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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : May 30, 2013

The more I read or hear about our new Pope the more I like him. His latest action as reported in the May 22 issue of the Prairie Messenger warmed the ol’cockles of my heart and made me chuckle.

You’ll recall His Eminence Cardinal Keith O’Brien of Scotland admitted to some sexual misbehaviour or as he described it “my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as priest, archbishop and cardinal.” Because of the scandal he did not attend the conclave that elected Pope Francis, stayed home and announced he would no longer be involved in the ...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : May 25, 2013

Church volunteers will now be required to go through a screening process before being accepted into any of the 56 volunteer positions. You read right, 56 volunteer positions! They range from Adoration Coordinator to Youth Minister Assistant. This, the result of recent abuse scandals and insurance brokers who looked at the existing protocol and said it isn’t adequate and needs to be re-written. It’s called Protocol for Responsible Parish Ministry and the Archdiocese is now looking for a Responsible Parish Minister Protocol Coordinator who is to make sure the protocol is implemented in each...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : May 15, 2013

March for Life CrowdThe annual March for Life in Regina was a little different this year and it did seem to have a few more people. It was held May 9, along with other major cities across the country. In Regina, instead of marching from Christ the King Parish down Hill Avenue to Albert Street then to the Legislature, it was held in front of the Legislative Building. The...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : May 6, 2013

House of Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer is the youngest Speaker ever elected to that position. He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Regina Qu’Appelle but as Speaker is to show no favourites in any of his rulings. Most saw him as a nice guy who will try and keep some order in the House but not be too tough on MPs, especially those of his own party. Well, did he surprise a lot of people especially Members of the House when he said he would not be bound by lists of scheduled speakers given him by party whips. And any member who wants to say something only has to stand to get the...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : April 22, 2013

Last week was full of stories of bombings, bullying, suicide deaths, a fertilizer plant destroying almost an entire community and many other stories that might lead one to believe the world has gone mad. And on top of all that we’re a month into Spring but you’d never know that by looking out the window to see the snow pack still on the yards and fields. Some farmers are getting anxious about seeding especially in the Southwest where they usually start seeding in the last week of April and summer sports are going to have a short season. All of which could be really depressing, but I’ll...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : April 14, 2013

There was an interesting discussion the other day about changes to the Apostle’s Creed and specifically the words “and He descended into Hell.” The occasion was a meeting of the Year of Faith Committee at the Chancery Office. It seems there are people out there complaining about those words and arguing that Jesus would not go to hell after his Crucifixion. The discussion was triggered when some committee members said they had been getting some questions from upset people about why it was necessary to change the words from the reference to the dead.

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by: TechAdmin
Updated on : April 8, 2013

The Good Friday Stations of the Cross walk through downtown Regina was well attended again despite the lousy weather. That’s two years in a row the weather didn’t cooperate. 2012 was cold and raining which almost miraculously stopped just before the walk started and began again when it finished. This year, it was again cold, or cold for this time of year and it rained a little after the procession picked up the Cross waiting at the SGI building on 11th avenue.

I took a few shots at the beginning and when the procession moved through the streets then waited for them to...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : April 1, 2013

Holy week is one of the busier times for clergy and the faithful as well as a time for Catholic schools to show case some of what they have been taught about the Easter season. I attended three performances and was impressed with what the children showed.

I started the week on Monday the 25th at St. Catherine’s where grade five and six students put on a Seder meal to commemorate Christ’s Last Supper and the beginning of Passover. Passover is what Jesus was actually celebrating what we call the Last Supper. Jewish communities still commemorate Passover (Pesach) which...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : March 23, 2013

Father Stephen Bill’s mass for Miller and Leboldus High Schools students held March 22 at Resurrection was one of the more meaningful I’ve attended in recent years. I mean, they’re all meaningful but this one was a little different. The difference occurred prior to and at the Transubstantiation. Just before he spoke the words that would transform the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ he departed from the script and told the students what is about to happen; that the bread and wine will in fact be transformed into the real presence of Christ on the Altar. He then picked up...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : March 19, 2013

He was hardly wearing the white robes when the nay sayers in Argentina had something critical to say about him. They complained he didn’t do enough or speak out enough when the military took over that country and began a campaign of eliminating anyone who spoke against them. It was called the time of the disappearing, when thousands were arrested and simply disappeared.

