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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : April 7, 2017

Epilogue: Tanis is now in Saskatoon awaiting her second stem-cell transplant. She continues to meet each day head on--and I continue to learn how to walk. Both point to the pilgrimage that lies at the heart of making a better world. Every pilgrimage is a quest for illumination, a search for a full...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : March 20, 2017

This final segment of the walk will be followed by, on March 30, two weeks from now, one more blog, given to offer an ‘epilogue’, or an ‘aftermath--it has been about 4 months since the completion of the reflection on the walk.   

CampusStation #5- I leave the First Nations University of Canada to head home, via the University of Regina, a thirty minute journey for giving careful thought to ways in which my...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : March 2, 2017

I think it necessary, before beginning station #4, to give a short review of the four blogs I have submitted thus far. The introduction suggested that Tanis’ struggle echoes the struggle of the earth and world. It also explained how and why the walk was developed. Station #1, called for self-examination because ‘the emptier the heart, the more it turns to buying, possessing and consuming’ and also that ‘our lifestyles are a prescription for ecological disaster.’ Station #2 tries to place us in the experience of St. Francis of Assisi--nature is a book that speaks of God’s power and goodness...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : March 2, 2017

Station #3 I make a right turn and head for Campion College. I know that this is a place to address the unquenchable thirst for answers, for happiness.

Campion wallAs I became aware that Tanis was experiencing every assault that the disease multiple myeloma could throw at her I went through my own journey of anguish and bewilderment. Where could I go to deal with this? My prayer turned into a more...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : March 2, 2017

Station #2--is an attempt at a having a heart and mind rinse, hoping to meet and be more deeply attracted to a refreshing, uplifting and unmistakable Power. In fact the prophets invited listeners to find renewed strength in their times of trial by contemplating the all-powerful Creator of the universe. My goal in this station, a 15 minute walk along the shore of Wascana Lake, is to try to see creation...

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by: Sharon Bender
Updated on : January 31, 2017

We have had a number of questions about whose responsibility it is to have the Adult Volunteer Information Form completed by new people to ministries.  It continues to be the responsibility of the Parish Volunteer Screening Committee.  Each year the committee needs to review, in coordination with the Pastor and Office staff, who needs to complete forms for General Security or High Security. 

The committee members then go to the parishioners starting new ministries to complete the necessary forms.  All new volunteers need to complete the Adult Volunteer Information Form.  If the...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : February 15, 2017

Note: This is the second part of a 5 part blog series. The first blog can be read at https://archregina.sk.ca/blogs/19/7/2017/01/tanis-and-my-laudato-si-walk

The change needed to address the social and environmental crisis we face requires only that we become the human beings we have been created to be. It is for this reason that the walk described below includes both spiritual and practical dimensions.

The Laudato Si  Walk.

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : January 6, 2017

By Brett Salkeld

This is the last of a three-part series.

In this third of a series on raising kids Catholic I want to talk about some of the particular challenges our culture presents to us as Catholic parents trying to pass on the faith to our children. Can we identify with some precision certain cultural factors that are working against us, so as to effectively counter them?

It would be too easy to simply compile a list of complaints about contemporary culture. What I hope to do instead is to identify one key issue and show...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : January 10, 2017

This will be the first of a series of blogs that I will be posting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si. The illness my daughter Tanis suffers due to a cancer of the blood, offers a striking metaphor for what is happening to our earth. A walk which I created, consisting of five stations, provides the setting for the teachings of Laudato Si, as placed in the metaphor of Tanis’ illness.

 

 

Tanis and My Laudato Si Walk 

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by: Leona Burkhart
Updated on : January 4, 2017

Oh My!

It has been over a year since the Protocol Department posted a blog.  I guess one would have to say that Sharon and I are not frequent bloggers. 

It has been a few years since we began the Screening Process for volunteers in Parishes.  And as we become more comfortable with the process, I hope we have not become more lax.

It is still important to screen people and keep our records up to date.  It would probably be a good idea to check on the dates of the Criminal Record checks on file.  Some may need to be updated or will soon need to be updated.  Sending out early...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : December 9, 2016

Cookies in a PanThese days my thoughts keep drifting towards Christmas Day.  How the day will look, who will come and how to spend the day?   Plans about food are the most consuming.    I am part of a cookie share this year, so that will be fun.   I look forward to the walk to Mass on Christmas Day.  I live on a tree lined street, with several other Catholic families.   So as we walk in the snow to Church, families...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : November 1, 2016

This is the second of a three-part series, originally posted in the Prairie Messenger.

In the first part of this series we looked at things we can do in the home to help our kids appropriate the faith given to them in their baptism. Much more could be said, and my suggestions could serve just as well as sparks to your own imagination as examples to strictly follow. The larger point is to be intentional about your life of faith in the home.  

But our faith is not a private family affair. It is also concerned with our whole Christian community. How can a family...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : November 1, 2016

Any bishop will tell you that one of the most heartbreaking parts of his job is meeting with elderly parishioners who lament that their children no longer participate in the life of the Church.  

Parents in my own generation, whose children are perhaps not yet teenagers (my oldest is 9), often face the future with some anxiety.  Will our children continue on in the life of faith we have begun with them, or will they drift away like many in the generations before them?  

It is easy to get discouraged when we see and hear...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : September 22, 2016

Tara writes to ask how best to respond to people who say that Christ’s presence in the Eucharist isn’t real, it’s just symbolic.

Thanks for the question Tara!

