“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when He is revealed…

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…, love one another deeply from the heart.”

1 Peter 1:13,22

“Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves…

Set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring…”
-1 Peter 1:13

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

A Parish Home

St. Peter Catholic Church, 100 Argyle Steet, Regina, SK  S4R 4C3 is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina.

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Welcome, parishioners and visitors, Catholics and non-Catholics. This web site introduces our services and the thought behind them, offers useful prayers and contact info, describes some charitable opportunities here, and gives parish news.

The typefaces can be made bigger or smaller using the control above to the right. If you come across any religious terms you don’t know,  a link to a dictionary of Catholic and Bible terms is available at the bottom of each page. If you seek sacraments, please see the icons in the menu (above) symbolizing baptism, reconciliation, confirmation, the Eucharist, holy orders, matrimony, and anointing.

Our church is wheelchair accessible. Although remaining COVID restrictions prevent children’s liturgy at this time, we invite children to keep coming. All of us are called to be nourished at God’s table.

Children and youth: Our art classes for ages 8-18, are paused until September. If the province reopening goes well, they will here in person again! New sign-ups are always welcome; click on the page graphic to the left for the sign-up sheet and more information. Thank you, Dawna and youth, and have a great summer!

To see what other activities there are for children and youth within our Archdiocese, click here.

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Except during COVID time (we have had to remove unwashable items that more than one person might touch), we put out “Celebrating Children at St. Peter Parish” / “Pew Art” cards in the pews. One side has tips for parents and reminders to other parishioners to be welcoming, starting with “Relax! God put the wiggle in children…” The other side is for parents and children optionally to draw or write on, ideally as an aid to help the children learn God’s love, come to understand the Mass, and focus on prayers. You are welcome to print these from home and bring them to use if you wish. Click here for the PDF file (3 double sided cards per sheet). Thank you, parents, for joining us with your children!

Office: 306-545-4411, stpete@sasktel.net

Office hours during the pandemic are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; and Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-6:00 p.m.

To prevent crowding when we’re open, please call ahead.

Mapt of St. Peter Catholic Church, Regina

Our parish is in the Coronation Park district, 3-4 minutes’ drive west-southwest of Northgate Mall.

For calls about confession, anointing, dying, or death, please phone 306-807-0960 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. For hospital chaplain numbers, please see our  site’s section, “Preparing for Eternity.”

St. Peter Parish Bulletin and Other News

Note, weekday Masses on July 2 and 13-16 are cancelled.

Please also see the June bulletin insert for the Archdiocese of Regina statement, by Archbishop Don Bolen on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Residential School Grave Site Near Kamloops, and for upcoming priest moves.

The Archdiocese of Regina also has an active Facebook page that notifies of, and facilitates discussion of, current events included or not included in the bulletin section of their webpage.

Please also see the June bulletin insert for the Archdiocese of Regina statement, by Archbishop Don Bolen on the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation Residential School Grave Site Near Kamloops, and for upcoming priest moves. The Archdiocese of Regina also has an active Facebook page that notifies of, and facilitates discussion of, current events included or not included in the bulletin section of their webpage.

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We hope and pray that you and yours stay well, safe from COVID-19 and from its painful social and economic side-effects.

If you need someone to talk to or pray with, or someone to pick up groceries, please e-mail outreach@archregina.sk.ca or call 306-541-3086, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday.

For other emergency aid: Food support, 306-777-7000. Food, shelter, etc., 1-866-221-5200. Mobile crisis, 306-757-0127. See the City of Regina’s Community Partners website for bagged lunches info and more. For workers and businesses, useful information is at the Saskatchewan.ca website. If you’re not sure who else to call, please phone or text 211, or start a web chat at sk.211.ca (service available 24/7).

St. Peter Parish gladly and actively supports a number of local charities and our nearby Catholic Schools, but we cannot give out church money to people.

Some Prayerful / Charitable / Social Groups at St. Peter Catholic Church

(See more in the Serving Together section.)

