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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

PROGRAM BEGINS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2ND 2016

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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On September 25, 2016, Pope Francis will celebrate with catechists around the world the Jubilee for Catechists. The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis has prepared an online resource The Jubilee for Catechists: Announcing the Mercy of God, that is available at http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/office-for-evangelization-and-catechesis/4482-jubilee-for-catechists, for use in dioceses and parishes.

The resources can be used at any time throughout the pastoral year by clergy, directors of religious education, parish pastoral workers, chaplains, Catholic teachers and parents to emphasize the special role of the catechist. They have been designed in such a way that they can be used for reflection by individuals or in a larger group setting. Dioceses and parishes may wish to use the liturgical suggestions for a special blessing of catechists either on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 or at another time when catechists are gathered together.

The Office de catéchèse du Québec has...

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Regina Catholic Schools Moving in Faith

Last updated on May 19, 2016

It couldn’t have been a better day.

Sunshine, little wind, temperature remained around 20c with just a little smoke in the air from the Fort McMurray fires but not enough to create a health hazard. It was the 7th annual Movement in Faith for the Regina Catholic School Division and this year, almost 1200, students staff, families and friends showed up at the Canada Summer Games Park to celebrate their faith, be physically active and just have fun. “It’s a testament to the work of the committee and the way that’s being advertised and word-of-mouth year after year people are understanding that it’s a great event for families and staff and faith building within their communities (schools) so its great to see our numbers increase,” said committee chair Graham Hayes, Physical Education and Health Consultant for the school division.

Each year, a particular charity is chosen for support and this year the Marian Centre, a downtown Regina soup kitchen, was selected. The Centre...

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REGINA……Just one resolution was presented at this year’s annual Regina Archdiocese CWL convention held April 17,18 at Holy Child Parish calling for a standard for print on over the counter medication containers. Carol Deters, Chair of the CWL’s Standing Committee on Education and Health introduced the resolution. “People have trouble reading the ingredients because the print is so small.” As well, she said, sometimes it is placed in a location that makes it harder to read. The resolution will eventually make its way to the national convention. Deters also suggested in her report that medical schools have to be taught about palliative care.

Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber delivered three talks on the Year of Mercy, proclaimed by Pope Francis. He also spoke about the Pope’s latest writing Amore Laetitia, the Joy of Love as “a wonderfully positive message.” Jesus is the mercy of God", said Weisgerber, “he shows us how to be human,” and he described how Jesus was...

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