A Parish Home

To Grow in Holiness

St. Peter Catholic Church

, 100 Argyle Steet, Regina, SK  S4R 4C3
, is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Regina. We are in the Coronation Park area, about three or four minutes’ drive west-southwest of Northgate Mall.

The Lord calls each of us: lowly or great, poor or rich, disabled or athletic, uneducated or educated. We love children coming, even if they make noise or distract sometimes. Our building is wheelchair accessible.  This website’s typefaces can be made bigger or smaller using the control to the right. Our site is not only for Catholics or Christians, so for times when religious terms are used, a link to a dictionary of Catholic and Bible terms is available at the bottom of each page.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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

The office is usually open MWF 9:30-1:30, and TTh, 2:00-6:00 (but closed Dec. 24-Jan. 4). For COVID-19 safety, we want to ensure not too many come at once; please make an appointment and wear a mask.

Map of St. Peter Parish, Regina

For calls about confession, anointing, dying, or death please phone 306-807-0960 between 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Hospital chaplains’ numbers, and prayers and reflections, can be found in our section, “Preparing for Eternity.”

Our last month’s and current bulletins are here in PDF format. The next bulletin will come out March 6/7.

The Knights of Columbus of our parish would like to thank you, our parishioners. Ten years ago, we started collecting winter clothing. At first, we collected for schools alone, St. Luke, St. Peter, St. Timothy and some schools outside our area. Then you were so generous – we also received adult clothing which we gave to Marian Centre, Carmichael Outreach and some other locations. All who received were so thankful!…we have collected over 2,000 cubic feet of clothing…For ten years, our parish has made so many people so very happy for Christmas! Thank you so very much! God bless!

From the Canadian Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience:

  • [I]t is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada…Please write to Saskatchewan legislators using the letter [at the website] to encourage them to create legislation that ensures that doctors, nurses and pharmacists have their conscience rights protected.
  • The Federal government has tabled new legislation for euthanasia in 2020. They plan to remove the “reasonably forseeable death” criteria. Disability activists are speaking out fiercely against this change because that criteria protects persons with disabilities from euthanasia. Click the link below to tell your MP that you want them to vote to protect the vulnerable.
    www.canadiansforconscience.ca/federal_government

For more current events, see the Regina Archdiocese Events Calendar.

Donations to our parish: At our parish we receive holiness 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.

Some Prayerful, Charitable, and Social Groups at St. Peter Parish

(See more groups, etc., in the Serving Together section.)

St. Peter's CWL

St. Peter's El Shaddai

St. Peter's Knights of Columbus

St. Peter Parish and its groups gladly and actively support a number of local charities and our nearby Catholic Schools.

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During this difficult pandemic, 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).

For more details on financial help, food, and other disaster relief, please see inside our January bulletin.

Although we help a number of local charities in a number of ways, we cannot give out church money to people.

Pope Francis on Prayer and Holy Scripture, Jan. 27, 2021.

(An abridgement follows.)

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Good morning!

Today I would like to focus on the prayer we can do beginning with a Bible passage. The words of Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart. The Word of God goes to the heart. The Catechism affirms that: “prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture” — the Bible cannot be read like a novel — “so that a dialogue takes place between God and man” (n. 2653). This is where prayer leads you, because it is a dialogue with God…

This experience happens to all believers: a passage from Scripture, heard many times already, unexpectedly speaks to me one day, and enlightens a situation that I am living. But it is necessary that I be present on that day for that appointment with the Word. That I be there, listening to the Word. Every day God passes and sows a seed in the soil of our lives. We do not know whether today he will find dry ground, brambles, or good soil that will make that seed grow (cf. Mk 4: 3-9)…

The believer does not turn to the Holy Scriptures to support his or her own philosophical and moral view, but because he or she hopes for an encounter; the believer knows that those words were written in the Holy Spirit, and that therefore they should be welcomed and understood in that same Spirit, so that the encounter can occur.

It bothers me a little when I hear Christians who recite verses from the Bible like parrots. “Oh, yes… Oh, the Lord says… He wants this…”. But did you encounter the Lord, with that verse?…

And when the Word of God, infused with the Holy Spirit, is received with an open heart, it does not leave things as they were before: never. Something changes. And this is the grace and the power of the Word of God…

In particular, the method of “Lectio divina” was established; it originated in monastic circles, but is now also practised by Christians who frequent their parishes.

