Requiescat in pace – Janice Janette (Beattie) Osborne

Jan Osborne, wife of Bob Osborne, the former Rector of the Cathedral and Dean of Rupertsland (1996-2010) died in Ottawa, 15 Feb 2019. Her family has requested that any donations in her memory be directed to the renewal of the white altar hangings for use at Christmas, Easter and for weddings and funerals at St. John’s Cathedral.

Bishop Geoff will be flying to Ottawa to attend this funeral on behalf of us all in Rupert’s Land.  As a way of honouring her life and contribution in Rupert’s Land, a Prayer Vigil for Jan  will be held @ 935 Nesbitt Bay, Anglican/Lutheran Centre at 1pm on Friday, March 1st [occurring at the same time as the Funeral in Ottawa].  All are welcome.

High Feasts and Holy Days


Sunday, December 23, ‘When Christmas Hurts’
A special service for those for whom Christmas is a time of personal sadness will be held at 4:00 p.m. and includes Rite for Healing and Holy Communion.

Monday, Christmas Eve
Family Service with Eucharist at 7:00 p.m.
Sung Eucharist (‘Midnight Mass’) at 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Christmas Day, Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

First Sunday of Christmas, December 30
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

The Epiphany of Our Lord, January 6
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Seating of the Bishop, January 5 – 1:30 p.m.
Reception to follow in the John West Hall.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 13
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Bells of Peace

100 Bells will toll on November 11th

(excerpt from Canadian Legion website)
On November 11, at the going down of the sun, communities across Canada will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with the ringing of 100 bells. The ringing of bells emulates the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end…
When you hear the bells toll on November 11,  take a moment to pause and remember all those who served and sacrificed.

We will remember them.

St. John’s Cathedral will toll its bells at 4:52 pm on Sunday, November 11, joining with others across the country.

PWRDF Celebrates 60 Years

The following letter excerpts were received this week from Will Postma, Executive director, PWRDF:

Dear friends in Christ,

‘On October 23, 1958, a devastating mine disaster occurred in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Anglicans in Canada responded quickly and overwhelmingly, joining together as a Church to offer prayer, support and funds. Sixty years later, volunteers and donors are still supporting PWRDF’s work, living out their Baptismal covenant to seek a truly just, healthy and peaceful world.

It all starts in the pews and parish halls. I am grateful for the many prayer breakfasts, pancake suppers and talent shows; the tireless efforts of Anglican Church Women and Outreach Committees and the enthusiasm of youth groups and Sunday Schools across Canada who are all engaged our work.’

…The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada’s agency for sustainable development and relief. Through the support of Anglican parishes across Canada, PWRDF makes financial and human resources available to partners around the world working to improve health, food security and livelihoods for vulnerable people.

PWRDF is celebrating 60 years of commitment and connection. It has created the e-book ‘People, Partners and Progress: 60 Stories for 60 Years’. To read or download the e-book, go to .

Also available for viewing on the webite is the moving video ‘At Home with PWRDF’. We invite you to check it out.

Requiescat In Pace, Terry Barber

John Terrance “Terry” Barber – June 13, 1933 – August 5, 2018

It is with sadness that our family announces that Terry died peacefully, on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the St. Boniface General Hospital, at the age of 85.

Terry was predeceased by his wife Reta, and is survived by their sons Lance (Lynne) and their children Jack, Laura, Emily and Miles (Valerie) and their children Terry, Brock, and Pierce.

Dad was fortunate to have found love a second time. Unfortunately, he was predeceased by his wife Margaret. He is survived by his stepdaughters Shelley Smith and Kim Still (Steve) and their children Dakota and MacKenzie.  Terry was predeceased by his parents, Jack and Ruth Barber. He is survived by his sister Lesley Rempel (George) and their children and grandchildren.

Dad was born and raised in Winnipeg. He was proud to call Winnipeg his home. His life passions were his family, his business, and the family cottage at Kendall Inlet, Lake of the Woods.

