Rylan Bellegarde, Richelle Lee Asapace and Tyra Lee Bellegarde from Regina and Black Bear, wear their traditional dress when they recieved the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation in June
Archbishop celebrates Confirmation
File Hills Confirmation
Thank you to Sister Bernadette Feist for sending these pictures from Mary Immaculate Parish in File Hills. The second picture is Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Father Louis Kim with the 11 Confirmation and First Eucharist candidates taken April 12, 2015. The bottom picture was taken on Holy Saturday when Father John Meehan S.J. Baptised four and gave the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist to 5 more. The people were called together with a drum song by Jason Agecoutay and Robert Bellegarde performed a smudge ceremony of the altar. Bibles were given to the families but the best gift one Confirmand said was "We saw our church, many churches, deaneries, histories, past and now... we belong."
Immaculate Mary in Cree
We, the people involved in Regina Archdiocesan Native Ministry, will work in a co-operative effort through the Circle of ministers and the Circle of Elders to:
More effectively serve the First Nations people.
Jointly explore and determine pastoral approaches of Native Ministry.
Jointly take responsibility for adequate church building and gathering places for ministry.
Assist Native peoples in becoming more responsible for ministering in their respective regions..
On October 21. 2012, we celebrated the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. as SAINT Kateri. To commemorate this wonderful event and to be more closely connected to this happening in our Church, we have decided to acknowledge others who have been a great part of ministering to First Nations people. To download the French text of the bilingual homily by Bishop Lionel Gendron at Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha click here
One of those people is Fr. Jean-Marie Lacasse omi, who has served in the Perigord region for over four decades. and became closely and personally connected to the Lestock and area Native Ministry, as well as the Valley Native Ministry Program. A Certificate of Special Recognition from the Regina Archdiocese was presented to Father Lacasse, by Dorothy Sentes from Lestock. (on behalf of Father Wojciech Wojtkowiak O.M.I. and Sister Bernadette Feist OSU on Sunday May 27, 2012 in Perigod Sask.
Sister Gemma Staudt O.S.U. was also recognized. She served as a Missionary with the Carry The Kettle First Nation and area for many years. Even though she is retired, her ministry hasn’t ended as she continues to visit, mentor, listen, and pray.
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time to plant - to sow - to reap, This is the time to be grateful for their dedicated and generous service to the First Nations people over the years.
Mark your calendars! Consider attending the Public Symposium, to be held Oct 22, at the Cathedral, 123 Nelson Road, Saskatoon sk. Using the insights of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, the day-long symposium will explore such areas as Treaty Rights, use of water and other natural resources in Saskatchewan.
Notable speakers include newly appointed Archbishop of Regina, Don Bolen, author Trevor Harriott and Officer of Treaty Commissioner, Lyndon Linklater. Social Justice Coordinator, Bert Pitzel will also be part of the keynote address.
For further details, click here to download the Symposium’s brochure ‘Our Common Home: as long as the rivers flow’.
A group of women from Regina’s North Central neighborhood is trying to do something to reduce violence in the area. They carry out patrols every Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, not to get involved in any perceived violence but to encourage their neighbours to be more vigilant and to show they care.
“This came out of an initiative called North Central End the Violence,” said Shawna Oochoo, one of the organizers. The community began talking about what can be done to reduce violence following the February murder of a 26-year-old man in their community. Three teen-age boys along with a 22-year-old man were charged with the murder. “We held a community forum and a political forum and from those forums we began looking at what other communities are doing.” They looked to Winnipeg and the Bear Clan group that began patrols in the 1990s. It eventually faded away but was resurrected in 2015. “We looked at the success they’re having and how do we apply that to what we’re doing here,”... Read More
Just a reminder that this Wednesday April 27th, is our monthly potluck and sharing circle. We are back at St. Mary's Anglican (corner of Montague and 15th ave). We'll begin around 5:30 for supper followed by circle. People are encouraged to bring their own dishes (plate, bowl, cup, utensils etc) but no worries if you forget as we can use the church's dishes.
This Friday April 29th there is an event held at the Royal Sask Museum entitled "Living Heritage Symposium". The theme is on truth and reconciliation. There will be different presentations as well as various artistic expressions (dance, poetry, art etc...) It runs from 8:30am to 4pm. If you want more details contact the Royal Sk Museum or check on line. Looks very interesting!
