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Redemptorist Father Eugene O’Reilly, C.Ss.R, true to his Irish decent, used lots of humor to entertain and get his message across to about 120 people who came out every evening for the Fall Mission that was put on by the Regina Deanery Pastoral Council. 

The mission began on Sunday, November 5th at Holy Cross parish, with Father Eugene speaking on our image of God and how important it is for us to come to know that God truly loves each and every one of us with an unconditional love. 

Monday night, he spoke on the Beatitudes, concentrating on just a few of them and stressing that they all focus on love, the new law that was given to us by Jesus. 

Tuesday night focused on the beautiful sacrament of reconciliation.  In his talk, Father Eugene gave many humorous examples to point out that the fears we had of this sacrament as children are often still with us as adults and how we need to come to an adult...

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CHAS and SCSBA AWARDS

Last updated on November 8, 2017

The Saskatchewan Catholic School Board Association presented three Appreciation awards to individuals who have made significant contributions to Catholic Education over their lengthy years of service.

Bernadette Cey spent 15 years in Catholic education as a teacher from Grades one to high school. During those years she also coordinated Sacramental Preparation, parent meetings, and Eucharist celebrations. She has served as Religious Education Consultant with Holy Trinity Catholic School Division, Moose Jaw.

Prince Albert Bishop Albert Thevenot is the bishop in charge of Catholic Education in Saskatchewan.  He is a trained teacher who spent many years in the classroom and he has accumulated many interesting experiences, especially while teaching in Africa, that have heavily influenced him in becoming an exceptional leader in education.

Bruno Tuchscherer became a Catholic School Board Trustee in 1988 and has served for 29 years. Since 2004 he has served as Board...

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Our Parishes Report

Last updated on August 22, 2017

By Frank Flegel

A summary of the Regina Archdiocesan parish reports confirm the obvious, fewer people are regularly attending Mass but it also contains a positive surprise in the growth of youth ministry. “Ten years ago, four of the 134 parishes in the Archdiocese had youth ministry programs and there are now 27,” said Director of Pastoral Services Robert Kowalchuk who compiled the summary. “That’s an 800 per cent growth and that says there is a real, strong concern and investment in (faith by) our youth.”                                                                                                           

The Archdiocese has always collected data from parishes, and in 2003 switched to electronic data collecting which allowed for more detailed information and the ability to do some long-term data analysis and develop trend lines. “It has led us to a pretty robust discussion on how the Church is changing and what the responses are for the Church,” said Kowalchuk....

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Archbishop Don Bolen's Christmas Homily

Last updated on January 6, 2017

Intro: paraphrasing Pope Francis from earlier tonight: Tonight is a night of glory, that glory proclaimed by the angels in Bethlehem and also by us today all over the world. It is a night of joy, because from this day forth, and for all times, the infinite and eternal God is God with us: he is not far off, we need not search for him in the heavens; he is close, he is become human and will never distance himself from our humanity, which he has made his own. It is a night of light: that light, prophesied by Isaiah (cf. 9:1), who said that the people who walk in darkness have seen a great light; that light shone on Bethlehem long ago and in the presence of Christ in our midst it shines still....

 

Homily:

On this night of joy, we listen to a story, a simple story, the details of which we know well: Caesar’s decree, a census; Joseph and the pregnant Mary’s journey to Bethlehem; no room in the inn; shepherds; a baby wrapped in swaddling...

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Archbishop Don Bolen's Christmas Message 2016

Last updated on January 4, 2017

...and Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger.... (Lk 2:7)

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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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Campion Alumni of Distinction Awards

Last updated on November 7, 2016

A Saskatchewan Senator and a clinical psychologist are this year’s recipients of the Campion College Alumni of Distinction Award. Senator Denise Batters, a strong advocate for mental health, and, Dr. Katherine Owens, Director of Clinical Psychology Training for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, and local, international volunteer, each received the award at a gala held here October 3, at the Hotel Saskatchewan.

Batters received a B.A. through Campion College at the University of Regina, her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan and was in private practice until 2007 when she became Chief of Staff to the then Minister of Justice Don Morgan for five years then moved to the Crown Investments Corporation as Director of Regulatory Affairs until she received an appointment to the Canadian Senate in 2013. Her husband, Member of Parliament David Batters, lost his battle with depression in 2009 and since then, Senator Batters has become a strong advocate for mental health...

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Public RosaryRally in Regina

Last updated on October 27, 2016

Two groups publicly said the Rosary, October 15; one group in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly at the south end of the flower garden across the road and the other prayed in front of Holy Rosary Cathedral. The Public Rosary Rallies were initiated by a relatively new organization called The Canadian Society for the Defence of Christian Civilization. It was established as a non-profit on June 25, 2013 to advance religion by the promotion of the religious teachings, tenets, doctrines, morals, and observances of the Roman Catholic faith and their application to individuals, families, and society in Christian culture and civilization. The public square rosary campaign is called Canada Needs Our Lady, according to the group’s web page. Rallies were held by 337 groups across Canada, all praying for Canada and the world.

Sharon Martorana organized the group praying in front of the cathedral and Jessica Hernando’s group was in front of...

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Archbishop Bolen's Banquet

Last updated on October 17, 2016

It was all fun and laughter, with one poignant moment as more than 200 invited guests attended a banquet at Resurrection Parish prior to the installation of Donald Bolen as Archbishop of the Regina Archdiocese (See separate story).

Archbishops, bishops, priests, clergy and guests from across Canada, friends and relatives enjoyed a couple of hours of relaxation with good food, greetings from several people and a presentation from two of Bolen’s sisters, Jeannette Moquin and Judy Corkery, who described growing up with their youngest and only male sibling. “We loved him when he was born; we pampered him.” A video produced by Dustin Corkery, one of Bolen’s nephews, showed him as a boy and young man (“with hair” Corkery joked about her brother). They also expressed a little fear that as Archbishop of Regina he may want to hear their confessions. “But that’s okay because we know a few things about him too,” they joked. “Saskatoon was good for him...

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Mother Teresa A Saint

Last updated on September 13, 2016

Mother Teresa is now a Saint. Proclaimed to that title September 4, by Pope Francis, a day before the 19th anniversary of her death September 5 1997.

St. Peter’s square was packed, as usual, for the ceremony and while most of the coverage was positive there remain a few dissenters that the move was too soon after her death. The same thing was said of St. John Paul II who was canonized April 27, 2015 just nine years after his April 2 2005 death. St. John XXIII was Canonized at the same time as John Paul II but he at least had been dead for about 61 years.

In the past, it sometimes took centuries after their death for an individual to be recognized as a Saint. St. Kateri died in 1680 but it wasn’t until the second miracle was attributed to her in 2006, healing a young boy from flesh eating disease in the State of Washington.

Somewhere I read that the original intent of Sainthood was to recognize an individual who led a very special faith-filled and virtuous life...

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