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Bihsop LeGatt: Let Us First Inform Ourselves, and Acknowledge

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, in his tireless work to bring about truth and reconciliation, suggested the way forward was by acknowledging, apologizing, and acting. This week, Archbishop Albert reflects on the steps that need to happen within the Canadian Church, both at the hierarchical and at the charismatic, lay levels, for an apology to be made with any real integrity, and for real, lasting action to follow.
The reason many in the Canadian Catholic Church have had difficulty in apologizing, is that this acknowledgement has not yet fully happened. We must thus actively endeavour to educate and inform ourselves, as Catholics in today’s world, to then be able to truly and fully acknowledge the sin of over 150,000 children being ripped from their families in Residential Schools, and the horrors of colonization. Only then will an apology have any integrity. And only then will true, real action ensue, at institutional levels, but first and foremost, at individual, interpersonal levels.

Bihsop LeGatt: Let Us First Inform Ourselves, and Acknowledge

The Honourable Murray Sinclair, in his tireless work to bring about truth and reconciliation, suggested the way forward was by acknowledging, apologizing, and acting. This week, Archbishop Albert reflects on the steps that need to happen within the Canadian Church, both at the hierarchical and at the charismatic, lay levels, for an apology to be made with any real integrity, and for real, lasting action to follow.
The reason many in the Canadian Catholic Church have had difficulty in apologizing, is that this acknowledgement has not yet fully happened. We must thus actively endeavour to educate and inform ourselves, as Catholics in today’s world, to then be able to truly and fully acknowledge the sin of over 150,000 children being ripped from their families in Residential Schools, and the horrors of colonization. Only then will an apology have any integrity. And only then will true, real action ensue, at institutional levels, but first and foremost, at individual, interpersonal levels.

Bishop LeGatt: "They were like sheep without a shepherd"

What is a shepherd? What is a good shepherd? How can we know if a shepherd is of God, and trustworthy? Or worthy of blame, as when the prophet Jeremiah accused the kings of Israel of driving the people of Israel away?
In his homily on the Gospel of Mark, Bishop Albert reflects on those Catholics who, in their anger over the recent discoveries at former residential schools, want their names stricken from parish registers. Are they being led by the media? Or are they believers who know what our priorities really should be? What are their intentions? Do we truly even know our own intentions?
And to whom shall we all turn to, when we need a good shepherd? To the one who is peace and, through the cross established peace, reconciling all with God.

Bishop LeGatt: Honour Your Father and Mother

Pope Francis instituted a Church-wide celebration of the first World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly. Starting this July 25th, it will be held annually every 4th Sunday in July. This year's theme is: “I am with you always" (Mt 28:20), revealing the closeness of God and the Church to the elderly, as well as the inter-generational closeness between the young and the elderly.
As such, Archbishop Albert reflects on the vital role grand- and great-grandparents have in each family, and even in the fabric of greater society, and takes a moment to share on the impact his grandparents had on him.
The 4th Commandment, calling us to honour our father and mother, is never truly understood without also considering the honour adult children are called to give their aging parents. This Commandment was never truly meant for children, but for the adults, who may sometimes forget to care for, be attentive to, and support their aging and declining parents. This year, let us reflect on these realities, on the true gift these elders are to us, personally, and to greater society, and to pray for them.
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“COVID-19 Update for Religious Services” – New Version

New Code Orange Alert restrictions for all of Manitoba come into effect on July 17.

The most significant changes:

 Religious services open with 50 per cent of capacity or 150 people, whichever is lower. The gathering limit for funerals, weddings, baptisms and prayer vigils for the deceased increases to 25 people indoors and 150 people outdoors.


Click here, or on photo for the updated COVID-19 Health Measures and Protocols for Religious Services document.

Click here for the latest Provincial health orders.

Bishop LeGatt: "If you go with less, you will get more"

In his July 11 homily on the Gospel of Mark, Bishop LeGatt reminds us if you go with less, like the disciples, you will get more. But more of what? God’s love. And the advancement of God’s kingdom. This means more to share, more friendships, and more opened doors.
This observation is applicable in many situations, but most recently regarding our relationship with the Indigenous.
We know of the first contact between the Indigenous and the Christian missionaries, who brought the Christian message. The missionaries carried with them a pearl of great price: Jesus and His Gospel.
But how did it go so wrong? The pearl was carried by the missionaries in an envelope – a cultural envelope – in which Jesus was proclaimed. But because the envelope contained a lot of cultural baggage about how to do things in a European way, Jesus could scarcely be heard, or not at all.
The missionaries came with more. If they had come with less, they would have found more – in the life and teachings of the Indigenous. And the Indigenous would have discovered Jesus.
Let us share Jesus with gratitude… and almost nothing else.

Archbishop Albert's Reflexion On an Eventual Papal Apology

This week, Archbishop Albert reflects on his continued listening and relationship with many people, especially with Indigenous peoples, and particularly with Indigenous Catholics within our archdiocese. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission put forth a call to action, requesting that the Pope issue an official apology, on behalf of the Canadian and universal Church, for the harms inflicted to Indigenous peoples during Residential Schools. Has the Pope refused to do so? Not quite.
In this video, Archbishop Albert reflects on how Pope Francis may be waiting for the Church in Canada, Bishops, Clergy, and all faithful, to continue the diligent work of contrition and reconciliation, which are indeed essential for such an apology to have real effect, when the time and context are right.
In this view, the December meeting that will take place in Rome between Pope Francis and First Nations, Métis and Inuit representatives, chief among these being Indian Residential School survivors, will be another step towards this goal. In the meantime, we are called, each and all, to continue to listen, humbly, and to continue to seek peace, reconciliation, and healing, as Christ desires for all.

  • NEW - Bihsop LeGatt: Let Us First Inform Ourselves, and Acknowledge

  • NEW - Bishop LeGatt: "They were like sheep without a shepherd"

  • Bishop LeGatt: Honour Your Father and Mother

  • “COVID-19 Update for Religious Services”: New Version

  • "If you go with less, you will get more" - Bishop LeGatt's July 11 Homily on the Gospel of Mark

  • Archbishop Albert's Reflexion On an Eventual Papal Apology

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