In celebration of First Nations University's 40th anniversary, U of R Press and Coteau Books are pleased to present a dual book launch for Blair Stonechild's "The Knowledge Seeker" and Louise Bernice Halfe's "Burning in this Midnight Dream". The event is on... Read More
Version of Catholic Response to Document of Discovery and TN:
To download the English version click here
To download the French version click here
Catholic Response Call to Action:
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To download the French version click here
Each year our Archdiocese commissions a unique quilt design to be donated to Catholic Missions in Canada. This year’s completed quilt arrived today. Created by Elizabeth Yuzicappi-Cote of the Cote First Nation its beautiful, bright design really lit up our day.
“Catholic Missions In Canada seeks to sustain and extend the Catholic Faith in isolated, poor and hard-to-reach mission areas in Canada. These are communities where diocesan resources are insufficient to keep the Church alive. Catholic Missions promotes national awareness on the needs of our Canadian missions and raises funds to sustain the work of evangelization. - See more at: http://www.cmic.info/about-cmic/mission/#sthash.5JVZNhA2.dpuf”
Jesuit Volunteers Canada Now Accepting Applications for the 2016/2017 Program
Jesuit Volunteers Canada (JVC) is a year or two of service, where young adults live out the values of Christian spirituality, social and eco justice, community, and simple living. Current placement opportunities include working in First Nations communities, youth programing, community development and outreach, education, food justice, and working with those who experience urban poverty. Jesuit Volunteers Canada is currently accepting applications for September 2016 with possible communities and work placements in northern Ontario, Toronto and Regina. For more information visit www.jesuitvolunteers.ca or call 519-820-8204. JVC is part of a 50-year movement dedicated to inspiring young adults!
Please find attached the English and French versions of the 2015 Message for the Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. It was agreed some years ago by the Permanent Council that this day of prayer be celebrated on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. This year, the members of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council wish to provide a reflection on the commonalities between Catholicism and traditional indigenous spirituality. The original text of the message was drafted and approved by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, as well as reviewed by our Executive Committee in accordance with its earlier agreement with the Aboriginal Council. A summary of this text has been published in the December issue of Prions en Église and Living with Christ. The complete message is being posted on the CCCB website.
To download English version click here
To download shorter English version click here
To download French version click here
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Catholicism and Traditional Indigenous Spirituality – A Reflection on Commonalities
The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated on December 12 since 2002. The following reflection by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council identifies areas of commonality found in Traditional Aboriginal spirituality and the Catholic faith, seeking to point out bridges for mutual understanding. These will hopefully lead to a deeper respect and appreciation among all Catholics toward traditional Indigenous spirituality, and at the same time show how Aboriginal Catholics see a relationship between their Catholic faith and their cultural and personal identity.
The belief in a benevolent Creator, a natural world that is good, the need to answer the call to live a life of virtue, and the importance of communication with the Creator are some of the elements that Catholic and Indigenous spiritualties have in common.
There is a similarity in Catholic and Indigenous... Read More
It’s the first time Anglican and Roman Catholic groups have come together to talk about Aboriginal Ministry.
About 30 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people attended what was called Signs of Hope: Conversations on First Nations Ministry, October 17, at St. Paul Cathedral’s Community Centre here. It was organized under the auspices of the Anglican Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee and is one of the goals and activities that are part of the Covenant signed between the Archdiocese of Regina and the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in 2011.
“It is important to educate each other about First Nations and what is going on in their lives. It’s important to hear the stories of the people,” said Susan Klein co-Chair of the Implementation Committee in conversation with the PM. Anglican co-Chair Deacon Michael Jackson said it is a continuation of the process of reconciliation and healing between the First Nations People and the rest of our society. “This workshop we have been considering for... Read More
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was represented at a recent meeting organized by the Holy See on mining activities. The two CCCB representatives were Dr. Ernest Martin Kroeker from the Diocese of Kamloops, on behalf of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation community near Williams Lake, B.C., and Mr. Kyle Ferguson, CCCB advisor for ecclesial and interfaith relations who also assists the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. The meeting, held this past July 17-19 in Rome, concerned communities from across the globe which are affected by mining activities. It was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Titled "In Union with God We Hear a Plea," the meeting brought together representatives from Latin America, Africa, India, the Philippines, North America as well as Non-Governmental Organizations and Episcopal Conferences.
In preparation for the meeting, Pope Francis wrote to the gathering, "You come from difficult situations and in various ways you... Read More