To Grow in Holiness

Weekend Masses: We are in a transition period from SHA’s COVID-19 restrictions towards pre-pandemic routines. When social distancing policies are completely gone and we can fill up the church safely, we plan to go back to having only two Masses in English and one per month in Tagalog. Until further notice, weekend Masses are Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Sorry, no Tagalog Masses yet. Please wear a mask at church for now.

Regular Weekday Masses: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., and Wednesdays to Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Please note, weekday Masses on July 13-16, are cancelled.

We are still taking certain precautions to ensure that COVID-19 is not spread here. This is for the sake of  unvaccinated children whose long-term reactions to COVID-19 are unknown, those who for medical reasons could not yet receive vaccinations, and those whose full vaccinations might not protect them sufficiently from certain variants of concern in our city (we await data from the medical community). Please see the July bulletin for details. Regrettably, those with new possible symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever or chills, loss of taste or smell; new cough, sickly feeling or aches and pains; and those who were in contact with someone with COVID-19 or outside the country within the last 14 days, may not come at this time.

What is the Mass? And why is it great and necessary? Good questions, certainly. Two short introductory videos can be found here and here. The topic is further explored in “Why Catholic? Why Church?” and in resources in the “Always Learning” section of our website.

Online Masses and other videos from our Archdiocese  are available at their YouTube channel.

If you would like to read along, the readings, Psalm, and Gospel of the day are available for free at Universalis.

Donations to St. Peter Parish: At our parish we become holy through baptism, we are brought to repent of deadly sins and receive forgiveness, we are strengthened and delighted with spiritual food, we find the most beautiful ways to make great positive differences together in the world, and we are readied for eternal life. It is the Lord working through the Church, but it costs us significantly to do our part. Your financial contributions help make this possible. Donations can be made to us by cash or cheque (mailed or brought in), or by other means such as credit card, direct debit, or e-transfer.

On July 13, Archbishop Donald Bolen introduced the next step in our church’s efforts to undo, as much as possible, the sufferings of our Indigenous Peoples. Excerpts follow (bold added):

“…Saskatchewan bishops are launching a province-wide Appeal to raise funds to support Indian Residential School Survivors and their communities, as a way of engaging more deeply in our own ongoing commitment and response to the Truth and Reconciliation process. [Y]ou can visit this website to make a contribution…: https://dscf.ca/catholic-trc-healing-response/

The funding priorities are guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action involving a financial commitment, and here I would highlight #61, which calls for support of community-controlled initiatives for healing and reconciliation, language and culture, education and relationship building, and dialogue between Indigenous spiritual leaders and youth; and the Calls to Action which address cemeteries of former residential schools (#73-76). We would look to be guided by Indigenous communities here in Saskatchewan in terms of the allocation of funds, with a goal of building and strengthening relationships along the way…

This province has many wounds in its history, but this is the deepest, beginning with the First Peoples of this land, their experience of colonization, and most acutely, their experience of the Indian Act and the residential school system…

Chief Cadmus Delorme has commented how Indigenous and church people of today have inherited the present situation. I quote, “Nobody today created residential schools. Nobody today created the Indian Act. Nobody today created the 60’s scoop. We all inherited this.” It’s helpful for us to hear that. But it is for us to rise to the occasion to be instruments of healing and reconciliation…”

archregina.sk.ca/news/2021/07/13/launching-appeal-survivors-and-their-communities

Before and after this appeal, many of us should ask, “As a non-Indigenous person, how can I help?” Our Archdiocese has recommended the answer from Cowesses First Nation (click here).

Our Archdiocese also posted a very touching poem, “Angels: 215 >, 1820 – 1979 ‘The Past is Always Our Present'” by Louise Bernice Halfe.

For those who are suffering intensely, please click here for some phone support numbers. Please know that you are in our prayers and in our hearts.

In the Regina Area

The July 13 “Thinking Faith” Episode

Deacon Eric Gurash speaks about the relationship between spiritual reality and mental health, offering many practical points and sharing experiences.

