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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 17, 2012

Witnessing the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakawitha

Hello from Bergamo, Italy. We’re about an hour out of Milan somewhere near the boyhood home of Angelo Roncalli, better known as Pope John XXIII, who called the Catholic Bishops of the world together in 1962 for Vatican II.

Before I tell you about the trip so far, I want to describe to you the Duomo, the world’s third largest church which we saw today.  Awe inspiring is an understatement. Constructed entirely in marble it dominates Duomo square in central Milan, Italy.  Its white spires...

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by: TechAdmin
Updated on : October 12, 2012

Father Thomas Rosica CSB reflects on the life of Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha in honour of her feast day on April 17(Canada) & July 14 (USA). Illustrations from Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. Published by Novalis, 2011. Anne E. Nueberger, Author with illustrations by Kevin Davidson. Additional images courtesy of Catholic News Service

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by: Frank Flegel
Updated on : October 16, 2012

I will be among a delegation of 27 people from the Regina Archdiocese and the Saskatoon Diocese on a pilgrimage to attend the canonization of Blessed Kateria Tekakawitha and six others: Pope Benedict XVI will canonize 7 new saints, including 2 with American connections, on October 21.

Tekakwitha was a young Mohawk woman who converted to Catholicism. She will become the first Native American canonized as a saint. Blessed Marianne Cope, a German nun who followed St. Damien of Molokai in ministering to lepers in Hawaii. Also canonized in the same ceremony will be: Jacques Berthieu, a...

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by: Bonnie Thiele Hunt
Updated on : October 3, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012 marks the beginning of the Year of Faith.  So why is there a Year of Faith, and why does it begin on such a seemingly random date?

Pope Benedict XVI has proclaimed a Year of Faith that will begin on October 11, 2012.  This date marks the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council [5], and the 20th Anniversary of the...

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by: Bobbi Yanko
Updated on : March 27, 2012

When I was a young boy, I knew that when my mother said something to me twice, it was important.  `Danny, you need to be home in time for supper today. Do you understand? You need to be home in time for supper.” I knew I needed to pay attention. Today in the Liturgy of the Word for the Chrism Mass, God says something to us twice. Once in the First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and again, from the lips of Jesus in the Gospel:

‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim...

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by: Michelle Braden
Updated on : November 29, 2011

This weekend I got to spend my Saturday in Saskatoon. I attended a training day put on by the 4 diocesan youth coordinators from around the province of Sask.  The conference was called “We Do Not Stand Alone” and the day dealt with how to effectively work with people of all ages in our church communities and communities at large. What was very interesting to me is that all 4 presenters prepared their presentations individually and without consulting each other and yet all 4 had basically the same message! The message was this: There are no shortcuts to building a ministry! There are no...

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by: Bonnie Thiele Hunt
Updated on : October 20, 2011

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A

 Isaiah 45.1, 4-6
1 Thessalonians 1.1-5ab
Matthew 22.15-21

Isaiah reminds us rather forcefully that there is one God...

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by: Archbishop's Office
Updated on : November 2, 2011

We celebrate today the Feast of St. Luke whom we recognize as the co-worker of St. Paul and who was the writer of the third Gospel. Luke is believed to be a physician and in his writings we sense that the human love of Jesus is of great importance for him, as well as is Jesus’ compassion for those who suffer and are outcast or pushed to the edge of society because they are sick or behaviour is seen to be sinful.

In the Gospel today we hear Luke tell us of the time Jesus sent his seventy disciples with a mission to get people ready for Jesus’ upcoming visit to them. He gives some...

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