New Home With Garden Plots


*A word of warning, this post about home and gardening may wander a bit. I hope you will stay with me, and in the end find that it does indeed all connect together.

If you have stories about receiving or sharing a garden’s bounty please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

I moved at the beginning of the month. I had been in my previous apartment for almost 13 years. My landlord wanted to renovate, and so I started to look for a new home a few months ago. Eventually I rented a house from friends who have left the province.

apartment home

The old apartment building which I called home for almost a quarter of my life.

There’s a variety of things I’ve noticed. The first is that I’m sleeping better at night. The apartment I was in had an old, basically useless, air-conditioner, and windows that only opened north, so there was no airflow. Being on the third floor, the hot air would rise and for several weeks every year sleep would become very difficult. Continue reading

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Winnipeg 2016 Fall Suppers


It’s that time of the year again. Time to start thinking and planning ahead for fall suppers. This year’s Winnipeg 2016 Fall Suppers post is my third annual. As always, I encourage you to check out Orest Kinasevych to find out the locations and times for fall suppers outside of the city.

The list for 2016 is as always, a work in progress. You can leave information for any Winnipeg 2016 Supper that you’d like to see in the comments below email me at revbubs at shaw dot ca. The number of dinners on the list grew last year, and I’d like to see it get even larger this year.

You’ll notice that like last year there is a mix of style and pricing to these suppers. I hope to appeal to people in a broad range of financial positions, but also to give people the opportunity to learn about many great organizations operating in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg 2016 Fall Suppers

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Holy Eucharist Fish Fry


Last night I attended the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry. Last year when I did my post on Fall Suppers, I got started a little late. As a result, I only got to three. Those were connected to my role as a priest. This year when I listed the suppers I decided to try and attend a few more. The Fish Fry at Holy Eucharist was the first.

This was a dinner that had me reminiscing as I was getting ready to go. For years I worked at the Family Foods on the corner of Watt and Kimberley. Being a bus traveler, I had rode past Holy Eucharist many times, but had never gone in. After last night I still haven’t, because the Parish Hall is located across Watt Street from the church. Still I found myself wondering if I might run into any former customers during the evening.

Holy Eucharist Hall

The Hall at Holy Eucharist is large and spacious.

Suppertime at Holy Eucharist

The meal at Holy Eucharist consisted of pickerel, potatoes, coleslaw, slices of rye bread, and peas and carrots. The pickerel had been brought into town fresh that day, and was lightly breaded. I really enjoyed the coleslaw. I’m a coleslaw fan, and this one was a real nice oil and vinegar one, without too much dressing on it. As you can see from the photo below I was served a good plateful. Dessert was a choice of vanilla or chocolate cake.

Holy Eucharist Fry

Plate of Pickerel and sides from the Holy Eucharist Fish Fry

When I arrived, the hall was only about two-thirds full. Not knowing anyone there, I took a table on my own. Like many of these suppers the tables were called up to be served by number. My table was called early. Despite having sat down by myself, shortly after I picked up my food, the table started filling up. In a few minutes the table was completely filled.

There was a family of three. Four sisters from the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate, (They operate out of Holy Family Home), as well as a mother and daughter. During the course of the meal, we talked about calling, and about community. One of the pleasures of events such as fall suppers, is the general hum of conversation that goes on all around you.

I mentioned earlier that I wondered if I would see any former customers, and I have to admit that while one or two people looked familiar I didn’t run into anyone. However, I did run into Davada a friend and parishioner from Holy Trinity. It turns out she also has connections to Holy Eucharist as well as the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate. It’s great to come away from an event like the supper creating new relationships and friendships, and seeing in how many ways I’m already connected to new people.

Along the way, I also discovered that there is another supper coming up at Holy Eucharist. This is their Fall Supper, and it happens on November 8th. Their fall supper is a perogy supper and it sounds real good. Plus the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate have a women’s supper coming up. I’ll have more information on that shortly.

Finally, I decided to pick up a few silent auction tickets. Wonder of wonders, my number was called for a set of Ukranian serving dishes. It is really quite an attractive set. Though, I’m not sure yet if I will put in on my shelves or add it to the prize pool for the St. Philip’s Chili Cook-Off. Do think this will make a good prize?

Holy Eucharist Prize

My silent auction prize.

Fall Suppers – Winnipeg


I’m starting to put together my Fall Suppers post for 2015. If you know of a church, group, or organization that is having a Fall supper, let me know, by commenting or by email at revbubs at shaw dot ca.

With the arrival of fall, comes the arrival of fall suppers. If you live outside of Winnipeg, or like to travel outside of the city for your fall supper, there is a great web resource put together by Orest Kinasevych.  I didn’t see a corresponding list for fall suppers in the city, so I have decided to start one. I’ve put out some requests, but could use a few more suppers to fill out the list. If you know of a fall supper happening in Winnipeg, let me know in the comments, and I will add it to the list.

Fall Supper

More Fall Potluck than Fall Supper, but it captures the idea quite well.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church – Saturday,  October 25th

This is a traditional Turkey dinner with a Caribbean twist that reflects the makeup of the parish. More information is available by phoning the parish office at 204-942-7465. Address: 256 Smith Street. Check out the menu.

St. Andrew’s Anglican Church (Woodhaven) – Sunday, October 26th

This is a spaghetti fundraiser for repairing of their parish hall roof. Information can be found at the following link.

St. Francis Anglican Church – Sunday, October 26th

There are two setting for this supper. 5:00 pm and 6:15 pm                                       Description: Cost is $15 per person, $6 for children 6 – 10 and under 6 free.                   253 Burrin Ave, Winnipeg

Norwood St. Boniface Legion #43 – Sunday November 2nd

This is the Legion where I serve as Chaplain. It’s just a couple of blocks away from St. Philip’s.

St. Philip’s Anglican Church – Tuesday, November 11th

This is the Fall Supper for the parish where I am priest. This supper is a Roast Beef dinner with all the trimming. Tickets are $20.00 and will be available through the church office at 204-237-3650 (leave msg), or through the contact form on our website.

Bishop’s Dinner – Thrusday, November 13th

The Annual Bishop’s Dinner provides the Bishop of Rupert’s Land with
funds to support a variety of ministry, mission and pastoral needs,
and resources for strategic initiatives for which other
funding may not be available. More information can be found on this poster.

All Saints Anglican Church

This dinner is coming up in November, I will post more details as I receive them.

The All Saints fundraiser dinner has been postponed. I will let people know when the event is rescheduled.

St Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church Fall Supper – Sunday, September 28th

St Anne Ukrainian Catholic Church 35 Marcie Street. 2 sittings: 3 & 5:30 p.m. Adults: $15; Children (6-12): $5; Under 5: free Tickets Anne 204-697-0482 or Lena 204-339-2269 Continue reading

Pork Stew for Vestry


Last week I wrote about how every Anglican Dioceses was divided into deaneries. Well, every Anglican parish has what they call vestry.  The vestry gets its name because that’s where they met, the vestry being the robing room for the clergy.  There are different types of vestries, but the one that meets most frequently is the equivalent to a church board. Members are elected at the annual general meeting.  Like the deanery, this is another group that gets together for fairly regular meetings.

We met last night for the first time since that meeting, and I decided I would make supper for the group beforehand.  I wanted to do something simple, so I decided to make a stew.  I was going to go for beef, but when I went to the store I found there were no good, cheap, beef cuts available.  So, I settled on a pork roast that I would turn into a stew.

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