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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : February 25, 2014

Well, there’s been one response to my suggestion of a Mob Mass from my last blog but so far no one has taken up the idea of organizing it. The respondent thought it a good idea especially in summer and perhaps in some small rural parishes but he/she expressed concern that the local parishioners may not be appreciative of having a bunch of strangers pack their parish, or perhaps the concern was taking away from one to pack another church.

In truth, I don’t know what the reaction would be for either scenario but I have faith the response would be positive in both cases. In any case,...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : February 12, 2014

Last week I wondered whether there was some way technology could be used in our rites, services, ceremonies and rituals which would encourage more people, especially young people to attend. The Leader-Post Religious page in the weekender edition offered one idea; flash mobs to encourage attendance in some of Boston’s oldest churches.

Using various social media, Facebook and Twitter in this case, a church is selected as the target and the flash mob shows up at a mass. What a great idea!

Boston resident Christopher Byrd thought up the idea last fall and has...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : February 13, 2014

A reader writes: 

“I was reading a book about Isaac Newton and to my surprise learned that he spent much of his life studying translations of the Bible to prove Unitarianism. In my understanding, he was trying to disprove the Trinity.

In my own experience, I often wonder why we bother to pray to three Gods (which we then call one God). I feel that I can understand having an omnipresent God and then a mortal one. But the Holy Spirit somehow seems redundant to one or both of these.

Why do we believe in the Trinity?”

The...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : February 5, 2014

Youth, especially teenagers, and technology seem to be permanently connected to their smart phone, tablet and whatever else is out there these days. Our education system is getting wise to this exploding phenomenon and coming up with new hardware and software trying to keep up with the kids.

Many youngsters, as young as pre-kindergarten, are using these things with aplomb leaving many of us in the adult world scrambling and often calling our children and in many cases, our grandchildren for help.

Many teachers, especially those who have been around for a while, still use...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 20, 2014

This is the week of prayer for Christian unity with several ecumenical prayer services around the Archdiocese earnestly praying that some day “we may all be one” as Christ has said in several biblical passages. I think most Catholics believe we will all be one when everyone else converts to Catholicism. Cynical? Perhaps, but after attending the annual three bishops day last Thursday, January 16, at St. Michael’s Retreat House, Lumsden, I’m thinking we’re well on the way to someday achieving that oneness.

Three Bishops Day recognizes the unique partnership of the Anglican,...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 13, 2014

Walked into church Saturday afternoon and no water available with which to cross oneself. Making the sign of the Cross entering church didn’t feel right without the water; didn’t feel complete. Suspected it had something to do with the flu bug going around and sure enough Father said so at the beginning of his homily. I don’t know about the rest of you but I have faith that the Good Lord is not about to allow transmission of disease from water blessed in His name. Same thing with the blood of Christ in the form of wine.

When I serve as Eucharistic Minister and happen to be holding...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 7, 2014

Saskatchewan people are a generous lot evidenced by the amount of money raised for victims of Typhoon Haiyan that cut a swath through the island nation of Philippines.

The Regina Archdiocese raised a little over $260,000.00 and the Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus (K of C) Charitable Foundation raised a little over $250,000.00. That’s over $600,000.00 between the two. There’s a separate story elsewhere in the news section of this site but I wanted to comment first about Saskatchewan people’s generosity, how that money was handled and what it shows about this province’s demographic...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 2, 2014

It’s the time of year when the folks looking for donations double down their efforts. “Donate now,” they say, “and double (or triple) your donation because somebody is going to match it. “Do it before the end of the month so it’ll count in your tax returns. Whatever.  They’re all worthy causes and we try and do our share but something about donating to overseas causes has bothered me for some time.

We see heart rending photos of children in need; we see devastation in natural and man made disasters, IE: the latest Typhoon Haiyan in Philippines and people rush to...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 23, 2013

We may be winning the battle of Merry Christmas, vs, happy holidays, season’s greetings, etc. Yes, people still exist who object to Merry Christmas but if you’ve been paying attention letters to the editor in local and national newspapers increasingly support the traditional rather than the generic, politically correct, non-religious, etc. greeting. Take a look at Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s Christmas card and view/listen to his recorded greeting. Even in his first year in office he referred to the birth of Christ.

Past opposition leaders and Lieutenant Governors have...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 23, 2013

A few blogs ago I suggested assisted suicide is grabbing more attention and it won’t be long before it receives some form of approval in this country. You’re familiar with the Quebec bill before their “National Assembly” which will decriminalize assisted suicide (end of life care is the euphemism most often used) and allow doctors under prescribed conditions to either kill someone themselves or assist a patient to take one’s own life. I’m probably going to receive some flack from proponents who complain about my use of the word kill, but that’s what it is.

Canadian doctors at their...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : March 19, 2014

OK, Salon didn't actually write me here at sASK-aTheologian with their question.  But they probably should have.  Or maybe the could have simply consulted the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Or Wikipedia.

You see, in a recent article, Salon asks "About that "immaculate conception": could a virgin birth ever really happen?"

The problem is that the immaculate conception is the dogma that...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 4, 2013

Elsewhere on this website is my story about Pope Francis requesting input from the world’s Catholics about marriage. What you’ll read here is my take on what this all means.

