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(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met Monday morning with Bishops from western Canada, who are in Rome for their visit ad limina Apostolorum (to the threshold of the [basilicas] of the Apostles).

The Bishops collectively form the Assembly of Western Catholic Bishops (AWCB). Established in 1974, the Assembly gathers the Bishops of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Catholic Churches of the four Western Canadian provinces, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

In total, it serves eighteen Roman Catholic [Latin-rite] dioceses (Calgary, Churchill-Hudson Bay, Edmonton, Grouard-McLennan, Kamloops, Keewatin-Le Pas, MacKenzie-Fort Smith, Nelson, Prince Albert, Prince George, Regina, Saint-...

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MARCH 3, 2017

Regina’s recently constructed Ahmadiyya Mahmood Mosque stands out in east Regina surrounded by hotels, retail outlets and nearby residents all of which appear to welcome the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in their midst. “Even while it was being built, people from around here were bringing us hot meals,” said Imam Zeeshan Ahmed in an interview with the Prairie Messenger.

The local community also showed its support following the shooting in Quebec that occurred while that community was in prayer. “We had more than 200, mostly non-Muslims, when we opened the doors and invited everyone in,” said the Imam, and non-Muslims continue to come he said; fewer numbers, but they come, and “some pray with us or pray on their own.”  He pointed out that often people staying at the hotels nearby the Mosque will come and ask for a tour, and said, “We welcome all.”

The Imam also commented that as far...

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Campion College's New Entrance

Last updated on December 1, 2016

Campion College officially kicked off the start of year-long 100th anniversary celebrations with the opening of new and enhanced spaces designed to improve accessibility for persons with disabilities throughout the college building.

“We are very excited to mark the launch of our 100th anniversary year with the opening of the new entryway and elevator. As a Jesuit college, we are committed to creating a barrier-free environment for all and the completion of this project brings us much closer to that goal,” says Dr. John Meehan, SJ, president, Campion College.

The project allowed the college to address many of the deferred maintenance needs of its 50-year-old building, and to better meet the demands placed on college programs and services by a growing university campus. The project includes the replacement and relocation of its elevator, the addition of spacious entryways at each floor, direct access into the college building, improvements to fire/life safety throughout...

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Donald Bolen Installed as Archbishop of Regina

Last updated on November 17, 2016

On October 14, 2016 Donald Bolen was installed as Archbishop of the Regina Archdiocese.

It was a coming home for the popular priest who was born in Gravelbourg in the Archdiocese of Regina, obtained his early and some post secondary education at Campion College, University of Regina, ordained priest October 12, 1991, spent seven years in Rome, a short stint as Regina Archdiocese Vicar General prior to his March 10, 2010 appointment as Bishop of Saskatoon where he served until appointed Archbishop of Regina by Pope Francis, July 11, 2016.

The installation ceremony in Holy Rosary Cathedral was full of music and colour with 15 bishops and Archbishops, including Canada’s Papal Nuncio Most Reverend Luigi Bonazzi, priests from Regina and Saskatoon and some visitors from Rome. It was ecumenical with greetings prior to mass from Very Reverend Lorne Crozon, on behalf of the clergy, Sister Theresa Frey O.B.V.M, Chair of the...

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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’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.




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.