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K of C Focus on Re-building Domestic Church

Last updated on March 17, 2016

”Our Supreme Council has re-looked at; are we doing as much as we can to be involved in our parishes, to be as supportive of the ministry of our clergy,” said Saskatchewan Knights of Columbus (K of C) State Secretary Brian Schatz in a March 15 interview with the PM. He and Guy Precourt Membership and Program Consultant for the Supreme Council presented this re-focus to priests, members of K of C and guests who met at Holy Child Church the afternoon prior to the Chrism Mass celebrated that evening.

The idea of the special presentation came from Holy Child Pastor Reverend Danilo Rafael who heard Precourt at a priest gathering held in February and was so impressed he felt it should be heard by more priests.

It began with a 25-minute video of Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivering a speech he gave at a K of C mid-term meeting in San Antonio late in 2015. He described the new initiative as a re-focus on traditional activities for the Knights.

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Lent is upon us.

Last updated on February 9, 2016

 It’s the time for prayer, abstinence from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays,  fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and almsgiving.

During Lent, I take the time to ponder some of God’s requests of me.  Like, can I fast and pray? Or, can I sit with the broken-hearted?

I know that in the end, God requires nothing from me, but to love Him and love others as myself.  I do love God and want to have God glorified, so, I am willing to put aside some of the things I would rather do and do those things that God has requested.

When I read the Bible, Jesus lets me know what some of those things are – feed the poor, not sending them away hungry.  “Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two...

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“Put it in the God box.”

Last updated on February 4, 2016

We were having coffee one day at the Diocesan Centre and I was telling people @ work that I’d had trouble sleeping, that I was concerned about something.  So that’s when Archbishop Daniel said to me,  “Put it in the God box. When I have something that is keeping me awake – I put it in the God box and leave it there.  And then I go to sleep.” 

There was a simpleness of faith in that statement.

I have marveled at that comment more than once, as I have mulled over something in the middle of the night.

There was a complete trust in God in his statement, a belief in God’s faithfulness, a course that was set early in his life that he followed.

I will miss the Archbishop and his gentle wisdom.

 

Dad’s Photo Album

Last updated on December 22, 2015

The other day I was looking through my Dad’s photo album (from when he was a young man).   I was looking for a particular picture – but didn’t find it.

What I was very excited to find though, was on the last page of the album, two photos.

The page was entitled St. Mary’s….Regina.  The photos were of St. Mary’s Church.   But, it was the interior of Blessed Sacrament Church.  So I knew right away that the photo was taken prior to 1933.  History tells us that St. Mary’s on 2049 Scarth Street became Blessed Sacrament officially in 1934.   

I was excited to see them. The crèche is placed behind the altar.  There is a canvas hung on the wall that is painted with the scene of a hillside.  The altar cloth on the front of the altar – is in German – although I can’t read it.  The angel statues held electrified candelabra’s.    The photo is taken before the stained glass windows were installed.  Although the photos are not totally clear – I was still thrilled to see them...

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SING PRAISE TO GOD

Last updated on December 15, 2015

My Mom said when she was growing up there was always a pencil and paper near the radio, so they could write down all the words to the latest tunes.  Music filled my Mom and Dad’s home, too. We listened to everything from Maureen Forrester, to Joan Baez and Burl Ives.  Often, when coming home from the beach, the whole family would sing all the way home. Although, I suspect it was likely just to keep the sound down and have all the voices saying one thing – instead of the chatter of many children.

During nighttime parties at home, my sisters and I would be sitting on the steps upstairs.  We would move closer and closer, one step at a time, down to the bottom step at the centre hall – just so we could hear my parents and aunts and uncles singing.  Dad or Aunt Hattie would be playing the piano.  It was loud and joyfilled.  I learned many songs listening there and, as long as we were quiet, Mom allowed us to stay there.  MEMORIES OF SONG AND OF FAMILY WERE PLACED INTO MY MIND AND...

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Celebrating Faith At Home

Last updated on December 15, 2015

The Hornung family celebrates their own Christmas Eve pageant at home every year.  Grandma (Louise) gets the script and makes the costumes.  The 5 grandkids range in age from 3 to 13. Here is a family celebrating faith together intergenerationally. Send us your pictures of your family celebrating their FAITH AT HOME.

Campion Responds to TRC

Last updated on December 8, 2015

Campion College, a federated college with the University of Regina, November 18 outlined three initiatives it intends to take in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). The TRC headed by Justice Murray Sinclair released a report in May with recommendations intended to reconcile differences between Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal population. Most have to do with the impact residential schools had on First Nations society. The announcement included remarks from Jesuit Provincial for English Canada Reverend Peter Bisson, S.J. Campion College President Dr. John Meehan, S.J. and Cree Elder Noel Starblanket.

“As a Jesuit College, Campion plays an important role in promoting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in Canada,” said Meehan in a prepared statement following the announcement of the initiatives. “This is not only a priority in our college’s new strategic plan it is also a key priority of the Jesuits in English Canada.”

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The Rosary Bowl

Last updated on November 18, 2015

When anyone walked into my Mom and Dad’s house when I was growing up, they could tell it was a Catholic home. There was a CRUCIFIX in the living room over the doorway.  There was a ROSARY BOWL sitting on the coffee table.  They were simple signs of faith in our home.

“The family that prays together, stays together’ was a favorite saying of my Dad.  This was a slogan made famous by Fr. Patrick Peyton’s Family Rosary Crusade that swept over North America in the 1940’s and 50’s. 

In our Archdiocese, over 2000 people attended the Family Rosary Crusade Rally that was held in Weyburn in Oct, 1948.  Rosary Prayer books, Crucifixes and Bibles were all available.  Families were asked to sign a Pledge Card (as a reminder to pray) and to say the Rosary while meditating on the Mysteries.  The Rosary was to be a way of Evangelization – to unite the family in prayer and to draw them near to Jesus.

Today in my home, there’s a Crucifix in the living room (the Pope John Paul...

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New Knights of Columbus Film on Our Lady of Guadalupe to Air on ABC Affiliates

Through a special partnership with ABC Television Network in the USA and as part of ABC’s Vision and Values Series, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation is pleased to announce that a new Knights of Columbus produced documentary Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message will begin airing on ABC affiliates beginning in October and running until December 10, 2015.
Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel, Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message paints a comprehensive and inspiring picture of the history, facts, legacy and continued relevance of Our Lady of Guadalupe throughout the western hemisphere and beyond.
Guadalupe: The Miracle and the Message brings this remarkable history to life through modern re-enactments, 3D animations of the mysterious image which allow viewers an unprecedented glimpse into the intricacies of the centuries-old wonder and interviews with leading theologians,...

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Sacred Heart Community School Sod Turning

Last updated on October 15, 2015

Construction of a new Sacred Heart Community School began October 2 with an official sod turning attended by Finance Minister Kevin Doherty, Deputy Mayor Wade Murray, Regina Elphinstone –Centre MLA Warren McCall, Elder Mike Pinay, school board members, senior school board administrators and children of Sacred Heart Community School. The sod turning took place on the North West corner of school property. It is scheduled to be completed by September 1 2017. The government is contributing $27,000,000.00 to the project.

Sacred Heart school was built in 1928. It is an iconic structure in North Central and acts not only as a community school but has become something of a community centre as well. It hosts several after school programs and is noted for its strong emphasis on reading in all grade levels.

A new building has been on the Regina Catholic School Division’s wish list for a long time but the government moved it to the top of the list when the gymnasium began falling...

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