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Bishop Hagemoen celebrates Mass for 10th anniversary of Columbian Place

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Bishop Mark Hagemoen joined residents and Knights of Columbus members for celebration of Mass Sept. 24 to mark the 10th anniversary of Columbian Place in Saskatoon.

Located across the street from St. Mary Parish on 20th Street West, Columbian Place is a project of KC Charities, opening in 2012 with support from all levels of government.

The project was a follow-up to the earlier Columbian Manor project that KC Charities built and operates on Louise Street on the east side of the city.

The two locations together provide more than 260 seniors a place to call home, with a range of support, amenities and features.

As well, a new Columbian Village building currently under construction on Louise Street will be part of the same faith-based 55-plus community as the neighbouring Columbian Manor. The new building will feature additions including a fitness centre, beauty salon and a large common area for entertainment and other activities. Columbian Village will also include a new 100-seat chapel.

As a non-profit charitable organization, K.C. Charities Inc. strives to provide “active and healthy aging free from loneliness and boredom, and offer the most affordable supportive living seniors rentals in Saskatchewan. The communities we’ve built are vibrant, welcoming, and safe,” states the KC Charities Housing website. “Although K.C. Charities housing has faith-based Catholic roots, people of many faiths, denominations and backgrounds live in our communities.”

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Horizons of Hope – palliative care toolkit

By Enriching faith

Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit about Palliative Care for Catholic Parishes is available in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon – the goal is to have all parishes use the four-module program.

Jacqueline Saretsky, coordinator of Hospital Chaplaincy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon says: “Horizons of Hope is an inspiring and engaging resource, with theological, ethical, medical, and practical perspectives presented together in an accessible way – on a subject that touches us all.”

For more information, contact Jacqueline Saretsky at jsaretsky@rcdos.ca or (306) 659-5839.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) launched the toolkit prepared for parishes in November 2021 to address questions surrounding palliative care, dying, death, suffering, accompaniment, and bereavement, noting: “Our faith in Jesus Christ has much to teach us about living and dying well.”

Designed to help participants learn more about how to respond to the Christian call to provide compassionate care for loved ones at the end of life, the program offers reflection and support to anyone seeking to learn more about palliative care and the Catholic Church’s teaching on end-of-life; caregivers; those who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness;  and family members who need resources and guidance as they journey with a loved one who is seriously or terminally ill; and parishioners and pastoral care teams.

“I am very excited about this resource for our parishes,” said Saretsky. “It is very well done, and it won’t overwhelm people, but will really encourage and inspire them.”

 

Four modules of the CCCB Horizons of Hope Toolkit for Catholic Parishes on Palliative Care. (Screen capture image from CCCB promo video)

The resource is presented over four learning modules. Themes include: understanding the human experience of dying and death, discerning and making decisions at the end of life, accompanying those on the journey and supporting and integrating within the wider community.

Each module features two videos. One short film tackles the topic from a medical perspective, while the other explores ethical and theological teachings.

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AWAKEN – Christian Witness in the World

By Resources for families & youth

AWAKEN Ministry Series – “A Christian Witness in the World”

A new five-part ministry series will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov. 1, held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 1235-12th Street East in Saskatoon. Cost is $40 per person for the entire five-part diocesan series.

Register at: https://form.jotform.com/222235632190246 or for more information contact Jennifer Petersen at jpetersen@rcdos.ca or (306) 659-5858.

AWAKEN SCHEDULE:

  • Oct 4 – John Hickey: Evangelization in the Family
  • Oct 11 – Jackie Saretsky: Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Palliative Care, Pt. 1
  • Oct 18 – Jackie Saretsky: Horizons of Hope: A Toolkit for Palliative Care, Pt. 2
  • Oct 25 – Myron Rogal : Human Trafficking in our Communities: From Harm to Hope
  • Nov. 1 – Dr. Jan Bigland-Pritchard: Refugee Ministry – “It’s Complicated”

DESCRIPTION: A Christian Witness in the World: Ministry Series: Being a Catholic in an increasingly secular society is not always easy. Many in the Church feel discouraged or unsure of how to articulate what we believe as Catholics, to our loved ones or colleagues and how to navigate controversial topics like euthanasia, or teachings on Catholic social doctrine. These five modules are designed to inspire and empower participants to realize their call in the mission of Christ to share the Gospel in all places, at all times. Through the stories and experiences of the speakers, participants will receive insights and tools for sharing the Gospel in their own families, explaining what Catholics believe from a Catholic moral perspective, and understanding Christian solidarity towards refugees, migrants and those affected by human trafficking.