It is first of all a matter of reading the biblical passage attentively: even more, I would say with “obedience” to the text, to understand what it means in and of itself.

One then enters into dialogue with Scripture, so that those words become a cause for meditation and prayer: while remaining faithful to the text, I begin to ask myself what it “says to me”. This is a delicate step: we must not slip into subjective interpretations, but rather become part of the living Tradition, which unites each of us to Sacred Scripture.

The last step of Lectio divina is contemplation. Words and thoughts here give way to love, as between lovers for whom sometimes it is enough to just look at each other in silence…

The Word inspires good intentions and sustains action; it gives us strength and serenity, and even when it challenges us, it gives us peace. On “bad” and confusing days, it guarantees to the heart a core of confidence and of love that protects it from the attacks of the evil one…

Good Christians must be obedient, but they must be creative. Obedient, because they listen to the Word of God; creative, because they have the Holy Spirit within who drives them to be so, to lead them forward. At the end of one of his discourses addressed in the form of parables, Jesus makes this comparison: “Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure” — the heart — “what is new and what is old” (Mt 13:52). The Holy Scriptures are an inexhaustible treasure. May the Lord grant us all to draw ever more from them, though prayer. Thank you.

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 so that you have genuine mutual love, 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

We wish everyone safety on the roads and sidewalks,
peace, and good health.

May God bless you.

Weekend Masses: Come to a Saturday evening or Sunday morning Mass only at the time given to you by our organizers. We temporarily aren’t advertising these times, in order to prevent walk-ins that would exceed the allowed number of people present. To request to attend, please email speteryqr@gmail.com, indicating which day and how many from your household, or leave this information in a voicemail at 306-545-4411. The request should be made early in the week, because the lists are usually finalized mid-week.

Regular Weekday Masses: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., and Wednesdays to Fridays at 9:00 a.m. One does not need to send a request to attend on a weekday unless it’s a special occasion.

What is the Mass? And why is it great and necessary? Two 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.

To ensure that COVID-19 is not spread here, those with possible symptoms, such as fever or chills, loss of taste or smell, new cough, or sickly feelings, and those who were in contact with someone with COVID-19 or outside the country within the last 14 days, may not enter our building. Then, social distancing between households, and wearing protective face masks are required.

Online Masses and other videos from our Archdiocese  are available at its YouTube channel. The following video is Archbishop Don’s Oct. 30 message. If you prefer a quick read, an abridged version follows.

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40 Days for Life

Feb. 7-Mar. 28
Details at Regina ProLife’s Website

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Regarding Vaccines for COVID-19 That are Used in Canada

On Dec. 21, 2020, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a very brief Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-Covid-19 Vaccines, which recommends using the vaccines and assures us that doing so does not in any way imply that abortion is ok. Our Archdiocese’s theologian Dr. Brett Salkeld has written well in defense of it; some main points of his recent article in Church Life Journal follow:

How to Vaccinate Like a Catholic:
A Guide Through the Prickly COVID-19 Issues
by Dr. Brett Salkeld (Excerpts)


In season 3 of [the TV show series] The Good Place, the protagonists discover that no one has actually made it to the good place in roughly 500 years….The modern world, it seems, has become so morally complex that virtually every action is morally compromised.

While a medieval European peasant could eat a vegetable without any moral qualms, her modern counterpart doing the same seemingly benign act is caught in a moral web well beyond her own capacity to calculate or even imagine: Where did the seeds come from? Were the workers who planted, tended, and harvested the produce treated justly? What is the carbon footprint of transportation and refrigeration? Does the supermarket chain that sold it provide financial or moral support to unethical causes?…

Cooperation with Evil?

The brilliance of the TV show’s dilemma, however, is that we feel instinctively both that it is wrong to cooperate with evil and that it is profoundly unfair to be judged so harshly for matters over which one has so little control, or even knowledge. What is one to do?…

The trouble with saying it is never licit to cooperate with evil is that, when you scratch the surface, no one actually believes it. At least, not consistently. Every one of us cooperates with evil every single day. And very few of us lose sleep over it. [As in the case above, of having a vegetable to eat:] We cooperate with evil when we shop and when we vote, when we invest, when we watch movies, when we pay taxes, and when we post on social media. We might even cooperate with evil when we recycle!

