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 Mass to celebrate the lives of men and women living a consecrated life in the Regina Archdiocese was held in Regina’s Holy Rosary Cathedral, February 12. The event was organized by Reverend Timothy Scott, Executive Director of the Canadian Religious Conference from Montreal. On the surface, that may look a little unusual but, “It’s a pretty typical thing that we organize these types of activities right across the county,” said Reverend Scott, speaking with the Prairie Messenger. “And, I rather thought that with the installation of Archbishop Bolen, it was an appropriate to time to have a meeting involving him and the religious-consecrated men and women of the diocese.”
Most of those attending were Sisters - members of a community of religious women. Father Scott explained there is some confusion in the terminology that describes who are living a consecrated life. “The original term was religious life and the root of the word ‘religious’ is Latin for rule, so only those...
A few years ago Anastasia Winterhalt and Anthony McCarthy’s marriage was at a breaking point. “I didn’t think I could possibly fix what was broken,” says Winterhalt. “We had no communication, I was ready to divorce my husband.” Winterhalt thought all was lost, that’s when her mother suggested she try Retrouvaille.
Lack of communication, resentment, fighting and living separate lives while married are just some of the common factors responsible for the breakdown of many marriages. The reasons are as varied as the couples that take part.
Retrouvaille has Catholic roots but the program is for everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, wanting a stronger marriage. It is based on an intensive weekend-long experience followed by 6 follow up sessions. The main emphasis of the program is on communication and rebuilding relationships.
McCarthy says Retrouvaille gave him a new language. “I was never much of a talker, especially when it came to the hard stuff. The...
On Sunday, January 8th, the parishioners of St. Jerome Church, Regina Beach and St. Peter’s Church of Lumsden, hosted a celebration for Father Lucas Gaspar’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood. Mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s Church, Lumsden, and at St. Jerome Church, Regina Beach with His Grace, Archbishop Donald Bolen and Vicar General, Very Reverend Father Lorne Crozon and Father Gaspar Lucas officiating. The childrens’ choir of St. Jerome welcomed His Grace, Archbishop Donald Bolen, Very Rev. Father Crozon and Father Gaspar with the entrance song “Every Move I Make.” St. Jerome music ministry was conducted by choir leader, Lynette Gaetz.
Approximately, 130 people attended the luncheon following Mass, that was held at the South Shore Recreation Centre, Regina Beach and was provided by St. Peter’s and St. Jerome Churches. His Grace, Archbishop Donald Bolen gave the Blessing and a delicious luncheon was served by the United Church ladies of Regina Beach. ...
February 2nd is the day established by Pope Francis to annually recognize and celebrate the lives of consecrated men and women and the work they do in their communities. For the sixth year in a row, the Regina Catholic School Division hosted a luncheon for those serving in the Regina area.
“We are so grateful for all that you do in helping us do what we do” said Board Chair Donna Ziegler to about 30 guests who attended the luncheon held in the Catholic Education Centre, headquarters for the Regina Catholic School Division. “In this room, there are thousands of years of living out the Gospel,” said Ziegler referring to the many religious communities represented at the luncheon. Religious communities have a history on the prairies for establishing the first schools and health care facilities in Saskatchewan, and some members continue to teach in the Regina Catholic School Division while others serve in capacities such as teaching religion and providing and leading retreats...
“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...
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)
IS MY FAMILY A “SCHOOL OF MERCY”?
THE NATIONAL WEEK FOR LIFE AND THE FAMILY
8-15 MAY 2016
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,...
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...