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From the monthly archives: June 2021

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Pastoral response from Fr. Susai and Fr. Mark to the Indigenous Peoples

As members of the Catholic clergy and the Missionary Oblates, we feel deep sadness and shame at how some of our church ancestors became agents who implemented the government policies that traumatized and wounded Indigenous culture, communities, and families.

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Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples re: Kamloops residential school tragedy

We have been working closely with Father Susai of Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples, which is a National Catholic Parish for indigenous people. 

Sacred Heart parish elders hosted a pipe ceremony – a high honour among First Nations – at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. The ceremony was by its sacred nature private, involving only the elders. No photos or videos were allowed.

Following that private ceremony with a more public outreach, a 4 to 6 p.m. vigil was held at the Sacred Heart church site on 96 Street in which 215 ribbons were tied in the area.

During the prayer service, there was be traditional smudging and also one man drumming.

A limited number of participants were able to be physically present to reflect silently or speak. In the interest of crowd control due to the COVID pandemic, others were asked to either drive past and respectfully reflect inside their vehicles, or to walk past with appropriate social distance spacing.

His Grace Archbishop Richard W. Smith will be celebrating Mass at Sacred Heart parish at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday June 6. Mass will be offered for the victims of the former Kamloops residential school and for all residential school survivors. Both that Mass, and Mass from the Basilica, will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

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Online Rosary for Kamloops tragedy at 7 p.m.

Rev. Les Kwiatkowski is planning a rosary this evening (June 2, 2021) with 215 candles to honour of the 215 children whose remains were recently discovered at the Kamloops residential school. The rosary at Lac Ste. Anne will be livestreamed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL797S1WP_vSnXosmjHbLXg at 7 p.m.

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Canada’s bishops express ‘deepest sorrow’ over loss of 215 children found buried at former residential school

Canada’s bishops are expressing their “deepest sorrow” and pledge to “continue walking side by side” with Indigenous people in the wake of the discovery of the bodies of 215 children buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C.

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Pope Francis unveils sweeping reform of Catholic Church’s penal sanctions

The Vatican published June 1 major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

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Archbishop Smith speaks on Kamloops Residential School site discovery

In this short video, Archbishop Richard W. Smith speaks on the recent Kamloops Residential School site discovery.

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