NEW, YET FAMILIAR FACE IN REGINA ARCHDIOCESAN ECUMENICAL OFFICE
AUGUST 1, 2017
BY FRANK FLEGEL
Nicholas Jesson is the new Archdiocesan Ecumenical Officer as of August 1, 2017. He has long been involved in ecumenical work, most recently as the ecumenical officer for the Saskatoon Diocese. In recent years he also assisted then Bishop Donald Bolen in his various Vatican and international ecumenical responsibilities prior to Bolen’s appointment as Archbishop of Regina.
Jesson moved to Saskatoon from Winnipeg in 1994 and then after serving as ecumenical officer and director of the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism, he spent some time in Toronto in further theological studies. It was there that he met his wife, Amanda Currie, who is now a Presbyterian minister. They returned to Saskatoon where he has spent the past 14 years in ecumenical ministry and teaching. When Bishop Bolen was appointed to Regina in 2016, it was a natural time for Jesson to explore...
MARIAN CENTRE CLOSED FOR MAJOR STRUCTURAL RENOVATIONS/REPAIRSAUGUST, 2017BY FRANK FLEGEL
The people of Madonna House Apostolate who operate the Marian Centre soup kitchen were concerned that the people who depend on them for weekend sandwiches would have nowhere to go when Marian Centre closed this summer to allow for significant structural repairs to their building.
Soul’s Harbour and Carmichael Outreach provide hot meals during the week, so Marian Centre clientele will have an alternative place to go for their hot meal, according to Hugo Istaza, Director of Marian Centre. But Saturday sandwiches won’t be available until the Centre re-opens which is scheduled to be around the middle of November. Isaza said Westminster United Church, and St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral were contacted to help out. “Our volunteers now make the sandwiches at Westminster Church, and they are taken to St. Paul’s and Carmichael Outreach where they are available to the people...
On Sunday August 27, 2017 the parishioners of Our Lady of Peace parish celebrated the grand opening of their newly renovated church and the installation of Fr. James Olologba as their new pastor. They were joined by Archbishop Donald Bolen, former parishioners and clergy, who travelled to join them on this special occasion.
Not that long ago, it looked like there would not be a church in the North Central area at all. The parishes of St. Charles, Good Samaritan and Canadian Martyrs were all slated to be closed but in August of 2014 Archbishop Daniel Bohan felt there was sufficient interest to keep at least one parish open in this area. Meetings were held and a vote was taken which eventually decided that St. Charles and Canadian Martyr’s parishes would be sold and the funds used to create a worship space in the existing Good Samaritan building, which was renamed Our Lady of Peace. A building addition committee was then formed...
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This week Christ The King Parish in Regina has been hosting their annual Vacation Bible School. Running consistently for the past 9 years, VBS Director and Pastoral Assistant Laura O’Reilly, along with an army of volunteers who serve as station leaders, crew leaders, stage-hands, skit teams and kitchen crews have helped this faith-filled and inspiring program grow from 40 to 150 kids! This year Lay Formation Coordinator and ‘Thinking Faith!’ podcast co-host Eric Gurash was honored to help lead their Bible Discovery Station. Be on the look out for his upcoming podcast about the experience including interviews with some of the leaders, volunteers and coordinators who helped touch the lives of so many children and their families this summer!
The parishioners of Notre Dame d’Auvergne, in Ponteix have been celebrating their yearly pilgrimage since 1934. This year the celebration took place on Sunday July 16th and the theme was, “The Lord Has Done Great Things For Me, And Holy Is His Name”. (Luke 1: 49.) The members of the Archdiocesan Young Adult Leadership Team shared their personal testimonies with the pilgrims and lead the music for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and the Anointing of the Sick. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy was lead by Mrs. Annette Labelle and Archbishop Donald Bolen, presided at the Mass. After Mass there was a candle light procession with the Pieta, a 400-year old statue of Our Lady of Sorrows given by a friend from Auvergne, France. This historical statue had been hidden by peasants during the French Revolution to save it from desecration and vandalism.
“It was my childhood dream to be a priest,” said Reverend Arpee Sacramento Urquico in an interview several days after his June 30 ordination to the priesthood, but his dream took a convoluted route to his goal including a couple of short interruptions.
Arpee was born in a community about two hours south of Manila, in the Philippines. In 1991 Mount Pinatubo exploded and buried his village in ash and mud. The villagers were evacuated to another village near Manila, and this is where Arpee grew up and completed his elementary and high school education.
His mom attended daily mass and took him and his two older brothers with her. His dad worked as a mechanic in Saudi Arabia. He became involved in his parish as a youth and met seminarians who came to his church for their internship. “I liked them and thought, I want to be like them.” It was in his high school years when the idea of becoming a priest...