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Bishop Hagemoen celebrates Pentecost Mass at Marian Days, hosted by Vietnamese Catholic community

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

Bishop Mark Hagemoen, with priests and deacons at Pentecost Sunday Mass celebrated as part of Marian Days XXII by the Vietnamese Catholic Community. (Photos by Kiply Lukan Yaworski)

“Behold Your Mother” was the theme of a Marian conference hosted by the Our Lady of LaVang Vietnamese Catholic Community in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon May 17-19. The words of Jesus spoken from the cross in John 19:17 to the beloved disciple were echoed in a program focused on the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Hundreds of participants of all ages from across the province and beyond gathered for the three days of prayer, reflection, teaching, formation, and celebration focused on the during XXI Marian Days XXI: CHƯƠNG TRÌNH ĐẠI HỘI THÁNH MẪU XXI.

The conference, which is held every two years, culminated on the Solemnity of Pentecost May 19, with a late afternoon procession through the neighbourhood of St. Patrick Parish Centre praying the Rosary, followed by Mass with Bishop Mark Hagemoen.

A statue of Our Lady of LaVang was carried in procession followed by hundreds of the faithful, praying the Rosary and singing Marian hymns. (Photos by Kiply Lukan Yaworski, Catholic Saskatoon News)

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Bishop celebrates confirmation with Our Lady of La Vang Vietnamese Catholic Community

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

On Ascension Sunday, May 12, 2024, Bishop Mark Hagemoen celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with youth of the Our Lady of La Vang Vietnamese Catholic Community at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Saskatoon, joining Fr. Hoang Nguyen, Fr. Phong Pham, Deacon Tran (Luke) Van Tam, seminarian Huy Le, other special guests, families and parishioners for the joyful event.

(Photos courtesy of Our Lady of La Vang Vietnamese Catholic Community)

National Family and Life Week 2024

By News

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) invites the Catholic faithful to celebrate National Family and Life Week (NFLW), May 13 to 19, 2024.

This year’s theme, “Love hopes all things,” is inspired by the words of Saint Paul, the Apostle: “[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”(1 Corinthians 13:7). This theme, linked to Amoris Laetitia, a discourse on love by Pope Francis, guides us towards hope, a theological virtue that renews our relationship with God and others.

The CCCB Standing Committee for Family and Life and its corresponding Office have developed a pastoral toolkit specifically designed for the “domestic church” in our national context.

Each day of National Family and Life Week 2024 is built around specific themes, proposing prayers and activities adapted to different ages, cultures and circumstances. The kit includes a message from the CCCB President, as well as catechesis, prayer intentions, and daily activities for families and parishes, with quotes on Christian hope, and pastoral suggestions for a family and life Mass.

Concluding on the Solemnity of Pentecost, National Family and Life Week 2024 offers a special opportunity to ask the Holy Spirit to accompany us in this celebration of life and the family.

Family and Parish Prayers and Activities in English: NFLW 2024 – CCCB Resource    / En français: SNFV 2024 –  ressource de la CECC

Bishop’s Dinner 2024

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

The 2024 Bishop’s Dinner in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon included a focus on the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund, updates on outreach to those in need, and an overview of the diocesan Pastoral Plan, as well as a gala dinner, entertainment and award presentations.

Hosted by the Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation at the Cathedral of the Holy Family May 2, the dinner’s featured guest speaker was Dr. Gordon Martell, PhD, who serves as chair of the Indigenous Discernment Circle and Granting Committee for the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon. A member of Waterhen First Nation, Martell was an educator and administrator for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools until his recent appointment to the University of Saskatchewan College of Education’s Department of Educational Administration. He described the Discernment Circle’s vision and goals for the fund and reported on a range of local initiatives that have been supported so far.

Other speakers on the Bishop’s Dinner program were Myron Rogal, coordinator of the diocesan Office of Justice and Peace, who spoke about parish and diocesan initiatives to respond to poverty and increasing homelessness in our communities; and Bishop Mark Hagemoen, who provided an overview of the diocesan Pastoral Plan and the mission “To Proclaim Christ and God’s Kingdom Today.”

Diocese of Saskatoon Catholic Foundation Executive Director Raissa Bugyi and Chair Ray Kolla were also part of the program, emceed by Steve Chisholm. Live music during the gala evening was provided by the Dean McNeill Quartet with special guest singer-songwriter Alexis Normand.


Stewardship awards (and artwork by Gisele Bauche) were presented during the evening to Dorothy Rollheiser of St. Theresa Parish in Rosetown for her years of service to her parish and as a Bishop’s Annual Appeal volunteer, and to Fr. Joseph Salihu of Holy Spirit Parish for nurturing and inspiring a generous and caring community (“Ministry to Parishioners Award.”) Three other award recipients who could not be present on the evening of the Bishop’s Dinner will be acknowledged by the Catholic Foundation at a later date.

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Catholic bishops of Canada “Pastoral Letter to Young People” – new User’s Guide released

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A User’s Guide is now available from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to assist those who work in the evangelization and catechesis of young people – including clergy, religious, youth ministers, religious educators, and families – in reflecting on the CCCB’s Pastoral Letter to Young People.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Exhortation to Young People, Christus vivit, the CCCB’s 2022 pastoral letter invites young Catholics in Canada to live their faith in an extraordinary way, encouraging them to strive toward holiness, and assuring them of the steadfast support and accompaniment of their bishops along their individual journeys of faith.

The new User’s Guide, along with the Pastoral Letter itself, a video and other resources, are all available in English and French on the CCCB website:

in English at LINK

in French at LINK

Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan meet in Saskatoon

By Bishop Mark Hagemoen's blog

The five Catholic Bishops of Saskatchewan met in Saskatoon April 29-30, 2024.

From l-r: Bishop Stephen Hero of Roman Catholic Diocese of Prince Albert, Bishop Mark Hagemoen of Roman Catholic Diocese of Saskatoon, Archbishop Murray Chatlain of the Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas, Archbishop Donald Bolen of the Archdiocese of Regina, and Bishop Michael Smolinski, CSsR of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Saskatoon.

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