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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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Couples Connect

Last updated on July 26, 2016

Couples Connect - A Faith-based MARRIAGE PREP Program (Dating and Newly-married Couples are also most welcome!)

Resurrection Parish, 3155 Windsor Park Road, Regina, Sk

Program Session Dates:

Sunday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Oct 2 & 16 Nov 6 & 20 Dec 18 Jan 8 & 22 Feb 13 (Monday 6-9pm) Mar 5 & 19 (all sessions include a lovely dinner)

For More Information or to Register: Rose Flaman-Trehas rtrehassasktel [dot] net 306-530-5544 or Linda Mueller bmuellersasktel [dot] net 306-533-8355


REGISTRATION FEE- $275/couple; Early bird registration by September 1st - $250

We are only accepting 30 couples…so please share this with friends and family who you feel could benefit from this experience.

EWTN Needs Media Missionaries!

Last updated on June 21, 2016

Has EWTN Global Catholic Network impacted your life? Would you like to tell others about Christ and His Church with EWTN?  If so, become an EWTN Media Missionary right where you are and make your parish, community, family, and friends aware of EWTN as the best source for Catholic television, radio, online and print resources. To learn more, go to: www.ewtnmissionaries.com or call us 205-795-5771.

Saskatoon Bishop Don Bolen described Catholic schools as characterized by a rigorous pursuit of truth. The Bishop was called as a witness for Christ the Teacher Catholic School Division in what has become known as the Theodore Court Case. The Division is a defendant along with the government of Saskatchewan in a case brought by what was then the York School District following the closure of the Theadore Public School in 2003. A Catholic school was subsequently organized in Theadore and the students remained in the school rather than be bussed to schools in other communities. The York School District morphed into the Good Spirit School Division in 2006.

Bolen was questioned by lawyers for Christ the Teacher division about his background to establish him as an expert witness then, following a break, questioned him about a bishop’s role in Catholic education.

Bolen described his background from his childhood up to and including his ordination as priest and to the...

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Summer Family Fun

Last updated on June 14, 2016

When I was growing up, going to the lake was always one of my favorite things to do.  There was swimming, playing in the sand, watching water skiers and boats go past me as I sat and gazed at the open water. I could sit on the swing and read for hours.  I took long walks to the natural spring just to feel the coolness of the water and the smooth stones under my feet.  Those are still some of my favorite things to do. 

Not favored so much by me, but was by my Dad, was fishing.  And berry picking.  I would think, sitting in a boat for hours in the summer sun, or in the bushes with the spiders and the ants to keep me company?  Not for me.  My dad would fish for hours to get that perch onto his noon-day plate, and he would climb through ditches and over barbed wire fences to get to those berries, and the promise of saskatoon pie or chokecherry jam.

I remember working on the family paint by number.  Anyone who wanted to could sit down and paint.  I remember asking my...

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