They came from all over the province in support of the unborn. It was a two-day observance that began on May 5 with a Saturday afternoon Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral celebrated by Archbishop Donald Bolen.
It all began in 1980, when Parish Priest Father J.R. Prince of Estevan’s St. John the Baptist Church asked Doug Third to conduct a lay prayer service for a funeral vigil. “He gave me a book and said go at it,” said Doug Third in a telephone interview. In January 2018, he conducted his last service. “I couldn’t stand for a half hour anymore so I told them I had to stop.” Third was talking about his local parish, and the local funeral homes in Estevan and surrounding communities in southeast Saskatchewan that were the benefiters of his commitment.
Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen told a church full of educators that teaching is one of the most fundamental human tasks there are. He celebrated the opening mass for the Regina Catholic School Division to start the 2017-2018 school year. “It is the duty of family and community to teach a newborn child how to live and love and how to be human,” said Bolen. His homily focused on the school division’s theme for the 2017-2018 school year, Let Your Light Shine.
The Archdiocesan Youth Liturgical Leadership graduated its second largest class on May 18. Graduates planned and participated in all aspects of the graduation mass which was held at Holy Trinity Parish.
They all looked like professionals engaged in serious cooking competitions. Eight teams of four each from Grades 10, 11 and 12 students from four Regina Catholic High Schools used the commercial cooking facilities at Miller High School to cook up a beef dinner complete with appetizers and desserts working against a 90 minute time constraint. From 9 a.m. when the competition began to 1:30 p.m. savoury scents wafted throughout the school enticing some additional spectators from a basketball game going on in the gym.
A man and a woman make a serious and sacred commitment when they decide to marry in the Catholic Church. Marriage is a permanent commitment to a way of Christian life; it requires serious discernment, prayer, and preparation.