So what does it mean? Perhaps a wholesale review of what marriage is all about considering we have many different versions; cohabitation, same sex, common law and of course traditional heterosexual? Does this mean the Pope is contemplating some game changing decisions? Truthfully, who knows, but he isn’t about to go to all this trouble if he isn’t thinking about doing something to change the trend away from...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : November 7, 2013

On Friday Oct. 25, 2013, I was invited by the Conquest Boys Club to address their annual Faith of Our Fathers Men's Banquet on the question of the permanent diaconate.  This event is an opportunity for men and their sons to come together to celebrate their vocations as husbands, fathers, brothers and sons, while also honouring our spiritual fathers in the priesthood and encourgaing young men to actively discern their own vocations.  As such, it was the perfect place to talk about the vocation to the diaconate, a...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : October 30, 2013

On Sunday Oct. 20, 2013, I was honoured to be invited to present on the theological virtue of faith to SOURCE - Regina youth and young adult ministry.  SOURCE is a joint ministry of three Regina parishes (Resurrection, Christ the King, and Holy Family) and the Archdiocesan Youth Office.  It is a great night of food, worship, reconciliation, fellowship, and formation.  I will be presenting on the virtue of hope on November 17 at Holy Family and love on...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 29, 2013

We Roman Catholics have always thought of ourselves as adherents to the true faith and everyone else as sort of also rans. We do believe in and support ecumenical activities and we’re in favour of us all being one as long as we’re all Catholic. 

Some of that has changed in the last 50 years and Pope Francis’ comments since becoming Pope seem to indicate more attitudinal changes are coming. It will surprise many to know that the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has for years encouraged and supported dialogues with some 14 Christian and non Christian faiths. The...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 22, 2013

Okay, I’m a little behind with my blogs but I’ve had other things going on including a fishing trip with some buddies to Tobin Lake earlier this month and from which we came home without any fish. We even had a local resident guide us for a half day and even he couldn’t find anything with fins on it. Four guys together with a deck of cards and a few refreshments and it was good time anyway.

On to business.

I usually don’t have much faith in Supreme Court decisions but they got this one right; they told doctors they couldn’t withdraw life support from a...

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by: Brett Salkeld
Updated on : October 23, 2013

Ashley Hoffart asks:

Prow cutting waterDear friendly theologian! Do you care to comment on this quote when you have a moment? A friend of mine posted it [on Facebook], and it bothers me somehow... but I'm having a hard time articulating my thoughts... I'd love some input.

Charles Spurgeon: “I believe that every particle of dust that dances in the sunbeam does not move an atom more or less than God...

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by: TechAdmin
Updated on : September 25, 2013

by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : September 19, 2013

I am convinced that in the not to distant future Canada will either legalize euthanasia or like abortion, leave it in no man’s land.

We have a BC court ruling last year that denying a person’s request for assistance in taking their own life violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (currently under appeal by the federal Justice Department), and now Quebec vowing to pass legislation that would protect doctors who at the request of a patient, help that patient end his/her life.

Civil Libertarians backed the case in B.C. in which a woman suffering...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : September 6, 2013

The tragic killing of six-year-old Lee Bonneau by another child under 12-years-old brings to mind an editorial I recently read in the Globe and Mail. It commented on a recent law passed by the Nova Scotia Legislature that made parents open to civil liability if their underage child is convicted of cyber bulling. It came about because of 17-year-old Rehtaeh Parsons who committed suicide which was blamed on cyber bullying she suffered. 

Of course parents are responsible for their children but it seems to me the state keeps making it more and more difficult to be an effective parent....

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : August 27, 2013

You have to drive this province in order to appreciate its size, topography and diversity. In the last couple of weeks, I drove to Rama, 266 kilometres north and east of Regina in the parkland with many bluffs of trees and rolling land and a few days later to Ponteix 269 Kilometres south west in ranch and large farms country, treeless, virtually flat except for creek valleys.

Rama is the site of St. Anthony’s Church, a grotto in honour of Our Lady of Lourdes and a statue commemorating St. Gianna patron saint of the unborn. The event celebrated in the grotto the first annual mass for...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : July 19, 2013

Sister Agnes Blaquiere died July 12, 2013 after spending 104 years on this earth. It seems to me she could be a terrific poster woman to interest more women to consider religious life.

The image, I think, most have of women in Religious life is one of prayer, serving in various capacities in parishes, social work, teaching etc. But there are a variety of other careers that can be pursued while wearing the symbols of their community. Blaquiere is one example. There is a separate story in the news section of this web site.

She wanted to be a missionary and heard about the...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : July 11, 2013

I loved the ordination of Paul Mau Van Nguyen that took place in Holy Rosary Cathedral June 28.  Yes, the services are long, about two hours for this one, but they’re full of ceremony and ritual and reminders of the ancient church to which we belong. The ordination was the first service in the newly renovated Holy Rosary Cathedral. I won’t go into a lot of detail about the work that went into it, there are separate stories describing the ordination and the renovations on this website somewhere in the news section.

As soon as you walk into the Cathedral from the main entrance, the...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : June 19, 2013

What kind of society are we creating? I’ve written about this before and the speed with which it seems to be happening is increasing. The latest comes from Quebec, that former bastion of moral values and Catholicism, that has abandoned its roots. The provincial government or National Assembly as they call it has introduced a bill that would legalize assisted suicide, something that federal criminal law and most right thinking people would call murder. Think Robert Latimer.

The Supreme Court in Canada in 1993 upheld Canada’s laws against assisted suicide in the case of the Crown Vs....

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : June 5, 2013

I had a hectic day last Sunday, June 2, Attended two priest anniversaries, one in Wilcox and another at Holy Child Parish. In Wilcox Father Len Albers celebrated his 65th anniversary and at Holy Child, Father Art Vandendriessche celebrated his 60th. But they weren’t the only priests celebrating.

May 30, 1953, no fewer than eight were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Michael O’Neil, four are still living and celebrating mass. Fathers Vandendriessche who lives in Martha House, Regina, Joe Frey who lives in Kenosee, Steve Ripplinger who is in Elbow and Al...

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