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.

What's New

“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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Hello friends:
On behalf of Aboriginal, Non Aboriginal Relations Ministry "ANARM" here are some of the December events that you may be interested in:
1. Wed. Dec 10th, 7pm. Holy Cross Parish (315 Douglas Ave. E) (use south doors/behind the church and proceed to basement): "Java Jam" (every second Wednesday is an evening of music, fun and snacks). This one will be our Christmas caroling music, with Christmas goodies. Bring along your instrument if you play one (or are trying to learn) or just your voice!
2. Fri. Dec 12th, 12:30pm. Campion College:  Dec.12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Catholic Church and is the National Day of Prayer in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. "ANARM", Campion College and Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS) are joining together to host a special mass at Campion College. An Aboriginal hand drummer will sing an honor song at the beginning and end of the celebration; MTMS...

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File Hills

Last updated on June 26, 2012

Our Lady of Hope in File Hills held a celebration of the “Triduum” that did not take place during Holy Week due to inclement weather.  There were about 33 First Nations men and women, young and older, some who received all three Sacraments of Initiation, some were confirmed  and/or made First Communion.  It was, apparently one of the largest gatherings at a Sunday Liturgy there in a long time.  Father Ron Andree presided over the Liturgy, with two guest Jesuits concelebrating with him.  Sister Bernadette prepared the candidates to receive these sacraments and organized the beautiful liturgy we celebrated together.

Here are a selection of photos from File Hills