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Archdiocese of Winnipeg Section

Hundreds take part in this year's Mass for Life at Petrus Hall
May 15, 2019

Petrus Hall, Winnipeg - Every year, during the National Week of Life and the Family, the Archdiocese of Winnipeg has a Mass for Life. This gives us the opportunity to celebrate the life we have been gifted by God while participating in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

This year, St. Peter’s Parish hosted the Archdiocese of Winnipeg’s Mass for Life and welcomed us all into their vibrant community. Parishioners from all over Winnipeg and beyond came and filled Petrus Hall. All ages were represented, from the very young to the not so young. What was especially moving was the love and joy each brought in their participation in the Mass.

The Most Reverend Richard Gagnon presided at Mass, with concelebrants Reverend Monsignor Enrique Samson, Jr. and Reverend Nepolian Suvakin. With them were approximately 20 altar servers. Beautiful music was provided the children’s, youth and adult choirs of St. Peter’s. After the Mass there was a bounteous and delicious meal.

There was nothing different in the Mass itself, but I was left with a sense of calm, and a knowledge that even with the difficulties our church has and the attacks on people of faith, all was going to be alright. That we, as Catholics, know what a gift life and family is, we can celebrate that gift and show others how much we value it. Seeing all the generations of Catholics around me participating in the Mass gave hope for the future of our Church and a continued hope that life will be cherished from conception to natural death.

For those who did not attend, you missed out on a special evening and you should make sure to attend the Mass for Life next year. It has been said that to evangelize, mere words are not enough but it is through our actions, the way we live our lives and the joy we spread, that we bring others to the faith. By being at and participating in the Mass for Life in a way that spread joy and love, we were the testimony to the importance of the gift of life and of family.
Thank you to St. Peter’s parish for sharing your gifts and talents with us. We are very grateful.
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This article was written by Patti Fitzmaurice, the Archdiocese of Winnipeg's Social Justice Coordinator.

Bishop Fred Henry gives a retreat to the Priests of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg
May 20, 2019

Pinawa, Manitoba - Priests of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, together with their Archbishop Most Reverend Richard Gagnon, stayed from April 29th until May 3rd at the Wilderness Edge Retreat and Conference Centre in Pinawa for their yearly spiritual retreat which this year was led by The Most Reverend Fred Henry, Bishop Emeritus of Calgary.

Located near the conference centre is the chapel devoted to St. Francis of Assisi where the priests, together with the Archbishop, gathered to glorify the Eucharistic celebration and hold their spiritual talks.

At the start of the retreat, in the chapel of St. Francis of Assisi, Bishop Henry stated that a spiritual retreat is a time when we walk in silence, we walk together with Jesus, allowing Him to speak to us. Jesus always took his disciples somewhere separate, in silence, so that they may be still, to recover and refill their batteries, to be still and simply to be with Him.

This was also an opportunity to reflect together and share experiences, it was also a time to discuss priestly life in today’s society and world.

During these four full days of spiritual retreat priests together pray the liturgy of hours, celebrate mass, spend time in contemplation and private prayer, and participate in devotions such as the rosary and solemn adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Click here for the photos.

 

Young people share their Gifts for God's Greater Glory
May 13, 2019

St. John XXIII Parish, Winnipeg - Fifty youth and young adults from throughout the Archdiocese gathered on a Saturday morning to hone their talents in writing, photography, video-making, social media, dance, and music. Entitled "G4", this was the first YouthInk Workshop aimed at sharing our young people's Gifts for the Greater Glory of God (G4).

"This is an exciting and historic event," says John Acosta, who serves as the Archdiocese's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry. "This G4 Workshop is a great opportunity for you to explore your talents and think of ways to share them with our Church and with the world."

Sebastian Aguilar, who is a member of St. Vital Parish and serves as YouthInk's Video Director and Content Coordinator, gave the pastoral keynote talk. He says that young people often feel fear or doubt about sharing their gifts, but reminds them to not listen to the lies of the evil one. "God gave you beautiful talents that He would like you to share with those around you. If you feel doubtful or fearful, that's because you have something great to share that the devil is jealous of. Be not afraid!"

Regina Contreras gave a talk on the use of social media. While acknowledging that there are many perils in the use of social media, she also exhorted the G4 participants to take advantage of this gift of technology. "Use your voice wisely, take advantage of the technological tools available to us, and use it to proclaim the Good News."

Finally, Deacon Ted Wood, Director of Pastoral Services, reminded the participants at the end of the day that even though the means of communicating nowadays have evolved dramatically, proclaiming the Good News remains the same. "Before they were called 'Christians', those who followed Jesus were called the 'people of the way.' I ask you [young people] to be rooted in the faith through prayer, and to witness to your faith by the way you live. This is how our faith is truly communicated."

 For more information on YouthInk, and to learn how to be involved, go to www.archwpgyouthink.com

Death of the iconographer Sr. Marie-Paul Farran, O.S.B.
May 13, 2019

Benedictine Monastery, Mount of Olives - Sr. Marie-Paul Farran, O.S.B., gave us permission to use her icon as a motif for our Archdiocesan Synod and she was very interested in what we were doing. She lived on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Sr. Marie-Paul made her profession in the Mount of Olives Benedictine Monastery in 1957. Born in Cairo, Egypt in 1930, Sr. Marie-Paul is now with the Lord of whose face she contemplated and reflected in her own life and iconography. She died May 8, 2019.

Over two thousand walked together in God's embrace in Portage la Prairie
Apr 30, 2019

Good Shepherd Parish, Portage la Prairie - Over two thousand pilgrims "Walked Together in God's Embrace" through the streets of Portage la Prairie along with Archbishop Richard Gagnon in the Archdiocese's 32nd Annual Public Way of the Cross. For the first time in its 32-year history, the Good Friday morning tradition was hosted outside the City of Winnipeg. 

Click here to view the Photos and Quotes from Eva Arsenault

“My Mom (Elsie) has been participating these walks for 29 years! I (Patty) started about 12  years ago!  The Public Way of the Cross walks are wonderful and we can’t imagine Easter without this lovely tradition!” 
- Patty Johnson and Elsie Bialkowshi, St. Anthony of Padua, Burrin Avenue, Winnipeg

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We would like to thank Eva Arsenault, Maui Zamora, Lorenz Brucal, Russell Caballeor, Tracy dela Paz, for their help in covering the 32nd Annual Public Way of the Cross.

41st Annual Caritas Award Dinner honoured one organization and three individuals
Apr 24, 2019

RBC Convention Centre, Winnipeg - The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba’s 41st Annual Caritas Award Dinner held on April 11th, 2019 honoured one organization and three individuals who have been exemplars of caring leadership and service in all of Manitoba in the area of Social Justice. 

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity.  We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens not only individuals but the basic values of society and of international security and justice, to say nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the family and our coexistence.”
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Caritas Award Honouree – Joy Smith

Joy Smith has been a leading advocate against human trafficking worldwide, and a champion of women’s rights for 20From left to right: Gay Hordienko, Katelyn Cambell, Janet Cambell, Joy Smith years.  Joy says, “that it was God’s calling for me to pursue politics to help human trafficking victimsI always call upon God to give me direction on what to do.”  In Parliament, Joy Smith made Canadian history as the first sitting MP to amend the Criminal Code twice to protect human trafficking victims.  She affirms that she’s always done things according to where God has wanted her to be.  In 2011, she also founded the Joy Smith Foundation, where she tirelessly volunteers her time combatting human trafficking, & fighting for the rights of women in Canada and around the globe. www.joysmithfoundation.com 

PRISON MINISTRY

“Mother Church teaches us to be close to those who are in prison… All of us have the capacity to sin and to do the same, to make mistakes in life.  They are no worse than you are me!  Mercy overcomes every wall, every barrier, and leads you to always seek the face of the man, of the person.  And it is mercy which changes the heart and the life, which can regenerate a person and allow him or her to integrate into society in a new way.”          Pope Francis

Service Award Honourees

Carol Peloquin of the Sisters of Holy Names has dedicated over 25 years of her life to prison ministry. She was the Roman Catholic chaplain at Stony Mountain prison from 1994-2001, then left the prison to start the Next Step Peer Support Group for Released Offenders at Future Hope. “I love meeting guys in prison that want to move forward, move their life in a different direction, and some of them have amazing potential. That’s always exciting for me to see that, to nurture it, and to draw it forth.”

Sr. Carol continues to be involved in prison ministry at Rockwood Institution and is the admissions director at Quixote House. 

Bo Gajda is a retired prison chaplain with over 16 years experience within Manitoba federal medium and minimum-security institutions. Flowing from professional experiences as well as personal convictions founded on a strong ethic of non-violence and restorative justice approaches, Bo continuously seeks opportunities and situations that contribute to and support respect and dignity for all people and promote essential peace building efforts.  In the community he continues to work with church and non-profit committees and groups with social and restorative justice missions, including Future Hope.

