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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : April 20, 2016

My family has been going through some tough stuff this past little while.   My children’s grandmother has passed away.  She was 94 years old, a happy, good, caring woman.  She loved to laugh, to go shopping and to cook for her children.   She lived a long, fruitful, strong Catholic life. She was a mother to me.

Each member of our family sits with our own memories, memories of our love for her, her love for us, memories of family times, some good and some not so good. Our household is kind of quiet these days.   It is a place of sadness. 

One thing that I notice about myself...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : March 21, 2016

Since the Assisted suicide issue has arisen I’ve been writing about lack of a moral compass that seems to have infected our people and the consequence of that. A solid example of that has surfaced in Quebec where the Quebec College of Physicians has issued an ethics bulletin to its members.

It seems some emergency room doctors have refused to provide antidotes for patients that have attempted suicide by poisoning, reasoning that the suicide attempt was evidence the individual wanted to die. The Quebec College of Physicians bulletin warned that doctors have an ethical duty in those...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : March 7, 2016

It’s here and we simply have to deal with it. Physician Assisted Suicide, euthanasia, compassionate alleviation of the suffering and pain or whatever euphemism you wish to put on it, is simply killing people.

The Supreme Court gave the new Liberal government a four-month extension to get a law in place and supposedly somewhere in the bureaucratic complex that is government, someone or some group is trying to put something together. The current law against such procedures is still in force but it’s not being enforced.

All the attention has been on individuals suffering...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : February 29, 2016

Scientists are getting closer to what appears to be their goal of playing God.

The latest comes from an article in the February 15 issue of Time Magazine that say the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority of the United Kingdon (HFEA) has given permission to a scientist to begin experimenting genome editing on human embryos DNA using a new editing tool that is simple, easy to use and effective. The tool is called CRISPR-Cas9 and allows the user to find and correct mutations that can lead to deadly diseases.

Genome editing has been done successfully on animals and there...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : February 25, 2016

The siege of Aleppo, has been going on since 2012. There are so many factions involved in the fighting it’s difficult to name them. Alliances change depending on who is ahead in the battle but the bottom line is that hundreds of thousands of people have left the once prosperous and World Heritage City and hundreds of thousands more are said to be trapped inside and starving. It’s been called by some a modern day Stalingrad calling to mind the siege of that Russian city during WWII in which thousands died of starvation.

International aid groups have tried to get into the city with...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : February 9, 2016

 It’s the time for prayer, abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays,  fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and almsgiving.

During Lent, I take the time to ponder some of God’s requests of me.  Like, can I fast and pray? Or, can I sit with the broken-hearted?

I know that in the end, God requires nothing from me, but to love Him and love others as myself.  I do love God and want to have God glorified, so, I am willing to put aside some of the things I would rather do and do those things that God has requested.

When I read the Bible, Jesus lets...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : February 4, 2016

We were having coffee one day at the Diocesan Centre and I was telling people @ work that I’d had trouble sleeping, that I was concerned about something.  So that’s when Archbishop Daniel said to me,  “Put it in the God box. When I have something that is keeping me awake – I put it in the God box and leave it there.  And then I go to sleep.” 

There was a simpleness of faith in that statement.

I have marveled at that comment more than once, as I have mulled over something in the middle of the night.

There was a complete trust in God in his statement, a...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : October 16, 2017
I have recently come across questions about dialogue in the Catholic tradition in at least three different contexts.  First of all, Pope Francis’s prayer intention for January 2016 was interreligious dialogue.  This got a lot more play than is normal for a Pope’s monthly intention because it was also the first time the Vatican accompanied the announcement of the Pope’s prayer intention with a video.  Many Catholics expressed concern about this choice of intention.  “Why dialogue with false religions?” they asked.  “Shouldn’t we be evangelizing people instead?  Isn’t dialogue an admission...
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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 27, 2016

In another life I, with Scott Schill, Leader-Post City Editor at the time, Toarr Springstein who was with Saskatchewan Department of Northern Development I think it was called, were on a fishing trip to Lloyd’s Lake. It took close to 12-hours to drive the almost 900 kilometers from Regina to La Loche and we were to fly out to Lloyd’s Lake as soon as we got there.

We loaded our gear onto the Cessna 180, Toar got into the front seat, Scott and I in the back and we roared off over the water, but the aircraft said forget it this is too heavy so Scott and I were deposited back at the...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 26, 2016

REGINA…..Be the Salt of the Earth and the Light of the World was the theme for the 2016 version of World Week of Prayer for Christian Unity held January 24 at Living Spirit Centre. It was also the topic of homilist Father Gary Kuntz but he also included ecumenism in his homily. The Living Spirit Centre is one example of ecumenism among non-Catholic Christian faiths: it includes three churches, East side United, St. Philips Anglican and Bread of Life Lutheran.

Each year Christians in one country develop an order of service which is used all over the world. This year it was Christians...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 30, 2015

This time it’s Syrians who will add to the colorful mosaic that is this province of Saskatchewan.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s it was largely Europeans who arrived on the bald prairie and proceeded to turn this Great Lone Land into today’s productive and prosperous paradise. They turned it into the “bread basket of the world.” The population grew exponentially. They brought with them their language and culture which formed the basis of our society.

