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Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
 Outlook, Saskatchewan

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Our Past & Our Present

For several of our parishioners, the seeds of faith were planted in the neighboring community of Saints Peter and Paul of Broderick.  Then as a number of families moved to Outlook, a church was built there.  It was blessed by Regina Archbishop O'Neil on July 10, 1961 and dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

In 1993-94 our church was given a new look.  The beauty of the architecture, the design and sculpture work are attributed to Father Mel Fenrich. 

On September 14, 1998 our parish became part of the Diocese of Saskatoon.  Later, the Davidson Pastoral Region was formed, comprised of Davidson, Elbow, Kenaston, Milden and Outlook parishes with one priest residing in Davidson to serve this region.  In 2007 the Milden church was closed and we were pleased to welcome those parishioners to our parish.  

The faith continues to grow under the leadership of each succeeding pastor and parish council.  The Knights of Columbus formed in 2000 and the CWL founded in 1954 enrich our faithful in a number of ways.  Parents continue to play a vested role in the religious instruction of the children.  Sunday liturgies are enhanced with two music ministries.  Our community benefits from other ministries: communion services to the sick and homebound, lay led services, and RCIA, among others. Our parish is also host for deanery meetings and inter-church services.

Over time we have been served by the following: Fathers Del Kines, Joseph Dreher, Paul Aubin, Eugene Schaffer, Frank Malone, Gordon Rushka, Mel Fenrich, Friar Pierre Burger, Maurice Minne, Ralph Kleiter and a parish administrator, Ward McLaughlin.  In recent years we have been further enriched by the cultural influence of the priests from Poland: Vadec Marczynski and Mirek Misiura; Vietnam: Phong Pham; and Ghana: Francis Geraldo and Joseph Gyim-Austin, and Fr. Madonna-Godwin Aghedo, O.P, our present pastor, from Nigeria.

It is our hope and prayerful desire "that the heritage of faith safeguarded by our pioneersand passed on to us by our parents will live in our families and enrich their lives for generations to come." 

 

One of Our Own Sons

 

"Dear Reverend Father: 

Today - the happy occasion of your Ordination to the Holy Priesthood, we gather here to offer you our congratulations, best wishes and prayers.  This is indeed no small event in the history of our Parish and we are proud that God has called one of our own sons to the sublime dignity of the Priesthood, giving him the divine powers to work for the salvation and sanctification of our souls.  Long remembered - for you and for us will be this glorious day of your ordination - and the memory of your First Mass at which we will assist- makes us hope that you will daily be our mediator at the Altar of Sacrifice and draw down upon us graces of God's love and mercy.  High and noble is the dignity and privilege that has been bestowed upon you - and in gratitude to God, we extend to you, Reverend Father, in our name and in the name of all the Catholics of Broderick and Missions the expression of our deepest respects, devotion and esteem.  May God bless and prosper your priestly career and crown with many years of success the labors you will undertake for His greater glory.  As a tangible remembrance of this happy occasion we ask you to accept this scroll and gift from the Catholics of Broderick Parish and Missions and the Citizens of Broderick.    - June 5th, 1958" 

   So reads the plaque which Immaculate Heart of Mary received after the death of Reverend Louis Emil Kubash.  It was returned to our parish by his family along with the chalice he had been given in 1958. 

   Louis was born to Joseph and Mary Kubash on September 30,1933, the eldest of four children.  He attended Bonnie Brae School south of Broderick until grade ten.  He was confirmed by Bishop Lemieux in Broderick on July 8th, 1946 and went on to grades 11 & 12 in Broderick, spent one year in Muenster and six years in the seminary in Edmonton.  Louis was ordained a priest on June 5th, 1958 by Archbishop O'Neill in the new Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Outlook.

   His parents, Joseph and Mary Kubash, devout Catholics farmed in the Broderick area and helped build and establish St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Broderick.  They continued to be involved in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Outlook.  Joe was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Mary was an active CWL member.

   The plaque we received was given to Father Louis on the day of his ordination by the parishioners of Broderick Parish and Missions.  It lists 105 names of Catholics and community members.  Some of the people were instrumental in the building of both the Broderick and Outlook churches.  Most were children of faithful early settlers.  His chalice, a gift from the parishioners, was also returned to our parish.  It is inscribed: "Louis E. Kubash - Presented by Broderick Parish Missions and Community - June 5th, 1958".

   Father Louis served as a priest in the following parishes: Kendall, Canadian Martyrs Regina, Weyburn, Pangman, Manor, Moosomin, St. Joseph the Worker Regina, Holy Child Regina, Fort Qu'Appelle, Belcarres, Lebret, Five Hills, Mucowpetung, Pasqua, Standing Buffalo, Carlyle, Arcola, Holy Rosary Cathedral Regina, Our Lady of Assumtion Co-Cathedral, Gravelbourg, Lafleche, Meyronne, Balgonie, Pilot Butte and Kronau.  He passed away June 7th, 2009.  His funeral mass was held in Regina at the Holy Rosary Cathedral.  His final resting place is St. Peter and St. Paul Cemetery in Broderick.  He was 75 years old.  

   Well done good and faithful child.

   Thank you to the family for returning the gifts given to Father Louis by our early parishioners.  They are our valued history.

- Laurie Riopka 

 

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