My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is a great joy for me that we gather together today for this special Liturgy of Reconciliation. We celebrate this time of prayer in fulfillment of the commitment made in the Covenant which was signed this past January between the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina. I believe it is most fitting that we celebrate this liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost.
My dear friends, I am very appreciative of this opportunity to be with you today for this special occasion and I thank you for your invitation to preside over this Mass of thanksgiving on the occasion of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood.
My dear friends, I have been away for the past three weeks on an adventure, accompanying 40 young people from our diocese on a pilgrimage in Italy and then the events of World Youth Day, which was held this year in Madrid Spain with one and a half million young Catholic people in joyful attendance.
Dear sisters and brothers, I am very pleased to be with you this afternoon to celebrate the Eucharist with you on this special day for our Lay Ministry candidates and to celebrate their commissioning. It is a great encouragement to see people from the Archdiocese continuing year after year to give their time and effort to follow the Lay Ministries program and year after year seeing people commissioned to be leaders of lay ministry in our diocesan Church.