VIDEO: My Catholic Story – Healing

Have you ever been a witness to something and simply felt privileged to be there? That was me, as Sharon Leyne and I recorded our latest instalment of the “My Catholic Story” video series with the amazing Dianne Anderson.

In this short video produced for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Dianne shares her moving story of how she found personal healing. Watch here:

Also see our other videos in the series:

VIDEO: My Catholic Story – World Youth Day

We all need inspiration in our lives, and one of the ways that God blesses us is through each other and our stories of faith.

As a result, I’m please to be part of a team (that also includes Sharon Leyne) in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, producing a series of short videos entitled My Catholic Story.

Just in time for Lent, check out and share this wonderful story from Heather:

Also see our other videos in the series:

  • Shawna: Healing After Abortion
  • Dianne: Healing
  • Cary: Relationship and Fatherhood

    HERE – God Bless Ya Brothers Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Gus and Lino


    Gus Lloyd, Lino Rulli, and some weird guy.

    I do not say this lightly: An experience happened during my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land which I place as among the top experiences so far during my time as a priest.

    By way of context, I was blessed and tremendously grateful to have been asked to be the chaplain of a large pilgrimage to the Holy Land with SiriusXM’s own Lino Rulli and Gus Lloyd. Over 90 pilgrims joined us as we toured the land of Emmanuel, where Jesus walked and continues to walk. We spent time at Caesaria Maritima, the Sea of Galilee (including a boat ride on the Sea), Nazareth, Capernaum, Mount Tabor, Bethlehem, the Mount of Olives, the Upper Room, and other places. In each place the Bible came alive in new ways.

    However one aspect of the pilgrimage struck me repeatedly. As I was blessed to be able to celebrate the Mass in different locations, I could not help but notice one important feature about the liturgical books for each site. Typically a votive Mass was offered in these places that called to mind the Scripture story that took place there.


    Site of the Annunciation. The Word became flesh, HERE.

    In these places, the prayers and Scriptures were modified such that they emphasized the location. For example, at the place of The Annunciation, the texts referred to the Word becoming flesh, HERE. The Transfiguration on Mount Tabor referred to the glory of the Lord being made visible on THIS mountain. The Last Supper was celebrated HERE in the Upper Room. Every time one of these words would arise in the liturgy, they were presented in bold and all capitals so that we would not forget where we were and what had happened there. That led to a few emotional moments during the Masses as it hit me what had happened and Who had been present at that place.

    But then, as I mentioned at the top, came one of the most moving events in my time as a priest.

    The tomb was emptied. HERE.

    The tomb was emptied. HERE.

    I celebrated Mass at the site of the Holy Sepulcher, at The. Tomb. It was HERE that sin was defeated. All of history was changed forever, HERE. It was HERE that death lost and eternal life won. It was HERE that hope was poured out and love triumphed.

    It is HERE that Jesus rose from the dead.

    I don’t know how I held it together as I presided at that Mass. I could only imagine that it was a good amount of grace. It will take me a while to process what happened to me in that place, as HERE I reverenced the stone of the tomb at the beginning and the end of Mass, and Jesus became present once again in the Eucharist in the place where he rose in triumph.



    All I know is that something changed in me. Somehow the Resurrection (which I believe and hold onto to the core of my being) became more real to me. Hope became more firm. Because of the Love that triumphed HERE, in that Tomb, I have, as the liturgy for funerals says, “a sure and certain hope” that my ultimate resting place is not in a tomb but in the Father’s house. And if I stay close to Jesus, who was and is victorious HERE, then his victory is also mine. It’s ours.

    Again, this is not anything that I didn’t know before. And the same Jesus is every bit as present in my own land as he is in Jerusalem. But there was something about the tangible reality of that now empty piece of stone that affected me deeply. Perhaps St. Paul says it the best:

    Death has been swallowed up in victory,
    Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?
    Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1 Cor. 15.54b,55,57)

    HERE is the place of victory. Not just in a cold stone 10,000 km away, but HERE, offered to you and me.

    New Video – Autotune the Church!

    Here it is! Pope Francis in a 2 Unlimited parody – “Are You Ready?”

    I had way too much fun with this! It’s an idea I’ve had since I heard Pope Francis speaking in English in South Korea in August, 2014, and comes from Clark Jaman’s incredible video series, Autotune the Church (YouTube).

    Are you ready to say yes?

    It is good for us to be here!
    We can almost feel
    the glory of Jesus in our midst
    in the power of the Holy Spirit.
    He makes all things new,
    makes his glory shine in you
    He calls you and me to rise!
    Are you ready, ready, ready to say yes?

    Christ is knocking at the door
    of your heart, of my heart.
    The Spirit of Jesus can bring new life
    to your heart, to my heart.
    Jesus rose from the dead;
    He has the words of eternal life.
    He calls you and me to rise!
    Are you ready, ready, ready to say yes?

    You are called to go forth
    and bear witness to the gospel.
    Dear young friends, go forth
    and bear witness to the gospel.
    His glory shines in you;
    the Lord is counting on you.
    He calls you and me to rise!
    Are you ready, ready, ready to say yes?

    I Believe Because…


    Why do you believe?

    As the Year of Faith comes to a close this fall, Bishop Don Bolen (Follow @bishopdonbolen) is inviting you to reflect on the reasons for your faith. Share your thoughts with us!

    Why do you believe?

    Where do you see God?

    Who or what brought you to faith?

    What keeps your faith alive?

    How does faith in Christ make a difference to you?

    How to share: Any format is welcome – written, audio or video! Long or short! Send in one reflection or many!

    Click here to submit your reflection!

    In Twitter/Facebook/Instagram, use the hashtag #ibelievebecause.

    Also be sure to follow Bishop Don Bolen on Twitter! @bishopdonbolen


    • Sharing our personal faith stories is one of the ways we are called to witness to Jesus Christ;
    • It is vital to learn how to name, articulate and share our reasons for faith in an age where faith is hard to find;
    • We strengthen our own faith when we remember all the strong reasons for Christian faith;
    • Our bishop is seeking your insights for an upcoming pastoral letter on faith;
    • To evangelize and build up the faith of others through website, social media, and our Diocesan Newsletter as well as through an event during our diocesan Year of Faith Festival, Nov. 8-10.

    Please note that “I believe because” selections for these publications/events will be taken from among submissions that arrive before Oct. 21. (When submitting your reflection, please let us know if we have permission to share your submission and name.)

    Click here for more information: