Rest in peace, Nikki Hallett, beloved sister in Christ, beloved daughter of the Creator

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.

Readings for Holy Week

Monday, March 26
Isaiah 42:1-9, Psalm 36:5-11, Hebrews 9:11-15, John 12:1-11

Tuesday, March 27
Isaiah 49:1-7, Psalm 71:1-14, I Corinthians 1:18-31, John 12:20-36

Wednesday, March 28
Isaiah 50:4-9a, Psalm 70, Hebrews 12:1-3, John 13:21-32


Readings for the Triduum (The Three Days)

Maundy Thursday, March 29, 8:00 p.m.
Exodus 12:1-14, Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19, I Corinthians 11:23-26,
John 13:1-17, 31b-35

Good Friday, March 30, 10:30 a.m.
Isaiah 52:13–53:12, Psalm 22:1-18, Hebrews 10:16-25,
John 18:1–19:42

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil, March 31, 8:00 p.m.
Genesis 1:1-2:4A, Genesis 22:1-18,Exodus 14:10-31; 15:20-21,
Isaiah 55:1-11, Ezekiel 36:24-28, Jonah 1:1-2:2,
Daniel 3:1-29, Psalm 114, Romans 6:3-11, John 20:1-18


Readings for Easter Day, April 1, 10:30 a.m.
The feast of the Resurrection of our Lord
Isaiah 25:6-9, Psalm 118:1-2;14-24,
Acts 10:34–43, Mark 16:1-8

Worship for Ash Wednesday, tonight 7:00 p.m.

Ash Wednesday-Latin
Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble,
for the day of the LORD is coming, it is near — 2a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness!  (Joel 2:1-2)

Ash Wednesday worship at the Cathedral will be held this evening at 7 p.m.  Our worship will include the Imposition of Ashes and the Holy Eucharist.  All welcome.

Memento, homo, quia pulvis es,Ash Wednesday-cross
et in pulverim reverteris.
Remember, human, that you are dust,
and to dust you will return.


Return to the LORD, your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love,
and relents from punishing.  (Joel 2:13)

Official Launch of the Healing Forest Project

February 12 at St. John’s Cathedral (135 Anderson Avenue), 10:00 a.m. Speakers: Senator Murray Sinclair, Kevin Lamoureux, Elder Norman Meade, and the Planning Group for the Healing Forest Project.

The Healing Forest is a living memorial to Indigenous children lost to or affected by the residential school system. It will be placed within St. John’s Park in the North End of Winnipeg. The Healing Forest is more than a memorial. This land will be a gathering place for families, communities and schoolchildren and a place for learning and healing. It is a place for remembering the past and envisioning the future.

More information about the Healing Forest can be found here.

Annual General Meeting…

The Annual General Meeting is Feb 25. The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. following a potluck lunch for all, downstairs in the John West Hall. All are welcome for lunch. Members will sign in to vote. Everyone is invited to stay for the meeting.

Requiescat In Pace, Sherwin Sheppard

Sherwin Sheppard – (January 11th 1936 – January 1st 2018)

Surrounded by his family and loved ones Sherwin Sheppard, the patriarch of our family also fondly known as Sheppard and Sheppy, was gracefully and peacefully welcomed into the kingdom of our heavenly father and Saviour at the Winnipeg Heath Sciences Centre.

Sherwin will be gratefully remembered by his former wife Alva Williams, his former common law wife Vidyah Maraj and his long-time friend Jean (Bibi).

He was the father of 14, Sherry (deceased) (Fredrick), Gail (Jerry), Sharon, Chedwin ,Ingrid (Leonard) , Shirley, Sherlock (Naomi), Sherlon, Selina (Curt), Sherwin, Stephanie (deceased), Sheena. Shinelle (Kester) and Shervan.

He was the grandfather of 30, Peter (deceased), Allan, Amey, Ashley, Adam, Sherry Ann, Sherrylann, Jude, Sherelle, Stacyann, Seline, Leona, Neil, Richard, Ingrid, Shantol, Christina, Stephon, Joshua, Adinah, River, Ethan, Stephanie, Jadon, Elijah, Kairon, Kylon, Kaidon and Samyra.

