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Diocesan Bulletin Announcements - Sunday, May 13, 2018 - Ascension of Our Lord, Mother's Day

DIOCESAN PRAYER INTENTION        Beloved Lord, we pray as a diocesan family for all mothers, for expectant mothers, and for those who long to be mothers. We pray for all those who have borne the pain of losing a child; for those who live in fear or worry, and for those mothers who are separated from their children. May all mothers and their children come to know your loving and gentle presence, and turn toward you in times of joy and of sorrow.

* The Catholic Pastoral Centre will be closed on Wednesday, May 16 for a staff retreat, reopening May 17 with regular hours of 9 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 

*A Life and Family Conference will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Rama, SK. Friday, July 13 to Sunday, July 15, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae: Faithfulness to God's Design. The schedule begins at 7 p.m. with campers welcomed by Fr. Michal Pajak, OMI, with music, prayer and candlelight procession. Saturday, July 14 features speakers, including child care and teen talks; 11 a.m. Mass, 7 p.m. a family dance with live band, potluck snacks; Sunday, July 15 11 a.m. Mass, speakers including Dr. Brett Salkeld, Colm Leyne and Dr. Martin Owen. Registration includes camping for the weekend: $75; clergy receive free registration. Saturday supper at 6 p.m. is the only meal available and must be pre-ordered by June 15: Adult/Teen: $15; 7-12 years $7; 6 and under free if pre-ordered. Or bring your own picnic. Register online at or send cheque to One More Soul Canada, PO Box 2961, Nipawin, SK S0E 1E0. For Weekend Schedule and Details Call: Marcy at 306-862-2338 or see or on FacebookL OneMoreSoulCanada.

(Parishes, please note: if you would like a presentation about the conference after Mass to inform and welcome parishioners to this conference, please call Marcy Millette at 306-862-2338 or send a message via

 St. Thomas More College President’s Gala Raisingfunds for STM student scholarships and bursaries. Friday, June 8 Adam Ballroom, Delta Bessborough Hotel - DCG Champagne Reception; Four Course Gourmet Dinner; Special Guest Artist performance – World-renowned vocalist Anna Maria Kaufmann. Purchase tickets online at   or call 306 966 8257. 


* Bishop’s Cup Basketball - Mark your calendar for a youth and family event with Bishop Mark Hagemoen and priests of the diocese playing basketball with youth from across the diocese during an evening of fun, friendly competition and food starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at St. Joseph Catholic High School, Saskatoon. The evening will end with an epic match between priests and youth for the coveted Bishop’s Cup! Check out www.yxecatholic.comfor how to register or call Colm Leyne 306-659-5843 for more info.

 * RiKi 50 Walkathon in support of SaskAbilities and Camp Easter Seal will be held at Pike Lake Provincial Park, west of Saskatoon, on Saturday, June 9 (free park admission, 11 a.m. walk, followed by a barbecue for all registrants). Register for the walk and/or raise funds by visiting the website at www.RiKi50.caor for more information call (306) 374-4448, Extension 25 — participants, volunteers and donations are most welcome! In 1968, the first RiKi Walkathoin made its debut with 4,000 children and adults trekking from Saskatoon to Pike Lake, collecting some 20,000 pledges, and raising over $41,000 for Camp Easter Seal, the only completely barrier-free camp of its kind in the province, and the only camp most individuals with disabilities can attend. In partnership with the Riversdale Kiwanis Club, the RiKi Walkathon is going back to its roots — a little shorter than the original event in 1968, but still lots of fun.


“Our Place in the Cosmos? Humanity, Spirituality, and the Awesome Universe” conference at STM- The Vatican’s astronomer, Dr. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, is one of the guest speakers at this conference to be held Aug. 13-14 , 2018 at St. Thomas More College (STM), on the University of Saskatchewan campus, in Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Center for Science and Religion is presenting the conference and it will be hosted by STMs Department of Religion and Culture. The conference will wade into issues concerning the roles and places of humanity within the dynamic, fascinating and awe-inspiring cosmos that comes into view via science. In addition to Brother Consolmagno, speakers include Dr. Jeff Baker who explores the tensions and creative possibilities at the intersection of Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge systems, Elder Wilfred Buck, science facilitator with the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre, and Dr. Loriliai Biernacki whose research interests include Hinduism, gender, and the interface between religion and science. Find more information at call Dr. Chris Hrynkow at 306-966-8942.