Pope Francis was head of the Jesuit order in Argentina at that time and, according to statements following his election and statements from some who knew him at the time, he actually hid people on church property and...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : March 11, 2013

Bill Whatcott, if nothing else is certainly faithful to his beliefs and it may cost him money and possibly even his freedom. He told me after the Supreme Court decision that found two of his pamphlets contravened the Human Rights Code that he had no intention of paying anyone anything and that includes the Supreme Court who included in the judgement that he pay court costs. “I may be broke and in jail by the time this is over,” he told me. His actions almost immediately after the Supreme Court ruling was to get out his graphic posters and pamphlets, show up at the University of Regina and...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : February 22, 2013

Pope BenedictWhat to make of Pope Benedict’s “surprise” resignation, the first by a Pontiff in about 600 years? I saw him October 21 when St. Kateri was Canonized and there’s no doubt that what I saw was a frail man who required assistance from two people whenever he departed/returned to his throne behind the altar set in St. Peter’s Square for the canonization ceremony. His voice booming over the PA system however...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 22, 2013

Lately I’ve been hearing complaints about recent word changes in some Mass prayers, being told when to stand, kneel or sit. The complainers argue the changes are not that big so why change and make us stumble around even if we use the provided cards placed in the pews. Some of the folks are even talking about leaving and going to some other church. Come on, folks! The core teachings of the church haven’t changed in 2000 years what has changed and continues to change are the rituals involved in worship and in some prayers. Remember the fuss that was made when some hymns and even a prayer or...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : January 7, 2013

It’s a new year and I will not engage in the usual prophesying what this year will bring. I will let the pundits do that and enjoy seeing at the end of the year how off kilter they are. I will say however, that 2013 is a big year for our Church in the world and specifically for our Archdiocesan Church. Activities are being planned and some already held for the Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI and we will see more activity based on the Pastoral Plan especially as it effects the number of our church buildings.

Our Archbishop in a letter dated November 28, 2012 to Father...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 15, 2012

Trying to find out how many Catholics live in Regina or precisely how many are eligible voters, well, you’d have better luck finding the proverbial needle in a haystack. No one really has a handle on this but I’ve given it a shot, and I’m embarrassed to say, and a little ticked too, that as far as I can determine only about 22% of Catholic school supporters bothered to vote or about 7,650 people. It is imprecise because Rob Bresciani garnered 7,914 votes to lead the parade. How did I get to 22%?

Why is it imprecise? Good question. The City of Regina tax people...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : December 4, 2012

I said in my first blog that my role as a trustee for the Regina Roman Catholic School Board would not often appear in this Regina Archdiocesan blog but I have come to realize that Catholic education and the health of our future church are inextricably linked.

Our Catholic education system is providing our students with a first class education preparing them for future roles in society, but the majority of those students do not retain/practice the faith they’ve been taught in school and supposedly in the home. That is evident in our churches where young people are...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : November 13, 2012

Yeah, yeah, I hate shovelling the stuff or even blowing it out. It’s a real pain in the arms, legs, back and neck but it does serve a purpose. We had a pretty dry September, October and the land was getting to the point where it needed moisture and cover for the Winter Wheat. There should be good moisture for the spring seed. As well our friends with the noisy snow machines are having a good time and the winter clothiers and sports people are also happy.