Should we lose sleep over it? On occasion, yes. But mostly, no. Which is to say, some of these instances of cooperation with evil are not permissible, though the vast majority are. How can we tell the difference?…

Remote Material Cooperation with Evil

To begin: there is, according to Catholic teaching, only one category of cooperation with evil that is ever permissible. And even that one, known as “remote material cooperation with evil,” may only be justified by proportionate reasons. If this sounds highly technical, folk wisdom encapsulates the basic premise in the idea of “the lesser of two evils.”

Remote material cooperation with evil has two basic distinguishing features. First, it is material. This means that the cooperating agent does not intend the evil with which they are cooperating. I may vote for someone who will do some evil that I do not intend. Or, I may give someone money, by paying their wage or buying their product or giving alms, without intending the evil they will do with that money. That is material cooperation. But were I to vote for someone who will do some evil that I do support and intend, or give someone money with the intention of him spending it in evil ways, that would be formal cooperation, and that is never permissible.

Second, it is remote. Technically, this means that the cooperation does not lead directly to the perpetration of the evil. If it did, it would be proximate…

The Church’s Teaching Applied to the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Which brings us to the first two vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective…the use of which is considered by the overwhelming majority of Catholic ethicists and bishops to be clearly and easily justifiable. How was this assessment made?…

While they are not quite “ethically irreproachable,” Catholics should actually be very grateful that the first vaccines out of the gate are much less problematic than they might have been.

But just how compromised are they? That is to say, just how remote is the remote cooperation with evil in question? Catholic ethicist and Legionary priest Matthew Schneider writes that:

In speaking of this remoteness, we need to look at the steps removed. First, the abortion or miscarriage [there is some debate as to whether the fetus from whose tissue the cell line in question was produced was, in fact, aborted] was not done for the cell line, but was happening anyways. Second, the cells were not created for this experiment but already existed. Third, this was a test of the vaccine not the production of the vaccine. Fourth, in one test done by each company, the test didn’t even use HEK293 [the cell line in question] directly but used mice descendant from a mouse edited with HEK293 to produce human rather than mouse lung-lining proteins. So, yet another step removed.

Note that the first two steps he mentions would also apply to vaccines that use these cell lines in production. It is steps three and four that distinguish the two.

All of this should help us understand why the CDF [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] can say that these vaccines “can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive” (§3)…

Dangers of Misunderstanding: “Abortion is not a big deal”

…[T]he Church continues to teach what it has always taught about abortion and that the approval of these vaccines is perfectly consistent with the Church’s tradition of ethical reflection on these questions…

…[T]alk of vaccines made out of body parts or of the presence of the DNA of aborted children (an impossibility with mRNA vaccines, which contain no DNA whatsoever) [italics added] paradoxically makes it sound like Church approval of these vaccines actually does ignore the seriousness of abortion…But we must be very cautious in how we communicate about the issue. What is most needed to mitigate the impression that the Church is neglecting its duty to speak on behalf of the unborn is not dishonest and inflammatory language, but, rather, clear, measured, and precise language [italics added]…

Dangers of Misunderstanding: Is a Vaccine Really Necessary?

It is worth noting that the vast majority of our moral calculation on this question is on the “how remote is the cooperation” side of the equation…But it is important to recognize that a moral calculation also needs to happen on the “proportionate reasons” side of the equation.

…[M]any people with questions about Church teaching on this matter are not convinced of the gravity of the pandemic…

First, many more people get very sick than die, and many of those who get sick face long-term complications that we are only beginning to understand. The impact of the virus is far beyond the death count…

Second, there is an epidemiological paradox in the fact that the low death rates for COVID are a big part of what makes the disease so deadly. Viruses with very high death rates generally burn out before they conquer the globe. It is precisely COVID’s low death rate among the young, healthy, and mobile that has led to its dramatic spread and therefore to its enormous death count. And the fact that it has managed to reach this count in the face of massive social mobilization to limit that spread tells us just how deadly this virus is.

Moreover, however low the death rate is for many of us, it is quite high for some of us. The easiest, and perhaps the only, way to really protect the most vulnerable is to drive the prevalence of the virus in the general population down dramatically. There is no way to do that without vaccines.

