The Chrism Mass is an important continuation of the church, said Prince Albert Bishop Albert Thevénot in his homily at the March 15 Chrism Mass celebration. Bishop Thevénot celebrated the Mass because the Regina Archdiocese does not yet have a new Archbishop following the January death of Archbishop Daniel Bohan.
The three holy oils the Church uses in many of its ceremonies and rituals are blessed at the Chrism Mass and distributed to all parishes in the Archdiocese.
Thevénot in his homily told the story of the three oils, their purposes, uses and symbolism in the Church. He had the congregation laughing several times describing how the oils were used in the past and how some of that has changed.
The Catechumen oil used in Baptism, sad Thevénot. “We become a member of the Church and we are anointed to become a prophet. Today we have to be stronger, standing for the Truth and the Truth is Jesus Christ.”
“The oil of the sick,” said the Bishop, “used to be...
In order to mark the 5th anniversary of the war in Syria, Pax Christi International has issued a call for “Actions of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria”, with a special focus for this coming Sunday, March 20. The English, French and Spanish versions of its “Prayer for the People of Syria” are provided in the attached PDF documents. More information on the “Global Call for Actions of Solidarity and Days of Prayer and Fasting for Syria” is available on the website of Pax Christi International at http://www.paxchristi.net/. The information will also be posted on the CCCB website.
PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF SYRIA
Almighty and all powerful God,
creator of the world
We bring before you all those caught
up in the conflict in Syria.
We pray for an immediate ceasefire, for
an end to violence against all civilians.
Give humanitarian organizations the space to assist
Ukrainian Easter eggs, pysanka, are not just a colorful work of art they are full of Christian symbolism. “These designs are symbols of Christ’s Resurrection and eternal life,” said Eleanor Bernakevitch of St. Athanasius Parish who was hosting an Easter Egg workshop Saturday March 5. She gave the PM a description of the designs, their meaning and the tools required to “write” on the egg. It’s an ancient tradition, said Bernakevitch, that has been going on since about 500 A.D. According to the internet, the tradition evolved from a pagan tradition that paid tribute to the natural world. The meaning of the designs was changed over time to align with traditional Christian beliefs.
One does not “color” Easter Eggs, the designs are written on the egg using beeswax and dyes. Pysanka means to write, explained Bernakevitch.
Before dyes were available colors came from nature, “yellow came from an onion peel,” said Bernakevitch, “orange came from cheese, red from beet juice, green from spinach... Read More
It’s here and we simply have to deal with it. Physician Assisted Suicide, euthanasia, compassionate alleviation of the suffering and pain or whatever euphemism you wish to put on it, is simply killing people.
The Supreme Court gave the new Liberal government a four-month extension to get a law in place and supposedly somewhere in the bureaucratic complex that is government, someone or some group is trying to put something together. The current law against such procedures is still in force but it’s not being enforced.
All the attention has been on individuals suffering terminal illnesses but so far no one has looked at the long term effect this could have on society.
Long term care homes are full of people requiring varying degrees of care. Some are suffering terminal illnesses; some are deteriorating with dementia or Alzheimer’s, some are in what appears to be in a vegetative state (that’s a subject for a future blog) and considering all the suggestions of what...
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REGINA……..It took politicians moving out of their comfort zone and “adult conversations” to finally end the conflict in Northern Ireland said Dr. Kieran McEvoy, Professor of Law and Transitional Justice, Queens University, Belfast. McEvoy was the Nash Lecturer held February 23 in the Riffel Auditorium, Campion College, University of Regina.
The Lecture was titled Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland.
Scientists are getting closer to what appears to be their goal of playing God.
The latest comes from an article in the February 15 issue of Time Magazine that say the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority of the United Kingdon (HFEA) has given permission to a scientist to begin experimenting genome editing on human embryos DNA using a new editing tool that is simple, easy to use and effective. The tool is called CRISPR-Cas9 and allows the user to find and correct mutations that can lead to deadly diseases.
Genome editing has been done successfully on animals and there are reports that Chinese scientists have done some editing using human embryos. Some scientists have called for a moratorium on DNA editing in human embryos but others say if successful it could be a “medical Miracle” that could cure all manner of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Cancer. That’s all well and good but it could also be used to edit out factors that effect quality of life or even design...
The siege of Aleppo, has been going on since 2012. There are so many factions involved in the fighting it’s difficult to name them. Alliances change depending on who is ahead in the battle but the bottom line is that hundreds of thousands of people have left the once prosperous and World Heritage City and hundreds of thousands more are said to be trapped inside and starving. It’s been called by some a modern day Stalingrad calling to mind the siege of that Russian city during WWII in which thousands died of starvation.
International aid groups have tried to get into the city with supplies to alleviate the suffering and every once in a while there is an announcement that an agreement has been reached to allow convoys into the city but the agreements mean little as the various factions fighting each other haven’t sopped killing each other.
It’s a siege. The city is surrounded. Apparently some people can get out, it’s one of the causes of the Syrian refugee crisis, while...