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Our Parishes Report

Last updated on August 22, 2017

By Frank Flegel

A summary of the Regina Archdiocesan parish reports confirm the obvious, fewer people are regularly attending Mass but it also contains a positive surprise in the growth of youth ministry. “Ten years ago, four of the 134 parishes in the Archdiocese had youth ministry programs and there are now 27,” said Director of Pastoral Services Robert Kowalchuk who compiled the summary. “That’s an 800 per cent growth and that says there is a real, strong concern and investment in (faith by) our youth.”                                                                                                           

The Archdiocese has always collected data from parishes, and in 2003 switched to electronic data collecting which allowed for more detailed information and the ability to do some long-term data analysis and develop trend lines. “It has led us to a pretty robust discussion on how the Church is changing and what the responses are for the Church,” said Kowalchuk....

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Vacation Bible School

Last updated on August 22, 2017

This week Christ The King Parish in Regina has been hosting their annual Vacation Bible School. Running consistently for the past 9 years, VBS Director and Pastoral Assistant Laura O’Reilly, along with an army of volunteers who serve as station leaders, crew leaders, stage-hands, skit teams and kitchen crews have helped this faith-filled and inspiring program grow from 40 to 150 kids! This year Lay Formation Coordinator and ‘Thinking Faith!’ podcast co-host Eric Gurash was honored to help lead their Bible Discovery Station. Be on the look out for his upcoming podcast about the experience including interviews with some of the leaders, volunteers and coordinators who helped touch the lives of so many children and their families this summer!

 

Holocaust Organizers, Surprize Teachers

Last updated on August 15, 2017

By Frank Flegel

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men is the opening line of a 1930s radio drama. It came to mind while interviewing one of four Regina Catholic School Division teachers who took part in a summer course and tour of the infamous holocaust concentration camps in Germany and Poland.

Ada Paez teaches history at M.C. O’Neil Catholic High School in Regina. “I always thought they had to be mad, insane, but they were ordinary intelligent men who sat down at breakfast in Wannsee House, Germany, (a suburb of Berlin) a beautiful location by a lake, and methodically planned what do about what they called ‘the Jewish problem’. It was actually quite shocking. You look at these men - they all had PhDs - they were extremely smart, they were not idiots and they came up with this plan. It makes you wonder - How?” said Paez. She has a degree in European history and on one of her own travels visited Dachau, one of the more infamous of the extermination camps. “I...

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By Frank Flegel

Newcomers to the province through Regina will now have additional help as they improve their English language skills and learn what it takes to obtain and keep a job in their new country. Regina’s Catholic Family Services Society (CFSS) opened its newcomer centre June 28 at the request and help of Immigration Canada. 

“Immigration Canada identified missing needs for newcomers and approached CFSS last year and requested the organization develop programs to meet those needs. CFSS was provided with a grant of $1.4-million to get a program up and running. We are targeting folks who have lower level English than what traditional employment counselling service does, with a focus on youth and women,” said Sandra Urban, newly appointed CFSS Executive Director. She was appointed April 1, 2017, following the retirement of David Sax.

Catholic Family Services had unsuccessfully applied to Immigration Canada for other programs and their application was kept...

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Sacred Heart School Blessing

Last updated on June 29, 2017

SACRED HEART SCHOOL BLESSING

JUNE 23, 2017

By Frank Flegel

June 23 was an appropriate day for the blessing and official opening of Sacred Heart School as it was the day of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, a most solemn day held 19 days after Pentecost on a Friday. Archbishop Donald Bolen, in his brief remarks before he blessed the school, talked about the meaning of the Sacred Heart as a symbol of God’s love for us. “It’s a beautiful thing to have that name for a school. It is the heart of this community and it’s in the heart of the city so it’s going to be a beautiful example and symbol of the kind of world we want to build and we want to live in.” With that he moved around the gathering area where guests and students were seated, blessing them and the school with holy water. He also visited the various classrooms and other areas of the school, blessing them as he moved throughout the school. 

