Archbishop Bolhan's Homilies

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Archbishop Bohan shares his homiles from previous celebrations here.

  • Jan 2

    In the midst of the Season of Christmas we celebrate this feast of the Holy Family. Since Christmas is about good news for us, as the angel said on the first Christmas night, this feast draws us to find good news and encouragement for our own families.

    There is no doubt that the image of the family is changing very quickly in our society. There are things that are encouraging and things that are discouraging in the way family life is lived out today. For Catholic Christians, the family continues to be one of the most important institutions in our modern society and in our Church....

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  • Jan 2

    Solemnity Of Mary the Mother of God

    One of the long lasting memories of Christmas that I have goes back to my childhood. The memory is of coming down stairs on Christmas morning and going into our living room where the Christmas tree was. In our home we never trimmed the tree until Christmas Eve. We children would have to go to bed before the trimming was finished. So the first thing we saw on those early Christmas mornings was the Christmas tree, the floor under the tree covered with presents, and the tree wondrously  aglow with lights and decorations, shining in the still darkened...

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  • Sep 30

    My dear friends, we are celebrating this weekend the 100th anniversary of the dedication of this cathedral building. For a century this building has been an impressive and beautiful sign of the presence of the community of faith that is the Roman Catholic Church in the city of Regina and throughout the area of southern Saskatchewan that makes up our Archdiocese.

    This building has been a constant public reminder that the Good News of Jesus Christ is proclaimed to all who will listen to it. This Good News promises people light in their darkness, hope in times of fear and...

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  • Sep 8

    My dear sisters and brothers, we gather this evening, as God’s People, the Church, for this very special and solemn ceremony to dedicate this new church building to God. From very early times the building in which the Christian community gathers to hear the Word of God, to pray together, to celebrate the sacraments and to participate in the Eucharist has been given the name “church.”

    This very special and beautiful building gets its name from us; for we are the church, the Body of Christ in our world. Because we come together in this building we bestow upon it our name: Church. We...

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  • Sep 8

    My dear friends, we have had a power house of Saints’ Feast Days leading up to our Mass this morning. Tuesday was St. Monica whose perseverance in faith and example of living that faith brought about the difficult conversion of both her husband and her son, the great St. Augustine whose feast day followed on Wednesday. 

    Augustine was one of the great lights of the Church and teachers of message of Jesus Christ. And today we commemorate the Passion of St. John the Baptist, the suffering and death of this man who gave his life in order to be faithful to God who had called him to...

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  • Sep 8

    My dear friends, it is a very great pleasure for me to welcome all of you, members of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada, from all over our country, to Regina for your National Convention. The fact that we come together to celebrate the Eucharist to begin this Convention is in effect a statement of who and what the Catholic Women’s League is. It says to everyone that you are women of faith. It says that the Christian faith that we all share is the reason that the Catholic Women’s League of Canada exists.

    Your Mission Statement says this clearly: The Catholic Women's League of...

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  • Jul 9

    We come together for Mass on this Canada Day. Yet Canada Day is itself not a religious celebration. Nonetheless, we take advantage of this civic holiday to pray for our country and for those who govern it. We gather as Christian people, as members of the Catholic Church, to place our country into God’s hands so that God may protect it and all who live in it from harm.

    We pray for wisdom in those who govern Canada, we pray that our country will be marked by “respect for human life and the dignity of every citizen, so that justice may flourish and all peoples live in unity and peace...

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  • Jul 9

    My friends, it’s a great pleasure for me to be here with you this evening, to be a part of your graduation celebrations and to celebrate this Mass which asks God to bless all of you who are graduating from Riffel High School this year and to bless the future that lies ahead for you.

    Graduation from High School is one of big things that we do in our lives. It has been a long time since I graduated from High School. So long that I won’t even say how long. But I remember very clearly everything about that event: Who I was sitting near on the stage, what it felt like, what we sang as a...

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  • Jun 17

    A pilgrimage is defined as a journey to a shrine or sacred place in order to be healed or have questions answered or to achieve some other spiritual benefit. And so, during this Year of Faith, we come here to the shrine of Our Lady of La Salette seeking to encounter in a special way the one to whom Mary always directs our gaze and our attention. That person is Mary`s son, Jesus, who is the Son of God and who by offering up his life has brought salvation to the whole world.

    Every time we gather to celebrate the Eucharist, we encounter the person of Jesus who is present to us in this...

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  • Jun 17

    It's a pleasure for me to be here today to take part in this celebration of lay ministry in the Church. What is lay ministry? Why is this important for our diocese? Why is this important for the people who are completing the program today?

    We must look to the person of Jesus Christ for the answer to these questions. When it comes to ministry, Jesus is the one minister of God. And we share in his ministry. It is our Catholic faith that by our baptism we aremade one body with Christ and are established among the People of God. Those who are baptized are in their own way made sharers...

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