Announcements Continuing from Last Week


* Blumenfeld Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows will be held Sunday, June 10 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, a designated heritage site located 16 km south and 6 km east of Leader, SK, just off Hwy 21. Mass will be celebrated at 3 p.m., preceded by devotions such as the Stations of the Cross and the Rosary. Supper is available for sale after Mass. For more details see:


* Prairie Centre for Ecumenism Town Hall Meeting - Come and share your interest in ecumenism and Christian unity and the kinds of programs you would like to see at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 30at the Edwards Family Centre, 333-4th Avenue North, Saskatoon. Everyone is welcome.


* 60th anniversary - Solemn Evensong for the 60th anniversary of the ordination of Rev. Colin Clay and of Fr. Bernard de Margerieto the priesthood will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 3at St. John's Anglican Cathedral, 816 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon.


Anniversary celebration and farewell- The parish families of St. Peter the Apostle and St. Michael the Archangel in Saskatoon invite you to join them as they gather to celebrate with Fr. Iheanyi Enwerem, OP, on the occasion of his 40th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood and as a farewell appreciation event for his 23 years of priestly ministry in Canada. Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 18-33rd St. E, Saskatoon, followed by a 5 p.m. July 8 program and reception at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 1121 Northumberland Ave., Saskatoon. Tickets (required for numbers/planning, no cost) are available until May 31 online at call Celia at 306-384-3270 to register.


* Do you feel called to help women in a crisis pregnancy? The Saskatoon Pregnancy Options Centre is holding volunteer training May 15, 16 and 17th. It is 3 days of training and will equip you to assist with clients who come to the centre for options information or pregnancy and parenting support. Contact Cathy or Tracy to register and get more information, 306-665-7550


* OUR NEXT YOUTH MASSis Sunday, May 27at 2 pm At St. Paul’s Cathedral! The Mass is open to all youth of any age!  If you would like to help out with any of the ministries, please contact


* Holy Yoga presents The Grace in Living, A Day Awaywith Elaine Zakreski and Diane Waldbillig, Saturday, June 9 at Queen’s House of Retreat and Renewal.  “Grace will appear in both sweet and fierce forms…sent from beyond to open us to fullness of being.” (Matt Licata)  A Christ-centered experience of mind, body and spirit with gentle yoga for every body, contemplative prayer and relaxation. Register by contacting or call Elaine 306-652-1382.


* Bicentennial Celebration for Filles de la Providence (FDLP):

Friends and former students of the Sisters Daughters of Providence (Filles de la Providence, FDLP) are invited to a thanksgiving celebration of their 200 years of Foundation and 120 years of their presence in Saskatchewan. Mass will be celebrated at 10 Sts Martys Canadian Church in Saskatoon on Sunday June 17 2018followed by a Cold Buffet and a short Program. Please let Sr. Dolorès Bussière, FDLP know of your coming not later than June 1, 2018either by phone 306-954-1830or e-mail


* Blackstrap Youth Camp offers week-long camps for children/youth ages 8-14 years, throughout July and August at a facility developed by the Knights of Columbus south of Saskatoon. Blackstrap Youth Camp provides amazing outdoor adventures, while giving youth opportunities to grow in their faith. Details and registration online at:


St. John Bosco Camp provides a unique outdoor experience for children/youth ages 8 to 17 years at Narrow Hills Provincial Park. The focus is having fun, learning and living in the outdoords, experiencing people in God's creation. See:


Ignite- July 29-Aug. 3 is a summer experience offered by FacetoFace Ministries for youth going into Grade 9 to graduating from Grade 12 - Grow in knowledge of Christ and the Church and be empowered to go forward striving for holiness. Details and registration online at:


* CWL Twilight Retreatwill be held 7 p.m. Thursday, May 31at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon, SK, with Fr. Mike Dechant, OMI, speaking about hope. For more information contact Queen’s House at (306) 242-1916.


