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Paula Scott, Lloydminster Catholic School Board and Vicky Bonnell, Regina Catholic School Board, were elected President and Vice President respectively at the 64th Annual, General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association held October 24-26 in Swift Current. Scott moves up from Vice President and Bonnell moves up from the board. Both positions are for a two year term.

Dr. Sister Teresita Kambeitz OSU received the Julian PaslawskiMeritorious Award and Del Wagner received the Appreciation Award (see separate story); Past President Tom Fortosky was awarded a lifetime membership and retiring president George Bolduc was given the traditional gavel.

Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber, Holy Trinity School Division’s Coordinator for Religious Education Bernadette Cey and Reverend David Tumback, Pastor of Saskatoon’s Cathedral of the Holy Family all spoke about the importance of Catholic education.

Weisgerber, using Laudato Si and “...

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Dr. Sister Teresita Kambeitz OSU Prelate, began her involvement in Catholic education 56 years ago with her first teaching job in Tramping Lake, Saskatchewan where she stayed for three years. 1959-1989 she moved to Saskatoon, taught grade levels 8-12, became a principal but spent most of her time at Holy Cross High School teaching Christian Ethics. She obtained her Arts and Education Degrees, a Master of Education Degree in 1986 and two years later her Doctorate from the Ontario Institute for Studies in education.

She accepted the position of Director and taught in the Religion Education Degree Program at Neuman Theological Program, Edmonton and most recently led the establishment of a NeumanTheological College Master of Education Degree Program in Saskatoon.  She continues her contributions to Catholic education as a sessional faculty member of Neuman Theological College, Edmonton and St. Thomas Moore College, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. She was instrumental in...

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Lest We Forget!

Last updated on November 10, 2015

On November 11th, pray for the sacrifices made by our soldiers past and present. 

To view photos of  Saskatchewan Cenotaphs, click here: https://www.cdli.ca/monuments/sk.htm 

Time

Last updated on November 3, 2015

I have attended in the last month two events of historical significance; the unveiling of the Sisters Legacy Monument and the 150th anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish in Lebret. We look back on these events and think about the accomplishments they represent in ONLY 150 years and it made me think about Time.

Think about it. 150years! To many of us it seems a long time ago but when you consider Damascus, the longest continuously populated city in the world, has existed for thousands of years, 150 years? Pfft, an eye blink in time, but what has happened in those 150 years in Saskatchewan. To do this lets go back to 1865 and see what it was like.

This was Assiniboia Territory, Saskatchewan was 40 years away. Treaty Four hadn’t been signed and some of the First Nations bands still lived in their traditional ways; the Indian Act which established Indian Residential Schools hadn’t yet been passed or even thought of because Canada did not become a nation “from coast to coast...

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Lebret Sacred Heart Parish Celebrates 150 Years

Last updated on October 28, 2015

Sacred Heart Church is a much photographed icon in the QuAppelle Valley sitting prominently in the village of Lebret on Mission Lake. Established in 1869 by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) it had a pivotal role in southern Saskatchewan’s history and that 150 years of service was celebrated the weekend of October 16-18 with visitors from across Canada and a few from the U.S. 

The celebration included social gatherings, a pancake breakfast, a Latin mass celebrated by Father Louis Abello Saturday afternoon and Sunday mass celebrated by Archbishop Daniel Bohan with Winnipeg Emeritus Archbishop James Weisgerberand several priests followed by a banquet in the church hall. One hundred and fifty red and white balloons were released after the Sunday mass and floated off in a gentle breeze into a clear blue sky.

The Qu’Appelle Valley was long a gathering place for plains First Nations people and it was to them the first OMI missionaries brought the Word of God. They also...

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Catholicism and Traditional Indigenous Spirituality – A Reflection on Commonalities

The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated on December 12 since 2002. The following reflection by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council identifies areas of commonality found in Traditional Aboriginal spirituality and the Catholic faith, seeking to point out bridges for mutual understanding. These will hopefully lead to a deeper respect and appreciation among all Catholics toward traditional Indigenous spirituality, and at the same time show how Aboriginal Catholics see a relationship between their Catholic faith and their cultural and personal identity.

The belief in a benevolent Creator, a natural world that is good, the need to answer the call to live a life of virtue, and the importance of communication with the Creator are some of the elements that Catholic and Indigenous spiritualties have in common.

There is a similarity in...

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A Pledge to Vote challenge between Campion and Luther University of Regina Federated Colleges appears to have been a success. 

The challenge between the two faith based colleges was issued September 29 by the two College Presidents, Dr. John Meehan S.J. of Campion and Dr. Bryan Hillis of Luther. The winner would receive a pizza party paid for by the loser. 

The voting was close with Campion counting 83 students who voted and Luther 81. The numbers claiming University of Regina affiliation was 107 for a combined total of 270.However, when the student population in each college was takeninto consideration Luther had 16.9 % of its student body cast a vote and Campion had 13% so Luther was declared the winner. A pizza party was held in the Luther student lounge October 20 but in the spirit of co-operation, Hillis said Luther would split the cost of the pizza with Campion. The challenge included a stipulation that the losing college president would be required to wear the...

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The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has sent a submission this past October 19 to the Expert Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. The submission includes references to Church teaching with pertinent citations from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, together with excerpts from the CCCB Plenary Assembly's statement on assisted suicide released on September 18, 2015, supplemented with further comments on the urgency and importance of palliative care. The submission is structured according to the following five points: the common good; assisted suicide; palliative care; protecting the vulnerable; and freedom of conscience and religion.

Link to the CCCB submission (PDF)
Link to the Plenary Assembly's statement of September 18, 2015

Indeed it was a special celebration on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 11 at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church in Rama. It isn't too often that three Oblate priests celebrate The Holy Eucharist in unison at one location on a Thanksgiving Sunday. However, such was the case in Rama when Fr. Andrew Sowa OMI, who was the main celebrant and pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Edmonton, celebrated Mass for Jubilants, Leonard and Vivian Pasloski as they marked their 60th Anniversary of Marriage as requested by their family. Fr. Marcin Mironiuk OMI, pastor of St. Anthony's, celebrated the Mass for Fr. Andrew Sowa OMI marking his 25th Year of Priestly Ordination as requested by St. Anthony's Parish; while Fr. Mitch Burdzy OMI, pastor of St. Henry's Parish in Melville, celebrated Mass for the late Joseph Nieckar  as requested by the family. 

Fr. Andrew Sowa after having given the jubilants, Leonard and Vivian  a special blessing presented them with an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis...

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Students at both Campion College and Luther College rallied behind their College presidents in the Pledge to Vote challenge, which was first announced at the end of September. A total of 270 students on the university campus made a pledge to vote in the 2015 federal election on October 19. Of those, 83 indicated an affiliation with Campion College, and 81 indicated and affiliation with Luther College. The overall results were tabulated based on the proportion of students at each College, giving Luther College the lead in the challenge at 16.9% of its student population, with Campion following at 13.0% of its student population pledging to vote.

 

“The numbers were very close throughout the challenge. We congratulate Luther College on their strong performance in the last week, but are even more encouraged by the overall student engagement in the pre-election activities on campus. The purpose was to encourage participation and I feel that the Pledge to Vote challenge...

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