If you like podcasts, we invite you to check out our Archdiocese’s Thinking Faith episodes, featuring Brett Salkeld and Deacon Eric Gurash.

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Our parish has been asked to put out the word for a Syrian family that needs help. Another church in Regina has verified 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.

We wish everyone safety on the roads and sidewalks,
peace, and good health.

May God bless you.

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 so that you have genuine mutual love, 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

“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!

Welcome to…

A Parish Home

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

The Lord calls each of us: lowly or great, poor or rich, disabled or athletic, uneducated or educated. We love children coming, even if they make noise or distract sometimes. Our building is wheelchair accessible.  This website’s typefaces can be made bigger or smaller using the control to the right. Our site is not only for Catholics or Christians, so for times when religious terms are used, a link to a dictionary of Catholic and Bible terms is available at the bottom of each page.

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

Office hours are MWF 9:30-1:30 and TTh 2:00-6:00. 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 and Archdiocese bulletins (also see the Regina Archdiocese Event Calendar):

The Knights of Columbus of our parish would like to thank you, our parishioners. Ten years ago, we started collecting winter clothing. At first, we collected for schools alone, St. Luke, St. Peter, St. Timothy and some schools outside our area. Then you were so generous – we also received adult clothing which we gave to Marian Centre, Carmichael Outreach and some other locations. All who received were so thankful!

…We have collected over 2,000 cubic feet of clothing…For ten years, our parish has made so many people so very happy for Christmas! Thank you so very much! God bless!

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

(See more in the Serving Together section.)

To Grow in Holiness

Weekend Masses: Come to a Saturday evening or Sunday morning Mass only at the time given to you by our organizers. We temporarily aren’t advertising these times, in order to prevent walk-ins that would exceed the allowed number of people present. To request to attend, please email speteryqr@gmail.com, indicating which day and how many from your household, or leave this information in a voicemail at 306-545-4411. The request should be made early in the week, because the lists are usually finalized mid-week.

Regular Weekday Masses: Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m., and Wednesdays to Fridays at 9:00 a.m. One does not need to send a request to attend on a weekday unless it’s a special occasion.

We are taking every precaution to ensure that COVID-19 is not spread here. Regrettably, those with possible symptoms, 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.

To protect you and everyone else who comes, ushers must check everyone for COVID-19 symptoms at the door. By prudent order of the Sask. Health Authority, social distancing and wearing protective masks are required.

What is the Mass? And why is it great and necessary? Two 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.

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.

From the Canadian Coalition for Healthcare and Conscience:

  • [I]t is now legal for patients to request physician-assisted suicide in Canada…Please write to Saskatchewan legislators using the letter [at the website] to encourage them to create legislation that ensures that doctors, nurses and pharmacists have their conscience rights protected.
  • The Federal government has tabled new legislation for euthanasia in 2020. They plan to remove the “reasonably forseeable death” criteria. Disability activists are speaking out fiercely against this change because that criteria protects persons with disabilities from euthanasia. Click the link below to tell your MP that you want them to vote to protect the vulnerable.
    www.canadiansforconscience.ca/
    federal_government

40 Days for Life

Feb. 7-Mar. 28
Details at Regina ProLife’s Website

In the Regina Area

Regarding Vaccines for COVID-19 That are Used in Canada

On Dec. 21, 2020, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a very brief Note on the Morality of Using Some Anti-Covid-19 Vaccines, which recommends using the vaccines and assures us that doing so does not in any way imply that abortion is ok. Our Archdiocese’s theologian Dr. Brett Salkeld has written well in defense of it; some main points of his recent article in Church Life Journal follow:

How to Vaccinate Like a Catholic:
A Guide Through the Prickly COVID-19 Issues
by Dr. Brett Salkeld (Excerpts)


In season 3 of [the TV show series] The Good Place, the protagonists discover that no one has actually made it to the good place in roughly 500 years….The modern world, it seems, has become so morally complex that virtually every action is morally compromised.

While a medieval European peasant could eat a vegetable without any moral qualms, her modern counterpart doing the same seemingly benign act is caught in a moral web well beyond her own capacity to calculate or even imagine: Where did the seeds come from? Were the workers who planted, tended, and harvested the produce treated justly? What is the carbon footprint of transportation and refrigeration? Does the supermarket chain that sold it provide financial or moral support to unethical causes?…

Cooperation with Evil?