Charity of Choice - Future Hope Inc.

Future Hope was selected as the 2019 Charity of Choice due to its dedication to helping male ex-offenders rebuild their lives, one step at a time, in their transition from prison and parole to “normal life” back in the community.   Their three linked programs are set up to provide affordable, safe housing, the support of one’s peers, and access to qualified and caring people able to accompany the individual according to their ongoing needs.  Visit futurehope.ca.

Everyone present had the privilege of hearing Shawn Ward’s heartfelt testimonial about his turmoiled life, and how the support of people like Sr. Carol and Bo, as well as Future Hope changed transformed him. When in prison, he met with prison chaplains on a regular basis, attended the church services, and was first escorted from Rockwood on passes to attend Next Step meetings.  “When I was first released on parole I had nothing established, nowhere I could go to, no work, no connections with anybody at that point.  But coming to Future Hope for the following year, helped me establish all of this.”

Shawn resided for one year at Quixote House and was one of the first residents to move into the Massie Apartments.  He started his own construction company a few years ago, is now celebrating his 10th anniversary substance-free, and has just been promoted as Habitat for Humanity’s construction manager.

 “Mr. Ward’s speech brought tears to my eyes.  God bless Sister Carol for her work. “

The Catholic Foundation of Manitoba sincerely thanks all those who attended the 41st Caritas Award Dinner.

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This article was submitted by Julie Turenne-Maynard

 

Father Michael Koryluk celebrates Ruby Anniversary as a priest
Apr 24, 2019

Archdiocese of Winnipeg - On Thursday, April 25, Reverend Michael Koryluk will celebrate his 40th anniversary of ordination to the ministerial priesthood. Please see below a moving tribute written by one of Father Mike's dear friends.

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"Go to the whole world and proclaim the Good News to all creation” (Mark 16). These words of the Gospel that were proclaimed at Reverend Michael Koryluk’s Ordination Mass have inspired and accompanied him these past forty years. He faithfully served the communities of St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Peter’s, St. Mark’s, St. John Brebeuf and St. Paul’s College. These communities have encouraged and supported his vocation and his gifts. Father Michael has been blessed by God with many gifts and he has been generous in sharing them for the benefit of the community. The gifts that are woven throughout his ministerial life (and before) are those of teacher, musician and preacher.

Teaching was his vocational path after high school. Profoundly Influenced by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, he knew his calling was to be with young people. Father Michael loved teaching most subjects (except math). Junior high was his passion. He understood younger adolescents well and likely because he also gave his teachers a fair amount of grief as a student. After ordination, he was the consummate teacher. He would be prepared well in advance.  Weeks before all major liturgical seasons and celebrations you will find him puttering around the sacristy organizing binders, setting up the necessary books, sacramentals or whatever else is needed. Whenever  there was an opportunity to walk with young people, whether it was Search for Christian Maturity, Confirmation students, Catholic Schools, Villa Rosa, MacDonald Youth Services or the university students, he was always there. His presence was that of a guide or mentor and never the sage on the stage.

Music was a beautiful gift that Father Mike was encouraged to develop at a young age. As a young person, he played the organ at Holy Rosary Church. His musical gifts were a blessing to every community where he served. Many recall him singing parts of the Mass, the Gospel and even cameo appearances in school Christmas concerts. Father Michael co-directed the choir for the Mass when Pope St. John Paul ll came to Birds Hill Park in 1984. His voice can be heard in many Archdiocesan choirs and liturgical resources. He served on the Western Conference for Liturgy and was always open to using new music, while remaining faithful to traditional pieces.

Father Michael has the beautiful gift of preaching to just about any age or stage in life. He loves to use contemporary music, movies (especially Sci-Fi) and theologians from varied faith traditions to help proclaim the Good News. His phrases, such as “Jesus on the loose” at Easter liturgy or the image of the kneeling Santa on Christmas Eve, were never to draw attention to himself. Whatever mediums he used in his preaching, it was always to help us grow closer to God and more in love with God. Father Michael preaches an inclusivity for all people. Life is challenging, and the choices are not always easy. He draws on his life experiences before he entered the seminary, having worked in a bank and as a teacher. He cared for his mother throughout her life, especially after his father’s death in the late 1960’s and as she aged and required more time and energy. Father Michael’s gift of preaching invites those gathered to see how the Gospel is woven through our lives and not separate from it. He intentionally helps us to see God in all things, in all ways and in all times.

