REGINA — The longest running Lay Ministry program in the country was just one of the questions participants in a unique form of the game show Jeopardy had to answer as part of the 15th annual kick off for the Regina Archdiocesan Appeal. It took place Sept. 23 at Our Lady of Peace Church, which sits across the parking lot from the Chancery Office.
Instead of the just the usual speeches, distribution of materials and sometimes a skit or two, organizers of the annual kick-off decided on something different and came up with their own version of Jeopardy. The Youth Ministry was charged with putting together the program and came up with five categories; 100 Years of Faith; Service to All; Changing Times; The Size of Germany; and Follow the Leader.
Three volunteers from the audience competed: Marianne Gordon from St. Lawrence Parish, Maple Creek; Jeannine Nelson of Our Lady of Grace Parish, Sedley; and Paul Ponak of Holy Child, Regina. Holy Family Youth Minister Kaylene McQuaid played the role of quiz master. The audience was divided into three groups and was allowed to participate by shouting answers, all of which added to the entertainment. The winning group won the right to be first in line for supper.
The main business was to announce the goal for the appeal — $1.4 million, the same as the previous year’s goal — and to distribute appeal packages to all the parishes. The 2014 Appeal raised $1.3 million with just 21 per cent participation.
“Imagine what could be raised if more participated,” said vicar-general Rev. Lorne Crozon. He listed some of the ministries supported by the appeal and noted particularly the $35,000 cost for the eight seminarians. “This is the largest number we’ve had since the 1950s,” said the vicar-general.
The slogan for this year’s appeal, Serving as One, sets the tone, encouraging participation to support the 33 ministries including several third-party groups that the archdiocese supports. The largest amount, $145,000, supports hospital chaplaincies followed by priest and moderator placement and travel at $121,000.
The new appeal video was also unveiled and will be available to all parishes, who are encouraged to play it for their congregation. Regina Archbishop Daniel Bohan in the video reminded everyone that, with appeal funds, “we will be able to carry out the role Jesus has given us.”
The appeal actually runs for the calendar year and Crozon noted that $240,000, or about 14 per cent, has already been raised. But the real push comes in the fall of each year with the official kick-off when parishes receive all the materials.
This year the appeal featured Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive end John Chick, who talked about how his faith has guided his career and his life.