Declining church attendance, priests shortage and rising building costs are common factors that are forcing dioceses across the country to close churches and amalgamate parishes. 

Pancakes two ways: The delicious answer to your Lenten date night dilemma

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In honour of the smorgasbord of Lenten landmarks, The Register has two pancake recipes: An over-the-top indulgent recipe perfect for Shrove Tuesday, along with an Ash Wednesday recipe sure to keep you energized during a day of fasting. Make them Valentine-friendly by cutting them into heart shapes. 

The Register Archive: A crowning achievement for Pope Leo XIII

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To mark The Register’s 125th year, we are re-publishing some stories from our archive. February 1893 marked the 15th anniversary of the reign of Pope Leo XIII (below), who would go on to serve 25 years, the third longest reign in history. This excerpt from The Register of Feb. 2, 1893 looks at the Pope’s election and his accomplishments:

The Register Archive: Canadian clergy march for civil rights

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To mark The Register’s 125th year, we are re-publishing some interesting stories from our archive. As we celebrate Black History Month, here’s an article from March 20, 1965, reporting on a march in Ottawa that drew thousands in support of the civil rights movement in the United States. The event was held shortly after the historic Selma to Montgomery march in Alabama on March 7 that resulted in state troopers attacking demonstrators on what became known as “Bloody Sunday.”

The Woodcroft Family: Passing the puck from the Flying Fathers to the NHL to the Olympics

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The backyard rink at the Woodcroft home on Cheritan Ave. in north Toronto was one busy locale back in the day.

The Register Archive: Olympic team does us proud, even in defeat

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To mark The Catholic Register’s 125th year, we are digging into our archive to re-publish interesting stories from the pages of our past. As the 2018 Winter Olympics prepares to open Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, we look back at Canada’s hockey entry in the 1964 Games at Innsbruck, a team built and coached by Fr. David Bauer. A controversial scoring system meant Canada finished fourth and out of the medals despite a 5-2 record, but the team’s showing inspired words of comfort from columnist Fr. Tom Raby in The Register, in the Feb. 22, 1964 issue:


Life-saving act of kindness creates life-long friendship

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COQUITLAM, B.C. – Eleven years ago, a very ill young father received the Christmas gift of a lifetime.

Parish priests subscribe to the digital age

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As more people begin to congregate in digital public squares, the Church’s shepherds are looking for more ways to tend to their flock online. Luckily, there is an app for that — actually, many apps.

The Register Archive: One day in the incredible life of Saint Brother André

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As The Catholic Register marks its 125th year, we will dig into our archive to unearth interesting stories from the pages of the past. This week, we revisit St. André Bessette, the humble Holy Cross brother who was the prime mover in the building of St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal and is credited with countless healings through his devotion to St. Joseph. He died on Jan. 6, 1937 (his feast day is Jan. 7) at the age of 91 and was made a saint in 2010. The following article appeared in The Catholic Register on Aug. 25, 1927, shortly after Br. André turned 83 years old.

Flying Fathers: Next generation of hockey priests ready to hit the ice

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It does not get more Canadian, or Catholic, than a hockey team made up of priests. Throw in a good comeback story and you have the makings of a Canadian classic.

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd inspires the young in 37 countries

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OTTAWA – Children participating in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program across Canada are taught to use all their senses in order to enter deeply into the Christmas story.