The lead up to Christmas is one of my busy times as a priest. In addition to added services, I have a few more visits to make as opposed to the rest of the year. Being out and about more than usual, I try to fit in stops at some restaurants that I haven’t hit before. One such place is Pho Yo Vietnamese Cuisine on St. Mary’s Road.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve been by this location without stopping in. I didn’t visit Simon’s until it opened in The Forks, and it’s only in the last couple of weeks that I’ve stopped in to visit Pho Yo. Continue reading →
Today is Shrove Tuesday, otherwise known as Mardi Gras, or Pancake Day. Shrove Tuesday was originally the day when everyone was expected to go to the priest for confession. By doing this they were said to be shriven. At the same time, Shrove Tuesday was the day for using up all the fat in the house before the austere diet of Lent. Somewhere along the line in England in particular the practice of eating pancakes on Shrove Tuesday arose.
Berry Sauce bubbling away.
Today the St. Mary’s Road Anglican Parishes are holding their own supper for Pancake Day. If you don’t have any plans to celebrate Pancake Day, we would be more than happy for you to join us at the Norwood St. Boniface Legion, 134 Street, beginning at 5 pm Continue reading →
I have a confession to make. I really don’t like Communion Wafers. I appreciate that they are good to take when I go on a hospital visit. They are a whole lot less messy. However, when celebrating the Eucharist with the parish I want a good Communion Bread.
I’m not planning on getting to arguments here about whether Christ really is or isn’t in the bread we eat and the wine we drink. However, I found it interesting in today’s reading for Acts 10, when Peter is telling Cornelius about Jesus’s Resurrection, he mentions that Jesus didn’t appear to everyone, only those who had eaten and drank with him. I think the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, should revolve around substantial food, (you can argue amongst yourselves whether it be trans or con).
This is one of the things I appreciate about the Eucharist at St. Margaret’s. They almost always use real Communion Bread. Two years ago I did a Lenten study on bread making as a spiritual discipline. It was taught by Ryan Stoesz a parishioner of St. Margaret’s and a baker at Tall Grass Prairie at the Forks.
Our last session involved the making of Communion Bread. The bread I made I used for the Easter service at St. Mark’s one of the parishes I serve. This year at St. Philip’s we were holding several baptisms as part of our Easter celebrations. I decided to make the bread for the service. Ryan’s recipe is below, and I have some pictures of the process.
Honey and cold-press sunflower oil for the Communion Bread.
3c white flour
2c whole wheat flour
2tbsp sunflower oil
Enough water to make a firm and dense dough. Approx. 2c, but could be more or less.
Last Friday we held a Pub Night at St. Philip’s. The purpose of the pub night was to raise money towards the cost of the roof we replaced this summer. We were assisted by members of St. Paul Fort Garry Anglican Church. In addition to providing social type food, (garlic sausage, cheese, etc.) Geoff Woodcroft, the incumbent Priest at Fort Garry, brought along The Narwhals, the band he is part of.
It was a fun evening for everyone who attended. While I don’t have any food photos of the night, I do have three videos of songs where I sat in with The Narwhals. I hope you enjoy.
Yesterday was a major day at St. Philip’s. In the morning we held our Remembrance Day Service. This year there was barely room to move, so many people attended. It was a solemn and profound experience. I don’t have the history as to how the two events came to be connected, but November 11th is also the day that St. Philip’s holds it’s roast beef dinner.
Our roast beef dinner is a celebration of good food, but it is also a time where we take the time to enjoy each others company. Over at our parish website, I’m going to write something about the time we spent together as we enjoyed the food. You’ll find more about some of the attendees, but I want to give a shout out here to Rob Duncan, aka Prairie Tweeter. Rob does a lot to promote Dining with Donald, and it was great to finally be able to meet him in person.
Readying the Roast Beef Dinner:
Needless to say, preparing a dinner for close to 100 people takes a lot of work.As you can see from the menu below, we were aiming for homemade as much as possible.