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.
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.
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.
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.
conjunction with all the parishes in the Diocese, we help maintain
chaplaincies in hospitals, the Penitentiary, and Memorial University.
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.
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.
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
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, 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.
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.
GroupsThe 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.
- Altar Guildh Women
- Cathedral Chapter
- Cathedral Companions (visitors to the elderly and shut-ins)
- Cemetery Committee Anglican Churc
- Church Lads’ Brigade
- Crypt Tea Room Committee
- Family Ministry (was Youth Group)
- Guild of St. Elizabeth (tour guides)
- Lay Ministers and Eucharistic Assistants
- Sidespersons and Stewards Committee
- Women’s Home Mission Association (W.H.M.A.)