Archbishop Bolhan's Homilies

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Archbishop Bohan shares his homiles from previous celebrations here.

  • Jun 22

    Earlier on in the spring I visited one of our Catholic Schools to spend a little time with the graduating class, to talk with them and answer any questions they had about our faith. I enjoy doing that with them. The questions sometimes can be very challenging and profound. During this meeting one of the questions was “Why did you decide to become a Catholic?”  I suppose this is a very good question to ask an Archbishop.

    I thought of that question as I was preparing for these celebrations of Confirmation and First Communion, because these two sacraments are all about becoming a...

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  • Jun 22

    Plus tôt ce printemps, j’ai visité une de nos écoles catholiques pour passer un peu de temps avec la classe des finissants. C’était pour échanger avec eux et pour répondre à toute question qu’ils pouvaient avoir au sujet de notre foi. Parfois ces questions peuvent être profondes et difficiles à répondre.  Durant cette rencontre, l’une des questions était : « Pourquoi avez-vous décidé de devenir catholique? »  Je suppose que c’est une très bonne question à poser à un archevêque.

    Pendant que je me préparais pour cette célébration de confirmation et de première communion, je pensais à...

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  • May 21

    One of the most enjoyable things I do as Bishop is to have opportunities to talk to the children and young people in our diocese and listen to their questions about God and about our faith. Some of those questions are very challenging. I was asked once “Why did Jesus have to die such a terrible death?” And of course, linked to this question is “Why does God allow evil to exist in the world?” “Why does God allow people to suffer, especially the innocent and the good?”

    These questions come back to me on days like today when we think seriously about the suffering and death of Jesus....

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  • May 21

    My dear sisters and brothers, the last time the Church gathered was to enter into the celebration of the Lord’s Passion, yesterday, on Good Friday. Along with our brothers and sisters in faith all over the world, we left the church yesterday in silence. We had listened to the telling of Jesus’ suffering and death. In awe of its magnitude we went forward to touch the wood of the cross in veneration; as we touched the cross with our hands, in our hearts we adored Jesus who saved us by the total giving of himself, this perfect sacrifice offered to God. Jesus’ body was laid in the tomb and the...

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  • May 21

    My dear sisters and brothers, we gather together this evening in a liturgy of great solemnity and beauty to begin the Sacred Triduum. Sometimes when I go to Mass and rather than concelebrate I sit with the congregation; I look around at all the people who are there and wonder at the great variety of people I see. Do you ever do that? Because we see a wonderful variety of people: all ages of people, different nationalities, people who are well off, people who are not so well off and people who are somewhere in between.  It’s very interesting. Maybe sometimes we wonder: “Who are we who come...

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  • Mar 27

    When I was a young boy, I knew that when my mother said something to me twice, it was important.  `Danny, you need to be home in time for supper today. Do you understand? You need to be home in time for supper.” I knew I needed to pay attention. Today in the Liturgy of the Word for the Chrism Mass, God says something to us twice. Once in the First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and again, from the lips of Jesus in the Gospel:

    ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
    He has sent me to proclaim...

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  • Feb 7
    • Mes chers amis je vous remercie très sincèrement de votre présence ici aujourd’hui. My dear friends, I thank you for coming here today to show your respect and affection for Fr. Raymond and to offer to God our Father the Eucharistic sacrifice of Jesus, our Saviour, so that he may be purified to enter the eternal home that our Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for him.  Nous exprimons de nos cœurs, nos sympathies à Aline et Nicole, les sœurs du Père Raymond et aussi aux membres nombreux de sa famille dans cette perte imprévue et triste. We hope that you find in them some measure of...
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  • Jan 4

    My dear sisters and brothers, I don’t brag about this a lot, but I am a great fan of the comics in the newspapers. To justify this I say that sometimes in the comics you’ll find commentaries on contemporary events and insights into human behaviour that are at least as telling and as perceptive as those one reads  in the news stories and the various columns of our papers. Sometimes even more so!

    One of the memories of my growing up is that every New Year’s day, there was always seemed to be a cartoon in the paper which portrayed the New Year as a young baby, fresh, bright, in diapers...

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  • Dec 25

    We come together many times during the year to celebrate special Masses; yet year after year it is this Christmas Mass that draws us here in such great numbers. I believe that we come here because of the longings that are within us, very deep and very human longings. We seek to have those longing satisfied in some way by coming together in Church at Christmas and touching somehow something that is very beautiful and important for my life yet very accessible. Something that not only can reach out and touch me, but also something that, in whatever situation I am in my life, I can also reach...

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  • Nov 2

    (OR “Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum)

    As you know, our two dioceses: the Diocese of Qu’Appelle and the Archdiocese of Regina, entered into a Covenant last year. It was an ecumenical achievement of which we can be justifiably proud and which has drawn interest from far and wide. When our two dioceses first investigated the possibility of a covenant between us and then entered into that convenant at the beginning of this year, it was a great sign of hope for many of us and continues to be so.

    I have been involved in ecumenical work for well over forty years of...

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