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Annual Appeal Kicks-off

Last updated on October 4, 2016

The goal for this year’s Archdiocesan Annual Appeal is again $1.4 million and there is hope that even with the Saskatchewan economy struggling the goal will be reached this year. Last year it came close with $1.336 million raised or 95% of the total. It was also the second highest total raised since the appeal began in 2000.

A slide presentation that scrolled during the kick off noted that since its inception over $19 million has been raised, all to support Archdiocesan Ministries. More than 20,000 campaign envelopes were scheduled to be mailed out this year. Archdiocesan Administrator Very Reverend Lorne Crozon said 20% of all parishes contributed in the campaign “and just think what could be raised if 25 0r 30% contributed.” The number of donors and the number of parishes who contributed to last year’s campaign increased over the year previous and 35 parishes reached their goal and received rebates of about $60,000.00. The appeal refunds 80% of the excess for each parish...

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Mother Teresa A Saint

Last updated on September 13, 2016

Mother Teresa is now a Saint. Proclaimed to that title September 4, by Pope Francis, a day before the 19th anniversary of her death September 5 1997.

St. Peter’s square was packed, as usual, for the ceremony and while most of the coverage was positive there remain a few dissenters that the move was too soon after her death. The same thing was said of St. John Paul II who was canonized April 27, 2015 just nine years after his April 2 2005 death. St. John XXIII was Canonized at the same time as John Paul II but he at least had been dead for about 61 years.

In the past, it sometimes took centuries after their death for an individual to be recognized as a Saint. St. Kateri died in 1680 but it wasn’t until the second miracle was attributed to her in 2006, healing a young boy from flesh eating disease in the State of Washington.

Somewhere I read that the original intent of Sainthood was to recognize an individual who led a very special faith-filled and virtuous life...

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Bibby's Take on Catholicism

Last updated on September 6, 2016

September is here, the children are back in school, the garden is almost completely harvested except for some corn, potatoes and several squash. Not a bad crop this year. Time to get back to the usual routine.

Us Catholics lament the state of our faith in the western world, but Reginald Bibby, in his new book co-authored with pollster Angus Reid, says Catholics today are doing well thanks largely to immigration. Three thousand people were polled in 2015 by the Angus Reid group.

The Western Catholic Reporter published an article, picked up by the Prairie Messenger in last week’s issue, on the book.

Using Statistics Canada information Bibby notes that between 2000 and 2011, 478,000 Catholics immigrated to Canada and they’re having a tremendous impact on Catholics here, Bibby says. I haven’t read the book and the article doesn’t say the country of origin but I’ll stick my neck out here a bit and speculate most of them come from Philippines.

The poll,...

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Blessed Sacrament Caretaker Position

Last updated on September 1, 2016

Blessed Sacrament Caretaker Position:  Interested candidates who apply for this position should have a Grade 12 education; have/obtain a Fireman’s certificate; have a Caretaker Technician Certificate or equivalent experience to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cleaning/maintenance processes, products and equipment. The successful candidate shall choose their own flexible time (overtime will not be paid) required to accomplish the job duties and responsibilities. The successful candidate will be full time employee, who will enter into a work performance contract to clean and maintain the parish facilities and grounds, as well as comply with all of the Archdiocese of Regina’s Protocols for Responsible Parish Ministry. The position benefits includes three weeks of vacation, dental and disability, as well as a matching employer pension contribution. Please submit your resume on or before September 23, 2016 with references to Rev. Barry J. Anwender, Pastor -...

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L'OCVF RECRUTE! OUVERTURE DE POSTE: DIRECTEUR / DIRECTRICE BILINGUE

L’Organisme catholique pour la vie et la famille (OCVF) est à la recherche d’une nouvelle directrice ou d’un nouveau directeur bilingue. Pour en savoir davantage, cliquez ici.

 

COLF IS HIRING!  JOB OPENING: BILINGUAL DIRECTOR 

 

The Catholic Organization for Life and Family is searching for a new bilingual Director. For more information, click here.

