Rylan Bellegarde, Richelle Lee Asapace and Tyra Lee Bellegarde from Regina and Black Bear, wear their traditional dress when they recieved the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation in June
Archbishop celebrates Confirmation
File Hills Confirmation
Thank you to Sister Bernadette Feist for sending these pictures from Mary Immaculate Parish in File Hills. The second picture is Archbishop Daniel Bohan and Father Louis Kim with the 11 Confirmation and First Eucharist candidates taken April 12, 2015. The bottom picture was taken on Holy Saturday when Father John Meehan S.J. Baptised four and gave the sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist to 5 more. The people were called together with a drum song by Jason Agecoutay and Robert Bellegarde performed a smudge ceremony of the altar. Bibles were given to the families but the best gift one Confirmand said was "We saw our church, many churches, deaneries, histories, past and now... we belong."
Immaculate Mary in Cree
We, the people involved in Regina Archdiocesan Native Ministry, will work in a co-operative effort through the Circle of ministers and the Circle of Elders to:
More effectively serve the First Nations people.
Jointly explore and determine pastoral approaches of Native Ministry.
Jointly take responsibility for adequate church building and gathering places for ministry.
Assist Native peoples in becoming more responsible for ministering in their respective regions..
On October 21. 2012, we celebrated the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. as SAINT Kateri. To commemorate this wonderful event and to be more closely connected to this happening in our Church, we have decided to acknowledge others who have been a great part of ministering to First Nations people. To download the French text of the bilingual homily by Bishop Lionel Gendron at Mass of Thanksgiving for the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha click here
One of those people is Fr. Jean-Marie Lacasse omi, who has served in the Perigord region for over four decades. and became closely and personally connected to the Lestock and area Native Ministry, as well as the Valley Native Ministry Program. A Certificate of Special Recognition from the Regina Archdiocese was presented to Father Lacasse, by Dorothy Sentes from Lestock. (on behalf of Father Wojciech Wojtkowiak O.M.I. and Sister Bernadette Feist OSU on Sunday May 27, 2012 in Perigod Sask.
Sister Gemma Staudt O.S.U. was also recognized. She served as a Missionary with the Carry The Kettle First Nation and area for many years. Even though she is retired, her ministry hasn’t ended as she continues to visit, mentor, listen, and pray.
Ecclesiastes tells us there is a time to plant - to sow - to reap, This is the time to be grateful for their dedicated and generous service to the First Nations people over the years.
Just a reminder that this Wednesday April 27th, is our monthly potluck and sharing circle. We are back at St. Mary's Anglican (corner of Montague and 15th ave). We'll begin around 5:30 for supper followed by circle. People are encouraged to bring their own dishes (plate, bowl, cup, utensils etc) but no worries if you forget as we can use the church's dishes.Read More
Version of Catholic Response to Document of Discovery and TN:
To download the English version click here
To download the French version click here
Catholic Response Call to Action:
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Each year our Archdiocese commissions a unique quilt design to be donated to Catholic Missions in Canada. This year’s completed quilt arrived today. Created by Elizabeth Yuzicappi-Cote of the Cote First Nation its beautiful, bright design really lit up our day.
Please find attached the English and French versions of the 2015 Message for the Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. It was agreed some years ago by the Permanent Council that this day of prayer be celebrated on December 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. This year, the members of the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council wish to provide a reflection on the commonalities between Catholicism and traditional indigenous spirituality. The original text of the message was drafted and approved by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council, as well as reviewed by our Executive Committee in accordance with its earlier agreement with the Aboriginal Council.Read More
Catholicism and Traditional Indigenous Spirituality – A Reflection on Commonalities
The National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples has been celebrated on December 12 since 2002. The following reflection by the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council identifies areas of commonality found in Traditional Aboriginal spirituality and the Catholic faith, seeking to point out bridges for mutual understanding. These will hopefully lead to a deeper respect and appreciation among all Catholics toward traditional Indigenous spirituality, and at the same time show how Aboriginal Catholics see a relationship between their Catholic faith and their cultural and personal identity.Read More
It’s the first time Anglican and Roman Catholic groups have come together to talk about Aboriginal Ministry.
About 30 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people attended what was called Signs of Hope: Conversations on First Nations Ministry, October 17, at St. Paul Cathedral’s Community Centre here. It was organized under the auspices of the Anglican Roman Catholic Covenant Implementation Committee and is one of the goals and activities that are part of the Covenant signed between the Archdiocese of Regina and the Diocese of Qu’Appelle in 2011. Read More
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) was represented at a recent meeting organized by the Holy See on mining activities. The two CCCB representatives were Dr. Ernest Martin Kroeker from the Diocese of Kamloops, on behalf of the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation community near Williams Lake, B.C., and Mr. Kyle Ferguson, CCCB advisor for ecclesial and interfaith relations who also assists the Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council. The meeting, held this past July 17-19 in Rome, concerned communities from across the globe which are affected by mining activities. It was organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.
Following its meeting of June 10-11, 2015, the Permanent Council of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has issued an initial response to the summary report and Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its summary report and Calls to Action this past June 2.Read More
Immediately following the presentation of the summary report by Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), on June 2, 2015, the Most Reverend Gerard Pettipas, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan and President of the corporation of Catholic Entities party to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement (CEPIRSS), released a statement. CEPIRSS represents 17 dioceses and 37 religious institutes involved in managing and helping to operate the former Indian Residential Schools which were under the jurisdiction of the Government of Canada.Read More