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Clergy Day of Recollection – Sept. 15, 2022

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Priests and deacons from across our diocese gathered Sept. 15 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon for a Clergy Day of Recollection, with guest speaker Archbishop Gérard Pettipas, CSsR of the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan, AB. The day included opportunities for prayer, sacrament and reflection.

Priests from across the diocese gathered in the Queen of Peace Chapel at the Cathedral of the Holy Family for a Clergy Day of Recollection Sept. 15. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Diocesan Clergy Day of Recollection organizer Fr. Binu Rathappillil, VC, (pastor of the Wadena, St. Donatus and Denzil parishes) speaks to those assembled for the event. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Guest speaker Archbishop Gérard Pettipas, CSsR of the Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan, AB (left) with Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen. (Photo courtesy of Bishop Hagemoen)

Administration Day 2022: Launching another ministry year

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Bishop Mark Hagemoen gathered with pastors, parish leaders, and ministry staff Sept. 14, 2022, for an annual Administration Day, held at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon, as well as on Zoom.

New staff were introduced, reflections on the recent visit to Canada by Pope Francis and his apology to Canada’s Indigenous peoples for the church’s involvement in Residential Schools, updates related to human resources, safeguarding and the Covenant of Care, administration and ministry were among the topics covered at the day-long meeting. The 2022 Bishop’s Annual Appeal was also launched, with the distribution of materials to parishes for the weeks ahead.

Read a full article about Administration Day at Catholic Saskatoon News – LINK

Representatives of Development and Peace Caritas Canada set up at display at the diocesan Administration Day Sept. 15 in Saskatoon. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Rita Taylor of the Catholic Pastoral Centre admin team consults with MC Daniel Pettipas of Saint Anne Parish before the start of the 2022 diocesan Administration Day in Saskatoon. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Connecting with colleagues is an important part of Administration Day. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Parish representatives share a moment during the annual Admin Day. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

During the 2022 Admin Day, Debbie Ledoux, Parish Life Director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Saskatoon reflected on the parish’s bus trip to participate in papal visit events at Maskwacis and Lac Ste Anne, AB. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Human Resources consultant Vicki Towriss spoke about creating and nurturing engaged and cohesive teams. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Development and Peace Provincial Animator Michael Leblanc provided an overview of the organization and its work. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Raissa Bugyi, Executive Director of the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation, provided updates and launched the 2022 Bishop’s Annual Appeal. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Interim Director of Administration Brenda FitzGerald provided an update about safeguarding priorities and goals, as well as an overview of operations and finance. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Evangelization and Mission Leader John Hickey led a session on “Every Catholic a Disciple Maker.” (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Evangelization and Mission Leader John Hickey interviews a guest on Zoom. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Parish Life Director Matthew Courchene of St. John Bosco shared how that Saskatoon parish has focused on evangelization over the past eight years — and some of the results. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

At the annual Admin Day Sept. 15, a “Wednesday Afternoon Live” panel shared information about upcoming adult faith programs in the diocese. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners Jim and Brenda Tryhuba shared the impact of the diocesan adult faith programs they have participated in — including Proclaim-Awaken-Encounter events last year. This year’s Adult Faith schedule was also announced at Admin Day. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Fr. Prince Sarpong, pastor at Leader, Lancer and Liebenthal parishes, won a jelly bean guessing contest at Admin Day! (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Saskatchewan Catholic Bishops – letter about recent violence at James Smith First Nation

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Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen joined with brother bishops Archbishop Donald Bolen of Regina; Archbishop Murray Chatlain of Keewatin Le Pas; Bishop Stephen Hero of Prince Albert and Archbishop Lawrence Huculak, apostolic administrator of the Eparchy of Saskatoon to send a message of condolences, prayer and support to all those affected by the recent tragic events at James Smith First Nation and Weldon, SK.

