Swift Current dentist Dr. Lawrence Reimer compared his work in third world countries – that is, ridding locals of rotten teeth – to planting trees. Reimer was this year’s guest speaker at the 48th annual Saskatchewan Prayer Breakfast held April 11 at the Conexus Art Centre.
Dr. Reimer’s first experience was in Honduras where he pulled a diseased tooth from a woman suffering with Malaria and Typhoid. “I didn’t think she was strong enough to handle the procedure so I asked the local doctor to have a look at her. She didn’t have the $10 fee, so I paid it.” He extracted the rotten tooth from the woman who had walked 1.5 miles to see the dentist, and he called that first experience his subway tree. “For the price of a Subway, I may have saved the woman’s life.” He continued with descriptions of removing a coffee bean from a child’s ear with tweezers in Africa and called it the tweezer tree. Perhaps the most chilling experience...
I didn’t get to both days of the MyGen rally but I was really impressed with what I did see on Sunday. I took in a couple of breakout sessions Sunday afternoon the presenters were young adults, a couple of the 70 who volunteered to help out over the two days.
They were articulate, animated and used humour in their presentation and for the most part were able to hold the attention of their teen-age audiences, but teens being teens and a dance the night before and few were head nodding before each session was over. The atmosphere was really electric, it was like a two-day party with lots of laughs, The music from the Rally band kept everything light and the kids really seemed to enjoy themselves. We can be cynical about todays youth not being seen in church but they all seemed to participate enthusiastically in what I saw on Sunday. All of it was pretty positive.
For a Monday afternoon work day there were few empty places in Holy Rosary Cathedral as the faithful came from all over the archdiocese to take part in the annual Chrism mass. The Chrism mass is when oils are blessed for use in anointing of the sick and for baptisms. Chrism oil is consecrated and used to confer the sacraments of Confirmation and Ordination.
Tradition is, also at the Chrism mass priests from all over the diocese gather to renew their priestly promises of service, and the congregation is asked to continue their support of the priests and to pray for them. This year, for the first time, an ecumenical choir was present to provide music for the service. The singers were drawn from several Roman Catholic churches, Knox Metropolitan United Church, Grace Mennonite Church and St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.
“We all need the Good News that Jesus brings,” said Archbishop Donald Bolen in his homily after speaking initially about a wounded...
For young men and women; that God may give them the gift of understanding to discern their service in the Church, the priesthood, diaconate, or consecrated life; and for the gift of courage to follow His call. We...
The 40th anniversary of the Friar’s Brier played March 5-9 in Regina had a couple of special moments: The Gold Medal rink, a combination of members from Saskatchewan and Alberta, skipped by Guy Scholz, scored an eight ender on the last end of the championship game; and Shirley Schmirler, mother of legendary curling Gold Medal Olympian Sandra Schmirler, took part in the opening ceremonies.
“It was really special to have Shirley with us,” said David Martin, Chair of the Friar’s Brier Association. Martin noted there is a special connection between Guy Scholz and the Schmirler family. Scholz wrote Gold on Ice, a book that detailed the storied career of Sandra Schmirler that led to her rink winning the Gold Medal at the 1998 Nagona Winter Olympics, the first year women’s curling was recognized as an Olympic sport. Martin also noted the eight ender was a first in the 40-year history of the Friar’s Brier.