We give praise and thanks to God for the faithful service that Father Michael has generously lived throughout these 40 years. We pray that his journey continues to be blessed and be a blessing as he, “goes to all the whole world and proclaims the Good News to all creation” 

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A reflection written by Sister Michelle Garlinski, s.n.j.m.

In the Community Section

Regional assembly of the Winnipeg council of Development and Peace
May 14, 2019

Christ the King Church, Stonewall - The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace is the member organization in Canada of CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS, a Confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social service organizations working on behalf of the poor and oppressed in 198 countries and territories. It is one of the largest Non-Government Organizational networks in the world.

Evelyne Beaudoin, Manitoba’s Representative and President of the National Council for Development and Peace, had a slide show and spoke about her solidarity trip to the Philippines, for the official inauguration of Pope Francis’ village, a community near the city of Tacloban. Here, Development and Peace and several of its partners worked together to build a resettlement site which provides a new beginning for 566 families affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Brenda Arakazagave, the Francophone representative for the National Youth Assembly, described her efforts spreading the news about Development and Peace to Manitoba youth.

Inspired by the words of Pope Francis to “share the journey” with migrants and refugees, Development and Peace has spearheaded an event to provide an opportunity for organizations to gather together to show their unity and solidarity alongside migrants and refugees.

Diana Ludwick announced this Solidarity Walk will be on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Citizens of Winnipeg are encouraged to gather at 1:00 pm in front of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights and walk to the Manitoba Legislature. This will be an opportunity to learn more about organizations working to help migrants and refugees settle into a new life. Diana hopes that this event will highlight the important role newcomers play in the cultural fabric of Winnipeg.

Rosie Jodoin, President of the Diocesan Council (DC) for Development and Peace for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, acted as host and MC of this year’s event.  She explains that each parish in the diocese can select a representative to be a member of the Diocesan Council.  The DC meets monthly to discuss the campaigns, to periodically connect via skype calls to National Office staff and other Diocesan Councils, and to work closely with the National Rep and local Animator, Janelle Delorme, on special events and other projects.  The three local Diocesan Councils are always looking for new members, especially young people involved in their parishes, schools or communities in social justice.  Membership will provide opportunity to enhance their own communication, organizational and leadership skills while they work to help the poor and disadvantaged. 

Rosie encourages anyone who is interested in being part of the DC to contact her by e-mail at winnipegdiocesancouncil@gmail.com.

Pictured: Evelyne Beaudoin (President of the National Council for Development and Peace); Presidents of the Diocesan Councils: Rachel Ouimet (St. Boniface French), Liz Hogue (St. Boniface English) and Rosie Jodoin (Winnipeg); Armella Sonntag (Deputy Director for Public Engagement for Western Canada)

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A big thank you to Eva Arsenault, Rosie Jodoin, Evelyne Beaudoin, and Diana Ludwick for this article submission.

98th Annual Convention of the CWL Winnipeg Diocesan Council
May 7, 2019

St. John XXIII Parish - The Winnipeg Diocesan Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada held its 98th Annual Convention on April 26th and 27th, 2019. It was hosted by the St. James Assiniboia Council at St. John XXIII Parish. There were 95 registrants for the two days, representing 19 councils. Archbishop Richard Gagnon presided at the opening Mass, and the banquet was held at the Holiday Inn West.

Slideshow Summary and Quotes from Eva Arsenault

In keeping with the League’s theme over the next two years, ‘Care for Our Common Home’, several initiatives were undertaken:

  • Members brought in bags of plastic bags for ‘Bag Up Manitoba’.
  • The host council sold copies of Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudatio Si’.
  • We passed a resolution originating from Our Lady of Perpetual Help Council, Call for a Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracking in Canada, which will be taken to the Provincial Convention in Thompson in June.
  • Guest speaker, Stephen Carlyle, Program Development Officer for the Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation, spoke on conservation in Manitoba and North America, citing how the earth has changed over the last 50 years (as seen from space), how some species of flora and fauna are at risk of extinction, and conservation efforts to turn this trend around. More information about this can be found on the MHHC website.
  • Three skits were written and performed by members regarding simple everyday ways to reduce water consumption.

One hundred and twenty-one pounds of baby food and a cash donation of $115.00 were collected to be taken to Winnipeg Harvest.

Members brought in rosaries and other religious items to go to the Provincial Convention being held in Thompson in June. These items will be given to the northern missions.

The collection of $1,110.00 taken at the opening mass will be sent to Fr. Jorge Mante, pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish on Ebb and Flow Reserve. The church burned to the ground last August, and this money will go to help in the re-building of the church.