Saskatchewan Catholic Bishops – “Joining in Prayer in this Time of Grief” (Click here for PDF)

“As the Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan, we extend our deepest condolences to all those affected by the acts of violence that took place at James Smith Cree Nation and the village of Weldon on Sept. 4.

“We join all those in our province who are expressing support and solidarity for individuals, families and communities in the wake of this tragedy.

“Mourning those whose lives have been lost, those who have been injured and those whose peace and security has been shattered by these horrific events, we invite all to join in prayer, turning to God for comfort and healing.

“We also pray for all those across Saskatchewan who have been reaching out to provide assistance, including first responders, health care workers and everyone offering help and support to those affected by this tragedy.”

Bishop blesses newly-professed Sr. John Paul Marie of the Trinity (Nicole Mireau of Saskatoon)

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Sr. John Paul Marie of the Trinity (Nicole Mireau) celebrated her Perpetual Vows with the Queenship of Mary Community in Ottawa Aug. 22 — and on Sunday, Sept. 4, family, parishioners and community members gathered with her in Saskatoon for prayers of thanksgiving and blessing at a Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Fr. Gerard Cooper, and Fr. Geoffrey Young.

Sr. John Paul Marie of the Trinity professed perpetual vows Aug. 22 with the Queenship of Mary Community. She recently visited Saskatoon where family and friends gathered with her for a Mass of thanksgiving Sept. 4. (Photo by Tim Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Accompanied by Sr. Micheline Thibault, canonical novice with the Queenship of Mary Community, the newly-professed Sr. John Paul Marie gathered with family, friends and parishioners from her home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes in Saskatoon who celebrated Sunday Mass with the Cathedral of the Holy Family. Among those present was Sr. John Paul Marie’s sister Sr. April Mireau, PM, who joined with other family members for a Marian hymn at the conclusion of Mass.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen conveyed a blessing upon Sr. John Paul Marie at the conclusion of the Eucharistic celebration, which was followed by a banquet and program.

The celebration of Sr. John Paul Marie’s perpetual vows Aug. 22 on the Feast of the Queenship of Mary in Ottawa was a joint celebration with Sr. Anna Marie du Sacré Coeur de Jesus (video below).

 

 

 

 

 

Sr. Micheline Thibault, canonical novice (left) and newly-professed Sr. John Paul Marie of the Trinity (Nicole Mireau of Saskatoon) at a special Mass held Sept. 4 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

 

 

Sr. John Paul Marie (left) is greeted by her sister, Sr. April Mireau, PM, before celebration of Mass Sept. 4 in Saskatoon. (Photo by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Bishop Mark Hagemoen prayed a prayer of blessing over Sr. John Paul Marie of the Trinity at the conclusion of Mass Sept. 4 at the Cathedral of the Holy Family, Saskatoon. (Photo by Tim Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

VIDEO – Sr. John Paul Marie of the Trinity & Sr. Anna Marie du Sacré Coeur de Jesus perpetual vows in Ottawa

 

VIDEO – Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated Sept. 4 at Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon

 

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Left to right: Holy Family Cathedral Rector and Pastor Fr. Gerard Cooper, Saskatoon Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Sr. John Paul Marie, and Our Lady of Lourdes Pastor Fr. Geoffrey Young at a celebration Sept. 4 in Saskatoon. (Photo by Tim Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

Running in Rocky Mountains to raise funds for Catholic TRC Healing Response

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Four Bros and a Bishop” fund-raising effort

The race at Grande Cache is a grueling course that begins and ends on a 4200-foot plateau, passes over three mountain summits, that includes over 17,000 feet of elevation. (Submitted photo)

 

Bishop Mark Hagemoen and a team of brothers — Luc, Jerome and Dominic Montpetit and their brother-in-law Jacob Powell, along with Montpetit cousin Raphael Pelletier — completed the 118-km extreme relay run known as the Canadian Death Race July 20-31, raising funds in support of the diocese’s Catholic TRC Healing Response fund.