The Archbishop took the occasion to announce that come...

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By Frank Flegel

The Regina Catholic School Division approved its 2017/18 budget at a special June 19 public meeting. Chair of the Board Donna Ziegler said it’s been a tough year with funding cuts from the provincial government, but the Board managed to achieve a balanced budget of   almost $113 million while maintaining and even increasing its teaching staff.

“I want to thank board members and the administration for their hard work over the last several weeks. It’s been a very challenging year for all of us. I’m pleased that the Board came to a decision in regards to how to fund the additional 370 students we’re going to get next year and the three additional schools, and we did that by making some cuts in other areas.

“We started with a $1.5 million deficit and we knew that we had to come up with $1.7 million to allow the schools to open next year. So, as a board, we reviewed the budget in its entirety and looked at ways that we could be more efficient; we...

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Jean Mahoney Recipient of St. Edmund Campion Medal

June 8, 2017

Campion College Chapel, University of Regina

By Frank Flegel

 

Jean Mahoney of Regina added another honour to her list of honours as the third recipient of the St. Edmund Campion Medal awarded to her at the annual convocation exercises held June 8 at Campion College.

The medal is awarded to an individual whose life and activities have exemplified in an outstanding way the service of faith and promotion of justice—ideals championed by St. Edmund Campion and embedded in the Jesuit philosophy of education at Campion College.

Mahoney, a registered nurse, is well known throughout Saskatchewan for her many accomplishments and contributions to charitable and volunteer organizations locally, provincially and nationally.  She has held senior executive positions in the Catholic Women’s League, Catholic Health Association and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Santa...

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Education Week Prayer Service

Last updated on June 2, 2017

EDUCATION WEEK PRAYER SERVICE

MAY 25, 2017

By Frank Flegel

Catholic schools across the province of Saskatchewan spiritually came together on May 25, mid-week of Catholic Education Week, to pray together in support of Catholic Education.

Coordinators for Catholic Education for all eight Saskatchewan Catholic school divisions chose the theme, You will see Me in your school if you love your neighbor as yourself.

Regina Catholic Education Coordinator Miles Meyers said they wanted to get all schools to pray the same prayer at the same hour, so it was scheduled for 11:00 am on Wednesday of Catholic Education Week. Teacher Marley Brcic introduced everyone followed by a Grade One choir singing the opening hymn.

Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen participated in the celebration with students in Regina’s St. Angela Merici school.  He asked assembled students to “become people of service to God.” He spoke while holding the Shepherds Staff explaining...

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CCCB – Ottawa)

On the memorial of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Protectress of Canada, 17 April 2017, which is also Easter Monday, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a message marking the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. On behalf of his brother Bishops, he offers best wishes and prayers "that God will continue to keep our home and native land glorious and free, and that Canadians, including the Indigenous Peoples whose lands we share, will continue to work toward a better country and a better world."

In his message, the President of the CCCB recalls the vision and sacrifices that have been present since the beginning. "In the celebrations that will take place on July 1, 2017, we will commemorate the occasion when four former colonies joined to form one country." He emphasizes that "this land is also God's gift and blessing, and is not only of our own...

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The Promise of Catholic Education

Last updated on March 20, 2017

THE PROMISE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION

MARCH 17, 2017

This is a challenging moment for Catholic education, but it is also a promising time. Catholic education is of great importance in our time for all of society, said Monsignor James P. Shea in a March 10 public lecture in the Campion College Riffel auditorium.

Msg. Shea, President of the Bismark, North Dakota, Catholic University of Mary, told the almost sold out crowd that society has changed. A society based largely on Christian principles and gospel values is not the norm. “This is a radical change in society and this presents us as Catholic educators with great challenges.  We need to pay attention to the signs of the times and respond accordingly.” He then went on to speak about Catholic education in terms of a wounded society and the, “salves Catholic education offers for those wounds”. Msg. Shea spoke with the Prairie Messenger a few days following his lecture.

”As Catholic educators we have a...

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