We signed a petition in favour of a private member’s ‘Bill C-418—The Protection of Freedom of Conscience Act’.

All these activities are very much in keeping with Pope Francis’ social justice thrust and with the League’s motto ‘For God and Canada.’

Provincial President Rolande Chernichan made an informative presentation regarding the National Council’s ‘5 Year Strategic Plan.’

The convention ended with elections and installation of the new Diocesan Executive Council for the next two year term.

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Our sincerest thanks go out to Carol MacKenzie-Gruber for this article submission. Through contributions like yours, we are able to share Faith Stories with our entire archdiocesan community.

SPOTLIGHTS: CWL 98th Diocesan Convention
May 6, 2019

St. John XXIII Parish - The Winnipeg Diocesan Council of The Catholic Women’s League of Canada held its 98th Annual Convention on April 26th and 27th, 2019. Eva Arsenault, one of our contributors, put together a slideshow summary and took some quotes from the convention. Thank you, Eva!

Slideshow Summary

Please view the slideshow of photos, as well as recorded quotes, from Eva Arsenault:

“The Saturday morning Spiritual Program was quite beautiful and moving. It was a video of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. As a meditation it was very powerful and as a participatory prayer it deepened the impact and effect.”
- Mary-Margaret Patterson, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Winnipeg


“I always enjoy hearing of the new happenings in our Winnipeg Archdiocese and renewing friendships. There are always new topics to lear about.”
- Margaret Ann Rousson, Sacred Heart, Virden


“Over all Friday was a beautiful day. The day flowed smoothly and seemed to be over quickly (too quickly). Very interesting and informative. Loved the spiritual program! Banquet - was wonderful. Food was top notch. Everyone at our table ate everything on their plate. Lots of room and comfortable. Sound system was perfect. We concur with everyone, that the Mass collection be given to St. Joseph’s Parish in Ebb and Flow. Our council will also be contributing to their fund. We voted to put them on our yearly commitment list.”
- Doreen Lloyd, Edward the Confessor Parish, Winnipeg


“Very much enjoyed each morning session - “The Spiritual Program”. So touching! Good humour - the President’s jokes. Loved singing after the lunch break, niece choice of songs! Great idea having the K of C involved in the kitchen - letting the ladies attend the Convention meeting! Great Convention! Reports were done in good fashion. Good speaker - learned things I didn’t know before.”
- Ann Kamann, St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish, Brandon


“Archbishop Richard Gagnon’s homily was excellent. President’s reports were very informational. Presentations on the 5 year CWL strategic Plan was very informative. Loved the jokes. Stephen Carlyle’s presentation was very good.”
- Marian Garlinski, St. Viator’s, Dauphin


“In hearing the individual parish council highlight reports, I am in awe of all the good works being performed. The three goals: faith, service and social justice are a perfect fit for CWL.”
- Cathy Sabiston, St. John XXIII Parish, Winnipeg


“Wonderful to hear what each council was doing (President Reports). Lovely spiritual programs. Always nice to connect with old friends and make new ones!”
- Mary Platt, St. Dominic’s, Neepawa


“Always so enlightening, caring and a joy to be with Our Sisters in Christ.”
- Simone Weisbrodt, Diane Hamiwka, St. Columba, Swan River


“Convention is a time of renewal. Renewal of friendships, goals, energy and memories.”
- Monika Bingham, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish, Winnipeg


“Conventions give us all the chance,
To listen and to share,
To build a bond of sisterhood,
Forged in Love and Prayer.”
- Sharon, Sharon, Anna, Anna, Susan, Regina, Con, Colleen and Bev, St. Anthony of Padua, Winnipeg


“We were welcomed warmly by lots of friends from the National Convention. Having the game sheet at supper was a wonderful idea. Attending CWL gatherings brightens my life. When I walk into the room with all of the women I immediately feel sisterhood. It becomes obvious that we all share our love for Jesus and we all care for all the world.” -- Phillis Wiscombe, St.Michael’s Parish, Gimli


“CWL is of great importance to me. It not only enriches me spiritually but keeps me informed on matters of great concern, especially in these troubled times I.e. abortion, euthanasia, “caring for our common home.”
- Carlline Meseric, St. Theresa’s, Middlechurch/West St. Paul

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Our sincerest thanks go out to Eva Arsenault for putting together this summary slideshow, as well as for taking down quotes from the convention. Through contributions like yours, we are able to share Faith Stories with our entire archdiocesan community.

