Recent News

Revitalizing the Franciscan Presence in Canada

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, Montreal, Quebec – The Franciscan (Order of Friars Minor) provinces of St. Joseph (Eastern Canada) and Christ the King (Western Canada) are pleased to announce their upcoming union. This union will take place at the end of a process begun several years ago. Click here to view the full statement.

Archdiocese of Winnipeg statement on new CCCB document on Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse

Click here for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg statement on the newly-released CCCB document on Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse.

2018 Archdiocesan Family Day

2018 Archdiocesan Family Festival

On October 27, 2018, we are hosting a Family Festival for the entire archdiocesan community with the theme, "One Grace, One Family, One Mission" (John 17: 21). 

The objectives of the Festival are:

  • To celebrate our faith and God's universal grace as a family that is united regardless of cultural and ethnic differences
  • To deepen our understanding and appreciation of our role as family members in the parish and the Archdiocese
  • To empower each member of the family to live out the mission that God has bestowed upon us - to be missionary disciples in the new millennium
  • To share our Time, Talents, and Treasures, leading us to spiritual growth and maturity of faith

We cordially invite all members of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg to participate in this joyous occasion - our 2018 Family Festival!


  1. E-Mail Registration - for large group registrations
    • Using Microsoft Excel, please fill out the following fields:
      - Name of Participant
      - Father's Name
      - Mother's Name
      - (otherwise applicable) Guardian's Name
      - Any known allergy/ies
    • Save the file as: FamilyFestParticipants_NameofParishorGroup
    • Send the file to; cc:
  2. Online Registration - for individual registration
  3. Paper Registration - for individual registration

Family Festival Expo


  1. To share about your parish/group/ministry
  2. To inform about and invite the participation of Family Festival participants to your parish/group/ministry

Suggested Material:

  1. At least one Presentation Board
  2. Other Materials:
    • Laptop – please notify us so we can assign you to an area with available outlets
    • Flyers, brochures, pamphlets
    • Banners – please bring your own stand
  3. Please be informed that we will be assigning two participants per table (N.B. may vary depending on the materials that the parish/ministry will be bringing).

Suggested Content:

  • Your Parish/Group/Ministry Name
  • Address
  • Objectives
  • Vision-Mission Statement
  • Photos (the more photos, the better!)
  • Posters for upcoming events (if applicable)
  • Make your display interactive!
    • You may think of some engaging activity or game that would encourage some interaction between and among the visitors of the expo.
    • You may also give out small gifts/candies/chocolates to the visitors as incentives upon their visit.

Click here to register for the Expo


When: October 27, 2018 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Where: Petrus Hall (2624 Inkster Blvd., Winnipeg)

Registration Due Date: October 15, 2018

Registration Fee: None required. Loving offerings accepted.


For any questions, please contact us at:

(204) 452 - 2227 ext. 228

Office of Catechetics and Faith Development
(204) 452 - 2227 ext. 243 

Western Conference for Liturgy

Western Conference for Liturgy 

This year’s Western Conference for Liturgy takes place in the Archdiocese of St. Boniface (Winnipeg, MB) which is celebrating its 200th anniversary.  

Training the Trainers: A Workshop for Liturgical Leaders will be on October 26 (Friday evening) to October 27 (Saturday, 9 -3) with Catholic theologian, liturgist, and award-winning editor, Bernadette Gasslein. We invite you and liturgical leaders of your parish to come and learn the elements of theology and spirituality that ground the practicalities of liturgical ministry.

 This conference will explore:

  1. The meaning of baptismal spirituality and how it is the foundation for liturgical ministry.
  2. Strategies to meet the challenge of establishing a common vision for liturgical ministry.
  3. The theological foundation of the ministries of lector, musician, Extraordinary Minister for Holy Communion (EMHC) and hospitality minister.
  4. The spirituality of being a lector, musician, EMHC and hospitality minister.

 The conference will be especially beneficial for clergy and liturgical leaders responsible for the formation and training of parish or diocesan liturgical ministers.

 For more information and registration details, visit the conference website at: 

We hope to see you and the liturgical leaders of your diocese or parish at the conference! 


‚ÄčLia O'Hara
Chair - Executive Committee
Western Conference for Liturgy  


+ Archbishop Gérard Pettipas, C.Ss.R.
Archbishop of Grouard-McLennan
Western Conference for Liturgy

Returning to Spirit Foundational Workshop

As a Canadian Society and as a Church, we have been called to reconcile our history with the Indigenous people concerning the legacy of both the Indian Residential Schools and colonization. The main purpose of the Returning to Spirit Foundational workshop is to empower you to reconcile you to you, you to others and you to life. Reconciliation is a call and yearning of the human heart at its root, even more from a Christian heart.

