Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3, 5-6
Archdiocese of Saint Boniface
We are the people of God, the Body of Christ, and the Temple of the Holy Spirit of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface. We live and share the threefold mission of Christ, the Priest, the Prophet, and the Shepherd-King. This is our committment to live and celebrate our call to holiness, to evangelize, and to build a community in God's image, grounded in love, justice, peace and reconciliation.
Assignments of Priests for the Current Year
By decision of Archbishop Albert LeGatt, D.D., after consultation with the College of Consultors, following are the assignments for the current year. Unless otherwise agreed upon with those concerned, these appointments will be effective August 1st , 2014. Click here to view the assignments.
Our Parish Stories
Welcome to Our Parish Stories. This feature of our website is meant for us to share the ways in which we live out our Catholic faith through various activities, events, experiences and celebrations. Here we’ll get to know, inspire, heal and encourage one another. May we continue to grow in unity as a family of faith, through the giving and receiving of our parish stories. For more information, contact: email@example.com
Vacation Bible Camp - 'Camping in God's Creation'
Winnipeg River Deanery
''Hear ye! Hear ye! Dost thou hear the trumpets blaze the song of our Sovereign King? Listen as the sounds of the kingdom ring out in joyous praise!
Once again, in this year of 2014, all children are invited to the King’s Court to join in the festivities. We shall feast within the glorious halls and play within the castle courtyard. This shall be the sixth recurrence of our parish’s weeklong summer camp. Come join in the merry-making as the storytellers recount the tales of Bible, listen to the promises made by our Lord God, our King, and sing praises to his glorious reign...
Recent News and Events
Weekly News Bulletin - August 26, 2014
*NEW* Archbishop’s Schedule
To view Archbishop LeGatt’s schedule for the month of September, click here.
How can we respond to the situation in the Middle East?
All of us, together with Pope Francis, are following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Iraq, Gaza and Syria. Defenseless populations, including our Christian brothers and sisters, flee from their homes, in urgent need of protection, food, shelter and medical assistance. In solidarity with their sufferings, and in communion with the whole Church, let us, in the words of the Holy Father, “raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace" to the Middle East. The parishes and faithful of our diocese are invited to: pray unceasingly for peace; participate in a related event; donate to those agencies that provide funds for help to victims. In response to needs for emergency assistance and reconstruction in the Middle East, three Canadian Catholic agencies are collecting funds for the suffering people of Iraq, Gaza and Syria: the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace (CCODP), CNEWA Canada, and Aid to the Church in Need. To read a summary of the activities and projects of these agencies, click here. For more suggestions about how you can respond to the situation in the Middle East, click here. Read more.
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Marriage, Family & Respect for Life
*NEW* Mass for Widows and Widowers – Sunday, September 28, 2014
A mass for widows and widowers will be held on Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 PM, at the Saint Boniface Cathedral. Archbishop LeGatt will preside and offer a special blessing for this stage of life. A reception will follow. Family and friends are welcome! No registration is required. For more information, please contact the Service of Marriage, Family and Life: 204-594-0274 / firstname.lastname@example.org. View poster.
*NEW* Separated - Widowed – Divorced: Next Session – Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Beginning Experience (BE) is a non-profit, peer support grief resolution program helping single-again persons deal with the natural grief process and offers an opportunity for turning pain from loss into an experience of positive growth. The next 10 week session starts Wednesday, September 10th. For more information: 204-275-3090 or visit www.BeginningExperienceWinnipeg.ca
Save the Date! Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration – Sunday, October 26, 2014
Are you celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary this year (5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years or more)? Sign up to take part in the annual diocesan wedding anniversary celebration. A celebratory Mass presided by Archbishop LeGatt will be held at the Saint Boniface Cathedral, Sunday, October 26, 3:00 PM. Couples will be invited to renew their marriage vows and to receive a special blessing. A reception will follow. All participating couples receive a certificate of commendation. For more information or to register: Sophie Freynet-Agossa, Coordinator of the Service of Marriage, Family and Life at the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface: 204-594-0274 or email@example.com. View poster. View registration form.