I think there are at least two complementary ways of approaching this.  The first is the most common.  Catholics who want to defend the claim that Christ is REALLY present in the Eucharist turn to Scripture.  There we can find extremely realistic language.  At the institution of the Eucharist Jesus says “This is my body,” not “This signifies or represents or symbolizes my body.”  That argument alone was enough for...

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by: Michelle Braden
Updated on : October 18, 2016

Our week in Lodz prepared us well for our arrival in Krakow. What a city! So rich in history, full of faith, and the home to the great saints of mercy; Saint Faustina, Saint JPII and St. Maximillian Kolbe to name a few. It is against this rich backdrop that we entered into the theme of our WYD celebration: Blessed Are the Merciful”.

Each morning was the same....we made our way to the “Mercy Center” where we would join 20,000 other English speaking pilgrims for morning prayer, guest speakers, catachesis by a bishop and the celebration of mass. After mass, we would grab some...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : September 13, 2016

Mother Teresa is now a Saint. Proclaimed to that title September 4, by Pope Francis, a day before the 19th anniversary of her death September 5 1997.

St. Peter’s square was packed, as usual, for the ceremony and while most of the coverage was positive there remain a few dissenters that the move was too soon after her death. The same thing was said of St. John Paul II who was canonized April 27, 2015 just nine years after his April 2 2005 death. St. John XXIII was Canonized at the same time as John Paul II but he at least had been dead for about 61 years.

In the...

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by: Michelle Braden
Updated on : September 13, 2016

         What a summer! The Archdiocese of Regina World Youth Day pilgrims shared a journey which has left each one of us forever changed! I would like to share with you one segment of our pilgrimage, each week for the next three weeks. To thank you for your support and prayers….To give you a glimpse into the impact of the universal church…..To fill you with hope for the future!
          The first week of our WYD experience was spent at “days in the diocese”. This important week leading up to WYD (World Youth Day) saw dioceses from all around Poland open up their parishes and...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : September 6, 2016

September is here, the children are back in school, the garden is almost completely harvested except for some corn, potatoes and several squash. Not a bad crop this year. Time to get back to the usual routine.

Us Catholics lament the state of our faith in the western world, but Reginald Bibby, in his new book co-authored with pollster Angus Reid, says Catholics today are doing well thanks largely to immigration. Three thousand people were polled in 2015 by the Angus Reid group.

The Western Catholic Reporter published an article, picked up by the Prairie Messenger in last week...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : July 12, 2016

This is the fourth of a five-part series.

In the first three parts of this series I have tried to paint a bleak picture of what the legal availability of physician-assisted suicide means for vulnerable individuals and Canadian culture generally. On the other hand, while this legal battle seems unwinnable at this stage, I am not without hope. The church has lived through bleak times before. 

While history is no picnic, Christianity offers us great resources for dealing with evil. In the final two instalments of this series I want to look at those resources. Today we will...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : June 28, 2016

Last Tuesday, I was lucky to be a member of an ecumenical and interfaith delegation that went to the provincial legislature to present a joint statement calling for more palliative care in our province and conscience rights for health care workers and institutions in light of Canada's new laws on assisted suicide.  The delegation included Roman and Ukrainian Catholic, Anglican, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Evangelical, and Muslim delegates and represented a much larger group of signatories to the joint statement that included Jewish, Muslim, and a great many Christian...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : June 28, 2016

We haven’t heard the end of the Euthanasia, medically assisted suicide, and whatever other euphemism is employed to describe legal murder, debate.

The House of Commons and the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-14 which makes medically assisted suicide legal, but the bill does not go as far the Supreme Court ruling in the Carter Case. The result is very likely to mean more court challenges to force the federal government, through the Supreme Court, and I’ll say more about that in a moment, to widen the criteria.

The Supreme Court ruling allowing medically assisted...

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by: Bert Pitzel
Updated on : June 28, 2016

It has been far too long since my last blog. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming demand placed on this Office by refugees seeking Sponsorship for family and friends. I had to meet an onrush of requests when Abdul was in Australia. This actually turned into a blessing in the sense that it became clear that the refugee component of the Office should be restructured to more effectively deal with some delicate matters.

The new procedures that have been put in place have come to look like this; I take the phone calls, arrange the appointments to listen to stories and requests, also...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : July 12, 2016

While it is not necessary to appeal to Scripture or the authority of the Church to demonstrate that assisted suicide is bad for people and for society (you’ll notice I made no such appeals in the first four parts of this series), that does not mean that Christian faith is of no help for our present situation. 

It should be possible to demonstrate from rational principles accessible to people of all faiths (or none) that assisted suicide is an evil.  And Catholics are generally happy to approach the public square with arguments that do not require faith in order to be accepted...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : June 14, 2016

When I was growing up, going to the lake was always one of my favorite things to do.  There was swimming, playing in the sand, watching water skiers and boats go past me as I sat and gazed at the open water. I could sit on the swing and read for hours.  I took long walks to the natural spring just to feel the coolness of the water and the smooth stones under my feet.  Those are still some of my favorite things to do. 

Not favored so much by me, but was by my Dad, was fishing.  And berry picking.  I would think, sitting in a boat for hours in the summer sun, or in the bushes with the...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : May 24, 2016

The Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly opened as normal on May 17 with the opening prayer which has garnered some recent criticism. Here’s what the controversy, or what passes as controversy, is all about.

Present us O Lord in all our doings, with Thy Most gracious favour; and further us with Thy continual help, that in all our works, begun, continued and ended in Thee, we may glorify Thy Holy Name, and finally by Thy Mercy, attain everlasting life.

Amen.

This all came about because of a Supreme Court ruling...

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