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?”
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
Email: carmst [at] sasktel.net
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...
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...
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...
St. Joseph Seminary posted this message from our seminarian, Andrew Lindenbach that we thought you might enjoy: "I love people! Whether playing a board game like Dominion after night prayer or meeting someone new at church on Sunday, I simply love listening to other people’s stories and helping them when needed. In the seminary, you definitely learn to be there for others in all situations: both good and bad. However, this love of being with people is only oneaspect of a priest’s life, and I look forward to growing in the others as I continue to discern a vocation to the priesthood."
Photo of Andrew Lindenbach, Archdiocese of Regina (centre) playing Dominion with his fellow seminarians Andrew is a Propaedeutic, 2nd Year Seminarian
We are pleased to invite you all to a Eucharistic Celebration wherein our seminarian, Arpee Urquico, will publicly manifest his will to offer himself to God and to the Church, so that he may exercise a sacred order. This is the third out of five steps towards priesthood (Lector, Acolyte, Candidacy, Diaconate, and Priesthood). The ceremony will take place:
At the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at St.George's Parish, Assiniboia, SK. (Archbishop Weisgerber Presiding)
Anthony Phung was recently instituted as Lector by Bishop Gregory Bittman the Auxiliary Bishop of Edmonton at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Edmonton.
The Ministry of Lector calls the seminarian to be a servant of the Living Word of God. In proclaiming the readings at liturgy, the reader does more than simply read. Those who exercise the ministry of lector must be truly suited and carefully prepared, so that the faithful may develop a warm and living love for Sacred Scripture from listening to the sacred readings.
There are 4 steps prior to the Rite of Ordination to the priesthood that every seminarian must take. They are: 1) Rite of Candidacy; 2) Ministry of Lector; 3) Ministry of Acolyte; and 4) Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate.
Each step serves a special role for the Church, as well as for the spiritual formation of the seminarian. Anthony is currently in his 1st year of theology at St. Joseph’s seminary and has now taken one of the steps towards ordination to priesthood...
REGINA………She was born February 16, 1916 and celebrated 100 years of life well lived with friends and members of her RNDM Community, February 16, 2016 at Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home. She was a teacher for many of those years in Regina and she also has travelled the world in service to her Community. Sister Victoria Seibel RNDM (More familiarly known as the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. RNDM is the French acronym) will be remembered by many of her students as Sister Elizabeth, a math teacher in Regina Catholic Schools. She chatted with the PM between bites of cake and ice cream and related some of the events in her life. Her memory is clear.
She was born on a farm just east of Regina the middle child in a family of seven. She entered the convent in Regina in 1937 when she was 21-years-old and thus began a long vocation that now extends over 77 years. “I was in Rome for 11 years looking after the finances for the whole congregation.” She didn’t have any formal...
Sister Theresa Frey, IBVM, was a teacher for 30 years including two years in Toronto where she taught after she took her final vows as an IBVM (Institute of Blessed
Virgin Mary) Sister. That followed 28 years of teaching in various Saskatchewan communities before she took up parish work for the Regina Archdiocese as an administrator in parishes around Sedley and Marquis, Saskatchewan. Since retiring “for the third time” she settled in Regina where she has volunteered and served in Regina churches. In recognition of her varied vocation throughout her 65 years as teacher, parish administrator and volunteer, the Regina Catholic School Board, at a February 2 luncheon honoring men and women in consecrated life, presented her with a Wilf Perreault print. She had no idea she was to receive the print and was very surprised and pleased.
Frey described her vocation, in an interview with the PM, as a call from God. “I was a typical teenager. I went to dances and had boyfriends...
REGINA…….They stood up in order as the name of their community was called and were recognized by the congregation at St. Martin’s Parish. They represented all the men and women living a consecrated life in the Regina Archdiocese. It was the last celebration of the Year for Consecrated Life which ends this month.
Pope Francis last year wanted consecrated life celebrated in a special way so he declared most of 2015 and the first two months of 2016 as that special year.
The Regina Archdiocese has, for several years, recognized the men and women who live as Sisters including those in Secular Institutes, Brothers, Deacons and Priests who serve in ministries throughout the Archdiocese. The celebration rotates among Regina parishes and this year it came to St. Martin’s who used its regular 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass to honour them.
Several Sisters, carrying their slender, colourful banners, took part in the opening procession and deposited the banners, along with others,...