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September 27, 2016

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Archdiocesan News

*NEW* Bicentenary of the Oblate Fathers & 60th Anniversary of Assumption Province – Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Save the date of Tuesday, October 25th in your calendars in order to participate in the activities planned for celebration the Oblate Fathers of Marie Immaculate's ‘Bicentenary and Assumption Province's 60th Anniversary’.  The celebrations will begin with a Mass at 9 AM; followed by the rededication of the fountain in the Heritage Park and blessing of interpretive panels; lunch at the St. Boniface Cathedral, and blessing of the Oblates’ ashes at the Archibald Street cemetery. The Archidiocesan Gala which will be held on Wednesday, October 26th will also pay tribute to the Oblates. The restoration of the fountain and installation of interpretive panels have been financed by a Community Places grant and a crowd funding campaign. If you wish to contribute to this project, donations may be submitted to the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface, 151 avenue de la Cathédrale (identify donation with ‘Heritage Garden’). For more information, view poster.

*NEW* View documents: 2016 Diocesan Study Days - The Spiritual Renewal and Growth of our Parishes: From Maintenance to Mission – Tuesday, October 18 & Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The two study days, previously known as the General Assembly of Priests and General Assembly of Clergy, will take place on Tuesday, October 18 and Wednesday, October 19 at Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens Parish Hall, 289 Dussault Avenue, Winnipeg. View: 1- Archbishop Albert LeGatt’s letter, 2- Agenda of both days, 3- Registration form.

*NEW* Diocese of Timmins: Employment Opportunity - Diocesan Faith Formation Coordinator

The Diocese of Timmins is looking for a full time, bilingual (French-English) Faith Formation Coordinator who will work at the Diocesan Center, Timmins, Ontario. The person would give formation, support and supervise catechists and pastoral leadership teams while promoting co-responsibility, teamwork and partnership between parishes, homes and Catholic schools. Starting date: December 5th, 2016. Deadline to submit resume along with the names of three references: before October 21, 2016.For more information: 705-267-6224; or View the complete position description.

Marriage, Family & Life

*NEW* Marriage Tip

Pope Francis calls “I’m sorry” one of the magic words of marriage. Be quick to offer these healing words when you harm your spouse or children, no matter how small the offense.

*NEW* ‘THE EUTHANASIA DECEPTION’ Film Screening and Presentation by the Filmmaker – Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Canada has just enacted some of the most liberal laws on euthanasia/assisted suicide in the world. In the documentary ‘The Euthanasia Deception’ former Winnipeg filmmaker Kevin Dunn collected a number of first-hand testimonials from family members, doctors, lawyers and religious from both Belgium and Canada in an effort to show the rest of the world what this ideology can do to a culture over time. All are welcome to a free screening of the film ‘The Euthanasia Deception’ and presentation by Kevin Dunn on Wednesday, October 5, 7 PM, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd, Winnipeg. View the trailer for the film: www.VulnerableFilm.comView poster.

Spiritual Growth

*NEW* Chemin Neuf Community: Monthly Prayer Group, 2nd Tuesday of each month - Resumes on October 11, 2016

Chemin Neuf community has a Monthly Prayer Group, the 2nd Tuesday of each month, beginning at 7 PM, St. Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles. It includes praise & worship, silence, and listening, sometimes a brief teaching or testimony. All are welcome (no need to register). The first prayer group for the year will be  on Tuesday, October 11th. Suzanne St. Yves will be sharing about her recent pilgrimage to Spain in the footsteps of St. Ignatius.

*NEW* St. Benedict’s Retreat & Conference Centre

1- Information Evening about Spiritual Direction: Monday, October 3rd at 7 PM. Session is free of charge. Spiritual direction, what is it? How is it different from counseling? Where can you find one? What does it cost? View poster. 2- Introduction to Centering Prayer: Saturday, October 15, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM and three Saturday mornings, October 22, 29 and November 5; 10 AM - 1 PM. For those looking for a quieter, more contemplative kind of prayer. View poster. 3- Taize Prayer Evenings: beginning Friday, October 7th and every first Friday of the month. All are welcome. 4- Your body wants to pray too.... I Am Here: Body Prayer: Saturday, October 29, 10 AM - 3 PM. An experiential retreat/workshop led by Kalyn Falk, author of the recently released book by the same title. View poster. For more information:

