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Calling all St. Catherine School Alumni

St. Catherine Community School celebrating 50 years! Please join us on Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 1:00-4:00 p.m. We are also looking invite former staff and students. In addition, we are hoping for any stories and/or pictures that you can contribute. Kindly contact us at 306-791-7325 or p [dot] tourignyrcsd [dot] ca if you have pictures and/or you are able to attend this event.

Event begins on June 9, 2018

Urban New CEO of Catholic Family Services

Last updated on March 6, 2018

By Frank Flegel

Catholic Family Services Society of Regina CEO Sandi Urban, is feeling quite comfortable in her role; she moved into the position 11 months ago. Urban became Executive Director of CFSS April 1, 2017 after the retirement of David Sax.  Sax had 34 years of service with the agency, 21 of those as Executive Director.

Urban is a mother of four who spent 15 years at Sasktel after obtaining a B.A. English from the University of Saskatchewan. She accepted a voluntary retirement package from SaskTel to become a stay-at home mom when the crown corporation went through a downsizing exercise.  She was elected a Trustee with the Prairie Valley School Division and during her time there was elected to the executive committee of the Saskatchewan School Board Association and served as president of the provincial organization, followed by a year as President of the Canadian School Board Trustees Association.

She describes herself as a policy wonk and began...

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RCSD Annual Elector's Meeting

Last updated on February 12, 2018

REGINA CATHOLIC SCHOOL DIVISION

ANNUAL ELECTORS’ MEETING

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

By Frank Flegel

Premier Scott Moe had a nice surprise for Saskatchewan school boards, on February 5. Flanked by new Education Minister Gordon Wyant and Dr. Shawn Davidson, President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, the Premier announced “interim” financing of $7.5 million dollars for financially hard-pressed school boards and a promise of more to come in the new 2018-2019 budget, which is due out April 10. 

“We will get about $450,000.00 of that to direct to our staffing needs,” said Domenic Scuglia, Director of Education for the Regina Catholic School Division, shortly after the government’s announcement. The $7.5 million will be distributed to all school divisions according to a formula.  “That’s exceptionally good news for us. We will work with the senior team to identify where the gaps and pressures are and how to staff accordingly.”  

Scuglia was...

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Student Board Members At 1st Meeting

Last updated on March 22, 2018

By Frank Flegel

Bronwyn Heerspink said she was quite pleased at the reception she and two of her Miller High School classmates received when they attended their first meeting of the Regina Catholic School Division’s Board of Trustees February 5 meeting.

“I was a little bit worried. It’s kind of daunting when you first go in at the start but it’s very open, very welcoming and I felt quite comfortable.” Heerspink is one of several high school students, elected by students at their schools to become student Board members for the Regina Catholic School Division. She initially thought that as student trustees they would be just “poster children to sit there with a smile on their faces,” but she came to realize differently. “They really do care about our opinion and our voices and that’s very comforting.”   

The idea for this venture originated with the division’s Director of Education, Domenic Scuglia. He joined the Division last year from Ontario where student...

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February 23-Pray and Fast For Peace

Last updated on February 8, 2018

Pope Francis has invited Roman Catholics, all Christians and members of other religions to observe Feb. 23 as a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace.

On Sunday Pope Francis while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing, urged everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict. The appeal is because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence. Pope Francis said “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?’”
“Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories while working for peace benefits all,” he said.  He specifically invited non-Catholics and non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they...

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“The state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn”
Statement on the 30th anniversary of the Morgentaler Decision

 

Exactly thirty years ago, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that existing abortion provisions in our nation’s Criminal Code violated a woman’s Charter rights to the security of person, and were thus unconstitutional. Since that ruling, there has been no criminal law regulating abortion in Canada. Yet, Mr. Justice Gerard Mitchell, retired Chief Justice of Prince Edward Island, has noted that at the time of the 1988 Morgentaler decision, “none of the seven judges held that there was a constitutional right to abortion on demand”. In fact, “all of the judges acknowledged [that] the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the unborn”.

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Despite the heroic efforts of countless Canadian citizens and organizations to secure in law that full protection for the unborn, a succession of federal governments has failed...

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St. Francis Xavier Relic Drew Large Crowds

Last updated on January 31, 2018

By Frank Flegel

The St. Francis Xavier Relic two-day visit to Regina attracted more than 3,000 people to the two locations where it was displayed.

An estimated 450 people visited the Campion College chapel at the University of Regina over the course of a 12-hour vigil and about 2,400 attended at Resurrection Church over a 10-hour vigil there. Campion was an obvious choice for the visit as St. Francis Xavier was a co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit order).

The vigil at Campion College began at 7 p.m. Friday, January 19 and remained exposed to 9 a.m. Saturday, January 20, when it was taken down and moved to Resurrection Church for a 10 a.m. mass to begin the 10-hour vigil there. At 9 p.m. the reliquary beside the Campion chapel altar was moved away and a monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was placed in the centre of the altar and remained exposed along with the St. Francis Xavier Relic until 9.a.m. Saturday.

The format was the same at each...

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Regina Catholic's New Student Trustees

Last updated on January 18, 2018

Reprinted from the Regina Leader Post

Seated across a Regina boardroom, 10 young women avidly discussed their new student-led organization, which they believe will have a real impact on education.

They’ve called themselves STRIVE — the Student Trustee Representative Initiative for Voice and Engagement — and in three weeks they will have a place at the Regina Catholic School Board table.

At the group’s third meeting on Tuesday, the high school students got a briefing on how those board meetings work, but most of their time was spent making big plans.

They immediately jumped into defining their roles, then discussed which social media platforms they should use to communicate with students and parents.

Meanwhile, Kelley Ehman, superintendent of education services for RCSD, observed with a smile and a shrug: “They don’t need us.”

The two student trustees from LeBoldus have already surveyed 192 students at their school about their thoughts... Read More

By Frank Flegel

The traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper was a little different for the Dedi household this year. They had just 40 guests instead of the usual more than 50 they’ve been hosting for the last 20 years. “We decided to cut back a little this year,” said Bryan Dedi as he sat at the kitchen table taking a break from the hustle and bustle going on in the house. Renovations to the basement left little room for the large table that previously occupied the space, and this called for a reduction of the guest list.

It is January 6, Christmas Eve, for those who celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar. It’s 5 p.m., and a few guests are already in the house, including Regina Mayor Michael Fougere and Regina Coronation Park Saskatchewan Party MLA Mark Docherty. Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield is at the door, and Barbara Dedi leaves the kitchen to greet the Lieutenant Governor with a welcoming hug. It seems the modest-size house is...

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A message of thanks from Sacred Heart School

Last updated on January 2, 2018

This year’s Santa Store was truly amazing! It was beyond all of our expectations. We know that it would not be possible without the generous donations from you, the members of our church community. Our request for donations was met with an outpouring of love and support that was truly overwhelming. Our store was well stocked for all 430 students to shop for their families. From the bottom of our hearts here at Sacred Heart we THANK YOU! We wish you a blessed, safe and joy filled holiday season. 

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