“Lord, You search me and You know me.” 

God has planted our vocation deep into our hearts.  Only He knows the plans He has for each one of us.  Through our baptism, we are called to Know Christ, Love Christ and Serve Christ and sanctity is our highest calling and our first vocation.  In discerning where God is calling us, we must continue to grow in an intimate and personal relationship and conversation with Christ.  Whether our call is priesthood, consecrated life, marriage or single life, we must discuss with Christ, “Is this the best path for me to holiness?”

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Arpee Urquico Ordained to Transitional Deaconate

Last updated on September 6, 2016

“In the ritual, the first thing we have heard is the name, Arpee Urquico,” said Winnipeg Archbishop Emeritus James Weisgerber as he began his homily. “That is so significant and that’s just not to make sure that he is here, it is God calling him by name. The Church in the name of Jesus has determined that Arpee should be ordained a deacon.” And so on September 2 in Holy Rosary Cathedral began the second last step for Urquico to become a priest. That is expected sometime in 2017 after he completes another year of studies at St. Joseph Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta.

The new Deacon arrived in Canada from Philippines about five years ago after his cousin, Father Gerard Joy Montiague, living in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan convinced him to come to Canada as a missionary He completed some studies in Philippines then came to Canada and entered St. Joseph Seminary.  He spent year of internship at St. George’s Parish, Assiniboia, Saskatchewan where Archbishop Weisgerber, on April 3...

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Fr. Clement Nwankwo celebrates 25th

Last updated on September 6, 2016

The parishioners of St. Stephen’s (Consul) and St. Lawrence (Maple Creek) were joined by many special guests and friends to celebrate their pastor Reverend Fr. Clement’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.

The celebration took place on Sunday 24th July 2016, but the actual date of Father’s ordination, which took place in his homeland of Nigeria, was 13th July 1991.

The celebration began with Mass at 1:00pm with Rev. Fr. Clement as chief celebrant. Con-celebrants of the Mass included Rev. Fr. Francis (Prince) Kurisinkal, Rev. Fr. Vitalis Azike, both priests of the Archdiocese of Regina; Rev. Fr. Evaristus Obi (guest homilist and classmate and fellow priest ordained with Fr. Clement in 1991, who lives in Pennsylvania) and Rev. Fr. Bartholomew Okagbuo (elder brother in the priesthood of Fr. Clement’s, from the same town, Nnobi, in Nigeria who travelled from New York)

A joint choir from the two parishioners led the music ministry for...

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Every year the Church in Canada sets aside one week as a special time for prayer and reflection on life and the family.  During this year of Mercy, it is particularly appropriate that we turn our attention to the privileged role of the family as the first and most important school of mercy – the place where parents sustained by God’s grace, are meant to become icons of Divine Mercy.

As followers of Christ, each of us—whatever our vocation—is called to imitate Him in His self-giving merciful love. Yet we can only give away that which we have received. It is God’s will that the family be the place where we first encounter unconditional love. Nevertheless, no family is perfect! Only by cultivating an intimate relationship with Christ in prayer and the sacraments, can our weaknesses be healed and our shortcomings overcome, so that we can become the loving and merciful spouses,...

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Fr. Meehan Takes Final Vows

Last updated on June 7, 2016

It took about 15 years but Dr. John Meehan S.J. the President of Campion College, at the University of Regina is now a full member of the Jesuit community. He expressed his final vows April 17 in the Campion College chapel in the presence of his parents, a brother and sister along with more than 200 friends, colleagues and associates.

Meehan has developed a close association with the First Nations community and it was celebrated with a smudging ceremony by Elder Robert Bellegarde that began the service, a special Cree prayer by May Desnomie and an honor song performed by University of Regina student Lee Prosper. It was an ecumenical event as well with representatives of other Christian faiths in the congregation and the Psalm response read and chanted by Rabbi Jeremey Parnes from the Beth Jacob Synagogue. Parnes read in Hebrew then chanted a Jewish response and prompted the congregation who joined in.

Meehan knelt before the Eucharist held high by Reverend Sami Helewa...

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53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Last updated on April 13, 2016

Today the Church throughout the world prays for vocations.  The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.

 Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life?

