Our Faith Stories, Treasures to Share : 2019

A Life-Giving Vision for the Way to Live Love

 

Leah Perrault will be the guest speaker for the upcoming Tri-Diocesan Family Conference (1). In this new Faith story, the mother of four from Saskatoon points out that God is not distant, but very much present and accepting, through the messiness of our daily lives. To read the full story, click here, or on photo.

 

(1) National Week for Life and the Family: Tri-Diocesan Catholic Family Conference – Saturday, April 6
This year for the National week for Life and the Family, we are pleased to offer a free, enriching Catholic family conference for families: parents, grandparents, children and youth while exploring the theme: “Listening to the Gospel – Renewing the Family Bond”. The conference is on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 9 am-4pm at the St. Boniface Cathedral Hall, featuring dynamic guest speaker, Leah Perrault. There will be presentations and activities aimed at renewing the family bond while exploring faith and the Gospel today. Donations gratefully accepted. Please register online hereFor more information: Nadine Fetherston mfl2@archsaintboniface.ca or (204)-594-0295. For conference schedule: click here. To view the poster, click here. For a more detailed bulletin insert, click here.

 

Social Justice: Liberation through Working Together

 

Sister Lesley Sacouman (SNJM) will be one of the guest speakers at the upcoming Annual Diocesan Social Justice Conference, on March 2nd (1), where she will discuss the joys, challenges and miracles in creating Holy Names House of Peace, home to twenty immigrant and refugee women in downtown Winnipeg. To read the full story, click here or on photo.

 

  

(1) Annual Diocesan Social Justice Conference – Saturday March 2, 2019
The Annual diocesan social justice conference will be held at St. Boniface Cathedral from 10 AM to 3:30 PM. Registration at 9:30 AM. Guest speakers: Kevin Gallays (Society of St. Vincent de Paul), Gordon Janzen (Canadian Food Grains), Daniel St Vincent & Charles Gagné (Action Marguerite), Sr. Lesley Sacouman (House of Peace) and Derek Pachal (Jubilee Fund Inc.). Admission is free. Information: Claude Courchaine (courchaine1@gmail.com), Tina Montemayor (monte-falcon@live.com or 431-334-9908) or Louis Balcaen (ljbalcaen@gmail.com, 204-424-5434 or 204-392-7267). To view poster, click here.

 Avoiding the MAID Mindset

In the wake its legalization, in June of 2016, medical assistance in dying (MAID) is becoming more and more normalized. A situation that Katarina Lee, clinical ethicist at St. Boniface Hospital, finds particularly troubling. On March 2nd, at a special free workshop (1), she will speak about the social and medical repercussions MAID, which are of great concern. To read the full story, click here or on photo.

1) Organized by the Marriage, Family and Life Service of the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface the Free workshop will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM in the Saint Boniface Cathedral Hall. Space is limited, please register online atbit.ly/careplanning1 For more information: mfl2@archsaintboniface.ca or 204-594-0295. To view the poster, click here.

 

Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Decisions - What Catholics Need to Know

 

Thinking about death and dying, or what kind of medical care you want when you are too ill to communicate your wishes, are not comfortable subjects for many.

Katarina Lee, clinical ethicist at St. Boniface Hospital, will be giving a workshop on the topic (1).
She offers Catholics some helpful information about the benefits and pitfalls regarding advance care planning and end-of-life decisions, as well as Medical Aid in Dying. To read the full story, click here or on photo.

 

1) Organized by the Marriage, Family and Life Service of the Archdiocese of Saint-Boniface the Free workshop will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM in the Saint Boniface Cathedral Hall. Space is limited, please register online atbit.ly/careplanning1 For more information: mfl2@archsaintboniface.ca or 204-594-0295. To view the poster, click here.

 

On Being a Light to Others

 

Some forty-five youth ministers from all over Western Canada met in Winnipeg, from January 31 to February 3rd to build connections, grow as leaders and to learn how to better reach out to youths and meet them were they are at.

Organizers and participants take a look back at the annual gathering and AGM of the Western Canadian Association of Catholic Youth Ministers (WCACYM). Read the full story here or click on the photo.

 

Archbishop's Residence Now a Winnipeg Heritage Building

 

The City of Winnipeg’s Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development has added the Archbishop’s Residence to its List of Historical Resources at its February 4th meeting.

The new listing will protect the elements of the three-storey building from any modifications that would alter its historical features. To read the full story, click here, or on the photo. To read a brief history of the Archbishop's Residence, click here

A Tribute to Our Religious

 

Celebrated on February 2nd, World Day for Consecrated Life is an opportunity for the Church to give thanks for the gift of religious life.
In St. Boniface, this day was celebrated with a Taizé prayer service held at the St. Boniface Cathedral. The service acknowledged the particular contribution of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (Grey Nuns).
During the service, Raymond Lafond, former general manager of the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, gave this bilingual testimonial.

 

A Sense of God’s Presence, in Silence, Song and Unity

 

A simple, yet contemplative and profound experience, Taizé prayer is a time to rest in God. Short chants, short scripture readings and silence are the key ingredients of these ecumenical gatherings, where Christians of many traditions can meet to praise God together.

To read about persons of faith who have experienced the grace of Taizé prayer, click here or on photo.

Multilingual Taizé prayer services will take place from 7:00 to 8:00 PM on February 15, March 15, April 12, May 17 and June 21 at the 17 Wing Community Chapel, 2235 Silver Ave, Winnipeg. General Information: 204-833-2500, ext. 6800.              For information poster, click here.

 

Spreading the joy of the Gospel, one guitar strum at a time

 

Well known for his love of country and gospel music, Father Armand Le Gal, omi, will once again take guitar in hand to give a concert at a local parish – this time at Christ the King parish on February 9. An event that gives us an opportunity to get to know how music has played a role in his personal and priestly life.

Read the Full Story

 

On suicide, and helping those who suffer in silence

 

As Catholics, we used to focus only on the idea of suicide as a mortal sin.  It is still morally wrong and grave matter, but recent research shows however that most suicides are associated with some form of clinical depression.  

For Deacon Gilles Urquhart, who will be giving a talk on suicide at the next Spirit Night, this is a key consideration in how Catholics ought to broach the subject and, more importantly, approach friends, family, parishioners and other people who may be suffering to the point of considering taking their own lives. Read the Full Story 

 

 

This feature of our website is meant for us to share the ways in which we live out our Catholic faith through various activities, events, experiences and celebrations. Here we’ll get to know, inspire and encourage one another. May we continue to grow in unity as a family of faith, through the giving and receiving of our parish stories.

To submit a story from your personal perspective of an event or experience, please write a text between 400-500 words, include a title, 2-3 photos for us to choose from to accompany the text, or a video (less than 2 minutes viewing time).

The Archdiocese reserves the right to review the text and approve the subject matter. Approved texts will be published in the Weekly News Bulletin and the diocesan website in the Our Faith Stories: Treasures to Share section.

We thank you for your submission and look forward to spreading the Good News of our faith in Jesus Christ and our Church.

For more information or to submit a story, contact: communications@archsaintboniface.ca