Ministering To God's Beloved
serving and learning from those who are vulnerable
Joint convention of the
Catholic Health Association of Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association October 20 - 22, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Regina
Session 1: The Beauty of the Dancer: Embracing Our Own Vulnerability Session 2: The Beauty of the Song: Embracing the Vulnerability of Others
Dr. Josephine Lombardi
Session 3: Becoming Experts in Humanity: Understanding the Factors taht Influcence Human Behavior and Limit Authentic Freedom Session 4: Mercy and Beyond: Understanding the Obstacles that Keep Us From Being Merciful Witnesses
Following a consultation and discernment process in the Spring and Summer of 2017 with lay leaders and staff, consecrated women, and archdiocesan clergy, I have heard, prayed on, and now offer the following priorities for the Archdiocese of Regina for the next 2 to 3 years. I look forward to working alongside Archdiocesan clergy, staff, parish leaders, the lay faithful, Catholic organizations and community partners in reflecting on and setting goals towards these priorities, which our loving God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit - has set upon our hearts.
Since God has “shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6), we, in the Archdiocese of Regina, feel called to sustain and strengthen a church that is:
1.Building vital and viable parish faith communities
A healthy archdiocese and strong parishes are intrinsically bound together. Each of our parishes is unique:...
The nine men who are preparing for ordination to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of Regina, gathered together at Campion College from September 1-3, 2017 for the begining fo their fourth and final year of formation. On Saturday, they gathered for Mass and were joined by Archbishop Don Bolen. Archbishop Don installed all nine of them into the Ministry of Acolyte. This is one of the four liturgical steps toward the their ordination to the diaconate. Last year, they received the Ministry of Lector at a Mass held at Holy Rosary Cathedral. The next step will be the Rite of Candidacy, which is followed by the fourth and final Rite of Ordination to be celebrated in June of 2018.
Now that these men have been installed as Acolytes, you may begin seeing them robed up and at the Altar assisting the priest, but what does that mean?
-Per the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), as an acolyte, the deacon candidate is instituted to serve at the altar and to...
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...
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.