St. Ignatius, Winnipeg – On December 16, 2018, members of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg Synod Implementation Commission (SIC) took part in a half-day retreat that was facilitated by Ruth Chipman. The purpose of the retreat was to recall how the Spirit moved through the entire Synod process and to ready the commission members’ hearts to be led by the Spirit in moving forward with the implementation phase of the synod. Archbishop Richard Gagnon had just returned from Rome for the annual visit of the CCCB Presidency with the Holy Father and a number of Vatican dicasteries.
After a period of hospitality and welcome, the retreatants pondered T.S. Elliot’s “Journey of the Magi”. They spent time in silence, then gathered as a group to share the fruits of their discernment and prayer. Following the same rhythm, another segment of the retreat was devoted to a reflection of “Draw Me Into Your Friendship” by David Fleming, SJ. It was a helpful guide that allowed the SIC members to recall the joys, challenges, and lessons our archdiocesan community received through the two-year synodal journey. While brief, the participants all mentioned that the time they spent together in prayer was fruitful and well-appreciated. A commission member said that it “was a good start to our work.”
More updates regarding the synod implementation will be shared in due course.
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Immaculate Conception, Winnipeg - The Archbishop announces the following appointment which will be effective January 22, 2019.
Upon presentation by his superior, Reverend Rodrigo S. Anholetto becomes Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Winnipeg. Fr. Anholetto is a member of the Missionary Community of Most Holy Providence.
We are grateful to Fr. Tiago Coloni for his service at Immaculate Conception Parish since 2014 and we wish him well as he returns to Brazil to take up responsibilities with the Community.
St. Ann's, Winnipeg - Reverend Ceas Chmiel has made a decision to resign as Pastor of St. Ann's Parish in Winnipeg. We thank Fr. Ceas for his service at St. Ann's over the past five years. Fr. Ceas will continue his ministry as the Chaplain of the Winnipeg Remand Centre. Reverend Kelly Wilson become Parochial Administrator pro tem of St. Ann's Parish in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg, Manitoba - Volunteer Manitoba and Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries are thrilled to once again host the Annual Volunteer Awards Dinner, which honours the contributions that individuals and groups have made to enrich the lives of Manitobans. Nominate one of the hard-working volunteers from your parish/school/organization!
Volunteers have an enormous impact on the health and well-being of communities here in Manitoba. Did you know that in 2013, 12.7 million Canadians contributed over 2 billion hours without receiving a penny for their time? Imagine what our communities would look like if people stopped donating their time. How many resources and services would no longer be available to us? How many non-profit organizations would shutter their doors?
For over 40 years, Volunteer Manitoba has proudly promoted, supported and celebrated community engagement in Manitoba and we are thrilled to be able to recognize the hard work and commitment of Manitoba's volunteers with the Annual Volunteer Awards.
Every year, thousands of volunteers across the province dedicate their time to the many non-profit and charitable organizations here in Manitoba. Without the help of these tireless individuals and groups, many of our non-profits, community groups and charities would no longer be able to provide supports and services to thousands of people across the province.
From hands-on volunteers to those leaders who serve on boards, it's next to impossible to calculate the value that volunteers bring to our communities. By nominating a volunteer, you are helping us recognize these outstanding individuals and community groups for their achievements, their dedication to the community we share and their excellence in volunteerism.
To celebrate these incredible Manitobans, we invite you to submit a nomination on their behalf for the 36th annual volunteer awards!
- from the Volunteer Manitoba newsletter
Winnipeg, Manitoba - The annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated in Winnipeg from January 18 - 25, 2019. The theme and resources for 2019 have been prepared by a group of representatives of different Christian communities in Indonesia. The 2019 theme, “Justice and only justice you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20a), calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. Drawing on the traditional values of Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and gotong royong (living in solidarity and by collaboration), Indonesian Christians invite us to be a united witness, and an agent of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world, by making specific commitments to justice, equality, and unity.
The 2019 Week of Prayer will include a City-wide Ecumenical Worship Service at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at The Salvation Army Heritage Park Temple, 825 School Road, Winnipeg. All are cordially invited to participate in this celebration with church leaders.
ECUMENICAL CHOIR FOR CITY-WIDE CELEBRATION
An ecumenical choir is being formed to lead music at the forthcoming celebration on January 20th during the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. No audition is required. Anyone who can carry a tune and wishes to sing in the choir is welcome! Rehearsals will be held at The Salvation Army Heritage Park Temple, 825 School Road, Winnipeg, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 6, 2019 and on Sunday, January 13, 2019. A short final rehearsal will be held immediately before the Ecumenical Worship Service on Sunday, January 20, 2019. For further information, you may call Michele Barr at 204-453-5016 or contact her via email: email@example.com.
Ottawa, Canada - December 12 is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patron of the Americas, and the National Day of Prayer in Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples. On this date, the Our Lady of Guadalupe Circle launched its inaugural website; http://ourladyofguadalupecircle.ca/.
Founded in 2016, the Circle is a Catholic coalition of Indigenous people, bishops, other clergy, representatives of lay movements and members of institutes of consecrated life, engaged in renewing and fostering relationships between the Catholic Church and Indigenous Peoples in Canada. The website contains numerous resources, including a timeline of actions by Catholic groups in Canada promoting reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. It also provides information on Indian residential schools, Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the 94 Calls to Action. Readers wishing to receive information on the actions for reconciliation are invited to add their email address to the Circle's online directory.
- article from the CCCB website