Mission

Here is a link to a video from Faith in the Public Square Conference held at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin on Saturday 3 June, 2017. Here are images of a logo and a crest introduced at the conference:  Logo   Crest

                

The full Cathedral's Mission Statement is here in pdf format; the main paragraph appears below.


  • Mission Statement
    The final parish mission statement approved by the Cathedral Vestry in June 2017 is as follows.
    The mission of the Cathedral Parish of St. John the Baptist is to proclaim and celebrate the gospel of Jesus Christ through worship, example, and action, recognizing its location in the heart of St. John’s and
    its responsibility as the Cathedral of the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador. The Cathedral Parish will, by the Grace of God:
    ● Foster faith development in every person seeking to explore their relationship with God;
    ● Provide vibrant and liturgically-sound worship experiences that embrace its rich musical tradition and cathedral setting;
    ● Deliver ministry and outreach that meets people’s needs;
    ● Preserve Anglican heritage and tradition of Newfoundland and Labrador and honour Anglican relationships to historic sites and events; and
    ● Facilitate Diocesan ministry reflected through the Cathedral.

  • Outreach

    Not only does the Cathedral congregation praise God through worship, but we also praise God through our work in the community.  We understand the transformational power of Christian service and the important role that we must play as a downtown parish in a growing city. 

    If you would like to contribute your time, talents, or treasures to one of our outreach activities, please contact the Cathedral Office.  We are very grateful for all the support we have received in the past.

    Archives

    For information about the Archives, please click on History and Architecture and scroll down.

    Battle Harbour Mission

    Battle Harbour, an Anglican parish in southern Labrador, spans an immense geographic region and contains communities which are not serviced by roads.  Meeting the complex needs of this parish requires a great deal or energy, creativity, and resources.  Through an recent initiative started by the Diocese of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, the Cathedral is pleased to support this parish through prayer and financial contributions.

    Chaplaincies

    In conjunction with all the parishes in the Diocese, we help maintain chaplaincies in hospitals, the Penitentiary, and Memorial University.

    Civic Services

    The Cathedral performs several services annually which are intended for broader community participation.  Such services include the following.

    • Commemoration of the Battle of Britain (air battle of 1940).
    • Commonwealth Sunday.
    • Blessing of the Animals. This popular service, unique in St. John's, attracts many pets and working animals, as well as their owners.
    Information on special services can be found on the Services page.

    Emmaus House Food Bank

    In conjunction with two other Anglican Parishes (St. Thomas', St. Michael's) and two Roman Catholic Parishes (Basilica, St. Patrick's), we operate the Emmaus House food bank.  This food bank serves more than 400 families each month.  At Christmas, we coordinate with Emmaus House to distribute hampers and stockings to neighbourhood families.

    Open House

    Beginning in late December 2016, an Open House has been held every year in the week after Christmas. Held in the Cathedral Crypt, free food, drink, and entertainment are offered. A particular effort is made to invite people from disadvantaged groups to attend this event.

    Primate's World Relief and Development Fund

    The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is the Anglican Church of Canada's agency for sustainable development, relief, refugees, and global justice.  The Cathedral supports this initiative through prayer and financial contributions.

    Queen's College

    Queen's College, the theological school of Memorial University of Newfoundland, has prepared countless men and women for  Christian service and ministry across Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the rest of the world.  The Cathedral maintains a close relationship with Queen's College, supporting it through prayer, volunteer efforts, and financial contributions.

    Spiritual Development

    In addition to our Christian Education programs, the Cathedral periodically offers programs of interest to those exploring or questioning their spirituality and faith.  Most recently, the Cathedral offered the Dayspring program, which offered a fresh "stand-alone" interpretation of The Holy Gospel.  For details on current programs, please contact the Cathedral Office.

    Women's Home Mission AssociationThe Women's Home Mission Association (W.H.M.A.), which celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2005, is believed to be the
    oldest continuing organization in the parish.

    The W.H.M.A. was founded in 1880 by Archdeacon Botwood to help further missionary work within the Diocese. The object of  the W.H.M.A at that time was to support a missionary at Battle Harbour in Labrador. The W.H.M.A. would raise money annually for the missionary's stipend and support other similar missionary work as approved.

    Over time, their mission has evolved to include the following ministries: Altar Guild, Emmaus House, Ministry to the Deaf; Parish of Battle Harbour, Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, Queen's College, Sleeping Children Around the World, and scholarships for university students from Labrador.


  • Groups

    The Cathedral has many groups for congregation and clergy, each of which performs the work of Christ in its own special way.  If you would like to get involved with one of these groups, please contact the Cathedral Office.
    1. Altar Guildh Women
    2. Cathedral Chapter
    3. Cathedral Companions (visitors to the elderly and shut-ins)
    4. Cemetery Committee Anglican Churc
    5. Choir
    6. Church Lads’ Brigade
    7. Crypt Tea Room Committee
    8. Family Ministry (was Youth Group)
    9. Guild of St. Elizabeth (tour guides)
    10. Lay Ministers and Eucharistic Assistants
    11. Servers
    12. Sidespersons and Stewards Committee
    13. Vestry
    14. Women’s Home Mission Association (W.H.M.A.)