting at 7:00 p.m. on  this Friday, October 19. The jamboree features music, dance and stories from the days of the Red River Settlement. Tickets for this Selkirk Settlers Bicentennial event are $15 each and we have a limited number in the office, so see Roger or Rene.