World War II refugees and immigrants gave our province a brief bump in population. Most came out of war torn Europe and they...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : December 23, 2015

One of the most difficult teachings of the Catholic Church for contemporary people to understand is the Perpetual Virginity of Mary.  Actually, in one way, it is one of the easiest things to understand.  We may not have any sense of what it means to be conceived without Original Sin (the meaning of the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception) because we simply cannot imagine that.  We can, on the other hand, imagine what perpetual virginity is, namely, that Mary never had sexual intercourse throughout the course of her life.

It is not that we don’t know what it means, but...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : December 22, 2015

The other day I was looking through my Dad’s photo album (from when he was a young man).   I was looking for a particular picture – but didn’t find it.

What I was very excited to find though, was on the last page of the album, two photos.

The page was entitled St. Mary’s….Regina.  The photos were of St. Mary’s Church.   But, it was the interior of Blessed Sacrament Church.  So I knew right away that the photo was taken prior to 1933.  History tells us that St. Mary’s on 2049 Scarth Street became Blessed Sacrament officially in 1934.   

I was excited to see them. The...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : December 15, 2015

My Mom said when she was growing up there was always a pencil and paper near the radio, so they could write down all the words to the latest tunes.  Music filled my Mom and Dad’s home, too. We listened to everything from Maureen Forrester, to Joan Baez and Burl Ives.  Often, when coming home from the beach, the whole family would sing all the way home. Although, I suspect it was likely just to keep the sound down and have all the voices saying one thing – instead of the chatter of many children.

During nighttime parties at home, my sisters and I would be sitting on the steps...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 15, 2015

It is no coincidence that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio chose Francis as his papal name. The original Francis of Assisi heard a call from Christ to “Save My Church” which at the time was having all sorts of problems. So Francis gave up what is described politely as his wayward life, gave away his possessions and even his clothes we are told and proceeded to become St. Francis of Assisi.

Well, Bergoglio didn’t exactly give up everything he had when he was elected Pope but he had a history of living frugally and simply and spending a good deal of his time among the poor so...

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by: Frank Flegel
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’...

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by: Susan Klein
Updated on : November 18, 2015

When anyone walked into my Mom and Dad’s house when I was growing up, they could tell it was a Catholic home. There was a CRUCIFIX in the living room over the doorway.  There was a ROSARY BOWL sitting on the coffee table.  They were simple signs of faith in our home....

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by: Frank Flegel
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...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : November 3, 2015

I have attended in the last month two events of historical significance; the unveiling of the Sisters Legacy Monument and the 150th anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish in Lebret. We look back on these events and think about the accomplishments they represent in ONLY 150 years and it made me think about Time.

Think about it. 150years! To many of us it seems a long time ago but when you consider Damascus, the longest continuously populated city in the world, has existed for thousands of years, 150 years? Pfft, an eye blink in time, but what has...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 20, 2015

Canada’s Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi spent the first week of October in Saskatchewan, first in Regina, then up to Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Several stories about the visit appear elsewhere on this web site and here I’ll bring you a little more about the visit and some personal views.

The Nuncio, in case you’re wondering, is really Rome’s Ambassador to Canada. He is the Pope’s personal representative here and the Church’s contact with the Vatican. In other words, he’s handshake away from the Pope.

He unveiled and blessed the sisters Legacy Monument October 1...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : October 9, 2015

Frank Flegel recently wrote a blog expressing his confusion over the question of conscience and its relation to Church teaching.  Frank had recently attended two events in our Archdiocese where the speakers, a priest and Catholic ethicist Father Mark Miller, CSsR, and the Bishop Emeritus of Victoria Remi de Roo, made comments about the primacy of conscience that seemed to conflict with the idea that Catholics are required to follow Church teaching on important moral issues (among other things!).

I want to thank Frank for...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : September 30, 2015

In the last few weeks, I’ve heard a priest and a retired bishop speak about the supremacy of conscience and I have to admit to some confusion, perhaps our theologian Brett Salkeld can help us out here. I spoke with Brett and he will do a blog on the issue sometime in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime here’s why I am confused.

Church teaching, which follows Christ’s teaching, appears to leave little room for interpretation on certain important matters.  Yet both Father Mark Miller who spoke at the opening mass of the Regina Catholic School Board and Victoria Bishop...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : September 10, 2015

Archbishop Daniel Bohan would like Catholic families to reintroduce or reemphasize the practice of saying grace before meals in this 100th Anniversary of our being an Archdiocese.  Pretty simple.  Pretty easy to do.  But will it make any difference?  Can something as small as a memorized prayer before a family meal stand up to the massive pressures we often feel against our faith in contemporary culture?

In the past, Catholics have sometimes put the wrong emphasis on certain practices of popular piety or even of obligations like fasting on Friday.  If anyone was given the...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : September 8, 2015

Summer is over and it’s time to get back to routine. I hope your summer has been as good as mine. Family, trips to celebrate birthdays, and some golf made the season pass too quickly. But then, that’s normal isn’t it?

Two recent events to tell you about; the Franciscans leaving the retreat house they established in Lumsden 52 years ago and a not so new Catholic Church in Lake Alma. And by the way stories about these events are somewhere on the Archdiocesan Web Site, but this will give you a personal perspective. I try to be somewhat detached when writing up an event for the Prairie...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : April 30, 2015

It was just a matter of time, really, before some individual was successful in getting prayer eliminated from public meetings.

It has been practice/tradition in this Christian country for most elected public bodies to begin their sessions with a short prayer. That seems to have been recognized in the preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in the Canadian Constitution. To quote: Whereas Canada is founded upon principles that recognize the supremacy of God and the rule of law. Perhaps the Supreme Court Justices forgot to read that when they ruled that...

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