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December 2020

Advent and Christmas in a time of COVID-19 – video conversations with Bishop Mark Hagemoen

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen has been speaking to various groups and individuals about the challenges and blessings we are facing this year during the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Bishop in conversation with Catholic youth

Videographer and host Jerome Montpetit of CatChat Ministries presents a videotaped Zoom conversation with Bishop Mark Hagemoen and four Catholic high school students from Saskatoon reflecting on the experience of COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on life, especially during this Christmas season.

Diocesan leaders

Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon speaks about this unusual year with Elder Dianne Anderson of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, coordinator of prison ministry in the diocese; Donna Rogal, who works in the Marriage Tribunal at the Catholic Pastoral Centre in Saskatoon; Garth McCutcheon, chair of the Parish Pastoral Council for Christ the King Parish in Foam Lake; and retired diocesan priest Fr. Ken Beck of Saskatoon.

Ways in which restrictions are affecting individuals, communities, the elderly, families, the bereaved, prisoners, and ministries in our diocese are explored in this hope-filled conversation.

NET Team – Keewatin-Le Pas

In a recent Zoom conversation, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Advent of four NET Ministries (www.netcanada.ca) missionaries presently serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, in Northern Saskatchewan/Northern Manitoba.

The NET team members speaking with Bishop Mark are: Maria Altamirano of Vancouver; Matthew Bentler of Saskatoon; Jacob Brown of Halifax, and Fernanda Cano of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The team talks about how the pandemic has affected them personally, as well as how the restrictions on gathering have impacted their ministry this year, and what challenges and blessings they are experiencing in this Advent season.

 

 

Diocesan safeguarding action plan – response to charges being laid against priest

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon learned Dec. 16, 2020 that police have laid charges against a priest serving in the diocese, Fr. Anthony Atter, who had been serving as pastor of parishes at Lake Lenore, Annaheim and St. Gregor.  The charges relate to sexual abuse of a minor.

As soon as the diocese learned of these charges, Fr. Anthony Atter was removed from ministry, in accordance with diocesan policy.

The diocese will be cooperating fully with police on this matter, and is unable to respond to questions and comments on the case at this time, while it is under investigation and/or before the courts.

“I am sure like all of you, my heart sank upon hearing of another accusation of abuse by one of our priests. This despite all the work and the great steps we have taken over the last while to create safer church communities and eliminate all forms and threats of abuse,” said Bishop Mark Hagemoen in a message to the diocese Dec. 17.

“I realize that each time the terrible crime of sex abuse is reported, victims and their families are wounded again, the vast majority of faithful priests bow their heads in shame, and sincere Catholics, Christians and people of good will, experience shock, sorrow, anger and righteous indignation.

“I wish very much that I could say to you that because of our efforts there will be no more accusations. However, what I can and will say strongly is – as your bishop, I join with the many lay women and men who have contributed hard work and much time to developing our safeguarding action plan to continue our efforts at eliminating all forms of abuse!

“I also commit to honouring complainants, victims and their families, the accused, and in this case the parishes of the communities of Lake Lenore, Annahiem, and St. Gregor – as well as all of our clergy and lay faithful throughout our diocese and beyond – to not jump to conclusions and allow our legitimate frustration and anger to overwhelm the commitment to respect and support the investigative processes of the police and our own diocese to determine guilt or innocence, and the proper response.”

Bishop Hagemoen concluded: “This current allegation of another case of abuse involving one of our families is an occasion to again affirm our commitment to respond to all those who have been victimized and hurt by any person acting in the name of the Church. The Diocese of Saskatoon stands in solidarity with any and all victims and commits to being an instrument of reconciliation and healing. It also commits to building safer churches and stronger communities: the theme of our safeguarding action plan. I join with all our diocese in sharing both pain and strong resolution.”

Dec. 16 Media Release: PDF

Policies and commitments regarding safeguarding – including sexual abuse – can be found on the diocesan website at https://rcdos.ca/our-diocese/safe-environment/safer-church/

Safeguarding Action Plan

As part of an ongoing commitment to safeguarding children, youth and the vulnerable in its churches, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has published a Safer Church, Stronger Communities safeguarding action plan featuring 20 commitments aimed at preventing and responding to abuse by clergy or others in the church.

Download the Safer Churches, Stronger Communities safeguarding action plan: PDF

Reporting abuse: Contact information

The four-page Safer Churches, Stronger Communities action plan reflects the recent work of a diocesan Safeguarding Committee (consisting of eight lay Catholics and one diocesan priest), chaired by Brenda FitzGerald.

The Safeguarding Committee was established by Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen to review and update the diocese’s long-standing policies related to safeguarding and abuse.

As part of its work, the diocesan Safeguarding Committee has reviewed and updated diocesan policies for ensuring safe church environments, focused on increasing awareness about the impact of sexual abuse on survivors, and clearly outlined steps for handling allegations of serious misconduct — including sexual abuse – by clergy or others working in the church.

 

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Advent and Christmas in a time of COVID-19: a conversation between Bishop Hagemoen and members of the NET team serving in Keewatin-Le Pas

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In a recent Zoom conversation, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the Advent of four NET Ministries (www.netcanada.ca) missionaries presently serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, in Northern Saskatchewan/Northern Manitoba.

The NET team members speaking with Bishop Mark are: Maria Altamirano of Vancouver; Matthew Bentler of Saskatoon; Jacob Brown of Halifax, and Fernanda Cano of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.

The team talks about how the pandemic has affected them personally, as well as how the restrictions on gathering have impacted their ministry this year, and what challenges and blessings they are experiencing in this Advent season.

 

Conversations about “Fratelli Tutti” on fraternity and human friendship – video panel led by Bishop Hagemoen

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The Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon has launched a video series to assist in reflection about Pope Francis’ latest papal encyclical Fratelli Tutti on human fraternity and social friendship.

The second in this video series features a panel discussion led by Bishop Mark Hagemoen, in conversation with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools teacher Celine Cyrenne, Sr. Marta Piano of the Verbum Dei missionary society, and Fr. Stefano Penna, rector of St. Paul Co-Cathedral in Saskatoon.

Find more information and resources about Fratelli Tutti on the diocesan website at: rcdos.ca/fratelli-tutti

Complete letter: FRATELLI TUTTI – The Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis on Fraternity and Social Friendship

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