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Welcome to our News Page! Here you will find news stories from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, the Church in Canada, and beyond! We also invite you to submit your own articles to our Communication Services Office. Selected articles may be included here, as well as our Weekly News Bulletin sent to all parishes in the Archdiocese. Questions and submissions may be sent to communications@archwinnipeg.caGod bless!

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Archdiocese of Winnipeg Section

Update on Faith Gatherings in the Archdiocese
Jul 24, 2020

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - "As you have, no doubt heard, the Provincial Government is seeking to ease restrictions for faith-based gatherings.  The new guidelines state that site capacity will “be a maximum of 30% or 500 people, whichever is lower”.  The guidelines go on to state that physical distancing of at least two metres must be maintained. The guidelines also state that physical distancing between individuals, between households or between groups travelling to the event together will continue to be required. The restrictions related to singing in choirs will continue as well.

This change does not apply to social gatherings, weddings and funerals, or other organized gatherings or events.

Note:  Please look carefully at your church’s physical capacity to see if you are able to increase your numbers.  These Provincial Guidelines are to come into effect on July 25, 2020."

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The above is taken from a July 23, 2020 memorandum from Archbishop Gagnon.

The 2020 Summer Edition of On the Way - Now Available!
Jul 10, 2020

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - We are pleased to publish the summer edition of On the Way, a publication of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. Issue No. 3 contains stories from throughout our local church during the age of the coronavirus - stories of challenge and rejoicing, stories of change and tradition, stories of tears and laughter, stories of love and mercy, real stories, stories of faith. Click here to view the online magazine.

Archdiocese of Winnipeg Personnel Appointments
Jul 3, 2020

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - "Subsequent to the consultations called for in Canon Law, the following appointments will be effective on the dates indicated. I am grateful to everyone who, in a kind spirit of pastoral cooperation, have accepted new assignments for the good of our local church." Please click here for the memorandum from Archbishop Gagnon.

The Church in Canada Section

Joint Press Release on Development & Peace - Caritas Canada's Organizational Review
Jul 28, 2020

Montreal/Ottawa - "Following an organizational review of the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace – Caritas Canada to improve its collaboration with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, implementation of the resulting recommendations will begin this fall. The organizational review was conducted by the firm Deloitte and involved the participation of staff and members of Development and Peace, as well as staff of the CCCB and Bishops across Canada."

Communique in English

Communique in French

Deloitte Recommendations in English

Deloitte Recommendations in French

Catholic Education Section

Be part of the Catholic community at the U of M!
Jun 30, 2020

St. Paul's College, Winnipeg - Get more out of your University Experience by joining the 1000+ University of Manitoba students who have chosen to become a member of St. Paul’s College.  The College offers a unique, small community experience within the larger University of Manitoba community and is a hub for your academic, social and spiritual needs. Click here for more information.

In the Community Section

Winnipeg Diocesan CWL Presents Life Member Awards
Aug 4, 2020

St. Paul the Apostle Church, Winnipeg - "The Life Member Award is one of the highest honours that the CWL can bestow on its members. Manitoba has 2,202 Catholic Women’s League members and 19 are ‘Life Members’. On Friday, June 26, in a ceremony at St. Paul the Apostle Church,  the prestigious  Life Member Award was bestowed on two truly deserving women - Janet Brunger and Lea Colbeck."

Click here for the article from Eva Arsenault. We are sincerely grateful to Eva for this faith story contribution.

The Archbishop Section

The Archbishop's Statement on the Explosion in Beirut
Aug 6, 2020

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - Archbishop Richard Gagnon has issued the following statement on the explosion in Beirut: "The people of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg join with many others around the world in expressing our solidarity with the Lebanese people who are suffering the loss of loved ones or those who were injured in the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut. Lebanon has experienced much suffering and difficulty in recent decades and the explosion in Beirut has compounded these difficulties, socially, politically, medically and spiritually." For the rest of the statement, click here.

The Universal Church Section

"Canadian Bishops raise concern for the vulnerable"
Jul 15, 2020

Vatican News - "In particular, the bishops say, the pandemic has inflicted 'particular hardship' on those in long-term institutional care, single-parent families, the unemployed, migrant farm workers, the homeless, indigenous communities, those who are imprisoned, and many who were already experiencing various illnesses of body and mind." Click here for the rest of the article from Vatican News.

Click here for the Message from the Executive Committee of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.