The brilliance of the TV show’s dilemma, however, is that we feel instinctively both that it is wrong to cooperate with evil and that it is profoundly unfair to be judged so harshly for matters over which one has so little control, or even knowledge. What is one to do?…

The trouble with saying it is never licit to cooperate with evil is that, when you scratch the surface, no one actually believes it. At least, not consistently. Every one of us cooperates with evil every single day. And very few of us lose sleep over it. [As in the case above, of having a vegetable to eat:] We cooperate with evil when we shop and when we vote, when we invest, when we watch movies, when we pay taxes, and when we post on social media. We might even cooperate with evil when we recycle!

Should we lose sleep over it? On occasion, yes. But mostly, no. Which is to say, some of these instances of cooperation with evil are not permissible, though the vast majority are. How can we tell the difference?…

Remote Material Cooperation with Evil

To begin: there is, according to Catholic teaching, only one category of cooperation with evil that is ever permissible. And even that one, known as “remote material cooperation with evil,” may only be justified by proportionate reasons. If this sounds highly technical, folk wisdom encapsulates the basic premise in the idea of “the lesser of two evils.”

Remote material cooperation with evil has two basic distinguishing features. First, it is material. This means that the cooperating agent does not intend the evil with which they are cooperating. I may vote for someone who will do some evil that I do not intend. Or, I may give someone money, by paying their wage or buying their product or giving alms, without intending the evil they will do with that money. That is material cooperation. But were I to vote for someone who will do some evil that I do support and intend, or give someone money with the intention of him spending it in evil ways, that would be formal cooperation, and that is never permissible.

Second, it is remote. Technically, this means that the cooperation does not lead directly to the perpetration of the evil. If it did, it would be proximate…

The Church’s Teaching Applied to the Pfizer and Moderna Vaccines

Which brings us to the first two vaccines which have been shown to be safe and effective…the use of which is considered by the overwhelming majority of Catholic ethicists and bishops to be clearly and easily justifiable. How was this assessment made?…

While they are not quite “ethically irreproachable,” Catholics should actually be very grateful that the first vaccines out of the gate are much less problematic than they might have been.

But just how compromised are they? That is to say, just how remote is the remote cooperation with evil in question? Catholic ethicist and Legionary priest Matthew Schneider writes that:

In speaking of this remoteness, we need to look at the steps removed. First, the abortion or miscarriage [there is some debate as to whether the fetus from whose tissue the cell line in question was produced was, in fact, aborted] was not done for the cell line, but was happening anyways. Second, the cells were not created for this experiment but already existed. Third, this was a test of the vaccine not the production of the vaccine. Fourth, in one test done by each company, the test didn’t even use HEK293 [the cell line in question] directly but used mice descendant from a mouse edited with HEK293 to produce human rather than mouse lung-lining proteins. So, yet another step removed.

Note that the first two steps he mentions would also apply to vaccines that use these cell lines in production. It is steps three and four that distinguish the two.

All of this should help us understand why the CDF [Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith] can say that these vaccines “can be used in good conscience with the certain knowledge that the use of such vaccines does not constitute formal cooperation with the abortion from which the cells used in production of the vaccines derive” (§3)…

Dangers of Misunderstanding: “Abortion is not a big deal”

…[T]he Church continues to teach what it has always taught about abortion and that the approval of these vaccines is perfectly consistent with the Church’s tradition of ethical reflection on these questions…

…[T]alk of vaccines made out of body parts or of the presence of the DNA of aborted children (an impossibility with mRNA vaccines, which contain no DNA whatsoever) [italics added] paradoxically makes it sound like Church approval of these vaccines actually does ignore the seriousness of abortion…But we must be very cautious in how we communicate about the issue. What is most needed to mitigate the impression that the Church is neglecting its duty to speak on behalf of the unborn is not dishonest and inflammatory language, but, rather, clear, measured, and precise language [italics added]…

Dangers of Misunderstanding: Is a Vaccine Really Necessary?

