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Archbishop LeGatt on the Passing of Pope Benedict XVI

“The death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI brings a sadness to our archdiocese. But the sadness will be short-lived. We now know his last words, "Lord, I love you”. It’s in this simple statement that we find the whole soul of Benedict XVI. While it’s true that he was a great theologian who knew how to elaborate his thought in his early reflections on the Second Vatican Council, his academic writings, his books and his papal encyclicals, we should never forget that all that reflection was animated by a personal encounter with Jesus, and by a desire to make the love of Christ shine in our contemporary world, with all its complexity. I will remember in particular his humility and courage when he announced his resignation in February 2013. Benedict XVI had accepted his election as Pope but said himself that he felt he was not the man for the job. Nevertheless, he responded to the call of the Church. Among other accomplishments, he contributed to continued dialogue with people of other spiritual traditions and, in Canada, to reconciliation with Indigenous people. I invite all the faithful to pray for him, and to take the time to read or re-read the books and writings he has left behind.”

– Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of St. Boniface

Archbishop LeGatt on the Passing of Pope Benedict XVI

“The death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI brings a sadness to our archdiocese. But the sadness will be short-lived. We now know his last words, "Lord, I love you”. It’s in this simple statement that we find the whole soul of Benedict XVI. While it’s true that he was a great theologian who knew how to elaborate his thought in his early reflections on the Second Vatican Council, his academic writings, his books and his papal encyclicals, we should never forget that all that reflection was animated by a personal encounter with Jesus, and by a desire to make the love of Christ shine in our contemporary world, with all its complexity. I will remember in particular his humility and courage when he announced his resignation in February 2013. Benedict XVI had accepted his election as Pope but said himself that he felt he was not the man for the job. Nevertheless, he responded to the call of the Church. Among other accomplishments, he contributed to continued dialogue with people of other spiritual traditions and, in Canada, to reconciliation with Indigenous people. I invite all the faithful to pray for him, and to take the time to read or re-read the books and writings he has left behind.”

– Albert LeGatt, Archbishop of St. Boniface

Holy Cross Bridges the Past and Present

Praising and giving honour to God for One Hundred Years
Holy Cross Bridges the Past and Present


December 10, 2022. After a three-day Centennial Retreat, followed by a week of special centennial Masses, Holy Cross Parish celebrated its 100th anniversary with a Celebratory Mass presided by Archbishop Albert LeGatt, followed by a delicious potluck supper. For parishioners, friends of Holy Cross and indeed, the entire archdiocese of St. Boniface, it was a time to pray, celebrate in each other’s company, and most of all, reflect on one hundred years of faith and growth, and just how good it is to gather in such a warm and welcoming community.

To read this Faith Story, click here or on photo.

To view the Photo Gallery of the Centennial Mass and Celebration, click here

For a complete timeline of Holy Cross Parish’s history, click here.

For Holy Cross – Did You Know?, click here.

For Liz Van De Keere’s poem One Hundred Years And We Give Thanks, click here.

CCCB Plenary: Commitments in Continues Work for Reconciliation

Having returned from the first in-person plenary of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) since prior to the pandemic, Archbishop LeGatt shared with us the main takeaways from this national gathering of all Canadian bishops, namely continued work in the paths of reconciliation with Turtle Island’s Indigenous peoples. From vigorous renunciation of the Doctrine of Discovery, to adherence to UNDRIP, to the $30 Million the Church in Canada has committed to raising, benefiting local Indigenous communities, truly, such efforts have only just become, and local efforts will continue in this long road of reconciliation.

Walking Together: Now What?

 

Following the historic papal penitential pilgrimage to Canada last month, during which Pope Francis apologized for the “catastrophic” wrongs committed to Indigenous peoples through colonization and residential schools, and the important role the Church had to play in this national tragedy, Archbishop LeGatt looks back at this historic encounter. He also, though, looks forward: what’s next? Let us not allow this historic moment fizzle. Rather, let us continue to take on our shared responsibility of continuing to work towards a world of equity and justice for all.

➡️Check out various #Reconciliation resources on our website here: https://www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=1102

➡️Take part in the FREE online program, Four Seasons for Reconciliation, here: https://www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=1109

➡️Read all of Pope Francis’ statements and other messages throughout his penitential pilgrimage to Canada, here: https://www.vatican.va/.../out.../documents/canada-2022.html

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