Stan Surman has officially been retired for more than 20 years, but not when it comes to his work at church.

Christmas Drawing Contest 2018 Winners

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The young artists who enter The Catholic Register’s annual Christmas drawing contest express themselves in many artistic forms. 

The Register Archive: The beauty of Bethlehem never ceases

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Bethlehem has seen many changes this past century, much of it due to the effects of war and an ever dwindling Christian population — but its drawing power never ceases, especially at this time of year. The grotto of the Church of the Nativity is the destination for many — the birthplace of Christ. It was the same 99 years ago, as reported in The Catholic Register of Dec. 25, 1919:


Companionship ministry makes Christmas season a little less lonely

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Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, but for some it can be the loneliest. 

Brebéuf’s carol a long way from today’s version

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“The Huron Carol” you may have so enjoyed singing and listening to all these Christmases — well, it’s not the true words of St. Jean de Brébeuf’s you have been led to believe.

This is one bank built on gift of giving

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Christmas may come but once a year, but at the Furniture Bank they keep their eyes and ears open to the season year-round.

'Romero Wonderland' brings out the best in students

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At St. Oscar Romero Catholic Secondary School, students believe the true joy of Christmas is in sharing what you have. 

Medieval Christmas a time for feasting

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For your average serf of medieval Europe, Christmas was a pretty good deal, but not really a big deal.

The Register Archive: Church can still bask in the moonlight

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Canada’s David Saint-Jacques joined the exclusive club of space explorers when he blasted off to the International Space Station on Dec. 3, almost 46 years after NASA ended the Apollo program that put men on the moon. On Dec. 19, 1972, the last Apollo mission ended with the splashdown of the Apollo 17 capsule. It was an historic achievement, though by this time — after five previous moon landings in three years — the excitement of moon landings was waning. The last moon mission, however, held a deeper meaning for Fr. Harold O’Neill, who was a professor of dogmatic theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto. At the time he wrote this for The Register, he was studying at the University of Regensburg in West Germany, where he drew inspiration from a lecture by Professor Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI.


The Register Archives: A message of thanks for our new flag

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In the winter of 1964, Parliament was a hotbed of debate. With Canada’s 100th birthday just two-and-a-half years away, politicians were busily trying to come to some sort of agreement on a new national flag to replace the Red Ensign. The Great Canadian Flag Debate officially began in June 1964 and after six months of often bitter argument, it finally ended on Dec. 15, 1964 as the Liberals invoked closure, much to the chagrin of Conservative leader John Diefenbaker. Two months later, the new flag flew for the first time, prompting this letter to The Catholic Register editor from an unnamed seminarian at Toronto’s St. Augustine’s Seminary.

The Register Archives: Montreal massacre leaves legacy of pain

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Few events in recent Canadian history have had a greater impact than the massacre at École Polytechnique in Montreal. The gunman, Marc Lepine, killed 14 women and injured 14 others in the Dec. 6, 1989 attack before killing himself. His suicide note revealed his hatred of feminists. In the wake of the tragedy, there were changes to gun laws and the creation of an annual national day of remembrance on Dec. 6 to recognize violence against women. Five days following the attack, a funeral Mass for nine of the women was held at Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica, as reported in The Register: