Social Justice

The following are the primary ways in which the Social Justice Department attempts to respond to the call to be prophetic and witness to transformative action in a highly disillusioned culture, according to the demands of the Social Teachings of the Church as presented in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church:

  • Offers various presentations and workshops.
  • Works creatively in ecumenical groups and committees, including Kairos and Restorative Justice circles.
  • Provides the leadership required to shape ‘A Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’, an approach designed to assist the Implementation of the Vision of the Archdiocese of Regina. A ‘Deanery’s Spotlight on Social Justice’ replaces the ‘Social Justice in Motion’ conferences.
  • Joins various advocacy and action groups that it might be informed by and give support to secular groups and coalitions who work out of concern for the environment and on behalf of persons who are in need of better support.
  • Participates in the Annual Western Social Justice Conference, a weekend gathering of many representatives from the 18 dioceses in Western Canada, enabling it to work in wider regional social justice forums.
  • Hosts and chairs the three or four commission meetings that take place each year. The Archdiocesan Social Justice Commission is a body made up of two representatives from each deanery. The work of the commission is to pray, offer support and challenge to the Coordinator, provide a two-way line of communication, discuss any current justice issues of regional concern, and assist the department in developing and promoting an annual Archdiocesan or deanery wide Social Justice event.

The Social Justice Department of the Archdiocese of Regina is staffed by the Social Justice Coordinator, Bert Pitzel, and part time secretary Jo-Ann Selinger.

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Laudato Si Walk Station 5 of 6

Last updated on March 2, 2017

I think it necessary, before beginning station #4, to give a short review of the four blogs I have submitted thus far. The introduction suggested that Tanis’ struggle echoes the struggle of the earth and world. It also explained how and why the walk was developed. Station #1, called for self-examination because ‘the emptier the heart, the more it turns to buying, possessing and consuming’ and also that ‘our lifestyles are a prescription for ecological disaster.’ Station #2 tries to place us in the experience of St. Francis of Assisi--nature is a book that speaks of God’s power and goodness. Also in our pondering we open ourselves up to seeing creation as gift, something we must not destroy because of ignorance and pettiness. Station #3 reminds us of the basics of our Faith Tradition--and indeed of every Faith Tradition, that each one of us has been created out of love, to love, for love, even as we are shaped by love or by our failure to do so....

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Laudato Si Walk 4 of 6

Last updated on March 2, 2017

Station #3 I make a right turn and head for Campion College. I know that this is a place to address the unquenchable thirst for answers, for happiness.

As I became aware that Tanis was experiencing every assault that the disease multiple myeloma could throw at her I went through my own journey of anguish and bewilderment. Where could I go to deal with this? My prayer turned into a more intense struggle, a time of conversion bringing me face-to-face with underlying truths. The first to surface was simple--God has no grandchildren—only children. As loving Father, he cares about what is going on. Moreover He can make everything work for enrichment, especially in Tanis’ unique and formidable journey. At certain times Tanis’ Father has to tell me, “Sit still, dad. This lies outside your competence. I’ve got this covered!” Just recently Tanis had to tell me, “Dad, quit trying to fix things. My family and I accept what my situation is. We put ourselves in the hands of medical...

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Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide are now legal in Canada.

On Feb. 6, 2017 the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan issued four texts related to the issue.  the documents include:

Introduction A pastoral letter - Living Through Our Dying A pastoral reflection - Jesus: the Word Who is Life  A set of guidelines for priests, deacons and laity providing pastoral care to the sick and dying - Care for the Dying: Pastoral Directives 

The three texts were released Feb. 6, 2017 – exactly two years after the Supreme Court decision that struck down the ban on physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. The new reality came into effect across the country when Bill C-14 received royal assent in June 2016. The documents from the Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan were released to mark the World Day of the Sick, Feb. 11.

Laudato Si Walk 3 of 6

Last updated on March 2, 2017

Station #2--is an attempt at a having a heart and mind rinse, hoping to meet and be more deeply attracted to a refreshing, uplifting and unmistakable Power. In fact the prophets invited listeners to find renewed strength in their times of trial by contemplating the all-powerful Creator of the universe. My goal in this station, a 15 minute walk along the shore of Wascana Lake, is to try to see creation through the eyes of a mystic, like St. Francis of Assisi. My approach is to become more keenly aware of the realities, yes the mysteries that lie above and below the water, the land, and any existing clouds. My intention is to go on a binge, to become intoxicated by the sights, sounds and images of creation! This will go beyond the mere study and appreciation of nature. As I walk, I allow myself to think only within the bounds of: 1) Would you look at that…listen to that…smell that…feel that…!  and   2) What? How big is that? How can all this be? Why is this here and who can make such...