Marriage Encounter Weekendsponsored by the OSG (Open to Spirit to God) Prayer Group scheduled on Sept. 14, 15 and 16, 2018at St. Paul's Co-Cathedral, 720 Spadina Cres. East, Saskatoon. For more information, please call Edward & Maricel Praxedes - 306-371-2154 or 306-371-7892; or Jose and Doris Santiago - 306-639-1971


* St. Philip Neri Parish Nursing Ministry is hosting a series of information sessions on Dementia and Alzheimer’s.The Alzheimer’s Society of Saskatchewan state that “Every 24 hours 10 more people develop Dementia”. If you want to learn more about Dementia and Alzheimer the myths and realities, or if you want to know how you can support the person,                         or the family of someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s, then please come along onMay 14from 7-9 pm at St.  Philip Neri Church, 1902 Munroe Avenue (at Taylor Street), Saskatoon. For more information contact the Parish Nurses at   306-343-0325. Programs and Supports - 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. St. Philip Neri Parish, 1902 Munroe Avenue, Saskatoon.  Kim Willick from Luther Care will present on Programs and Support.


* Apply now to joinThe Justice and Outreach Year (J.O.Y.) of Formation program beginning September 2018. You are invited to broaden your understanding of social justice issues, engage in outreach and respond to the needs of our community in a way that respects the dignity of each person. As Pope Francis has said, it is our human responsibility to walk in solidarity with the poor. By exploring and practicing our Catholic Social Teaching you will be empowered to respond to that baptismal call. Contact Kate O’Gorman, J.O.Y. Program Coordinator at 306-659-5847 or email: Watch stories of J.O.Y. at


* Faith-based community experience for 19-35 year old single Catholic women.

If you looking for “affordable rent” and more…. Discernment House may be the place for you.

The Sisters of the Presentation offer you a home away from home.   As you work or study, this program offers you the opportunity to live a community experience and to grow in your personal faith through prayer, reflection, spiritual direction and service.  Located at 851 University Drive, Saskatoon, Sask.  - 15 minute walk from University of Saskatchewan, close to downtown. Taking registrations for September, 2018. Contact: Sr. Lucie 306-244-0726 / cell: 306 260 0450  Email  Website:


* Campaign Life Coalition Saskatchewanis sponsoring the annual Mother's Day Walk for Life on Sunday May 13, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm along College Drive between Hospital Drive and Wiggins Ave, in Saskatoon.   Everyone welcome.  Signs are provided.  Refreshments and fellowship will follow the walk at 3 pm.


Introduction to Catholic Studies CTST 200.3, is a web-based course that will be offeredJune 28 -July 19 through St. Thomas More College (STM). This course provides a brief introduction to the academic study of Catholicism in its ecclesial, intellectual, and cultural expressions from antiquity to the present. A variety of texts are used to illustrate how Catholic faith and theology have played a role in science, philosophy, and the arts. Prerequisite(s):15 credit units of University study. Registerthrough PAWS or for more information call (306)966-8900


Open for business! The St. Angela Merici Residence, located at 125 Cree Crescent in Saskatoon, is now licensed as a Personal Care Home. For more information regarding admissions, please contact Theresa or Shannon at 306-242-5566 ext. 5, or email


* An Indigenous Awareness Training Session will be held on Wednesday, May 30 beginning at 5 p.m. at St. Mary's Lower Hall, 20th St. W. and Avenue O South, Saskatoon, hosted by Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish. Topics to be covered include Residential Schools and the TRC, the legacy of destroyed trust and many hurts, myths and misconceptions, as well as an intro to cultural differences, insights into kinship, ceremonies and family obligations. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish at (306) 653-4945.


Queen’s House of Retreats601 Taylor Street W, Saskatoon, SK. • Phone: 306-242-1916 •• Website: 

Ongoing programs at Queen’s House include:

  • Centering Prayer:Monday evenings 7 p.m.
  • Holy Eucharist: Wednesday afternoons - call to confirm Mass time – all are welcome!
  • Journey with Scripture: First Wednesday of the month, 10 a.m. to noon with Fr Paul Fachet, OMI - $25 includes lunch (or $15 without lunch).
  • * Knights of Columbus Brothers Keeper Breakfast: 2ndTuesday/month, June 12, 7 a.m. $10.
  • Women in Ministry Luncheons:One Friday a month, next session June 8- 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.
  • 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration: Fourth Monday of the month – from 12 noon, Monday, May 28 to Tuesday, May 29 at 12 noon.
  • Taize Prayer:2ndWednesday of each month – June 13
  • Personal Days of Private Prayer:Book anytime

Do You Need a Place to Stay or Meet? Consider Queen’s House! To inquire about booking Queen’s House, contact our Bookings Coordinator Pauline Henry directly at (306) 242-1925 or by email at bookings@queenshouse.orgor by contacting our reception desk at (306) 242-1916 or receptionist@queenshouse.orgfor details.