 •   Pray for the priests and consecrated who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.


Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.


Pray for our seminarians and diaconate candidates.


Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.



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Arpee Urquico Takes 3rd Step

Last updated on April 8, 2016

ASSINIBOIA……..His journey to the priesthood began four years ago in Philippines and Sunday April 3, Arpee Urquico took the third step in that journey with Winnipeg Emeritus Archbishop James Weisgerber accepting him as a candidate. It’s the third step in that journey; the remaining two, ordination to the Diaconate followed by ordination as a priest will be completed sometime within about a year.

He is in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, serving his internship at St. Georges’ Parish and wanted to take this third step in the church where he serves with Father Gerard  Joy Montiague. “This is my first assignment and it’s pretty important for me,” said Urquico in an interview with the PM.

He’s always wanted to be a priest he said because he saw the priests and seminarians in Philippines and they were all smiling and seemed so happy and he wanted to be like that. He wanted to enter the seminary even before he finished high school but his mother insisted he complete high school...

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A community of Carmelite monastic sisters is being formed in Southern Saskatchewan as a way of evangelizing through the apostolate of prayer.  If you are a young woman interested in a life dedicated to prayer in the Carmelite tradition of St. Teresa of Jesus, and her foundations, (as St. Teresa says, “For the style of life we aim to follow is not just that of nuns, but of hermits”), and would like to live a monastic way of life with silence, solitude and a strong community joined by charity and the spirit and joy of the Gospels, contact us at: Monastery of the Transfiguration Phone:  306-694-0618 Email:  carmst@sasktel.net http://www.carmelitemonasticsisters.org/

Staff of Jean Vanier School

Last updated on April 5, 2016

REGINA……Jean Vanier school external appearance is little different than most schools of the Regina Catholic School Division but it’s what’s inside that makes a big difference for the children of this school and their families. There are only 28 in the current student body and, according to Principal Rolande Burant-Maher, “there are only three that we can consider verbal.”

The children have varying degrees of challenges but the staff see them first as children, children who can in some ways learn. It’s a difficult challenge but the staff wouldn’t be anywhere else. “It’s a very humbling place to work. It puts life into perspective. If I look at the challenges that our students face and how they face them with joy and with courage. They don’t get down by what life has thrown them. They’re a happy, joyful bunch and so when I go home at the end of the day I can say ‘wow I was a part of that’,” said the Principal. Burant-Maher was a teacher in the division and over the course of...

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Sister Margaret Ryan of the Precious Blood Sisters Dies
                   June 5, 1925  - March 16, 2016

It is with sadness we announce the death of Sister Margaret.  Though not well due to medical issues her death was, none-the-less, unexpected.  Sister was predeceased by her parents, Marie & Michael; Siblings Tom, Mary, Elizabeth & Michael. She is survived with many loving and caring nieces and nephews.Prior to entering the Sisters of the Precious Blood she attended Brescia College in London ON; spent a year in France studying and taught for several years. Sister entered the Monastery on August 15, 1953.  Made her profession of Vows September 8, 1956.  She held many offices but her especial love as to be the Community librarian.  Her years in Regina encompassed 1986 - 1992 and 2001 - 2016. The Wake service will be held at 7:00 pm.  in the Precious Blood Monastery on  2210 - 25 Ave. The Funeral Mass will be at St Ann’s Parish Church on  March 21, 2016 at 10:30...

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Pope Francis' letter for April 17th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. 

Dear Brothers and Sisters;

It is my great hope that, during the course of this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, all the baptized may experience the joy of belonging to the Church and rediscover that the Christian vocation, just like every particular vocation, is born from within the People of God, and is a gift of divine mercy. The Church is the house of mercy, and it is the “soil” where vocations take root, mature and bear fruit.

For this reason, on the occasion of the 53rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations, I invite all of you to reflect upon the apostolic community, and to give thanks for the role of the community in each person’s vocational journey. In the Bull of Indiction for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, I recalled the words of the venerable Saint Bede, describing the call of Saint Matthew: “Miserando atque eligendo” (Misericordiae Vultus, 8). The Lord’s merciful action...

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445 Broad St. North
S4R 2X8 Regina , Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan CA
Rev. Stephen Bill
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