As a young boy Dad grew up through the Great Depression and the Second World War. He learned to work hard at an early age; a trait that would stay with him throughout his life.

In 1955 Dad joined the family business, Barber-Lumsden Limited. He taught us through his example that you should not only be a good provider for your family but that you should give back to your profession and your community.

Terry was a Fellow (FRI) of the Real Estate Institute of Canada (REIC) and he also served as a Governor of REIC. He also attained the prestigious status of the CMR designation from REIC. Terry served as the President of the Winnipeg Real Estate Board (WREB) and also served as the President of the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA). He was an Honourary Life Member of both the WREB and the MREA.

Terry was also an Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

Dad embodied the example of hard work. He enjoyed working for his firm and he loved his “work daughters” Julie, Vera, and Fran. They spent decades working together and they are truly considered a part of the Barber “Family”.

Terry believed that it was important to give back to his community. Aside from his volunteer work on his industry boards, Terry made time to serve on several government (Tory) appointed boards. He also took great pleasure serving as a Director of the Winnipeg Football Club – Blue Bombers. Dad volunteered into his eighties, serving on the Building Committee for St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.

Dad was a Mason and was a member and Past President of the Khartum Shriners Drum and Bugle Corp.

Terry was honest and loyal to his clients and they returned his favour with their own loyalty. The majority of his clients did business with him for decades.

As for recreation, in his middle age, Dad could be seen out on the curling rink at the Winter Club. But as sports go, his love was for the squash court, playing doubles with his closest friends… then it was up to the Sportsmen’s Lounge for a smoke and a beer to cool down.

Dad’s real love of time was the time that he spent “at the lake”. His grandfather had built a cottage at Minaki just after the railway went through. Terry spent his summers as a boy at Minaki with his grandparents. Shortly after he and Mom were married he built our family’s first cottage at the southwest end of Gun Lake – Minaki.

In 1966 Dad and Mom sold the cottage at Minaki and moved to the present day family cottage at Kendall Inlet on Lake of the Woods. For the next five decades plus, Dad and our family would enjoy the beauty of the “Big Lake”.

Our Dad was a Gentleman. Dad taught us many things as we grew up, eventually taking our own places in the world. As boys Dad taught us good manners – to hold a door for a Lady, to say “Please” and “Thank You”; to work hard – to set goals and to strive to achieve them. Hard work was the nourishment from which success grew.

In his later years, Dad sold Barber-Lumsden and then retired in 2006 after a 50 year career in real estate and insurance. Terry and Margaret married in 2007 and it is then that they both embarked on several trips to Europe and the Middle East. Their life journey together was far too short.  In the quiet years after Margaret’s passing, Coco, his faithful yellow Lab, filled Dad’s days with love and activity until her own untimely passing. Thank you Coco.

After a long battle Dad succumbed to cancer. He was fortunate to have been able to spend time with all of his family before he passed. Our family is ever grateful to the nurses and doctors of the Palliative Care Unit, St. Boniface Hospital for making Dad’s final weeks and days comfortable for him. We also owe our gratitude to his family physician, Dr. Mark Boroditsky for his superb care and compassion.

In the end Dad – Terry is dearly loved and deeply missed. He was a Dad when you needed a Dad. He was a Father when you needed a Father. He was a Friend when you needed a Friend. Gentleman, entrepreneur, business leader, volunteer, role model, mentor.

Terry’s Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 AM at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, 135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg, with The Very Reverend Paul N. Johnson presiding. A Masonic Memorial Service will be included. All Brethren may participate and are encouraged to wear their regalia.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Cancer Care Manitoba Foundation, 1160-675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9 or The Transportation Fund c/o Khartum Shriners, 1155 Wilkes Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3P 1B9.

Back to Church Sunday

“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.

A Special Announcement from the Diocese

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

Minnesota Boychoir

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 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.


Doors Open Winnipeg

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 There’s no charge for admission at any of the Doors Open sites.

‘Our Town’

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.