Indigenous Delegation: 17-20 December 2021 (Vatican City)

Educational Resources

Each week, beginning on Sunday, 21 November 2021, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the CCCB will release a video of a Bishop reflecting on the Gospel Reading for each Sunday until Christmas. This year’s reflections were inspired by the Indigenous Delegation which will be meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican from 17-20 December 2021. Each video reflection is based one of the five essential stages of reconciliation: examen, confession, repentance, reparation (making amends), and reconciliation.

As each new video is released, you will be provided on this page with two accompanying educational resources to facilitate your weekly personal reflections. The process below suggests a way to use the video and the educational resources together as a way to deepen reflection on each theme.

Guided Reflection: Process


Experience

Click the link to view the five 7-minute video reflection on the Gospel Readings for each Sunday. Each week, a new video will be added to this section of the CCCB website in anticipation of the following Sunday.

Reflect: How does the video reflection on the Sunday Gospel Reading and the new information I received transform my previous understanding?

Information and Application

Each week, the video will be accompanied by two downloadable educational resources. The first provides historical perspectives on the weekly theme of the video, and the second provides biographical information on significant people from the time period. These educational pieces, combined with the video reflections, may be used privately as well as in parishes or faith groups as tools for learning and reflection. You may wish to use the guiding questions in the historical summaries as starting points for conversation.

Action

Having watched the video and learned about the historical perspectives and biographical information, ask yourself what you can do in your family, parish, and community to promote healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?


Videos and Resources for the Weekly Reflections


Solemnity of Christ the King | Early Missionaries and the Encounter of Worldviews

Experience

As we enter into a time of reflection, we consider the experience of early missionaries and Indigenous Peoples when they first encountered one another. In this video the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, reflects on the readings of this Sunday, the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King. He invites us to examine how Jesus exercised power through service and prayer rather than as someone who ruled over others.

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For reflection: How does Archbishop Donald Bolen’s reflection on the Gospel Reading and the new information that I have received transform my previous understanding?

New Information and Application

Historical perspectives on early missionaries and the encounter of worldviews.

Biographical information on significant people from the time.

This information, combined with the video reflections, can provide opportunities in parishes or faith-sharing groups to come together to learn and reflect. You may wish to use the guiding questions in the historical summaries as starting points for conversation.

Action
Having watched the video and learned about the historical perspectives: ask yourself what I can do in my family, parish, and community to walk toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

Table Graces for Families: Solemnity of Christ the King

Advent Week 1 | The Spirit of the Treaties

Experience

As we continue in this time of reflection, we consider the spirit of the Treaties made between the First Nations and Canada (British Crown). In this video, the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, reflects on the readings of this First Sunday of Advent. We hear the imperative: stay awake! We ask ourselves whether we have been awake to Indigenous Peoples, their experiences, gifts, wisdom, and suffering.

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For reflection: How does Archbishop Donald Bolen’s reflection on the Gospel Reading and the new information that I have received transform my previous understanding?

New Information and Application

Historical perspectives on the spirit of the Treaties

Biographical information on a significant person from the time.

This information, combined with the video reflections, can provide opportunities in parishes or faith-sharing groups to come together to learn and reflect. You may wish to use the guiding questions in the historical summaries as starting points for conversation.

Action
Having watched the video and learned about the historical perspectives: ask yourself what I can do in my family, parish, and community to walk toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

Table Graces for Families: First Sunday of Advent

Advent Week 2 | Residential Schools

Experience

In this video, the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, reflects on the readings of the second Sunday of Advent, and we hear the call to prepare for the coming of the Lord.  We are invited to prepare the way for healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples by listening, understanding and seeking forgiveness for the suffering experienced by students and their families because of Indian Residential Schools.

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For reflection: How does Archbishop Bolen’s reflection on Sacred Scripture and the new information transform my previous understanding?

New Information and Application

Historical perspectives on Indian Residential Schools.

Biographical information on Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

This information, combined with the video reflections, can provide opportunities in parishes or faith-sharing groups to come together to learn and reflect. You may wish to use the guiding questions in the historical summaries as starting points for conversation.

Action
Having heard the video and learned about the history of Indian Residential Schools: ask yourself what I can do in my family, parish and community to walk toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

Table Grace for Families: Second Sunday of Advent

Advent Week 3 | Intergenerational Effects

Experience

In this video, the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, reflects on the readings of the third Sunday of Advent, where we hear John the Baptist’s invitation to repent.   In response to the question, “What should we do?” we are invited to relearn, in truth, the history we were taught and find meaningful ways to promote justice, reconciliation and healing with Indigenous Peoples.

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New Information and Application

Historical perspectives on Intergenerational Effects.

Biographical information on Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Juan Diego

This information, combined with the video reflections, can provide opportunities in parishes or faith-sharing groups to come together to learn and reflect. You may wish to use the guiding questions in the historical summaries as starting points for conversation.

For reflection:

How does Archbishop Bolen’s reflection on Sacred Scripture and the new information transform my previous understanding?

Action
Having heard the video and learned about the history of Indian Residential Schools: ask yourself what I can do in my family, parish and community to walk toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

Table Grace for Families: Third Sunday of Advent

Advent Week 4 | Reconciliation

Experience

In this video, the Most Rev. Donald Bolen, Archbishop of Regina, reflects on the readings of the fourth Sunday of Advent. We remember Mary,  upon learning she was pregnant, travelled immediately to see her older cousin Elizabeth, who was also with child.  Archbishop Bolen tells us that the cancellation of the delegation to Rome due to the risk of the Omicron extends our Advent waiting to become a time of expectation, preparation, and transformation.

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New Information and Application

Historical perspectives on Reconciliation

Biographical information on Rose Prince

This information, combined with the video reflections, can provide opportunities in parishes or faith-sharing groups to come together to learn and reflect. You may wish to use the guiding questions in the historical summaries as starting points for conversation.

For reflection:

How does Archbishop Bolen’s reflection on Sacred Scripture and the new information transform my previous understanding?

Action
Having heard the video and learned about the journey toward reconciliation: ask what can I do in my family, parish and community to walk toward healing and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples?

Table Grace for Families: Fourth Sunday in Advent | Reconciliation

Additional Resources