Diocesan Pastoral Plan

Priority #5 of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan:

Promote the Healing Journey in the Lord

Healing, growth, serving, ongoing conversion

“… for I am the LORD, who heals you.” Exodus 15:26

“[T]he Lord has taken the initiative, he has loved us first (1 Jn 4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast. “ – Evangelii Gaudium #24


• Promote and make available the Sacrament of Reconciliation

• Promote “listening, caring, accompanying” to provide support for those struggling with emotional and mental health, addictions and/or grief recovery

• Provide healthy and safe church communities, free from trauma and abuse

• Promote network of local Catholic counsellors, Catholic health care providers

• Build the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples of our communities

• Provide opportunities for women and men to recover from trauma and dysfunction

  • Healing opportunities addressing TRC Calls to Action, UNDRIP (United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples)
  • Reverence for Life initiatives (ex. Rachel’s Vineyard)
  • Anger and grief

• Build awareness and relationship with Creation: foster Stewardship

• Address exploitative societal and cultural problems: ie human trafficking

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:7-8 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”  1 Peter 1:3

Participants at a recent Dying Healed workshop at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Outlook, SK, deepened their understanding of the impact of reaching out to the sick and suffering.

“Christ invites his disciples to follow him by taking up their cross in their turn…By following him they acquire a new outlook on illness and the sick. Jesus associates them with his own life of poverty and service. He makes them share in his ministry of compassion and healing.”

– Catechism of the Catholic Church #1506

The Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt (Public domain).