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October 2021

Bishop provides clergy, religious and vocation updates

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Bishop Mark Hagemoen announced further pastoral appointments and clergy, religious and vocation updates Oct. 28, 2021.

“I again thank all clergy and religious of the diocese for their ministry and ask you to continue to join in prayer for all clergy awaiting arrival, for those in transition, and for those discerning vocations to the priesthood or religious life,” Bishop Hagemoen said in his announcement to the diocese.

The Oct. 28 updates follows a number of earlier announcements for this ministry year.

PASTORS

Fr. Roman Wroclawski, S.Chr.

Fr. Roman Wroclawski, S.Chr., is appointed pastor at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Saskatoon.

Fr. Wroclawski is a priest of the Society of Christ, ordained in Poznañ, Poland, and served parishes in France for over 15 years. Fr. Wroclawski began his appointment Sept. 28, 2021.

DEACONS

Deacon Dan Lamoureaux

Deacon Dan Lamoureaux will serve in diaconal ministry with St. James Parish, Wilkie. 

Deacon Lamoureaux currently serves for the Diocese of Prince Albert at St. Germaine Parish, Red Pheasant First Nations; St. Thomas, Sweetgrass First Nations; St. Bernadette, Mosquito First Nations; and Anele Parish, Poundmaker First Nations.

SEMINARIANS

Anthony Hoang

Anthony Hoang from Holy Spirit Parish, Saskatoon, is in his first year of formation in the Culture Works program, St. Peter’s Seminary, London, Ontario.

Huy Le

Huy Le from St. Peter the Apostle Parish, Saskatoon, is in his first year of formation with the Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program, the new vocations program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Jerome Montpetit

Jerome Montpetit from St. Bruno Parish, Bruno, is in his first year of formation with the Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program, the new vocations program of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

Van Tam (Luke) Tran

Van Tam (Luke) Tran, has returned to Christ the King Seminary in Mission, British Columbia, for his third year of theology.

Andrew Webster

Andrew Webster from St. Joseph Parish, Saskatoon, is in his first year of formation at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Edmonton, Alberta.

RELIGIOUS ASSIGNMENT

Sr. Claudia Vázquez Díaz

Sr. Claudia Vázquez Díaz, of the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, arrived in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon on Sept. 30, 2021, and is serving in ministry as an Apostolate Leader for the Sts. Benedict & Scholastica Formation Program and other ministry services for the diocese.]

RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS UPDATE

Kaitlyn Deck, Queenship of Mary Community

Sr. Kaitlyn Deck from St. Peter Parish, Unity, is in her third year of formation – “Apostolic Novitiate” – with the Queenship of Mary Community in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

Sr. Micheline Thibeault, Queenship of Mary Community

Sr. Micheline Thibeault from St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon, is in her second year of formation – “Canonical Noviciate” – with the Queenship of Mary Community, Ottawa, Ontario.

 

George Leberio, Companions of the Cross

George Leberio from St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon, is in his second year of applicancy at Assumption Farm in Combermere, Ontario, with the Companions of the Cross.

 

Brother Raphael (Gregory Parsons), Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel

Br. Raphael (Gregory Parsons) from St. Mary Parish, Wadena, made temporary vows in February 2021 and continues in formation with the Carmelite Monks of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel at Cody, Wyoming, USA.

Br. Andrew Wing, Legionaries of Christ

Br. Andrew Wing LC from St. Anne Parish, Saskatoon, is in his second year of formation with the Legionaries of Christ, on internship in Calgary, Alberta.

CLERGY UPDATE

Fr. Colin Roy

Fr. Colin Roy, pastor of St. Augustine Parish, Humboldt, St. Scholastica Parish, Burr, and Holy Trinity Parish, Pilger,  has been appointed the Dean for the Humboldt Deanery and will serve for the remainder of the current term.

 

Fr. Richard Philipski, SChr

Fr. Richard Philiposki, S.Chr. has returned to the United States under the direction of his provincial superior after serving as pastor for Our Lady of Czestohowa parish this past year.

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Bishop’s Annual Appeal focuses on new initiatives

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An annual fund-raising effort to support ministry and outreach across the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon is starting a bit later this year – but that’s not the only thing that is new.

The 2021 theme for the Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) “God is Doing New Things” – is particularly apt as a number of new situations, new initiatives and new realities continue to challenge and inspire the diocese and its parishes. The theme is based on the scripture verse from Isaiah 43: 19: “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”

Among the new initiatives this year is another, parallel fund-raising effort — the Catholic TRC Healing Response in support of healing for residential school survivors and their communities, launched this summer by the Catholic bishops of Saskatchewan.

“The 2021 Bishop’s Annual Appeal (BAA) begins later than usual this fall due to the importance of working on details of the recently-launched Catholic TRC Healing Response fund-raising effort,” noted BAA Coordinator Cathy Gilje of the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation.

In his letter to parishioners about this year’s Annual Appeal, Bishop Mark Hagemoen noted: “We look forward to making further progress in our diocese on our commitment to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In this spirit, the Bishops of Saskatchewan recently announced efforts to promote a Catholic TRC Healing fund to support the healing and care of persons affected by the damaging legacy of residential schools in our province.”

Gifts to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal have always supported Indigenous Ministry, including Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, which serves Indigenous and Métis parishioners in Saskatoon, as well as the Diocesan Council for Truth and Reconciliation, which has its mandate “…to provide a forum for listening and sharing, through stories and prayer, to collaborate with the diocese toward building and strengthening relationships, and to support healing from the Indian Residential School experience.”

This year the diocese also joined with Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and St. Thomas More College to launch a new Indigenous Pastoral & Lay Leader Ministry Education Program.

Other recent new developments in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon include a new age for Confirmation of young people (now raised to 11 years or about Grade 6) with resources and assistance provided to parishes by the diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, a new vision for Youth Ministry and the launch of Project Timothy to mentor young adults as leaders of outreach to youth across the diocese, a new vision for Adult Faith entitled “Proclaim, Awaken, Encounter” offering formation, prayer, events and community throughout the year, and a new vocations initiative, Sts. Benedict and Scholastica Formation Program.

“The Bishop’s Annual Appeal is how our diocese and the local church responds to the many needs we see around us and provides service and outreach throughout our diocese,” said Bishop Hagemoen in his letter to the diocese.

“These supports are more necessary than ever as we deal with the challenges of our present times. The size of your gift is secondary to the goal that all people of our diocese participate in sharing and working together in the mission of Proclaiming Christ, in service to others, sharing from the heart.”

Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2021 information and online giving – LINK

The Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports many needed ministries and programs in the diocese and beyond, including:

VIDEO – Bishop Mark Hagemoen provides an overview of this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon:

VIDEO – Marilyn Jackson, Director of Ministry Services, reflects on the vision for life-long faith formation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon.

 

VIDEO –  Introducing the new Project Timothy youth ministry project:

 

VIDEO –  Fr. Paul Oshin, a missionary priest serving in the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas describes the faith of the people and the impact of support for Catholic ministry in northern Saskatchewan:

 

VIDEO –  Offering “Returning to Spirit” as part of Restorative Ministry at the prison:

 

VIDEO – Justice and Peace partnerships in the community are making a difference:

VIDEO – Jan Bigland-Pritchard of the diocesan Office of Migration, describes vital efforts underway to sponsor refugees from around the world who are fleeing from war, violence and persecution:

VIDEO – The Sts. Benedict and Scholastica Faith Formation Program is another new initiative in the diocese, focused on vocational discernment:

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