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February 14, 2017

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Archdiocesan News

*NEW* Diocesan Social Justice Awareness Day- Saturday, March 4, 2017

The ‘Social Justice Awareness Day’: 'Whatsoever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me' (Matthew 25, 40) will take place on Saturday, March 4, 10 AM – 3 PM, at Christ the King Parish Hall, 847 St. Mary's Rd., Winnipeg. Lunch will be provided. This day is not only for Parish Pastoral Council members but for everyone who is interested in learning more about  the different kinds of volunteer opportunities and how to serve as a brother or sister in Christ to those in need. The day will consist of guest presentations from Winnipeg's core programs for prison ministry, refugee programs, and youth support programs. To confirm attendance: secretariat@archsaintboniface.ca. For more information: Louis Balcaen, ljbalcaen@gmail.com; Gayle Hansen, chinahansens@hotmail.com.

Marriage, Family & Life

*NEW* Marriage Tip

Today, make a list of things you love about each member of your family and share it with them.

*NEW* SERENA  Natural Family Planning Class – March 6 & May 8, 2017

SERENA teaches a comprehensive two hour class on the Sympto-Thermal Method, a scientifically based, highly effective method of Natural Family Planning.  The next two class dates are Monday, March 6, 2017, and Monday, May 8, 2017, both starting at 7 PM.  Classes are held at the Misericordia Health Centre, 99 Cornish Avenue, Winnipeg.  For more information: 204-783-0091, mbserena@gmail.com  or www.serenamb.com. View poster.  

*NEW* Christ Our Saviour Parish, Steinbach: Marriage Preparation Seminar – Friday, March 24 & Saturday, March 25, 2017

Are you planning to get married, in the near future, in the Catholic Church? One crucial step is to attend a pre-Cana or Marriage Preparation Seminar. This seminar will be offered by Christ Our Saviour Parish, 365 Loewen Blvd., Steinbach, MB on Friday, March 24, 7 PM – 10PM and Saturday, March 25, 9 AM – 5 PM. To register: Fr. Gerry Sembrano, 204-951-9900 or parish office, 204-326-3411.

 Vocations

*NEW* 'Come and See' Day of Discernment (for men ages 16 & older) - Saturday, March 4, 2017

Are you thinking God might be calling you to a priestly vocation? Do you want to learn and know more about seminary and the life of a priest? On Saturday, March 4, 9 AM – 3 PM at the Archbishop’s Residence, 151 avenue de la Cathédrale, the Diocesan Office of Vocations will be hosting a Day of Discernment for men ages 16 and older. For more information: Diocesan Vocations Director Fr. Kevin Bettens, 204-261-1579, kevinbettens@hotmail.com. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Stboniface1.

Ecumenism

*NEW* World Day of Prayer: Multi-denominational Prayer Service – Friday March 3, 2017

A prayer service for the World Day of Prayer will be held on Friday, March 1, 2017 at 7 PM, Windsor Park United Church, 1062 Autumnwood Drive, Winnipeg. The service, prepared by women from the Philippines, will be on the theme: “Am I Being Unfair To You?”. Welcome to all denominations. Invite family and friends to join in solidarity. Refreshments will follow including treats from the Philippines.  View poster.

Catholic Schools

*NEW* St. Joseph the Worker School: ‘Fundraising Fair with Flare’ – Saturday, February 18, 2017

All are welcome to the St. Joseph the Worker School Fundraiser which will be held on Saturday, February 18, 10 AM - 3 PM, St. Joseph the Worker Parish Hall, 505 Brewster St., Winnipeg. There will be a Bake Sale (donations of baked goods should be brought to the hall Saturday, February 18 at 8:30 AM); Silent Auction; various vendors (Tupperware, Epicure, Sweet Legs, 31 and more). Proceeds will go to St. Joseph the Worker School. For more information, to donate or to host a table: Jacquie Johnson-Weight, 204-391-4997.

*NEW* St. Boniface Diocesan High School: Registrations Due for the 2017-2018 School Year – March 1, 2017

Applications for St. Boniface Diocesan High School are due Wednesday, March 1, 2017 for the upcoming school year. Applications can be brought to our office at 282 Dubuc Street, Winnipeg or faxed to 204-237-9891. Registration forms are on the school’s website www.sbdhs.net.

