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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Pro-Life Chain and Memorial

Last updated on October 6, 2016

October 2, was a bright, sunny and warm day but for many gathered at two separate functions it was sombre. More than 100 gathered in the Regina Wascana Rehabilitation Hospital auditorium for the 27th annual Memorial Gathering to remember deceased babies while a couple of kilometers northwest about 275 Pro-life supporters demonstrated against abortion.

Reverend Mary Brubacher, Director of Spiritual Care for the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, herself a bereaved mother, organizes the Memorial Gathering along with a committee. “We are all here because we know that we can gain support by being together with one another,” said Brubacher in a short prepared address. “Mourning the loss of a baby goes on for months and maybe even years. To remember your baby is a very natural part of life and living.” Brubacher lost two babies more than 17 years ago. She said the period of time when one mourns the loss of a baby is very personal. “For many there will be tears and that is OK. But...

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Volunteers Needed for COSA

Last updated on September 6, 2016

Would you be willing to assist persons who have been incarcerated? COSA (Circles of Support and Accountability) is looking for volunteers.

Your support would be of enormous benefit and would be highly valued.

 

For further information about COSA please check out their website at www.cosass.ca or phone Florence at 306 539 1334.

(Vatican Radio) Canadian Archbishop-elect Donald Bolen says social justice, ecumenism and dialogue with indigenous peoples will be among his top pastoral priorities in the Archdiocese of Regina. Bolen, currently the bishop of Saskatoon in the central province of Saskatchewan, was named on Monday as archbishop of the provincial capital.

Last month, Bishop Bolen was in the news as he spent a couple of days living out on the streets of Saskatoon to raise awareness and funds for a hospice for the homeless. He described the experience of sitting on a sidewalk, being ignored by people all day, as “a deep learning experience”.

Philippa Hitchen spoke to Bishop Bolen to find out more about this initiative and about expectations for his new job as head of the Archdiocese of Regina…

Bishop Bolen says the archdiocese covers about the bottom third of the province of Saskatchewan and is a large, rural territory, “about the size of Italy with a population of about half a...

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A group of women from Regina’s North Central neighborhood is trying to do something to reduce violence in the area. They carry out patrols every Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m, not to get involved in any perceived violence but to encourage their neighbours to be more vigilant and to show they care.

“This came out of an initiative called North Central End the Violence,” said Shawna Oochoo, one of the organizers. The community began talking about what can be done to reduce violence following the February murder of a 26-year-old man in their community. Three teen-age boys along with a 22-year-old man were charged with the murder. “We held a community forum and a political forum and from those forums we began looking at what other communities are doing.” They looked to Winnipeg and the Bear Clan group that began patrols in the 1990s. It eventually faded away but was resurrected in 2015. “We looked at the success they’re having and how do we apply that to what we’re...

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Please find enclosed the English and French versions of a statement by CCCB President the Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., regarding the recent approval of Bill C-14, which legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide. The official statement is provided in Word and PDF formats, and will be posted on the CCCB website today.

Click here to download English Version

Click here to download French Version

Refugees and more

Last updated on June 28, 2016

It has been far too long since my last blog. This is due, in part, to the overwhelming demand placed on this Office by refugees seeking Sponsorship for family and friends. I had to meet an onrush of requests when Abdul was in Australia. This actually turned into a blessing in the sense that it became clear that the refugee component of the Office should be restructured to more effectively deal with some delicate matters.

The new procedures that have been put in place have come to look like this; I take the phone calls, arrange the appointments to listen to stories and requests, also showing the way that the Sponsorship process works in this Office. Conversations become an opportunity for consolation, as talk emerges about ‘God with us’, the infinite creativity of God’s Spirit, the value of suffering, and that the God who asks for our best does not demand the impossible. I show visitors just how limited the Office is in helping accommodate their requests, yet we readily...

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Opposition Building to Euthanasia Bill

Last updated on May 17, 2016

Dr. Larry Rados, an emergency room physician at Winnipeg’s Misericordia Hospital, presented an alarming story of what has happened in other jurisdictions that have allowed Euthanasia. Lados’ talk was recorded late last year on DVD and has made the rounds in presentations opposing Bill C-14 a federal government bill that would allow euthanasia under certain conditions. The bill is the federal government’s answer to last year’s Supreme Court ruling that not giving people the choice to end their life assisted by a physician is against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms contained in the 1982 Canadian Constitution.

The session, an initiative of Christ the King Parish, was held May 15 in the church hall.

Lados devotes most of his talk to European nations who have a history of Euthanasia but did include a few statistics from U.S. States, such as Oregon, that have allowed Euthanasia. “Oregon, now has a suicide rate of 35%, the highest in the country,” said Lados in the DVD...

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EWTN to Air Canada’s National March for Life in Ottawa EWTN Global Catholic Network will provide live coverage of the National March for Life in Ottawa, Canada for the third year in a row beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET, Thursday, May 12, followed by an encore at 1 p.m. ET, Saturday, May 14. “While Canadian law has continued to embrace the culture of death with its support of abortion for any reason, and by embracing physician-assisted suicide, which will become legal this June, its citizens have responded by increasing their support of the National March for Life,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “Last year’s crowd was a record-breaking 25,000, 80% of whom were under the age of 25. EWTN is proud to play a part in Canada’s burgeoning pro-life movement.” This year, EWTN President & Chief Operating Officer Doug Keck will anchor coverage from EWTN’s studios along with EWTN Chaplain Father Joseph Mary Wolfe, while Jim and Joy Pinto, hosts of EWTN’s “At... Read More

REGINA…..Agnes Parisloff has been working  with and for refugees for about 20 years and those years of dedication to others were recognised by the government of Saskatchewan presenting her with the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal in an April 6 Ceremony at Government House. “Surprised, honoured and humbled” said Parisloff in an interview with the Prairie Messenger after the ceremony. She was one of 10 people awarded the provincial honour. Part of the Citation for her volunteer medal reads: “The term social justice warrior has become almost pejorative on the internet, but for Agnes it could not be a more apt and warm description. She has worked with the Regina and Area Refugee Support Group since its inception in 2002 and the Regina Open Door society since the 1990s and continues to assist newcomers in the present time.”

“The way to change the world is to give everybody a grandmother like Agnes Parisloff,” said Archdiocesan Social Justice Coordinator Bert Pitzel. “She’s about...

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