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Our Lady of the Snows mission in Fort St. James, British Columbia

The community of Fort St. James was founded by Simon Fraser in 1806 and is one of British Columbia’s earliest communities. Located 160 km northwest of Prince George, it was first established on the site traditionally used by First Nations people as a gathering place. Source:   http://www.gcatholic.org/churches/canada-west/12491.htm Today, the town has a population of about...

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Whale Cove, Nunavut

Priestless mission manages to survive in the Arctic We have to organize our lives without groceries and mail coming from the South. By Sister Dorica Sever, F.M.M., and Sister Fernande Rivard, S.A.S.V. In September 2015, Oblate Bishop Tony Krotki of the Diocese of Churchill-Hudson Bay, confirmed Sister Dorica Sever of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary...

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My Holy Week Up North

By Father Don Stein The past Holy Week marked my fifth Holy Week at Our Lady of Grace Mission in Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. I missed last year because of a serious hip surgery, but was able to find a replacement in the person of Oblate Father Joe Gouthier of Foyer Lacombe in St. Albert, Alberta....

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A Long Journey Home

Bring only a walking stick and sandals Only five people attended the first Mass that Father Johmer Faderanga celebrated in one of his missions, but he is not losing heart. People have warm and joyful hearts, and try their very best to respond. BY FATHER JOHMER FADERANGA Travelling is part of responding to the mission...

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Made it to the shortest day of the year

Although we’ve survived the darkness, I’m sure it will be thrilling to have the sun back. Originally from Fraser Lake, British Columbia, the Steiner family are on mission in the Mackenzie-Fort Smith diocese. Below, Theresa Steiner narrates their family’s first few months in Tsiigehtchic, Inuvik, Northwest Territories.  By Therese Steiner Well, we have made it...

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Greetings from the Land of the Midnight Sun

As one flies into the community, your senses are overwhelmed as the sun sparkles off the thousands of tiny lakes glistening like diamonds, highlighting a mossy green-and-crimson canvas. BY FATHER JON HANSEN, C.SS.R. Greetings to you from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, home of the newest mission of the Redemptorists in Canada and the most northerly mission...

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Year of Mercy

What God is like ‘When we ponder on the nature of God in His generous love and eternal care for the human race, we are filled with joy at the gestures of mercy he will have ready for us’         By Father Philip Kennedy, President, Catholic Missions In Canada In the Old Testament,...

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‘We all belong’

Jan. 25, 2016 update: Archbishop of Regina Daniel Bohan, 75, passed away in palliative care at Regina’s Pasqua Hospital January 15, 2016. Archbishop Daniel Bohan’s Christmas Message: Following is Archbishop Daniel Bohan’s Christmas message to his flock in the Archdiocese of Regina, Saskatchewan:   Dear Brothers and Sisters, “Do not be afraid” and “rejoice” are words...