“Rote prayer and intercessory prayer: Those two things can really help break the cycle of mental health pain and trauma. We’re going to look at that together today.”

See thinkingfaith.libsyn.com/rote-prayer-intercessory-prayer-and-mental-health for the full podcast.

Related: Emmaus Family Support in Regina

The following is from the “About” section of their webpage, emmaussupport.wordpress.com:

Welcome to Emmaus Family Support. My name is Eric Gurash, a Permanent Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.

Our is a Christian peer-led support for mental health caregivers. We are a gathering of individuals who are the primary caregivers of a family member or loved one experiencing mental health challenges.

Several years ago one of our children was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. It quickly became clear to my wife and I that, when it came to support for ourselves, as primary caregivers of a loved one with serious mental health challenges, there was very little on offer.

As we began speaking with others about our own experiences as caregivers, it became apparent that we were not alone. In sharing about our experiences, we are regularly approached by others feel the need for ongoing peer support.

The name “Emmaus Family Support” underscores the collaborative, mutually supportive nature of our ministry. It also acknowledges the often surprising presence of Christ whom we have discovered suddenly travelling at our side.

This site has been developed as a means of communicating resources and support materials for caregivers of family members and friends experiencing mental health difficulties and challenges. It is meant to be a place where faith, and the strength of our collective lived experiences can provide solace, compassion, and above-all, hope to others who find themselves in similar circumstances.

What is Peer Support?

Peer support involves the coming together of individuals with lived experience of, in our case, mental health challenges within the family. Peer support focuses on shared learning, building resiliency, walking together, and moving forward towards a healthier life for ourselves and those whom we care for.

If you like podcasts, we invite you to check out our Archdiocese’s Thinking Faith episodes.

Informed by St. Peter’s Successors

Pope Francis’ Message for the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, July 25, 2021

Excerpts are given in our July bulletin (see above). To see the video, click on the screenshot above. To read the full text, click here.

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A common theme in Pope Francis’ teaching concerns a major historical development in our time, the plight of countless refugees. In his 2020 encyclical, On Fraternity and Social Friendship, he writes:

Every war leaves our world worse than it was before. War is a failure of politics and of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat before the forces of evil. Let us not remain mired in theoretical discussions, but touch the wounded flesh of the victims. Let us look once more at all those civilians whose killing was considered “collateral damage”. Let us ask the victims themselves. Let us think of the refugees and displaced, those who suffered the effects of atomic radiation or chemical attacks, the mothers who lost their children, and the boys and girls maimed or deprived of their childhood. Let us hear the true stories of these victims of violence, look at reality through their eyes, and listen with an open heart to the stories they tell.

Fratelli Tutti, 261, from the Vatican website.

On this topic, our parish has been asked to put out the word for a Syrian family that needs help. Another church in Regina has verified to us the validity of this fundraiser, which is being done through GoFundMe, which in turn guarantees that donations go to the right person(s).

“Nadem Rajab and his son were killed when their home was bombed in Syria. His wife, Souaad Mahli, and seven of their children survived and they are now refugees living a very difficult life in Lebanon. We are raising money to sponsor Souaad and her family to give them a new life in Canada. This family has suffered immeasurable loss. Bombs and gunfire have taken brothers, sisters, children and parents. While Souaad and her family have escaped the ravages of war in Syria, their situation in Lebanon is far from perfect. Syrian refugees are treated badly in Lebanon, and life is very hard. Many Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon are being burned…” For more information or to donate, please go to gofund.me/3751a25b.

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when He is revealed…Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…, love one another deeply from the heart…

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind…[R]ejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when His glory is revealed.

1 Peter 1:13,22, 3:8, 4:13

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind…[R]ejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when His glory is revealed.

1 Peter 3:8, 4:13

Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth…, love one another deeply from the heart…

Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a tender heart, and a humble mind…

[R]ejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when His glory is revealed.

1 Peter 1:22, 3:8, 4:13

Thank you for visiting. May God bless you.