*NEW* ‘El Salvador Project 2017’ Fundraiser Dinner – Thursday, March 9, 2017

Students from St. Paul’s and St. Boniface Diocesan High Schools will be going to El Salvador on a humanitarian aid trip at the end of March. To cover expenses, a fundraiser dinner with silent auction will be held on Thursday, March 9, 6:30 PM, doors open at 6 PM; St. Paul’s High School, 2200 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg. Tickets: 50$. Monetary donations can also be made to St. Paul’s High School to support this project. Tax receipt for donations over 20$. For more information or tickets: Claude, 204-228-9851. View poster.

Parish Events

*NEW* 3-parish Lenten Retreat – March 6-8, 2017

All are invited to attend the 3-day Lenten retreat led by deacon Gilles Urquhart at 7 PM on Monday, March 6, St. Hyacinthe Parish, 27 Beaudry St., La Salle, MB; Tuesday, March 7 at Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde Parish, 453 Main St., Île-des-Chênes, MB & Wednesday, March 8 at St. Adolphe Parish, 392 Main Street, Saint-Adolphe, MB. Retreat theme: Living Our Baptism. View poster.

*NEW* Christ the King Parish: Weekly Lenten Retreat – Tuesday evenings as of February 28, 2017

All are welcome to the Christ the King Parish weekly Lenten Retreat: Tuesdays as of February 28, 7 PM – 9 PM; 847 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg (downstairs in Lennox Hall, enter by parking lot door entrance). Topic: ‘Scripture’ with guest presenter and facilitator Br. Camille Légaré. For more information: parish office, 204-257-3300.

Community News

*NEW* Employment Opportunity: St. Mary’s Academy - School Office Secretary Position is full-time from the middle of August to the first week of July each year. The successful candidate must be reliable, organized and a team-oriented individual who is a quick learner with exemplary communication skills. The ability to work in a fast paced environment with strong attention to detail is essential. For more information: stmarysacademy.mb.ca. Application deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017. Position start date: April 3, 2017.

*NEW* ‘Friday Night at the Movies’ – Life’s Vision Manitoba – March 2017

Every Friday evening in March there will be a FREE movie screening at 7 PM; Life’s Vision Centre, 270 Edmonton St., Winnipeg. The goal is to educate you about the many issues about life that are threatening our society today. And what better way to do this than with friends, a bag of popcorn and a drink. Each movie selected will have a specific teaching including some good pro-life stories, such as Bella and October Baby. For more information:  204-233-8047. View poster.

*NEW* Call for Volunteers for the 2017 Canada Summer Games – July 28 to August 13, 2017

This summer, Manitoba will welcome over 4,000 athletes, 500 officials and 20,000 visitors for the largest event held in Winnipeg since the 1999 Pan Am Games. We need over 6,000 volunteers, including 1,000 French-speaking volunteers, to help deliver an exceptional to all athletes and visitors. Volunteers will participate in all areas of the Games operations: from transportation and ticketing to security, accreditation and spectator service – to name a few. Register today at 2017canadagames.ca.

*NEW* L’ARCHE Winnipeg – Volunteer Opportunity

"Whatever their gifts or their limitations, all people are bound together in a common humanity." L'Arche Charter. Become a L’Arche Tova Café volunteer and provide support to adults with developmental disabilities in the community. The volunteer opportunity at the Café is for 9:30 AM – 2 PM one day/week on alternate weeks and for alternate Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For more information: liz@larchewinnipeg.org, 204-237-0300 ext. 20. On-line submission forms. What is l’ARCHE Winnipeg?

Development & Peace (D & P)

*NEW* Action for climate change

Over 300,000 cards have been distributed by D & P to Canadians to continue the combat against climate change and to ask the government to increase its support to sustainable agriculture. Add your voice to the movement by signing our petition and by calling or tweeting your MP. #climatechange

Stewardship

*NEW* Stewardship Reflection

7th Sunday in Ordinary Time - February 19, 2017

“But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”  Matthew 5:44

Love your enemies, easier said than done, no doubt.  But, remember, the foundation of stewardship is prayer.  When we are in close communication with God, it opens our heart and it turns our attention away from “me” and moves it towards God and others.  It allows us to have a little more empathy for “our enemy”.  When we pray for others, even “our enemies”, maybe it softens their hearts as well.

 

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