My dear sisters and brothers, it is a great pleasure for me to be here as your bishop to celebrate with you the 100th anniversary of your parish. As with many of the parishes in our archdiocese, the first priests to come to Shaunavon over one hundred years ago celebrated Mass in various homes throughout the district. For over 100 years now, the Catholic Community has lived and celebrated its faith in this community.
We know the church is not first of all a building of wood and plaster. Rather the church is a building constructed out of “living stones”. In other words, all of you who are parishioners here and all of those who came before you - as St. Paul wrote:“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”
This community of baptized people, this community that is the church, has come together in three successive church buildings since the first basement church was built in 1914. This community of faith endured many challenges and...Read More