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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Convention on Climate Change

Last updated on November 19, 2015

As announced in the October 26 news report by Vatican Information Service (VIS), a 10-point appeal to the negotiators at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the Convention on Climate Change has been launched by the world’s regional groupings of Episcopal Conferences. The appeal urges the negotiators to work toward a fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement.

The joint appeal has been signed by the Presidents of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC), the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE), the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community (COMECE), the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM); the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), and the Federation of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Oceania (FCBCO), together with our President Bishop Douglas Crosby, O.M.I., and the President of the United States Conference...

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Our Second Iraqi Family Arrives!

Last updated on November 10, 2015

On October 8, the family of Raheem Mansor Shamay and Noryia Roofa Toma arrived in Regina along with their three sons, Roni, Rami and Johni and their daughter Myriam.  The family are refugees originally from Iraq and have spent the last 5 years in Turkey, awaiting an opportunity to be sponsored and accepted in a new land. 

With the assistance of different parishes from the Archdiocese and a committee of volunteers, including members of the Iraqi community of Regina, the Archdiocese of Regina was able to offer sponsorship for the family and help them get settled.  The family is busy learning English along with getting adjusted to the weather and cultural differences.  Myriam has started classes at O’Neill High School and the sons have already started working to help the family with living expenses. 

As submitted by Agnes and Marian 

Welcoming a new Iraqi Family To Regina

Last updated on November 5, 2015

For more than 30 years, many parishes of the Archdiocese of Regina have been diligent in their duty to sponsor refugees. Over the past 4 years, about 75 refugee-sponsorships have arrived in Regina. However, 100 are still to arrive, explained by the fact that the processing time is now between 4 to 5 years.  

Over the past number of years, the desire to sponsor refugees has been severely constrained by new policies instituted by the federal government. Because of the large unprocessed backlog, new sponsorships across Canada were held to less than 2,000 sponsorships this year.

In view of  the current crisis there now seems to be willingness to bring Syrian refugees to Canada; we will let you know more about opportunities to sponsor Syrian refugees once that information is made available.  

In the meantime, there are other ways to respond to the Syrian tragedy. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the CCCB gives 5 ways you can offer your help:

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Earthcare Connections

Last updated on October 22, 2015

Earthcare Connections Intentions – November 2015

Words prepared by Sr. Marian

 November 1 —All Saints

 Help us follow the example of the ordinary saints who, like Jesus, cared for and reverenced all of creation.                                                     We pray to the Lord.

 May our political and social leaders follow the gospel in working for the common good.                                                                                   We pray to the Lord.

 November 8 — Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

 May we join with all creation in renewing the face of the earth.                                                                                                                     We pray to the Lord.

 Help us to be peaceful in dealing with ourselves, each other and the earth.                                                                                                    We pray to the Lord.

 November 15 —...

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Regina Pro-Life Demonstration

Last updated on October 20, 2015

About 200 pro-life supporters showed up Sunday October 4, for the annual life chain in support of the unborn. It was cold, windy and wet but it didn’t stop the supporters from lining up on both sides of Albert Street one of Regina’s major arteries carrying signs supporting life from conception to natural death. The abortion issue and support for life is rarely raised among politicians but in the latter stages of this year’s federal election campaign it has garnered some coverage in local and national media. Terri Bergen, President of Regina Pro Life said she’s pleased at the turnout and pleased that the issue is getting more play in mainstream media.

 

About TPP

Last updated on October 13, 2015

What isn’t being discussed in political campaigns or in mainstream media...

Canada and 11 other Pacific Rim nations have agreed to the Trans-Pacific Partnership -- the largest and potentially most damaging regional trade accord in history, that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy. Fortunately, the battle isn't over. The TPP must still pass Parliament. That's where you can come in. If you don’t like where this is headed, please call your Member of Parliament and voice your concerns to it. 

The deal is slanted to increase inequality. Global banks and corporations headquartered in the U.S. as well as their executives and biggest shareholders would be the big winners; most other Americans would lose. The deal would:

1. Expand protections for the foreign property of big global corporations.

2. Extend intellectual-property protections for big global pharmaceutical companies, although not as many extra years as Big Pharma had in the first draft...

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Homesick for a place we never left

Last updated on October 1, 2015

The earth ‘cries out because of the harm we have inflicted on her.’ As a consequence, and by our own hand, once predictable and favorable weather patterns take deadly aim at us. This is a new experience, is it not? What was formerly a pretty benign exchange of work and fruit, has become a kind of wrath delivered at the hands of an ‘upset’ nature. It is as if we have fashioned an earthly gun which we now point at ourselves.

What can be done to confront the alliance of arrogance and greed that have conspired to reshape our common home?

The Church understands that her mission must embrace all of human reality, thus she claims the freedom to express moral judgement on this reality, whenever it may be required to defend the fundamental rights of persons and the salvation of souls. (Catholic Catechism #426).

It is not surprising then that Pope Francis found it necessary to deliver the strong message we find in his Encyclical, Laudato Si. His message speaks to the...

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“We would like to remind you that you have until October 11 to answer the Online Issue Book of the External Panel appointed by the federal government to advise the next government on legislative options for physician-assisted suicide following the Carter decision.”

This past July  the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honourable Peter MacKay, and the Minister of Health, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, had announced the establishment of an External Panel of Experts who will consult with stakeholders and with all Canadians on options for dealing with the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling that will effectively remove the prohibitions in the Criminal Code against assisted suicide.

For your information, “the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada on physician-assisted dying” has recently announced it has launched its online consultation. This consultation will remain open until October 11, 2015, and can be accessed at...

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Parish Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Last updated on September 16, 2015

For more than 30 years, many parishes of the Archdiocese of Regina have been diligent in their duty to sponsor refugees. Over the past 4 years, about 75 refugee-sponsorships have arrived in Regina. However, 100 are still to arrive, explained by the fact that the processing time is now between 4 to 5 years. 

Over the past number of years, the desire to sponsor refugees has been severely constrained by new policies instituted by the federal government. Because of the large unprocessed backlog, new sponsorships across Canada were held to less than 2,000 sponsorships this year.

In view of  the current crisis there now seems to be willingness to bring Syrian refugees to Canada; we will let you know more about opportunities to sponsor Syrian refugees once that information is made available. 

In the meantime, there are other ways to respond to the Syrian tragedy. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, president of the CCCB gives 5 ways you can offer your help. Please note...

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Open letter to Canadian Catholics

By Archbishop Paul-André Durocher

President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

A drowned Syrian child washed up on a beach. A mother and daughter forbidden to board a train, their savings spent on a now useless ticket. Razor-sharp barbed-wire fences to keep refugees out. Miles and miles of homeless trudging along Europe’s roads. Millions of refugees in makeshift shelters throughout the Middle East, in Africa and other regions.

 

My dear brothers and sisters,

 

These past weeks all of us have been haunted by the images of refugees flooding into Europe from Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa. Since his pontificate began, Pope Francis has repeatedly reminded us of their need for help, and appealed to the world not to turn our hearts away when homeless masses seek shelter, protection and a better life. Shortly after his election as Bishop of Rome, the Holy Father...

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