Sherwin had 16 great grandchildren Lincoln, Lucas, Shaiyon, Jaheem, Joye, Rishawn, Rinelle, Rayann, Reon, Ryan, Alissa, Mickael, Bentley and Benjamin.

Sherwin was the loving brother of Barbara Sampson (Lennard deceased), Shirley Cooke, Jack and Jeff (Athea). He was the uncle of many and relative to the Samuels and the Williams.

He was also the dear friend of Boysie (deceased) and George.

Born on the 11th of January, 1936, He was the first born to Augustus and Violet Sheppard at Cocoyea Village San Fernando Trinidad and Tobago, where he retired as a plant operator at the Steel Industry, before immigrating to Winnipeg Canada in 1994.

During his life time his greatest past time was fishing and he was admired for his cooking skills. He also loved gardening but his happiest moments were when he was surrounded by his family. His love of family caused him to make great sacrifices throughout his lifetime and he would gladly do without to see any of his children happy. It is with deep sadness that the Sheppard family says farewell to the ‘Silver Fox Sheppy’ but the fond memories of his life will last a lifetime.

The funeral service and interment will take place at St. John’s Cathedral (135 Anderson Ave.) on Wednesday, January 10 at 2:00 p.m., The Rev. Brian Ford, Honorary Assistant, presiding.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity


The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated in Winnipeg from January 18 – 25, 2018. The theme is “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6). The theme and resources for 2018 have been prepared by an ecumenical team from the Caribbean. Today, Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of God’s saving action which brings freedom.

The 2018 Week of Prayer will include a City-wide Ecumenical Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg. All are cordially invited to participate in this celebration with church leaders and in the other various gatherings that will be held throughout the Week of Prayer.

Please note that in 2018 we continue to follow the international dates for the week. Therefore, prior to the city-wide service with church leaders, the first gathering for the Week of Prayer will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Saint John XXIII Church, 3390 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg. For a list of events and services, please see below:

Ecumenical Choir
An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 21st during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! Rehearsals will be held at Westworth United Church, 1750 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018 and on Sunday, January 14, 2018. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service on Sunday, January 21, 2018. For further information, you may call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email (

High Feasts and Holy-Days


Sunday, December 17, ‘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.

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

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

First Sunday of Christmas, December 31
Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Baptism of Our Lord, January 7
Sung Eucharist at 10:30 a.m.

Requiescat in pace – Barbara Anne Swanson (nee Roberts)

BARBARA ANNE SWANSON (nee ROBERTS) Gentle, loving wife to George, beloved daughter, sister, aunt and loyal friend died on November 16, 2017, at the Selkirk Regional Health Centre, at the age of 73. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. in Christ Church Anglican, 237 McLean Ave., Selkirk, MB.  The Rev. Brian Ford will preside, assisted by The Very Rev. Paul N. Johnson, both of St. John’s Anglican Cathedral, Winnipeg.

Eldest daughter of Alf and Elsie Roberts, she spent her childhood in Sherridon and Lynn Lake. She graduated from Grace Hospital and nursed in many places over the years. Barb enjoyed sharing life with her numerous friends. Her nieces and nephews always held a special place in her heart. Later in life, she married George, sharing many happy times, travelling and enjoying nature. Oak Hammock Marsh was a favourite place to walk with Casey and Angel. Predeceased by father Alf, and brother Paul. She is remembered with love by George, stepson Darren (Lindsay), mother Elsie, siblings Bill, Dave (Mariann), Ted (Janet), Ruth and Mary Jo (David), sister-in-law Jan (Paul), and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Barb’s life was filled with numerous challenges which she faced with grace, courage, and fortitude. Her deep Christian faith sustained her right to her end. Donations towards a memorial feature will be welcomed by “Oak Hammock Interpretive Centre” in Barbara’s name.

Condolences may be left at Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.
Publish Date: Nov 21, 2017