“Millions of people who don’t go to church would say yes to an invitation from a friend. What if you are that friend? Who will you invite?
Back to Church Sunday has caught on in churches everywhere because it is so simple. Since 2004 over a quarter of a million people have said yes to the prayerful invitation of a friend.
Each year more churches take part and more people come back to church.
And at its heart it is the oldest idea of all, the one that made shepherds leave their flocks, fishermen leave their nets, and tax collectors climb out of trees. Someone invited them.”… (Excerpt from the Diocese of Guildford website)
Back to Church Sunday is Sunday, September 16th. You are invited, and bring a friend. There will be a potluck lunch in the John West Hall after the service.
On June 16, the Synod of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land elected The Ven. Geoffrey J.J. Woodcroft to be Bishop Coadjutor for Rupert’s Land. Geoff will be consecrated at a service at St. John’s Cathedral at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 12, 2018. All are welcome to attend. Geoff will commence his ministry as Bishop Coadjutor on October 16, and will work with me for approximately one month. I have announced the date of my retirement as November 15, 2018, so on November 16, Geoff will become the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.
The Diocese of Rupert’s Land is establishing an Episcopal Ministry Transition fund to assist with all of the costs associated with preparing for new episcopal ministry. This will necessitate the purchase of a variety of copes, mitres, cassocks, “purple” shirts, pectoral cross, ring, and more, totalling approximately $6,000. We are inviting members of the diocese who wish to do so, to make a gift in support of these costs. Cheques may be made payable to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land and sent to 935 Nesbitt Bay, Winnipeg, MB R3T 1W6. We also have the capability of processing credit card payments through the Synod Office. We are pleased to be able to offer a charitable receipt in the amount of your gift. Your generosity is appreciated.
Bishop Don Phillips
The Minnesota Boychoir takes the beauty of voice to the next level with more than 150 singers on stage for each performance. The harmonies are extraordinary, the music uplifting and the boys themselves, incredible members of their community. Founded in 1962, the Minnesota Boychoir has toured five continents and June 19 – 25 marks their first tour of Winnipeg. They land at Holy Trinity Anglican Church on June 22 (8:00 pm), St John’s Cathedral on June 23 (4:30pm) and St George’s Anglican Church on June 24 (10:30am and 2pm). All concerts are free to attend.
The choir’s vast repertoire includes challenging sacred, classical, folk and contemporary choral music sung in more than 30 languages and dialects. Each season, they spend hours in rehearsal, build community through music retreats and tour, and perform up to 30 concerts in churches, hospitals, schools, retirement homes and concert venues across the globe.
The Minnesota Boychoir trains young men to be outstanding musicians and strives to help them develop a sense of poise and self-confidence through education and performance. A choirboy is challenged to sing well, stand tall, stay on schedule, take pride in his appearance, respect others and tap into the best part of who he is and what he can accomplish. Please visit boychoir.org for more information.
Join us at the Cathedral on Saturday, June 23rd at 4:30 pm when we will be hosting the Minnesota Boychoir. For a preview of their music, click here.
The Cathedral will be opening its doors for visitors Saturday May 26 and Sunday May 27 for ‘Doors Open Winnipeg’. Tours of the Cathedral and the Cemetery are at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm & 2:30 pm on Saturday and 1:00 and 3:00 pm on Sunday. If you have never taken the tour, this is a great opportunity to learn the history of St. John’s. To check out other venues, go to www.doorsopenwinnipeg.ca. There’s no charge for admission at any of the Doors Open sites.
Join The Shoestring Players at the Cathedral June 8th through June 14th for their presentation of ‘Our Town’. Tickets are $15. Proceeds from the play will be shared with the Hospitality House Refugee Ministry.
The Seniors’ Choral Society, under the direction of Richard Greig, are holding their Annual Concert at the Cathedral on Sunday, June 3rd, at 2:30 p.m. Admission is $15 and tickets are available at the door or from members of the Seniors choir.
Electoral Synod at Cathedral Church of St. John the Evangelist, Winnipeg – Saturday, 16 June 2018 Anno Domini
Through the link below you will find the Convening Circular for the Electoral Synod being convened for the
purpose of electing a Bishop coadjutor for the Diocese of Rupert’s Land. The Synod will be held on
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at St. John’s Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg. Registration will
open at 8:00 am with the synod convening at 9:30 am.
The Convening Circular contains:
• a list of the eligible clergy and elected lay delegates;
• Bishop’s Letter:
o information on how to make further nominations;
o information on voting procedures;
• an alphabetical listing of the nominees for Bishop Coadjutor, along with their CV, a photo, a link
to a video each has produced, and their response to eight questions posed by the Search
A series of Town Hall meetings has been arranged throughout the Diocese for those who wish to gather and view the videos with other delegates, or those who do not have access to a computer. These meetings are open to all members of the Diocese, but are not mandatory for any to attend.
The following are the meeting dates and locations:
- Monday 28th May, 7pm St Aidans, 274 Campbell Street, Winnipeg
- Tuesday 29th May, 7pm St Mary Magdalene, 3 St. Vital Road, Winnipeg
- Tuesday 29th May, 7pm St Mary la Prairie, 36 2nd Street S.W. Portage la Prairie,
- Wednesday 30th May, 7pm St Stephen, 220 Helmsdale Avenue, Winnipeg
- Thursday 31st May, 7pm Christ Church, 227 McLean Avenue, Selkirk.
- Saturday 2nd June, 10am All Saints, 175 Colony Street, Winnipeg
- Saturday 2nd June, 11 am St Alban, 312 Main Street S., Kenora
Please hold this process in prayer! Pray for nominees, for the delegates who have been charged with the
responsibility to elect the Bishop coadjutor for Rupert’s Land. Pray for wisdom and guidance of the Holy
Spirit in this process.
Anglican Grow Hope is a new Diocesan initiative to support PWRDF’s work through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. Learn more by taking a look through this Power Point presentation. Please click on the links provided.
Join The Regimental Band of The Royal Winnipeg Rifles on Saturday, April 7, at St. John’s Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. Free concert – donations gladly accepted. All are welcome!
Nicole Patricia Hallett (Nikki), beloved daughter of God her Creator, slept away quietly on Friday afternoon at Seven Oaks Hospital, with loving family around her. Nikki was born on January 31st, 1978, and died far too soon on March 23rd, 2018.
At her request, her funeral will be held at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue
, in the North End of Winnipeg, where she, with Jaden and Todd had found a welcome place. The funeral will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28th, with viewing available beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Nikki will be cremated, also at her request, with committal at a later date. She asked ‘Rev Paul’ to do the service, and he is most honoured to do so.
Her own family will provide a light lunch following the service and hopes you can stay for a time of conversation and mutual consolation; her Cathedral family is also honoured to serve coffee and tea and juice. We grew to love her and her children, and to appreciate the beautiful person she was, the strong woman, the adoring mother fierce in her love for her children, Joshua, Jaden, and Todd (TJ).
There is street parking available on most streets around the Cathedral; all the gates will be open. Please, no general parking on the driveway. We need to keep the building accessible to ambulances and fire trucks. There are several handicapped slots and you are always welcome to drop off people at the Tower Door, and then park your car on the streets. Thank you!
May she rest in the peace of Christ and rise in glory.