Music, Remembrance – Evensong Sermon.

This sermon on Music and Remembrance is being preached bySt. Philip’s Deacon Tanis at St. Luke’s Anglican this afternoon


RCCO Service November 6th St. Luke’s Anglican


May the words of my mouth and meditations of all our hearts be acceptable in your sight O Lord, our Rock, our Strength and our Redeemer.  AMEN

Thank you for inviting me to be part of this service.


Today we are here to worship together, remembering those who gave their lives for

our freedom, remembering those who are presently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces, Continue reading

November Events Saint Philip’s

There are three events coming up at Saint Philip’s this November that you may be interested in.

The first two events take place on November 11th. These events start off with our Remembrance Day service at 11am. We are honoured that we get to share this day with the members of the St. Boniface-Norwood Legion Branch #43. There is a long history between Saint Philip’s and the Legion, and one which we strive to maintain. One thing to know about this Remembrance Day service is that you should arrive early if you need to sit, because the building fills to overflowing. Fortunately, as last year, there is televised overflow in our Memorial Hall. Continue reading

Roast Beef Dinner, St. Philip’s

Yesterday, after St. Philip’s had observed Remembrance Day, we held our annual Roast Beef Dinner. The roast beef dinner is one of the highlight events for our parish. The food is great, and you can read more about that over at Rev. Donald’s blog, Dining with Donald.

An event like this dinner can’t be accomplished without a lot of help. Much of this help came from within the parish, but we had other help as well. As we were planning we realized we didn’t have a big enough coffee maker. Fortunately, our friends at St. Margaret’s were able to lend us theirs. Thanks.

We served a lot of coffee.
We served a lot of coffee.

When it came to the kitchen, Christy Schmidt was in charge of the cooking and she did a terrific job making sure that everything was ready. On Monday she had great help from her husband Andy (our people’s warden), and mother-in-law Barb as there was a hole pile of slicing and dicing to do. Also, thanks to Bobbie Touga, Christy, and Rev. Donald for contributing desserts.

Of course, not only is there a lot of food that needs to be gotten ready, the tables and chairs have to be set up and made to look attractive. Thanks to Guy our caretaker for setting the tables up, and to Mike and Stephanie who did the necessary work to make them look great.

Roast Beef Dinner settings
Table setting for the Roast Beef Dinner

The food was fantastic. We enjoyed it so much that we were only able to get pictures of some of the items. Everyone was too busy eating most of the time. The gallery below contains pictures of only about half the menu.

On Tuesday Christy and Andy were joined by their friend Evan in the kitchen. He worked tirelessly to help get the meal ready. Areen and Marion got the desserts plated and ready to go. Gloria, who’s the Rector’s Warden was ticket taker.

Areen and Marion Roast Beef Dinner
Areen and Marion getting the desserts organized

When it came time to serve, the Guides under the leadership of Doreen and Laura Gooding made sure that there was plenty of food to go around, that people got coffee, and their tables were cleared at the appropriate time. At clean up, Stephen, Ryan and Ben, more friends of Andy and Christy pitched in to help us all get home at a reasonable time.

So, the food was well taken care of. However, the other measure of a good supper is whether or not everybody enjoyed themselves. On that account we would say the Roast Beef Dinner was a smashing success. The noise level in the room was at a dull roar all evening. The only thing that brought the conversation to a temporary halt was when Rev. Donald was calling out the table numbers for people to get their food.

Not only that, but not many people seemed to be in a hurry to leave. Sure there were a few who had to make an early exit, but generally people lingered over their food and conversations.

St. Philip’s has always had a good relationship with the local government representatives. Last night was no exception. It was a pleasure to meet our new city councillor, Matt Allard. Our local MP Shelly Glover continues to be a faithful friend and supporter of St. Philip’s, she was present last night, along with our previous city councillor Dan Vandal who has also been a faithful supporter and friend to the parish. In addition we had representatives from Premier Greg Selinger’s office along with retired city councillor Lillian Thomas.

Their were many other friends of the parish and supporters as well. It was great having the opportunity to meet the extended families of some of our parishioners. To all who came out, we thank you very much. We look forward to seeing you again at future dinners and other events. The pictures that follow were taken by David Cain, a parishioner and buildings and grounds supervisor for the parish. If anyone has been left out in the thanks, please forgive us, we appreciated the efforts of all.

Service of Remembrance

Yesterday was Remembrance Day. As we have for many years in the past, St. Philip’s played host to the Norwood-St. Boniface Legion for our annual Remembrance Day Service. This year given the tragic events in Ottawa and Quebec over the last few weeks, the service was even more poignant.

Wreathes for the service
Wreaths ready for the service.

The service itself was quite solemn. There were so many people there, that the aisles were full of people, dozens of whom stood for the entire service. There were representatives of all levels of government present, along with Donald Phillips, Bishop of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

It was also really encouraging to see large groups of children from Scout and Guide troops at all levels of those organization. Rememberance Day is about recalling the sacrifices that our ancestors made, but also about looking to a peaceful future. Peace though, is hard and costly, and it is good to see that message being passed on to future generations.

There were many people who worked hard and contributed to yesterday’s service. St. Philip’s would like to thank Nick Kolisnyk for his efforts on trumpet. The U 0f Winnipeg dancers under Stephanie Ballard’s leadership. Leslie MacCorby and the flute ensemble from Nelson McIntyre Collegiate, and all of the members of the youth service agencies who assisted before, during and after the service. Continue reading

Roast Beef Dinner

November 11 is a major day here at St. Philip’s. In the morning we will be joining with the Norwood St. Boniface Legion as we commemorate Remembrance Day. We will be posting more details on that service as we approach the day. Then, in the evening, St. Philip’s hosts it’s annual Roast Beef Dinner. The Roast Beef Dinner is the highlight of the social calendar for St. Philip’s. This dinner is a great opportunity for people to come along and get to know the community that makes up St. Philip’s Anglican Church.

Roast Beef Dinner Menu:

Roast Beef

Baked Potatoes (with topping)

Roasted Root Vegetables



Dessert (The desserts will be a selection of homemade dainties, although there may be one or two pre-made treats to make sure everyone get enough.


There will also be condiments such as horseradish and gravy to go along with the roast beef. If you are gluten-free, you will be happy to know that the gravy is being made with a gluten-free thickener, and we will have a supply of gluten-free rolls as well).

Tickets for the event are $20.00 for adults, and $8.00 for children under the age of 12. There will be one sitting for the dinner. This will be taking place at 5:30 pm. If you wish to reserve tickets for the dinner, please call the church at 204-237-3650(ext 2) or send us an email at

Site of the Roast Beef Dinner
This may look a little bare right now, but it will be full of people and activity and wonderful aromas on the night of the Roast Beef Dinner.