Celebrating Saint Andrew and Ordination


Today, November 30th, is Saint Andrew’s day. It is the last major feast in the church calendar before the beginning of Advent. Among other things, Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland. If you click on the link above you will find how that came about.

Andrew is one of the twelve apostles. He is the younger brother of Peter. A figure in the background of his older, more visible brother. As the youngest of six boys, I can relate to the idea of being in the shadow of older, more voluble, brothers.

Saint Andrew's oatmeal

I kicked off my Saint Andrew’s day celebration with a good, hearty bowl of oatmeal.

Not surprisingly, as a guy named McKenzie, I have an affinity with the patron saint of Scotland. My great-great-grandfather on my dad’s side emigrated from Biggar, Scotland. My great-grandfather, Fighting Mac, made his reputation as an Australian, and my grandfather, Gordon, migrated to Canada, where my dad was born.

So, that’s the ancestral connection to Saint Andrew. I have another connection as well. Continue reading

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Saint Ignatius Fall Fish Fry


Each year as I compile my Fall Suppers list, I’m always on the lookout for new suppers to add. Since the season runs until about the middle of November, I keep up the search well after I’ve originally posted. This year one of the new dinners that I came upon was the Fall Fish Fry at Saint Ignatius Church.

Saint Ignatius Knights of Columbus place mats

The placemats with the Knights of Columbus logo on it.

Saint Ignatius Church is founded in memory of Saint Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits. Among other things, the Jesuits are known as the scholar priests of the Catholic Church. In addition to the church Saint Ignatius is also home to a school running from nursery to Grade 8.

This parish is one place that despite going past it hundreds of times while living in Winnipeg, I’ve never visited. I’ve worked with people whose children have attended the school, and I’ve had friends and parishioners who have taken part in the Spiritual exercises and the healing ministry course, but never made it there myself. Continue reading

Christ the King – Fall Supper


Last night I made it out to Christ the King Catholic Church for my first fall supper of the year. It was part of a big food day, as my lunch for the day involved taking part in our Fall BBQ at St. Philip’s. With various bits of running around and visiting I didn’t really get any photos of the BBQ. My only picture is of the marinating vegetable that I used in the pasta salad, which was my contribution to the potluck part of the BBQ.

Fall BBQ salad

These are the vegetables I used in my pasta salad. I marinated them over night before adding them to the salad.

While I didn’t get any pictures, I assure you that there was plenty of food to go around. Hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, cheese, pickles, chips, and a variety of desserts. Plus a selection of coffee, tea, and soft drinks. All your BBQ needs. With all the rain we ate our food indoors, but a special thanks should go to the St. Philip’s People’s Warden David Cain who tended the grill in the rain so that we could all eat in the dry.

Once the BBQ and the clean up was done, I got to rest for a couple of hours for heading out to the fall supper at Christ the King. This past weekend was a really busy one for fall suppers, so choosing was a little difficult.

Christ the King pie table.

A selection from the pie table at the Christ the King fall supper.

I had two reasons for going with the one at Christ the King. The first was that it is quite close to St. Philip’s just being a little ways down St. Mary’s Rd. The second was a little more personal and goes back to my time preparing for the priesthood.*

*You can skip down toward the bottom if you only want the dinner recap. Continue reading

Donuts, Coffee, Beer N Chips


Despite the title making it seem like I may have some sort of culinary death wish, it’s simply a description of my day Saturday. I was up early and headed out to Fools + Horses. Fool + Horses is my favourite writing spot, and I was there to chronicle my experiences on the first day of ManyFest.

As I was getting ready in the morning I checked Facebook and saw a post from my friend Kent Dueck. It seemed he was involved in some kind of mini doughnut kind of truck. I hadn’t seen the truck on Friday, so as I was making my along Broadway towards Fools + Horses I kept my eyes open for the truck.

Sure enough as I walked by I saw Kent outside of the truck with a big broom and water. He was giving the truck a good washing down to make sure it was nice and bright looking for when the customers appeared.

Happy Doughnut

Caramel and Almond Mini donuts from Happy Donuts and Lemonade.

Donuts for Breakfast

I was able to get my post completed just after Manyfest opened at 11 o’clock. So, as I wandered my way down to the main Food Truck area, I stopped off at Happy Donuts and Lemonade, where Kent and Sandy were kind enough to treat me to a tray of the Caramel and Almond Donuts, as well as a taste of the single serve of the Coconut Dream and the Donutella. Continue reading

Famine and Feeding Five Thousand


Since I finished doing my Eucharistic Eating lecture series in Lent, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about hunger. Recently I’ve taken it a little farther and have been reading up on famine. Below is an expanded reflection on the sermon I preached last Sunday, on the Feeding of the Five Thousand as it appears in Matthew’s Gospel. The sermon itself can be found on the St. Philip’s website.

Please feel free to leave your thoughts, ask questions for clarification, challenge my statements, or all of the above, in the comments section below. Thanks.

Our Gospel reading for this morning has lots going on in it. Matthew’s account of the Feeding of the Five Thousand picks up several themes, and they are part of the themes that characterize Matthew’s Gospel as a whole.

One of the themes that runs through Matthew is that Jesus is great than Moses. Another is that Jesus is greater than the prophets. So, there are a lot of these things here, and I am going to just briefly go over some of them before we deal with other parts of this story. Finally, there are echoes of Matthew’s account of the Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist. (Matthew 26:17-30).

harrowing famine read.

One of the books on famine that I have been reading in the last little while. It is a harrowing read and leaves one aghast at how easily we can be lured into treating each other as less than human.

First off, this encounter with the crowds comes at a very difficult time for Jesus. Our reading starts off with Jesus withdrawing to a deserted place. The after this concerns the news Jesus has just received about the death of his cousin John the Baptist. The forerunner of the kingdom has been executed by Herod, and Jesus tries to escape, to have some time alone with his grief. Continue reading