THE GRACE IN LIVING: A Holy Yoga Day Away: Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 8:30 am until 4:30 pmat Queen’s House-Facilitated by Elaine Zakreski & Diane Waldbillig. Cost is $75 (includes lunch). Register: Diane at   or call Elaine at 306-652-1382.

* AND SO WE WAIT: Our Spiritual Journey of Transformation:  A Retreat for Women - Friday, May 18 at 7:00 pm until Sunday, May 20 after lunch facilitated by Sarah Donnelly; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost is $180 and includes program, lunches and supper (enrichments available). Register at 306-242-1916 or


* ICONOGRAPHY RETREAT:  with Anna Mycyk and Gisele Bauche - Monday, May 28 – Friday, June 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Cost: Commute: $525 (includes lunches). Contact Queen’s House for live-in pricing. Register at 306-242-1916 or

TRANSITIONS: Your Journey of Transformation through Grief and Loss:Thursday, June 7at 7:00 pm until Sunday, June 10after lunch; facilitated by Sarah Donnelly; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. Cost: $475. Call 306-717-3707 to register.


* SEVEN DAY SILENT DIRECTED RETREAT:Come Away With Me …- Facilitated by Dianne Mantyka and Bishop Gerry Wiesner OMI from Friday, June 29 at 4:00 pm until Thursday, July 5 at 2:30 pm; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; cost is $995 which includes meals, accommodations and spiritual direction. Upgrades are available. Please register by June 19 at 306-242-1916 or


SUMMER STILLNESS 2018:with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI begins Monday, July 9 at 5:30 pm (with supper) and runs until Thursday, July 12 after lunch. There is a Monday Evening Public Lecture: “RISING UP: From Living by Goodwill & Dogged Willpower to Drawing Upon the Resurrection & Grace”; for the Monday evening presentation only cost is $20; with supper $35. Retreat from Tuesday, July 10 to Thursday, July 12 - Main Theme Presentation: “INSANE FOR THE LIGHT: Spirituality for Our Wisdom Years”; cost for full retreat, live-in: $410; commuter-plus $260; commuter $200; held at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon; Register at 306-242-1916 or


Triumph: Freedom Through Healing retreat program, facilitated by a team led by Jerry and Donna Kristian, will be held from 6 p.m July 27 to Aug. 5 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor Street West, Saskatoon. This is a nine-day Christ-centered journey of inner healing and discovery fueled by the transforming power of God's merciful love, rooted in Scripture, tradition and prayer; anchored by the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux. The retreat equips and empowers participants with the tools needed to make noticeable and lasting changes in their lives – a path to true freedom through healing in Christ. Cost is $1,395 which includes program, meals and accommodation. Register by calling Queen's House (306) 242-1916 or email 


Queen's House SPIRITUAL DIRECTION FORMATION PROGRAM - ASpiritual Direction Formation Program will be offered from January 2019 through to July 2020 at Queen’s House, 601 Taylor St. W., Saskatoon. This ecumenical program invites spiritual transformation and personal growth while equipping participants to companion with others on their spiritual journey. Topics include prayer and discernment, contemplative prayer, faith stages, eco-spirituality, the mystics as guides, Biblical spirituality, the spirituality of the Psalms, art as spiritual expression, dreams, grief and loss, intimacy/sexuality, bio-spiritual focusing, 12-step spirituality, co-dependency, Ignatian spirituality, ecumenism, First Nations spirituality, and social justice, as well as a six-day silent Ignatian retreat practicum. Beginning with an extended weekend orientation retreat in January 2019, the live-in Spiritual Direction Formation Program runs from Friday evenings to Saturday evenings once a month, concluding in July 2020.  Pre-requisites include regularly seeing a spiritual director, taking the Introduction to the Enneagram program (offered at Queen’s House), and completion of an intensive spiritual retreat (such as the seven-day silent directed retreat beginning June 29 at Queen’s House, or a 19th Annotation or 30-day Ignatian Retreat, or other equivalent.) Co-Directors are Bishop Gerald Wiesner, Gisele Bauche and Dianne Mantyka. The deadline to apply for the program is Aug. 31, 2018. Cost is $5,800, which includes tuition, as well as room and board (there is a schedule for spreading payments over the duration of the program). For more information or to apply contact Dianne Mantyka at or (306) 514-2193.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION:Contact Sr. Adeline at Queen’s House or any affiliated spiritual director for more info or to begin your journey; (306) 242-1916 or


