Archbishop Bolhan's Homilies

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Archbishop Bohan shares his homiles from previous celebrations here.

  • Apr 1

    My dear friends, there is a little book that tells Bishops how they are to celebrate the liturgy the great feast days of the year. It tells me that this night is an ancient tradition in the Church.“It is a night of vigil for the Lord.”It is“the memorial of the holy night of Christ’s resurrection.”So it is clearly a night of great holiness, of great mystery, and of very deep meaning for us. We find answers to deep questions here tonight. We encounter the One who has the power to save us from all that darkness that can weigh down upon us from day to day as we live out our lives.

    The...

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  • Apr 1

    My dear sisters and brothers, in this second liturgy of the Sacred Triduum of our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection we enter into the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord. All around the world, this Good Friday Liturgy draws people in great number. Something happens here that resonates with our human experience. In hearing the story of Jesus’ suffering and death we somehow identify a connection with Jesus and our own lives. And we find comfort and assurance.

    Isaiah, the Old Testament Prophet, wrote about the Servant of God who suffered greatly, who“poured out himself to death”as he...

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  • Mar 25

    Dear sisters and brothers; We often have conversations with our God. We pray. These conversations occur in the many situations in our lives, words such as these taken from the Psalms recur over and over: “Hear and answer my prayer, O Lord; let me not weep in vain.” “O Lord, turn your ear to my cry! Do not be deaf to my tears.”These have been the prayers of God’s people to our God since ancient times.

    The psalms are full of such prayers:“O God, come to my assistance.” “O Lord, hurry to help me.” “…my spirit fails, my heart is numb within me. Lord, listen to my prayer...

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  • Mar 25

    My dear sisters and brothers; As we celebrate Palm Sunday today, we begin Holy Week. These coming days will reach the peak of their intensity with the Paschal Triduum, the Three Day celebration of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. In these liturgies we will enter into the great mystery of God’s love for us.

    With the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday the sacred liturgy makes present for us Jesus’ Institution of the Eucharist so that we may become one with Him as he gives his life for us in order that we may live always with Him.

    On Good Friday...

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  • Jan 7

    Dear friends, in our Canadian Church we have only two Holy Days of Obligation each year, other than the Sunday; days in which we are obliged to come together as the Church and celebrate the Eucharist. And they both occur within this past week. The first is Christmas, the celebration of the Birth of the Lord and the second is today, the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, the Octave Day, the Eighth Day of Christmas.

    The Church does something peculiar in this week we are concluding today: it celebrates Christmas Day for eight days. For eight days Catholic people are called to bring...

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  • Jan 1

    One of the most popular Christmas Carols, I believe, is Silent Night. Would you sing it with me:

    Silent Night, holy Night 

    All is calm, all is bright.

    Round yon virgin, mother and Child

    Holy Infant so tender and mild,

    Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

    It is very beautiful, and it expresses what perhaps is a deep dream and longing for all of us: that somewhere, somehow, our lives can be places where all is calm and all is bright; and indeed somewhere we can truly find heavenly peace in our...

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  • Sep 11

    As I was getting ready for this Mass for the opening of the school year, I looked to see what the theme for this school year for Regina Catholic Schools is. It is: “Go make a difference.” A good theme, I would think. But it raised some questions in my mind. To make a difference is to change something. When I set out then to make a difference, I set out to make changes, presumably in the world around me.

    So I go out and into people’s lives and say: “I want to change things.” And they might say: “who are you?” Who gave you the right to come in here and tell me that you are...

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  • Jul 31

    Well, my dear friends, let me say first how pleased I am to be with you, as your Archbishop, this evening to celebrate this Graduation Mass with you, the O’Neil High School graduating students. I’m not telling you something you don’t know when I say that graduation from High School is an extremely special event. It is the graduation we seem to remember more than any others that might follow.

    Maybe that’s so because, for most of us, it marks our first real stepping off into our future, a tangible act of real independence. So we remember it for a long time. While preparing for this...

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  • Jul 31

    My dear friends, I thank you for coming here today to show your respect and affection for Fr. Joel. In our prayers today we place into God’s safe and gentle hands our brother in faith and our brother in Christ’s priesthood. We do this in sorrow over the loss of a gentle and dedicated pastor and friend.  And we do so also in faith. For we know that what has united all of us with Fr. Joel is our faith in Jesus the Christ, the saviour who delivers us from death and gives us the fullness of life forever. And as is the ancient practice of the Church, we offer to God our Father the Eucharistic...

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  • Jul 31

    In the opening prayer for today’s Mass we prayed: “O God, who through the grace of adoption chose us to be children of light, grant, we pray, that we may not be wrapped in the darkness of error but always be seen to stand in the bright light of truth.”

    We often use the images of light and darkness to describe our lives. The bright times in life are times of happiness, when things go well for us and our life is free from great worries or challenges. Love and harmony in our relationships light up our lives. Goodness, truth, and beauty are the things of light.

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