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Goodness Abounds in Advent

Last updated on December 30, 2015

This Christmas, as a counterpoint to the destructive forces of misery and terror that we have witnessed these past months, we must not forget that goodness abounds! More than not forgetting, let us be ready to point it out when we see it.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join a small group of people who help at theOut of the Cold breakfast program in Hamilton. These very good folk agreed in the autumn to get up early every Thursday morning from November through March to make their way to a small kitchen outlet to prepare a hot breakfast for over 120 men and women. The volunteers are part of about 400 remarkable and generous people who make the program work. They arrived in the quiet early morning hours and were spirited as they took up their duties, each one pitching in to assure that everything was ready for...

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Eric Gurash, Coordinator for Lay Formation and Evangelization with the Archdiocese of Regina has many presentations and workshops he is able to facilitate at the parish level.  Please see the attached document and feel free to contact Eric at 306.352.1651 ext. 211 or egurash [at] archregina.sk.ca to book your presentation or for more information.

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Today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, Pope Francis presided at the opening celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Saint Peter's Basilica. A delegation from Canada was present for the occasion as the Presidency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is currently making its annual visit to the Holy See. The delegation comprises the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB President, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB Vice President, and Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S., CCCB General Secretary. They will be joined by the Most Reverend Nicola De Angelis, C.F.I.C., Bishop Emeritus of Peterborough, for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at which the Holy Father will preside in the Basilica on December 12, when Pope Francis will entrust the American continent to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas....

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Mother Teresa Middle School Jesuit endorsement

Last updated on December 8, 2015

Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS) now has the official endorsement of the Jesuits of the English Province of Canada. While MTMS is based on Nativity Miguel Middle schools founded in the United States by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) MTMS here was not sponsored by Canadian Jesuits. Its administration and faculty are lay people although Jesuits in training do volunteer at the school. “It links us officially to the network (Jesuit schools) in Canada, it also links us to the schools in the U.S,” said MTMS Director of Education Curtis Kleisinger in an interview. The endorsement agreement was signed by Provincial for English Canada Reverend Peter Bisson S.J. and MTMS Board Chair Paul Hill at a special event held November 30 at the school.

The Regina school is the only one in Canada but a similar school is being organized in Winnipeg.

Kleisinger said there won’t be much change in the way the school delivers its programs but it will require more liaison with the Jesuit...

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Monday, November 16 2015

The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter conveying condolences and prayers to His Eminence André Cardinal Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, following the tragic attacks that occurred in Paris, November 13, 2015. In his letter, Bishop Crosby writes that, in union with Pope Francis, Cardinal Vingt-Trois and the other Bishops of France, "we join our voices with those of other religious leaders who remind the world that peace, respect for the human person, and integral human development remain essential criteria for all religions and their faithful."

Link to the CCCB President's letter (PDF)

Telegram from Pope Francis to Cardinal Vingt-Trois

Vatican Radio report on the Holy Father's Angelus message of November 15, 2015

Statement by Cardinal Vingt-Trois of November 14, 2015

Link to the video archives of Salt + Light...

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Theodore School Court Case

Last updated on December 8, 2015

Theodore Public School closed its doors in 2003. Too small to keep open said the local board. Students were to be bussed to another town.

The locals decided they wanted to have a school in town so they applied to the provincial government to establish a Catholic School and the government said OK. St. Theodore was born.

Well, that didn’t sit well with the folks who closed the public school so a lawsuit was launched that claimed, first, Catholic schools should not be allowed to accept non-Catholic students and, second the government shouldn’t pay for those students.

You’ll get more detail in a story elsewhere on this site. This is more about what happens if the case is successful.

Parents would no longer have the right to determine which school would best suit their children’s’ interests; the government would be prevented from paying any grants to Catholic schools for non-Catholic students which would be a moot point if non-Catholics are prevented from...

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Federal Cabinet Swearing In

Last updated on November 13, 2015

The swearing in of the new federal cabinet had more evidence that Canada is, more and more, turning into a secular society.

I didn’t watch the entire ceremony and I did notice of the group who took the oath/promise of office most did say So Help Me God at the end of the oath but a significant number made no such declaration. Instead they used words, swear and promise. I understand those are acceptable in today’s society but to me and I’m sure many others, those words do not convey the same obligation as So Help Me God and it’s further evidence that our country is in transition to dismiss a reliance on God or for that matter on a single deity, well, except perhaps for Allah.

The non-Christians in the cabinet, and there were a few of them noted mostly by the turbans, one would not expect them to ask God’s help in performing their duties, but neither did they, publically at least, ask for help from their own deity/deities.

Thankfully, most if not all the senior...

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Campion Alumni Distinction Awards

Last updated on November 12, 2015

A teacher of liturgical music in Saskatoon and a Weyburn optometrist are this year’s recipients of Campion College’s Alumni of Distinction Awards.

Dr. Joan Halmo has a list of music degrees to her credit obtained at Trinity College of Music in London, England, Campion College University of Regina, St. John’s University, Collegeville Minnesota and The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. She is an instructor at the University of Saskatchewan, has taught courses at St. Paul’s University, Ottawa and Neuman Theological College, Edmonton. In addition she has authored several books and articles on music history and liturgical music.

Dr. Robert Labbie obtained a Bachelor of Science, Biology, through Campion College, University of Regina and his Doctor of Optometry with honours from the University of Missouri-St. Louis

Halmo said she cherished her time at Campion College. “It will always be with me,” she told awards dinner guests November 4 at the Hotel...

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The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has written a congratulatory letter to the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau on the day he is being sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada, November 4, 2015. In his letter, Bishop Crosby assures the Prime Minister of the prayers of the Catholic Bishops of the country and their "hope to collaborate with you and all the members of your Cabinet on issues of importance for the common good of the citizens of our country and of the international community." Among the issues of common concern, the President of the CCCB refers to climate change; the Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; the refugees crisis; the conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, as well as Ukraine; and the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Link to the letter (PDF)

New Knights of Columbus Film on Our Lady of Guadalupe to Air on ABC Affiliates

Through a special partnership with ABC Television Network in the USA and as part of ABC’s Vision and Values Series, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is pleased to announce that a new Knights of Columbus produced documentary Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message will begin airing on ABC affiliates beginning in October and running until December 10, 2015.
Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, legacy and continued relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the western hemisphere and beyond.
Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message brings this remarkable history to life through modern re-enactments, 3D animations of the mysterious image which allow viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the intricacies of the centuries-old wonder and interviews with leading theologians,...

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