Faced with the sacredness of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.
- Saint John Paul II the Great
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World Day of the Sick - New Video Message from Bishop LeGatt
In light of the recent passing of Sr. Rita Desrosiers, foundress of St. Amant Centre, and of the World Day of the Sick celebrated on February 11th, Archbishop LeGatt reflects on the true icon that was Sr. Rita within our diocese. Her contributions were significant, and the hearts she touched were countless. How can we learn from her example? How can we come to see in persons with disabilities a door unto God’s own heart? How can we join our limitedness to theirs to grow together in God’s love?
World Day sets sights on Reconciliation
Special correspondent for the Catholic Register Janelle Lafantaisie attended the Taizé prayer service held at St. Boniface Cathedral on February 2nd. The service, held on the World Day for Consecrated Life, celebrated the contributions of the Oblate fathers over the course of the last 175 years.
A resident of Winnipeg and a Catholic from our archdiocese, Janelle Lafantaisie met with the prayer service organizers, as well as the Paradis brothers, who are both Oblate priests. To read her article in the Catholic Register, click here or on the photo.
To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.
Canadian Bishops: An Extensive and Impartial Consultation Needed on Assisted Suicide
Richard Gagnon, Archbishop of Winnipeg and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the proposed changes to legislation on the expansion of eligibility criteria for euthanasia/assisted suicide.
In his letter, after noting that assisted suicide is "the direct taking of human life or the participation in his/her suicide, which can never be justified," Bishop Gagnon states: "We strongly urge the Government of Canada, before proceeding further, to undertake a more extensive, thorough, impartial, and prolonged consultation on the question, in order to ensure all pertinent factors – social, medical, and moral – are carefully and thoroughly considered."
He adds: "Palliative care, which has yet to become fully realized and accessible in our own country, offers a compelling answer – the only respectful, comprehensive and ethical alternative to the problem the government is trying to address."
To read Bishop Gagnon's letter, click here or on the photo.
A Gift of Prayer, and Material Support
On the weekend of February 9, a new initiative called the Day of Prayer for Canadian Home Missions will be adopted by our Archdiocese. The faithful can therefore offer prayer together and bring strength to fellow Canadian Catholics and their missionaries.
A special collection to raise funds for Catholic Missions in Canada, will also be allocated to help Canadian Bishops, including Bishop Albert LeGatt, subsidize the costs of maintaining and sustaining their missionaries and missions. In this new Faith Story, Father Antonysamy Savarimuthu, the pastor of St. John Bosco Parish in Poplar River, explains how Catholic Missions in Canada helped the faithful renew their parish infrastructure. To read the full story, click here or on the photo.
United by Love
Gayle and Marcel DeGagné accompany couples preparing for marriage, for the Archdiocese of St. Boniface. Their expertise? How to enrich married life when the spouses are of a different Christian denomination.
As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18 to 25), Gayle and Marcel share their love story, and offer tips for those contemplating an inter-church marriage. To read the full story, click here or on the photo.
Happy New Year! Archbishop Albert’s message for January 2020
As we enter this new year and indeed this new decade, Archbishop Albert invites us to reflect on the present moment. Anxiety is an ever more present reality in our lives: anxiety for our past, anxiety for our future. But how can we, this new year, become increasingly more attentive to the present moment, and to God’s presence in our everyday moments? Let us be fully participants in God’s plan for our every moment, being bearers of love and justice to our world.
- World Day of the Sick - New Video Message from Bishop LeGatt
- New Story - World Day sets sights on Reconciliation
- NEW - An Impartial Consultation on Assisted Suicide Needed
- New Story - Praying for our Missions
- New Faith Story - United by Love
- NEW - Archbishop Albert’s message for January 2020
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