The James P. Mahoney Institute of the Family provides grants to registered charities with initiatives and programs intended to strengthen and support the family in rural and urban communities within the geographic area of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. Like the popular bishop for whom it is named, the Mahoney Institute reaches beyond the Catholic community and operates on a non-denominational basis. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. May 15, 2018.Apply online at  or call 306-665-1766 for more information.


The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation 2018 takes place July 10-13, 2018at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, 10 Grosvenor Crescent, Saskatoon. Visiting scholars this year are Dr. Sandra Beardsall and Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina. Early bird registration is available until May 31 for $275. Registration deadline is June 15 (cost is $350 after March 31). Find registration forms and more details by e-mailing programs@pcecumenism.caor calling (306) 653-1633, or see the website at The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation offers participants who attend the annual event over three years a certificate in ecumenical studies and formation from St. Andrew’s College and the Prairie Centre for Ecumenism (PCE). The Program in Ecumenical Studies and Formation is of particular interest to ecumenical officers, those training for ministry, those engaged in ministry in an ecumenical setting, and lay people.


My Soul Still Dances: Living with Parkinson'sis a book written by Sister Adelaide Fortowsky, OSU, with Sr. Rosetta Reiniger, OSU, chronicling Sister Adelaide's journey from the time of her diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, until her death in July 2016 at the age of 86. This Ursuline Sister of Prelate drew on her decades of teaching, clowning, worship and life experiences to bolster her hopeful perspective on living with this debilitating illness. It was Sister Adelaide's faith in God that kept her living with vitality through the most difficult times, focusing on service to others with her "little acts of magic" to bring joy to those around her in the midst of coping with her own deteriorating health. This book can be purchased for $19.95 (or $25.95 with shipping and handling) by contacting Sister Rosetta Reiniger, 125 Cree Crescent, Saskatoon, SK S7K 7J1 or (306) 361-8034.


St. Ann’s Home Spirit of Renewal Campaign

Over 60 years ago Bishop Klein, along with lay leaders of the Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon and the Sisters of St. Elizabeth from Humboldt, formed a “circle of care” and promised the Saskatchewan community that quality, faith-based care would be available to them in their senior years. Their vision included:

  • providing quality housing and health care for our sick and elderly;
  • recognizing the spiritual and physical integrity and dignity of each person;
  • providing care in a compassionate and loving manner;
  • affirming the spiritual and corporeal needs of St. Ann’s residents, enabling them to live in dignity with the respect and companionship of their peers.

Included in the “circle of care” is St. Ann’s Home, which after 40 years is in great need of repair. In order to ensure greater safety, privacy and comfort for their residents, the rooms in the Home require new windows, flooring, accessible bathroom renovations, and ceiling lifts for all 80 rooms. To find out moreabout the Spirit of Renewal Campaignand how to contribute, please contact:  Rae Sveinbjornson, Executive Director, at (306) 374-8900 ext. 223 or by e-mail at: rae.sveinbjornson@saskatoonhealthauthority.caor Peter Martens, Campaign Chair at (306) 229-5212 or by e-mail at: or see:

Psalm 71:9  - Don’t forsake me now when my strength is failing.”


Considering engagement or marriage? Check out Catholic Marriage Preparation options on the diocesan website:


The following announcement requests come from groups beyond the diocese and our ministry partners. As always, the parish Pastor and Parish Life Director are invited to make all publication decisions regarding their particular parish community


Dinner Theatre in support of Mental Health Association- Cornerstone Theatre presents a dinner theatre performance of Next to NormalMay 17-19at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral Hall, 816 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon; cocktails 6 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m. show 7:30 p.m., tickets $65 available from pic-a-tic at Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize), Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. This deeply moving piece of theatre is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. (Not suitable for children, mature language). The 2018 spring series performances will raise awareness and funds for the Saskatoon branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association, directed specifically towards walk-in mental health crisis services in our community.



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