The tri-parish group, Good Samaritan, St. Charles and Canadian Martyrs hit a blip in the road at a meeting held...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : November 6, 2012

It’s been exactly two weeks since we returned from the Pilgrimage to Rome and the Canonization of now Saint Kateri Tekakwitha and I’m still in recovery mode. It’s been busy covering events for the Prairie Messenger and the Archdiocesan web site. The events I cover always show up on the Archdiocesan Web Site news section so you can keep in touch with what’s happening around the Archdiocese. I can’t get to everything of course, but I do get to most of the big stuff. Check the Archbishop’s calendar and the Archdiocesan calendar to know what’s happening. And a reminder; whatever is...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 22, 2012

Monday , October 22, all that is scheduled today is the Thanksgiving Mass at St. John Lateran Church, the same church in which as held the prayer vigil on Saturday evening. The principle celebrant was the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. Con-celebrants included all the Canadian priests, bishops and Archbishops who were in attendance for the Canonization of now Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, including Archbishops Bohan, and Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber, our tour director Reverend Ralph Kleiter, Saskatoon and...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 22, 2012

WOW! There have been several WOW days since we began this journey six days ago, but today, Saturday, October 20, 2012, was a special WOW day. We had mass in a chapel next to the Tomb of St. Peter!

We were up early and left the hotel at 07:00 to get to St. Peter’s Basilica in time to be in this chapel for the mass at 08:00. St. Peter’s Piazza at that hour of the morning is not exactly empty but the people could be counted perhaps in the hundreds rather the thousands. As we walked from the bus in the pre dawn light, Archbishop Bohan pointed to lights in a couple of upper windows to...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 22, 2012

World Mission Sunday and the Canonization of seven new saints, Blessed Kateri among them. A crush of people trying to squeeze through a narrow security opening almost became dangerous. Some were literally lifted off their feet as the crowd surged toward the gate.  Near us some people were pushed on top of a woman in a wheel chair, causing her considerable discomfort.  For anyone with a ticket, as we had, this crush was completely inexcusable.  St. Peter’s Piazza, completely packed, holds at least one, and perhaps, two hundred thousand people. We had tickets and were...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 22, 2012

I said yesterday it was a long bus ride, and it was, but interrupted with a pit stop in some little unnamed community with a small confectionary and many bathrooms. It was obviously set up to provide services to people on their way to Assisi. More on the young “Miracle” boy we serendipitously met while at the stop. I don’t know how we found out he was on board the Seattle Diocese bus but when we did many from our bus had photos taken with the boy, his parents and grandparents. I spoke with Father Jim Sauer who, at the time Jake Finkbonner became afflicted with Flesh Eating disease,...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 19, 2012

Spent the day in Assisi, a three hour bus ride from Rome. Fog most of the way so didn't see much of the country side. Fog cleard while we were inside and had good views of the outside of the basilica and the countryside below. Assisi is built on a hill. Visited St. Francis basilica where Archbishop Bohan, Fathers, Keiter, Danolo and Wojciech con-celebrated mass. Then over to St. Clare on the other side of Assisi. Very impressive place. I'll add more tomorrow when I believe the schedule will give me more time.

At a pit stop on the way to Assisi, we met...

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 19, 2012

A fast train ride, and I mean a fast train ride, to Rome. The train hit 300 kms an hour several times and made the almost 500 kms trip to Rome in 3.5 hours. We were supposed to admire the scenery while travelling through the Tuscany area but what we saw mostly was blur. I exaggerate. We did see some lovely villages located on hilltops, lovely vineyards and other fields, located in picturesque hills in between nodding off to catch up on some sleep. A nice surprise awaiting us in the Rome hotel lobby was Archbishop Bohan who warmly greeted everyone.

Getting on the train was a hassle....

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 18, 2012

He’s 97 years old and had to sit in a chair but as he spoke he become more animated and his voice became stronger. He is Monsignor Capovilla, former secretary to Pope John XXIII and he was a surprise guest when we visited the summer home of Cardinal Angelo Roncalli who became Pope John XXIII. He resides in what is now a museum dedicated to Pope John. The visit with him was a highlight of the day as we spent the morning visiting sites where Roncalli was born, baptized and lived as a child and the afternoon in Brescia where St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Order lived and died....

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