The bishop’s team placed 25th (out of 83 teams).

The “Canadian Death Race” features a 118-km course beginning and ending on a 4200-foot plateau, passing over three mountain summits, with over 17,000 feet of elevation. You can support the “Four Bros and a Bishop” fund-raising effort by visiting the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation website: dscf.ca/annual-bishops-race

Bishop Hagemoen, Jacob Powell, Dominic Montpetit, Jerome Montpetit, Luc Montpetit and Raphael Pelletier (l-r).

The course at Grande Cache includes amazing views. (Photo by Bishop Mark Hagemoen)

Pausing for a photo at one of the great heights of the race. (Photo by Bishop Mark Hagemoen)

Team member Jacob Powell crosses the finish line. (Submitted photo)

Luc Montpetit and Raphael Pelletier

 

Jerome Montpetit, Dominic Montpetit and Raphael Pelletier (Submitted photo)

 

Bishop Mark Hagemoen, Jacob Powell, Luc Montpetit, Raphael Pelletier, Dominic Montpetit and Jerome Montpetit (l-r) tackled the Canadian Death Race 118-km relay run at Grande Cache, AB, July 30-31, running in support of the diocese’s Catholic TRC Healing Response fund. (Submitted photo)

Participating in the historic penitential pilgrimage of Pope Francis to Canada

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Members of the Saskatoon delegation to papal visit events July 25-26 were among the pilgrims joining Pope Francis at Lac Ste. Anne – including Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Life Director Debbie Ledoux and parishioner Sandra Harper. (Photo by Bishop Mark Hagemoen)

A diocesan delegation travelled to Edmonton July 25-26 to participate in events with Pope Francis.

The pilgrimage group from Our Lady of Guadalupe Indigenous parish witnessed the papal apology at Maskwacis, as well as joining Pope Francis on his pilgrimage to Lac Ste. Anne.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen also joined other bishops from across Canada in celebrating Mass with Pope Francis July 26 at Commonwealth Stadium.

In a message from Edmonton July 25 to a Saskatoon local event at St. Mary School, papal visit pilgrims reflected on hearing Pope Francis apologize for the Church’s involvement in Residential Schools:

Our Lady of Guadalupe parishioner Sandra Harper said: “Today when I was able to listen and to hear our pope, I felt very good about the words he had for us, and I felt that they were very genuine, and that he is a very compassionate person who understands our issues and came to the table with a good open heart and so I was very pleased.”

“I was happy that he used the words ‘forgive me,’ because as a Catholic, as a practicing Catholic, it is important to me to hear that he understands that we needed to hear him say that, because the wrongs that we experienced, that a lot of us experienced, through the residential schools was very vast… that is part of the healing journey,” Sandi Harper said.

Sandra Harper also noted the pope’s message included that the opposite of love is indifference, stressing that on the road to reconciliation, we must overcome indifference to the sufferings of others. “If we could concentrate on the loving relationship that we need, then reconciliation is more able to happen.”

“Today was so awesome,” said Debbie Ledoux, Parish Life Director at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish who led the diocesan delegation to papal visit events in Edmonton. “The pope’s visit to Canada on our sacred ground was amazing.” She noted that she too felt Pope Francis had “genuine and compassion and love that he sent us all as Indigenous People.”

Debbie Ledoux added: “I am a Survivor and this did more for my healing journey than has been there for a long time now.”

Bishop Hagemoen said that he was touched by the Holy Father’s humility, echoing his April apology, in which Pope Francis stressed the need for the church to be in a place of humility and to come to the foot of the cross. “Tomorrow we go off to prayer, and we pray, pray, pray and see what God will continue to do, because there is a long journey ahead,” said Hagemoen on the evening of July 25, the day of the papal apology. “We have heard many times that reconciliation is a process, it’s a great journey, and people are at different places, so we are looking forward to the journey, tomorrow and beyond.”

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