It is worth noting that the vast majority of our moral calculation on this question is on the “how remote is the cooperation” side of the equation…But it is important to recognize that a moral calculation also needs to happen on the “proportionate reasons” side of the equation.

…[M]any people with questions about Church teaching on this matter are not convinced of the gravity of the pandemic…

First, many more people get very sick than die, and many of those who get sick face long-term complications that we are only beginning to understand. The impact of the virus is far beyond the death count…

Second, there is an epidemiological paradox in the fact that the low death rates for COVID are a big part of what makes the disease so deadly. Viruses with very high death rates generally burn out before they conquer the globe. It is precisely COVID’s low death rate among the young, healthy, and mobile that has led to its dramatic spread and therefore to its enormous death count. And the fact that it has managed to reach this count in the face of massive social mobilization to limit that spread tells us just how deadly this virus is.

Moreover, however low the death rate is for many of us, it is quite high for some of us. The easiest, and perhaps the only, way to really protect the most vulnerable is to drive the prevalence of the virus in the general population down dramatically. There is no way to do that without vaccines.

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

Informed by St. Peter’s Successors

Pope Francis on Praying with Sacred Scripture, Jan. 27, 2021

An abridgement follows:

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Good morning!

Today I would like to focus on the prayer we can do beginning with a Bible passage. The words of Sacred Scripture were not written to remain imprisoned on papyrus, parchment or paper, but to be received by a person who prays, making them blossom in his or her heart. The Word of God goes to the heart. The Catechism affirms that: “prayer should accompany the reading of Sacred Scripture” — the Bible cannot be read like a novel — “so that a dialogue takes place between God and man” (n. 2653). This is where prayer leads you, because it is a dialogue with God…

This experience happens to all believers: a passage from Scripture, heard many times already, unexpectedly speaks to me one day, and enlightens a situation that I am living. But it is necessary that I be present on that day for that appointment with the Word. That I be there, listening to the Word. Every day God passes and sows a seed in the soil of our lives. We do not know whether today he will find dry ground, brambles, or good soil that will make that seed grow (cf. Mk 4: 3-9)…

The believer does not turn to the Holy Scriptures to support his or her own philosophical and moral view, but because he or she hopes for an encounter; the believer knows that those words were written in the Holy Spirit, and that therefore they should be welcomed and understood in that same Spirit, so that the encounter can occur.

It bothers me a little when I hear Christians who recite verses from the Bible like parrots. “Oh, yes… Oh, the Lord says… He wants this…”. But did you encounter the Lord, with that verse?…

And when the Word of God, infused with the Holy Spirit, is received with an open heart, it does not leave things as they were before: never. Something changes. And this is the grace and the power of the Word of God…

In particular, the method of “Lectio divina” was established; it originated in monastic circles, but is now also practised by Christians who frequent their parishes.

It is first of all a matter of reading the biblical passage attentively: even more, I would say with “obedience” to the text, to understand what it means in and of itself.

One then enters into dialogue with Scripture, so that those words become a cause for meditation and prayer: while remaining faithful to the text, I begin to ask myself what it “says to me”. This is a delicate step: we must not slip into subjective interpretations, but rather become part of the living Tradition, which unites each of us to Sacred Scripture.

The last step of Lectio divina is contemplation. Words and thoughts here give way to love, as between lovers for whom sometimes it is enough to just look at each other in silence…

The Word inspires good intentions and sustains action; it gives us strength and serenity, and even when it challenges us, it gives us peace. On “bad” and confusing days, it guarantees to the heart a core of confidence and of love that protects it from the attacks of the evil one…

Good Christians must be obedient, but they must be creative. Obedient, because they listen to the Word of God; creative, because they have the Holy Spirit within who drives them to be so, to lead them forward. At the end of one of his discourses addressed in the form of parables, Jesus makes this comparison: “Every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure” — the heart — “what is new and what is old” (Mt 13:52). The Holy Scriptures are an inexhaustible treasure. May the Lord grant us all to draw ever more from them, though prayer. Thank you.

The text is taken from a subpage of Vatican.va.

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

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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).

For more on financial help, food, and other disaster relief, please see inside our January bulletin (click here).

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.

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Our parish has been asked to put out the word for a Syrian family that needs help. Another church in Regina has verified 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.

We wish everyone safety on the roads and sidewalks, and continued health.

May God bless you.