40 Days for Life: Wednesday, September 27 – Sunday, November 5, 2017

Join an internationally coordinated movement to save lives! 40 days for Life is an annual, community based pro-life campaign which will be held simultaneously in hundreds of communities in North America, from Wednesday, September 27 - Sunday, November 5, 8 AM – 8 PM. The campaign holds a peaceful approach through prayer for the intention of human life to be protected and defended as sacred. Please consider volunteering at least 1 hour of peaceful prayer and fasting at the public right-of-way outside the Women’s Hospital,735 Notre Dame Ave, Winnipeg. If you belong to a lay movement or ministry, consider booking a full day of prayer for your group. 

For more information: Maria, 204-452-2459, poster.

Life’s Vision: Annual Fundraising Banquet & Conference Day – Saturday, October 14, 2017

Life’s Vision Manitoba invites you to attend “Championning Children”, the 2017 Annual Fundraising Banquet which will be held on Saturday, October 14, at Holy Eucharist Parish Centre, 460 Munroe Avenue. Doors open at 6 PM; dinner is at 7 PM. Cost: $50/person and $350 for a table of 8. The keynote speaker will be Donna Simard, author & mother of twelve. Donna’s story is about a family that has prayed together while weathering the storms that life has thrown their way. Their twelfth child, Isaiah, was born with Down’s Syndrome. She will share why Down’s Syndrome is a blessing and not a disability. View banquet poster.

Fall Action Workshop: Women at the Heart of Peace – Thursday, October 12, 2017

All are welcome to attend an information session about the D & P Fall campaign which will help participants present it in their parish: Thursday, October 12; 6 PM (registration & supper) to 9 PM; Bishop's dining room, downstairs at 151 de la Cathédrale Avenue, Winnipeg. Participants who will be travelling from outside of the city of Winnipeg are asked to contact the animator to find out about carpooling and compensation for mileage and accommodations. Food and refreshments will be provided. For more information:Rachelle Rocque, 204-231-2848,

Bill 34/Call for Conscience Campaign: Letter to MLA

September 25, 2017

Mr Greg Selinger

Room 234 Legislative Building
450 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8
Phone: (204) 945-3710

Dear MLA,

I am writing to ask you to support Bill 34 - the Medical Assistance in Dying (Protection for Health Professionals & Others) Act, which is currently being considered by the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. If passed, this legislation will protect Manitoba health care professionals from having to act against their conscience. This Bill would make participation in assisted suicide voluntary and would overrule the policies of regulatory bodies should they require doctors, nurses and other health professionals to participate in Medical Assistance in Dying. I agree that no one should be forced to participate, either directly or indirectly, in ending a patient’s life. No one should be discriminated against because of their stand. Please take whatever legislative steps are required to ensure that no one is forced to participate in assisted suicide.

Thank you,



Nadine Fertherston

Marriage, Family and Life

Archdiocese of St. Boniface

326-151 Cathédrale Avenue

R2H 0H6 Winnipeg Manitoba

Bill 34/Call for Conscience Campaign: Letter to parishioners

September 14, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to encourage you to support the “Call for Conscience” Campaign, which supports Bill 34 - the Medical Assistance in Dying (Protection for Health Professionals & Others) Act, currently being considered by the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. This campaign is organized by the Coalition for Health Care and Conscience, a Canadian, Christian-based organization. As you may know, with the passing of euthanasia / assisted suicide legislation in Parliament in 2016, provinces are now implementing what is called “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAID). The government of Manitoba has introduced Bill 34 to protect doctors, nurses and other health care professionals from having to provide, refer, or assist in this provision against their conscience.

This Bill is likely to be debated in the fall, and therefore the opportunity for action is time sensitive. I am inviting you, the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, to take part in the efforts of contacting our MLAs to let them know that you support Bill 34, and that you would like them to do the same. This is an important issue for the future of health care in Manitoba. Ontario has passed regulations that require doctors to refer patients for assisted suicide against their conscience. Because of this, doctors in Ontario have been forced into early retirement or have had to give up providing palliative care. Manitoba’s regulators have not taken this step. But there is pressure on them to do so. Bill 34 would protect the conscience rights of doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals from being forced to choose between their conscience and their career.

 I invite you to sign the template letter for your MLA, and send it to his/her office by October 15th. Please also send a signed copy of the letter to Nadine Fetherston at the Archdiocese of St. Boniface (151 Cathedrale Ave, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2H 0H6).

You may also choose to support the campaign by:

• Visiting, and emailing the template letter to your MLA, which can be personalized. (Please do so by October 15.)

Viewing and sharing an excellent 3 minute video called “Call for Conscience” (available at: In this video, several Canadian physicians share their concerns regarding conscience rights and their hope for Bill 34 to be passed.

Phoning your MLA to speak with them or to arrange an appointment to meet them face-to-face to express your views.

Lastly, and most importantly, I ask for your prayers for the success of this campaign, that our Lord Jesus Christ may aid our province of Manitoba to continue to be a place where the diversity we celebrate as a society makes room for people of conscience and of faith.

It is my hope that many you will participate in this collective effort, in communion with many of our Catholic and Christian brothers and sisters in Manitoba, as well as those from various faith backgrounds, who share our values of respect for life. For any questions, please contact Nadine Fetherston, with the Marriage, Family and Life Service of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface: You will also find more information about the campaign on our Archdiocesan website:

Sincerely in Christ,

† Albert LeGatt

Archbishop of Saint Boniface