Yesterday, the General Secretariat received an update from Father Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., CCCB National Coordinator for World Youth Day 2016 in Poland, regarding the Canadian national gathering that took place July 26. According to Father Rosica, the gathering brought together over 3500 young Canadians from every province in the country. The celebration was presided by His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada. The Canadian Ambassador to Poland and the Consul General were also present and addressed the youth during the celebration.

For your information and possible distribution in your diocese/eparchy, here is the video link to the gathering: http://livestream.com/wydcentral2013/events/5891948/videos/130995956. You may also wish to post it on your diocesan website or share it with local youth groups.

(Vatican Radio) Canadian Archbishop-elect Donald Bolen says social justice, ecumenism and dialogue with indigenous peoples will be among his top pastoral priorities in the Archdiocese of Regina. Bolen, currently the bishop of Saskatoon in the central province of Saskatchewan, was named on Monday as archbishop of the provincial capital.

Last month, Bishop Bolen was in the news as he spent a couple of days living out on the streets of Saskatoon to raise awareness and funds for a hospice for the homeless. He described the experience of sitting on a sidewalk, being ignored by people all day, as “a deep learning experience”.

Philippa Hitchen spoke to Bishop Bolen to find out more about this initiative and about expectations for his new job as head of the Archdiocese of Regina…

Bishop Bolen says the archdiocese covers about the bottom third of the province of Saskatchewan and is a large, rural territory, “about the size of Italy with a population of about half a...

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YORKTON………After 12-weeks of hearing witnesses the legal complaint brought by Good Spirit School Division (GSSD) as plaintiff against Christ the Teacher Catholic School Board (CTCSB) and the government of Saskatchewan ended July 15 with concluding summation arguments.

After years of delay with additions and expansions to the original complaint filed in 2005, the trial actually began November 9, 2015 in Yorkton’s Queen Bench Court with Justice Donald H. Layh presiding and was scheduled for five weeks. With several breaks, including the Christmas break, witness testimony ended July 6 and summation arguments began July 13 ending on Friday July 15.

It all began in 2003 with the closure of Theodore Public School and the subsequent establishment of St. Theodore Catholic School. In 2005 York School Division (now Good Spirit School Division) filed a complaint against Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic School Division and the Government of Saskatchewan questioning whether non-...

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Regina’s Marian Centre soup kitchen hosted a public family BBQ July 16 as it continues to celebrate 50 years of service. The actual date is October 15 but the people at the Centre decided to do something special for those it serves during the summer.

Marian Centre provides a hot lunch Monday-Saturday every week, but this particular week a BBQ was held outside. Members of the Regina Council of the Knights of Columbus spearheaded the BBQ aided by SaskEnergy who provided $500.00 to help purchase food, provided the BBQ and the staff to cook the burgers and hot dogs. Volunteers, along with the Knights served the food.

The local band Vision, provided upbeat music while the crowd obtained their food and sat in chairs in front of the band.

Normally, Marian Centre provides hot lunches for an average number of from 70-90 men, but this day families were invited and they responded with more than 100 who attended.

Marian Centre is part of the Madonna Apostolate,...

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Chancery office staff erupted with loud, sustained applause and cheers when newly appointed Archbishop Donald Bolen entered the staff room July 11, the day Pope Francis announced his appointment to succeed the late Daniel Bohan who died January, 2016. Archbishop Bolen moved around the room, shaking hands, hugging and greeting staff who worked with him as Vicar General prior to his Episcopate ordination and appointment as Bishop of Saskatoon. He then sat down to a welcoming ice cream cake which he divided and distributed among all those gathered.

It was a homecoming of sorts for Archbishop Bolen. He was born, raised and received his early education in the Regina Archdiocese and is a graduate of Campion College, a federated college of the University of Regina. He was ordained priest by the late Archbishop Charles Halpin on October 12, 1991 and served in a number of Regina Archdiocesan parishes prior to seven years’ service with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian...

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