*NEW* Christian Meditation Silent Retreat Day – Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Christian Meditation Silent Retreat day will be held at St Peter’s Anglican Church, 755 Elm Street at Grant Avenue, Winnipeg;9:45 AM to 3:30 PM. Bring a bag lunch.Previous experience of meditation is not necessary. $10 donation suggested.For more information: Phil Barnett,

*NEW* ‘Illuminate’: Evening of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament - Friday, October 28, 2016

All are invited to participate in a dynamic evening of adoration, praise & worship, reconciliation and fellowship on Friday, October 28 at 7:30 PM, St. Timothy Parish, 135 John Forsyth Road, Winnipeg. For more information, or at

*NEW* Spirit Night: ‘Mary, mother of the Church’ – Saturday, October 29, 2016

All are welcome to an evening of prayer and teaching, Saturday, October 29, Villa Aulneau, 330-601 Aulneau St. Winnipeg; 7 PM – 9 PM. Deacon Gilles Urquhart will present: What is Mary’s role as mother of the church? Fellowship and refreshments to follow. For more information, contact the Spirit Night Committee: Fr. John Kracher, Sr. Thérèse Bilodeau or Dirk Schmid:

Parish Events

*NEW* Mary, Mother of the Chruch Parish: 'Alpha' - Wednesdays, October 5 - December 14, 2016

Everyone has questions - questions about purpose, eternity and love. Alpha is a series of interactive sessions to explore those questions with food, a talk and open discussion. Come discover how your faith can become more meaningful! Invite your friends and join Alpha which will take place at Mary, Mother of the Church, 85 Kirkbridge Drive, Winnipeg; Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM. For more information or to register: Michelle, or website.

*NEW* Powerview-Pine Falls Parish: What is prayer? How do I pray? Are there different ways of praying? - Sunday, October 16 and Monday, October 17, 2016

For answers to these and any other questions about prayer, all are welcome to attend these evenings of discovery at Notre Dame du Laus parish hall, Powerview-Pine Falls; each night at 7 PM. The presenters will be Ted and Nancy Wood, co-directors of the St. Charles Retreat Centre, Winnipeg. For more information or to register: Michelle (parish office), 204 367-2700 or Bernie, 204 367-9910.

Community News

*NEW* 11th Annual Banquet, Centre Flavie-Laurent Centre Inc. – Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Centre Flavie-Laurent Centre (CFLC) is hosting its 11th annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, November 3 at 6 PM, Centre culturel franco-manitobain, 340 Provencher Blvd., Winnipeg. This fundraiser will help over 30,000 families who are registered with the CFLC and rely on the centre for their basic needs. Tickets: $70/person ($40 eligible for tax return). For more information or to buy tickets: CFLC, 204-233-4936 or 204-233-(ALLO)2556 or 1-800-665-4443. View poster.

News from the CCCB

(Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

*NEW* The Co-responsibility of the lay Faithful in the Church and the World

The Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the CCCB has released a new document entitled "The Co-responsibility of the lay Faithful in the Church and the World". This pastoral letter explores the great responsibility of the laity in God's plan for the world, in which they are not simply collaborators of the clergy but are truly "co-responsible" for the Church's being and acting. It notes the unique mission of the laity as being "in the world" and transforming it from within through their life and witness. It also discusses the danger of clericalism, and considers several areas of society today that stand in need of the transforming power of the Gospel brought by the Church's lay faithful in communion with members of the clergy and consecrated life. Read more...

Monthly Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis

*NEW* Pope’s Prayer Intentions for October 2016

Universal: That journalists, in carrying out their work, may always be motivated by respect for truth and a strong sense of ethics. Evangelization, World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may renew within all Christian communities the joy of the Gospel and the responsibility to announce it.


*NEW* Stewardship Reflections

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 2, 2016

“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.”  2 Timothy 1:7

Many of us compartmentalize our faith, we bring it out only when we attend Mass or when we attend a parish event.  Being a good steward requires discipline and striving to put God first in everything, all the time.  The next time you are at a neighborhood party, at work or out shopping, would your actions signal to others that you are a good and faithful servant of our Lord?

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