First Nations Ministry

Baptism and Confirmation

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

File Hills Confirmation 2015

Archbishop celebrates Confirmation

Rev. John Meehan

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

Mission Statement

File Hills

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:

  1. More effectively serve the First Nations people.
  2. Jointly explore and determine pastoral approaches of Native Ministry.
  3. Jointly take responsibility for adequate church building and gathering places for ministry.
  4. Assist Native peoples in becoming more responsible for ministering in their respective regions..
  5. Promote positive attitudes toward Native Ministry.
Blessede Kateri

Honouring Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha

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


Bishop Bolen and Fr. Lacasse
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.
Sr. Staudt 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.
 

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Jesuit Volunteers Canada

Last updated on January 26, 2016

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

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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.

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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...

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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...

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Following its meeting of June 10-11, 2015, the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an initial response to the summary report and Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report and Calls to Action this past June 2.

The Permanent Council calls the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission "another important step in providing further opportunity for deeper encounter, greater understanding and renewed hope" for the First Nations, Inuit and Metis, as well as for all Canadians. The CCCB Council confirms that the Calls to Action recommended to Churches by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission are on the agenda of the next Plenary Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Canada. "We are committed to ensuring that the Calls to Action will be given careful hearing and full discussion," the statement says. "We are confident they will be carefully...

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Immediately following the presentation of the summary report by Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), on June 2, 2015, the Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan and President of the corporation of Catholic Entities party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement (CEPIRSS), released a statement. CEPIRSS represents 17 dioceses and 37 religious institutes involved in managing and helping to operate the former Indian Residential Schools which were under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.

A joint statement was also issued on behalf of The Anglican Church of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada, the Roman Catholic Entities Parties to the Settlement Agreement, The United Church of Canada, and the Jesuits of English Canada.

Neither the Catholic Bishops of Canada as a group nor the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was ever involved in the operations or management of the...

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On April 17, the Church in Canada celebrates the life and witness of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, "the first native North American to be raised to the glory of the altars". She was canonized by Benedict XVI on October 21, 2012, in Rome. The principal text outlining her life and spirituality which has been posted on the CCCB Website is a translation from the liturgical fascicules issued by the French Sector Commission for Liturgy and the Sacraments for each Canadian Saint and Blessed. Printed copies of the complete fascicules in French are on sale from CCCB Publications.

The following outline of her life and spirituality is part of an initiative by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. Starting at the end of November 2014 and continuing to the beginning of February 2016, the Year of Consecrated Life invites the Church to celebrate the gifts and charisms of the consecrated life – religious institutes, societies of apostolic...

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A group of 12 artists working in a variety of mediums tell the story of the life of Christ from birth to death in the exhibition of their work at Luther College Chapel, University of Regina. “I needed to take a break,” said ceramic artist Louise Tessier, in an interview with the PM, “and I came across the writing of Father Thomas Stanley, a Society of Mary priest who wrote a text connecting scriptural verses to plants and flowers.” Tessier decided to curate an exhibition featuring his writings and through her connections with the Saskatchewan Craft Council invited 12 artists to create works describing significant events in the life of Christ. The result is a display of jewelry, wall hangings, paintings, ceramic, clay, stained glass and wood works each depicting an event in Jesus’ life. The feature work is 15 ceramic panels contained in Fijian Mahogany frames hanging on the wall opposite the chapel entrance behind the altar.

The first panel is the title, The Garden Way of...

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“The most poignant artifact for me are the braids,” said Dr. Shauneen Pete, as she explained the meaning of the Memorial Blanket art work set up along a wall in the University of Regina’s Research and Innovation Centre Atrium.

The Memorial Blanket was put together by West Coast Artist and Master Carver Carey Newman. Residential school artifacts were collected from across Canada and placed in panels of the 40 foot wide work. The art work contains everything from an old door, worn out skates, a shoe, door handles, a clock, pieces of wood, glass, photos etc. Old books and encyclopedias occupy slots along the bottom of the work. A slide show of old photos and letters display on an old table behind the Memorial Blanket.

Pete said the braids held the most meaning for her because one of the first things that happened to the children when they arrived at the school was to have their hair cut. “Hair was cut, their clothes removed, showered and other clothes given,” said Pete....

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