Dear Clergy, Religious, Parishes, PLDs, Parish Administration and Faithful of the Diocese of Saskatoon:
As we mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation this weekend, I wish to encourage all to take time for prayer, reflection, and solidarity with Indigenous Peoples.
On Sept. 30, we particularly remember and honour Residential School Survivors and those children who never returned home. This is a call for greater awareness and action that goes beyond the annual observance of “Orange Shirt Day.” Rather, it is a call for all of us to practically and continually work toward truth and reconciliation, acknowledging and striving to overcome the past mistakes, arrogance, and misuse of authority that has so often been part of our shared collective history. It is a call to move forward together in greater understanding, pursuing justice, and working for a better future for all.
I again renew my pledge that our diocese will continue to walk a path of reconciliation and healing. This is part of our gospel call to reconciliation and solidarity. We strive to walk in love and friendship as sisters and brothers, always working for justice, hope and healing. Let us all continue to take concrete steps on this journey.
Yours in Christ,
Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen
Bishop of Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon