"Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, the Word of God stands for ever." Isaiah 40:8
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.
Our Parish Stories - Treasures to Share
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
New stories forthcoming...
Recent News and Events
Weekly News Bulletin - September 16, 2014
*NEW* Fall Session on the Future of Parishes: INFORMATION
An information and training session on the future of our parishes was held on May 28th, 2014 at Saint Boniface Cathedral. The Pastoral Centre will offer the same session on a Saturday for those who were not able to attend. Please note: The session that was initially planned for Saturday, September 27th will be rescheduled at a later date when a new translation system will be in place. More information and a new date will be forthcoming.
*NEW* Events Calendar – Diocesan Website
Come and discover the numerous diocesan and parish activities which are posted in the diocesan calendar of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface web site. To explore the dynamic life of our diocese, click here.
National Collection for the Needs of the Catholic Church in Canada - Sunday, September 28, 2014
All parishes are encouraged to publish the following text in their parish bulletins the Sunday before the collection (therefore, on September 21): Needs of the Church in Canada . Each year the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is asked to speak out, give leadership, and provide guidelines on a wide variety of topics. In order for our Bishops to be able to make sound judgments on modern topics, they must have the benefit of research and expert advice. Research and gathering information require staff, time, and money. Through the yearly Bishops’ collection for the needs of the Church in Canada, an appeal is made to all Catholics to be generous in supporting the work of their Bishops at the Conference level. Most dioceses have the collection at this time, but an individual diocese may choose another date. We are also asked to pray for the work of the Bishops and to participate in and cooperate with the various projects of the CCCB. An appropriate intercession may be added to the Prayer of the Faithful to pray for the Church in Canada and for the Conference of Bishops.
“Finding God”: Fall Formation for Catechists - September 18, 20, 23, 2014
These September sessions, which are a collaborative effort from the Service of Catechetics of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface and Winnipeg, will help you get to the heart of knowing what we believe and assist you in joyfully sharing those beliefs with others. Choice of dates: Part 1-Thursday, September18, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM or Saturday, September 20, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM; Part 2-Saturday, September, 20: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or Tuesday, September 23, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Sessions held at: Pastoral Centre, 622B Taché Avenue, Winnipeg (brown doors, upstairs). Please bring your Finding God Catechist Manual. Register today (there is no fee, but registration is preferred to prepare accordingly) by phone 204 594-0273 or email or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marriage, Family & Respect for Life
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 / email@example.com. View poster.
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.
Are your grown children starting to think about marriage? Pray that God will lead them to the right person. Encourage them to pray, too.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry
World Youth Day (WYD) 2016, Krakow, Poland: Information session – September 24th, 2014
The Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface will be sending a delegation to WYD 2016 in Krakow, Poland. This pilgrimage will be done jointly with the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. An information session will be held on Wednesday, September 24 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St. Edward the Confessor Church, 836 Arlington Street. All who are giving serious consideration to be a delegate on this pilgrimage are invited to attend this session. Please register for this session by September 5. For more information or to register: Mireille Grenier, Diocesan Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface: 204-594-0278 or email@example.com. Click here, to read more.
Parish Survey for Liturgy Resources and Formation
The Diocesan Committee for Formation in Liturgy in English is sending a survey to all parishes in an effort to find out what topics and types of resources parishes are interested in having in order to enhance their liturgical celebrations. Each parish that celebrates liturgies in English has recently received an email communication containing three documents: 1) a letter from Archbishop LeGatt, 2) instructions for filling out the survey, and 3) the actual survey itself. These documents can also be found on the diocesan website. By identifying what parishes need, and prefer, in terms of formation delivery and resources, the committee can direct its work to best develop and deliver the materials you want. Survey responses are requested by November 1, 2014.
‘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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org To view the 2014-2015 schedule, click here.
*NEW* Parish Fall Suppers 2014
Somerset : Notre-Dame-de-la-Nativité Parish: Sunday, September 21, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Community Centre; Adults - $12; 6 to 12 years - $5; 5 years and under - free.
Saint-Léon Parish: Sunday, September 28, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Community Centre; Adults - $12; 6 to 12 years - $5; 5 years and under - free.
Carman: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish: Sunday, September 28, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Community Hall; Adults - $12; 6 to 12 years - $6; 5 years and under - free.
Saint Emile Parish: Sunday, October 5, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM, St. Emile Hall; Adults - $15; 6-13 years - $7; 5 years and under – free. 556 St. Mary’s Rd., Winnipeg;
***Sainte-Anne-de-Chênes Parish: Sunday, October 5, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Ste Anne Collegiate gymnasium; Adults - $12; 6-12 years, $6; 5 years and under – free.
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.
Haywood : St. Denis Parish : Sunday, October 19, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Haywood Community Hall. Adults - $12; 6 to 12 years - $5; 5 years and under – free.
St. Alphonsus Church 100th Anniversary Social (Young Adults Dance) – Friday, October 10, 2014
This 100th Anniversary Social (Young Adults Dance) will be held on Friday, October 10, 9:00 PM in the St. Alphonsus School Gym, 343 Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg; music provided by DJ Gordo; 5$/ticket which are available at the parish office or by contacting Ambrose Cox at 204-612-9108; tickets will not be sold at the door. Please bring photo ID. Donations for raffle prizes are welcome and may be left at the parish office. Praise & Worship will be celebrated at 5.30 PM in the church. View poster.
*NEW* Being a Real Catholic Man, Being a Real Catholic Woman – Saturday and Sunday, October 18-19, 2014
This weekend conference, with guest speaker Raymond de Souza, will take place Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19 at the Saint-Malo Catholic Church in Saint-Malo, MB; 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM both days. There will also be a viewing of the film: A Man for all Seasons, on both days. $30/person includes meals (dinner and supper). For more details, view poster.
*NEW* Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions – Online
Living Faith provides brief daily Catholic devotions based on one of the Mass readings of the day. Published new each quarter, these reflections are written by women and men from a variety of backgrounds – lay people as well as clergy and religious. To view, click here people
Compassion Games – September 11 – 21, 2014
Compassion Games are a worldwide initiative to inspire positive change through individual and group compassionate actions and will take place from September 11-21st! Individuals and teams are encouraged to “cooperate to compete” and “out-give” each other by performing random acts of kindness and getting involved in worthy community projects. Visit the Games website: http://compassiongames.org to registeryourself, your parish, your business or organization.
A Walk for Peace and Community – Sunday, September 21, 2014
This event, which wraps up ‘Peace Days – A Festival of Peace and Compassion’, will take place within the Saint-Boniface Cathedral ruins at 11:00 AM on Sunday, September 21st. Attendees are invited to participate in a procession at 11:30 AM from the Cathedral to the Forks to celebrate the ‘UN International Day of Peace’ at noon followed by the ‘Rights Fest’ formal program to celebrate the official opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Click here to view the full list of events during Peace Days.
St. Mary’s Academy Alumnae Homecoming Weekend – Sunday, September 28, 2014
The annual ‘Alumnae Homecoming Mass and Tea’ will be held at St. Mary’s Academy, 550 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg on Sunday, September 28. Schedule: a very brief Alumnae Association Annual General Meeting at 11:00 AM in Alumnae Hall; followed by Mass and then ‘Tea’ in the cafeteria. Memorabilia will be available for purchase as well as a terrific silent auction. For more information: 204-478-6048 or www.stmarysacademy.mb.ca
Chemin Neuf Community Discipleship Series: ‘The Making of a Disciple’ – Thursday evenings as of October 9, 2014
A recent survey showed that only 5% of Catholics could be called disciples of Jesus. Other churches (even “evangelicals”) show similar results. How does one become a disciple of Jesus? This series will explore this question using Scripture and prayer: 4 Thursday evenings, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20; 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, at the St. Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles St., Winnipeg. Please register for all four sessions. Call or email to register: StCharlesRetreat@hotmail.com, 885-2260. Free will donation.
Monthly Prayer Group at Chemin Neuf Community – 2nd Tuesday of each month, as of October 14, 2014
The Chemin Neuf Community will hold a monthly prayer group this Fall – the 2nd Tuesday of each month at St. Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles St.: October 14, November 11, December 9 at 7:00 PM. The group is open to everyone (no need to register) and includes praise and worship, listening to the Holy Spirit, a short teaching or testimony, and prayer for one another. For more information: 204-885-2260.
News from the CCCB
(Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)
*NEW* Bishops of Canada Reflect on the Synod on the Family and Launch a New Lectionary
Stewardship Reflection: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time - September 21, 2014
“So the last will be first and the first last” Matthew 20:16
You’ve heard the saying “it’s not where you start but how you finish.” This certainly applies to this Bible passage. We have a responsibility not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others as well. We are called to generously share our gifts with others, not hoard them for our own use. Through our gratitude and generosity, we help each other get to Heaven!
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: email@example.com
Archbishop LeGatt's Welcome Message
Renewal of Our Parishes
Letter From Our Archbishop
Catechetics - Overview of the New Diocesan Policy
Marriage, Family & Life
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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