Did you know that physiologically it takes 20 minutes to calm down after getting upset? Time outs give you and your spouse a chance to “re-set” and be your true, better selves. Take time to do something calming: pray, breathe deeply, walk. Stepping away can be an act of love.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
*NEW* Employment Opportunity: Full Time Youth Ministry Coordinator, St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Red Deer, Alberta
Please send resumes and cover letter for the full time position of Parish Youth Ministry Coordinator to: St. Mary’s Church, 6 McMillan Avenue, Red Deer, AB T4N 5V8 with Attention: St. Mary’s Youth Ministry. Submissions may also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax to 403-346-5115.Deadline for receipt of applications is: Friday, September 12, 2014. To view job description, click here.
The Catholic Outreach Team: Applications for the 2014-2015 Team – Sign up NOW!!!
Sign up NOW for the Catholic Outreach Team (based out of St. Malo, Manitoba) because classes will begin Monday, September 8th. This team consists of 5-7 young adults aged 18-30, who live in community from September until June. Throughout the year the team receives formation and training in the Catholic faith, and in various areas of ministry. The team is exposed to a variety of outreach opportunities, such as: spending time at the Manitoba Juvenile Detention Centre, working with people with intellectual disabilities, putting on youth retreats in Catholic schools and parishes, and visiting residents at nearby retirement homes. Although the team operates primarily in English, if there are enough francophones on team, the team will work with local French parishes and youth. If you know of any young adults who might be interested in this program, have them call or e-mail our Outreach Coordinator, Amber: 204-791-8251, email@example.com.
Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Parish: Employment Opportunity – Pastoral Youth Ministry Coordinator
This position is for a part time French Youth Ministry Coordinator who will work alongside with the English Youth Coordinator. Applicants must be bilingual. Interested candidates may email their resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional inquires: Paula Granger at 204-791-5719. To view the job description, click here.
Adult Faith Formation
*NEW* Association for Canadian Catholic Adult Formation: Annual Conference (Charlottetown PEI) – September 29 to October 2, 2014
Theme of the conference: ‘Formation for the Mission of the Church Today’, 238 Grafton St., Charlottetown, PEI. Registration deadline: Monday, September 15th. View pamphlet.
*NEW* ‘Illuminate’: Evening of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Friday, September 19, 2014
All are invited to participate in a dynamic evening of adoration, praise & worship, and fellowship on Friday, September 19 at 7:30 PM, St. Theresa Parish, 3597 Main St., Winnipeg. For more information, view poster.
*NEW* Spirit Night: The New Evangelization – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Join us for an evening of prayer and teaching, Saturday, September 27, Ste. 330, 601 Aulneau St. Winnipeg; 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For more information, contact the Spirit Night Committee: Fr. John Kracher, St. Thérèse Bilodeau or Dirk Schmid: email@example.com
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (English Sector)
The National Liturgy Office (English Sector) and CCCB Publications have revised the CCCB English-language prayer card to assist Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion when bringing Communion to the sick and to shut-ins. The revision incorporates the changes to the responses in accordance with the third edition of the Roman Missal as approved for use in Canada. The card is printed on both sides, with the rubrics in red and the Extraordinary Minister’s parts in boldface. The order code is 182-419; the price is $2.00 each for one to nine copies; and $1.60 each for 10 or more copies. For more information or to order, click here.
“2015 Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word” - Now Available
To purchase the 2015 Canadian Edition from the CCCB, click here.
National Liturgy Conference: ‘In Joy and Sorrow: Catholic Weddings and Funerals as Moments of Evangelization’ - Monday & Tuesday, October 27-28, 2014
This conference will be held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Monday & Tuesday, October 27-28, 2014. Priests, deacons, liturgy committee members, music ministers, bereavement teams, pastoral councils, couples considering marriage, all interested parishioners are invited. $20 for registration. For more information: National Liturgy Office. View poster.
