Archbishop Bolhan's Homilies

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Archbishop Bohan shares his homiles from previous celebrations here.

  • Sep 7

    Dear friends, we set out today on a great adventure for our Church here in Regina as we begin the Formation Program for the Permanent Diaconate for our Archdiocese. I consider this to be a blessing from God and I say “thank you” to God for all of you who are candidates and for you wives who journey through this time of formation with you. You have acted positively in response to what is a call from God and I pray that the four years ahead will bear much fruit for you and for Jesus Christ and his Church.

    As we enter into this time of formation, the Gospel Reading...

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  • Jul 3

    My dear friends, we come together to celebrate Mass on this Canada Day to say thank you to God for the blessings we enjoy and to pray for our country. In the Opening Prayer of this Mass we pray for three things. First we pray for our political leaders, for those who govern us. We ask God to grant them wisdom. Wisdom is a word we use a lot. I have just finished celebrating Confirmation in the archdiocese, visiting thirty parishes and Confirming hundreds of children. As you all know well, Wisdom is the first gift given to us when we receive in Confirmation the fullness of God’s Spirit.

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  • May 6

    Dear friends, I certainly commend you all for coming out on this wintery spring day to give witness to the Gospel of Life. For all of us who follow Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life, for all of us who follow his teachings as our guide through life, to stand up and proclaim the Gospel of Life something that is very, very important.

    Pope John Paul II, who was proclaimed yesterday as a Saint, wrote: The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus' message. Lovingly received day after day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as "good news" to...

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  • May 6

    Dear friends,

    Today we bring to a close the Easter Octave. Perhaps many don’t realize that the Church celebrates Easter Day for eight days. It is such an important event that one day is not enough, so for eight days in the prayers of the Church it is Easter Day.

    We certainly celebrate with great joy the fact that Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death and all the forces of darkness. But also we celebrate the fact that we also will rise from the dead in him, and we also will live where death and darkness can no longer touch us. As St. John wrote in the Book of Revelation...

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  • Apr 26

    This Good Friday Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion begins with silence and our own personal prayers. On this most solemn of days, each of us speaks our heart to God in those moments of silence. We bring our own selves, our own lives here and we place our selves and our lives at the foot of the Cross of Jesus. In the prayer that collects all our personal prayers together, we spoke to God the Father, telling God that we believe that God has abolished death; death which is every human being’s inheritance from our first parents. God accomplishes this by the suffering and death of Jesus, God’s Son...

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  • Apr 24

    All of us who come to here tonight to take part in the Easter Vigil know that this Liturgy is not short! That means that we all come here because we are willing to spend some time with our Lord. We gather in the dark, even the church is dark. We are still keeping watch remembering that Jesus lies in the darkness of the tomb. We have all had people who were close to us die. We know what it means to keep vigil with someone who lies in death.

    However, we watched as a light came into the darkness, a single flame. We might have thought: “Goodness, that one flame gives...

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  • Apr 24

    My dear sisters and brothers, as we come together to celebrate this Mass of the Lord’s Supper on this Holy Thursday evening, we begin the Sacred Easter Triduum. What do we mean by the “Triduum?” Well, the word “Triduum” means “Three Days.” This Triduum, these Three Days that we begin this evening, are the  most sacred and holy days of the whole year for Catholic Christians.

    To understand these Three Days we need to tell time the way Jesus and his apostles told time. For us, the new day begins at midnight. But for the people of Jesus time, the new day began four hours or so earlier...

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  • Apr 16

    My dear friends, after five weeks of Lent , we prepare now to celebrate what is called the Paschal Mystery: the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Today is called “Passion Sunday,” because we turn our attention now towards the Passion, the suffering and death of Jesus. This is of great importance for us as Catholic Christians, because the death of Jesus on the cross was the one sacrifice offered to God by a human being which was perfect.

    By offering his life on the Cross, Jesus took upon himself our sins and won for us forgiveness and salvation....

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  • Apr 16

    The Mass that we are celebrating today is called The Chrism Mass. Chrism is a very special oil that the Church uses in the celebration of some of the sacraments. It is a very pure olive oil that is mixed with balsam, which is a noticeably fragrant perfume with a lovely, pleasant aroma. Chrism is used to anoint people and so consecrate them to God.

    When you and I were baptized, we were anointed with the Oil of Chrism and we were consecrated to God. When we were Confirmed, we were again anointed with the Oil of Chrism and so were given by the Holy Spirit all the gifts we needed in...

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  • Jan 2

    In the dark of night an angel speaks, the message is simple: Do not be afraid; I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day a Saviour, who is the Christ, the Lord. This is the message of Christmas. It is a message that is spoken tonight to us.

    It is said of this Mass for Christmas that it does not simply commemorate an event which happened in the past, but it takes that event of the past and makes it present to us. The mystery of the birth of Jesus, where the Son of God becomes also the Son of Mary, where God takes on our human condition, is...

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