Category: Stories

Tea Light Service
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Tea Light Service

By Sr. Fay Trombley, S.C.I.C. Everyone knows what we like about the Food Bank and Thrift Store. BUT what do we like about Tuk Church? This is how people after Sunday brunch responded: “We like 11 a.m. service. We are all together even if we don’t have a priest.” “We like the way Dorothy and...

Intrepid Oblate
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Intrepid Oblate

By Agnieszka Ruck, The B.C. Catholic He had no idea how to ice fish, fire a gun, or ride a dogsled when Father Raymond de Coccola, OMI, arrived in a 1930s Inuit community in present-day Nunavut. The French-speaking oblate had only his sense of adventure, his desire to evangelize distant lands, and his camera with...

Christmas In Tuktoyaktuk
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Christmas In Tuktoyaktuk

By Father David Reilander The coast of the Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk, North West Territories. The sun won’t rise above the horizon for two more weeks and the ice is 6 feet thick. I visited Sr. Fay Trombley and the Inuvialuit to offer Mass on Christmas when it was -51C Celsius. Lucy Valle, whom you...

Rebuilding The Church
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Rebuilding The Church

By Mickey Conlon In early February Denise and Joshua Grimard were making one of their infrequent visits to Telegraph Creek, B.C. It was where the lay pastoral workers for the Diocese of Whitehorse called home until they were driven out, along with all the other inhabitants, by the forest fires that devastated northern B.C. last...

The End of an Era
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The End of an Era

By Denise Titian After decades of serving the spiritual needs of people of the Catholic faith in Ahousaht, on Feb. 7, 2018, St. Lawrence Catholic Church was bulldozed to the ground. The iconic little white church, built in the summer of 1956, had fallen into a state of disrepair and was condemned. At one point...

Where Have All the Oblates Gone in Fond Du Lac?
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Where Have All the Oblates Gone in Fond Du Lac?

Story and Photos by Father David Reilander The Laurentian Plateau, better known as the Canadian Shield, is composed of igneous and metamorphic rock around Hudson Bay that rose from great depths in the Precambrian and formed the core of North America after splitting off from ancient Arctica. The current surface is the root of eroded...

The Church Burned Down
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The Church Burned Down

By Mickey Conlon It was a Sunday in late July, not unlike most Sundays for Denise Grimard, save for the fact she was about eight months pregnant. She was attending Mass at St. Theresa’s Mission Church in Telegraph Creek, B.C., the mission church her husband, Joshua, had just put a roof on. Her youngest of...

The Witness
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The Witness

By Elvira Santiago Foronda , Charitable Gifts Manager One of our donors established a family endowment fund to support the urgent needs of our missions. I was pleasantly surprised during our conversation when he said, “I want to establish this endowment to inspire my children, who are not very close to the church, to help...

Shared Lay Formation Program
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Shared Lay Formation Program

By Sr.Bonita Komarnicki, SSMI In 1996, the Eparchy of Saskatoon had a Needs Assessment Survey. From that Survey, the biggest need from the Assessment was Adult Education. Sr. Patricia Lacey, SSMI and Sr. Gloria Mokry, SSMI from the Ukrainian Catholic Religious Education Centre met with the Saskatoon Diocesan Lay Formation Program Directors. After a great...

Praying with Paint
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Praying with Paint

By Michael Swan Love and pictures go together. You can piece together who and what anybody loves by the pictures on their phone, the pictures they hang on their walls, the pictures pinned to their cubicle at work and the pictures they’ve posted to Facebook. But the next question has to be that Bee Gees...