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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Dead Man Walking's Sister Helen

Last updated on March 10, 2015

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, did not experience poverty as a child or young adult but she now spends most of her time living and working among the poor in New Orleans and as a spiritual advisor to inmates on death row. It was in this latter capacity that she came to Regina, March 5, as this year’s Nash Lecturer, named after the first President of Campion College, University of Regina, Reverend Peter Nash S.J.

Resting an elbow lightly on the lectern in the University of Regina Education Auditorium, Prejean described her journey as a nun with the Congregation of St. Joseph (CSJ), first as an elementary and high school teacher in New Orleans and her transformation to her current ministry as an internationally recognized voice against the death penalty. Her book, Dead Man Walking which describes her experience accompanying inmates to their execution, was made into a movie, stage play and opera. The movie, starring Sean Penn as inmate Patrick
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March 1 — Second Sunday of Lent

 

1.       God’s covenant includes all creation; may our actions and attitudes toward creation be life-giving.   We pray to the Lord.

2.       May our awareness of God’s presence in all creatures lead us to be respectful toward                                                    rather than inconsiderate of all creation.  We pray to the Lord.

 

March 8 — Third Sunday of Lent

 

1.       May personal and universal suffering draw us closer to rather than distancing us from God.   We pray to the Lord.

2.       In these uncertain times, may we be ready to live within Earth’s means, reduce our consumption and develop simpler lifestyles.  We pray to the Lord.

 

March 15 — Fourth Sunday of Lent

 

1.       Help us seek justice and compassion for all creation.  We pray to the Lord.

2.       Bless the...

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Catholics are called by their faith to assist all those in need, particularly the poor, the suffering and the dying. Comforting the dying and accompanying them in love and solidarity has been considered by the Church since its beginning a principal expression of Christian mercy.

Helping someone commit suicide, however, is neither an act of justice or mercy, nor is it part of palliative care. The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada today does not change Catholic teaching. "[A]n act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, our Creator." (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2277).

The Bishops of our country invite Canadians, especially Catholics, to do all they can to bring comfort and support for all those who are dying and for their loved ones, so that no one, because of loneliness, vulnerability, loss of...

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In a letter dated February 2, 2015 and addressed to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pope Francis reaffirms the need for the Church at all levels "to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, and to respond to their needs with fairness and mercy." In his letter, the Holy Father recalls the mandate of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, formally established in March 2014, as well as the Circular Letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith published on May 3, 2011. "This document was issued to assist Episcopal Conferences in drawing up guidelines for handling cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics," the Pope notes.

"Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children," Pope Francis says in his letter. "They should also know that they have every right to turn to the...

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A Vision for Social Justice Committees

Last updated on February 6, 2015

Injustices and environmental degradation make it abundantly clear that society is in serious need of reconstruction. What is the dream?  How about a vision of personal fulfillment and peace for all instead of visions of power and profit for a few? Here is the big surprise--good campaigns for the transformation of the world can be run by a few committed people, functioning in the basements of churches throughout the Archdiocese, seeking to be a catalyst for the change.

The Church’s Social Doctrine will be the Committee’s best mentor, its best companion, just as it is the most dangerous enemy for those who are satisfied with the world just the way it is. The Social Doctrine proposes to everyone--bishops, priests, laity--and anyone else willing to examine it, a new kind of citizen, one who will stay close to certain principles for reflection, criteria for judgment and guidelines for action, as he/she embraces his/her daily duties. The Social Doctrine is not a dead thing—but a...

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Clare Parker Homes Inc. 2014 Annual Report

Last updated on January 27, 2015

Garrity and Kramer Houses, were group homes led by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions.  In the Archdiocese of Regina. In 2009 these homes joined with Clare Parker Home Inc., operated by the United Church community. Several members of the RC community came on as board members to the  amalgamated "Clare Parker Homes Inc." Here is their annual report for 2014.         

For Clare Parker Homes 2014 can be characterized as a year of "new beginnings".  The agency has been blessed with a new leadership team that instantly embraced their roles.   Stable staffing has brought renewed energy and focus, resulting in agency-wide rejuvenation.  The leadership team, directed by a very skilled executive director, has redesigned and implemented staff training programs that focus on person-centered care, thus ensuring that our residents are able to manage their life decisions to the best of their abilities, thereby enhancing their lives. 

This year the board focused...

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February 1 — Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1.       Open our ears to heed the prophets of our day who call us to live in peace, justice and reverence for creation.  We pray to the Lord.

2.       May we balance our concern for our own security with that of others and our earth.   We pray to the Lord.

 

February 8 — Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1.       Help us, as Jesus did, to build a strong foundation for our good works by spending time in prayer.   We pray to the Lord.

2.       By an awareness of our own suffering, may we also see that of others and of the earth, and strive to alleviate it.   We pray to the Lord.

 

February 15 — Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1.       May we, like Jesus, touch with healing the suffering places of Mother Earth.     We pray to the Lord.

2.       Help us remember that...

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CCCB Call for Human Dignity as Basis of Peace

Last updated on January 20, 2015

We came to pray with and support the Christian community and to promote peace and human dignity in this divided land. We witnessed the tragic consequences of the failure of both local and international politicians to advance peace. Human dignity is given by God and is absolute. The ongoing conflict assaults the dignity of both Palestinians and Israelis, but in a particular way our commitment to the poor calls us to lift up the suffering people in Gaza. A year ago, we called Gaza "a man-made disaster, a shocking scandal, an injustice that cries out to the human community for a resolution." In the wake of the terrible destruction caused by last year's war, our presence reminded the small Christian community that they are not forgotten. Many tens of thousands of families in Gaza lack adequate shelter. In the latest freezing weather, at least two infants died of exposure. The continuing blockade dramatically impedes rebuilding and contributes to desperation that undermines Israelis'...

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Development and Peace SHARE LENT Workshop

Last updated on January 13, 2015

Development and Peace SHARE LENT Workshop; “Sow Much Love to Give”:  Please join us to reflect on international development in the context of our faith, and to prepare for the Share Lent Campaign in your parish.  Everyone is welcome. 

 

Regina

Jan. 31st  1 – 4 pm

Holy Child Parish

2636 – 7th Ave. E.

 

Contact Marian at 306.789.8276

Estevan

Feb. 1st  11:45 am.

St. John the Baptist Parish

109 – 12th Ave.

Light lunch provided. Please register with Katie.

Contact Katie at 306.634.7150

Swift Current

Feb. 3rd 2 pm

Christ the Redeemer Parish

600 Circle Drive

This deanery workshop is via a webinar.  The gathering place is at Christ the Redeemer Parish.

Contact Muriel at 306.773.3819

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month.

Last updated on January 15, 2015

It is not easy to tackle the silence and public indifference that surrounds the condition of dementia. Yet Matthew Dineen has been doing just that since June of 2013.

The widespread interest garnered by his family story gave him the privilege of speaking at the Global Dementia Legacy Event in Ottawa, Sept 2014, and at the International Conference on Frontotemporal Degeneration, Vancouver, Oct, 2014. 

Now Matthew is asking the Church to throw its weight behind Private Bill C-356, a legislative initiative of MP Claude Gravelle that will ensure

Increased funding for research into all aspects of dementia Promotion of earlier diagnosis and intervention Strengthening the integration of primary, home and community care Enhancing skills and training of the dementia workforce Recognizing the needs and improving supports for caregivers

This is why Matthew is asking that we learn about Bill C-356, which will be before the House for debate this February. Matthew’s hope and...

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