The Office of Communications serves the Archbishop, and all the parishes, offices and agencies within the Archdiocese of Regina. Facilitating media coverage, and working to promote events, special projects and initiatives as well as communicate the teachings, of the Catholic Church. This information is made available on our web site and by direct emails to parishes, priests and archdiocesan representatives.
Communication products can be works of great beauty, revealing what is noble and uplifting in humanity and promoting what is just and fair and true.
—Pope John Paul II in address to media
The Arch: is a compilation of news stories and events that have appeared on our web page and is made available quarterly online or in printed form at your parish.
The Prairie Messenger will cease publication May 9, 2018. That fact is well known. The high level of concern expressed, caused Regina Archbishop Donald Bolen to convene a meeting of communication representatives from the Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert dioceses and the Saskatoon Eparchy.
On April 4, 2018 at St. Peters Abbey a brainstorming session was held to determine what can be done to serve the Prairie Messenger community after May 9. It will likely be some form of digital/electronic communication, if the general direction established at the brainstorming session is any indication. There was much discussion of the consequences to society in moving away from print and toward electronic media, and it was pointed out printing presses and the distribution of a paper copy are major considerations when everyone is under budget constraints – digital media offers more bang for the buck.
I didn’t get to both days of the MyGen rally but I was really impressed with what I did see on Sunday. I took in a couple of breakout sessions Sunday afternoon the presenters were young adults, a couple of the 70 who volunteered to help out over the two days.
They were articulate, animated and used humour in their presentation and for the most part were able to hold the attention of their teen-age audiences, but teens being teens and a dance the night before and few were head nodding before each session was over. The atmosphere was really electric, it was like a two-day party with lots of laughs, The music from the Rally band kept everything light and the kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. We can be cynical about todays youth not being seen in church but they all seemed to participate enthusiastically in what I saw on Sunday. All of it was pretty positive.
On November 29, 2016, I began a journey not of my choosing. I suffered what the doctors called a huge stroke. It has left me with some vision loss, which is more annoying than debilitating, but does cause me some difficulty. I’ll explain later, that is if you care to continue reading. I write this in the hope that others may pay attention and seek medical aid for what initially may seem minor but could be a warning of something more serious.
November 28th we were walking along the Main street in Waikiki, when I started getting a headache which I attributed to the sun. I was not wearing a cap and bright sun and no cap usually gives me a headache. No big deal. The headache stayed with me however and by the early evening of the 29th I was beginning to feel nauseous and my wife noticed something was not right with me. She, and the lady of the house we were visiting, insisted on taking me to the nearby hospital. Under threat from both women I reluctantly agreed. Other than the...
Message of Pope Francis for the 52nd World Day of Social Communications. This year, the day will be celebrated in many countries on Sunday May 13, Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord.
“The truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32).
Fake news and journalism for peace
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Communication is part of God’s plan for us and an essential way to experience fellowship. Made in the image and likeness of our Creator, we are able to express and share all that is true, good, and beautiful. We are able to describe our own experiences and the world around us, and thus to create historical memory and the understanding of events. But when we yield to our own pride and selfishness, we can also distort the way we use our ability to communicate. This can be seen from the earliest times, in the biblical stories of Cain and Abel and the Tower of Babel (cf. Gen 4:4-16; 11:1-9). The capacity to twist the truth is...
The traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve supper was a little different for the Dedi household this year. They had just 40 guests instead of the usual more than 50 they’ve been hosting for the last 20 years. “We decided to cut back a little this year,” said Bryan Dedi as he sat at the kitchen table taking a break from the hustle and bustle going on in the house. Renovations to the basement left little room for the large table that previously occupied the space, and this called for a reduction of the guest list.
It is January 6, Christmas Eve, for those who celebrate Christmas according to the Julian calendar. It’s 5 p.m., and a few guests are already in the house, including Regina Mayor Michael Fougere and Regina Coronation Park Saskatchewan Party MLA Mark Docherty. Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield is at the door, and Barbara Dedi leaves the kitchen to greet the Lieutenant Governor with a welcoming hug. It seems the modest-size house is...
Forty-five years ago, in 1972, Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau visited Miller Catholic Comprehensive High School in Regina.
It was an election year and, while on a national tour, Mr. Trudeau wanted to visit this nationally recognized high school for which the federal government had provided funding for its construction in 1966.
School principal, Liza Donnelly, in an interview with the Prairie Messenger said that in 1964 provincial legislation included Catholic high schools into the provincial tax-supported education system; two years later construction began on Miller with the aid of federal funding.
Miller was a state-of-the-art institution and received national recognition in at least one national Canadian magazine. In planning the celebrating of Miller’s 50th anniversary in 2016, organizers reached out to Member of Parliament for Regina Wascana, Ralph Goodale, to facilitate an invitation to the current Prime Minister Trudeau to...
We have provided links to the various Catholic TV and Radio stations at the bottom of our home page. Each of these links will take you to their website, where you can watch programming. There will be a lot of great faith filled programming to watch and listen to this Holy Week.
The Holy Father’s message for the 51st World Day of Social Communications, to be held on Sunday 28 May this year on the theme “‘Fear not, for I am with you’ (Isaiah, 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time”, was published today.
For the occasion, at 11 a.m., Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò, prefect of the Secretariat for Communication, was present in the Holy See Press Office to speak with journalists.
The following is the full text of the message:
Access to the media – thanks to technological progress – makes it possible for countless people to share news instantly and spread it widely. That news may be good or bad, true or false. The early Christians compared the human mind to a constantly grinding millstone; it is up to the miller to determine what it will grind: good wheat or worthless weeds. Our minds are always “grinding”, but it is up to us to choose what to feed them (cf. St. John Cassian, Epistle to Leontius).
Funeral Rites for Archbishop Daniel Bohan were held at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Friday morning.
Archbishop Daniel Bohan's earthly life ended January 15 at 6 a.m. in Regina’s Pasqua Hospital after a battle with lung cancer.
Archbishop Bohan was born, November 8, 1941, in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia where his father was in the military. He was the first child in a family of six who grew up in Moncton, New Brunswick where he received his early education.
He entered Halifax, Nova Scotia’s Holy Heart Seminary in 1963 and ordained priest May 13, 1967. Along the way he obtained an Arts Degree, from St. Thomas University, Chatham, New Brunswick ; a Theology degree from Holy Heart Seminary, a Sacred Theology Degree from Universite’ Laval, Quebec and a Masters of Theology Degree from Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He taught Moral Theology at Holy Heart Seminary prior to his appointment as bishop.
He served as Pastor in several Maritime parishes before being...