The Church in Canada Section

National Conference attendees reminded that "He thirsts for you"
May 21, 2019

Ottawa, Ontario - April 4th to 6th Catholics from across Canada gathered in Ottawa for the National Conference on Evangelization and Catechesis. This year’s theme was “He thirsts for you” referring to John’s gospel account of the Women at the well. Delegates from the Archdioceses of Winnipeg and St. Boniface were at the conference.

The conference began with an opening play by Elisa Lollino, a local playwright and actress, who gave an internal perspective of the characters in the account. The play explored the thoughts of people of the time, their view on Christ, and the Samaritan Women. This starting point of the weekend gave attendees a perspective on the complexities of evangelization and catechesis.

A number of the delegates from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg

Opening keynotes were given by Dr. Josephine Lombardi, a professor of Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough, and Fr. Ron Rolheiser, a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate. Lombardi challenged participants to understand their own vulnerability and woundedness which in turn gives an understanding to Christ's woundedness in others. Rolheiser spoke of the tension within the Church between the "conservative" and "liberal" Catholics. Both sides having the goal of protecting the Church, staying true to our essentials, and being a relevant Church.

A common challenge throughout the conference by the keynotes and workshops was taking ministries we have today and applying them to New Evangelization and catechesis. How do we go out and meet people where they are? How do we navigate the secular climate? Workshops covered topics such as prison ministry, First nations cultural perspectives, encounter, art and music.

Attendees were exposed to many avenues in which we can catechize and evangelize others in our faith. We were challenged to see ways where Catholicism is expressed today, where it is often easy to group aspects of our society as secular.

To close the conference Bishop McGrattan of Calgary spoke of the continuation of those being evangelized and those catechizing to keep a high standard, though prayerfulness, humility and a will to serve. The conference seemed to follow a beautiful progression of those exploring the role of evangelization and catechesis in a secular culture. Exploring our own woundedness and tension to see the relevance of Catholicism while keeping a high standard when spreading the faith. There was a good turnout from the Archdiocese of Winnipeg which included parish catechism coordinators, educational directors (Children/Adult) and clergy. There was also a large representation from the western church of Canada.
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Our sincerest thanks to Nicholas Barker of St. Mary's Cathedral for this article submission. Thank you for sharing your faith story with the rest of our local church!

Radio Maria Canada launches ‘Mariathon 2019’ to support local and global initiatives
May 13, 2019

Toronto, OntarioFrom May 10 to 31, Radio Maria Canada hosts its annual Mariathon. This campaign, held every May, raises money for Radio Maria ministries that are in financial need – in countries where funds are scarce. In addition to raising funds for member networks, Mariathon will help support its Canadian ministry in continuing to provide enriching programs for hearts and homes.

“More than ever, Canadians need to discover and re-discover the grace of faith, the joy of hope and the power of love over hate and despair,” says Dr. John Romanelli, president of Radio Maria Canada. “The funds raised during Mariathon will help us complete annual projects and recruit additional volunteers to join us in reaching those most in need, through radio, a medium that is readily available to all.”

Founded in 1995 by Luigi Pautasso, an inspirational Italo-Canadian (1931-2013), Radio Maria has been broadcasting in Italian since its beginning and, since 2017, in English. In November 2018, Radio Maria Canada launched a Spanish language channel for Canada’s more than 450,000 Spanish speaking community.  A registered charity mainly operated by a dedicated team of volunteers and a small group of employees, Radio Maria Canada does not accept advertising or government funding – but rather relies on the providence of God and intercession of Mary.

“Like our sister networks, Radio Maria Canada does not receive any financial support from government or advertisers and relies mainly on volunteers and the financial support of listeners,” says Fr. Charles Michael Grech, ofm, director at Radio Maria Canada.“We are inviting our listeners to open up their hearts and consider donating to our Mariathon this year, or to help us gain the support of someone within their circle of family or friends. The Lord has blessed us with the gift of Faith – and the ministry of Radio Maria. We hope to redouble our efforts to radiate this good news to all – at home and around the world.”

From its beginning, Radio Maria has had an agreement with its listeners, confirming that this wonderful adventure would continue so long as there is an audience willing to make sacrifices to support it. Through its three channels, listeners can tune into Holy Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, catechism, programs on human formation, news in the global and local Church and music which elevates God, instills peace and encourages prayer.

How to listen: through an app for Apple and Android, online, through Radio Maria Canada's radio, and over the phone.

To become a volunteer, learn more about Radio Maria or to listen live, 24/7, visit radiomaria.ca.

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Submitted by Radio Maria