I invite you to be part of this reconciliation project for yourself, your family, your relationships and your society. You can do that by participating in a Returning to Spirit workshop. There are two workshops in the coming four months. For information and to register, please go to the following links:

Two weekends RTS Foundational workshop to favour those who cannot participate otherwise because of their employment, November 3-4 and 10-11, 2018:

4-day RTS Foundational workshop, Wednesday to Saturday, January 9-12, 2019:

For other information concerning Returning to Spirit, see: 

Thank you for giving serious consideration to this invitation.

François Paradis, for Returning to Spirit Inc.

Synod on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment" taking place on October 3 to 28, 2018

The Holy Father Pope Francis is convening bishops and delegates from all over the world for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on "Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment." 

Here's a video from Catholic News Service which summarizes what a Synod is, and what's about to take place in Vatican City starting October 3rd. 

Here are the Canadian bishops participating in the Synod:

Elected member of the Synod of the Greek Ukrainian Catholic Church
Most Rev. Brian J. Bayda, Ukrainian Eparchial Bishop of Saskatoon

Elected Members of the Episcopal Conference of Canada
Most Rev. Luc Cyr, Archbishop of Sherbrooke
Most Rev. Thomas Dowd, Auxiliary Bishop of Montreal
Most Rev. Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil
Most Rev. Stephen Arthur Jensen, Bishop of Prince George

Member participating as leader of a Roman dicastery
His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops

Member appointed by the Holy Father
His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada
Fr. Michael Czerny SJ, Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development

Elected to represent Paraguay
Most Reverend Pierre Laurent JUBINVILLE, C.S.P., Bishop of San Paedro, Paraguay

2018 Report of the CCCB President

About 90 bishops from across Canada have gathered in Cornwall, Ontario, for their annual Plenary Assembly. Please click here to view the 2018 report from Bishop Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and President of the CCCB.

The CCCB at 75 Years

Let us pray for our bishops in Canada as they continue to gather for their annual Plenary Assembly in Cornwall, Ontario (September 24-28, 2018). Please take a look at this documentary: a collection of interviews of past CCCB presidents, describing the work and contribution of the episcopal conference. It includes our Archbishop Emeritus, Archbishop V. James Weisgerber.

Thank you to Salt + Light Media for bringing us this superb piece.

Archbishop appoints new Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry

The Archbishop is pleased to appoint John Acosta as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. This appointment is effective October 1, 2018.

Click here to view the Memorandum issued by Rev. W. Richard Arsenault. 

Cana Welcome

CANA WELCOME is a program for couples offered by the Chemin Neuf Community in Winnipeg. It is for those seeking to build their marriages on a strong foundation, go deeper in their faith, and find support from other couples. It consists of small sharing groups of 4-5 couples who meet monthly in each other’s homes.  An introduction will be offered Sunday, October 28, 2:00 - 5:00 at the St. Charles Retreat Centre, 323 St. Charles St. (children welcome).  Come and explore if this is for you.  Please RSVP by Oct. 2: Matt and Lisseth, 204-898-4834 or info@westdesign.caClick here for the poster.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Formation Course, Level I

10 Saturdays, Oct. 2018 to June 2019 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish.  The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a program of Christian formation for children aged 3-12 years that is based on the Bible and liturgy of the church. Inspired by the principles of Montessori education, it was begun in Rome in 1954 by Sofia Cavalletti, author of The Religious Potential of the Child.   It is growing in the Archdioceses of Winnipeg and St. Boniface and has been endorsed by both Archbishops. See brochure.  For more information, contact Maureen Fernandes, (204) 832-4336,

Vocations Chalice initiative in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg


“What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD”(Psalm 116:12-13)

It is my joy to announce the start of the Vocations Chalice initiative in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. Starting September 22nd, 2018 at 5:00PM mass, St. John Brebeuf parish in Winnipeg will start praying for vocations with a "Vocations Prayer Chalice." Praying for vocations is a responsibility and privilege of all the baptized. The Prayer Chalice will be presented to a family at the conclusion of a Saturday or Sunday Mass each week. The family will take the Chalice home and use it as a focal point while praying through a week-long program for vocations in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg. In successive weeks, the Chalice will be passed to other families. I thank the Serra Club of Winnipeg and St. John Brebeuf parish for organizing this Vocational Prayer initiative.

Our Lord Jesus Christ left us one saying about vocations and that is to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into His harvest. (cf. Lk 10:2, Mt 9:37) Let us fulfill this command of Our Lord Jesus Christ with joyful hearts and praise on our lips.

Fr. Peter Nemcek, Director of Vocations

Marriage Preparation Sessions in the Archdiocese of Winnipeg

Churches are asked to provide schedules of their Marriage Preparation Sessions for 2018 for posting in this weekly bulletin and on the Archdiocese of Winnipeg website. Please email the information to

St. Ignatius Parish (255 Stafford St. Winnipeg)

Marriage Preparation weekends

  • January 25, 26,27: 2019
  • April 12, 13, 14 : 2019

Contact to register