"Be still and know that I am God..." Psalm 46, 10
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 19, 2014
*NEW* 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.
*NEW* Canada’s New Anti-Spam Legislation (C-28)
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To view Archbishop LeGatt’s schedule for the month of July-August, click here.
Diocesan Directory Updates
All parishes and various diocesan committees are asked to review the information in the Diocesan Directory; the last edition was sent to you January 31st 2014. Please review the parish information, mass times (week and weekend masses); pastor information etc. and submit any changes to email@example.com
Listening to God with Children: Preparing Ourselves, Our Spaces and Our Communities – Friday, October 17 – Saturday, October 18, 2014.
This conference, which will be held, October 17 and 18, 2014 (Friday evening and Saturday all day) is for catechists, teachers, parents, priests, and anyone else who interacts with children. It is being offered by the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Association of Canada and has the endorsement of the Archdioceses of Winnipeg and St. Boniface, as well as the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land. Location: St. Charles Parish, 320 St. Charles St. Winnipeg. For more information and registration: www.cgsac.ca. or contact Catechesis.Canada@gmail.com, Heather Lampman, 204-478-1915. View poster.
Marriage, Family & Respect for Life
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. View poster. View registration form.
When all else fails, WAIT. When things aren’t going well in your marriage – and there are bound to be those days – give it time. Sometimes we need to just have some time alone, cool off, sleep on it and then come back with more positive feelings.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
*NEW* 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 email@example.com. For additional inquires: Paula Granger at 204-791-5719. To view the job description, click here.
The Catholic Outreach Team – Applications for the 2014-2015 Team
The Catholic Outreach Team (based out of St. Malo, Manitoba) is currently accepting applications for the 2014-2015 Team! 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NEW* 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.
*NEW* “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* 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.
13th Annual Marian Eucharistic Conference – August 22, 23 & 24, 2014
Discover the relevance of faith in today’s world and experience a renewed love for the Catholic church. Conference speakers include various priests who are renowned speakers. This conference will be held Friday, August 22 – Sunday, August 24, Fairmont Hotel, 2 Lombard Place, Winnipeg MB. Registration is advised. For more information, click here.
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 email@example.com. View poster.
*NEW* 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.
*NEW* ‘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.
Development & Peace (D & P)
*NEW* D & P participates in the fight against Ebola
News from the CCCB
(Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
*NEW* CCCB and Canadian Dioceses Respond to Middle East Crises
Following the appeal by Pope Francis on August 7, 2014, and his Angelus message of July 20, the Holy See's Secretariat of State has transmitted an urgent message to the world's Catholic Bishops. Read more.
*NEW* A Church in Dialogue – Catholic Ecumenical Commitment
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio (1964-2014), the CCCB, through its Episcopal Commission for Christian Unity, Religious Relations with the Jews and Interfaith Dialogue, has published a new popular resource, "A Church in Dialogue, Catholic Ecumenical Commitment". This new CCCB resource is intended for parishes, colleges and high schools as well as discussion groups. It provides introductory information about the Catholic Church's commitment to and involvement in ecumenism since the Second Vatican Council. The resource defines key terms and definitions which will assist those exploring ecumenism for the first time. Read more...
Monthly Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis
*NEW* Pope’s Prayer Intentions for August
Universal: Refugees: That refugees, forced by violence to abandon their homes, may find a generous welcome and the protection of their rights.
For Evangelization: Oceania - That Christians in Oceania may joyfully announce the faith to all the people of that region.
Stewardship Reflection: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time - August 24, 2014
“Or who has given the Lord anything that he may be repaid?” Romans 11:35
St. Paul reminds us of a central fact of stewardship. We cannot give the Lord anything, because God already owns it all. God made everything. All that we can do is return a portion of God’s many gifts back to Him. Sincere gratitude for our gifts opens our hearts to joyful generosity!
We invite you to visit the French site of the Weekly News Bulletin:
Nouvelles hebdomadaires: http://www.archsaintboniface.ca/index.html?lang=fr
for announcements and activities that appear only in French.
Notice for publication of parish news:
Parishes who wish to have announcements of events published
in the Weekly News Bulletin are asked to submit them to the Communications Office by Monday at 4:00 p.m. Please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Renewal of Our Parishes
Letter From Our Archbishop
Catechetics - Overview of the New Diocesan Policy
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Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Development & Peace
Diocesan Protocol for the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults
Social Pastoral Mission - Associated Services
Evangelization - Associated Ministries
New Vision - Our Diocesan Bulletin
Pope Francis & Vatican - Latest News
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