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IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES

Last updated on December 30, 2015

This time it’s Syrians who will add to the colorful mosaic that is this province of Saskatchewan.

In the late 1800s and early 1900s it was largely Europeans who arrived on the bald prairie and proceeded to turn this Great Lone Land into today’s productive and prosperous paradise. They turned it into the “bread basket of the world.” The population grew exponentially. They brought with them their language and culture which formed the basis of our society.

World War II refugees and immigrants gave our province a brief bump in population. Most came out of war torn Europe and they gave a boost to the previous European immigrants integrating their language and culture to society increasing its richness.

Then came the Korean and Viet Nam wars, the boat people particularly from Viet Nam, that created another influx of refugees and immigrants and they too added to the richness and growing diversity in Saskatchewan. They too integrated into society many taking low end...

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Pope Francis Message for World Day of the Sick

Last updated on December 18, 2015

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 24th WORLD DAY OF THE SICK 2016 (11 FEBRUARY 2016)

Entrusting Oneself to the Merciful Jesus like Mary: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, The twenty-fourth World Day of the Sick offers me an opportunity to draw particularly close to you, dear friends who are ill, and to those who care for you.

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To download French version click here

Pope Francis' Security

Last updated on December 15, 2015

It is no coincidence that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio chose Francis as his papal name. The original Francis of Assisi heard a call from Christ to “Save My Church” which at the time was having all sorts of problems. So Francis gave up what is described politely as his wayward life, gave away his possessions and even his clothes we are told and proceeded to become St. Francis of Assisi.

Well, Bergoglio didn’t exactly give up everything he had when he was elected Pope but he had a history of living frugally and simply and spending a good deal of his time among the poor so there are some similarities. So what’s the point of this? I believe that Bergoglio too was called to save the church and thus selecting Francis as his name was not a coincidence.

The evidence is all around us that our church has changed and continues to change. His emphasis on mercy and forgiveness and less focus on the rules has drawn people back to the church and resonated with Catholics and non-...

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Martha House - Vacancies

Last updated on December 9, 2015
MARTHA HOUSE - a Home for Retired Priests and Seniors  has vacant rooms. We are accepting men and women who can descend and ascend stairs independently. (Level 1)  Martha House is a beautiful and serene place for seniors who love to PRAY because we have daily recitation of the Rosary and daily Masses. Martha House offers lowest and affordable cost in the city. For more information contact : Sr. Jessica  or Debra Kirkpatrick 306-5450509 Martha House - 1855 2nd Avenue North, Regina, SK. S4R 0Y1  To download poster click here

Goodness Abounds in Advent

Last updated on December 30, 2015

This Christmas, as a counterpoint to the destructive forces of misery and terror that we have witnessed these past months, we must not forget that goodness abounds! More than not forgetting, let us be ready to point it out when we see it.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to join a small group of people who help at theOut of the Cold breakfast program in Hamilton. These very good folk agreed in the autumn to get up early every Thursday morning from November through March to make their way to a small kitchen outlet to prepare a hot breakfast for over 120 men and women. The volunteers are part of about 400 remarkable and generous people who make the program work. They arrived in the quiet early morning hours and were spirited as they took up their duties, each one pitching in to assure that everything was ready for...

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Eric Gurash, Coordinator for Lay Formation and Evangelization with the Archdiocese of Regina has many presentations and workshops he is able to facilitate at the parish level.  Please see the attached document and feel free to contact Eric at 306.352.1651 ext. 211 or egurash [at] archregina.sk.ca to book your presentation or for more information.

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Today, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, Pope Francis presided at the opening celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Saint Peter's Basilica. A delegation from Canada was present for the occasion as the Presidency of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is currently making its annual visit to the Holy See. The delegation comprises the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and CCCB President, the Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and CCCB Vice President, and Msgr. Frank Leo, Jr., C.S.S., CCCB General Secretary. They will be joined by the Most Reverend Nicola De Angelis, C.F.I.C., Bishop Emeritus of Peterborough, for the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at which the Holy Father will preside in the Basilica on December 12, when Pope Francis will entrust the American continent to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas....

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Mother Teresa Middle School Jesuit endorsement

Last updated on December 8, 2015

Mother Teresa Middle School (MTMS) now has the official endorsement of the Jesuits of the English Province of Canada. While MTMS is based on Nativity Miguel Middle schools founded in the United States by the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) MTMS here was not sponsored by Canadian Jesuits. Its administration and faculty are lay people although Jesuits in training do volunteer at the school. “It links us officially to the network (Jesuit schools) in Canada, it also links us to the schools in the U.S,” said MTMS Director of Education Curtis Kleisinger in an interview. The endorsement agreement was signed by Provincial for English Canada Reverend Peter Bisson S.J. and MTMS Board Chair Paul Hill at a special event held November 30 at the school.

The Regina school is the only one in Canada but a similar school is being organized in Winnipeg.

Kleisinger said there won’t be much change in the way the school delivers its programs but it will require more liaison with the Jesuit...

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Monday, November 16 2015

The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a letter conveying condolences and prayers to His Eminence André Cardinal Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris, following the tragic attacks that occurred in Paris, November 13, 2015. In his letter, Bishop Crosby writes that, in union with Pope Francis, Cardinal Vingt-Trois and the other Bishops of France, "we join our voices with those of other religious leaders who remind the world that peace, respect for the human person, and integral human development remain essential criteria for all religions and their faithful."

Link to the CCCB President's letter (PDF)

Telegram from Pope Francis to Cardinal Vingt-Trois

Vatican Radio report on the Holy Father's Angelus message of November 15, 2015

Statement by Cardinal Vingt-Trois of November 14, 2015

Link to the video archives of Salt + Light...

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Theodore School Court Case

Last updated on December 8, 2015

Theodore Public School closed its doors in 2003. Too small to keep open said the local board. Students were to be bussed to another town.

The locals decided they wanted to have a school in town so they applied to the provincial government to establish a Catholic School and the government said OK. St. Theodore was born.

Well, that didn’t sit well with the folks who closed the public school so a lawsuit was launched that claimed, first, Catholic schools should not be allowed to accept non-Catholic students and, second the government shouldn’t pay for those students.

You’ll get more detail in a story elsewhere on this site. This is more about what happens if the case is successful.

Parents would no longer have the right to determine which school would best suit their children’s’ interests; the government would be prevented from paying any grants to Catholic schools for non-Catholic students which would be a moot point if non-Catholics are prevented from...

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