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Regina Catholic School's AGM

Last updated on February 9, 2017

The Regina Roman Catholic School Division continues to have one of the best academic records in the province, according to reports given at the Annual General meeting held February 6 at the Catholic Education Centre. “Our Annual Report shows that our students continue to achieve above provincial standards in most academic categories that are measured,” said Director of Education Domenic Scuglia. “This is a tribute to the commitment all our employees make to ensure all our students reach their full potential.”

Catholic School Board Chair Donna Ziegler said the Trustees appreciate that results like that do not happen by chance; that it requires the effort and care of the entire education community. On behalf of all the Trustees she expressed appreciation to all school-based administrators, teachers, education support professionals, custodians, Catholic education Centre staff and all who had a hand in the education of the students. “We are truly blessed to have such caring and...

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Archbishop Bolen hosts "Brew Aware"

Last updated on February 7, 2017

Brew Aware attracted students, alumni, staff and friends to a question and answer session with Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen. The event was held in the senior common room of Campion College on January 29.   It was billed as an open session with no subject limits, which Archbishop Bolen repeated in his opening remarks.

His opening remarks provided insight to his theological and personal interests; he is currently deeply invested in the Truth and Reconciliation process.  He talked about his work in Rome with the Pontifical Commission on Council for Promoting Christian unity; his continuing interest and involvement in Ecumenism; his PhD journey and his thesis idea that never came to fruition - Anglican/Roman Catholic Dialogue – because his time was at capacity.

Archbishop Bolen told the informal group that Catholics are not very good at articulating our faith “although we are getting better at it,” he said, “it certainly is a challenge for us today to become articulate...

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"Woe betide me if I do not proclaim the gospel!" (1Cor. 9:16).

These words of St. Paul urge us as Christians who have a duty to bring the Word of God to others because Evangelizationis the nature ofthe Church.

While visiting the classrooms, I meet many students whose parents are non-practicing Catholics and teachers who are not passionate about God. Therefore, these students are missing out on the experience of God’s love, and are losing the opportunity to know God’s love. Also, they may not realize what they are missing because their short-term needs are being filled by the distractions of materialism, the age of fast living and instant self-gratification.

While visiting patients at the hospital, I see some among the weak and the sick who are yearning for God’s love but do not know how to approach God. They have been away from the practice of the faith and feel distant from God. Besides, many...

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Guilt as Gift

Last updated on December 9, 2016

These days my thoughts keep drifting towards Christmas Day.  How the day will look, who will come and how to spend the day?   Plans about food are the most consuming.    I am part of a cookie share this year, so that will be fun.   I look forward to the walk to Mass on Christmas Day.  I live on a tree lined street, with several other Catholic families.   So as we walk in the snow to Church, families ahead of mine and families behind – it brings a quietness of comfort and joy to me, a homely connection to the family of God. 

As my mind is becoming filled with all the imaginings and the planning for the big day, I recognize that I need to prepare my heart as well.

I hear that life is a journey – well my journey this year has been a tough one.  As I prepare for the season, thoughts about unpacking some of the events of the last year keep sneaking in.  As I think about the children’s grandmother dying, I can release the feelings of sadness and grief.  I add my...

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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.

“They all did so well that I could give a professional critique,” said Lindsay Adams of Skills Canada, one of the day’s judges. “There were no poor meals today. They were all great meals but obviously varying degrees of skill were displayed so I was able to give the students I would say professional levels of criticism which is awesome.”

The idea for the cooking skills competition came from Joanne Beach a...

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Saskatchewan's Catholic School Boards Meet

Last updated on November 9, 2016

Kern Loehndorf”s life has been dedicated to his faith and Catholic Education in Saskatchewan and for that service he was the recipient of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Board’s 35th annual Julian Paslawski Meritorious Service award. The award was presented to him by Julian Paslawski and SCSBA President Paula Scott during the SCSBA annual meeting held at the Sheraton Cavalier Hotel November 4-6.

Loehndorf ended his teaching and administration career in 2007 after 25 years as Director of Education for Light of Christ Catholic School Division in North Battleford. He was immediately hired by the SCSBA to be its Executive Director and will continue to serve in that position until his official retirement in July 2017.

The Theodore challenge to Catholic education which began in 2002 and the development of a new Catholic studies curriculum, since approved by the province’s Catholic Bishops, took up much of his time. He encouraged all Catholic school divisions to be...

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I have recently received several communications expressing concern about the supposed decision of the Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories to deny funerals to anyone who has died by assisted suicide. The decision is often portrayed as cold and heartless and even as a pastoral abandonment of a suffering family at a very difficult time. Many people express deep hurt and anger over this decision.

After hearing people's concerns, my first question is, “Have you read the document, or just the media reports?”

Fellow Catholics, if you learn anything from this episode, let it be this: whenever the media reports something about the church that makes you confused or frustrated, check the sources.

While some media outlets have been more careful than others, it is certainly fair to say that the impression most Canadians have is that the bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories have pronounced that no one who has died by assisted suicide will be permitted a...

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It was a banner week for Mother Teresa Middle School, (MTMS) receiving in total $1,000,10,000.00 from the Mosaic Company, represented by Bruce Bodine, senior Vice President of Potash Mosaic.

The $1,000,000.00 is in the form of a social impact bond, the first time such a mechanism has been used in a Canadian school. The potash mining company’s foundation will pay MTMS $200,000.00 a year for five years and if the school meets it graduation rates as set out by the Ministry of Education, the government of Saskatchewan will repay the company including 1.3% interest. If the graduation rate is less than 75% the company gets nothing. The advantage for the government is that there is no money up front and if the goal is met, it is estimated the government saves about $1.7-million in social costs over the lifetime of each graduate.

The $10,000.00 the school received from Mosaic is one of 10 awards the company has paid out to schools who competed in an Extreme School Makeover...

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Regina School Board Opening Mass

Last updated on September 6, 2016

Mercy, Indigenous people and students were themes as more than 1,000 teachers and staff of the Regina Roman Catholic School District #81 gathered in Resurrection Parish August 30 for the annual opening mass. Archdiocesan Administrator Very Reverend Lorne Crozon was the main celebrant con-celebrated with Winnipeg Archbishop James Weisgerber and several diocesan and Ukrainian Eparchy priests.

Crozon’s homily focused on the teacher’s role in the life their students and encouraged them to use the Holy Spirit to guide them in their work. “The power of the gift of the Holy Spirit is in all of us.”

Weisgerber and Leah Perreault were the main speakers; Perreault talked about mercy and how the church became structured about 1,700 years ago in her 40-minute address and Weisgerber used his time describing how life changed for Indigenous people with the arrival of Europeans, the difficulties they encountered and how that translates into their lives today. (see separate stories on...

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