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.
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...
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...
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...
Here is the link for those wanting to donate to the hurricane victims in Haiti: https://www.devp.org/en/pressroom/2016/comm2016-10-07. Canadians can contribute to Development and Peace’s relief efforts for Haiti by calling 1 888 234-8533, making an online donation at www.devp.org or sending a cheque made out to Development and Peace to 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., 3rd Floor, Montreal, QC, H3G 1T7. Please indicate on your cheque Emergency - Haiti.
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...
(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...
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...
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.