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Laudato Si Walk 2 of 6

Last updated on February 15, 2017

Note: This is the second part of a 5 part blog series. The first blog can be read at https://archregina.sk.ca/blogs/19/7/2017/01/tanis-and-my-laudato-si-walk

The change needed to address the social and environmental crisis we face requires only that we become the human beings we have been created to be. It is for this reason that the walk described below includes both spiritual and practical dimensions.

The Laudato Si  Walk.

Overview The walk consists of 5 Stations or segments. Station #1 is a 15 minute walk from my house, going north on Lake St, then east on 23’d Ave to the edge of Wascana Lake. Station #2 is a 15 minute walk along the Wascana path, followed by a 5 minute walk to Campion College. Station #3 is a 15 minute stay in the Chapel of Campion College. Station #4 takes 30 minutes in all and includes a trip to, and a stop at a study table in the FNUC (First Nations University of Canada) building. Station #5 is a 40 minute...

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Tanis and My Laudato Si Walk

Last updated on January 10, 2017

This will be the first of a series of blogs that I will be posting on Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si. The illness my daughter Tanis suffers due to a cancer of the blood, offers a striking metaphor for what is happening to our earth. A walk which I created, consisting of five stations, provides the setting for the teachings of Laudato Si, as placed in the metaphor of Tanis’ illness.

 

 

Tanis and My Laudato Si Walk 

My adult daughter Tanis has Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the blood which attacks the bone marrow. About five years ago and after she learned of the cancer diagnosis, she received a stem cell transplant. She embraced the medical treatment with valor, followed by determinedly searching for every healthy practice she could find. The treatments allowed her to continue in her usual animated and capable way as wife, mother, friend and teacher, at least for several years. All seemed under control until June, 2016 when her femur bone broke...

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Pastoral letter issued by CCCB President Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace.

This letter is available in English and in French.

Toward the Future, United in Faith and Trust

Last updated on November 21, 2016

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada in 2017, the Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), has issued a Pastoral Letter. The organization was founded in 1967 by the Bishops in response to Pope Paul VI's Encyclical Letter Populorum Progressio. In this acclaimed Encyclical, Blessed Paul VI described the integral development of peoples as the new word for peace. The 50th anniversary celebrations are already underway and will be held in each diocese and eparchy across Canada. The Development and Peace jubilee will be a key part of the 2017 Plenary Assembly of the Canadian Catholic Bishops.

In the introduction to his Pastoral Letter, entitled "Toward the Future, United in Faith and Trust", Bishop Crosby, in the name of all the Bishops of Canada, extends "deepest gratitude, congratulations and encouragement." He goes to state...

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More Needs to be done to Eradicate Poverty

Last updated on October 25, 2016

Anti-poverty groups believe legislation is needed to promote poverty reduction and that should be accompanied by an agency to monitor it.

Three groups involved in trying to reduce and eliminate poverty held a news conference here October 16, to recognize International Eradication of Poverty Day. Joanne Havelock of Poverty Free Saskatchewan, Peter Gilmer of the Regina Anti Poverty Ministry of the United Church and Regina Food Bank CEO Steve Compton all believe the cuts to social service programs proposed by the Saskatchewan government will have a disastrous effect on the poor.

Havelock spoke first to reporters. “It’s not just about money, they (the poor) are unable to participate in society.” She noted that even in boom times there is a high rate of poverty and increasing housing prices during boom years leaves fewer low income housing options for the poor.

Gilmer said poverty is a human rights issue and quoted the 1976 United Nations covenant that Canada signed...

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The Marian Centre Celebrates 50 Years

Last updated on October 20, 2016

Mary Beth Mitchell and Beverley Maciag regaled reception attendees with stories what it is was like when the Marian Centre first came to Regina 50 years ago. The occasion was the celebration of that anniversary, October 15, first with a morning Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral presided over by Archbishop Donald Bolen with a homily by Winnipeg Emeritus Archbishop James Weisgerber followed by an afternoon reception at the centre located in the city’s core area.

“It was a lot of work to get open,” said Mitchell who told most of the stories. “Fifteen broken panes of glass, we had to lay new floor tiles but we couldn’t have done it without the help of really wonderful volunteers.” Those volunteers and supporters showed up for the morning Mass with many more visiting the Centre at the afternoon reception. She said it was a real joy to be back and see everyone. “Coming back here I am just filled with glorious joy at the number of volunteers and the way the Marian Centre has been kept...

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