*NEW* Parish Fall Suppers 2014
La Broquerie: Saint-Joachim Parish: Sunday, September 7, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the arena. Cost: 13 years and over - $12; 5-12 years - $5; 4 years and under – free.
Saint Claude Parish: Sunday, September 14, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, St. Claude Recreation Centre. Adults - $12; 6 to 12 years - $5; 5 years and under - free. Contact person: Lucille Chappellaz at 204-379-2339.
Sainte-Agathe Parish: Sunday, October 5, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Cultural Centre. Adults - $13; 5 to12 years -$6; 4 years and under – free.
Nurturing the Resiliency of the Human Spirit: ‘Freedom in Forgiveness’ – Thursday, September 18, 2014 and Half-Day Workshop, Friday, September 19.
This thought provoking and emotional workshop will be held on Thursday, September 18, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM, Saint Boniface Cathedral, 190, Cathedral Avenue. Tickets: $25/adult, $15/student. Half-day workshop: $75/ticket; Friday, September 19, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in the lower level of the Saint Boniface Cathedral. In 2008, Amanda Lindhout was kidnapped and held captive for 460 days in Somalia while researching a story on the effects of war,drought and famine on the people of Somalia. In her talk, Amanda reveals how her journey ultimately led her to discover that as long as she retained her ability to feel compassion, her humanity could never be taken from her. During her weakest moments, she found the opportunity to experience her greatest power: the power to forgive. Amanda’s story is a celebration of resilience and survival - an illustration of the remarkable strength of the human spirit. For keynote ticket purchases, workshop registration and information: 204-925-2320 ext 108 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. View poster.
Catholic Connections in Restorative Justice (CCinRJ) Network: "The healing WORD restoring wounded lives."
To be in ministry to those touched by crime includes victims, offenders, their families and the community. When a crime is committed there are many seen and unseen impacts and this conference will explore questions about forgiveness and reconciliation. The conference will be held from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, September 21 at the Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, 500 Beau-Pré Blvd., Beaupré, Québec.The Honourable Steven Point, the Former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and from 1975 to 1999, the Chief of the Skowkale First Nation, will speak about the important Christian values of forgiveness and reconciliation. To read more about the Honourable Steven Point, click here.To register for the conference or to view the agenda, click here.
Exercise to Music, Have Fun! Modern Square Dance - as of Thursday, September 4, 2014
Meet new people at the Modern Square Dance every Thursday evening from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. Start date is September 4, at the Norwood Legion, 134 Marion St., (St.Boniface). Couples and singles are welcome! September evenings are free for all beginners. For more information: 204-255-5200 or 204-256-5328. View poster.
‘Healthy Together Now’ – Grants Available
Let’s make St. Boniface healthier! “Healthy Together Now” aims to support the community in reducing chronic disease through active living, healthy eating, mental well-being, and smoke-free living. Grants are available to help your group or organization plan community-based activities that target residents of St. Boniface. Requests for funding of up to $3,000 for the St. Boniface area must be submitted by October 15, 2014. It is recommended that you seek council from the Community Development Facilitator for the St. Boniface area (Georgette Dupuis) before planning and finalizing your submission for added information and resources. For more information: 204-953-2255.
News from the CCCB
(Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
The Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau and President of the CCCB, has conveyed to Pope Francis the condolences and prayers of all the Bishops of Canada following the tragic death of three members of his family in a traffic accident in Argentina. Mrs. Valeria Carmona, wife of the Pope's nephew Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, and their two young sons, José and Antonio, were both killed. The Holy Father's 38-year-old nephew (the son of the Pope's late brother Alberto) is currently in critical condition in hospital. Link to the letter of Archbishop Durocher.
Monthly Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis
*NEW* Pope’s Prayer Intentions for September
Universal: That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
For Evangelization: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.
Stewardship Reflection: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 31, 2014
“What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?” Matthew 16:26
St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Remember, you are what you are in the eyes of God, and nothing else.” We often forget this stewardship wisdom when we spend all of our time, talent and treasure to gain more of the world’s riches. We need to set our priorities based on God’s values and not the values of the material world.
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for announcements and activities that appear only in French.
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